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“A Welcome Addition to Sonoma County Dining Options” 4 of 5 stars
Review of The Backyard

The Backyard
Ranked #5 of 16 Restaurants in Forestville
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: American
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Good for: Families with children
Dining options: Lunch, Breakfast, Dinner, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“A Welcome Addition to Sonoma County Dining Options”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2013

Had a wonderful experience. Everything we ordered for dinner was delicious. The flavor combinations were great. The staff was very friendly and service was pleasant. We were in no hurry and the pace of the meal was fine. I think if the restaurant provided a small token of appreciation; an amuse bouche, some kind of bread or rolls gratis or a little snippet of something sweet at the end of the meal, there would be no question that the price of the meals is justified. The only negative component of the dining experience was that the noise level of the room with a small crowd borderlined on very annoying.

All in all, this is a destination that will definitely be recommended to friends.

  • Visited March 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars
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English first
Guerneville, California
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9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Pleasant surprise!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2013

Was interested in trying this place ever since they opened, but was hesitant as I was under the impression it was all about "comfort food" pork chops, fried chicken, etc.. But one evening after looking at menu online, I decided to call them and see if they have vegetarian options! They sure did! So we went that night and gave it a try! Very happy with the menu! I had the gnocchi, I thought it could have had more flavor, but I enjoyed it! Portions are small! : ( great wine list! Decor could use some help! Awkward dinning space! And the hostess wore an obnoxious big puffy turquoise winter jacket and it didn't look professional at all! I know it's cold, but come on! Overall, it was good and I'm sure we'll return!

    • 4 of 5 stars
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Thank Heather G
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Santa Rosa, California
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12 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Excellent”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2013

Went there for dinner with a group. Wonderfully tasty locally-sourced food. Service was excellent. Good wine list, although we took our own and corkage was reasonable. Flatbread appetizer was excellent. Our group's choices ranged from a hearty soup to fresh fish, chicken pot pie, steak and fresh pastas. Everyone loved their choices. Desserts were light and tasty, served in jelly jars. The restaurant is small and decor is spartan, but the food, company, service and other diners created a warm, inviting dining experience on a chilly evening.

  • Visited February 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars
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Thank Jand2e
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Sebastopol, California
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49 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“We'll go back”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2013

We were there for breakfast. I had a cheese, egg, mushroom, sourdough dish I would call a variation on eggs benedict without the hollandaise. Yummy but a little hard to cut into without letting the egg soften up the bread first. Next time I'm going use the bread to just scoop the whole thing up. My husband had the chicken and waffle. He raved about the chicken but, unfortunately, the waffle was cold. Ate everything any way. Rounded out the meal with the coffee press. Hot and strong the way we like it but the cups were cold.. Shame, shame, shame....hot beverages should be served in a warmed cup. Maybe that was part of the problem with the waffle....a cold plate. Just sucked out whatever warmth there was. "Cold" was a bit of an overall theme. The room was cold despite the space heater at one end of the dining room. I do want to go back but will wait until the spring/summer when it's warmer and also sitting outside will be an option.

  • Visited January 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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Thank spadehome
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Santa Rosa, California
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166 reviews
72 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
“Well worth a visit...something new in Forestville”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2012

What a nice addition to the town of Forestville. The Backyard was recommended and we were not disappointed. On the plus side, we found the wait staff to be on top of their game…this may have been an issue when they first opened from what I read in earlier reviews. The menu presents enough options to make for a fun selection among a group of four. The beef soup was hot and wholesome. The sausage flatbread was hot and just spicy enough to not overpower the flavors. The buttermilk battered onion rings were a nice touch as a side dish. They were hot bite size rings and not greasy. The pork chop was excellent…smokey and cooked perfectly and served on a bed of smooth whipped-like polenta. The Chicken Pot Pie was delivered right out of the oven to the table and the steam rose to the ceiling throughout most of the meal. The wine list is limited but covers the bases…most expensive was $80 for a Dehlinger Cabernet. Corkage is $15. The only negative during our visit was the room temperature of the restaurant. There were three strategically placed portable heaters that struggled to warm the air. We arrived at 7:00 and stayed while talking and sipping wine until after 10:00. The tables around us turned over a couple of times but no one had to wait…not yet. Give it a few more weeks and reservations might become a must. We will return…for sure.

  • Visited December 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars
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Thank Bill95403
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