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“Tres Francais”
Review of Bistro 29

Bistro 29
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Ranked #17 of 540 Restaurants in Santa Rosa
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $30 - $30
Cuisines: French
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Restaurant details
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Riley Street
Transit: Downtown transit mall is three blocks away, taxis and pedi-cabs available.
Description: Bistro 29 located in downtown Santa Rosa, Sonoma County. Bistro 29 is a traditional bistro specializing in “Breton” regional cuisine. The number 29 comes from the department of Finistère (end of the earth) located in the upper tip of north-west France. Known for the Galette de blé noir (traditional buckwheat crêpe) and sweet crêpes, Bretagne also uses a variety of local seafood and produce that can easily be found in and around northern California.
Reviewed March 14, 2014

Santa Rosa residents are very lucky to have this little pearl straight from Paris tucked away in downtown. Friendly service, good prices, excellent and authentic food including real French bread.

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Reviewed March 7, 2014

I am very surprised because their dishes look Real French… no wonder the owner chef is French and keeping the genuine quality. This place became our favorite dinner place when we visit Sonoma County. Their dishes – escargots, scallops, even steaks… all French style and impressive.

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Reviewed March 3, 2014

We[5] enjoyed our meal & service on Feb 22 . I can echo the review by miles c of San Diego. However, a vintner from the area dining with us, thought the corkage fee high. Would definitely return.

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Reviewed March 1, 2014

Delightful little restaurant on a side street in Santa Rosa, CA. Only 14 tables, but each brings you a little bit of France. The food and the staff are excellent. The wine list is very reasonable offering both French and local wines. The house specialty is creeps - both savory and dessert. The entrees are wonderful - lamb, Daube of beef, cassoulet - lots of French favorites. We'll be back the next time in the area.

Thank BEN P
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Reviewed March 1, 2014

This was a disappointment, pretty much from the start of our evening. We went on a Thursday night with another couple. 2 of us ordered the prix fixe meal at $29 each; the other orders were a crepe and a fish dish. The soup came to the table barely lukewarm - apparently it was supposed to be hot, so both bowls got sent back. They came back about 5 degrees warmer, so were sent back again. The third serving was finally hot, but it was clear it had been microwaved - it was a cream-based soup that now had little curdles in it from overheating. Ate it anyway, not wanting to make a fuss - but it needed salt and pepper, neither of which were on the table. Waitpersons were perfectly nice, though they never came to inquire how our dinner was - good thing, since the entrees were quite sub-par. I had a faro dish - too salty and lacking in any complexity of flavor or variation of texture. It had a few pieces of some leafy green of some sort, and thin sauce at the bottom of the bowl. My husband had the cod dish - looked like about 1 cup of food in total, floating in an unappetizing looking green liquid. After the evening was over, he told me it had maybe altogether 1 ounce of fish, and it had several bones in it! And the dish itself tasted awful - this from a man who never complains about his food. Plus, it cost $23! We were quite put off by how the bread was served - the server has a napkin in their hand and they carry over and plunk a small chunk of french bread directly on the table. Really? You can't manage a plate or a basket? If we hadn't been out with friends, we would have sent all our food back and left. The person who had the crepe cut off and didn't eat the outer edges (it looked very dry and overcooked - it was square with the edges folded over an inch all around and the middle open-faced - weird!). She ate about 4 bites, so I am assuming she didn't like her food either. The only good entree was the steak, which the 4th person enjoyed. The dessert that came with the meal was the only high point - pain perdue, which seemed to be french bread done like french toast, served with warm chocolate sauce, sliced bananas and whipped cream. The restaurant seems to have good reviews, and it was busy - but for the price and what we got, no thanks.

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Thank Sheri17
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