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Bistro 29
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Ranked #16 of 543 Restaurants in Santa Rosa
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$ 30 - US$ 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 5 April 2012

The salad with beets in it was amazing and fun to eat with all the different flavors including candy almonds. The service was friendly and you definitely need reservations since it is a small popular place

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Reviewed 31 March 2012

This is my favorite place in Santa Rosa. The food, staff, owner/chef, all make this an enjoyable evening. Our starters were onion/cider soup that knocked my taste buds out of the park. I could have made a meal of it. The salads were fresh, delicious and well dressed with flavors. Our mains, well three of us had Cassoulet. I had talked it up because I had it on my first visit, and was very impressed. My husband had the scallop dish and would not share a bite. The dessert menu is varied and I was full so tried three scoops of house made ice cream and sorbet. All excellent! Living in Sonoma County we have many good places to eat, we are very fortunate. Bistro 29 is one of the best!!!!

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Reviewed 26 March 2012

We're retired, so we visit Napa, Sonoma, Monterey, and Mendocino 2-3x/year, on multi-day stays mid-week. In the last two 2 years we have eaten all over Northern CA; it's a serious hobby for us. We love French food and if you are a fan of La Folie, Artisan Bistro, Chapeau!, and Bouchon (when it's on, which it sometimes isn't), you will appreciate Chef Brian Anderson's subtlety with seasoning and skillful, creative combos.

This is Breton food, which is never oversalted. Anderson's sauce Armoricaine is superb, whether used on monkfish or on foie gras over pain d'epice. The cassoulet will warm you down to the bone. The service is excellent, not only cheerful and efficient but the waitresses know the menu very well, something that is often lacking in CA bistros. Also, this is one of only four restaurants we have been to in the last five years that makes a magnificent pot of tea - real tea, loose leaf Irish Breakfast, in the kind of pot we use at home - c'est magnifique!

We love Sonoma's beauty, but there is no denying the food is not as good overall as it is in Napa. Bistro 29, Depot Hotel, and Willow Wood Cafe, however, rank with the very best anywhere in Northern CA. Expensive? Not at all - we paid similar prices (this trip alone) at Corks, French Garden, and Petit Syrah, none of which came close to Bistro 29.

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Reviewed 4 March 2012

I've been here many times since it opened in a spot on Fifth Street that's always been favored with good restaurants (Mandela Cafe/Matisse/Lolo's) but this one's the best yet. It's a bit too pricey for us to come as often as I'd like. The food ranges from excellent to knock your socks off, but it remains a special occasion dinner destination for us. Best deal is the Tuesday prix fixe menu for $29.

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Reviewed 20 February 2012

Bistro 29 has been a favorite of ours although it can be a little pricey - this past weekend we both had the duck breast special (with a cherry sauce) and it was the best duck I have had in years -its nice to have a special place right downtown

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Thank NovtomCalifornia
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