4330 Barnes Rd, Santa Rosa, CA | Directions 9540338.495309 -122.760466
Monday To Thursday From 05:00 PM To 09:00 PM Friday To Saturday From 05:00 PM To 09:30 PM Sunday From 05:00 PM To 09:00 PM
Great outdoor dining! – I was amazed to sit on thier outdoor patio, and look right onto the vineyard! The only way to get closer would to have your table right between the vineyard rows! Truely exceptional setting with flowers and gardens all around, and you don't notice the power station a block away. We were served an 'amuse busche' that was sooo tasty, (but I forgot what our server said it was) and my salad and Halibut were amazing too. Our server was very un-obtrusive and friendly at the same time. I will be sure to go there again when my brother & sister-in-law come to town.
A True Disappointment – I dined there back in the fall 2007 for a medical seminar and was quite excited given its reputation in the county as a fine dining experience. The decor, ambiance, service and presentation of the food was very good, no disappointments there. But the food was very lacking. The main entree was chicken which was dry and tastless. Needless to say I will not dine there again and it is definately not worth the cost. I dine out quite often and have traveled extinsively and lived in both the Atlanta GA and New York metropolitan areas. Dining in sonoma county is quite a disappointment.
Why oh Why – Been there five times in ten years and I keep wondering why. So why five times? The first time was truly great and I kept hoping for a repeat performance. And, weirdly enough (the restuarant sits across the street from a PG&E substation) it was a convenient location to meet various clients. The menu looks great but then what arrives is just so short of expectation. Except for the breads at brunch. Nice selection. Note to self: never again, no.
Reputed fine dining under review – 6/28/06 Received a doggy bag of left over Pork Carnita Quesadilla, $14, and so i promptly ate the two small wedges. The guacamole that came with it was exceptional. The spinich flavored wrap was soft and moist indicating freshness. The thin pork spread contained large onion and green pepper chunks. Overall it was very good. Wish I had more to eat. The quesadilla must have been 9-10" which is quite small making this the most expensive quesadilla per inch in Santa Rosa, but can you put a price on exceptional taste for something this good can be considered to be priceless? So this reviewer is going to head there for more samplings which I will update here.
7/24/06 Had the hamburger. It was terrible. It was so bad that it is not worth saying why.
All Show No Glow – This is one of those restaurants that pretends to be a great establishment, but is rather average. The service seemed good at following an established plan, but failed to meet my needs. When I asked for more butter, it took three requests to finally get it. The table was too small to hold the plates and glasses for 4. The food was very average, but very overpriced. The steak (filet) was ordinary, but priced as if it were PRIME. Steaks at Outback are much better!!!!! The potatoes were greasy and over-salted. The seasoning was just okay. The serving sizes were so small that I was embarrassed for my guests. The wine choices were good, but also overpriced. I got the feeling this restaurant's kitchen had no quality control to it. There are so many wonderful places to eat in the area, so please skip this one by.
Disappointed – We'd heard a few good recommendations about John Ash and, as it was a special occasion, went there for dinner. The wine list is very good, the first course was fine, but all three entrees were disappointing! For the money it's really not worth it. We didn't stay for desert.
Idyllic Wine Country Dining – With immaculately manicured grounds, a complete, on-premises chefs garden, and tables almost in the vineyards, John Ash Restaurant provides an idyllic setting for fabulous Wine Country dining. The menu is neither innovative, nor trendy, but simply centers on excellently executed dishes prepared with the freshest local, seasonal products. Selections include appetizers like Crab and Corn Chowder and Beet Salad with Goat Cheese, and entrees from Grilled Chicken Breast with Polenta and Crab Cakes with Chili Aioli to Roast Pork Loin with Port Sauce. Desserts range from waist-friendly fresh, seasonal berries to the indulgent Raspberry Chocolate Meltdown. While the overall wine list is somewhat limited in scope, it includes an excellent selection of half bottles so diners can select an appropriate pairing for each course. Knowledgeable servers are friendly and attentive. While not inexpensive (lunch for two with wine $200), John Ash is arguably one of the best restaurants in Sonoma.
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