Frank Melis review 6/7/2014:

A visit to Walter Hansel Bistro

Last week I took my wife and daughters to check out the new Walter Hansel Bistro in the beautiful Russian River Valley.   The restaurant is about 1 mile away from the Walter Hansel Winery and 1 mile from Historic Railroad Square in Santa Rosa.

The Bistro is a cozy, single story converted farmhouse that seats about 90 people.

We started with 

A great Amuse Bouche of cauliflower and pesto "shooter" served in a tequila shot glass

We shared some appetizers

Liberty Duck Rillettes - A Confit duck leg, baguette crouton, cornichons and quince apple chutney

Lobster Bisque “en Croute”  - A Creamy lobster bisque in a puff pastry crust with a cognac topping.

Hickory Smoked Salmon Peruvian Causa  -  Whipped potato, hickory smoked salmon, quail egg, Aji amarillo cream

Mussels prepared in grandmother-like sauce served Belgian style with "skinny" fries

For entrees we ordered

Australian Rack of Lamb - Herbs Crusted, vegetables Tian, polenta, quince pear chutney
Corvina Sea Bass - Bloomsdale spinach, gratin Savoyard, micro Arugula, Beurre blanc
Day Boat Royal Sea Scallop  - Sunchoke puree, fried capers, pommes “gaufrettes,” truffle butter

We ended with

An assortment of various Sorbets and a French Press Coffee

Our family always scores from 1 to 5, and according to my girls it was a 4.5 out of 5
The ambiance was a 4.1/5,  Service was 4.8/5, Food was 4.5/5,  Menu Pricing 4.2/5
I would recommend a visit to Walter Hansel Bistro, and when you do make sure to use my name when making a reservation.  
Ask for Stephen Hansel (owner)  
3535 Guerneville Rd, Santa Rosa, CA 

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