7 Santa Rosa Restaurants We Can’t Wait For

Santa Rosa is getting a bevy of new restaurants this spring.

Margarita at Cascabel. Heather Irwin/PD

Seems we can’t go a block these days without stumbling over signs for new restaurants in the downtown area. Opening soon is Perch and Plow, located above the former Flavor Bistro (which was slated to be a Peruvian restaurant, but owners backed out). On the day we stopped by, they were interviewing a chef from Portland, so not much to say about the menu yet, but the interior is spectacular, with paintings from local artist Bud Snow.

Also coming: Gerard’s from Gerard Nebesky of Gerard’s Paella at the former Persona pizza and The Jade Room, offering oysters, salads, wine, cheese charcuterie, salads and small bites.

The owners of San Rafael’s and Santa Rosa’s Crepevine will be opening Cascabel, a tequila lounge (and by tequila we mean four pages of blanco, reposado, anejo and mezcal) and snack-eria in Santa Rosa’s Montgomery Village later this month. The upscale-casual Mexican lounge will be the second in the Bay Area, the first opening last August in San Rafael. “Welcome to Cascabel. Our story is simple , no BS , we love tequila and authentic, traditional Mexican food. Cesar is a good cook so we opened Cascabel,” says the website. The nearby San Rafael Crepevine serves as the kitchen for the lounge, with small plates including chips and salsa, shrimp ceviche, fish tacos, spicy wings, “Diablo” fries with jalapeno jelly, braised pork torta, huevos rancherso and a “hamburguesa” with avocado, onions, jack and cheddar cheese.

Also slated to open in Montgomery Village later this year, Raku Ramen, serving authentic ramen and sushi.

MOD Pizza will open this spring in South Santa Rosa, a national chain of artisan pizzas.

Parish Cafe is also in development in downtown.

Previously we wrote also, about Mission Kitchen and Bar.