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.


19 thoughts on “7 Santa Rosa Restaurants We Can’t Wait For

  1. What about Sweet T’s? Loved the Southern style food. Will they open again in a different location?

    1. Why would flavor ever re-open? Their food really wasn’t ever very good. Their service was OK but their food was overpriced and just meh.

    2. I would be very happy if Flavor reopened. I felt the food was delicious and some dishes cannot be found anywhere else.

  2. Artisan pizza? …How played out is that? There MUST be another word that hasn’t been abused as much as, “artisan”. Good grief

  3. I wish the new downtown places success, but I still think they are missing the mark on the appealing to the crowd that downtown SR attracts (and the business lunch crowd). Case in point: County Cork. What is popular downtown – Mary’s, Macs, RRB, La Rosa. Not very inventive, but it works. We need good Vietnemese/Pho and Greek/Middle Eastern!

    1. by county cork, do you mean county bench? i personally am so sad that place is gone. we really need at least one classy place downtown with a healdsburg kind of feel for special occasions. there are a lot of high end super casual places, which i feel like we have enough of.

      what we really need, for downtown workers and residents, is a small grocer, basically like a mini olivers. they could have the staples and some extra stuff (dried goods, bread, milk, butter, sauces, paper towels, toilet paper, dish soap, etc) a salad bar section, deli and ideally a hot bar.

      or, like the old aragonis combined with a small grocer.

    1. The Parish! THIS is the one that we’ll be visiting on a most regular basis (more than we already do in Healdsburg). The po’ boys, beignets, breakfasts, red beans & rice, gumbo, jambalaya, and the fantastically warm service all make you feel like you’re back in New Orleans. Can’t wait

    1. Same here. RP used to have a good Korean restaurant till it turned into a Chinese place. SR only has one Korean place right now, and I’m glad that they’re bringing in another one with different styled food.

Comments are closed.