Healdsburg’s Bistro Ralph will soon transition to Ralph’s Martini House.
We’ve seen the menu, which focuses on smaller plates and lots of seafood. Yes the chicken livers, fries and chicken Paillard are still on the menu, but we’re jonesing for dishes like hand-chopped ahi tartare, sweetbreads with brown butter, foie gras with nectaries, pork tamales, cauliflower steak with salsa roja and animal sundae with vanilla gelato, caramel, chocolate, espresso, toffee and whipped cream.
“It’s more modern and more relaxed,” said owner Ralph Tingle. “That’s the way we’re dining now and we have to be competitive,” he said. To boot, the restaurant will feature a full bar, rather than just the classic martinis they’ve served for 23 years.
With a few odds and ends to still finish on the revamped restaurant, Tingle said they’re still in *very* soft launch mode, but will have a grand opening by late August 2015.
Ralph’s Martini House, 109 Plaza St., Healdsburg, (707) 433-1380.