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Willi's Wine Bar S.R.-Review

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My DH and BFF went to Willi's last Saturday, and it had been about a year since we last ate there. It used to be one of my favorites restaurants. However, that all changed and I'm wondering if anyone has had similar experiences. I've seen it reccommended on CH by several people, and I wonder if it's lost it's luster.

Called to make resos and hostess answered the phone, "Willi's!". That's all she said....I may have well just called the "Wagon Wheel" or "Giga's!" Needless to say it bugged me.

When we arrived we were greeted with a less than enthusiastic "do you have a reservation?" not even a hello. I'm no restaurant snob, but even at Applebees (one of our faves, we get a hello).

Seated promptly and greeted by our server. Now I don't know if it was an off night, but the server was even colder and more apathetic than the hostess. We asked about the Halibut and all she could say to describe it was: "it's good, if you like halibut. People seem to really like it" Hmmmmm OK!

Ordered raw oysters which were very good served with a perfect mignonette sauce.

Next ordered the pork potstickers and heirloom tomato salad: The potstickers were rubbery and bland. The pork inside was only pretty good. The dish overall was a dissapontment. The heirloom tomato salad never came.

The morrocan lamb chops were succulent and cooked perfectly, and the cous cous was delicious.

Also got a patheticly small order of the mac and cheese which tasted great, but was only enough to taste once. We agreed that we all could have eaten about 10 pounds each of the mac and cheese it was so good.

All the while we were mostly ignored by our server except when my husband had a question about the gnocchi; she did decide to roll her eyes and throw one knee up on the vacant chair on our table. He did order the gnocchi dish which was yummy but forgettable.

Their wine list is quite good with interesting selections, but grossly overpriced. I remember the wine list to be much more welcoming when they first opened.

Finally got the heirloom tomato salad after asking about it. At which point the server said "hmmm it never came?....I'll go grab another one" No polite apology, just the salad that had an under ripe heirloom tomato on it with a few globs of some kind of soft flavorless cheese. I dumped a bunch of salt on it and ate it, but wasn't worth the trip back to the kitchen.

I was quite disappointed with the exception of the lamb and the mac & cheese. At about $200 for the meal with wine, we decided to scrtach it off our list.

I will try the Willi's raw bar in Healdsburg again because they've always been great, but I will not be going back here.

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  1. "SR" = San Rafael
    "SR" = Santa Rosa

    I had to google Willi's to find out which you were referring to.