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Water Street Bistro. Downtown Petaluma

gordon wing Feb 23, 2009 05:08 PM

Been reading about this spot down by the River in Petaluma for awhile ...... Chef/owner Stephanie Rastetter used to be the sous chef for Daniel Patterson at Babette in Sonoma when it was getting many accolades. Now she does breakfast and lunch in a comfortable casual setting overlooking the Petaluma River. She is there making sandwiches and assembling plates....... they use a lot of local produce and source nearby. You order at the counter and find a table. I had the muffaletta (half) and salad - lunch special for $7.95 IIRC . The heated sandwich was satisfying but could have used a bit more olive relish for my taste. Generous side salad was a good foil - a leaf or two had seen better days but overall the greens were a nice mix. One of our group had the Eggplant/Provolone Sandwich and was very pleased with her selection. We sat outside and enjoyed the winter sun. There were lots of interesting items on the menu - will warrant a return trip. Some previous posts had mentioned slow service but we didn't notice that ...... folks were friendly and our food came pretty quickly. It wasn't full when we arrived though ..... if you go at peak hours I could see that it might take a bit so be forewarned.

I think they do an occasional dinner - maybe monthly?

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    gordon wing RE: gordon wing Feb 23, 2009 05:10 PM

    Here are the details

    Water Street Bistro
    100 Petaluma Blvd N Ste 106, Petaluma, CA 94952

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      Kathleen M RE: gordon wing Feb 24, 2009 01:57 PM

      I eat lunch there fairly often, almost always on Fridays (I have a friend who works right near there and that's usually our convenient day to meet for lunch). I've always been very impressed with anything I've ordered. I've found that the salads are particularly good. They are also super friendly. However, maybe because I am usually there during lunch hour, I've also found that it takes quite a long time to get the food. I don't think it's because the service isn't good, I just think it's a very small operation and they are making good food to order.

      1. rworange RE: gordon wing Mar 18, 2009 05:49 PM


        Water Street Bistro
        100 Petaluma Blvd N Ste 106, Petaluma, CA 94952

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          Mick Ruthven RE: gordon wing Mar 18, 2009 08:41 PM

          It's been one of my favorite places for quite a while. One favorite thing there for me is the muffaletta (half) and soup - lunch special because (1) a nice green salad comes with the half sandwich and (2) their soup is great.

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            saffrongold RE: Mick Ruthven Mar 19, 2009 01:19 PM

            The time I went I was underwhelmed, but b'fast and sandwiches are not my favorite foods. so...

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              Mick Ruthven RE: saffrongold Mar 19, 2009 01:48 PM

              As I recall they don't serve a "real" breakfast; my experience is at lunch. The soup has always been superb and, yes, I do like a good sandwich. They have other things too but I'm not so versed in them.

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                zenki RE: Mick Ruthven Nov 3, 2013 09:13 PM

                I fear I may cause Stephanie to stop doing this, but as a hound, I will tell you. On weekdays, if you ask, you can get amazing poached eggs on toast. Not on the menu.

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            Mick Ruthven RE: gordon wing Feb 25, 2010 08:07 AM

            I had lunch there for the first time in maybe a year, and it was as good as ever. I had the 1/2 soup 1/2 sandwich with their very good crab chowder and a pork sandwich with cambozola, which came with a nice green salad with vinaigrette. I kept thinking what a great lunch and all for about $8.

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              Malcolm Ruthven RE: gordon wing Sep 2, 2013 03:39 PM

              One more visit to Water Street Bistro today, first time in quiet a while. As usual, I had their 1/2 soup, 1/2 sandwich lunch special because a half sandwich is enough for me, their soup is always so good that I don't want to miss it, the sandwich comes with a quite good and generous green salad, and the soup comes with very good bread from Della Fattoria. Today I had the corn chowder and pastrami and swiss sandwich. The corn chowder, with potatoes, was excellent as is all their soup, and had some chilis in it for a small kick. The pastrami was dark, including what looked like black ends, and quite good. All for $7.75. This place never fails me.

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                maria lorraine RE: Malcolm Ruthven Sep 2, 2013 05:33 PM

                The chef, Stephanie Rastetter, is extraordinary, as a chef and as a human. She used to work for Daniel Patterson (Coi, Babette's), and has an eye/palate for both flavor and value. Petaluma is very lucky to have this place.

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                  Malcolm Ruthven RE: maria lorraine Sep 2, 2013 06:41 PM

                  For sure. I remember her from her time at Babette's in Sonoma. She brings full chef credentials into her restaurant/deli combo (as I call it). It's been a place I take visitors to since it opened and I discovered it.

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