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John Ash vs Syrah

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Looking for a nice evening in Santa Rosa. Staying at a hotel in town and don't really want to drive too far so I was thinking about John Ash and Co. or Syrah. We like local cuisine, taste the flavors of the local farms etc. It seems as if John Ash has a lovely environment but I haven't seen too much on the message board about this place so that worries me a little.

Thoughts about either of these places? Other ideas for a nice dinner in Santa Rosa? We are looking to spend $70-$80/person (not counting wine, tip, tax etc).

Thanks so much!

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Syrah - Now Petite Syrah
205 Fifth Street, Santa Rosa, CA 95401

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  1. I work with a lot of foodies and I'd say that Syrah is top of the list most often, I never hear anyone talk about John Ash (now called Vintner's Inn by Ferrari Carano).

    That said, I'd prefer Zazu, but I tend to prefer the more farm-fresh, eclectic aspect of restaurants. If you have some time in the Santa Rosa area, there are some truly terrific restaurants in Healdburg too.

    Former John Ash chef runs a wonderful breakfast/lunch place called Jeffrey's Hillside Cafe (Santa Rosa on 4th St), no dinner, but they are open 7 days a week and is the best place if you want brunch.

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    Syrah - Now Petite Syrah
    205 Fifth Street, Santa Rosa, CA 95401

    Jeffrey's Hillside Cafe
    2901 4th St, Santa Rosa, CA

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      1. re: chowtogo

        Thanks. We are also thinking of doing Willi's Wine Bar another night. Thoughts?

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        Willi's Wine Bar
        4404 Old Redwood Hwy, Santa Rosa, CA 95403