From the large wood-fired rotisserie, to the small or big bite plates featuring fresh local meats with seasonal produce, Monti’s Rotisserie & Bar in Santa Rosa has the true Wine Country comfort feel. Part of the Stark family of restaurants, Monti’s is a favorite of locals.
In addition to Monti’s, Stark’s Reality Restaurants also owns Willis Wine Bar in Santa Rosa and Healdsburg, Starks Steakhouse in Santa Rosa and Bravas in Healdsburg among others.
I am a big fan of all of their dining rooms. Willis and Bravas both serve terrific Tapas style small plates, Starks Steakhouse has a terrific lounge and the dining room has a terrific ambiance and unique service style.
The Rotisserie Bar is the closest to my house and I visit them most often at Happy Hour and for dinner on nights when the summer concert series is playing right outside. You can sit on the patio dining area and enjoy the music and wonderful food at the same time.
Most of their restaurants also feature fierce wine lists that include many local favorites as well as hard to find options from small batch winery producers. I would love to meet their wine buyer to pick their brain sometime. Like any good Wine Country dining room, Monti’s caters to winelovers and the wines on the list pair well with the food choices. They also keep us locals who feel strongly about our Sonoma County favorites happy by including them on the list.
This past week my friend Sherri and I were attending a screening of Somm the Movie along with a Q & A session with Ian Cauble, MS afterwards. This event also featured information about Mr. Cauble’s newest venture, Somm Select at Sonoma State University.
We decided to meet before the event for lunch and to catch up first at Monti’s. Sherri is a local Wine Guru with an awesome wine blog as well as a foodie and our friendship pairs together quite nicely.
We both love oysters and started with those.
Final Decision: Prosecco Borgo Magredo Italy N.V. Yum.
On the plates from the Rotisserie Bar this afternoon were:
BBQ’d Blue Point Oysters
Smoked bacon, green onions, garlic butter
A taste of the following charcuterie and salumi’s from Zoe’s Meats
Pate of the House
Mild pork salami with a sweet, buttery finish
Cabernet Sauvignon Salami
Full flavored and sophisticated cured pork
Tequila and pepper infused pork with a lingering heat
La Quercia Prosciutto
Organic Berkshire pork, rich in color and flavor
Selection of Artisan Cheeses:
Tomales farmstead creamery pasteurized goat milk, dense, tangy & slightly herbaceous
Central coast creamery, paso robles pasteurized sheep milk, earthy and sweet with a savory, rich finish
Sant’ Antonio, Italy pasteurized cow milk, tangy, and buttery with a sweet finish
Ahi Tuna Avacado Tartare
Served with a wafer crisp.
Grilled Lamb Burger
Arugula, feta cheese, cucumber tzatziki
Hanger steak shallot-parsley butter, truffled fries
Warm Chocolate Cake
I hope that everyone enjoys eating at Monti’s as much as I do. Write a quick review or post your comments on this restaurant below.
Myself, well you heard what I think.
Monti’s Rotisserie & Bar – Website Here
714 Village Court
Santa Rosa, CA 95405