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A modern tavern celebrating the American melting pot, James Beard Outstanding Restaurateur semifinalists Mark and Terri Stark’s newest restaurant brings intriguing interpretations of street food to life.
The menu incorporates flavors from Asia, the American South, the East Coast, Jewish comfort food favorites, and a wide variety of fresh seafood, all with chef Mark Stark’s singular style.
The open kitchen, with its wood-fired grill, turns out large and small plates designed for sharing in one of three cozy dining rooms or two decks. Wines, craft beers on tap and by the bottle or growler, and signature cocktails by the glass or by the shaker to share. Located just east of downtown Santa Rosa in Sonoma County wine country. Open 7 days.
Hot Bird and a Cold Bottle: A double entendre used to describe those late-night pleasures sought out by young men-about-town in NYC during the period just before World War I. The “hot bird” referred to a warm dish; the “cold bottle” would usually be champagne. “The Bottle and the Bird” is an 1889 poem by Eugene Field.
Bird & The Bottle is the sixth restaurant from husband and wife team and James Beard Outstanding Restaurateur semifinalists Mark and Terri Stark. Mark is executive chef and Terri handles business operations for Stark Reality Restaurants, the couple’s management group. Mark and Terri are hands-on. You’re likely to bump into them at one of their award-winning restaurants, all of which provide a different dining experience. For the Starks, it’s not enough to provide exceptional food and service in a comfortable setting—those are a given. Their goal is to provide an experience that will leave diners saying, “I can’t wait to come back.”. Read more about them here.
We’re at 1055 Fourth Street in Santa Rosa, California, between College Ave. and Brookwood.
Our “modern tavern” serves small and large plates to share featuring flavors from Asia, the American South, the East Coast, and Jewish comfort food, all with chef Mark Stark’s signature style.
We encourage reservations, especially on weekends. We take reservations by phone or online at OpenTable.com . Our bar seating is first come first served.
Yes. We have many options for vegetarians, gluten free, and will accommodate dietary restrictions. Please let your server know about any allergies or special requests.
We have an extensive gluten free menu. Ask your server for a copy.
We have a large bar and lounge serving a wide variety of classic and unique contemporary cocktails. We also have beers on tap by the glass and by the growler and wine by the glass or bottle.
Yes, our bar opens into a large lounge area and many people choose to eat there.
Yes, there are two.
Yes, in denominations of $25, starting at $50. You can purchase them online and at any Stark Reality Restaurant, including this one. Gift cards are good at all our restaurants. Here’s the full list: Bird & The Bottle, Grossman’s Noshery & Bar, Monti’s, Willi’s Wine Bar and Stark’s Steak & Seafood in Santa Rosa, and Bravas and Willi’s Seafood & Raw Bar in Healdsburg.
Mark and Terri Stark, Stark Reality Restaurants
Mark Stark is the Executive Chef.
Parking can usually be found in the parking lot behind the restaurant. There is also street parking in the area on Fourth Street. Please don’t park in the lots for neighboring businesses.
Yes, there’s a bike rack behind the restaurant.
All major credit cards (Visa, MasterCard, Discover, and American Express).
We charge $25 per 750 ml bottle for the first two bottles, $35 per bottle thereafter. Fees are waived for each bottle purchased, up to two bottles.
Yes. In fact, there are two!
Well behaved dogs are welcome for patio dining, weather permitted.
Your safety is our priority. We follow FDA’s best practices for retail food stores, restaurants, and food pick-up/delivery services. Check FDA’s best practices here.