Restaurants in Sonoma County
Like their San Francisco neighbors, the restaurants in Sonoma County boast world-class reputations, drawing in foodies from near and far with their farm-to-table California cuisine. Many a celebrity chef has either gotten a start in Sonoma County or adopted it as a second culinary home. And as pioneers in the locavore movement, many restaurants in Sonoma County source their ingredients from nearby farms and vineyards.
In Healdsburg, restaurants like Madrona Manor and Cyrus have earned Michelin stars for their multi-course prix-fixe meals and encyclopedic wine lists. In Sonoma proper, the El Dorado Kitchen, housed in its namesake hotel, serves up a first-class New American menu both inside its chic dining room and al fresco beneath the properties fig trees. Close by, The Girl & the Fig employs Sonoma County ingredients in fresh, French-influenced bill of fare.
Sonoma County restaurants aren’t all formal, however. Visitors can find some of the area’s most satisfying bites at casual Mexican taquerias or soul food-centric roadhouses like the Fremont Diner, which specializes in down-home favorites like chicken and waffles and barbecue.
Named after one of Italy’s most popular—and loudest—card games, this understated Sonoma County trattoria telegraphs authenticity and delivers with cooking that gets the details right.
This spin-off of a Napa Valley original is located in Healdsburg’s bustling town square.
Open since 1977 and located in Santa Rosa’s Railroad Square, this breakfast and lunch spot is known for its generous portions. The menu has over twenty omelets, each served with home fries and sourdough toast, with the option to create your own omelet as well.
A locavore’s paradise, this all–regionally sourced, all-sustainable restaurant (set in a soaring, modern version of a red barn) takes haute farmyard cuisine to a whole new level.
While there's a history of Union Hotel restaurants dating back to 1879, this Mission Boulevard location (built in 2006) is housed in a free-standing, ochre-colored stucco structure built to resemble an Italian farmhouse.
Inside the El Dorado Hotel, this restaurant has multiple options for dining: on the stone-patio shaded by a fig tree, in a private poolside cabana, next to the fireplace in the lobby, or in the large contemporary dining room, where parties can sit at a 21-foot table made from a single piece of wo
Known locally for its typical diner fare, attentive service, and hearty breakfast menu, River Inn Grill is located along the main street in Guerneville. The small interior has wood floors, black booths, and license plates from various cities on the walls.
Sonoma Valley dining doesn’t get any finer than it does here, at this two-Michelin-starred restaurant set in Healdsburg’s Hotel Le Mars.
Relax with comfortable country-casual rooms and on-site massages to relieve tired muscles. For dinner head to the dining room for caramel-braised pork shoulder.
Chef Charlie Palmer has been a busy fellow since he first opened his landmark NYC restaurant, Aureole, back in 1988.
Housed in a small, narrow building, this neighborhood bistro serves locally inspired French cuisine along with a selection of exclusively Sonoma wines.