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.
The food here is simple and fresh, much of it grown on the owner Dan Smith’s farm down the road. He operates a produce market at the restaurant on Sundays.
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.
Chef Charlie Palmer has been a busy fellow since he first opened his landmark NYC restaurant, Aureole, back in 1988.
At the Healdsburg, the lawn is the best place for a cold drink. The raspberry lemonade here is spiked with vodka and Chambord, while the margarita is a mix of tequila, Patrón Citrónge, simple syrup, and fresh lime juice.
With a focus on seasonal, farm-to-table cuisine, the chefs at Zin Restaurant make almost everything from scratch, including condiments, breads, charcuteries, and desserts. In addition, they also incorporate fresh produce from the restaurant’s own Eastside Farm.
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.
The menu at this 2008-opened restaurant is eclectic, with crab cakes and a pulled-pork sandwich and a cassoulet. There are also oysters, local sardines, and osso buco. Order the amazing fish stew, with salmon, rock cod, and potatoes in a light tomato-and-fennel broth.
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.
Housed in a small, narrow building, this neighborhood bistro serves locally inspired French cuisine along with a selection of exclusively Sonoma wines.
Located at the Singletree Inn, this small diner serves breakfast all day. There is not much in the way of decorations, but patrons come for the food, which includes everything from blueberry pancakes to biscuits and gravy, and even a breakfast burrito.
Pig is something of an obsession at this petite café at the back of Copperfield’s Books. You can get the house-made bacon on a salad, in a sandwich, on pizza, or on pasta. Or throw dietary caution to the winds and dive into the pork-cheek sandwich.