Top ChoiceCalifornian in Sonoma

Cafe La Haye

One of Sonoma’s top tables for earthy New American cooking, La Haye only uses produce sourced from within 60 miles. Its dining room gets packed cheek-by-jowl and service can border on perfunctory, but the clean...

Californian in Sonoma

El Dorado Kitchen

The swank plazaside choice for contemporary California-Mediterranean cooking, El Dorado showcases seasonal-regional ingredients in dishes such as seafood paella, ahi tartare and housemade pasta, served in a...

Tapas in Sonoma

Tasca Tasca

Specializing in Portuguese and Mediterranean fare, this tapas tavern in food-obsessed downtown Sonoma holds its own. Try the authentic caldo verde (Portugal's national soup), along with one of the fabulous...

French in Sonoma

Girl & the Fig

For a festive evening, book a garden table at this French-provincial bistro, with good small plates ($14 to $16), including steamed mussels with matchstick fries or duck confit with lentils. Weekday three-course...

Italian in Sonoma

Della Santina’s

The waiters have been here forever and the ‘specials’ rarely change, but Della Santina’s Italian-American cooking – linguini pesto, veal parmigiana, rotisserie chickens – is consistently good and the brick...

Modern American in Sonoma

Harvest Moon Cafe

Inside a cozy 1836 adobe, this casual bistro uses local ingredients in its changing menu, with simple soul-satisfying dishes such as grilled Liberty Farm duck breast with dried cherry farro, cauliflower and saba...

Pub Food in Sonoma

Hopmonk Tavern

This happening gastropub and beer garden takes its brews seriously with over a dozen of its own and guest beers on tap, served in type-appropriate glassware. Live music Friday through Sunday, open mike on...

Portuguese in Sonoma

La Salette

Contemporary Portuguese cuisine is the focus at this just-off-the-plaza restaurant that serves excellent-value, proper sit-down meals, including a standout fisherman's stew. Make reservations.

Indian in Sonoma

Taste of the Himalayas

Spicy curries, luscious lentil soup and sizzle-platter meats make a refreshing break from the usual French-Italian Wine Country fare.

Bakery in Sonoma

Basque Cafe

Right on Sonoma's main plaza, this beloved cafe and boulangerie has amazing baked breads – perfect for that little picnic you're planning – plus a good assortment of toasted sandwiches, salads, breakfast...

Italian in Sonoma

Red Grape

A reliable spot for an easy meal, Red Grape serves good thin-crust pizzas and big salads in a cavernous, echoey space. Good for takeout too.

Deli in Sonoma

Sonoma Market

Sonoma’s best groceries and deli sandwiches, this is a great spot to stock up for a picnic in the Plaza.

Ice Cream in Sonoma

Sweet Scoops

Sonoma's favorite ice-cream shop livens up the plaza with its homemade offerings.