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...

Top ChoiceSquare in Sonoma

Sonoma Plaza

This is the largest plaza in California, and the veritable center for politics, love and community in the Sonoma Valley. Smack in the center of the plaza, the Mission Revival–style city hall, built 1906–08, has...

Gardens in Sonoma

Cornerstone Sonoma

This roadside Wine Country marketplace showcases 25 walk-through (in some cases edible) gardens, along with a bunch of innovative and adorable shops, wine-tasting parlors and on-site Sonoma Valley Visitors...

Historic Building in Sonoma

Vallejo's Home

A half-mile northwest of the plaza, this lovely historical estate, also known as Lachryma Montis (Latin for ‘Tears of the Mountain’), was built in the 1850s for General Vallejo and named for the on-site spring,...

Park in Sonoma

Bartholomew Park

The top near-town outdoors destination is 375-acre Bartholomew Park, off Castle Rd, where you can picnic beneath giant oaks and hike 2 miles of trails, with hilltop vistas to San Francisco. The Palladian Villa,...

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...

Bar in Sonoma


Sonoma’s oldest bar gets crowded Sunday afternoons with cyclists and motorcyclists. If you're going to spend an afternoon drinking in Sonoma, this should make it onto the list. There are plenty of locals around...

Tasting Room in Sonoma


When you’re in downtown Sonoma and don’t feel like fighting traffic, Hawkes' refreshingly unfussy tasting room showcases meaty Cabernet Sauvignon from family-owned vineyards in Alexander Valley, never blended...

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...

Distillery in Sonoma

Prohibition Spirits Distillery

This hip tasting room offers sips of a California version of Italian aperitifs limoncello, orangecello and grappa, along with tasty gins made with things such as cantaloupe and elderflower, and brandy distilled...

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...

Food in Sonoma

Vella Cheese Co

Known for its jacks (made here since the 1930s), Vella specializes in dry-jack with a cocoa-powder-dusted rind. Also try Mezzo Secco, a cheese you can only find here. Staff will vacuum-pack for shipping.

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.

Museum in Sonoma

Sonoma Valley Museum of Art

The 8000-sq-ft modern- and contemporary-art museum presents changing exhibitions by international and local artists, and focuses on building community around art.

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.

Food in Sonoma

Figone’s Olive Oil

Figone's presses its own extra-virgin olive oil and infuses some with flavors such as Meyer lemon, all free to sample.

Bar in Sonoma

Swiss Hotel

Locals and tourists crowd the 1909 Swiss Hotel for afternoon cocktails. There’s OK food but the bar’s the thing.