Restaurants

Top Choice Californian 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 simp…
Top Choice American in Sonoma

Fremont Diner

Lines snake out the door at peak times at this farm-to-table roadside diner. We prefer the indoor tables but will happily accept a picnic table to feast on buttermilk pancakes with homemade cinnamon-vanilla syrup, c…
Californian in Glen Ellen & Kenwood

Glen Ellen Star

Helmed by chef Ari Weiswasser, who once worked at Thomas Keller's French Laundry, this petite Glen Ellen bistro shines a light on the best of Sonoma farms and ranches. Local, organic and seasonal ingredients star in…
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 see-and-…
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 pri…
Italian in Glen Ellen & Kenwood

Aventine

The Sonoma outpost of the popular San Francisco restaurant occupies an atmospheric former grist mill with a sun-dappled outdoor patio. It serves Italian-derived dishes, including house-special Aventino: mozzarella-s…
French in Glen Ellen & Kenwood

Fig Cafe & Winebar

The Fig’s earthy California-Provençal comfort food includes flash-fried calamari with spicy lemon aioli, fig and arugula salad and steak frites. Good wine prices and weekend brunch give reason to return. No reservat…
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 sau…
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 courtyard…
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 Wednesday …