The 20 Best Restaurants in Sonoma County

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The 20 Best Restaurants in Sonoma County

By Julia Chang September 28, 2023

People from all over the world come to Wine Country for the stellar wine (of course). Luckily for them, and those of us who live to eat, Sonoma County not only has world-renowned wine, but has world-class restaurants as well. Offering everything from casual to Michelin-starred dining, there’s something for every palate in our roundup of the 20 best restaurants in Sonoma County. And, because good food doesn’t necessarily come with hefty price tags, you’ll find a selection of different price ranges, too.

Tides Wharf Restaurant
Photo Courtesy of The Tides Wharf and Restaurant

Located right alongside the picturesque Bodega Bay, this seaside restaurant specializes in fresh, local seafood, including such favorites as the Hot Crab Sandwich, New England Clam Chowder, Fish and Chips, and Cioppino. With breakfast, lunch, and dinner menus offered 365 days a year, a delightful assortment of seafood and non-seafood options, and stunning views of the ocean, what’s not to love about dining here? Psst: If the setting looks familiar, it’s because parts of Alfred Hitchcock’s classic, The Birds, was filmed at Tides Wharf. Go ahead and pose on the infamous dock, but maybe keep an eye out for birds.

835 Coast Highway One, Bodega Bay, CA 94923, (707) 875-3652

Barndiva
Photo Courtesy of Barndiva

Barndiva‘s mantra is ‘Eat the View,’ and with dishes so vibrant and beautiful, it’s clear this is something the team truly believes in. Feast your eyes, and your palate, with their Egg Yolk Dumplings with bacon and herbs, or the Roasted Duck with sauce au poivre and butter braised turnips. Don’t forget to grab a cocktail, as Barndiva is known for its outstanding cocktail program.

231 Center Street, Healdsburg, CA 95448, (707) 431-0100

Single Thread Restaurant, Healdsburg, CA
Photo Courtesy of Three Michelin Star Restaurant, SingleThread in Healdsburg, CA

The Japanese-influenced, California produce-informed SingleThread is a three-in-one: a farm, restaurant, and inn. All embody the thoughtfulness and care of Kyle and Katina Connaughton, the husband and wife team behind this Three Michelin Star restaurant. At their downtown Healdsburg locale, an 10-course tasting menu can be customized to each guest’s dietary preferences and restrictions (with advanced notice). SingleThread takes patrons on a journey that begins with produce grown on their own farm, located in the Russian River Valley, and ends on an artfully set table.

131 North Street, Healdsburg, CA 95448, (707) 723-4646

Bloom Carneros
Photo Courtesy of Bloom Carneros

Rooted in the belief that good food should be locally sourced and seasonally driven, Bloom Carneros dishes out quality, approachable food from its unpretentious location at the entrance to the Sonoma Valley. Sonoma County native and chef Jennifer McMurry’s farm-to-table cuisine is playful and delicious, so whether noshing on the vegetarian cubano with smoked mushrooms at lunch, the glazed pork belly with pistachio pesto at dinner, or the s’mores in a jar for dessert, you and your taste buds are in a for a treat. The expansive garden patio setting is as inviting as the food, and for those of you traveling with the family, you’ll delight in knowing kids and pups are welcome, too.

22910 Broadway, Sonoma, CA 95476, (707) 412-0438

LaSalette
Feijoada de Marisco. Photo Courtesy of LaSalette

Chef Manuel Azevedo’s “New Portuguese Cuisine” celebrates the varied and complex flavors of his native Portugal and current home of Sonoma, California. Tantalize your taste buds with unfamiliar dishes which might just become new favorites, like the Portuguese Fisherman’s Stew; the Brazilian national dish of Feijoada Completa with stewed beef, pork, sausage, and black beans; or the Bacalhau no Forno, a traditional baked casserole of North Atlantic salt cod, potatoes, onions, and olives. Just don’t miss ending your meal with a Port from their extensive Port and Madeira list.

452 First Street East, Suite H, Sonoma, CA 95476, (707) 938-1927

Boon Fly Cafe Donuts
Don't miss the incredible donuts at Boon Fly Cafe located in Carneros.

Located at the Carneros Resort and Spa, Boon Fly offers modern rustic cuisine with a contemporary roadhouse atmosphere. Boon Fly is an homage to Sonoma’s local flavor and their menu is based on the agricultural heritage of the region. An absolute must-try is their signature Boon Fly donuts, which are available for breakfast as well as dessert. Their menu consists of delectable bites like Fresh Buttermilk Biscuits, Green Eggs and Ham, Wild Caught Halibut, and their gourmet Akaushi Kobe Beef Burger with a house-made brioche bun.

4048 Sonoma Highway, Napa, CA 94559, (707) 299-4870

Cyrus Restaurant
Photo Courtesy of Cyrus

Embark on a dining journey at Cyrus. Begin your night in the Bubbles Lounge where you can sip on Champagne while you relax in their lush leather chairs or wander the gardens. You’ll then be taken to the Kitchen Table where diners watch as their food is prepared before them and interact directly with the chefs, followed by the dining room where you’ll stay for the rest of your meal. The menu changes frequently, but you can expect innovative dishes such as Silken Tofu with black garlic and Crispy Chicken Thigh with kimchi and black truffle. The final stop along your journey will be the Chocolate Room where you’ll be gifted house-made chocolates before you depart.

275 Highway 128, Geyserville, CA 95441 (707) 723-5999

Little Saint restaurant in Healdsburg, CA
Photo Courtesy of Little Saint restaurant located in Healdsburg, CA. Photographer Emma K. Morris

Located in downtown Healdsburg just two blocks off the main square, Little Saint is a culinary collaboration between owners Laurie and Jeff Ubben. This 100% plant-based restaurant serves food that celebrates the seasonal produce of Sonoma, particularly from their own eight-acre Little Saint Farm. Accompanying the food is the creative bar program, featuring alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages that fall in line with the restaurant’s farm-driven ethos.

25 North Street, Healdsburg, CA 95448, (707) 433-8207

the girl and the fig
The bar at the girl and the fig, Courtesy of the girl and the fig

This restaurant’s seasonal menu features rustic Provençal-inspired cuisine, or as owner Sondra Bernstein describes it, the girl & the fig serves up “country food with a French passion.” The Fig & Arugula Salad is a crowd favorite, as is the Grass-fed Steak Tartare and the Croques Monsieur. Featuring an antique bar with French aperitifs, an award-winning wine list, and outdoor patio seating, you’ll see why it’s a beloved spot with locals and visitors alike.

110 West Spain Street, Sonoma, CA 95476, (707) 983-3634

Animo Restaurant in Sonoma, CA
Photo Courtesy of Instagram: Animo

Amino is the brainchild of Chef Joshua Smookler (of New York’s Mu Ramen) and his wife, Heidy Mu He, who have created a unique Basque-Korean restaurant inspired by the foods the duo like to eat themselves. Here, Chef Smookler churns out his creative spins on such Spanish classics as Boquerones Toast and Whole Wood-Fired Turbot, along with Korean-influenced dishes like Kimchi Rice and Lobster XO – all served within the warm atmosphere highlighting an open kitchen and an entire wall of apples. Don’t miss the delicious Burnt Basque Cheesecake for dessert. You can find them on Instagram @animo_restaurant (no phone or website yet).

18976 Sonoma Highway, Sonoma, CA 95476

Glen Ellen Star
Wood roasted asparagus, Courtesy of Glen Ellen Star .

Resembling a quaint farmhouse in rustic California Wine Country, Glen Ellen Star is a taste of both local and international flavors. Helmed by the husband and wife team of Ari Weiswasser and Erinn Benziger-Weiswasser, it is their mission to create an inviting, neighborhood-friendly restaurant. The menu changes regularly, so their offerings are always new and in-line with the seasons, but you can always expect wood roasted veggies and pizzas, creative mains, as well as housemade pasta and bread. After dinner, definitely order their homemade ice cream and sorbets, which are always a delight.

13648 Arnold Drive, Glen Ellen, CA 95442, (707) 343-1384

The Matheson debwilson+2021-17-
Photo Courtesy of The Matheson

The Matheson is a true dining destination in Healdsburg, featuring two unique restaurants in one spot. The Main Dining Room features a modern Wine Country-inspired menu curated by Chef Matt Brimer, celebrating locally-foraged, seasonal ingredients from the surrounding region. Start your evening with a classic cocktail or sake in the downstairs bar, then opt for the Chef’s Tasting Menu for the ultimate evening of wine and food. Or, for something a little more relaxed, check out Roof 106, the open-air restaurant and bar on the rooftop of The Matheson, where wood-fired pizzas and small plates can be enjoyed amid the convivial setting of this stylish but casual spot.

106 Matheson Street, Healdsburg, CA 95448, (707) 723-1106

Layla Restaurant
Layla Restaurant. Photo Courtesy of MacArthur Place

Located at MacArthur Place in Sonoma, this Mediterranean-influenced restaurant highlights fresh, delicious, seasonal fare for breakfast, brunch, lunch, and dinner. The reimagined dining room is open and airy, offering a sophisticated yet inviting atmosphere from which to enjoy dishes like the Olive Oil Pancakes or Chilaquiles at brunch, Falafel Burger or Harvest Cobb Salad at lunch, and Calabrian Tortellini or Australian Wagyu at dinner.

29 E. MacArthur Street, Sonoma, CA 95476, (707) 938-2929

Valette Restaurant in Healdsburg, CA
Photo Courtesy of Valette Restaurant in Healdsburg, CA

Opened in 2015, Valette Restaurant has garnered stellar reviews in short order. The two brothers behind the restaurant create high quality but honest food, with delectable dishes such as as Chilled Yellow Beet Soup, Charred Eggplant ‘Falafel’, Honey Brined Pork Porterhouse, and Crispy Skinned Steelhead Trout. For a comprehensive taste of this Healdsburg restaurant, go with Chef Valette’s ‘Trust Me’ Tasting Menu, which is uniquely priced at $18 per course (minimum 5 courses). Luckily, if five just isn’t enough, you can keep going.

344 Center Street, Healdsburg, CA 95448, (707) 473-0946
29 North Street, Healdsburg, CA 95448, (707) 473-8030

Willi's Seafood and Raw Bar
Photo Courtesy of Willi's Seafood and Raw Bar

East Coast and South America meet at Willi’s Seafood & Raw Bar, with an extensive menu of small plates designed for sharing. Oyster lovers will feel right at home as Willi’s always has several varieties of fresh oysters on the menu, as well as items like the all meat Dungeness Crab Cakes (“no filler!”), Salt & Pepper Baby Back Riblets, Pan Roasted Shrimp, and Grilled Fish Tacos. Best to go with a group of people who love food as much as you do, so you can try one of everything.

403 Healdsburg Avenue, Healdsburg, CA 95448, (707) 433-9191

The Spinster Sisters
Photo Courtesy of The Spinster Sisters

The Spinster Sisters is hidden away in a cute little neighborhood in Santa Rosa, but that doesn’t stop it from being one of the culinary powerhouses of the county. Chef Liza Hinman creates New American dishes with loads of flavor, from the ocean, garden, and pasture. Try the Roasted Heirloom Carrots with yogurt and mint; Ahi Tuna Crudo with charred spring onion; or the Nettle Tagliatelle with snap peas and Meyer lemon; then cap it off with something sweet, like the Flourless Coconut Cake with dark chocolate ganache and sea salt.

401 South A Street, Santa Rosa, CA 95401, (707) 528-7100

Courtesy of Facebook Cafe La Haye

Fresh food and delectable bites are what make up the menu at Cafe La Haye, which for years has been a mainstay in downtown Sonoma. Though small, the restaurant has great ambiance with an open kitchen and clean design, where flavorful dishes from the seasonal menu are beautifully presented. Just be sure to save room for dessert, as the butterscotch pudding is a sinfully delicious must-try.

140 East Napa Street, Sonoma, CA 95476, (707) 935-5994

Diavola Pizzeria and Salumeria
Photo Courtesy of Diavola Pizzeria and Salumeria in Geyserville, CA

Known for their house-cured meats and authentic Italian pizzas, Diavola Pizzeria and Salumeria is a welcome respite after a day of wine tasting. Housed in a historic 1900s brick building, the restaurant specializes in Neapolitan-style pizzas, cooked to perfection in the wood-fire oven, which some call the best pizza in California. But don’t discount other items on the menu, as the restaurant is constantly creating specials and new dishes that highlight the best of Sonoma County’s produce, meat, and artisanal products.

21021 Geyserville Avenue, Geyserville, CA 95441, (707) 865-2484

Folktable

Folktale fish hamburger
The fish hamburger with special sauce! Photo Courtesy of Folktable.

This Michelin Bib Gourmand Restaurant at Cornerstone Sonoma is a delightful spot for a casual, but delicious lunch. While Chef Casey Thompson’s (of Top Chef fame) locally-inspired menu is always changing, one can always expect comforting, authentic food prepared with organic and seasonal ingredients, from farm fresh salads and bowls to sandwiches and shareable plates.

23584 Arnold Drive, Sonoma, CA 95476, (707) 356-3567

The Depot Restaurant

The Depot Restaurant in Sonoma, CA
Mamma Mia! It's Italian night tonight. Photo Courtesy of The Depot Restaurant.

Located in an 1870 train depot turned hotel is The Depot Restaurant. Here you’ll indulge in fine Italian cuisine such as Hand-Pulled Mozzarella served with a fresh baguette, Spring Pea Mezzaluna Ravioli with parmesan pesto sauce, or Ribeye with broccolini and salsa verde. Their wine list is made up of local Sonoma and Italian wines, or if you’re in the mood for a cocktail they serve Italian classics like the Depot Negroni.

241 First Street W, Sonoma, CA 95476, (707) 938-2980