Delicious Secrets: 8 Best Restaurants in Forestville and Graton

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Forestville and Graton are an adorable pair of towns in Sonoma County that are located in the scenic, mountainous inland area of the county. Though the pair of communities contain a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it quality, the dining options are lauded and delicious. With noted comparisons to upscale establishments in New York City and elsewhere, the restaurants of these two villages are their own culinary universe.

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Farmhouse Inn & Restaurant

Sophistication meets the downhome Sonoma County spirit at the Farmhouse Inn Restaurant. This eatery is Michelin-rated and known for its great wine list, and the attached hotel was rated one of the best in the world by Travel and Leisure magazine. A stay at the Farmhouse Inn includes help from one of the hotel’s knowledgeable concierges, who will be happy to help plan your winery itinerary.

Insider Tip

The owners of the Farmhouse Inn Restaurant also own Lost and Found, and tastings of the winery’s bottles can be sampled at the restaurant.

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Russian River Vineyards Restaurant & Farm

This eclectic favorite serves new takes on American classics like ribeye steak and pork chops. Guests can either eat indoors, or venture out to Russian River Vineyards Restaurant & Farm’s spacious outdoor seating area. One of the few wineries in the area with a complete restaurant attached, it can be the delicious end to a day of winery visiting.

Insider Tip

Eat out on the wonderful patio without worrying about bug bites—hundreds of bats come out at dusk and quickly devour any pests.

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Willow Wood Market Cafe

This cozy restaurant in the sleepy village of Graton was compared by Wine Spectator to restaurants in the East Village of New York City, with the magazine calling it a “hip gathering spot for local elite winemakers and wine travelers alike.” Updated and upscale versions of American delights fill the menu, like the open-faced egg sandwich with Fontana cheese and pesto. Weekend brunch is a favorite for locals: expect a line, but the lattes, served in a bowl like in France, are worth it.

Insider Tip

Pair that giant latte with Willow Wood Market Café’s amazing Monte Cristo sandwich, served on French toast.

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Backyard

You may not want to eat the stuff found in your backyard, but you’d be remiss to skip the culinary wonders served up at The Backyard. As the name subtly suggests, the ingredients are quite literally from the chefs’ backyards, and the menu, dictated by the seasons, include treats like the fava bean hummus and chicken pot pie.

Insider Tip

Every Thursday night the restaurant serves a family-style chicken dinner, crafted from sustainably raised ingredients. It’s become a community event.

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Canneti Roadhouse Italiana

Canneti Roadhouse Italiana brings a sunny slice of Tuscany to Forestville with some imaginative options on the menu. Pretty much everything is made in-house, including the bread, cured meats, and even the mozzarella. If you were never spoiled by an Italian grandmother, the desserts, including a fantastic tiramisu, will make up for it.

Insider Tip

Don't worry if the dining room looks bereft of hungry diners—it's not. All the locals are hidden away on the back porch where you can't see them at first entrance.

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Twist an Eatery

A casual café housed within a cute and sunny space, Twist Eatery is only open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Schedule a visit here for lunch, and sit on the quaint patio, where you’ll be rewarded by some fantastic ribs and coleslaw if you have the appetite. Or, enjoy one of the excellent sandwiches: with selections like the tri-tip sandwich and the beet salad, just perusing the menu will make you salivate.

Insider Tip

The Cajun meatloaf sandwich brings some Louisiana heat and soul to this cafeteria classic.

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Mexico Lindo Restaurant

It's easy not to notice this place because Willow Wood Market Café and other nearby commanding restaurants, but the guacamole at this little eatery will be enough to get your full attention. With a charming patio surrounded by plants, Mexico Lindo could easily be the best Mexican spot in Graton: it’s alarmingly easy to gorge yourself on the hefty portions of tamales or black beans and rice, so remember to pace yourself.

Insider Tip

The chicken mole, made with chocolate and a complex array of spices, is amazing, especially in the enchiladas.

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Nightingale Breads

Nightingale Breads is not technically a restaurant, but it is a favorite bakery of visitors and locals alike (many area restaurants serve their products). It will take quite an amount of patience to not tear into the artisan breads as soon as you buy them, but the hearty ryes, sourdoughs, or sandwich-ready baguettes are a tasty way to carb up before a day of winery tours.

Insider Tip

Call Nightingale Breads ahead of your visit to see when the next bake is. Get there quickly—they run out pretty quickly.

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