9 Delicious Breakfast Spots in Sonoma

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It’s important to begin a day of wine tasting with a good breakfast, and the town of Sonoma provides many delicious options. Below are nine favorites to get your started.

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Restaurants / Sonoma

El Dorado Hotel & Kitchen

It’s easy to write off a hotel restaurant, but don’t make that mistake with El Dorado Kitchen at the El Dorado Hotel. This simple restaurant and bar, located on the corner of Sonoma Square, is known up and down California for high quality food and cocktails. Lovely morning light streaming through the historic windows onto a plate of savory Huevos Rancheros is the perfect visual to start your day.

Insider Tip

Order a side of Fried Potatoes: they’re so crispy and delicious that locals become regulars just for a taste.

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Restaurants / Sonoma

Pearl’s Diner

Pearl’s is a classic greasy spoon diner, with a passion for breakfast. They excel at American breakfast classics like pancakes, scrambled eggs, and bacon and sausage, getting the ratio of savory to sweet and fluffy to dense right every time.

Insider Tip

The pancakes are a must-taste. Thin, dense, and moist, they’re reminiscent of crêpes, and are simply delicious.

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Restaurants / Sonoma

Sunflower Caffe Espresso & Wine Bar

Located in an historic home on Sonoma Square, this homey café cooks with local ingredients (salt from the San Francisco Bay, milk from Sonoma County). If the weather is fine, head to the back of the café to sit on the snug patio.

Insider Tip

Order the Lavender Mist with Champagne, lemon, and lavender syrup, to chase away any remnants of yesterday’s wine tastings.

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Restaurants / Sonoma

Creekside Cafe

This café has down-to-earth Sonoma charm in spades (each table gets its own vintage salt and pepper shakers). Fresh café dishes come with friendly service and a friendlier price tag. Located next door to the Sonoma Creek Inn, it’s a convenient stop on your way out into Sonoma wine country.

Insider Tip

The biscuits and gravy are flaky, fluffy, thick, and savory in all the right places.

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Restaurants / Sonoma

the girl & the fig

Here you’ll find “country food with a French passion.” A well-known and beloved restaurant on the Sonoma Square, The Girl and the Fig serves everything hyper-fresh with a menu that changes every Thursday.

Insider Tip

Reserve a table for Sunday brunch (10 a.m. to 3 p.m.) and order the smoked fish tower, which includes sturgeon, smoked salmon, whitefish schmear, and a house-made bagel.

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Restaurants / Sonoma

Harvest Moon Cafe

Founders Nick and Jen can list such accomplishments as Chez Panisse chef and personal chef to the American Ambassador to Cyprus on their résumés. Fresh pastries–croissants, meyer lemon ginger scones, ricotta and swiss chard turnovers–and drinks–coffee, tea, hot chocolate, fresh-squeezed juices–are on order. They also serve several gluten-free pastries for the gluten-sensitive.

Insider Tip

Get a bag of Honey Almond Granola to go. It’s delicious in vanilla yogurt.

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Restaurants / Sonoma

Basque Boulangerie Café

At this quaint café on Sonoma Square, you’re more likely to see locals filling the tables than tourists. There are dozens of pastries and hot drinks to choose from, with hot breakfast sandwiches made to order as well. The staff will bend over backwards to help you get your morning off to a good start.

Insider Tip

Treat yourself to the Beehive Cake, a confection made of layers of creamy custard and airy pastry.

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Restaurants / Sonoma

Fremont Diner

Fremont Diner is wine country at its best and most authentic, from the rusty vintage truck parked out front, to the mismatched wall decorations. The kitchen turns out plates nothing short of spectacular, specializing in southern comfort food: cheddar jalapeño cornbread, shrimp and grits, and biscuits and gravy–are just a few of the favorite offerings.

Insider Tip

Order anything with fried chicken, like the chicken biscuit. It’s their speciality, and it doesn’t disappoint.

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Restaurants / Sonoma

Divewalk Café

A breath of fresh air for Sonoma, the new Divewalk Cafe serves Vietnamese and Thai-inspired dishes. For breakfast, they focus on sweet and savory crêpes made with organic ingredients, and boast a few gluten-free options to boot.

Insider Tip

Take advantage of the add-ons they have available for $1 extra each, including caramelized onions, jalapeños, avocado, bacon, and goat cheese.

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