Santa Rosa has some great down-town dining locations, and it is also worth the trip to eat in Healdsburg or Sonoma Plaza. Sonoma County has so many choices for a great dinner that we hesitate to recommend any one location. If you wish to research further then check out www.sonoma.com. There are also excellent reviews made weekly by the local Press Democrat food critic Jeff Cox . (Hint: If he says it is 3* then you are unlikely to be disappointed).
Of course you could also follow the crowds to those eateries in “the other valley” over the hill. But we are sure that you will find something our side for every palate and pocket.
When you arrive we will be happy to advise you, make reservations and direct you to those suitable for your tastes within a short driving distance of the Inn.
If you wish us to help you plan a special event or ensure that a table is reserved for you then please call to discuss your specific needs.
A few favorites, since folks always ask us:
These are some of the recent recommendations from our guests. We are sure you will find your own favorites and wish to share them!
[Tim's brief comment follows each]
Santa Rosa (2 + miles)
C’a Bianca (Italian) best fine dining Italian in town
Willi’s Wine Bar (California tapas) great and still the original tapas place in Santa Rosa
Monti’s Rotisserie & Grill (Californian) local and the same owners as Willi’s
Flavor (Lively Downtown Bar/Grill) open late with best values in town
East/West Restaurant (Organic healthy) For vegetarians and those who eat no red meat !
Bistro 29 (French inspired bistro) great crepes and traditional french food and fries
Kenwood (5 miles)
Kenwood Restaurant (Californian) good restaurant night out
Café Citti (Italian) al fresco pasta& salad. Order yourself and they bring it to your table
Vineyards Inn (Spanish/Californian) great for Spanish fish variations
Doce Lunas (California) Iron skillet specials lend novelty
Glen Ellen & Sonoma (7 to 15 miles)
Glen Ellen Inn (Californian/French) great bistro with martinis, oysters and garden dining in summer
Fig Cafe (Californian) same owners as G & the F, but cafe style-in Glen Ellen.
Glen Ellen Star (Californian) excellent new bistro on the local scene
Girl & the Fig (Californian) Good dining on the Plaza-book-in Sonoma
Della Santina (Italian Trattoria) traditional and best in Sonoma
La Salette(Portuguese) something different and very tasty tucked in a side alley
Meritage (Seafood/Italian) great for (mainly) shell-fish
Healdsburg (15 miles)
Charcuterie (French Bistro) Frech name for a pork sausage butcher says it all
Zin (California) beer battered green bean appetizer gives you a hint of their inventiveness
Willi’s Seafood & Raw Bar (says it all)
Farmhouse Inn (Forestville)
Applewood Inn (Guerneville)one Michelin star
K&L Bistro (Sebastopol)Zagat rated and a locals favorite
Zazu (Sebastopol) Californian pork homage in the new Barlow Center – with great organic veg and pork and features the cooking of Dusky Estes from Food Network competitions
Rivers End (Jenner) is the place to watch the sunset over the pacific breakers and the food is good too
Lucas Wharf (Bodega Bay) fresh fish dining on the coast at Bodega Bay