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Eat & Drink | Best Sonoma Restaurants

Image by Emma K Morris, courtesy of Valley Bar + Bottle

Sonoma is home to an impressive array of culinary establishments, from funky roadside diners to fancy farm-to-table hotspots. We’ve rounded up “bests” (in our humble opinion) in each category of eat and drink in the beloved food mecca of Sonoma. Read on for two dozen of our favorite spots to break bread. Each eatery’s name is linked to their website so you can explore further.

Locals Favorite | Valley Bar + Bottle

487 First Street West, Sonoma

Newly-minted neighborhood favorite from four Scribe veterans. Refreshingly unique farm-fresh dishes and food-friendly wines (lots of imports!), mostly organic and biodynamic. 

Italian Market | Salumeria Ovello 

248 West Napa Street, Sonoma

The real deal. Housemade porchetta, salumi, panini and pastries (plus imported goodies like truffles) from Chef Andrea’s motherland – Piemonte, Italy.

Intimate & Charming | Café La Haye

140 East Napa Street, Sonoma

Beloved Sonoma eatery since 1996 (early pioneers of farm-to-table dining), with daily menus, a small-but-mighty local wine list and gracious hospitality from proprietor Saul.

Mexican | El Molino Central

11 Central Avenue, Boyes Hot Springs

Arguably the best Mexican food in the Bay Area, served up in a quaint-yet-colorful roadside stand.Tacos, tamales and enchiladas lovingly made with masa that’s stone-ground on site.

Oysters | Wit & Wisdom

1325 Broadway, Sonoma (in the Lodge at Sonoma)

New “tavern” from iconic restaurateur Michael Mina, with a solid assortment of fresh Pacific Coast oysters, shrimp and fish plus wood-fired vegetables, pizzas and meats.  

From the Hearth | Glen Ellen Star

13648 Arnold Drive, Glen Ellen

An intimate setting centered around the open kitchen and wood-fire oven. Pizzas, pastas, and proteins are divine, but the wood-roasted veggies are show-stoppers. Say hi to chef and owner, the inimitable Ari Weiswasser.

Brunch | Boon Fly Café

4048 Sonoma Highway, Napa (in Carneros Resort)

Vibrant “roadhouse” cafe at the entrance of Carneros Resort. Brunch menu flips every switch, from sweet to savory to boozy. Don’t leave without trying their donuts – $10 for a baker’s dozen.

Rhône & Ribs | Kivelstadt Cellars Eatery

22900 Broadway, Sonoma

Small-lot, Rhone-style wines paired with decadent-yet-delicate dishes from the smoker (baby back ribs, pork belly bánh mì, tacos al pastor). Plus live music on weekends. 

Coffee | The Porch 

29 East MacArthur Street, Sonoma (in MacArthur Place Hotel)

One of Sonoma’s best kept secrets. Whipping up classic and specialty coffee drinks with beans from local indie roastery, ACRE. Housemade pastries and paninis and, as the name implies, an open-air porch (patio) make this spot a daily ritual.

Pizza | The Red Grape

529 First Street West, Sonoma

Crushable brick-oven pies with a hyper-thin crust and a dizzying array of toppings. Not just the classics, you can opt for California flair (ie. pear, gorgonzola, hazelnut & smoked bacon). 

Fried Chicken | Lou’s Luncheonette

2698 Fremont Drive, Sonoma

Down-home cooking elevated with local, seasonal ingredients. Fried chicken is king, served up in a buttery biscuit sando or part of a country (or nashville) dinner. Don’t forget the hush puppies

Craft Cocktails | The Starling

19380 CA-12, Sonoma

Neighborhood cocktail joint offering masterful mixology without the pomp and circumstance. Set in a converted roadhouse at the edge of town, the bar’s vibe is spirited and anything-but-boring. 

Star-Studded | Single Thread Farms

131 North Street, Healdsburg

Three Michelin-star “farm to table” mecca, brainchild of Chef Kyle Connaughton. Bespoke 11 course prix-fixe menu uses ingredients from the owners’ farm. Spendy but worth every penny. 

Small Plates | OSO

9 East Napa Street, Sonoma

Great happy hour spot to sample from their eclectic offering — deviled eggs, ceviche, poutine and meatballs to name a few must-haves — in a cozy rustic setting.

Marketplace | Taub Family Outpost

497 First Street West, Sonoma

Clever mixed-use space (market, dining, speakeasy) in a historic two-story building on the Plaza. Marketplace boasts well-curated wines, provisions, grab-and-go bites and, wait for it, a coffee and frosé window! 

Burgers | El Dorado Kitchen

405 First Street West, Sonoma

A classic burger – juicy angus beef goodness stacked high on a pillowy bun, served up with the standard fixings and a side of fries. Also offered in a zippy seared Ahi iteration.

Dive Bar | Ernie’s Tin Bar

5100 Lakeville Highway, Petaluma

An unseemly spot for a drinking establishment (at the crossroads of two highways), this former garage serves up cold cans of beer, wines BTG and no frills. Bonus: free shuttle on weekends.

Bubbles | SIGH

120 West Napa Street, Sonoma

Everything sparkles. From the impressive champagne selection to the gold and cream modern decor to the scintillating owner, Jayme. Perfect reboot for the wine-fatigued palate. 

Classic Farm-to-Table | the girl and the fig

110 West Spain Street, Sonoma

One of the “OG” farm-to-table spots in wine country (founded in 1997) with a slight French twist. Consistent, classic, charming and always abuzz, especially at the height of tourist season.

Mediterranean | Layla 

29 East MacArthur Street, Sonoma (in MacArthur Place Hotel)

Convivial “farm kitchen” serving fresh, seasonal, local and sustainably-farmed dishes with a coastal Mediterranean bent (France, Italy, Spain). Bright, airy and verdant setting, inside or out.

Sandwiches | Sonoma Market

500 West Napa Street, Sonoma

Fast, filling and not-at-all fancy. Sometimes a classic meat-on-bread scenario is just what the doctor ordered, especially if the ingredients are delicious and fresh. 

Brewpub | HopMonk Tavern

691 Broadway, Sonoma

Craft beers, well-made bar food and live music in a former 1888 farmhouse in downtown Sonoma. Great for families, large groups, as well as dogs and bikes (patio only).  

Pop-up | EDGE

From the team at Stone Edge Farm Winery, EDGE is a Thursday-Saturday supperclub of sorts, hosted in a beautiful Victorian home. Prix-fixe pairing menus highlight ingredients from the farm.

Bakery | Basque Boulangerie Café

460 First Street East, Sonoma

Second-gen bakery in the iconic Sebastiani Theater building (first one est. 1856). Hailing from southwestern France, the owners make dreamy “old world” style French breads and pastries.

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