Casual Restaurants

No fast food chains here! These restaurants are locally owned and operated. Chances are good that your wait staff person attended school in Sonoma. Go ahead, ask them.

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Maya Restaurant

SNIPPET: Excellent, authentic dishes from the Yucatan region of Mexico served in a warm, beautiful and casual setting right on the Sonoma plaza. Local hangout, particularly at the Tequila bar.

BEST FOR: You simply cannot lose here if you like Mexican food.  Extensive Tequila menu. Happy hour Mon-Fri 5-6 p.m.

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Oso Sonoma

SNIPPET: Oso Sonoma is hands-down the current hot spot in Sonoma Valley!

BEST FOR: Oso is perfect for a casual meal on the Sonoma Plaza that does not sacrifice quality or creativity. It's a great spot to bring a group and share plates. Menu is constantly changing; sample as many items as possible! As an added bonus, Oso stays open late (til midnight on Fri/Sat. and 11 all other days).    

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The Fig Cafe

SNIPPET: A gem of a restaurant tucked away in sleepy Glen Ellen.

BEST FOR: Sunday brunch or a leisurely dinner any day of the week. And don't forget to bring that bottle of wine you've been hanging onto as there are no corkage fees!

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Aventine

SNIPPET: Aventine is a rustic, Italian restaurant in a charming, creekside location in woodsy Glen Ellen.

BEST FOR: You can't beat Aventine's quaint setting at the historic Grist Mill along Sonoma Creek. A bustling bar scene and casual patio are perfect for relaxed dining. Pizza and pasta are the stars here but you can also enjoy chicken parmigiana, grilled branzino, or seared scallops. Dogs are welcome on the patio.

Burgers and Vine

B&V Whiskey Bar and Grille

SNIPPET: Burger and beer joint right on the plaza.

BEST FOR: A hearty burger and nice selection of beer on tap. Bar open until 1 a.m. and live entertainment many evenings. Good place to watch sports events.

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Cafe Citti

SNIPPET: No frills Tuscan trattoria is a Zagat-rated Best Buy. Place your reservation at the counter and then find a table and sit down.

BEST FOR: Garlicky Caesar salad and Pollo alla Toscano followed by Tiramisu.

Delhi Belly

Delhi Belly Indian Bistro

SNIPPET: Indian bistro blending classic dishes with California influence.

BEST FOR: Best place in town for vegetarians and lovers of Indian food.

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El Molino Central

SNIPPET: Top-notch Mexican food in a somewhat funky setting. Take out or sit out back at a picnic table.

BEST FOR: Good for take out when you are too tired to cook. Seated dining is almost non-existent (and leaves a lot to be desired) but hands down they have the best quality Mexican food in the valley. Serves Blue Bottle coffee.

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The Red Grape

SNIPPET: Family friendly restaurant featuring thin crust pizza. Half block off the Sonoma plaza.

BEST FOR: Lunch of thin crust pizza or panini seated at an outdoor table. Kid friendly dinners that offer items beyond pizza like grilled cheese or burgers.

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