Up-Scale Restaurants

Expect great food and service at these popular fine dining establishments. Perfect for a special meal or celebration. Dress ranges from clean jeans & shirt to a touch fancier than “vacation casual”. Most have both indoor and outdoor seating and reservations are recommended especially on the weekends.


Cafe La Haye

SNIPPET: A small, classy restaurant a half block off the Sonoma Plaza, Cafe La Haye shines with a simple but superbly done cuisine. Zagat calls it "tiny but mighty."

BEST FOR: Cafe La Haye is a top contender for best restaurant in Sonoma Valley!

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Harvest Moon Cafe

SNIPPET: Small, family-run restaurant right on Sonoma Plaza.

BEST FOR: Cozy winter meal seated indoors or on the patio on a warm evening. Look for Wed. evening movies on the patio throughout the summer.

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The Girl and the Fig

SNIPPET: Wildly popular, the Girl and the Fig is clearly the best-known restaurant in Sonoma Valley.

BEST FOR: Girl & the Fig serves up classic French dishes such as steak frites, braised wild boar, and croque monsieur. Reservations are strongly recommended otherwise expect a long wait. If you can't get a table, grab a seat at the bar and hope for the best. Weekends and Sunday brunch are jam-packed.

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Della Santina’s

SNIPPET: Della Santina's is a family-run, authentic Italian trattoria a half block from Sonoma plaza.

BEST FOR: Locals know to come to Della Santina's for a leisurely dinner seated indoors by the fire on a cold winter night or on the back patio by the fountain on a hot summer day. Favorites include gnocchi della nonna and roast duck.

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El Dorado Kitchen

SNIPPET: Upscale wine country restaurant right on the Sonoma Plaza. But really, it's a restaurant, wine bar and hotel all rolled into one renovated historic building.

BEST FOR: Great lunch spot or first stop of the evening for cocktails and appetizers on the outdoor patio.

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Glen Ellen Inn

SNIPPET: Glen Ellen Inn is an inn, restaurant, oyster grill and martini bar all rolled up into one.

BEST FOR: One-stop shopping: book a room for a couple of days and walk a few steps to wine and dine.

Glen Ellen Star

Glen Ellen Star

SNIPPET: Rustic, country restaurant in idyllic Glen Ellen.

BEST FOR: The brick oven is central to the creative cuisine featured in this teeny restaurant. From shishito peppers, to white pizza with pork cheeks and arugula to whole roasted dourade, you can’t go wrong here.

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LaSalette Restaurant

SNIPPET: Portuguese cuisine with an American twist.

BEST FOR: Adventurous foodies looking for something a bit off the beaten trail. Nice selection of Portuguese and Sonoma wines.

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