Sonoma Valley Restaurants

Sonoma Valley is a mecca for foodies. Many, many chefs cut their teeth at top restaurants and culinary schools around the world and then ultimately choose to settle in Sonoma Valley where “the livin’ is good.” There is a constant influx of new culinary talent as well as chefs who continue decade after decade to turn out amazing dishes that highlight the bounty of Sonoma Valley. Access to fresh local and organic produce, poultry, wine and cheese, offer limitless opportunities for creative California wine country cuisine. Locals are passionate about their food and will go the extra mile to source the perfect ingredients or support the many restaurants in the valley. Don’t miss the weekly Tuesday night farmers’ market during the summer season where you can meet many of Sonoma Valley’s farmers and hob nob with locals who love to picnic on the lawn.

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View all posts in About Sonoma Restaurants No high-brow pretentious dining here! In fact, nary a suit and tie is to be seen. Expect small, vibrant restaurants that source fresh local produce, cheeses and meats that likely came from the farms you passed earlier in the day. Reservations are recommended, especially for weekends.
View all posts in 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.
View all posts in 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.
View all posts in Wine Bars, Pubs, & Breweries There are several good options for pub crawling, wine tasting or downing a pint of beer.
View all posts in Breakfast & Lunch Spots Most restaurants in Sonoma, Glen Ellen, and Kenwood do offer nice breakfast and lunch menus, but he following places are at their best for lunch. Reservations are not necessary.
View all posts in Where to Buy Picnic Supplies Look for locally produced fresh breads, cured olives, cheeses, and, of course, wines. Where to picnic? In Sonoma, the Plaza is hard to beat. In the northern valley, Jack London State Park is an ideal spot. Many of the wineries throughout the valley offer great picnic spots.

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View all posts in Local Cheese & Olive Oil Sonoma has a rich history of locally produced cheeses, highlighted by Vella's Sonoma Jack and Laurel Chenel Chevre. Vella's charming "factory" store is a short walk from Sonoma Plaza. Olive oil production is a new, rising star in the valley.

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