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Fine wine demands great food, and Sonoma’s crop of restaurants certainly delivers, as high-quality casual cafes, old-school steakhouses, and Michelin-starred eateries abound. Moreover, many eateries pay homage to the region’s 200-year-old family farm tradition by sourcing vegetables, cheeses, meats, and fish from Northern California’s fertile farmlands and plentiful shores.

Top Restaurants in Sonoma


This intimate restaurant offers innovative yet accessible French/Asian cuisine from rising star chef Douglas Keane.

29 North St., CA, 707-433-3311,
Tags: expensive | notable chef | smart splurge | french | asian

D's Diner

Just outside of Santa Rosa, D’s Diner offers all the basics: hearty breakfasts, juicy burgers, stuffed sandwiches, and more. Fans rave about the barbecue ribs basted with apricot sauce.

7260 Healdsburg Ave., CA, 707-829-8080
Tags: family | budget | comfort food

Depot Hotel

Located in a beautifully restored historic building, Depot Hotel serves up wonderful Tuscan-style cuisine like veal scaloppini; other hearty dishes include filet mignon, chicken, and numerous pastas.

241 First St. W., CA, 707-938-2980,
Tags: moderate

Dry Creek Kitchen

Acclaimed chef Charlie Palmer uses only the freshest organic ingredients to craft innovative dishes, including a Kobe beef and foie gras burger; superb wine list and excellent brunch.

317 Healdsburg Ave., CA, 707-431-0330,
Tags: expensive | notable chef | editor pick | new american

Sonoma Taco Shop

A healthier alternative to fast food, Sonoma Taco Shop was also voted one of the best Mexican restaurants in Northern California; the fajitas and tamales are fantastic.

100 Brookwood St., CA, 707-525-8585
Tags: family | budget | editor pick | mexican

Stark's Steakhouse

Husband-and-wife team Mark and Terri Stark built this bustling steakhouse in Santa Rosa’s historic Railroad Square in 2008, one of their four forays into Sonoma’s acclaimed restaurant scene. Although the menu here tends toward the decadent (some cuts of meat are dry-aged in-house, and steak toppings include truffle fried eggs and sautéed foie gras), Stark’s also caters to more casual diners with a grown-up “Chef’s Happy Meal,” consisting of hand-cut steak tartare, truffle fries, and a glass of Stark’s Pale Ale for just $19. 

521 Adams St., CA, 707-546-5100,
Tags: historic | happy hour

Zin Restaurant and Wine Bar

Comfort food is given new life with some Northern California twists; try chicken braised in Zinfandel with apple wood smoked bacon; wonderful wines, seasonal menu.

344 Center St., CA, 707-473-0946,
Tags: family | moderate | comfort food

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