As you are probably are aware by now, I adore Healdsburg. What’s not to love?! This is a charming town about an hour and a half north of San Francisco combining many of my favorite things. Incredible dining, luxury hotels with fabulous guest accommodations, charming shops and local destinations, and, of course, Wine Country. I’ve been putting together my Top 10 Healdsburg Restaurant list for a while and with the newly SingleThread Farm Restaurant & Inn opening this list feels truly complete.
Read more about the Top 10 Best Restaurant’s in Healdsburg and be sure to visit and check them out. If you have any questions, as always email me, I’m happy to share more information and give any other tips for a visit to Healdsburg. Check out my Top 10 Sonoma Wineries here if you’re looking for some Winery destinations while visiting Healdsburg.
SingleThread Farm Restaurant & Inn
As one of the most anticipated openings of 2016, SingleThread Farm Restaurant & Inn is truly like nothing you can imagine and they just received their Third Michelin Star. Having recently visited for dinner and a day time tour of the Restaurant, the Inn, and their spectacular roof top, I was blown away. It’s hard to put into words until you experience it yourself, but I would best describe it as a culinary destination combining the best food, wine, service, and guest experience in one of the most beautiful, well thought out spaces in California. I will be writing a full blog post about the amazing 11-course meal I experienced, the background, and story of owners Kyle and Katina Connaughton, as well as more on why you must visit. Stay tuned for that post very soon…131 North St, Healdsburg, CA 95448.
The fabulous couple behind SingleThread Farm Restaurant Inn – Katina and Kyle Connaughton. I’ve met them both and they’re so humble, friendly, down to earth, and clearly so talented and passionate about what they do. They have found their calling!
Journeyman Meat Co
Journeyman Meat Co is one of the newest culinary arrivals to Healdsburg opening in the Spring of 2018. It is a butchery shop, salumeria and tasting bar sharing salumeria, other culinary bites, wines and more! It’s located a block from the Healdsburg square in the same building as another Healdsburg gem, Single Thread. Read more about Single Thread Restaurant here. 404 Center St, Healdsburg, CA 95448.
The back half of the restaurant which has a charming wine bar with 4-5 seats where I suggest sitting if you want to engage with Pete and Cathy Seghesio’s (the owners) or any of their knowledgeable friendly staff in a bar counter setting. I sat here during my recent visit with my sister Jeannine, and we literally never left. A glass of wine and some nibbles turned into sharing a burger, pizza and charcuterie. The food, wine and team here is so so fabulous, it’s hard not to fall in love…
Owners and hosts Pete and Cathy Seghesio. I have met them during both of my visits and also at Charlie Palmer’s Pigs & Pinot Noir event, read more about that here, and they are so amazing. During both visits they were both working behind the counter, greeting guests, cleaning up, serving wine & food. This is truly a family business. In addition to the butcher assortment, they are also serving some of their wines which I had the chance to try. Clearly this family does both food & wine very well and are passionate about a genuine hospitality experience for their guests.
The incredible charcuterie spread paired with San Lorenzo wine.
The wood burning oven for pizza and other roasted veggies and sides.
Happy Hour at Hotel Healdsburg
The Hotel Healdsburg offers a fabulous happy hour daily from 4:00 – 7:00pm which I recently enjoyed and fell in love with. The food is from the Dry Creek Kitchen team and they offer great cocktails, wine & beer at happy hour prices plus amazing food. When I was there, we enjoyed live music as well! Be sure to check this out when you’re visiting Healdsburg. Hotel Healdsburg, 25 Matheson St. Healdsburg, CA.
The delicious tartare on the happy hour menu. Also be sure to order the Charlie Palmer Burger, another favorite of mine!
The fried chicken we enjoyed during our happy hour visit!
Chef Charlie Palmer’s Dry Creek Kitchen
Within California, and specifically Napa and Healdsburg, Chef Charlie Palmer is quite a legend. Not only because of his acclaimed Dry Creek Kitchen Restaurant and Napa’s Harvest Table Restaurant, but also because of his involvement in the incredible Hotel Healdsburg, read more about The Hotel Healdsburg here. He’s also adored for all the great things he does for his local community, including fundraising events such as The Project Zin, and the most recent event I attended Pigs & Pinot (stay tuned for coverage of that event on the blog soon). Dry Creek Kitchen is Chef Charlie’s high end restaurant within the Hotel Healdsburg and it will blow you away. With incredible service, a delicious culinary experience, and a beautiful setting, this is a spot in Healdsburg not to be missed. Hotel Healdsburg, 317 Healdsburg Ave, Healdsburg, CA 95448
I love a restaurant welcome that includes sparkling wine from Iron Horse. Dry Creek Kitchen has their own Iron Horse Cuvee which was beautiful!
Chef Charlie Palmer visiting with guests at Dry Creek Kitchen.
One of the newest openings in Healdsburg that you must try is The Brass Rabbit. This incredible culinary gem is led by Chef Shane McAnelly, who is also the Chef of Chalkboard Restaurant (also on this top 10 list below). The Brass Rabbit offers an intimate setting with a chef’s counter taking in the wonderful open kitchen views as well as a lively bar counter great for a cocktail or dining as well. During my visit we sat at a table in the back with fabulous views of the kitchen. The food here is incredible, and as the name suggest it’s on the heavier, meatier side and I loved it all. We started with deviled eggs, mini lobster rolls (my favorite), a martini with foie gras stuffed olives, an incredible fresh salad and shared a Pork Chop as our entree. I hope you get a chance to visit this incredible Healdsburg new spot which I predict will be sticking around a very long time. 109 Plaza Street, Healdsburg, CA 95448.
Starting out the evening with a martini with foie gras olives. Wow that is how a martini should be done always!
The incredible deviled eggs
I am such a happy girl, bubbles, a lobster roll and deviled eggs to begin this amazing meal.
Valette Healdsburg is easily one of the best fine dining restaurants in Healdsburg. Valette combines an elegant, yet neighborhood-like vibe that’s not stuffy, while offering delicious, spectacular food and incredible service. Read more about my lovely dining experience at Valette Healdsburg here and see more about the 5-course Tasting menu and wine pairing. 344 Center St, Healdsburg, CA 95448.
SpoonBar is another incredible Healdsburg gem. The food is exquisite. Not only is their food incredible, but it has a lively scene, great service, and a great bar scene. Be sure to enjoy a cocktail before or after your meal. 219 Healdsburg Avenue, Healdsburg CA.
With amazing pizza, great pasta, and a fabulous interior and exterior dining room setting, Campo Fina is another Healdsburg staple. I have been numerous times (mostly for Banshees Wines pick up parties, read more about the amazing Banshee Wine Tasting Room here), and the pizza is always great, I have a blast playing Bocce on their court in the back patio and the staff is super friendly. 330 Healdsburg Ave, Healdsburg, CA 95448.
The Shed is best described as a heaven for culinary, home, garden, and wine lovers. It is not only a great destination to grab a bite, it is also a shopping destination for produce, food, wine, books, cooking, home, and garden decor. The Shed offers a curated assortment of food, wine, and shopping as well as a seated cafe, restaurant, and coffee bar. I have also determined that they have the most delicious Almond Milk Latte I have ever had the pleasure of drinking. I learned they make the vanilla syrup fresh daily and it is divine, so creamy and rich while not being totally over-powering in that fake vanilla syrup way you taste at the larger coffee chains. 25 North St, Healdsburg, CA 95448.
Cousteau French Bakery
Since brunch is one of the most relaxing ways to celebrate a leisurely weekend, I find you can’t have enough great brunch options! Cousteau French Bakery and Parish Cafe are my go-to’s during a visit to Healdsburg. Cousteau has a charming french bistro feel to it, but expect a wait if you arrive after 9:30am or so. They also have a take away counter for pastries, coffees, and quick bites. I recommend sitting and getting a classic dish such as an omelette. You really can’t go wrong here. 417 Healdsburg Ave, Healdsburg, CA 95448
Situated just next door to The Shed is Chalkboard. They are known for great food, a happy hour not to be missed (from 5:00pm – 6:30pm), and what I describe as some of the yummiest pasta dishes in town. They have a charming indoor space with a bar that is so inviting you will never leave. I enjoyed my dinner on the outside patio but you really can’t go wrong with either indoor or outdoor at this solid, consistently delicious Healdsburg destination. 29 North St, Healdsburg, CA 95448
The Parish Cafe
Although The Parish Cafe does not serve dinner, both their brunch and lunch are incredible and worth visiting to experience. I had heard about Parish Cafe many, many times from locals and finally got to experience it and loved it. It has a casual local feel to it with amazing southern food such as Shrimp and Grits, Biscuits… I love the laid back setting with picnic tables outside where guests can casually dine and enjoy the Healdsburg scene. 60 Mill St, Healdsburg, CA 95448.