Splitting my time between Wine Country (Sonoma & Napa) and San Francisco, I am no stranger to downtown Sonoma. If you’ve never been, you are in for a treat. Downtown Sonoma has some of the best dining in California. With so many fantastic options to choose from, I am going to be sharing my top Sonoma Dining recommendations of where you should grab a bite!
Cafe la Haye
Cafe la Haye is a stylish modern American restaurant that offers a plethora of creative menu items. Since they utilize seasonal ingredients, the menu is ever-changing and always fresh. No two nights are the same at Cafe la Haye! 140 E Napa St, Sonoma, CA 95476
Della Santina’s has THE best Italian food on the downtown Sonoma dining scene. With an authentic yet innovative menu, there is something for every type of eater at this gorgeous trattoria. Dining here feels like spending an evening in Tuscany. 133 E Napa St, Sonoma, CA 95476
When I visited Della Santina’s I was told their pasta is to die for. After having Lasagne and another pasta I can see why. Be sure to order Pasta when dining here it’s amazing!
El Dorado Kitchen
Next up, El Dorado Kitchen. California inspired farm-to-table cuisine make this restaurant a perfect representation of Downtown Sonoma. Their menu currently includes items like the beautiful beet salad and carbonara (shown below), but is always changing thanks to their talented chef, Armando Navarro. The interior of this restaurant is just as gorgeous as its food too! 405 1st St W, Sonoma, CA 95476
the girl & the fig
The girl & the fig is an iconic Sonoma restaurant. Their food is both comforting and refined. Sondra Bernstein accurately describes their food as “Country food with a French passion”. See my blog post about the girl & the fig here. Also, see my interview with owner Sondra Bernstein here. 110 W Spain St, Sonoma, CA 95476
NoodleSpring Pop-Up by the girl & the fig
The genius of Sondra Bernstein does not stop at her main restaurant. Bernstein recently started a new pop-up at the girl & the fig, NoodleSpring. They’re making the best ramen, crispy chicken, sticky riblets, and more. You must order takeout from this new menu before its too late! 110 W Spain St, Sonoma, CA 95476
El Molino Central
If you’re craving Mexican, El Molino Central is the place to go! They have authentic dishes with the freshest and highest quality ingredients. For brunch, lunch, and dinner, this place hits the spot. Try their delicious mole, fish tacos, or enchiladas next time you’re in Downtown Sonoma. 11 Central Ave, Sonoma, CA 95476
Right in the Sonoma Plaza, you can find this absolute gem, Sunflower Caffé. Offering the most delicious breakfast, lunch, and brunch, you will leave this place immediately wanting to go back for more. Check out their banana cream pie waffle, tomato soup with grilled cheese, and avocado toast in the photos below. Is your mouth watering yet? Also, they have a stunning back garden where guests can dine, grab a coffee and work. It truly is such a gem not to be missed. 421 1st St W, Sonoma, CA 95476
Views of the back outdoor garden where dining is so picturesque.
Taub Family Outpost
Taub Family Outpost is a delicious restaurant in the Sonoma area that you must try. Their menu is so unique and diverse, since it has a full service restaurant, tasting room, retail market, and cocktail bar. So much for you to enjoy at this popular hot spot. See the Taub Family Outpost Restaurant’s website here.
Bloody Mary’s aren’t just for weekends and mornings when they taste this good!
Wit & Wisdom
Last but definitely not least, Wit & Wisdom is another restaurant I am extremely fond of when it comes to Sonoma dining. Chef Michael Mina creates a highly curated culinary experience, making quality dishes that satiate comfort food cravings. Moreover, Wit & Wisdom boasts unique cocktails, warm ambiance, and the friendliest staff. See my blog post about Wit & Wisdom here. 1325 Broadway, Sonoma, CA 95476