One of the best and most diverse dining areas in the town of Cotati is, conveniently enough, right in itscharming downtown, next to the historic hexagonal La Plaza Park. It’s a “Best of” restaurants destination all on its own in southern Sonoma County.
A quick stroll along Old Redwood Highway between Highway 116 and Valparaiso Avenue discovers virtually any cuisine you could crave, from enormous classic American breakfasts at Marvin's of Cotati (7991 Old Redwood Highway, 707-664-1720) with its homemade jam and dog-friendly patio, to the delights at Mai Vietnamese Cuisine (8492 Gravenstein Highway, Cotati, 707-665-9628).
At Mai's the Pho soup has been lauded as some of the best in the region, and the welcoming genteel atmosphere includes a museum-like collection of Asian stringed instruments on the wall and a free bowl of sweet-salty roasted peanuts placed on your table as soon as you sit down.
For Thai fans, Lynn's Thai Restaurant (8492 Gravenstein Highway, Suite M, Cotati, 707-793-9300) offers authentic Thai home-cooking using the freshest ingriedients, served in a relaxed and welcoming atmosphere; the duck spring rolls are a popular favorite.
And Tiny Thai (8238 Old Redwood Highway, Cotati, 707-794-9404) packs a lot into a small storefront, with about a dozen chairs in which to sit and enjoy sumptuous cuisine deftly prepared and prettily presented by chef-owner Kack Brightman. Pumpkin curry is a house specialty, and crisp prawns with asparagus in a silky pineapple-coconut mill sauce is another standout.
You can enjoy Japanese cuisine at Shige Shushi Japanese Kitchen(8235 Old Redwood Highway, Cotati, 707-795-9753), a family-owned operation with a strong emphasis on freshness, high quality, and friendly service.
If it's Mexican that you crave, Café Salsa (8230 Old Redwood Highway, 707-795-7068) is a charm. Although there are more than a dozen burgers on the menu, the real specialties are updated south-of-the-border dishes like a salmon-mango taco, tofu taco salad, sumptuous pozole, and a rich chicken mole burrito.
Of course, this is just a short list of the many dining opportunities in Cotati; for more options, check our restaurant listings.