20 New and Soon-to-Open Restaurants in Sonoma County

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Despite pandemic and wildfires, new restaurants are popping up around Sonoma County. Read below to check out some of the newcomers on the scene. 

Charro Negro, Santa Rosa

The best ocean-to-table tacos and tostadas in Sonoma County. Hands down. No questionRodrigo Mendoza is a former Willi’s Seafood chef who made the leap to a mobile kitchen. He runs El Charro Negro with business partner Ricardo Ibarra in a brilliantly colored, hash-tagged and social media-ready truck that’s impossible to miss at its usual Roseland spot, the new Mitote Food Park. Read more. 665 Sebastopol Rd., Santa Rosa

charro negro tacos

Chicken Nature, Santa Rosa

This newcomer to the Marlow shopping center in Santa Rosa serves Asian food featuring mostly chicken dishes. Simple but hearty dishes like chicken curry puffs, tangy tamarind chicken rice bowls, curry rice bowls, poached chicken and rice and grilled chicken and rice are available for pickup and delivery. Most entrees are $12.95. Read more. 1791 Marlow Road, Santa Rosa

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Fourth Street Social Club, Santa Rosa

First time restauranteurs Melissa and Chris Matteson’s plant-based restaurant (with meat options) offers “healthier comfort food with a focus on locally grown ingredients.” All-day brunch includes raspberry and blueberry waffles with seasonal sorbet and fruit, mini quiches, veggie Chilaquiles and a carrot “lox” plate; lunch items include mushroom pomegranate toast, chickpea meatloaf, and jacked up popcorn “chikn.” Scheduled to open late September. 643 4th St., Santa Rosa

fourth street social club

Stark’s Brazilian BBQ Pop-Up, Santa Rosa

Stark’s Steak and Seafood transforms its outdoor parking lot into a churrascaria from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday through Sunday. The restaurant’s “Big Red” mobile rotisserie fires up up all-you-can eat dishes like mesquite-grilled New York steak, ribeye, filet mignon, lemon herb chicken, smoked pork belly, and barbecue salmon. The meal is served family-style and includes dessert. Reservations are strongly encouraged. 521 Adams St., Santa Rosa

Tamales Oaxaquenos, Santa Rosa

Sonoma County radio host and businessman Neil Pacheco has paired the salsas and long-simmered homemade moles of his Oaxacan ancestors with a handful of California cuisine-inspired ingredients like extra virgin olive oil, finishing salt, edible flowers and micro-greens to create this newcomer to Roseland’s Mitote Food Park.  665 Sebastopol Road, Santa Rosa, in the Mitote Food Park

Wooden Petal, Santa Rosa

Professional baker Clare Hulme of Wooden Petal is making small-batch sea salt, cheese and “everything” pretzels from her commercial kitchen with cheese dip and mustard for pickup or delivery throughout much of the county. These soft little nuggets are closer to a roll than a tooth-breaking hard pretzel, with a yeasty, homemade flavor that’s hard to resist. Ordering details at woodenpetal.com.

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Coming soon – Grata, Windsor

Former Starks chef, Eric Foster, will be opening a modern Italian eatery in Windsor this fall with his wife, Christina. The couple says they’ll be doing appetizers, salads, pasta and some larger plates, along with “adult” low-ABV Italian sodas in the former Chinois space (pictured) near the Town Green. Christina says it will be a fun place for families, dates, and “gal pals” to hang out. 186 Windsor River Rd. Windsor

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Coming soon – Little Saint, Healdsburg

Little Saint is slated to open later this fall in the former Healdsburg SHED, once owned by Doug Lipton and Cindy Daniel. It will be open to the public daily for all-day dining, retail and ticketed events. Acknowledging the vision of Lipton and Daniel, the new project will foster at least some of the ideals of its former owners by creating a space to talk about sustainability and support the local community. Plus some really cool art and music. 105A W North St, Healdsburg

Coming soon – Hazel Hill at Montage Resort, Healdsburg

Montage’s new “ultra luxury resort” in Healdsburg, slated to open in December, comes with a “terroir-to-table” restaurant that overlooks a vineyard to the east and a private dining area cantilevered out into an oak tree. A locally sourced seasonal menu will feature “French-influenced California cuisine” and there will be a wine bar and brunch menu with “nourishing Wine Country fare.” 100 Montage Way, Healdsburg

Corner Project Ales and Eats, Geyserville

This family-run brewpub has one brother brewing and the other manning the kitchen. More than just fried pub grub, Chef Tom Adamian’s menu includes comforting dishes like meatball sandwiches, grilled veggie sandos, gem salad and tomato salad. Locally sourced, the menu changes up weekly. Menu favorites include Geyserville cheesesteaks, chocolate beer brownie and house-fermented pickle plates. 21079 Geyserville Ave., Geyserville

Folktable, Sonoma

Top Chef contestant Casey Thompson’s new concept, Folktable, is now in previews at Cornerstone Sonoma. Weekend pop-ups at the Sunset Test Kitchen feature craft cocktails and an abbreviated menu until the new restaurant opens at the former Palooza space, also in Cornerstone. The pop-up menu includes lobster, along with fresh tomatoes and seasonally-inspired dishes like Panzanella salad with peaches, mint and sumac, tostadas, hand-pulled mozzarella, a Wagyu hotdog, and funnel cakes. Read more. 23570 Arnold Drive, Sonoma

Valley Bar + Bottle, Sonoma

Valley Bar + Bottle opened in July as a wine bar, restaurant, and bottle shop. Housed in the Leese-Fitch Adobe built in 1836, which was most recently Harvest Moon Cafe, it feels like a French neighborhood cafe. The concept for the fare is California home cooking that’s ingredient-driven, rustic, and simple, using traditional methods of cooking. The XO Egg topped with the iconic, spicy Hong Kong condiment, is a must-order. 487 First West, Sonoma

Wit and Wisdom, Sonoma

Wit and Wisdom Tavern, a Michael Mina project at The Lodge at Sonoma, opened Sept. 14 at the former Carneros Bistro, featuring a new patio. The restaurant, inspired by author Jack London’s collection of writings by the same name, highlights locally sourced ingredients and open-fire cooking. It’s the first Mina restaurant in Wine Country, so expect a stellar wine program as well. 1325 Broadway At Leveroni & Napa Roads, Sonoma

April Pantry, Petaluma

Newly-established at the former Ulia’s Deli in a Petaluma office park, April Pantry has some serious talent making crave-worthy sandwiches and salads. Menu favorites include the Billionaire’s BLT (pictured), with crunchy sweet bacon, juicy heirloom tomatoes and smoked tomato jam;  the grilled cheese sandwich with cherry tomato salad; the barbecue pork banh mi on a soft French roll and the Aloha Plate, with fresh mac salad, coconut rice and fried chicken. 1000 Clegg St., Petaluma

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Ethel’s Bagels, Petaluma

Chef Nicolas Abrams has been on a quest to create the perfect East Coast-meets-West Coast bagel for years. Enlisting the help of his two children and his wife, he has created a delivery-only bagelry in Petaluma that’s gaining word-of-mouth traction throughout the Bay Area. Abrams also makes Oy Vey cream cheese schmears that are required eating with the bagels. Deliveries to Sonoma County are on Friday, and you’ll need to order the week prior. It’s worth the wait. Order online at ethelsbagels.com

Table Culture Provisions, Petaluma

Get fried chicken takeout dinner deluxe at Wishbone restaurant in Petaluma on Sundays. The fledgling project from the Shuckery’s Executive Chef Stephane Saint Louis and business partner Steven Vargas is a toe-dip for a mobile bistro the two plan to launch in the future. The menu includes fig, capicola and baked Red Hawk cheese; fried chicken with farmers vegetables and caramel flan. Patio dining and curbside pickup only. Pre-orders required at tablecultureprovisions.square.site. 841 Petaluma Blvd N, Petaluma

Blue Ridge Kitchen, Sebastopol

Blue Ridge Kitchen, a Southern(ish) restaurant located in the former Zazu space, was designed to be a something-for-everyone spot similar to Napa’s Rutherford Grill or the iconic Buckeye Roadhouse. Chef Matt D’Ambrosi (Spoonbar, Harmon Guest House, Pizzando) is keen to throw a few curve balls with deconstructed plating (Mississipi mud pie), culinary winks such as Asian pear coulis with the tuna tartare or anise-y fennel pollen ricotta in his tomato salad or surprises like saffron bechemel or caviar classing up the Croque Madame.  6770 McKinley St., Suite 150, Sebastopol

blue ridge kitchen oysters

Flavor Bistro, Sebastopol

Flavor Bistro, the popular downtown Santa Rosa eatery, shuttered in November 2016 as construction on Courthouse Square lagged. After four years, the owners have reopened in a small bistro that formerly housed a Caribbean restaurant on Healdsburg Avenue in Sebastopol (near the former Peter Lowell’s). Expect a slightly reduced menu, but most of the old favorites. 7365 Healdsburg Ave., Sebastopol

flavor bistro pear dessert

Region, Sebastopol

This new wine bar at The Barlow in Sebastopol is the first of its kind in Sonoma County, pouring 50 small production wines from self-serve WineStation machines and providing intimate access to winemakers in a casual setting. The wines span 14 appellations (almost exclusively Sonoma County). Patrons can choose from a selection of dishes from neighboring restaurants The Farmer’s Wife, Acre Pizza, Sushi Kosho and Fern Bar. 180 Morris St. Ste 170, Sebastopol

region tasting room interior

By Sonoma Magazine Staff

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