You’ve been looking forward to it all summer, and your girls’ weekend getaway in Sonoma County is finally here! Pack your bags and get ready for a weekend full of boutique shopping, wine tasting, and fun in the sun with your friends.
Sonoma County a not just a wine lover’s haven, it’s also the place to eat delicious, fresh food. With patio dining, craft cocktails, and farm-to-table menus, we have gathered the perfect list of restaurants to complete your girls’ weekend getaway in Sonoma County.
North Sonoma County
Healdsburg Shed, Healdsburg
Shopping, coffee, and a farm-to-table dining experience under one roof, what’s not to love about Healdsburg Shed in Healdsburg? Built on a dream of sustainability and appreciation for local and organic farm-to-table food, owners Doug Lipton and Cindy Daniel have created a modern grange unlike any other. A trip to Shed is incomplete without dining in the café alongside Foss Creek. Chef Perry, the youngest chef to ever win a Michelin Star, changes the menu constantly to keep up with rotating local ingredients, most of which are sourced within a 10-mile radius from the restaurant. Dining at Shed is an experience in itself, and the owners’ passion for sustainability is displayed on each dish as it is carefully plated with foraged herbs and flowers. Stop in for the weekend brunch before you head out to enjoy Healdsburg’s wineries, you may even want to come back for Chef Perry’s nightly four-course tasting menu before the weekend ends!
A third-generation family-owned Italian restaurant in the heart of wine country, this Geyserville restaurant offers an extensive list of local wines and true Italian style dishes with a local Sonoma County twist. The menu portrays many of Grandpa Catelli’s authentic Italian dishes, but also has a modern twist with current chef Domenica Catelli’s style.
Make sure you try her “Pasta of the Moment,” which emphasizes seasonal ingredients in the region along with her famous handmade pasta. The charming checkered patio in the garden is the perfect atmosphere to spend the evening sipping local wine and enjoying some of Sonoma County’s most authentic Italian cuisine.
Francis Ford Coppola Winery, Geyserville
Luxury poolside service, gorgeous landscape views of the picturesque Alexander Valley, and a tasting room alongside a museum of Francis Ford’s cinematic achievements — Oscars, movie memorabilia, and actual props, Coppola has it all. An entire day can easily be spent at this lavish winery located in Geyserville. Sip on luxury lemonade by the pool, play a little bocce ball, or enjoy a taste of Sonoma with the Sonoma Inclusive Wine Tasting. After you have worked up an appetite, enjoy some of Francis’s favorite dishes at the on-site Rustic restaurant. You’ll find everything from Italian family-style dishes to authentic international dishes, such as Argentine grilled meat. End the night watching the sunset over the sustainably farmed vineyards with a glass of the Director’s Cut Chardonnay in hand.
West Sonoma County
Ramen Gaijin, Sebastopol
Starting as a once-a-month pop-up eatery in The Barlow marketplace, Ramen Gaijin expanded to a full restaurant space in 2014 and has been thriving ever since. The Japanese restaurant combines local Sonoma County ingredients with traditional techniques, making it one of the best ramen and izakaya shops in this region.
They’re known not only for their house-made rye noodle and caramelized pork belly ramen, but also for their unique take on traditional Japanese appetizers. Pull up a seat at the izayaka bar and enjoy a seasonal craft cocktail and a vibrant pickle platter or sit down in the dining room and indulge in a massive bowl of mouth-watering Shoyu Ramen. The modern-day take on Japanese décor with a relaxed vibe sets the mood for the perfect girls’ night out.
South Sonoma County
Willi’s Wine Bar, Santa Rosa
Willi’s wine bar has been on the San Francisco Chronicle’s Top 100 Bay Area Restaurants list for four years running. Owned by the Stark family, Willi’s pairs international small bites with the perfect wine pairing. Enjoy the quaint patio setting or eat inside and choose from various small plates under luscious categories; surf, turf, and earth. Order Willie’s truffled French fries with truffle aioli to start (or end) and you will not be disappointed. The elegant wine bar ambiance and extensive wine list makes this the perfect happy hour stop for you and your girlfriends.
The Drawing Board, Petaluma
This newly opened restaurant in the heart of downtown Petaluma pulls inspiration from ancient food traditions, while using local ingredients from surrounding farmers and ranches. With bohemian chic décor and rustic wooden tables, this restaurant should be on the top of every “girls’ getaway weekend” itinerary. The inspiring motto “Food is Nourishment” describes this restaurant’s healthy cuisine. The menu includes a range of vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free, and meat-based dishes so everyone will leave feeling satisfied. Choose to share many small plates, like the carrot lox or lentil-stuffed sweet potato, or choose from larger plates like the grass-fed burger or polenta primavera. Finally, wash it down with a craft cocktail featuring fresh ingredients, such as strawberry rhubarb puree.
Harvest Moon Café, Sonoma
Harvest Moon Café is unique because every Wednesday night through out the summer (June-August), you can gather with friends and enjoy a fresh farm-to-table dinner while watching a classic movie on the outdoor projector … talk about the perfect girls’ night out. Nick and Jen Demarest are the chefs/owners who dreamed of building a restaurant on the principles of sustainability. They understand where their food is sourced as well as the efforts made to bring it to their cafe. This appreciation for quality cuisine is shown on their menu, which changes daily depending on the local harvest. Not only is this café a great restaurant for the quality of the food, it also has an adorable courtyard dining area to complete a perfect girls’ night out.
Sonoma County is the dream location for a girls’ weekend getaway. Spend the day shopping in one of the many town squares in Sonoma County and end the day with a craft cocktail or a farm-to-table dinner. Another great way to spend the weekend is going wine tasting or enjoying a relaxing, children-free day at the spa with your girlfriends. To complete your perfect weekend getaway, check our list of Sonoma County hotels and lodging.
Written by Sonoma Insider Julia Millan.