You’ve been looking forward to it for a long time, 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
Share delicious and innovative small plates on the back patio or inside the fashionable dining room at this boisterous spot. Recognized by Travel + Leisure magazine as one of the top 20 tapas restaurants in the U.S., it’s a perfect place to relax and sample a variety of delights. Chef Mark Stark features Barcelona tapas like boquerones, cream chicken croquettes, and local sardines in black olive ink. He also offers specialties like fried pig ears, a ham-and-cheese bar, and signature gin and tonics such as the Levante with Hayman’s Old Tom gin, orange, saffron, and cardamom.
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
Terrace Grill, Santa Rosa
Tucked away in the gracious Flamingo Conference Resort & Spa, this cozy restaurant is a popular destination for brunch, lunch, or dinner. Dine indoors with beautiful views of the pool and manicured gardens, or in the summer it’s fun to eat outside on the poolside patio. The Sunday brunch buffet stretches endlessly, with omelets, eggs Benedict, a hand-carved meat station, and more, including an entire table laden with desserts like bite-size pumpkin pies and lemon tarts. For lunch choose from a selection of salads, sandwiches, and small plates like black truffle tots or a charcuterie and cheese platter. Dinner features steak and seafood, with grilled salmon or filet mignon, plus popular favorites like fish and chips, beef short ribs, artichoke ravioli, and house-made meatloaf. There’s also a special vegetarian/Vegan menu available. After dinner, go dancing at the Flamingo’s retro-style Lounge, with an ever-changing lineup of R&B, 80s flashbacks, classic cover bands, rock, soul, and funk.
The Shuckery, Petaluma
Housed in the Hotel Petaluma building, The Shuckery was founded by entrepreneurial sisters Jazmine and Aluxa Lalicker, owners of Oyster Girl, an oyster shucking catering business. Their latest venture, The Shuckery features the most exquisite oysters from pristine waters all over North America, fresh seafood of all types, chef prepared cuisine, elegant wines, and craft beers in a comfortable ambiance. Signature dishes include oysters on the half shell, salmon two ways, Baja-style tacos, barbecued oysters, and calamari relleno. If you order oysters you might want to grab seats at the bar, where you can watch your shucker at work and learn more about these bivalves.
Harvest Moon Café, Sonoma
Harvest Moon Café is unique because every Wednesday night throughout the summer (June to mid-September), 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.