7 Great Restaurants for a Girls' Getaway in Sonoma County
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.
Northern Sonoma County
Bravas Bar de Tapas, Healdsburg
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.
Western 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.
Southern Sonoma County
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.
Eastern Sonoma County
the girl & the fig, Sonoma
Sondra Bernstein put Sonoma County on the big league culinary map 20 years ago, when she opened her the girl & the fig restaurant. Her California-French cuisine was an immediate hit, garnering national attention for elegant dishes like local fig salad tossed with local goat cheese. The popular restaurant recently expanded, enclosing its garden patio for extra shade and seating, making it perfect for a fun, casual, and delicious meal with the girls. The lure is lovely plates like breakfast tartine of housemade chicken sausage, veggie scramble, white cheddar, smoked paprika hollandaise, salsa verde, and grilled French bread; baked eggs Provencal with garden tomatoes, fennel, leeks, organic eggs, gremolata, and grilled bread; or a decadent pork belly sandwich with fennel aioli, apples and cabbage on a brioche bun, served with crispy frites.
Sunflower Caffe, Sonoma
Breakfast and lunch are even better at this charming, sunny oasis, at the sidewalk tables out front. Sunflower Caffe serves up some of Sonoma's freshest and most local ingredients in unique and creative dishes. Grab a sunny table and tuck into a Peruvian breakfast burrito with eggs, roasted corn and yam, rainbow quinoa, aji verde salsa, cheddar cheese, aji amarillo crema, salsa criolla, and a chipotle tortilla, or the decadent smoked duck breast sandwich served warm in a split baguette with caramelized onions, melted gruyere, mayonnaise, Dijon, and dressed organic greens.
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.