Oysters sit on a platter at The Shuckery in Petaluma
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Where to Eat: Restaurants in Petaluma

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Once known as the "Egg Basket of the World," Petaluma—the southernmost town in Sonoma County—has stayed true to its agricultural roots while evolving into a foodie haven. Today, Petaluma offers a style and cuisine to fit most any appetite and mood, making it possible to graze your way through town.

Here's an overview of just some of Petaluma's culinary options.

Breakfast (or Lunch …)

Della Fattoria

Poached eggs and corned beef hash with buttered toast at Della Fattoria in Petaluma

Located in the old US Bakery building (circa 1860) in downtown Petaluma, the aromas of freshly baked pastries and breads have continuously filled this space for over 150 years. Enjoy delicious, wholesome food, beautifully prepared and presented, like poached ranch eggs and corned beef hash on Della toast—which jumpstarts a day like almost nothing else.


Hallie's Diner

French toast breakfast at Hallie's Diner in PetalumaEnjoy classic American diner food made with Sonoma County freshness. Local fan favorites include the cornmeal pancakes, fluffy waffles, and fresh squeezed orange juice. Sometimes the lines can be long to get into this local diner for Sunday breakfast, but the wait is worth it.

Tea Room Café

Eggs benedict and roasted potatoes at Tea Room Cafe in Petaluma Renowned for its pancakes, omelets, scrambles, and more (including a daily lunch and a Sunday brunch), the Tea Room also features an in-house bakery, offering an array of seasonal sweets as well as signature favorites. Order at the counter, and then your order is delivered to your table.

Water Street Bistro

Bowl of pozole at Water Street Bistro in Petaluma A local favorite, Water Street Bistro features French-inspired cuisine (with side trips to Morocco, Spain, Mexico, and California) for breakfast and lunch. They serve quiche all day everyday, and pozole (pictured) and duck confit quite often. Order at the counter, and then your order is delivered to your table. The outdoor patio overlooks the Petaluma River.

Brews & Grub

Brewsters Beer Garden

brewsters beer garden in petaluma

Family-friendly Brewsters features a California interpretation of southern barbecue, more than 30 rotating craft brews on tap, local wines, and craft cocktails. There's plenty of open-air seating, a bocce ball court, and a fire pit for chilly nights, with live music Thursday through Sunday nights.

McNears Saloon & Dining House

Wacky decor above the bar at McNears Saloon & Dining Room in Petaluma

Housed in a 1911 building in Petaluma's downtown theater district, McNears features traditional but innovative American cuisine, with dishes like Pork Lovers' Mac n' Cheese, barbecue tri-tip, and the Moroccan-spiced brick chicken fettuccine. The full service bar includes local wines and microbrews.

Taps Beer Co. & Kitchen

People dine at a picnic table along the river
Taps Restaurant and Tasting Room

Located right on the Petaluma River, Taps serves hearty pub food with a local twist, as well as dozens of ciders, ales, lagers, sours, and, on occasion, meads. Start with the deep fried brussels sprouts or the Crazy Abe fries (house-cut fries topped with Point Reyes blue Cheese, pepper jack cheese, pickled Jalapenos, and Stage 1 sauce), and then choose from a variety of salads and burgers, including a lamb burger. 

The Block Petaluma

Pizzas and beer on the deck at The Block PetalumaLocated in a light industrial neighborhood, The Block is a food truck market and beer garden. A gathering spot for local food trucks and families, this open-air venue includes fire pits, games, live music, and dozens of beers on tap. There's a pizzeria on site, and a rotating list of award-winning food trucks.


Ayawaska Restobar

People sit at high top tables along the river
Ayawaska Restobar

Taste the rich and vibrant cuisine of Peru presented with a special modern twist at the Ayawaska Restobar. Ayawaska is a variation of Ayahuasca, a mystical spirit plant native to the Amazon rainforest. Ayawaska Restobar is modern, bright, and airy, offering a party-like atmosphere with lots of large windows and a bar backed with colorful glass bottles. The food menu includes cold and hot appetizers, and plates designed to be shared, with choices like a variety of ceviches, yucas rellenas, grilled octopus, and flat iron steak skewers.

Everest Indian Restaurant

Thali meal at Everest Indian Restaurant in PetalumaA local gem, Everest offers hand-ground spices and passed-down recipes. In addition to Indian cuisine, Everest showcases the owners' Nepalese background with a few harder-to-find Nepalese and Tibetan dishes. Try the succulent fish curry or, for a taste of the Himalayas, the lamb chutney. 

Cucina Paradiso


Patio beside the Petaluma River at Cucina Paradiso restaurant Savor authentic Italian cuisine in a bright yet cozy dining room or on a romantic patio beside the Petaluma River. Classic dishes include homemade soft polenta topped with scattered mushrooms and Italian cheeses, an authentic Caesar salad with anchovies, and pork tenderloin sautéed with porcini, prosciutto, brandy, and mustard. Chef-owner Dennis Hernandez worked at top San Francisco restaurants before creating his dream of an Italian kitchen in Wine Country.

Real Döner

kofte kebab platter at real doner in petaluma Located on a side street just off Petaluma Boulevard, this casual eatery serves premier Mediterranean and Turkish street food. Try the classic lamb and beef döner (Turkish kebab), eggplant salad, or taboulis. Be sure to taste their Turkish tea and baklava.


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Offering the rustic elegance of an Italian trattoria with healthy, fresh Sonoma-Italian cuisine, Risibisi earned a 2019 Michelin Bib Gourmand award (for remarkable restaurants serving two courses and a glass of wine or dessert for $40 or less). Savor the seared duck breast in a mélange of carrot fregola, braised radish, roasted baby carrot, and cardamom-duck sauce, or the house-made gnocchi smothered in braised wild boar ragu and topped with shaved Parmigiano; gluten-free pastas, are also available.

Sugo Trattoria

Rotisserie chicken and housemade pappardelle with wild mushrooms and pistachios at Sugo Trattoria in PetalumaGenerations of traditional family recipes of Northern Italy are blended with local ingredients and Sonoma Wine Country style in this casual, elegantly rustic eatery. The menu features artfully handcrafted pastas, sauces, and cured meats, plus a selection of local and Italian wines.


Central Market

Wood-fired pizza at Central Market in Petaluma Everything here is made in house and from scratch, daily, including the bread that comes out of the wood-fired oven fresh each morning. The menu features farm-to-table rustic California-Mediterranean cuisine, with ingredients from the restaurant's own Petaluma farm. The wine list features local and international selections. 

The Shuckery

Plate of food at the Shuckery in Sonoma County

Housed in the recently remodeled Hotel Petaluma building, The Shuckery features the most exquisite oysters from pristine waters all over North America, plus fresh seafood of all types. Signature dishes include oysters on the half shell, salmon two ways, Baja-style tacos, barbecued oysters, and calamari relleno.

Wild Goat Bistro

A salad on a table with a pizza in the background
Wild Goat Bistro

From specialty Neapolitan-style pizza to innovative salads, scrumptious main dishes, and sharable small plates, this bistro uses local, fresh ingredients in a variety of culinary traditions. The seasonally changing menus have something for everyone, anytime of the day - and everything is gluten free, including the yummy house-made desserts. It's a casual dining experience for lunch or dinner, in a rustic, inviting atmosphere.

Something Sweet

Lala's Creamery

Six-scoop ice cream flight at Lala's Creamery in PetalumaStep back in time at this old-fashioned ice cream parlor and soda fountain, and enjoy anything from a simple scoop of homemade ice cream to a banana split, and even a six-scoop flight. Taste seasonal flavors like Nutella-banana, Petaluma strawberry, and maple candied bacon chocolate ganache, plus dairy-free coconut-based options. 

Petaluma Pie Company

Petaluma Pie Company in Sonoma County

Both sweet and savory pies are made with wholesome, local, and organic ingredients. The menu changes seasonally, and can include chicken pot pie, curried cauliflower and chick peas, or Chilean beef empanada on the savory side, and Pennsylvania Dutch shoofly pie, strawberry cream, old fashioned pumpkin pie, or Triple Berry for the sweets.

But Wait, There's More …

Of course, this list is just a starting point for creating your own Petaluma adventures, culinary or otherwise. For more ideas, read An Evening in Historic Downtown Petaluma, Five Fun Things to Do in Petaluma, and Getting Around Petaluma.

Written by Sonoma Insider Patricia Henley.