Here in Sonoma Wine Country, the living is easy — unless you want to eat out late at night. It’s true that many restaurants here close before 10; it’s just part of our relaxed, bucolic lifestyle. Check our tips on nightlife in Sonoma County, or the best nightlife in Sonoma County if you're in your 20s.
But when you are looking for a late-night destination to eat at after a night with friends downtown, there are a few great options to quench your hunger. Here are six great late night dining restaurants to enjoy in Sonoma Wine Country:
NY Pie Pizzeria, Santa Rosa: 11 a.m.-3 a.m. daily
With the famous slogan "NY Pie or DUI", NY Pie has tokened itself to be one of the best stops along your ride home from a night on the town in Santa Rosa. Their delicious New-York styled pie is known for it's hand-tossed dough, home-style tomato sauce, all fresh ingredients, and whole milk mozzarella cheese.
They also deliver until a whopping 3 a.m.! So check out the menu online and give them a call if you aren't looking to drive yourself there during the night.
Speakeasy, Petaluma: 5 p.m.-2 a.m. nightly
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Sure, it looks like an old saloon. And it can be a little hard to find, at the intersection of American Alley and Putnam Plaza, just across from the Petaluma River.
But these global tapas are worth hunting down. The Niman Ranch empanadas speak of Spain, the truffled asparagus with shaved Broncha cow-goat milk cheese and fried farm egg is purely California, and sweet and spicy pork belly over brown rice cake with pickled shallots is a taste of Asia.
Still hungry? How about Mediterranean spicy lamb meatballs in sun-dried tomato sauce, or French escargot with cremini mushrooms in puff pastry with garlic parsley butter and bourbon deglaze.
Details: 139 Petaluma Boulevard N., Petaluma, 707-776-4631
Jack & Tony’s Restaurant and Whisky Bar, Santa Rosa: 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Thursday to Sunday; 4 to 10 p.m. Monday to Wednesday
The Whisky Bar boasts more than 400 different kinds of Scotch, Bourbon, Irish, American and Japanese whiskies. To eat alongside, the upscale pub-steakhouse impresses with local specialties like chilled oysters on the half shell, and pan-roasted free range chicken with spring vegetables and taragon-Dijon glaze.
Lots of people like to eat at the bar, which features its own menu for bites like deviled eggs, garlic-Parmesan fries, and bacon wrapped sea scallops on risotto.
Details: 115 Fourth St. (Railroad Square), Santa Rosa, 707-526-4347
Adel's Diner, Santa Rosa: 6 a.m.-11 p.m. daily
Super nachos! French dip! A hot corned beef sandwich! Who doesn’t love that, especially after consuming a couple of beers? It’s no coincidence that this diner is just a half-mile from Santa Rosa Junior College.
The specialties are cheap prices, big portions, and good food to fill a growling belly. The Western cheeseburger of flame-broiled Angus beef is a favorite, smothered in crisp bacon, cheddar and jack cheeses, grilled onions, and homemade barbecue sauce.
And chicken Marsala is a downright feast, bringing a double chicken breast sautéed with fresh mushrooms, garlic butter, and Marsala wine, served with vegetables, choice of potato, garlic bread, green salad, or a bowl of the soup of the day. Finish with a banana split, and go home happy, happy, happy.
Details: 456 College Ave., Santa Rosa, 707-578-1003
Pete's Henny Penny, Petaluma: 5 a.m.-11 p.m. Sunday-Wednesday; 5 a.m.-2 a.m. Thursday-Saturday
Pete's Henny Penny's is a classic Petaluma landmark diner, serving up delicious, down-home comfort food almost around the clock. They serve breakfast, lunch, dinner and dessert, as well as offer beer and wine. Everything at Pete’s is home made, so you're sure to have a delicious late-night meal you'll love.
Details: 4995 Petaluma Blvd N, Petaluma, (707) 763-0459
Taps Restaurant & Tasting Room, Petaluma: 2-11 p.m. Monday and Tuesday; 11:30 a.m.-1 a.m. Wednesday to Saturday; and 9:30 a.m.-midnight, Sunday
The small-batch beers are a treat anytime. And what a delicious recipe for those midnight hunger pangs: a chilled Stone Brewing Company smoked Porter beer spiked with chipotle peppers, plus snacks like deep fried Brussel sprouts or fiery spicy chicken wings, or a hearty bliss-on-a-bun burger made with a half pound patty and crispy pork belly alongside a pile of hush puppies.
Details: 54 E. Washington St., Petaluma, 707-763-6700
Written by Sonoma Insider Carey Sweet.