Top Restaurants in Sonoma
Sonoma's restaurant scene has it all from European-style cafes to colorful taquerias. Any exploration of the iconic, Wine Country town has to start on the downtown plaza.
The Sonoma Plaza is an eight-acre tree-filled oasis surrounded by unique shops, restaurants, tasting rooms, and historic sites. The plaza park itself offers lush green lawns, a gorgeous rose garden, two playgrounds, a duck pond, picnic tables, an outdoor amphitheater, and a 1908 City Hall building that was designed with four identical sides so that no plaza merchants felt slighted by their view. As such, the Sonoma Plaza is a great starting place for foodie lovers.
Continue reading for a guide to Sonoma's dining options.
Breakfast (or Lunch …)
Located right in the middle of the bustle of Sonoma Plaza, Basque Boulangerie Cafe features recipes that have been family treasures since 1956. What keeps everyone coming back are the original sourdough and sweet French breads, the decadent pastries, and nearly two dozen flavors of croissants. The Moon pie Danish is magical, as are the cranberry scones, apple strudel and apricot buttercream coffee cake. Linger over all-day breakfast items, such as crepes, or indulge with iconic French sandwiches like the croque monsieur (hot ham and cheese sandwich). You can't go wrong with their incredible selection of sweet and savory treats. Just be sure to order a treat for your pup on the dog-friendly patio.
A stylish taqueria just outside of the town of Sonoma, near the Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn, El Molino Central is where owner Karen Taylor Waikiki is known for her stone-ground corn she makes into masa for tortillas and tamales. Her best-selling tamales can also be found at farmers' markets around Sonoma County.
Watch as staffers take organic heirloom corn kernels soaked in water and grind them with an authentic stone wheel. The resulting crisp, thick tortilla chips are the base of the marvelous guajillo chile chilaquiles, smothered in soft-scrambled Field of Greens eggs, roasted tomato and chipotle salsa and refried black beans. Other mouthwatering dishes include the crispy shrimp tacos, chicken mole enchiladas and beer-battered fish tacos.
Anchoring the northwest corner of the plaza, cookbook author Sondra Bernstein’s the girl & the fig restaurant presents innovative country food with a French passion. Her California-French cuisine was an immediate hit, garnering national attention for elegant dishes like the 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 laid-back, delicious meal.
Some highlights include 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 invites guests to its charming, sunny oasis for breakfast and lunch. Sunflower Caffe serves up some of Sonoma's freshest and most local ingredients in unique and creative dishes. Grab a sunny sidewalk table and dive into the Peruvian breakfast burrito with eggs, roasted corn and yam, rainbow quinoa, aji verde salsa, cheddar cheese, aji amarillo crema, and salsa criolla inside a chipotle tortilla. Or, for lunch, enjoy the decadent smoked duck breast sandwich served warm in a split baguette with caramelized onions, melted gruyere, mayonnaise, Dijon, and dressed organic greens.
This Portuguese tapas restaurant and wine bar brings casual but chic European dining to Sonoma Plaza. Tasca in fact means tavern or pub in Spanish, although you'll find a more elevated tavern experience here. All the native touches can be found at Tasca Tasca, from Portuguese music in the background and European soccer on television, to the lovely bar nibbles like queijo de São Jorge cheese with marmalade, Spanish beer nuts, Batatas a Murro (smashed potatoes) with truffle butter, pickles of all kinds, and octopus salad with white beans.
In The Springs district north of Sonoma town limits, the acclaimed Santé restaurant uses the freshest local produce, meats, poultry, and seafood to create elegantly simple dishes that let the natural flavors speak for themselves. Santé is the flagship restaurant for the historic Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn & Spa.Mamma Tanino's Ristorante, who imports products from his homeland of Italy, alongside fresh Sonoma County ingredients, to prepare authentic Italian cuisine in this cozy trattoria just west of Sonoma Plaza. Pappardelle Bolognese, basked eggplant, Gnocchi, and Veal Parmigiana are just a few of the classic Italian dishes you'll find on the menu at Mamma Tanino's Ristorante.
The Plaza Bistro serves Mediterranean and Italian bistro food in a historic building right on the plaza in downtown Sonoma. Its historic brick building and sidewalk tables exude a feeling of dining al fresco in Europe. Savor classic dishes like pork loin scaloppini sauteed with white wine capers and lemons or butternut squash risotto with caramelized onions, petite peas, mushrooms, and parmesan. Top it off with classics like Tiramisu or Creme Brulee.
Wandering through the Sonoma Plaza, the aroma of homemade waffle cones fills the air near Sweet Scoops. Here, you'll find less out of the ordinary flavors, and more of the classics that are as delicious as they are decadent. Flavors include cookie dough that is chalk full of dough, caramel butter brickle, and their creamy strawberry flavor made with local strawberries. If you can't decide on one flavor, opt for a flight of four tiny scoops.
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