Top Romantic Restaurants in Sonoma County
Sonoma Wine Country naturally conjures up ideas of romance. With such breathtaking landscapes, charming wineries, and endless opportunities for play, how could it not?
Add dining to the list. Sonoma County offers many destination-worthy romantic restaurants from the coast to the mountains, and all in between. So set aside some date time, dress up in something nice, and plan your special meal with that special someone at these favorites:
Ca'Bianca Italian Restaurant, Santa Rosa
Dine on excellent Italian cuisine in a grand old mansion (built in 1876 by California pioneer James Marshall), with an old school sophisticated setting created by chandeliers, white tablecloths, antique furniture, and gracious gardens. “Ca’Bianca” means “white house” in the northern Italian dialect. Dressing up for dinner isn’t necessary, but makes the meal more fun and glamorous.
Crafted by owners and husband-and-wife team Marco Diana and Karin Hoehne, the menu showcases various regions of Italy, from Milano in the north to Sicily in the south. Savor dishes like seared ahi with home-made ravioli in almond sauce, Sardinian semolina gnocchi with porcini and slowly braised beef, or roasted breast of duck served with sautéed spinach and fingerling potatoes.
K&L Bistro, Sebastopol
This magical little spot was recently expanded in order to serve its many fans, but hasn't lost an inch of its charm. The setting is bistro, down to white linens, and the service is old-school delightful, meaning it's attentive, friendly, and professional, without being obtrusive.
The food is elegant but Wine Country approachable, offering seasonal and local fare such as house-made crab cakes, fresh oysters, and house made charcuterie. New to the menu are chef-caliber craft cocktails, more wood-fired grill items, a greater variety of craft beers, and an expanded raw bar. And it all adds up to a dreamy place to gaze into each other's eyes - more oysters, please?
Madrona Manor Wine Country Inn & Restaurant, Healdsburg
This historic 1881 Victorian mansion has been lovingly restored by owners Bill and Trudi Konrad, and includes a glamorous, Michelin Star restaurant glittering with fine silver, china, and candlelight.
The New Californian-Global cuisine from executive chef Jesse Mallgren changes with the seasons, including ingredients from the on-site garden. In autumn, that might mean roasted brassica with estate persimmon, pickled cippollini and charred onion sauce; pumpkin risotto with Alba truffles; and roast squab breast and confit thigh with barley and kale, along with a world-class wine list.
Terrapin Creek Café, Bodega Bay
Nestled in a relaxed but artfully chic space in the quiet ocean town of Bodega Bay, this nationally acclaimed treasure offers unexpected elegance in Slow Food-style meals.
Chef-owners Andrew Truong, and his wife, Liya Lin, have big city backgrounds but focus on small-town farm ingredients and boutique wines. Plates are gorgeously arranged for signatures like cold crab salad with the seafood plucked straight from the sea outside; or panko crusted crab over green lentils and sautéed cabbage with roasted mushrooms, currants, and curry oil. Plan to linger with your loved one - an experience this good should not be rushed.
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Written by Carey Sweet.