If you’re headed to Sonoma County for a vacation (or staycation), top local hotels and resorts house some pretty impressive restaurants, casual cafes and bistros worth staying in for. From ultra-luxe to low-key, here are some of the very best bets for hotel restaurants in Sonoma County. (Please note, this list only includes hotel restaurants that are open to the public.)
After a major remodel of this classic Wine Country inn, the property's restaurant has been overhauled to reflect a more casual approach to dining. The dinner menu is a la carte, ranging from a humble burger to caviar and onion dip or Chicken Paillard with spicy brown butter. Cocktails are a highlight and the charming Hannah's Bar menu includes pita with soy dip, pizzas, deviled eggs and oysters. Brunch and lunch have recently been added.
1001 Westside Road, Healdsburg, 707-395-6700
Tucked away in Forestville, this family-owned inn and spa has long been considered a top pick for travelers. The Farmhouse Inn restaurant is a fine-dining destination while the more casual Farmstand bistro serves up wood-fired pizzas along with larger entree dishes like roasted chicken and grilled ribeye steak.
7871 River Road, Forestville, 707-887-3300
Sante at Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn and Spa
This sprawling property includes several dining options, including an upscale food truck (seasonally), wine bar and the fine dining destination, Sante restaurant. A new brunch menu features the resort's famous lemon cottage cheese pancakes with creme fraiche and orange marmalade. Oh how we've missed you.
100 Boyes Blvd., Sonoma, 707-938-9000
John Ash and Co. at Vintners Resort
There's plenty to dine on at this Santa Rosa resort, including the iconic Wine Country restaurant founded by Chef John Ash. The Front Room bar is a casual meeting spot, while the River Vine Cafe offers simpler breakfast and lunch fare.
4350 Barnes Road, Santa Rosa, 800-421-2584
Lazeaway Club at Flamingo Resort
Flamingo's Lazeaway Club is all about fun. Located poolside, you can sit indoors and sip cocktails with island-style small plates, or head outside to the cozy patio for the all-day menu of soba noodles, sliders, bibimbap bowl and poke.
2777 Fourth St., Santa Rosa, 707-545-8530
Drakes Sonoma Coast at Lodge at Bodega Bay
Drakes offers upscale ocean-side dining that includes duck breast, Steelhead with Meyer lemon butter or Cioppino. Fireside dining is more casual with burgers, steamed clams and oysters.
103 Coast Highway 1, Bodega Bay, 707-875-3525
Grossman's at Hotel La Rose
This casual Jewish-style deli from the Stark Reality restaurant group has incredible brunches, a full bar with plenty of all-day cocktails and best-in-class homemade bagels.
308 Wilson St., Santa Rosa, 707-314-3722
Jeffrey's at the Hillside Inn
Jeffrey's is a top-notch breakfast and lunch cafe. Chef Jeffrey Madura is a former fine dining chef who turned his talent to comfort cuisine.
2901 Fourth St., Santa Rosa, 707-546-6317
Written by Heather Irwin