Before “farm-to-table” became a trendy term to use, it was, very simply, a way of life here in Sonoma County. An attention to locally harvested, fresh fare from land and sea has attracted the culinary minds responsible for charming markets, precious eateries, and a small constellation of Michelin-Starred restaurants.

Here is a list of local restaurants that we like...


Cafe Citti

This is a local favorite offering good Italian food including soups and salads and homemade pastas and sauces. There is a dog friendly  patio during summer. Bring in a bottle of wine and enjoy free corkage. You order up front before finding a table- it's a casual fun place.

Palooza Gastropub

Upscale pub food, wonderful local craft beers and wines, fun to sit outside... they also offer ping pong and pool tables. We like Happy Hour, 4-6pm, for discounts on appetizers and beer.

Glen Ellen


Restaurant in the old Grist Mill of Jack London Village. Happy Hour drinks and appetizers are a good deal. Can get pricey, but the food and drinks are very high quality and delicious. Lovely to sit outside overlooking creek.

Fig Cafe & Wine Bar

Sister restaurant to renowned the Girl & the Fig in downtown Sonoma. Offers a smaller but similar French influenced menu but bistro style, no reservations, free corkage! See your food being cooked from your seat. Always high quality, often lines to wait for tables as it is small.

Glen Ellen Inn

This restaurant has been around for years- it has a nice bar specializing in martinis and oysters- kind of an old time feel. Not as packed as other Glen Ellen restaurants can be

Glen Ellen Star

Upscale gourmet cuisine featuring wood-fired cooking techniques & offering creative starters, pizzas, veggies and entrees. They make their own ice cream as well. Reservations are generally required as this is a popular spot.

Jack London Saloon

The Saloon, which locals call "the Lodge" features an old time, full bar with free popcorn and a minimalist menu with items like burgers and fries. It is dark and "feels" like a real old bar where Jack London could be lurking in the corner. There is a long wooden bar, a few bar tables, sofas, and a pool table, as well as a lovely patio with creek viewing.


This restaurant features Nepalise-Indian fusion with traditional curries and tandori. It is in the Jack London Village. There are not many ethnic restaurants in the area, so we like to go here when we are in the mood for a little spice!


El Molino Central

Upscale Mexican street food- delicious, high quality, small menu- this is in the Springs area, before reaching downtown Sonoma along Sonoma Highway/Highway 12. It is a bit pricey, but worth every penny.

Hopmonk Tavern


La Casa


La Salette


Maya Restaurant

  • 101 E Napa St, Sonoma CA 95476
  • www.mayarestaurant.com


Murphy's Irish Pub


Red Grape


Swiss Hotel


The Girl and the Fig