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...


Salt & Stone

This is a local favorite offering delicious California Wine Country cuisine. There is a dog friendly patio during summer. We recommend making reservations, especially on weekends, as it fills up quickly. This restaurant is a bit pricey but we love it. Check out the historic water wheel.

Palooza Gastropub

Upscale pub food, in-house beers, wines, and craft cocktails. It's fun to sit outside... there is a pizza oven that smells awesome. They offer outdoor ping pong and pool tables (upstairs). We like Happy Hour, 4-6pm, for discounts on appetizers and beer.

Tips Roadside

Very casual dining, indoor and out. Specializes in Southern style comfort food, BBQ, and craft cocktails. Friendly service. Good happy hour.


Glen Ellen

The Mill

Restaurant in the old Grist Mill of Jack London Village. Yummy food and really lovely patio to sit outside overlooking Sonoma Creek. Small but creative menu. Great service.

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.

Garden Court Cafe

  • 13647 Arnold Drive, Glen Ellen CA 95442
  • no website yet...
  • (707) 935-1565

Great homemade breakfasts- Wine Country with a dash of Mexican flair. Fair prices, good food.

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

Mexican Restaurant- nice to sit outside. Inside is fairly dark. Good night spot. Great margaritas. Average Mexican food.


La Salette


Maya Restaurant

Upscale Mexican Faire.


Murphy's Irish Pub

Comfort foods, some Irish inspired dishes. Casual dining inside and out. Some evenings there is live music.


Red Grape

Great thin crust pizzas and salads. Awesome service. Good for lunch or dinner. Offers lovely outdoor patio. Delicious. Pricey.


Swiss Hotel

Old time Local Sonoma favorite. Mixed menu, great cocktails. Very popular in town.


The Girl and the Fig

Well known tourist spot. Open for lunch and dinner everyday. Delicious food, great service. Pricey. They now carry Dave's Silkbush Viognier, so be sure to order a bottle. All wine offerings are Rhone style. Food tends toward French styling. Reservations almost always needed.