34 Best Outdoor Dining Restaurants in Sonoma

Rustic Francis's Favorites in Geyserville. (Chad Keig)
Rustic Francis’s Favorites in Geyserville. (Chad Keig)

It’s rare to find a restaurant in sunny Sonoma County that doesn’t have an umbrella or two for alfresco dining, but not all patios are created equal. We’ve made a list of favorite options with shaded patios, prime sidewalk people-watching and sun-dappled gardens worth seeking out. Just remember the sunscreen. For even more outdoor dining, visit our restaurant guide.

SANTA ROSA

Bird & The Bottle
You’re front and center on busy Fourth St., but with a second story view at Mark and Terri Stark’s newest Sonoma County restaurant. A great happy hour and indoor-outdoor dining on the deck are perfect for the restaurant’s Jewish, Asian, barbecue menu. 1055 Fourth St. birdandthebottle.com

Bird and the Bottle, in Santa Rosa, California on Thursday, January 21, 2016. (Alvin Jornada
Bird and the Bottle, in Santa Rosa. (Alvin Jornada)

Bibi’s Burger Bar
On pleasant days, this downtown burger spot opens the glass walls for an indoor-outdoor experience, but you can also head directly to their cozy bar patio with sofa-seating. If things get too hot outside, grab a s’mores milkshake with a kick of booze. 630 Third St., bibisburgerbar.com

Patio at Bibi's Burger Bar i Santa Rosa. Heather Irwin
Patio at Bibi’s Burger Bar in Santa Rosa. (Heather Irwin)

Brew Coffee & Beer
Though the patio is small, it’s almost always crowded with local artists, writers and friends meeting up for a craft brew or coffee at the former Donut Hut. Look for cozy couches, tasty pastries, a simple lunch menu and with occasional dinner pop-ups (and don’t miss the bathroom art). 555 Healdsburg Ave., brewcoffeeandbeer.com

Fiori’s Grill
This popular Montgomery Village burger and pasta spot has one of the best patios around, with sofa seating and covered tables where kids can play with their food, and grownups can have a nice glass of wine. 722 Village Court, fiorisgrill.com

John Ash and Co.
This historic restaurant pays homage to the godfather of Wine Country cuisine, founding chef John Ash. It’s nestled among acres of vineyards, with stunning views from just about every angle. Twinkling lights and a lovely patio make it a perfect sunset spot. 4330 Barnes Road, vintnersinn.com

John Ash & Co. restaurant. 
John Ash & Co. restaurant in Santa Rosa. (Courtesy photo)

La Rosa Tequileria
A huge tequila bar and the best chips and guac in town make this a great after-work spot to watch the world go by as the downtown reunification of Courthouse Square nears completion. 500 Fourth St., larosasantarosa.com

Legends at Bennett Valley
Nineteenth hole golf grub is the name of the game at this casual Bennett Valley Golf Course overlook. Throughout the summer, guests can enjoy live music on the patio and a great happy hour, Fridays, from 5.30 to 8:30 p.m. 3328 Yulupa Ave., legendsbennettvalley.com

Legends outdoor dining in Bennett Valley - Yelp (1)
Legends at Bennet Valley, Santa Rosa. (Courtesy photo)

Willi’s Wine Bar
This classic roadhouse captures the casual, laid-back nature of Sonoma County. Enjoy the international small plates — some wildly inventive, others comfortingly familiar. Dogs are welcome to join you on the patio. 4404 Old Redwood Highway, starkrestaurants.com

The Whole Pie
The Whole Pie features lunch or dinner in a crust, with sweet and savory slices and hand pies (along with whole pies, of course) including: the “Sweet Tooth” made with butterscotch pudding and a dash of curry; “Holy Moly” with chicken mole in a cocoa crust; “Mister Crunchy” with prosciutto and Emmentaler cheese in a Dijon béchamel; and “Beer Belly” with beer-braised short ribs, onions and aged English cheddar. Beer, cider and wine are served along with coffee and craft soda. The cute patio overlooks Santa Rosa Creek.  2792 4th St., Santa Rosa, thewholepieshop.com

The Whole Pie patio in Santa Rosa. (Sofia Englund)
The Whole Pie patio in Santa Rosa. (Sofia Englund)

COTATI

Redwood Cafe
Keeping alive Cotati’s North Bay entertainment tradition, the cafe features a full schedule of live music and other performances year-round: Monday open mic nights, stand up comedy, belly dancing, Irish jam sessions, Celtic fiddle music and burlesque performances. The restaurant has two patios, one out front and one to the side; the latter features a fire pit. 8240 Old Redwood Highway, redwoodcafe.com

PETALUMA

Dempsey’s Restaurant & Brewery
Take a riverside seat at one of the outdoor tables, grab a pint and go for the Cuban sandwich, with slow-cooked brisket. Burgers are also top-notch. 50 E. Washington St., dempseys.com

Eggs Benedict at Wishbone in Petaluma. (Chris Hardy)
Eggs Benedict at Wishbone in Petaluma. (Chris Hardy)

Wishbone
This funky little spot serves brunch daily, and has an intimate outdoor space only a few folks know about. You’ll have to squeeze through a narrow alley way, but the secret outdoor space is a favorite. 841 Petaluma Blvd N., wishbonepetaluma.com

SONOMA

Cocoa Planet
This tiny chocolate factory has a secluded little patio that’s perfect for a wine and chocolate pairing, or a light French cafe-inspired lunch of Croque Madame, crepes and of course, some chocolate cake. Open Thursday through Sunday from 11:30am to 6pm.Limited factory tours are available by appointment for parties of 8 guests or fewer, 707-343-7453 for details. 921 Broadway, cocoaplanet.com

The patio at the Cocoa Planet Cafe. Courtesy photo.
The patio at the Cocoa Planet Cafe in Sonoma. (Courtesy photo)

El Dorado Kitchen
You’ll feel like an A-lister in the courtyard of this award-winning restaurant on the Sonoma Plaza. Excellent food and craft cocktails complement the upscale outdoor cabanas and pool in this very intimate space. 405 1st St. W., eldoradosonoma.com

Diners at El Dorado Kitchen can take in the beauty of picturesque Sonoma from an outdoor courtyard while enjoying lunch or dinner in a private cabana under the fig trees. (Courtesy photo)
El Dorado Kitchen in Sonoma. (Courtesy photo)

La Salette
Chef Manuel Azevedo honors his Portuguese heritage by preparing classic and innovative dishes in Portuguese style and and with respect for his Azores heritage. The wine list is loaded with Portuguese treasures and the service is snappy. It’s a real treat to dine here, especially on the front patio. 452 First St. E., Suite H, lasaletterestaurant.com

It’s a real treat to dine in Portuguese style at La Salette, especially on the front patio. (Courtesy photo)
La Salette, especially on the front patio. (Courtesy photo)

The Girl & The Fig
This popular eatery’s cozy, enclosed patio is just the spot for a romantic lunchtime rendezvous. Save room for a plate of artisan cheese and a glass of wine from owner Sondra Bernstein’s incredible collection of Rhones. 110 W. Spain St., thegirlandthefig.com

The Girl and the Fig in Sonoma. (Courtesy photo)
The Girl and the Fig in Sonoma. (Courtesy photo)

SONOMA COAST

Fisherman’s Cove
A no-nonsense family-owned seafood shack and fishing-marine supply store specializing in fresh local oysters harvested from Tamales Bay. Their crab sandwich rivals nearby Spud Point, but we’ll let you make that call. 1850 Bay Flat Rd., Bodega Bay, fishermanscovebodegabay.com

At Fisherman’s Cove, enjoy a crab sandwich with some local crafts beer at on of the communal tables overlooking the bay. (yelp.com)
At Fisherman’s Cove, enjoy a crab sandwich and oysters with some local crafts beer at one of the communal tables overlooking the bay. (Courtesy photo)

River’s End
This romantic Jenner restaurant is the perfect place to end a day on the coast. With large windows overlooking the shore, this spot’s sunset views mixed with the fresh-out-of-the-ocean seafood is a dinner you’ll remember. 11048 Highway 1, Jenner, ilovesunsets.com

River's End Restaurant in Jenner. (Christa Jeremiason)
River’s End Restaurant in Jenner. (Christa Jeremiason)

SEBASTOPOL

Fork Roadhouse
The large patio behind this tiny Sebastopol roadhouse is a ton of fun, with live music and cool shade by the small stream nearby. Not to mention that chef/owner Sarah Piccolo’s food is spot-on every time. 9890 Bodega Highway, forkcatering.com

Patio dining at the Fork Roadhouse on Bodega Ave. east of Sebastopol. (JOHN BURGESS/
Fork Roadhouse on Bodega Ave. east of Sebastopol. (John Burgess)

Handline
An epic patio and screened walls that open to the breeze makes this new fast/casual taco and burger spot a favorite for families and happy hour. Great food, a nice list of beer and wine, plus walk-up soft-serv keeps them coming back. 935 Gravenstein Hwy. South, handline.com

Indoor outdoor ining at Handline. Heather Irwin
Indoor outdoor dining at Handline. (Heather Irwin)

Ramen Gaijin
Seasonal Japanese menu consisting of traditional regional ramen styles inspired by the offerings of local farmers and ranchers. The Sebastopol restaurant also serves up an ever-changing selection of yakitori and small plate izakaya dishes to complement craft cocktails, beer, wine and sake. Enjoy the neighborhood atmosphere on the patio during the daily happy hour, 3:30-5:30pm. 6948 Sebastopol Ave., ramengaijin.com

zazu
Zazu Kitchen + Farm at the Barlow in Sebastopol. (Courtesy photo)

The Barlow
Most restaurants at this downtown Sebastopol marketplace have garage-door style walls that allow for indoor-meets-outdoor seating (limited sun, plenty of fresh air) or outdoor patios (or both). Here are three we recommend:

Zazu Kitchen + Farm: Don’t be surprised if you see chef/owner Duskie Estes pick a few herbs from the horse trough gardens around the restaurant during service. Here, farm to table isn’t just lip service, and the indoor/outdoor space is great for whiling away the evening with cocktails and bacon popcorn while folks stroll past. 6770 McKinley St., zazukitchen.com

Woodfour Brewing at the Barlow in Sebastopol.
Woodfour Brewing at the Barlow in Sebastopol.

Woodfour Brewing: Local brewery serves up solid Sonoma County-inspired dishes. Large patio for people watching and soaking in the summer sun. 6780 Depot St. woodfourbrewing.com

Vignette: Tiny wood-fired pizzeria has roll-up walls and a small outdoor dining patio. Pizza that’s totally worth the 90 second (or so) wait. 6750 McKinley St. vignettepizzeria.com

Vignette at the Barlow in Sebastopol. (Christa Jeremiason)
Vignette at the Barlow in Sebastopol. (Christa Jeremiason)

WEST COUNTY

Estero Cafe
Bright orange umbrellas are the signature of this tiny breakfast/brunch cafe that pays daily homage to local farmers with a hand-lettered chalkboard. A note on the menu informs customers that they deep fry in local pork lard, something true foodies will travel miles to find. 4450 Hwy. 1, Valley Ford, visit on Facebook

Gold Coast Coffee and Bakery
Stop in historic Duncans Mills for a cup of house roasted coffee and pair it with a pastry baked in the wood fire oven (which also makes great-tasting pizza). The well appointed deck is surrounded by lush gardens. 23577 Steelhead Blvd., visit on Facebook

Gold Coast Coffee and Bakery in Duncans Mills, California on Tuesday, September 13, 2011. (BETH SCHLANKER/
Gold Coast Coffee and Bakery in Duncans Mills. (Beth Schlanker)

Russian River Vineyards
This Forestville outpost has always been a great spot to sit outside among grapevines and redwoods and ponder the Wine Country lifestyle. The weekend brunch is a great excuse to linger. 5700 Highway 116 N., russianrivervineyards.com

Diners at Russian River Vineyards Restaurant can enjoy romantic evenings in the 1890s farmhouse, or on the patio with views of the vineyard. (Courtesy photo)
River Vineyards Restaurant in Forestville. (Courtesy photo)

Zosia Café & Kitchen
The tiny hamlet of Graton just got the breakfast-and-lunch spot it’s been waiting for. The menu is half California-style classics, half authentic Eastern European comfort food, including Polish pierogi and borscht on weekday afternoons. Most dishes are under $10 and perfect for sharing. 9010 Graton Road, zosiacafe.wordpress.com

Zosia Cafe and Kitchen in Graton. Heather Irwin
Zosia Cafe and Kitchen in Graton. (Heather Irwin)

HEALDSBURG & POINTS NORTH

Barndiva
This Healdsburg hotspot is a mashup of rural charm and urban sensibilities. The casual bistro garden offers a cozy vibe. Did we mention the incredible food and craft cocktails? 231 Center St., barndiva.com

Barndiva in Healdsburg. (courtesy photo)
Barndiva in Healdsburg. (Courtesy photo)

Bravas Bar de Tapas
“Jamon In” points a neon arrow to the patio that Healdsburgers flock to every summer. Sangria, paella, Spanish tapas and plenty of gossip are what you’ll find at this popular watering hole and restaurant. 420 Center St., starkrestaurants.com

Spanish tapas bar and restaurant Bravas opens on Nov. 7, 2012 in Healdsburg. The restaurant is owned by Mark and Terri Stark of Stark's Steakhouse, Willi's Winebar, Willi's Seafood and Monti's. Photos: Heather Irwin/BiteClubEats.com.
Bravas Bar de Tapas in Healdsburg.

Campo Fina
Don’t be alarmed if this idyllic brick-clad Italian appears empty when you walk in on a sunny day — everyone is on the back patio sipping cocktails, playing bocce and watching the chefs turn out some of the best pizza in the county on an outdoor wood-fired oven. 330 Healdsburg Ave., campofina.com

Campo Fina in Healdsburg. (Kent Porter)
Campo Fina in Healdsburg. (Kent Porter)

Catelli’s
This large outdoor patio is a luxe respite in the middle of the Dry Creek Valley. Excellent Cal-Ital includes paper-thin lasagna, burgers and other classics. 21047 Geyserville Ave., Geyserville. mycatellis.com

Catelli's in
Catelli’s in Geyserville. (Courtesy photo)

Healdsburg Bar & Grill
Known to locals as HBG, this buzzing, American eatery is the playground for Michelin-starred chef Douglas Keane to serve up comfort classics like macaroni and cheese, seared tuna burgers and their classic HBG’s burger, recently voted one of Food and Wine Magazine’s 25 Best in the U.S. Bocce and lots of happy kids (don’t worry, there’s a fence) wander around on the patio in the early evening hours. 245 Healdsburg Ave., healdsburgbarandgrill.com

Healdsburg Bar and Grill. (Courtesy photo)
Healdsburg Bar and Grill. (Courtesy photo)

Rustic Francis’s Favorites
The restaurant at Francis Ford Coppola Winery in Geyserville boasts a terrace overlooking the picturesque Alexander Valley and Coppola vineyards. The family-style cooking features fresh, seasonal ingredients from the property’s organic herb and produce garden. 300 Via Archimedes, francisfordcoppolawinery.com

Research by Courtney Paige. 

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