Cotati often gets short shrift when it comes to dining. With its blurred borders between Rohnert Park directly to the north and Penngrove to the southeast, outsiders may only notice a blink-and-its-gone exit along Highway 101.
But if you take a closer look, there’s plenty of great food to be found — not just at the main business district but at busy shopping centers and quiet office districts around town. That’s all the better for locals and intrepid wanderers, because this quaint community has something for just about everyone — from notable to unnoticed, middling to mind-blowing.
Ready to get a taste of Cotati? Click through the above gallery for our top picks and don’t miss more great choices, listed below.
More Great Choices
Cafe Salsa: Find all the staples here of Mexican and American dishes from tacos and burritos to burgers and breakfast favorites. There’s something for everyone. 8230 Old Redwood Hwy, Cotati, 707-795-7068, cafesalsacotati.com.
Cape Cod Fish and Chips: Douse their first-rate fried cod and fries with malt vinegar for best results. 7530 Commerce Blvd., Suite C, Cotati, 707-792-0982.
China Chef: Here is where you go when you’re hungry for straightforward Chinese-American food. Phone orders only, 707-664-1088. 7991 Old Redwood Hwy, Suite 2B.
Jaded Toad: Barbecue and smoked meats are their best-known dishes, but burgers, teriyaki and sweet potato fries topped with pork belly are good bets, too. (Plus, Loco Moco and Chicken Katsu with macaroni salad if you’re craving Hawaiian fare). 500 E. Cotati Ave., Cotati, jadedtoad.com.
Mai Vietnamese: Solid Vietnamese pho, barbecue rice plates and noodle bowls. 8492 Gravenstein Hwy, #J, Cotati, 707-665-9628, maivietnamesecotati.com.
Marvin’s of Cotati: This old-school diner has a huge menu for breakfast and lunch, from omelets to burgers and patty melts. 7991 Old Redwood Hwy, 707-664-1720, marvinsofcotati.com.
Mi Ranchito: With an epic menu of Mexican classics, Mi Ranchito is great for families and celebrations. 7600 Commerce Blvd., Cotati, 707-795-7600, miranchitocotati.com.
Saigon Café: Find Vietnamese and Japanese favorites on this short but sweet menu. 548 E. Cotati Ave., Cotati, 707-664-5925 (left of Oliver’s Market).
Sal’s Pizza: The usual pizza suspects, plus calzones, eggplant parmigiana subs and wings. 8270 Old Redwood Hwy, Cotati, 707-664-8460, salsnewyorker.com.
Twins Restaurant: If you’re in Cotati early in the day, this place has you covered, with breakfast classics and comfort food lunches. 572 E. Cotati Ave., 707-242-3075, bit.ly/3lH44Vd.
Zaina’s Bellini Cafe: Bottomless mimosas and brunchy fare, plus Middle Eastern-style shawarma, gyros and falafel. 7981 Old Redwood Hwy, Cotati, 707-664-5956, bit.ly/315Z1nN.