Sonoma County Restaurant Week 2015 Best Bets

Best bets for Sonoma County Restaurant Week 2015, from great values to great farm-to-table eating, here's where to go...

Kitchari Spiced Boneless Lamb Shank with Banyuls Shallots, Heirloom Carrots, Potato Puree and Mache Greens. The Parsnip-White Bean Soup with Porcini Beignets, Meyer Lemon Drizzle, Pea Shoot & Almond Gremolata. The Village Inn & Restaurant in Monte Rio overlooking the Russian River; Serving dinner Wed.-Sun.; Bar opens at 3PM, Dinner service starts at 5PM. Reservations 707-865-2304;
Kitchari Spiced Boneless Lamb Shank with Banyuls Shallots, Heirloom Carrots, Potato Puree and Mache Greens. The Parsnip-White Bean Soup with Porcini Beignets, Meyer Lemon Drizzle, Pea Shoot & Almond Gremolata. The Village Inn & Restaurant in Monte Rio overlooking the Russian River; Serving dinner Wed.-Sun.; Bar opens at 3PM, Dinner service starts at 5PM. Reservations 707-865-2304;

Sonoma County Restaurant Week, March 9-15, 2015

 Kitchari Spiced Boneless Lamb Shank with Banyuls Shallots, Heirloom Carrots, Potato Puree and Mache Greens. The Parsnip-White Bean Soup with Porcini Beignets, Meyer Lemon Drizzle, Pea Shoot & Almond Gremolata. The Village Inn & Restaurant in Monte Rio overlooking the Russian River; Serving dinner Wed.-Sun.; Bar opens at 3PM, Dinner service starts at 5PM. Reservations 707-865-2304;
Kitchari Spiced Boneless Lamb Shank with Banyuls Shallots, Heirloom Carrots, Potato Puree and Mache Greens. The Parsnip-White Bean Soup with Porcini Beignets, Meyer Lemon Drizzle, Pea Shoot & Almond Gremolata. The Village Inn & Restaurant in Monte Rio overlooking the Russian River; Serving dinner Wed.-Sun.; Bar opens at 3PM, Dinner service starts at 5PM. Reservations 707-865-2304;

Been working your core lately? We sure hope so, because it’s about to get a serious workout this week. Sonoma County Restaurant Week starts Monday, March 9, with seven days of dining adventures awaiting you. Throughout the county, participating restaurants will feature two-course lunch menus for $10, $15 or $20 and three-course dinner menus for $19, $29 or $39. It’s always one of my favorite ways to check out new restaurants and revisit old favorites. Knowing what I know (and you know I know), here are my top 12 picks for getting the biggest bang for your buck.

Backyard, $29 dinner, 6566 Front St,. Forestville
Wild mushroom soup, skirt steak with polenta and lemon-braised cabbage, chocolate budino or Candy Cap mushroom ice cream.

Bistro 29, $29, Great French bistro fare food, and never a disappointment.Bistro 29, $29, 620 Fifth St., Santa Rosa

Cafe Lucia, $29 dinner, 235 Healdsburg Ave., Healdsburg
If you haven’t had a chance to try this chic Portuguese cafe, this is a great opportunity to sample some of the best of the menu, including the pork tenderloin “recheado”, stuffed with figs, almonds and almonds with cheese and potato croquettes in a port wine sauce.

Canneti, $39 dinner, 6675 Front St., Forestville.
The weekly emailed menu from this Forestville roadhouse never fails to make my mouth water. Their prix fixe includes grilled calamari with purple potatoes, crispy skin spring trout with yellow chick peas and squash chips, beef cacciatore with olives over white corn polenta, and chocolate mouse with cherries.

Best Farm to Table: Mateo’s Cocina Latina, $39, 214 Healdsburg Ave., Healdsburg
True farm-to-table dining with meat and produce sourced from nearby farms, done seasonally. Asparagus soup, red winen braised beef with celery root and horseradish, black cod with braised Napa cabbage in meyer-lemon cream sauce, Downtown Bakery Sticky bun and Strauss milk flan.

Stark’s Steakhouse, $39 Dinner, 521 Adams St., Santa Rosa
Caesar salad, a 16 oz ribeye with baked potato and warm chocolate souffle cake? Um, yes.

Pullman Kitchen, $29 dinner, 205 Fifth St., Santa Rosa
Here’s your chance to check out the signature Pullman roast chicken with Parmesan pancakes and pan sauce with house-made ice cream. It’s a BiteClub fave.

Twisted2, $39 dinner, 29F Petaluma Blvd. North, Petaluma
I still haven’t been to what I hear is a real gem, but maybe this is the impetus. Hawaiian sashimi with Asian slaw, Brazilian pork shoulder with black bean cassoulet, strawberry shortcake with whipped cream.

Underwood Bar and Bistro, $39 dinner, 9113 Graton Rd, Graton
Always a solid contender, three courses include flat iron steak frites, Bellwether Farms ricotta ravioli, pan roasted salmon with apple Calvados brown butter, Meyer lemon cheesecake.

Worth a Try: Village Inn, $29, 20822 River Road Blvd, Monte Rio
This sleeper has a new chef and a new attitude, and is looking to prove itself. Which means a killer deal. Menu includes parsnip white-bean soup with porcini beignets, “Clams Casino” with saffron poached clams and pork belly, lamb shank with carrots and potato puree, apple cherry crisp with Marshall Farm honey gastrique or carrot cake with maple icing and butterscotch mousse. Impressive.

Wishbone, $15 lunch, $39 dinner, 841 Petaluma Blvd North, Petaluma
Worth a trip (if you’re not near Petaluma), I’m in love with this funky little cafe. Dinner includes bacon jam bruschetta, duck and rabbit pasta with duck egg fettuccine, bacon carbonara and rabbit-lemon sausage or spring veggie risotto and chocolate truffle with peanut butter and caramel AND vanilla pana cotta with lavender salt.

Zazu Kitchen and Farm, $39 dinner, 6770 McKinley #150 (The Barlow), Sebastopol
Grilled asparagus with preserved lemon aioli and duck egg, pork cheek pasta and kaffir lime pie in a jar.


Agriculture Public House at Dawn Ranch, $20 lunch, $39 dinner, 16467 Hwy 116

Andy’s Kitchen and Sushi Bar, $15, $20 lunch, $29 dinner, 212 Western Ave, Petaluma: Atomic noodle soup, tuna poke, 7-piece sushi combo.

Applewood Inn, Restaurant and Spa, $39 dinner, 13555 Hwy 116, Guerneville

Bay View Italian Restaurant – Classic Italian cuisine, cocktails, award-winning wines & beautiful views. A casual yet elegant atmosphere & impeccable service. Reservations: 707-845-2751 800 Highway One, Bodega Bay – Available Plans: $29

Barley and Hops, $29 dinner, 3688 Bohemian Hwy., Occidental: Cream of sunchoke soup, lamb chop lollipops.

Bear Republic Brewing Co. The Norgrove family invites you to come and discover their award-winning pub fare and world-class, handcrafted ales. Reservations: 707-433-BEER 345 Healdsburg Ave., Healdsburg – Available Plans: $19

Belly Left Coast Kitchen and Tap Room, $15 lunch, $29 dinner: Wild mushroom truffle pizza, braised pork belly, Campfire Stout Chocolate Mousse

Big 3 Restaurant, $20 lunch menu, 100 Boyes Blvd., Sonoma: Steak frites, blackened fish tacos

Bistro 100, $20 lunch, $29 and $39 dinner, 140 Second St., Petaluma

Blue Water Bistro, $20 lunch menu, 21301 Heron Dr., Bodega Bay: sparkling wine or beer plus clam chowder, fish and chips, fish tacos or house made tiramisu.

Boathouse Sushi, $15 lunch, $19 dinner, 6278 Redwood Dr., Rohnert Park and 2630 Mendocino Ave., Santa Rosa: Tokotsu ramen, ahi tuna slider.

Brasa Brazilian Steakhouse, $29 dinner, 505 Mendocino Ave., Santa Rosa: Sparkling wine, parade of eight different cuts of meat.

Brasserie: Inspired by the bounty of Sonoma County we provide our guests with classic wine country cuisine with a European twist. Reservations: 707-636-7388 170 Railroad St., Santa Rosa – Available Plans: $15 – $29

Breakaway Cafe, $19 dinner, 19101 Highway 12, Sonoma, curried butternut squash bisque, braised pork shoulder with polenta, citrus pound cake.

Ca’Bianca, $39 dinner, 835 Second St., Santa Rosa: Polenta with meat sauce and Bechamel, sea bass, beef tenderloin on black truffle risotto, vanilla bean panna cotta.

Cafe Citti – A trattoria style restaurant in the heart of Sonoma Valley, great food, great value, great atmosphere. Reservations: 707-833-2690 9049 Sonoma Hwy, Kenwood. $15, $20 lunch, $19 dinner, 9049 Sonoma Hwy, Kenwood

Cafe Europe, $19, $29 dinner, 104 Calistoga Rd., Santa Rosa, Bavarian sausage platter, pork shank, Austrian apple strudel.

Cafe La Haye, $39 dinner, 140 E. Napa, Sonoma: Mushroom arancini, skirt steak.

Carneros Bitsro, $39 dinner, Lodge at Sonoma Resort: Roast butternut squash soup, hangar steak, creme brule trio.

Cattlemens Steakhouse, $29 dinner, Petaluma and Santa Rosa: Dungeness crab cakes, 14oz. ribeye.

Charlie’s, $29 dinner, 1320 19th Hole Dr., Windsor: Shrimp tostada, maple brined pork chop, calamari rellenos, crepes with caramelized bananas. Whether it’s a business lunch, a romantic dinner for two or just getting together with family and friends, try Charlie’s. Reservations: 707-838-8802 1320 19th Hole Dr., Windsor.

City Limits Restaurant & Bar at The 101 Casino: Home of the $9.99 Prime Rib. Restaurant Hours: 6am-10pm Bar Hours: 6:00am to 2:00am 707-795-6121

Corks at Russian River Vineyard, $39, 5700 Hwy 116 North, Forestville: Country pate, rabbit sugo with dried porcinis, pear and apple crisp.

Cricklewood, $15 lunch, $29 and $29 dinner, 4618 Old Redwood Hwy. Black Angus aged natural prime rib & steaks, fresh fish, house-made tonic & desserts, full bar, fireplace lounge, Sonoma County wines. 707-527-7768 4618 Old redwood Hwy, Santa Rosa

Daily Grill, $29 dinner, 630 Park Court, #4, Rohnert Park: Tuscan brick chicken, shrimp pomodoro, key lime pie.

Della Santina, $20 lunch, $29 dinner, 133 East Napa, Sonoma, Bringing Tuscan country cooking to the wine country since 1990. Come enjoy the flavors of “Italian comfort food” Mangiamo! Lunch: 11:30 am – 3:00 pm Dinner: 5:00-9:30 pm, 7 days a week .

Dry Creek Kitchen, $39 dinner, 317 Healdsburg Ave., Healdsburg, 317 Healdsburg Ave., Healdsburg: Sweet gem lettuce, crispy trout, chocolate peanut butter bar. Reservations: 707-431-0330

Earth’s Bounty Kitchen and Wine Bar, $29 dinner, 5755 Mountain Hawk Way, Santa Rosa: Kale Caesar, pork shoulder pot roast, chocolate “ding dong”

Eight Cuisine & Wine – Savor Chef, creative Asian-inspired dishes with award-winning local wines for a San Francisco style dining experience. Reservations: 707-823-8189 7501 Healdsburg Avenue, Sebastapol – Available Plans: $15 – $29

El Coqui: $10 lunch, $29 dinner, 400 Mendocino Ave., Santa Rosa: Citrus ceviche, pollo al horno, flan.

Equus Restaurant, $39 dinner, 101 Fountaingrove Pkwy, Santa Rosa: Beet salad, Moroccan spiced cod, creme brulee.

Flipside Steakhouse

Flipside Bar & Burger

Forchetta Bastoni

French Garden – Our Sonoma County regional cuisine is based on daily harvested prodcue from our 30 acre organic farm. Reservations: 707-824-2030 8050 Bodega Ave., Sebastapol – Available Plans: $39

Glen Ellen Star

Heritage Public House

Hopmonk Tavern Sebastopol

Hopmonk Tavern Sonoma

Jack and Tony’s

Jackson’s Bar & Oven – A wood fire oven fuels our American Cuisine. Steaks, chicken, salads, pizza, homemade breads & desserts using local ingredients. 707-545-6900 135 4th Street, Santa Rosa – Available Plans: $19

John Ash & Co. – Celebrate Everything™ with us & experience wine country seasonal cuisine at its finest! Reservations: 707-527-7687 4330 Barnes Road, Santa Rosa – Available Plans: $39

Kettles Vietnamese Bistro

La Gare French Restaurant

La Rosa Tequileria & Grill:

La Rosa Tequileria & Grille – La Rosa is home to over 175 tequilas and offers eclectic Mexican fare right in the heart of downtown. Reservations: 707-523-3663 500 4th Street, Santa Rosa – Available Plans: $15 – $29

La Vera Pizza

Legends at Bennett Valley


MY Noodles

Main Street Bistro Piano Bar and Cabaret

Mamma Tanino’s Ristorante

Mateo’s Cocina Latina – California French Latin Cuisine. Ingredientes Locales – Seasonal, sustainibly grown and raised with our farmers and friends. Reservations: 707-433-1520 214 Healdsburg Ave., Healdsburg – Available Plans: $39

Monti’s Rotisserie

Nectar Restaurant & Lounge – We offer a contemporary yet relaxing dining experience with picturesque views of the Santa Rosa Valley. Reservations: 707-569-5525 3555 Round Barn Blvd., Santa Rosa – Available Plans: $20 – $29

Olive & vine

Palms Grill

ParTake by K-J

Petaluma Pie Co.

Peter Lowell’s Restaurant

Pho Ngoc Thanh

Piacere Ristorante Italiano

Pizzando: Overlooking Healdsburg Plaza, Pizzando serves a rustic menu of wood fire oven pizzas, house made pastas, grilled meats & more. Reservations: 707-922-5233 301 Healdsburg Ave., Healdsburg – Available Plans: $20 – $29

Pub Republic: Urban Gastropub Cuisine Quality burgers, salads, fish & chips, steak, and seafood; with an emphasis on local and fresh. Reservations: 707-PUB-9090 3120 Lakeville Hwy, Petaluma

Relish Culinary Adventures

Ricardo’s Bar and Grill

Rio Nido Roadhouse

Riviera Ristorante

Roberto’s Trattoria Lupo

Rocker Oysterfeller’s Kitchen + Saloon

Rosso Pizzeria and Wine Bar

Rosso Pizzeria and Mozzarella Bar

Rosso Rosticceria

RUSTIC Francis’ Favorites

Savvy on First Savvy’s Owner & Executive Chef, Kristine Bodily, combines fresh, seasonal ingredients with unique, elegant presentation, creating a truly memorable meal. Reservations: 707-894-3200 116 East First Street, Cloverdale – Available Plans: $20

Sazon Peruvian Cuisine

Seared Steak, Seafood and Small Plates

Shiso Modern Asian Kitchen

Shree Indian Cuisine

Sonoma Wine Shop and Bodega


spoonbar – Chef Louis Maldonado’s market-driven menu is best described as contemporary American fare that’s creatively crafted yet approachable. Reservations: 707-433-7222 219 Healdsburg Ave., Healdsburg – Available Plans: $39

Stark’s Steak Seafood

Stout Brother Irish Pub and Restaurant

Sushi Tozai

Sweet T’s Restaurant + Bar

Taverna Sofia

Thai Time Asian Bistro

The Bay View Italian Restaurant and Bar

The Brasserie

The Duck Club Restaurant at Bodega Bay Lodge

The Fig Cafe and Wine

The Girl and the Fig

Pullman Kitchen

The Secret Kitchen

Spinster Sisters

Sushi Tozai: Enjoy the fresh tastes of Japan in our classic sushi house. Full selection of sake, local winse and Japanese beers. Reservations: 707-824-9886 7531 Healdsburg Avenue, Sebastapol Available Plans: $15 – $29

Swiss Hotel: The Swiss Hotel has been a family owned and operated restaurant, bar and hotel since 1923. A full service restaurant featuring modern renditions of classical Italian fare as well as pizza from our wood burning oven. 18 W. Spain Street, Sonoma (707) 938-2884

Taverna Sofia – Taverna Sofia creates authentic, Greek and Mediterranean cuisine from Chef Sofia Petridis-Lim’s recipes she learned growing up in Greece. Reservations: 707-431-1982 244 Healdsburg Avenue, Healdsburg – Available Plans: $10 – $29

The Tides Wharf & Restaurant – No seats available without a view of the bay! Fresh, local seafood and American cuisine, lounge, outdoor patio. Open 365 days a year. 707-875-3652 835 Highway One, Bodega Bay – Available Plans: $29

TIPS Tri Tip Trolley


Tomi Thai Restaurant

Tony’s of North Beach

Trattoria Cattaneo

Tudor Rose English Tea Room

Twisted 2

Ume Japanese Bistro

Underwood Bar and Bistro

Union Hotel Restaurants Santa Rosa

Village Inn & Restaurant

Walter Hansel Wine and Bistro:

Walter Hansel Wine & Bistro – Wine Country’s best French food, according to OpenTable’s 2015 Top-Ten Diner’s Choice. Open Wed-Sun, drop-ins welcome. Reservations: 707-546-6462 3535 Guerneville Rd., Santa Rosa – Available Plans: $39

Willow Wood Market Cafe


Woodfour Brewing

Zazu Kitchen + Farm

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3 thoughts on “Sonoma County Restaurant Week 2015 Best Bets

  1. It saddens me that the best local restaurant in Petaluma isn’t on this list. Hopefully McDonalds makes it onto the list next time around.

  2. I hesitate to give Twisted 2 the credit they deserve because it will be harder to get a table when the word gets out! But this place is terrific! Only a few tables so call ahead for a rez.

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