Where to Eat Outside: The Best Restaurant Patios in Sonoma County

Not all patios are created equal.

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It’s rare to find a restaurant in sunny Sonoma County that doesn’t have an umbrella or two for al fresco dining, but not all patios are created equal. We’ve made a list of al fresco options with shaded patios, prime sidewalk people-watching and sun-dappled gardens worth seeking out. Just remember the sunscreen. Click through the gallery for details.






15 thoughts on “Where to Eat Outside: The Best Restaurant Patios in Sonoma County

  1. Sadly, I believe the Glen Ellen Star enclosed their patio. So technically it’s not really outdoor patio dining any longer but a separate “enclosed ” area.

  2. Forgot the restaurant at the Sonoma County Airport. Great food, great western view which includes airplanes taking off and landing.

  3. Also Himalayan Restaurant, Kin, Lupe’s and K.C.’s in Windsor. They have
    generally good food that is not exorbitantly priced. One of the best
    things about them is that there is very little loud traffic. Just a
    beautiful view of oaks and the town green. (Unfortunately, the same can’t
    be said for some of those that made the list.) Also Dempsey’s in Petaluma is
    good and their patio looks over the river. Bear Republic in
    Healdsburg has a quiet patio and good, reasonably priced food and beer. Lastly, people rave about Catelli’s in Geyserville and it is said to have a quiet patio.

  4. Glenn Ellen inn and oyster bar is great out door.

    Went by Hana last weekend but the patio wasn’t open.

  5. How about the Union Hotel in Occidental. Mama’s dishes are generous and outstanding, you will not leave hungry!

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    1. Della Santina’s is the best outdoor dining in the area! I am shocked not to see it on this list!

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