The 5 Best Restaurants in Sonoma: A Local Guide

Sonoma County is known for its rolling hills, rugged coastline, and breathtaking wine country.

With its brilliantly picturesque scenery and ideal climate, it’s no wonder people travel from far and wide to visit our beautiful slice of Californian paradise. But those aren’t the only draws.

One of the most popular wine regions in all of the United States, Sonoma County has an equally exciting food and wine scene to complement the area’s culture of sophisticated local wineries – just like ours.

From Santa Rosa to Downtown Healdsburg, Sonoma County is home to some of the most cutting-edge and sophisticated chefs in the world. So, if you’re looking for a fine dining experience unlike any other, you’re in the right place.

As food and wine experts ourselves, we’ve created a must-visit list of Sonoma County’s finest restaurants for your next visit.

1. SingleThread Farms

Experience the only 3-Michelin-starred restaurant in Healdsburg at SingleThread

131 North St, Healdsburg, CA 95448, United States

Mon–Sun 4–8:45pm

SingleThread offers one of the most lavish fine dining experiences in the region, ideal for wine pairing.

Their playful and experimental Japanese-inspired cuisine is made all the more sublime by the fresh, local ingredients they grow themselves in the Dry Creek Valley.

As well as having their own farm, SingleThred can host a number of guests in their comfortable and luxurious inn, with gorgeous breakfast options available to truly complete your stay.

Its prestigious 3-Michelin-star reputation makes it a little tricky to get a reservation, so make sure to book well in advance if you want to experience it for yourself.

2. Valette

Sample the chef’s 5-course tasting menu at Valette

344 Center St, Healdsburg, CA 95448, United States

Mon–Sun 5–9:30pm

Valette is one of the most popular restaurants in Healdsburg for good reason.

Its intimate, buzzy dining room makes for a fun and immersive experience of eating and drinking some of the best food and wine the city has to offer.

Their stunning seasonal menu is packed full of interesting dishes made entirely from fresh, locally-sourced ingredients, earning them a well-deserved Michelin-star and a reputation for culinary excellence among foodies around the country.

Known for their incredible wine pairing experience, their extensive wine selection of exclusively superior quality bottles is openly displayed on the walls of the restaurant – adding to the sophisticated, stylish vibe of this simply unmissable restaurant.

3. Farmhouse Inn Restaurant

Stay in the stunning Russian River Valley at Farmhouse Inn Restaurant

7871 River Rd, Forestville, CA 95436, United States

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Farmhouse Inn is ideally located in the magical Russian River Valley – a short distance from where you’ll find our vineyards, steeped in Sonoma County wine-making history.

Offering a rustic yet refined dining experience, it’s a fantastic place to get away from the city and connect with the beautiful landscapes that surround you.

Farmhouse Inn gives you the opportunity to taste exceptional local wines, while experiencing the natural environment that produces these incredibly complex and robust flavors. As the name might suggest, this family-run business grows their own ingredients from the restaurant garden, so you can really taste the dedication and care that goes into every bite.

Treat yourself to a getaway in the heart of Sonoma’s wine country and stay for a couple of nights in their charming hotel, known for its fantastic service, exceptional food, and stunning grounds ideal for outdoor dining in the California sun.

4. Dry Creek Kitchen

Taste our superior wines at Dry Creek Kitchen

317 Healdsburg Ave, Healdsburg, CA 95448, United States

Weds–Sun 5:30–9

Serving up some of the most innovative plates in the region, we’re proud that you can pair a glass of wine from Bricoleur Vineyards with an exceptional meal at Dry Creek Kitchen.

Chef Charlie Palmer understands the importance of pairing a perfectly balanced glass with each bite of his lovingly-prepared cuisine, so you know you’re in good hands with his team.

Known for their unparalleled service, expect to feel right at home in their beautifully bright and open restaurant that seems to blend seamlessly with the nature surrounding it.

Sample something from our award-winning wine list while enjoying a truly remarkable seasonal menu made up of local seafood and meats, freshly grown produce, and magnificent flavor combinations.

5. Cyrus

Visit The Bubbles Lounge at Cyrus for drinks and small plates

275 CA-128, Geyserville, CA 95441, United States

Thurs–Sun 5–9pm

Cyrus is a high-concept experience that takes each visitor through an intimate and unique dining journey.

Begin the evening with a glass of wine and perfectly-paired small plates in The Bubbles Lounge before moving to the kitchen table, where you can watch as your food is being prepared for you and engage with the chefs while they craft something truly special for you.

Wrap up the night in The Chocolate Room, where you’ll be treated to some of the most decadent, mouth-watering chocolates you’ve ever tasted – made in-house by their team of fabulous chocolatiers.

A high-end dining experience unlike anything else in Sonoma County, Cyrus is certainly not to be missed.

Looking for more options to add to your Sonoma County dining list?

  • Taste remarkable French cuisine at Augie’s French
  • Experience the rooftop bar at The Matheson
  • Organize a private event at Street Social
  • Find the perfect wine pairing at Glen Ellen Star
  • Visit Chef Liza Hinman at The Spinster Sisters
  • Enjoy the kid friendly patio at Willi’s Wine Bar

Your Sonoma County adventure starts with great food – and even better wine

The heart of Northern California’s wine country, Sonoma County is the perfect place for wine lovers to dine out and see what it’s really like to taste incredible food made from fresh, local ingredients.

Indulge in the fine dining and superior wine culture Sonoma is famous for. What are you waiting for?

Why not sample something from our wine menu to bring the taste of Sonoma County directly to your doorstep?

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