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Dinner in or around Petaluma, CA

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anne363 Nov 11, 2008 12:08 PM

I will be in Petaluma on Saturday night and seeking recommendations for dinner either in Petaluma or surrounding area (within a half hour drive). I enjoy restaurants which offer seasonal, local product...good food at a fair price with a cozy atmosphere. Any particular place come to mind? Thanks for your help!

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  1. Civil Bear RE: anne363 Nov 11, 2008 01:17 PM

    Lot's of good chowhound worthy options in Petaluma, but Central Market fits your bill to a T.

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    Central Market
    42 Petaluma Blvd North, Petaluma, CA 94952

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      cyberroo RE: anne363 Nov 11, 2008 01:48 PM

      In Petaluma, Central Market is my favorite, although I certainly haven't explored all of the options.

      The town of Sonoma is easily within a half-hour if you're looking for more options. The Girl and the Fig would would probably best satisfy your good food/fair price requirements. I also like El Dorado Kitchen, but it is a bit more expensive, and I wasn't delighted by my last visit. Their current menu is very appealing, though.

      Going north, Santa Rosa should also be within a half-hour. Searching for any of the three towns should help you find something you'll enjoy.

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      Central Market
      42 Petaluma Blvd North, Petaluma, CA 94952

      El Dorado Kitchenette
      405 First St. West, Sonoma, CA 95476

      Girl & the Fig - duplicate
      110 W Spain St, Sonoma, CA

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        sonomajom RE: cyberroo Nov 11, 2008 08:55 PM

        I havent been to Central Market personally but have had reports from 2 parties whose judgements i rely on who said the food was only ok
        I heard there is a nice wine bar in Petaluma but that's all I know about it
        Would second the two choices in Sonoma, along iwth Harvest Moon cafe there

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        Kim Cooper RE: anne363 Nov 11, 2008 09:36 PM

        We like Central Market too. For dinner, I recommend a reservation. Unless you get there really early. We got there early, a few minutes before 5 last time, and the chef came out and invited us in. We said no, we had an errand, so we came back about 20 minutes later. During dinner the chef came out and thanked us for coming back. It was a Tuesday and they have a wine tasting, but the wine guy was late and by the time he got there we had our dinners and they were too good to leave to go to the wine table.... My partner had the pork confit and I had the slow-cooked lamb over polenta.

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