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May 6, 2009 06:01 PM

Honeymoon in Healdsburg

We'll be spending 3 days in Healdsburg as part of our drive up the coast in June. Though I'm sure we'll spend most of our time lazily wine tasting, I truly want our 2 dinners in Healdsburg to be special. This will hopefully be a once in a lifetime experience. That being said, though my soon-to-be hubby is not quite as enthusiastic about food as I am, he's getting there. And of course, we'll be pretty broke after the wedding (we certainly are before it), but I guess that's what credit cards are for. So I'm thinking maybe an expensive gourmet dinner one night and a less expensive comfort food meal the next. What do you think?

Please help me choose 2 dinners (feel free to add something else if I'm leaving it out):

Cyrus (is it worth the $??...if it is, great.)
The Farmhouse Inn Restaurant
Dry Creek Kitchen
Madrona Manor


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  1. We had a lovely lunch at Zin, so I recommend that, but you have left out Willie's Wine Bar!!!! We LOVE Willie's. They have small plates so you can sample several things.
    We have mostly done lunch there. What we do when we travel is breakfast and dinner in our room and a fancy lunch out: the food is still great, you're out during the day anyway, and lunch costs less than dinner.
    Windsor has a place called the Greengrocer that has stuff that's good for a picnic -- I'm sure there are others. We stay in a place with a kitchen so we can cook dinner....

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    1. re: Kim Cooper

      That's perfect! I was thinking about lunch at Willie's after reading tons of great reviews. There are so many great places to try! Thanks for the advice. I'm planning to spend most of our meal budget in Healdsburg...we'll be cooking for ourselves when we head up the coast a bit further.

      1. re: luv2savr

        Bear in mind that the small plates at Willi's use a lot of salt and fat/oil/grease to amp up the flavor and the overall effect is quite heavy. Nothing wrong with bacon, deep-frying or butterfat, but not in every dish for me.

    2. Cyrus is worth it. Farmhouse Inn is worth it.

      Santi's is less expensive and very worth it, as is Willi's, though I prefer the northern Santa Rosa Willi's on Redwood Highway to the one in Healdsburg. I also love Ravenous's burgers, and the general feel of the place (casual).

      Happy Marriage.

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      1. re: maria lorraine

        I agree with Maria - Cyrus is worth it. If I were celebrating my marriage, I can't think of a better place to do it. The food is excellent, the service impeccable - one of my favorite restaurant experiences ever. While the food is refined, it is at it's essence approachable food executed with perfect technique. . . that's what makes it so good - so even if your new husband is not in to food, he will be happy here as the food at once familiar yet wonderfully different.

        congratulations on your marriage!

      2. Agree with everyone that Cyrus is definitely worth it! My husband and I ate there in December and it was our most memorable meal to date - do the champagne and caviar. So delicious and quite the presentation!

        We went to Willi's recently and weren't impressed. Definitely do not get the lobster roll - while a "bargain" at $15, there was hardly any lobster on it. Not worth it. We also had calamari which were o.k. but not fabulous.

        I prefer Barndiva, Bovolo and Costeaux. We have eaten at each place for lunch - Barndiva is more upscale than the others; great innovative menu. Bovolo has wonderful sandwiches and gelato. Costeaux was a nice French bakery/bistro with good comfort food.

        Good luck!

        Cyrus Restaurant
        29 North St, Healdsburg, CA 95448

        Costeaux French Bakery Cafe
        417 Healdsburg Ave, Healdsburg, CA 95448

        231 Center St, Healdsburg, CA 95448

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        1. re: meggie t

          Forgot one:

          106 Matheson St, Healdsburg, CA 95448

        2. Cyrus is one of our favorite restaurants anywhere! Hope you can get a reservation!

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          1. re: sallyjo

            Cyrus is wonderful, but books up, so call ahead....

            1. re: Senor Popusa

              I already booked it...and on soon-to-be hubby's b-day too! :-)

              1. re: luv2savr

                Do be aware that Cyrus has switched to a tasting menu only format in the dining room starting this year. Would this work for your husband? The bar menu is ala carte, but I don't believe you can reserve there.

                1. re: Melanie Wong

                  I've already downloaded the sample menu and prepped him. My birthday is 3 days later, so we're basically treating this like my birthday dinner instead of his. He's more interested in making me happy than what we'll be eating. I think we'll enjoy ourselves no matter what. Thanks for the heads up though.

                  **PS, I'm usually on the LA board since I live down there and I've gotta say that you Bay Area folks are REALLY FANTASTIC! Thank you.

                  1. re: luv2savr

                    You're a lucky lady! If something on the tasting menu that night doesn't suit him, the kitchen will make substitutions on reqest, such as something from the bar menu.

                    1. re: Melanie Wong

                      Hey Luv2Savr, I know it's many moons later, but if you're still around, any report back on your experience at Cyrus and/or elsewhere in Healdsburg? I'm in a similar situation-- taking a romantic getaway to Healdsburg but on a somewhat limited budget, trying to figure out what is worth the splurge for a celebration meal or two. Anyone else please feel free to weigh in, too!

                      1. re: tamarinda

                        Possibly better to start your own thread. Some may be hoping for a report but it takes a real "enthusiast" to scroll all the way to the end and find your request.

            2. I did not enjoy cyrus
              overrated culinary gymnastics
              choreographed service without warmth
              very few of the dishes were actually good
              go to french laundry if you want something special

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