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Jun 11, 2009 10:46 AM

Restaurants in Sonoma Area

Dear Hounds,
I'm looking for some restaurant recommendations in the Sonoma area. I'll be there for 3-4 mid-week days in late June. I have found plenty of recommendations for Napa, but relatively few for Sonoma. I prefer "good cookin'" to "fine dining," if that helps you narrow your recommendations. Thanks in advance!

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  1. Don't know is this sort of place is your cuppa tea, but we really enjoy it. Try to sit in the bar or at the sidewalk tables for a bit of local color. The place, at least when we've been there, has a large local clientele.

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    1. re: Gail

      Well, I'll soon find out! the setting looks nice and I like the low corkage fee. Thanks for the tip, Gail!

    2. For good cooking lunch spot, try Taylor Made.

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      1. re: cstr

        Where is Taylor Made? Are you thinking of Taylor's drive-in in St Helena?

      2. Sonoma, the city or the county which expands the area?

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        1. re: wally

          I'm staying in Sonoma proper, but I'm game to get out into the country a bit. I'm not terribly familiar with the area, so opportunities to explore are welcome!

          1. re: Foodielicious

            The margaritas at Maya are potent and will knock your butt if you have a couple - really tasty. They have some pretty good food there too . . . I like to just order snacks to go with the drinks. They're located on the Southeast corner of the square in Sonoma. If you like something a little more upscale without being too fussy, try Cafe La Haye for dinner (just East of Maya). I'd call it more fine dining, but in a relaxed atmosphere.

            1. re: vday

              I just had dinner there last night. The carnitas (not what they are called there) were AMAZING! The chips and salsa were good too!

        2. Zazu, Zin, The Girl and the Fig

          even better:

          Farmhouse Inn

          apparently, even better than that:


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          1. re: whiner

            Mmmm, Zin looks right up my alley: thanks for the recs!

            1. re: whiner

              New York hound here, just returned from a few blissful days in the area. I'll second the recommendation for the Girl & The Fig, but will also add the El Dorado Kitchen, in the El Dorado Hotel. Really nice modern setting, and fabulous small plates as well as really good "cooked" dishes. You can really have whatever experience you want here (call it fine dining, call it cookin'), the menu's varied enough and the atmosphere is great.

              We also loved Bistro Le Copains in Occidental, it's something to consider if you want to spend any time in that part of the county. The $35 bistro menu was really terrific, and the town of Occidental itself was really charming, lovely Friday evening farmer's market. (Was hard not to eat dinner in the market itself - but our reservations beckoned.)

              1. re: Mrs.Sean

                Here's my post on the Occidental farmers market, anything you'd like to add?

                1. re: Melanie Wong

                  The paella was the biggest temptation - i stood gawping at the gigantic vats for quite some time before the Husband dragged me to Copains! All I have to add is that the chocolate stall is WELL worth a stop. The tea flavored ones in particular were a fascinating combination of delicate and ridiculously rich, all at once.

                  1. re: Mrs.Sean

                    Getting to the market early and watching the assembly of Gerard's paella is a good show too. But then you have to wait 2 hours to eat!

            2. La Salette, Portuguese, in town.

              452 First Street East, Suite H, Sonoma, CA 95476

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              1. re: wolfe

                I quite enjoyed that two weeks ago; creative menu, not overpriced at all...