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Indy 67 Apr 14, 2010 08:47 AM

My husband and I are going to be in the town of Sonoma for a three-day business meeting at the end of this month. I know two meals are already scheduled by the company: a wives lunch at the Girl and Fig and a dinner at some winery.

I'd really appreciate some recommendations for nearby restaurants for dinner. I've done research on Mapquest for both Cyrus and The Farmhouse Inn, both appealing restaurants. Unfortunately, both involve a 50 minute drive back to our hotel after dinner and that's outside my comfort zone. I'd prefer not to have to travel more than 25 minutes in each direction from MacArthur Place .

The two restaurants I've already considered should provide some idea of what I'm looking for, but I'm prepared to be flexible given my geographical constraint. Thanks in advance!

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Farmhouse Inn
7871 River Rd, Forestville, CA 95436

  1. wolfe Apr 14, 2010 09:01 AM

    While La Salette is not in the rarified group of Cyrus and Farmhouse Inn it does offer very good Portuguese cuisine within .6 miles of your hotel.
    http://www.lasalette-restaurant.com/

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    Farmhouse Inn
    7871 River Rd, Forestville, CA 95436

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      beequeen Apr 14, 2010 09:29 AM

      della Santina's or The Girl and The Fig

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        Mariana in Baja Apr 14, 2010 12:31 PM

        Cafe La Haye - you will need reservations, dinner only. El Dorado kitchen - lunch and dinner, nice patio

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        Cafe La Haye
        140 E Napa St, Sonoma, CA 95476

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          Chilanga Apr 14, 2010 02:52 PM

          I'll second Cafe LaHaye and La Salette and Gril and the Fig. I haven't been to El Dorado Kitchen in ages but a friend had dinner there last week and really liked it.

          The only place in Sonoma coming close to the fanciness of Cyrus is Sante at the Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn. I've only been once, last month, and it was a lovely experience. Beautiful place, nice service, good food, great wine list. Much, much more formal than anywhere else in town. You'd need to drive from your hotel.

          You can also drive to downtown Napa within your 25 minute time limit. Not Yountville or St. Helena, but Napa would work.

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          Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn
          100 Boyes Blvd., Sonoma, CA 95476

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            sonomajom Apr 14, 2010 09:38 PM

            I agree with the previous posters - Sonoma doesnt have the style of cuisine offered by Farmhouse or Cyrus. Yountville is probably a little closer in driving time thaneither of those destinations if you want similar type cuisine but if you're in Sonoma and are prepared to settle for a nice meal instead of a long drive for an outstanding one then my recommendations would include La Salette, El Dorado, Harvest moon, Rocket for a local very laid back restaurant with good food. I find Cafe La Haye a little crowded and the menu doesnt change much - which of course is not an issue for a once off

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            Cafe La Haye
            140 E Napa St, Sonoma, CA 95476

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              SFLisa Jun 2, 2010 11:52 AM

              We were in Sonoma for two days last week and the El Dorado kitchen is wonderful. The roasted chicken with quinoa was fantastic as was the halibut with asparagus and mushrooms. Also, the bartender there that night recommended a great winery that we had never heard of. If you like pinot noir, Lynnmar is a great place to visit.

              The next night we ate at the restaurant that belonged to our hotel, the Lodge at Sonoma. While the cottages at the Lodge are great, the food at the restaurant was mediocre and we had an incredibly supercilious waiter there who made the dinner unpleasant.

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