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Sep 7, 2010 12:50 PM

Dining in Healdsburg - Help needed

Going to be there one day a week from this Saturday, winery hopping in RRV.

As for dinner, Cyrus and Barndiva are booked. Read good things about Scopa but have not called yet to see if they have any openings, and don't necessarily want Italian, but good food is good food. Other suggestions? We're perfectly happy with sitting at the bar, as long as the food is good. Like nearly all food types and the menus at Barndiva and Cyrus were both down our alley, although don't necessarily need it to be an ultra high-end/refined meal.

So any suggestions at this late point in the game would be very helpful.

As for wineries, I have a target list (Hop Kiln, Serghiso, Gary Farrel, Holdredge, and a few others) but haven't nailed anything down by any stretch. Enjoy wine but definitely not that knowledgeable. Enjoy Zins and Pinots. Would ideally like to combine good wines with great scenery, so any suggestions for places where we don't necessarily need an appointment for a tour (although that's not a deal breaker by any means) but where we can taste some good wine while taking in some beautiful views would be most welcome.

231 Center St, Healdsburg, CA 95448

109 Plaza St, Healdsburg, CA 95448

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  1. You might want to consider Mirepoix in Windsor, just a few miles south of Hburg. I haven't tried the new menu, but all reports are favorable.

    1. If your looking for Cyrus/ BD type try
      beautiful setting and a few min from Healdsburg, ample parking for RV
      Michelin starred and slightly less then other two in cost, food excellent
      Less high end and walking distance from Plaza are
      Bistro Ralph
      Dry Creek Kitchen, more high end
      all casual and good
      Casual fun and owned by Cyrus is the Healdsburg Bar and Grill
      I would definitly make reservations as crush is starting full time
      I love Ridge wines, pricey

      Dry Creek Kitchen
      317 Healdsburg Avenue, Healdsburg, CA 95448

      Bistro Ralph
      109 Plaza St, Healdsburg, CA 95448

      109 Plaza St, Healdsburg, CA 95448

      1. hi, i just posted my review of healdsburg/santa rosa and guernville areas below (called dry river/russian river review)

        Cyrus was great. we really enjoyed our meal at Farmhouse inn in forestville, about a 20 minute drive. we also really liked the drinks at Spoonbar.

        Our favorite (scenery) was Ironhorse which has an outdoor tasting room and specializes in bubblies. Also liked the Bella tour with wine caves and really enjoyed the wines at Unti.

        1. Thanks very much. Made a reservation @ Zin last night, so should be covered for our meal that evening. I'll check out Ironhorse. My wife loves the bubbly stuff, and that might be a nice change of pace as well from the other tastings we'll likely be doing that day, which I suspect will be heavy on Pinots and Zins.

          Any other recs on wineries are still welcome. Thanks.

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            1. re: Whigsboy

              We had lunch at Zin on Monday. It was fine for most items but one was terrible. Burnt cauliflower over cous cous with a dab of yogurt. The service was fine, the atmosphere very nice but the food was simply good (with the one exception) -- certainly not memorable.