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Feb 5, 2011 11:35 AM

Santa Rosa Area - Romantic yet Understated

Well, close to one year ago, my friend (and now long-distance SO) had a perfectly romantic last dinner during her stay here on this side of the country at Piqueos. Now we're looking for a similar experience, but this time in the Santa Rosa area.

We're more into cozy romantic settings - I looked at Madrona Manor and that seems much too fancy, if that makes sense. Cyrus seems a little more restrained and the food is something we both want to taste one of these days, but budget-wise that's out of the running.

Others seem to be more what we're looking for (Farmhouse Inn, Zazu, Dry Creek Kitchen...) Do I have the right sense of things with these three, and are there any other places that fit the bill that I should consider in this general area?

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  1. Definitely Farmhouse Inn. Zazu is a roadhouse and more casual, and while cozy, maybe not that romantic. Dry Creek Kitchen is a very large space. You might consider Restaurant Mirepoix in Windsor, it's in a stand-alone house.

    Restaurant Mirepoix
    275 Windsor River Rd, Windsor, CA 95492

    Farmhouse Inn
    7871 River Rd, Forestville, CA 95436

    Dry Creek Kitchen
    317 Healdsburg Avenue, Healdsburg, CA 95448

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    1. re: Melanie Wong

      What about Barndiva?

      231 Center St, Healdsburg, CA 95448

    2. Madrona Manor is not at all too is very wonderful. You will enjoy. Dry Creek is very nice and great food. I live within 5 miles of both and go to both places often.

      Madrona Manor
      1001 Westside Rd, Healdsburg, CA 95448