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Santa Rosa Area - Romantic yet Understated

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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. http://www.restaurantmirepoix.com/Res...

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    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?

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      Barndiva
      231 Center St, Healdsburg, CA 95448

    2. Madrona Manor is not at all too fancy..........it 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.

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      Madrona Manor
      1001 Westside Rd, Healdsburg, CA 95448