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Mar 20, 2012 07:51 AM

Cyrus OR Farmhouse Inn/Sante

My wife and I will be in Sonoma in early May and are starting to finalize our dining plans. We are staying at the Fairmont Sonoma. After doing are research we have it narrowed down to two options and I would love some input on them. Our only limiting factor is money, we feel we can afford just one great meal. So the first option we are trying to stretch it into two great meals.

Our first option would be to have the Tasting Menu at Farmhouse Inn one night and then just order A La Carte from Sante (in our hotel) the other night.

Our second option would be to put all our eggs in one basket and go to Cyrus one night.

What would you do?


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  1. Farmhouse Inn doesn't have a tasting menu. They have the Monday night prix fixe dinners during the off season, but those ended last Monday. It is an excellent restaurant in a beautiful setting, with a knowlegeable wine steward and impeccable service. I've not been to the other two, but you could save $$$ by walking a short block from Fairmont Sonoma to El Molino Central for a MUCH more casual, but incredibly delicious Mexican dinner.

    3 Replies
    1. re: Kathleen M

      I agree that El Molino Central is an excellent affordable meal. And, If you are actually from Wyoming, this native has never had food like this in Wyoming.

      1. re: wally

        I am from Wyoming originally but now am in Texas. I'm sure my wife will demand that we go to El Molino Central. Is it open for lunch on Sundays?

        I've always wanted to go to Cyrus which is why it is one of the options but Farmhouse sounds great as well, and since it is a little more reasonable we would be able to swing the meal at Sante as well.

        1. re: wyoming007

          Yes, it is but being in Texas you may be able to find food that is this good but not exactly the same.

    2. I wasn't wowed by Farmhouse but that was a couple of years ago when I went and just once. It was fine but not memorable. I've been wanting to try Cyrus because I know Chef Keane is capable of greatness.