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May 4, 2013 12:26 PM

Coupon deal for dinner Applewood Inn/Sonoma Cty

Just caught this flying ad on the SF Chron website:

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  1. $79 for appetizer, entree, dessert, and a glass of wine for two is a good deal.

    1. Wow, this is a good deal. Is it difficult getting reservations? We'll only be in the area 2 nights and I don't want to risk not being able to use it.

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      1. re: i_eat_a_lot_of_ice_cream

        I had no problem getting a reservation on short notice for a Saturday night last August.

        If it were hard to get reservations, they wouldn't have much reason to do a half-off promotion like this.

      2. Wife and I took advantage of the current Travel Zoo promotion and I must say that we had an excellent dinner (and wine) at a bargain price.

        Besides the creative food, service was also first rate. Sometimes with a food or restaurant promotion you get that “funny” look or less than stellar service. Just the opposite at Applewood, head server-sommelier Joseph and staff did everything possible to have an enjoyable evening.

        Apps were Marin Miyagi Oysters, American Sturgeon Caviar, Fresh Horseradish, Meyer Lemon, Extra Virgin Olive Oil.
        Pan Seared Diver Scallop, Mendocino Uni, Whipped Yukon Gold Potatoes, Saffron Butter, Piment D'Espelette.
        Starters were very different but both had nice fresh flavors. As part of the promotion we each had a generous glass of Pickett Fence Chard (creamy, buttery but DW likes chard that way) and a very fresh, crisp Pinot Noir, also Pickett Fence.

        Entrees were Miso Glazed Black Cod, Crispy Maitaki Mushrooms, Mustard Greens, Dungeness Crab, Grilled Scallions, Ginger Broth, Toasted Sesame Oil.
        Cocoa Nib Crusted Rack of California Lamb, Sherry Braised Chorizo, Sautéed English Peas & Green Garlic, Mint Chimichurri.
        Both perfectly prepared and tasty! With the entrees we had a Dutton Estate Pinot and Copain Mendocino Syrah. The extra glasses of wine were not part of the promotion.

        Finished with a couple of indulgent desserts. Profiteroles of peanut butter semifreddo
        chocolate and caramel sauces.
        Three-Layer chocolate mocha mousse, hazelnut praline, espresso gelato white chocolate crumble.

        We had wanted to try the Applewood Inn, going with the Travel Zoo Promotion was a bonus. Very much recommended if you are in Sonoma Wine Country.

        Here are some pictures of last nights dinner and the Applewood Inn website.

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        1. re: tom246

          Thanks for the report. Applewood lost its Michelin star in 2013, guess they have to try harder now.

          1. re: tom246

            Thanks for the review! I bought the voucher for our trip in July. Looking forward to trying a place we probably wouldn't have otherwise!

            1. re: i_eat_a_lot_of_ice_cream

              Nice, I think you will really enjoy the food and relaxed dining experience. Depending on where you are coming from, give yourself some time to get there as The Applewood Inn is tucked away off Rt 116 in Gurneville.

              1. re: tom246

                Thanks, your review and photos definitely did convince me it was worth buying the voucher!! We'll be staying in a cottage in Healdsburg. Google says about 30 or 35 minutes...

                1. re: i_eat_a_lot_of_ice_cream

                  yes, a good 35 minutes, especially if you are not familiar with some of the West County roads. Enjoy and please report back!

          2. Can someone tell me what attire is appropriate for Applewood? .... specifically for men. Yelp says casual but I trust CH more. Would he be ok in nice jeans and a polo, or should he get a little more dressed up? Thanks!!

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            1. re: i_eat_a_lot_of_ice_cream

              We were there for the 2nd time this past Wednesday. Nice jeans and a polo will be what 80 percent of the people will be wearing.

              Enjoy, both of our dinners at The Applewood have been very good.

              1. re: tom246

                Great, my husband will be happy to hear that. I am so looking forward to that meal. Hopefully the heat wave ends by then. We want to check out the redwoods at Armstrong in the afternoon before dinner.