Sonoma Wine Country Restaurants

We are privileged to have some terrific restaurants in the Healdsburg area, however they are small and book up quickly. To assist you in making your decision please accept the following critique offered by Steve and Cathi which is based on their 30 years experience in the food service and hospitality industry, and their personal experiences while dining at these wonderful wine country restaurants. They know that it takes more than just “good” food to make the experience a success!

Steve and Cathi’s Favorite Places To Eat!

Catelli’s 21047 Geyserville Avenue, Geyserville, Ca 95441 (707)857-3471  Opened early 2010 in the old Santi building, this is an Italian Restaurant that is re-opening after many years, with the same name and a new generation of family. Classic and new tradition menu items. Open for lunch and dinner Monday through Saturday. Closed Mondays.

Dry Creek Kitchen 317 Healdsburg Ave, Healdsburg (707-431-0330)
Owned by celebrity chef Charlie Palmer. Offers California wine country cuisine, and is a guest and staff favorite. Open 7 days a week for lunch and dinner.


Baci Cafe and Wine Bar 336 Healdsburg Avenue (707) 433.8111  Baci serves fine regional Italian and Mediterranean food, paired with wines from Sonoma, Napa and Italy, in a casual dining atmosphere. Closed Tuesdays & Wednesdays. Open for lunch Thurs-Sat starting at 12:00p.m.

Willi’s Seafood, 403 Healdsburg Ave., Healdsburg (707-433-9191)
East coast oyster bar with Latin flare. Tapas Bar, smaller portions of great food. Gluten and dairy free menus available. Full bar. Open for lunch and dinner daily at 11:30 am.

Zin 344 Center Street, Healdsburg (707-473-0946)
New American style cuisine with an old fashioned flare; in a casual and fun setting. Their wine list includes over 75 different Zinfandels mostly all from local wineries; Lunch & dinner 7 days a week. Lunch 11:30-2:00 and dinner from 5:30pm. Beer and wine Only. Casual atmosphere.

Madrona Manor Restaurant 1001 Westside Road, Healdsburg (707-433-6831) Elegant Old World Cuisine. Excellent ‘special occasion’ restaurant. Prix Fixe menu, full bar. Open Wed-Sun for dinner only. Credit card is required to hold a reservation. Michelin rated.

Stark’s Steakhouse 521 Adams St, Santa Rosa (707-546-5100) From the owners of Willi’s Seafood. Lunch M-F 11:30-2:30 and Dinner Sun-Fri 5:00-9:00 and Saturday 5:00-10:00p.m.

Other Good Places to Dine

Bistro Ralph 109 Plaza Street, Healdsburg (707-433-1380); An upscale bistro on the plaza.  Lunch Mon-Fri, 11:30 am and on.  Open Mon.-Sat. for Dinner. Beer, wine, and martini bar.  Reservations suggested.

Bravas bar de Tapas 420 Center Street, Healdsburg (707-433-7700) New in the fall of 2012 from the owners of Willi’s Seafood, this is a fun Spanish tapas restaurant  one block North of the Plaza. Yearround indoor & outdoor dining. Full bar. Open every day for lunch and dinner.

John Ash & Co. Barnes & River Road, Santa Rosa (707-527-7687) John Ash has developed his wine country cuisine for over 20 years using local products from local growers, resulting in a variety of new tastes and changing entree’s. Dinner served 7 days/week beginning at 5:30; Lunch Mon.-Fri. 11:30-2:00 pm; Cafe Menu Mon-Fri. 2:30-5:30 pm; Sunday brunch 11-2:30. Full bar.

Parish Cafe 60A Mill Street, Healdsburg (707-431-8473) New fall of 2012, this is a New Orleans style cafe. Open for breakfast and lunch Wednesday through Sunday.

Sake O’ 505 Healdsburg Ave., Healdsburg (707-433-2669)
A unique style of California and traditional Japanese cuisine. Open daily for lunch from 11:30-2:30 p.m. and dinner from 5:00-9:30 pm.

The Wurst 22 Matheson Street, Healdsburg Bratwurst and hamburger restaurant. Great for lunch or a casual dinner, wine and beer on tap.