Dining Out in West Sonoma County

Dining Out in West Sonoma County


We love to cook, explore farmers’ markets, forage, and feast. In fact, owner Vanessa Zegarra Higgins is co-owner of Mill Valley’s Playa (if you’re in the mood for margs and Mex, you must check it out!). From farm-to-table dining to international cuisine, west Sonoma County has a food scene that is bar none. Here are our some of our recommendations, from fancy to relaxed, to try during your stay:

  1. Single Thread (Healdsburg) - If you want to really do it up (and you have made a reservation months ahead of time) Single Thread is a Michelin-starred restaurant that offers a multi-course tasting menu that changes with the micro-seasons. The restaurant also boasts an onsite farm where many of the ingredients used in the dishes are grown.
  2. The Matheson (Healdsburg) - Housed in a historic building on the charming square, The Matheson offers modern American cuisine with a focus on locally sourced ingredients. The restaurant's seasonal menu features dishes such as grilled octopus, handmade pasta, and roasted duck breast. There is also a fab tasting wall and rooftop bar.
  3. The Barlow (Sebastopol) - This outdoor marketplace is a foodie's paradise, with over a dozen restaurants and food vendors to choose from. Some highlights include The Farmer's Wife, which specializes in artisanal sandwiches and Fern Bar, which has a groovy 70’s vibe and a mixology menu that is thoroughly modern.
  4. Willow Wood Market (Graton) - This sweet cafe and market in Graton serves up breakfast and lunch dishes made with fresh, local ingredients. The menu includes items such as house-made granola, breakfast sandwiches, and creative salads. And it is a great focal point for a visit to Graton, which is a tiny, artsy town.
  5. Stellina Pronto (Petaluma) - This casual Italian eatery has incredible pastries and pantry goods. Their cappuccino is chef’s kiss, too.
  6. Street Social (Petaluma) - A real hidden gem with elevated cuisine in a tiny space instead a historic, stone building. Fusion food that naturally becomes a cuisine that is distinctly Californian- fresh, ingredient-forward, and inventive. 
  7. Ramen Gaijin (Sebastopol) - Authentic-ish Japanese ramen made with locally sourced ingredients. The menu also features small plates such as pork belly bao buns and chicken wings. The bar scene is energetic on the weekends.

You can always shop the Sebastopol Farmers’ Market every Sunday or one of Sebastopol’s fantastic groceries to whip up something in our Chef’s Kitchen. But if you do decide to go out, the options are endless.

P.s. We love Heather Irwin’s Bite Club Eats for up-to-date recs from someone who knows Sonoma County’s food scene.