Heading up to Sonoma to go wine tasting? Well, then you need some recommendations as to where to eat. The Sonoma Square, the largest plaza in California, is home to a number of winery tasting rooms but also restaurants. When you are finished tasting wine, check out these three restaurants. Not only are these restaurants showcasing the freshest local, seasonal produce but they each also offers charming outdoor patios where you can enjoy your meal.
the girl and the fig
110 West Spain Street, Sonoma, CA 95476
The girl and the fig is a quintessential wine country restaurant. This iconic restaurant, owned by Sondra Bernstein, recently celebrated its 19 year anniversary. This restaurant, with strong French influences, features creative and delicious dishes. If you are a fan of figs, try the Fig and Arugula Salad and for dessert the Chocolate Dipped Figs. And for the wine lovers, the list shows its love for Rhone wines with wines from both France and California.
The Fig and Arugula Salad with toasted pecans, mano formate pancetta, laura chenel chevre, fig and port vinaigrette is a classic wine country salad and a good start to any meal.
The Avocado Toast is a step up from other avocado toasts, with cured rock shrimp, asparagus, radishes and citrus aioli.
The perfect summer dish, the Grilled Peaches with house-made ricotta, black pepper almonds, barrel-aged balsamic and bacon salt was a stand-out.
The French influence is represented in the Wild Flounder Meuniere with yukon potato puree, cello spinach, lemon-caper brown butter.
Finish off every meal with the Chocolate Dipped Figs. They are like dark chocolate kisses with the sweet fig inside.
487 1st St W, Sonoma, CA 95476
Husband and wife team, Nick and Jen Demarest, met in school at the Culinary Institute of America at Hyde Park, NY. After working around the country, including at Chez Panisse, they opened Harvest Moon in Sonoma. The restaurant is small and unassuming but with the focus on fresh and sustainable, it will capture your attention. Working with Sonoma’s local harvests, Harvest Moon gets some of its produce from Kamen Estate’s organic garden on Moon Mountain. The New American cuisine menu changes daily.
El Dorado Kitchen
El Dorado Hotel, 405 1st St W, Sonoma, CA 95476
El Dorado Kitchen is located on the ground floor of a 37-room boutique hotel. The menu features farm-driven, California cuisine in a casual atmosphere. With eco-friendly green initiatives, the ingredients are sourced from local purveyors. Classic dishes such as carpaccio, tuna tartare and heirloom tomatoes can be found on the menu and the flavors and colors are vibrant. And be tempted by the truffle fries, a great plate to place in the middle of the table for all to enjoy.
With a focus on local, sustainable, seasonal ingredients, along with the outdoor dining, these three Sonoma restaurants will satisfy after a day of wine tasting.