While it’s true that Wine Country recovery efforts are going well and the region is fully open for business, many small business owners still could use your help. Some Sonoma County restaurateurs lost their homes and are struggling on a personal level. Beyond that, numerous locals also suffered property loss or damage, which is discouraging some residents from dining out.

This state of affairs qualifies as an open invitation to tourists. Crowds tend to be smaller this time of year, the culinary scene is out of this world, and the entire restaurant community would be thrilled to welcome you.

There are too many great restaurants in this region to fit into one article but we’ve put together a quick hit list to help you begin filling out your Sonoma County dining itinerary. 

Jeffrey’s Hillside Café has been a Santa Rosa institution since 2009, when veteran chef Jeffrey Madura brought his passion for cooking to a perfect location tucked away at the Hillside Inn. There he created a cozy little spot for breakfast and lunch, placing an emphasis on local ingredients. The Maduras lost their home in the October wildfires and the best way to show your support is to give their restaurant a try—you won’t regret it.

Sadly, their story is not unique. Josh and Regina Silvers, owners of Jackson’s Bar and Oven, also lost their home in the fires. Their hip-yet-family-friendly spot in downtown Santa Rosa specializes in comfort food with a seasonal, sophisticated twist. The owners of KC's American Kitchen, Mai’s Vietnamese, and Pamposh Restaurant suffered through similar personal tragedies and they would be incredibly grateful for your business.

If you haven’t been to Zazu Kitchen + Farm in Sebastopol, you’re really missing out. Proprietors Duskie Estes and John Stewart are local legends—passionate foodies who are first in line to volunteer for a good cause or community event. You can even experience their brand of deliciousness from afar: Zazu’s online store, the Black Pig Meat Co., features some of their most popular products—including Rodeo Jax, Cider Cracklins, and the decadent Pig Out Gift Pack.

Here are some more top-flight Sonoma County dining establishments that would truly welcome you on your next visit.

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Harvest Moon Café, Sonoma—a small family-run café located right in the plaza that changes its menu daily to utilize what is available and at it's best.

Seared Steak and Seafood, Petaluma—its menu incorporates farm fresh vegetables, grains, seafood, beef, and fowl to capture the essence of the seasonal lands around it.

River’s End, Jenner—located near Goat Rock, where the Russian River spills into the Pacific Ocean, this restaurant features an eclectic menu and breathtaking views.

3 Alarm Grill, Guerneville—midwest comfort food in the heart of the Russian River, including Chicago dogs, Frickle Burgers, and 3 Alarm Chili.

Bistro 29, Santa Rosa—a traditional, friendly, and casual bistro specializing in Breton regional cuisine.

Trading Post Restaurant & Bakery, Cloverdale—an authentic farm-to-table dining experience with an in-house artisan bakery

 

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Café Lucia, Healdsburg—located near the plaza, this spot specializes in new Portuguese cuisine adapted to the immense offerings of top-quality ingredients from Sonoma County.

The Brass Rabbit, Healdsburg—much of The Brass Rabbit’s seasonal produce comes from Chalk Hill Vineyard’s dedicated 4.5-acre organic farm, located not far from the restaurant.