HEALDSBURG AND ITS SURROUNDING TOWNS ARE A FOODIE'S PARADISE.
Definitely make reservations as far in advance as possible to secure a spot at the places you want to visit the most.
And if there are just two of you, all my favorite restaurants have bars that offer their full menus...and sometimes that's more fun.
Asahi Sushi & Kitchen
Best sushi in town. Chef Nobu has the freshest fish and best rolls. Super clean and lots of non-fried, non-mayo based rolls.
Sit at the sushi bar and put the menu away and put Nobu in charge. Trust me.
My happy place. An absolute must. (For everything: cocktails, snacks, breakfast, brunch, lunch, dinner...I swear.)
A swanky spot with beautiful, amazing-tasting food and a lot of style. Bridgerton meets Alice & Wonderland.
Guiso Latin Fusion*
This small, family owned restaurant features seasonal & locally sourced ingredients in
Latin American/Caribbean dishes with a hyper-local wine-list.
It's absolutely PHENOMENAL.
Indoor/outdoor dining. It's small, so be sure to make reservations. It's not to be missed.
Bravas Bar de Tapas
Okay...Here's the deal with Bravas. I love their food and cocktails. Their decor is super legit. Nice out? Enjoy their backyard dining or backyard bar. (Epic game on TV you can't miss? They have TVs at their outdoor bar.) Cold and rainy? Sit inside by their (awesome) fireplace. But the music. Oh my god.
They play doo-wop. (?!?!) And try to call it classic rock.(?!?!) I don't want to hear the Beach Boys. Ever, really. But especially whilst enjoying a lovely dining or cocktail experience with friends. So...if you must go, try to distract your ears... Or maybe now it's all you'll hear since I pointed it out. Or bring your mom. She'll LOVE it.
Troubadour is a fancy sandwich shop by day and an elevated French bistro by night.
One of the most memorable meals I've eaten in a while. Pricey. But SO good.
As local as you can get. Dustin Valette was born & raised here.
His menu is thoughtfully curated and the service is wonderful.
SingleThread Farms Restaurant & Inn*
Fine dining at it's finest.
A true culinary experience with a most genuine farm-to-table approach.
11-course tasting menu. A special-occasion dining experience.
Reserve online here
In Wine Country
There are few things that are perfect in life. And Dino's pizza may be one of them. His menu *in its entirety* is outstanding. They don't take reservations, so here's what you do: Put your name on their list, then go next door to his bar, The Geyserville Gun Club, and grab a cocktail and a snack and they'll call you when your table is ready.
Or here's a great idea: Grab a couple par-baked pizzas to-go and take them back to your backyard to be finished on the BBQ.
ALERT! THE CANNOLIS ARE BACK!!!!
After a hiatus that felt like an eternity, the cannolis are back on the dessert menu.
Thank you, Dino!!!
Catelli's is the revamped offspring of its parent restaurant, The Rex, once a bustling, hot spot for Geyserville locals. Started by the children of Richard Catelli, their menu preserves the staples of the original menu with new, modern favorites. They have a kale salad that will change your life. I love to order the 10-layer lasagna with meat sauce and get my husband or a friend to get the meat ravioli with meat sauce and do a little share-sies. Ohmygod.
They have an outdoor dining (and venue for large parties) that is part Godfather, part Versace. It's wild.
This place RUINED ramen for me. I have to drive to Sebastopol to get my fix. It's insane.
Great apps and sides and cocktails too. Fun, lively atmosphere. Worth the drive.
Ramen Gaijin's sister restaurant. Sonoma County Thai. OMG. The absolute BEST.
Great wine list for spicy thai food. No cocktails.
Farmhouse Inn & Restaurant
This Michelin-starred tasting-menu restaurant and (5-star) inn is located just west of Healdsburg.
You'll want to get an Uber there and back because the wine-list is off the hook.
Underwood Bar & Bistro
The tiny town of Graton is a great stop along the West County wine roads. Underwood is a great spot to finish your day. They offer a late afternoon menu that's fun to enjoy over a game of bocce and a cocktail in their backyard. Their dinner menu is spectacular. They have an oyster menu, and a number of small plates for snacks or apps. (Get the white anchovy crostini. Amazing.) And their dinner plate menu is delish. Great, craft cocktails and a wine-list you'd expect for a restaurant in the heart of wine-country.
*denotes an establishment that only serves beer/wine