THERE ARE A LOT OF OPTIONS FOR LUNCH, DEPENDING ON YOUR MOOD.
Picnic at a winery? Casual? Fancy? Outside? Inside? Light?
These here are my personal favorites.
A swanky spot with beautiful, amazing-tasting food and a lot of attitude. Get the goat cheese balls.
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.
Campo Fina is a prime, casual go-to. They have something for whatever mood you're in: light, heavy, warm, cold. And they have cocktails. And a wood-fired pizza oven. And outdoor seating. And a bocce court. And awesome staff. They are Scopa's sister restaurant (which isn't open for lunch and is *quite* difficult to get into). You can experience many of Scopa's signature dishes at Campo Fina in a much more accessible space.
Award winning bread and bakery. Great omelettes, sandwiches and pastries. Consistently awesome quiche.
Roof 106 @ The Matheson (Lunch only on FRI-SUN)
Homemade bread. INSANE sandwiches. And they have liver-mousse plates & sardine toast.
I'm in heaven. Take it to go and enjoy it across the street w some wine @ The Harris Gallery.
In Wine Country
Willowood Market Café*
This place is a well-worth drive to the tiny town of Graton. It defines a "perfect weekend" for me if I get a chance to go. They have a polenta menu, an extensive, local craft beer offering and phenomenal wine list. And it's just down the road from a whole lot of my favorite wineries...so it's a great place to eat if you're heading to West County to taste.
*denotes an establishment that only serves beer/wine