Valentine’s Day Dining 2011 in Sonoma County

Okay lovers, here’s the annual wrap-up of romantic eats around the North Bay. Almost all require reservations and most will sell out. On your mark, get set…Valentine! $ = Lower-cost menus. Got a question or something you want to add? Shout out! SANTA ROSA Jackson’s Bar and Oven: If you failed to make a resy, take heart, Jackson’s doesn’t take ‘em anyway. Last minute Romeos can check out the three...

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K & L Bistro | Sebastopol
Sep20

K & L Bistro | Sebastopol

K&L Bistro is a cozy French cafe in the heart of Sebastopol that’s long been a Michelin and Zagat favorite. Lunch and dinner menus are similar, featuring well-loved comfort food standards like French onion soup, lemon-butter sole and steak frites as well as crab cakes, charcuterie and a cheese course. Seasonal specials add color, and desserts are simple, can’t-miss affairs that frequently incorporate local fruit....

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John Ash & Co | Santa Rosa
Jun04

John Ash & Co | Santa Rosa

Around since the 1980′s, John Ash & Co. at the Vintner’s Inn is an institution, most notably as ground zero for serious Wine Country cuisine. It’s stately ambiance harkens to a more opulent decade, but the restaurant remains a popular “occasion” restaurant for locals and visitors. Chef Ash and his protege, Jeffrey Madura, have both moved on (Ash no longer works at the restaurant that bears his name),...

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Sonoma’s Lunch Aquatic: Pool, river & waterside dining
May19

Sonoma’s Lunch Aquatic: Pool, river & waterside dining

There are few better dining companions than water — running, tinkling, crashing or merely reflecting brilliantly — it’s a built in backdrop and entertainment that turns even every day food into an event. With the big, golden orb suddenly reappearing in the sky (after how many months of rain?) it suddenly seems like a good time to head outside again and enjoy some poolside, oceanside or riverside dining. Here are some...

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Girl and the Fig | Sonoma

Just off the Sonoma town square, Sondra Bernstein’s sunny bistro marries the best of country French and fresh California flavors. In addition to figs (which you’ll find on both the menu and in a must-try collection of bottled compotes), don’t miss the cheese course, mussels, the signature arugula and goat cheese salad, selection of Rhone-only wines or secluded outdoor patio. A Wine Country classic, perennial Michelin...

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Cyrus Restaurant | Healdsburg
Feb19

Cyrus Restaurant | Healdsburg

Cyrus Restaurant, Healdsburg’s hautest eatery has garnered enough culinary stars to light up most of Wine Country, yet remains as friendly and hospitable as the day it opened. Culinary wunderkind Douglas Keane heads a precision-focused kitchen team that rivals that of The French Laundry, creating multi-course tasting menus that can span hours and cost upwards of $300 per person. A covetous wine list and caviar service round out...

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