Top 5: Best Restaurants To Refuel After Wine-Tasting in Healdsburg

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Sonoma County Restaurant Week, taking place March 9-15, is underway, but we are so impressed with the eateries in and around Healdsburg that we suggest you keep our list featuring the best restaurants in Healdsburg handy year round. This city, which continues to enjoy its time in the spotlight, is surrounded by several of Northern California’s finest regional wine appellations, including Alexander Valley, Chalk Hill, Dry Creek Valley and Russian River Valley. You’ll certainly work up an appetite while wine tasting.

1 Farmhouse Inn

This romantic and elegant Michelin-starred restaurant is well worth the drive from Healdsburg, if you're not staying at this charming inn where the luxurious guest rooms were recently renovated. The food served is sourced from owner Joe and Catherine's Bartolomei ranch or local artisan farmers and the menu is ever-changing and relies exclusively on not only what is fresh and of the moment in Sonoma County, but on what is perfect, unexpected and delightful. The wine program offers guests the opportunity to taste and experience not just the finest wines of the Sonoma and Napa wine country, but the wines that most perfectly suit and complement the dining experience that the brother-sister owners strive to create.
7871 River Rd, Forestville, CA 95436

2 Chalkboard

Located just off the square in downtown Healdsburg and part to the elegant Hotel Les Mars, this casual and contemporary restaurant that replaced Douglas Keane's two Located just off the square in downtown Healdsburg and part to the elegant Hotel Les Mars, this casual and contemporary restaurant that replaced Douglas Keane's two Michelin-starred Cyrus is the perfect place to dine after you work up an appetite wine tasting. Chalkboard may be a bistro but it did inherit Keane's $500,000 kitchen and is benefitted by the talents of Executive Chef Shane McAnelly, whoses menu of modern small plates emphasizes seasonal and technique-driven fare. He's inspired by produce from a dedicated three-acre vegetable and herb garden located at nearby Chalk Hill Estate Vineyards. You'll definitely want to order the pork belly biscuits, the lone item that has been on the menu since the restaurant opened in May 2013. There's also inventive cocktails and a terrific selection of local wine flights.
29 North St, Healdsburg, CA 95448

3 Dry Creek Kitchen

New Executive Chef Andrew Wilson brings lighter fare and fresh Sonoma County ingredients to Charlie Palmer’s Hotel Healdsburg dining destination. Look for his new menu and service style to debut this spring. In addition to a focus on light, refreshed and simplified dishes, Wilson, Palmer and the entire Dry Creek Kitchen team are working towards the creation of an elevated dining experience with a new style of service, focusing on genuine Wine Country hospitality. You'll taste the freshness of the fruits of local labor, from humanely raised heritage livestock and outstanding produce to hand-crafted cheese and golden olive oil that shows up in such brightly bold dishes such as the regional special, Crustacean of Dungeness Crab Salad with Palmer Ranch Orange, Granny Smith Apples, Mint, Crispy Shallots; Spiced Duck Breast with Herbed Spatzle, Slow Cooked Fennel, Apple Mostarda, Duck Jus; and the original organic Petaluma Chicken served in a Duo of Roast Breast and Southern Fried Thigh with Braised Greens, Yukon Gold Potato Purée, and Sweet n’ Spicy Pepper Chow Chow. New classic white china frames the vivid colors and textures of Dry Creek Kitchen’s homegrown cuisine.
317 Healdsburg Ave, Healdsburg, CA 95448

4 Shed

You're not only going to love the food at SHED but it's adorable owners Doug Lipton and Cindy Daniel who have created a delightful space which won a 2014 James Beard Award for restaurant design. SHED is part market, part café and part community gathering space. The café, with an open kitchen and outdoor seating overlooking a creek, brings together responsible farming, ingredient-driven cooking and flavorful food. Culinary Director Miles Thompson arrived in November from Los Angeles, bringing with him his own visual style and fresh palate to the composition of SHED's plates. Two of our fave dishes are the Cilantro Cured Cod with Baked Lemongrass Rice and Spicy Fish Sauce and the SHED Salad made with HomeFarm Baby Lettuces, Radishes and Herbs with Red Wine Vinaigrette.
25 North St, Healdsburg, CA 95448

5 Spoonbar

It's been three years since Executive Chef Louis Maldonado, a Northern California native, bid adieu to Mourad Lahlou and Aziza, where he was the Chef de Cuisine, and headed to Healdsburg. At Spoonbar, inside the h2hotel, his star has continued to rise. Last year he finished amongst the top four finalists on Bravo’s Top Chef. He’s also elevated Spoonbar's fare with his farm-to-table menu. Maldonado partners with local farmers—many of whom are also winemakers—to raise specialty vegetables, grains and even livestock for him to use on the menu. This attention to each ingredient combined with an exciting global flare makes for a contemporary American cuisine that’s both intriguing and approachable. His market-driven menu might best be described as contemporary American fare that’s creatively crafted yet approachable. Earthy favorites like beef short ribs and pork shoulder take exciting twists when paired with unexpected flavors from around the globe. And the seafood, grains and seasonal produce shine just as brightly. The modern presentation of each dish – on custom plates made by local potter Jered Nelson – is as artful as the restaurant’s airy interior. And with a critically acclaimed cocktail program led by rising star bar manager Tara Heffernon, the atmosphere is lively and vibrant.
219 Healdsburg Ave, Healdsburg, CA 95448
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