Healdsburg Restaurants Cheat Sheet

In a town awash with fantastic cuisine, top picks for all budgets.

Truly Special

Barndiva
Hip restaurant (seasonal cuisine), cocktail lounge, and wine bar does it all well.  American  $$$

SingleThread Farms Restaurant
Purchase a Tock ticket well in advance to experience the multicourse meals at Kyle and Katina Connaughton’s destination restaurant, an exquisite show.  Japanese-inspired $$$$

Valette
Seasonal, intricate cuisine from chef’s menu or à la carte.  American $$$

Geyserville native Dustin Valette oversees the cuisine in his namesake restaurant.

Among Healdsburg’s Best

Bravas Bar de Tapas
Tapas, paella, sangrias, cocktails, festive patio, great time.  Spanish $$

Paella and other Spanish-inspired dishes pair well with sangria and specialty cocktails at Bravas Bar de Tapas.

Campo Fina
Casual Italian (pizzas, pastas, rustic plates), bocce in back.  Italian $$

Guiso Latin Fusion
Latin and Caribbean cuisine prepared with passion, lovingly served.  Latin American $$ 

Madrona Manor
Broad tasting menu, exceptional flavors, old-school feel.  American  $$$$

Oysters on half shell at Campo Fina.

Willi’s Seafood & Raw Bar
Seafood small plates raw and cooked, great desserts.  Seafood $$$

Worth Checking Out

Baci Café and Wine Bar
Italian classics trattoria-style, vast Sonoma County wine selection.  Italian $$$

Healdsburg Bar & Grill
Food & Wine magazine declared the juicy burgers here among the nation’s best for a few years running; enjoy them or other comfort food prepared with panache, preferably on the outdoor patio and washed down with a local brew or wine.  American $$ (no tipping)

KINSmoke
Barbecue in several styles (TX, K.C., St. Lou ‘n’ more); love the espresso and house sauces.  American $

Repurposed Kelvinator in back garden at Mateo’s.

Mateo’s Cocina Latina
Inspired Yucatecan cuisine but so-so service a gamble that often pays off (Open Tablers gush, Yelpers yowl); on sunny days head to culinary and flower garden out back.  Latin $$ 

Breakfast Light and Heavy

Costeaux French Bakery
Baked goods (super croissants), breakfast served all day, hearty salads, and sandwiches for lunch.  Bakery $

Great way to start the day: golden-brown croissant or other pastry at Costeaux.

Downtown Bakery & Creamery
Sticky buns and other pastries daily, café menu Fri.–Mon.  Bakery $

Picnics/To Go

Big John’s Market
Nice prices for local market’s sandwiches, prepared foods, and other picnic items. Supermarket $ 

Dry Creek General Store
Opened in 1881 and still atmospheric store sells gourmet sandwiches, soups, and salads to go or enjoy in picnic area.  Market $

Old-ag feel, gourmet cuisine at Dry Creek General Store, open since 1881.

Healdsburg Farmers’ Market
Produce, artisanal meats and cheeses, prepared foods; downtown, Tues. (late spring–early fall) and Sat. (spring–late fall) Outdoor market $

Oakville Grocery
Gourmet picnic fixin’s, near Healdsburg Plaza at fancy prices.  Market $

Specialty

Flying Goat Coffee
Go-to stops (main location plus nearby annex) for coffee and communicatin’.  Café $

Moustache Baked Goods
Cakes, cupcakes, Moustache O’s (think Oreos), and ice-cream sammies made with flair.  Desserts $

Noble Folk Ice Cream & Pie Bar
Good flavor combos like raspberry-lychee sorbet, heritage pies even better.  Desserts $

Heirloom grains plus other ingredients tangible and intangible go into Noble Folk pies.

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This story originally appeared online in 2017; it was fact-checked and updated in 2020.

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