Healdsburg Restaurants Cheat Sheet

In a town awash with fantastic cuisine, the best Healdsburg restaurants for all moods and budgets.

Truly Special

Prix-fixe multicourse dinner and weekend brunch at hip restaurant, cocktail lounge, and wine bar.  Modern American  $$$

Hazel Hill
Sophisticated French-inflected Northern California cuisine at splashy Montage Healdsburg resort’s vineyard- and forest-view restaurant (excellent wine list; terrace dining a treat).  Modern American $$$$  

Handblown glass chandeliers in Hazel Hill’s private dining room.

The Matheson
First-floor farm-to-table fine dining, sushi, and wine bar (dozens of Sonoma County offerings on tap); casual rooftop for lighter fare and cocktails.  Modern American and sushi $$$

Geyserville native Dustin Valette oversees the cuisine at his namesake restaurant and The Matheson.

Restaurant at The Madrona
Inventive cuisine, sophisticated decor at boutique hotel’s restaurant with superb wine list and craft cocktails.  Modern American $$$

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

Troubadour Bread & Bistro
A café serving deluxe sandwiches on fabulous breads by Quail & Condor (same owners; see below), with staples like warm pastrami on superseed loaf and chicken on sourdough, Troubadour transforms into a Parisian-style bistro as evening dawns.  American $$ (day), French $$$$ (evening)

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

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

Among Healdsburg’s Best

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

Gallina D’Oro
“The humble chicken and the versatile egg” inform this downtown restaurant’s Oaxacan-style dishes.  Mexican $$

Goodnight’s Prime Steaks + Spirits
Chef David Lawrence helms this paean to steak houses and cattle-driving rough riders like the restaurant’s 19th-century Texas namesake.  American $$$$

Japanese Wagyu A5 New York sirloin at Goodnight’s.

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

Lo & Behold Bar and Kitchen
International comfort cuisine to share (or not), luscious cocktails, festive interior, garden patio.  Modern American $$ 

Molti Amici
Casual Italian (pizzas, pastas, rustic plates), bocce in back.  Italian $$

Parish Cafe
Beignets, po’boys, shrimp and grits, crawfish, gumbo, muffulettas, with fried okra, jambalaya, and other New Orleans sides (breakfast and lunch only).  Southern $$ 

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

Chef Carlos Mojica started Guiso Latin Fusion fresh out of culinary school.

Worth Checking Out

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

Dry Creek Kitchen
Charlie Palmer opened the first of Healdsburg’s high-style farm-to-table restaurants in 2002; executive chef Shane McAnely, returning to Healdsburg in 2023, brought verve and new recipes.  Modern American $$$

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

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

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

Breakfast, Sandwiches, Picnics, To Go

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

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-school 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–fall).  Outdoor market $

Journeyman Meat Co.
Exquisite charcuterie boards, sandwiches, pizzas, and a burger to go or to eat at Pete Seghesio’s salumeria.  Butcher shop $$.

There’s a small indoor seating area at Journeyman, with high-tops outside.

Coffee, Baked Goods, and Sweet Treats

Black Oak Coffee Roasters
Ethically sourced, sustainable coffee from around the world, graciously served.  Coffee $

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.

Quail & Condor
Bread, biscuits, croissants, cookies, pies, doughnuts, and quite a bit more from “your friendly neighborhood bakers” (both worked at SingleThread, one took home the Food Network Holiday Baking Championship’s $25,000 top prize).  Bakery $

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This story originally appeared online in 2017; it was fact-checked and updated in 2023.

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