Finding the Best Lunch in Healdsburg
In the foodie haven of Healdsburg, deciding where to eat a delicious dinner is no easy feat with dozens of restaurants to choose from. Lunch is the same story. Here’s your guide to finding the best lunch in Healdsburg, with hours and outdoor seating noted.
Finding the Best Lunch in Healdsburg (updated September 2022)
Spanish Lunch in Healdsburg at Bravas Bar de Tapas
Open for lunch daily
Located one block off the Healdsburg square in a vintage craftsman house is Bravas, Healdsburg’s only Spanish-inspired restaurant. Bravas serves small plates tapas style in the house’s living room or on the restaurant’s open-air backyard patio. Outdoor seating includes a dining area shaded by orange trees and high-top and back porch tables. Don’t miss the croquetas, bocadillos or their amazing paella. Known for its eclectic wine list. Open for lunch daily beginning at 11:30 a.m. Service continues straight through until dinner. Reserve your table on OpenTable.
Healdsburg Stalwart Willi’s Seafood & Raw Bar
Open for lunch daily
One of the longest-running restaurants in Healdsburg, Willi’s Seafood & Raw Bar has served as a second outpost of the beloved Willi’s Wine Bar for 15 years. (The original location in Santa Rosa was destroyed in the Tubbs Fire in 2017 but has reopened in a new location closer to downtown Santa Rosa). Owned and operated by the Stark family (like nearby Bravas), Willi’s has always been a go-to Healdsburg restaurant for lunch service. Also a small plates concept, Willi’s is known for its deep, Sonoma-centric wine list, ceviches, oysters, delicious salads and dozens of other hot dishes. The scallop dumplings and the spinach salad with goat cheese are two of my favorites. Open daily for outdoor patio dining starting at 11:30 a.m.
Luxurious Lunch at Hazel Hill
Making the most of Montage’s signature restaurant
Hazel Hill, the fine-dining restaurant at Montage Healdsburg on the north end of town, serves one of the most exquisite lunchtime offerings on this side of the Mayacamas. Views from the restaurant are spectacular, with every seat looking east toward Mount St. Helena. The menu changes seasonally with this summer featuring items such as burgundy escargot, chilled pea soup, grilled chicken paillard and steak frites. The restaurant also serves an eclectic list of wines by the glass and an epic cocktail menu. It has established itself as one of the best Healdsburg restaurants for lunch. Open for lunch Monday-Friday and brunch Saturday & Sunday starting at 11:30 a.m.
Sake-O Serves Up Sushi
Open for lunch every day but Monday
Delectable sushi and sashimi with fish fresh from the Sonoma County coast is always on the menu at Sake-O, one of three traditional Japanese restaurants in town. What makes this tiny restaurant special for lunch is their attention to detail. There’s even a small open-air patio to sit outside and enjoy some sunshine. They are open for lunch every day but Monday from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Pizzas, Pastas on Parade at Pizzando
Underrated Italian food, right on the Plaza
Not all pizzas are created equal. At Pizzando, on the Healdsburg Plaza on the ground floor of Hotel Healdsburg, the pizzas have the perfect combination of crispy crust and delicious toppings. All food here is cooked in wood-burning ovens. The Spicy Coppa and Pesto Caprese Pizza are sure crowd-pleasers. Pizzando also offers a healthy complement of pastas, salads, and fresh fish, making it one of the best restaurants in Healdsburg for lunch. In the summer, it’s the only restaurant on the plaza to serve cones of soft-serve ice cream. Open at 11:30 a.m. daily.
Asahi Sushi & Kitchen Offers High-End Sushi Experience
The freshest and fanciest sushi in town
When it comes to sushi, people always know where to eat in Healdsburg. Asahi, located on Healdsburg Avenue in the old Charcuterie space, offers sushi, light tempura, teriyaki, and noodle dishes (though a second location on Vine St specializes in ramen). One of the fan favorites on the menu is the Surf and Turf Roll, which includes tempura shrimp and crab on the inside and A5 Wagyu beef on the top. Asahi also offers bento boxes, which are perfect Healdsburg lunch options for those interested in taking meals to go. Lunch is served starting at noon. Learn more on their website.
Other casual spots for lunch in Healdsburg include:
- Journeyman Meat Co. – charcuterie-focused menu and pizzas; closed on Tuesdays
- Healdsburg Bar & Grill – burgers and salads with patio seating; open daily
- The Wurst – sausages and burgers with patio seating; open daily
- Oakville Grocery – gourmet deli with courtyard outdoor seating; open daily
- Costeaux Bakery & Café –salads and sandwiches served Wednesday through Sunday with outdoor seating
- El Farolito – casual Mexican cantina off the square; open Monday through Saturday for lunch at 10:00 a.m.