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Finding the Best Lunch in Healdsburg: Understanding Healdsburg Restaurant Hours

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 another story. Some of the best restaurants in Healdsburg are only open for dinner–such as SingleThread, Valette, Spoonbar and Dry Creek Kitchen–and many eateries are closed on Monday or Tuesday. Don’t plan your biggest meals of the trip at the beginning of the week. Fortunately, a few great chefs open their restaurants for lunch on weekends only. Here’s your guide to finding the best lunch in Healdsburg, with hours and safe outdoor seating noted.

Finding the Best Lunch in Healdsburg (updated July 6, 2020)

"Let The Dogs In" Gin cocktail with grapefuit, elderflower at Barndiva in Healdsburg
Fresh grapefruit and edible flowers top this light, citrusy gin cocktail.

Fine Dining Lunch at Barndiva in Healdsburg

Open for lunch Wednesday-Sunday

One of the best kept secrets for fine dining lunch in Healdsburg, Barndiva opens four days a week at noon and on Sundays at 11 a.m. for brunch. Barndiva has been serving Michelin-star quality wine country cuisine for nearly 15 years in Healdsburg. Modern takes on classic dishes like duck confit and Dungeness crab sandwich find their way onto the ever-changing menu. Don’t miss the goat cheese croquettes or the excellent wine list. This isn’t white tablecloth fine dining, but very elevated food and wine in an elegant setting. Outdoor and socially distant seating available. Closed on Mondays and Tuesdays. The restaurant also closes for a few hours between lunch and dinner service Wednesday-Sunday. Reservations are available on OpenTable.

231 Center Street, Healdsburg, CA, 707-431-0100, barndiva.com

Old School Skillet appetizer with meatballs, tomato sauce and cheese at Healdsburg's Campo Fina

Campo Fina Offers Wine Country Taste of Italy Lunch

Open for lunch Wednesday-Sunday

A favorite Healdsburg restaurant for locals and tourists alike, Campo Fina has been committed to daily lunch service since its opening in 2012. Fresh salads, panini sandwiches and pizzas are the stars of the menu, though the aracini ball appetizer should not be missed. Open for lunch Wednesday through Sunday starting at noon for outdoor dining only or curbside pickup. Be sure to enter the restaurant through the back alley, next to Banshee’s tasting room. Ample space and one of my favorite outdoor patios in Healdsburg. Don’t miss Campo’s meatballs, one of the best appetizers in Healdsburg.

330 Healdsburg Ave, Healdsburg, CA, 707-395-4640, campofina.com

Jordan Winery Salmon Rillete Outdoor Lunch in Healdsburg

Jordan Winery Opens for New Bistro-Style Lunch

Open five days a week

Although Jordan doesn’t technically have a restaurant, the French-inspired winery has a full-time culinary staff, and its chef has pivoted from creating small bites for indoor tastings to serving an alfresco lunch on the winery terrace—dubbed Paris on the Terrace—with two seatings five days a week. This means Jordan is currently for lunch more often than the fine Healdsburg restaurants in town. Closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

1474 Alexander Valley Road, Healdsburg, CA, 707-431-5250, jordanwinery.com

jamon bocadillo sandwich

Spanish Lunch in Healdsburg at Bravas Bar de Tapas

Open for lunch Wednesday-Sunday

Healdsburg’s only Spanish-inspired restaurant is open for lunch Wednesday through Sunday beginning at 11:30 a.m. Service continues straight through until dinner. Located one block off the Healdsburg square in a vintage craftsman house, Bravas serves small plates tapas style in the house’s living room or in 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 and shishito peppers with chorizo. Known for its eclectic wine list. Reserve your table on OpenTable.

420 Center Street, Healdsburg, CA, 707-433-7700, starkrestaurants.com

Willi's Seafood Restaurant Healdsburg Restaurant with Patio Seating

Healdsburg Stalwart Willi’s Seafood & Raw Bar

Open for lunch Wednesday-Sunday

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 deep, Sonoma-centric wine list, ceviches, oysters, delicious salads and dozens of other hot dishes. The coconut-infused tuna tartare and the spinach salad with goat cheese and lardons are two of my favorites. Now open for indoor and outdoor patio dining with socially distant protocols in place. Closed Mondays and Tuesdays.

403 Healdsburg Ave, Healdsburg, CA, 707-433-9191, startrestaurants.com

pork belly sliders from Chalkboard

Chalkboard Restaurant Serves Up Small Plates

Open for lunch Saturday and Sunday only

For its first few years, vintner Bill Foley’s Chalkboard, located at the Le Mars Hotel, was open for lunch daily. Now, the small plates Healdsburg restaurant opens its doors for lunch on Saturday and Sunday only. The hyper-seasonal menu draws ingredients from Chalk Hill Winery’s gardens. Pork belly biscuits, vegetable side dishes (order the latest rendition of grilled corn) and homemade pastas aren’t to be missed. View the menu on their home page. The restaurant reopened for limited indoor dining on June 13 as Sonoma County expanded into Phase 2 of reopening. Chalkboard has spaced tables to ensure at least six feet between guests and has clearly marked tables that are not available. Facial coverings are required to enter the restaurant, and should only be removed when seated at your table.

29 North Street, Healdsburg, CA, 707-473-8030, chalkboardhealdsburg.com
Sweet Peas with Dungeness Crab, Salsify and Preserved Lemon from Single Thread Restaurant Healdsburg
Recently offered as the third dish in SingleThread’s 11-course tasting menu.

SingleThread Restaurant + Inn Offers Michelin Three-Star Lunch

Open for lunch Saturday and Sunday only

Three-Michelin star SingleThread is open for lunch on weekends only. SingleThread announced last week that Chef Kyle Connaughton’s will now serve a 6-course tasting menu for $195 per person in addition to their 11-course tasting menu (same quantities as dinner) for $275 per person for those that would prefer a shorter experience. Set seating times offered on Saturday and Sunday only. Dinner at SingleThread is an incredible experience, and I’m sure lunch is equally stunning. Their indoor dining room will be limited to 14 tables; all tables are at least 6 feet away from each other. Read more about their COVID-19 safety protocols on their website.

131 North Street, Healdsburg, CA 707-723-4646, exploretock.com

Other casual spots for lunch in Healdsburg include:

  • Journeyman Meat Co. – charcuterie-focused menu and pizzas; closed on Mondays and Tuesdays
  • Mateo’s Cocina Latina – Authentic Yucatan cooking with courtyard seating for lunch; closed on Mondays and Tuesdays
  • Healdsburg Bar & Grill – burgers and salads with patio seating; open every day at noon
  • Pizzando – pizzas and salads with sidewalk seating; open every day at 11:30 a.m.
  • Oakville Grocery – gourmet deli with courtyard outdoor seating
  • Parish Cafe – open for lunch only Tuesday through Sunday
  • Costeaux Bakery & Café – salads and sandwiches served daily with outdoor seating
  • El Farolito – casual Mexican cantina off the square; open every day for lunch at 10:00 a.m.

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Born and raised in rural Kansas, Lisa Mattson fell in love with wine during college in South Florida and worked for a wine magazine before moving to Northern California. Her days are spent being a writer, photographer and videographer for Jordan Winery and nights cooking Thai food or microgreen salads. When she’s not eating and sipping her way through Sonoma County, she travels the world with her husband in search of the best restaurants, snorkeling spots and tiki bars.

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