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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. Even at this point in the COVID-19 pandemic, many of the city’s best restaurants are open for lunch, presenting visitors with a multitude of Healdsburg lunch options most days of the week. 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 December 9, 2021)

"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 or brunch Wednesday-Sunday

Barndiva earned its first Michelin star in 2021, and the accolade is well-deserved. The farm-to-table restaurant has been one of the best restaurants in Healdsburg for lunch for more than 15 years. The menu changes regularly but modern takes on classic dishes such duck confit and Dungeness crab sandwich find their way into the rotation on a regular basis. 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 or brunch 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 lunch restaurant for locals and tourists alike, Campo Fina has been committed to high-quality service since its opening in 2012. Fresh salads, panini sandwiches (many names after local celebrities) and pizzas are the stars of the menu, though the aracini ball appetizer should not be missed, and the hamburger is one of the best in town. Open for lunch Wednesday through Sunday starting at 11:30 a.m. 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 Bistro-Style Lunch

Open Thursday-Sunday

Although Jordan doesn’t technically have an open-to-the-public 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 one seating four days a week. The lunch is available from May through August and again for a few weeks in October. It is open Thursday through Sunday and is considered one of the best places to eat in Healdsburg.

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 daily

Healdsburg’s only Spanish-inspired restaurant is open for lunch daily 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 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 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 daily for outdoor patio dining with socially distant protocols in place.

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

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; this fall it featured items such as apple and kohlrabi ribbons, artichoke 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 daily.

100 Montage Way, Healdsburg, CA, 707-979-9000, montagehotels.com/healdsburg

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 the attention to detail; service tends to take longer than at other restaurants around town, but presentation and flavors always stand out in other ways. There’s even a small open-air patio for those who don’t feel comfortable dining indoors yet. The restaurant is open for lunch every day but Monday.

505 Healdsburg Ave, Healdsburg, CA, 707-433-2669, sakeosushi.com

Healdsburg Pizzando Restaurant Opens for Patio Dining

Pizzas, Pastas on Parade at Pizzando

Underrated Italian food, right on the Plaza

Not all pizzas are created equal, and at Pizzando, on the Healdsburg Plaza in 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 fan favorite: the Egg Pizza, which has a salami, goat cheese, a fried egg and chili flakes. Pizzando also offers a healthy complement of pastas, salads, and fresh fish, making it one of the best restaurants in Healdsburg for lunch. In summer, it’s the only restaurant on the plaza to serve cones of soft-serve ice cream.

301 Healdsburg Ave., Healdsburg, CA, 707-922-5233, pizzandohealdsburg.com

sushi rolls on plates with bottle of Jordan chardonnay and wine glasses

Asahi Sushi & Kitchen Offers High-End Sushi Experience

The freshest and fanciest sushi in town

When it comes to sushi, people always 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, in the Safeway shopping center, 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 six days a week—every day except Monday. Learn more on their website.

335 Healdsburg Ave, Healdsburg, CA, 707-395-0487, asahisushiandkitchen.com

Other casual spots for lunch in Healdsburg include:

  • Journeyman Meat Co. – charcuterie-focused menu and pizzas; closed on Mondays and Tuesdays
  • Healdsburg Bar & Grill – burgers and salads with patio seating; open Thursday through Monday at noon
  • The Wurst – sausages and burgers with patio seating; open daily
  • Oakville Grocery – gourmet deli with courtyard outdoor seating
  • Parish Cafe – open for breakfast and lunch Thursday through Monday; don’t go without the beignets
  • 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.

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About the Author

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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