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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 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 September 1, 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 five days a week at noon. 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 Thursday-Monday

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 outdoor patio dining with socially distant protocols in place. Closed Mondays and Tuesdays.

403 Healdsburg Ave, Healdsburg, CA, 707-433-9191, starkrestaurants.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 brunch and 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. Patio seating is available Saturday and Sunday after 11:30 a.m., as well as for dinner Wednesday through Sunday.

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 Rooftop Garden Wine Bar

Open Saturday and Sunday, 2:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. and Wednesday through Friday, 5:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.  

Through the end of September, SingleThread will have their rooftop gardens open as a casual summer wine bar five days a week, closed Monday and Tuesday. Wine Director, Rusty Rastello, will be curating a special by the glass and by the bottle list of Champagnes as well as local wines and Old World selections. A small menu of items from the SingleThread kitchen will also be available to complement the wine experience including produce from our farm as well as artisanal products from the local community. Bookings can be made on Tock as of August 1st and walk-ins will also be welcome. Dinner at SingleThread is an incredible experience, and I’m sure their rooftop happy hour is equally stunning. SingleThread has also recently partnered with Kistler Vineyards and they are now offering an outdoor Summer Wine Dinner series Thursday-Monday until the end of October. Learn more 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 Tuesdays and Wednesdays
  • Healdsburg Bar & Grill – burgers and salads with patio seating; open Thursday through Monday at noon
  • Pizzando – pizzas and salads with sidewalk seating; Sunday through Thursday at 11:30 a.m.
  • Oakville Grocery – gourmet deli with courtyard outdoor seating
  • Parish Cafe – open for lunch Thursday through Monday; breakfast served on Sunday only
  • 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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