Healdsburg Restaurants with the Best Patios: Outdoor Dining in Wine Country
Enjoying an outdoor meal in the summer months is one of the no-brainer things to do in Healdsburg and it takes little effort because so many downtown restaurants have fully embraced indoor/outdoor dining. Here’s a foodie hit list of the best Healdsburg restaurants with patios for your next trip to one of the best small towns in America, located in Sonoma County wine country.
Healdsburg Restaurants with the Best Patios for Outdoor Dining
Named one of the top 20 tapas restaurants in the country by Travel + Leisure, Bravas Bar de Tapas has what we think is one of the country’s most charming backyard patios for outdoor dining. Open year-round (weather permitting), although it’s mostly enjoyed from March through November, Bravas’s patio is surrounded by lush orange trees, has movable umbrellas to help shade dining tables when necessary and is anchored by a dedicated bar with additional seating. The Stark family’s eclectic menu highlights small bites inspired by traditional and modern Spanish cooking. Unwind with their house-made sangria—pair it with the BFC Fried Chicken for $40.20 during Local’s 420 Hour, Monday-Thursday—or one of their seasonal craft cocktails, such as the El Soro (a G&T reinvented with Barr Hill gin, pink peppercorns and citrus). Snack on their selection of tins (boquerones, sardines, etc.) or order off their Ham & Cheese bar while Fido relaxes by your feet. This dog-friendly spot even has complimentary water bowls and biscuits for your pet.
Bravas Bar de Tapas, 420 Center Street, Healdsburg, CA, starkrestaurants.com
The popular wedding venue and leader in the farm to table movement offers full-service restaurant seating under lush mulberry trees when the outdoor space is not closed for a private event (go on a weekday, and it’s more likely it’ll be open). The chèvre croquettes with goat cheese and lavender honey and the filet mignon burger, served on brioche with jack cheese, avocado, ranch and bacon, are signature Barndiva dishes, but there’s plenty of plates to choose from, like crispy duck confit, pan-roasted halibut, and hand-made carbonara with truffles.
Barndiva is known for its craft cocktails, but sparkling wine lovers will also feel right at home here. In addition to a list of French champagnes, they carry a significant amount of local and even English bubbly (where else have you seen that?). If you’re feeling extra celebratory, splurge for the Krug for Two, featuring a 375ml of Krug Grande Cuvée Champagne ($100), which can be paired with a caviar tasting ($100). Despite being open Wednesday-Sunday for brunch, lunch and dinner, Barndiva is always a tough table to snag, so we strongly suggest planning ahead and making a reservation in advance.
Barndiva, 231 Center Street, Healdsburg, CA, barndiva.com
Many Healdsburg restaurants are shuttered on Monday nights, but The Gallery in Studio Barndiva, located right next door to the Barndiva restaurant, can expertly turn around a manic Monday (they’re also open Thursday-Sunday) with a small, yet tasty, Meditteranean-inspired menu. As its name suggests, The Gallery started as an art gallery and private party venue but is now also home to a local favorite, The Gallery Bar. Modeled after the classic public house it has a beautiful garden space out back for al-fresco dining. Order snacks like Barndiva’s signature goat cheese croquettes and cod fritters with bacon piquillo aioli, heartier mains like Spanish octopus or fried chicken, and then pair with a selection from the SommTable wine list or a craft cocktail. The Why Bears Do It is made with brown butter whiskey, Barndiva’s apple juice and garden thyme syrup.
The Gallery at Studio Barndiva, 237 Center Street, Healdsburg, CA, barndiva.com
The most spacious patio in town, Mateo’s welcomes guests to its airy backyard surrounded by the chef’s herb and vegetable garden. Sip Seasonal tequila cocktails, such as the Dry Creek Peach and Produce margaritas or the always-available Paloma, pictured above, and made with a hint of smoke derived from mezcal. Mateo’s drinks pair perfectly with a long afternoon on the patio while snacking on addictive tacones, ceviche and olive oil guacamole. Situated across from the popular spoonbar, Mateo’s serves some of the most creative, fresh dishes in town, like chipotle-crusted fish of the day tacos and Salmon Creek Ranch duck enchiladas, which combine local ingredients with Yucatan flair and European cooking techniques.
Mateo’s Cocina Latina, 214 Healdsburg Avenue, Healdsburg, CA, mateoscocinalatina.com
Come for the pizza, stay for the bocce. Don’t miss the most secluded patio in town, tucked behind the narrow brick dining room of Ari Rosen’s Italian restaurant. A perennial favorite and always packed, the Campo Fina courtyard has overhead heaters for year-round dining and a spacious bocce ball court just past the wood-fired oven. Patio seating is first come, first serve, unless you have a large group and book the communal table in advance. Campo Fina serves an array of antipasti, salads, sandwiches, pizzas and other fire-roasted creations to pair with its selection of California and Italian wines. Regulars love the fact that Nonna’s Tomato Braised Chicken, a wildly popular dish at former sister restaurant Scopa that closed in 2017, is still available for dinner at Campo Fina.
Campo Fina, 330 Healdsburg Avenue, Healdsburg, CA, campofina.com
Indulge in an authentic taste of NOLA at the fast-casual Parish Café, which has communal picnic tables on their front patio in addition to a few bistro tables on their yellow, wraparound front porch, which feels straight out of Louisiana. Open daily for breakfast and lunch, Parish serves up powdered beignets all day, plus classic Cajun and Creole fare, including 10 types of Po-Boys, shrimp and grits, jambalaya and gumbo. Their Southern-inspired adult beverages are made for summer patio sipping. Try the Southern Belle (champagne, lemonade and a splash of OJ) or the French Quarter Royale (Jardesca Red Apertiva and sparkling wine).
The Parish Café, 60 Mill Street, Healdsburg, CA, theparishcafe.com
The former site of the Hotel Les Mars pool is now a secluded, outdoor dining courtyard for adjoining restaurant, Chalkboard. An Italian-style fountain serves as the patio’s centerpiece, and modern lounge furniture surrounds the wicker dining tables, giving the space a casual feel to complement the small bites, wine-centric restaurant, which sources ingredients their own vegetable and herb garden at Chalk Hill Estate. Order a bottle of bubbly, relax on one of the couches and nibble on crudo of the day, pork belly buscuits and one of the house-made pastas—like the Cocoa Trifoglio (duck confit, chive, marsala and hazelnut—a specialty of Chef Shane McAnelly.
Chalkboard, 29 North Street, Healdsburg, CA, chalkboardhealdsburg.com
Nothing says summer like oysters and champagne and Willi’s—another Stark family-owned restaurant, like Bravas—has the goods. Grab a table on their street-facing patio (tucked right off the sidewalk on Healdsburg Avenue, it seats 40) and choose from five or more varieties of freshly-shucked oysters and other seafood delights, like peel and eat gulf prawns, Maine lobster rolls, and steamers—cooked in none other than PBR, Old Bay and garlic—all of which will transport you right to a charming seaside town in New England. Or, if Latin American is more your vacation style, choose instead from a selection of ceviches, crudos and tartares. Feeling fancy? Order up some caviar (we suggest the .35 oz. Sampler Trio) and a bottle of local sparkling wine.
Willi’s Seafood & Raw Bar, 403 Healdsburg Ave, Healdsburg, CA, starkrestaurants.com
Chef Charlie Palmer’s Dry Creek Kitchen is a fine dining staple on the Healdsburg Plaza and boasts the deepest local wine list around, stacked with more than 500 Sonoma County bottles, including some seriously rare collectibles. Monday-Thursday, they offer a Sonoma Neighbor Menu, a three-course meal for just $39. Weekdays are also an ideal time to get a seat on the tranquil, yet street-facing ivy-clad garden terrace, where seating is limited and especially tough to come by on weekends.
Dry Creek Kitchen, 317 Healdsburg Avenue, Healdsburg, CA, drycreekkitchen.com
Okay, so this backyard patio is not located in Healdsburg, but it’s so charming we have to include it on the list. Located behind the pizzeria’s historic brick building in downtown Geyserville, just 10 minutes north of Healdsburg, Diavola’s patio entrance is reminiscent of a tiny street in Naples, Italy, with its overhead strings of laundry flapping in the wind. Wood-fired oven dishes take center stage, from pizzas and chicken under a brick to roasted vegetables. Our favorite pie is the Kimchi-rich Dictator, which is only served during dinner. Salads, sides and other entrées focus on ingredients sourced from local farms, and the wine list is stocked with bottlings from Sonoma and Italy. The patio is open from April through November, weather permitting. Call ahead to confirm availability.