Sonoma Wineries with Restaurants
When exploring different wine regions abroad, it’s not uncommon to visit a winery that also has a restaurant where you can eat lunch or dinner after your tasting. This is less common in the United States, but wineries like King Estate in Oregon and Wente in Livermore Valley, California, are well-known for their restaurant counterparts. Sadly, Napa Valley has no winery restaurants (since the closure of étoile at Domaine Chandon in 2014), but there are a few Sonoma wineries with restaurants, plus a handful that offer a comparable food and wine experience (seated with multiple courses from a full-time chef). Here’s where you can wine and dine restaurant-style in Sonoma County.
If you’re looking for something a little lighter or more casual, check out our guide to the best Sonoma wineries with a wine and food pairing.
Sonoma Wineries with Restaurants
One could spend a whole day in Alexander Valley at Francis Ford Coppola Winery, for it has so much more than a tasting room. There’s also a pool with cabanas that books up during the summer months, a movie gallery, bocce courts and one of the only official winery restaurants in California wine country: Rustic. The restaurant serves up some of Francis Ford Coppola’s favorite recipes, drawing inspiration from Italy—neapolitan pizzas are their speciality —and all over the globe. Try the New Orleans-style muffaletta sandwich or if you’re really hungry, the Moroccan Marrakesh lamb dish. Wine may have brought you here, but at Rustic, the cocktails reign supreme. The Navy Grog, for instance, is one of Coppola’s favorite tropical drinks, featuring lime juice, grapefruit, honey and three types of rum. Diners can eat inside the dining room or on a nice day, the outdoor terrace that overlooks the gorgeous Alexander Valley. On Tuesdays, Rustic offers A Tavola, a casual, off-menu dining experience where the chef brings out a variety of dishes to your table to share.
300 Via Archimedes, Geyserville, CA, 707-857-1485, francisfordcoppolawinery.com
Virginia Dare Winery is another Coppola-owned winery with a restaurant, but the menu at Wero is a complete 180 from Rustic. Wero focuses on American indigenous foods inspired by the culinary traditions of our country’s earliest inhabitants (think, fry bread tacos, bison ribs and burger and cedar plank salmon). Dine inside this sophisticated, trading post-inspired venue, where wine is served by the glass, bottle or can, but a glass of Virginia’s blackberry lemonade is the ultimate refresher. The unique restaurant name is short for Werowocomoco, known to be the original capital city of Virginia, which was the center of the Powhatan Confederacy in the 17th century. Open Friday-Sunday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
22281 Chianti Road, Geyserville, CA, 707-735-3575, virginiadarewinery.com
Old World winemaking emphasizes the importance of pairing wine with food and Jordan has carried on that tradition in Healdsburg since its founding in 1976. The winery completed a major and modern remodel of their 18th century French-inspired formal dining room in early 2019 and to celebrate, they rolled out new wine and food experiences with it. Private Tables are available to Jordan Estate Rewards members and have the vibe of dining at a restaurant, but far more intimate. Winery chef Todd Knoll sources ingredients right from his own garden at the estate in addition to local farmers, and puts together hyper-seasonal menus that are unique for each experience, from the Champagne & Caviar tasting to a Casual Wine Country Lunch to a Decadent Dinner. The Jordan dining room will also host a seven-course Spring Dinner with the Winemakers event. Tickets for this unique, formal dinner party go on sale in April, but if you can’t make that, the winery also hosts some al fresco dinner parties in the summer.
1474 Alexander Valley Road, Healdsburg, CA, 707-431-5250, jordanwinery.com
The elegant J Bubble Room at sparkling house J Vineyards & Winery in Healdsburg can easily be mistaken for a restaurant. It not only has the look, complete with a hostess stand, bar, individual tables and a serving staff, but it acts like one too. With five seatings a day, the Bubble Room hosts a five-course tasting menu with wine pairings, expertly prepared by Executive Chef Carl Shelton. Sourcing from local farmers, the menu changes seasonally (roughly every six weeks), but may feature dishes like scallops with cauliflower romanesco or Liberty duck. Available Thursday-Sunday with seatings between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. $125/discounted pricing for club members.
11447 Old Redwood Hwy, Healdsburg, CA 95448, 888-594-6326, jwine.com
St. Francis’ Food & Wine Pairing is legendary throughout Sonoma County and has amazingly been named the top restaurant in all of America by OpenTable.com multiple times—quite an honor for a place that isn’t even an official restaurant. Executive Chef Trevor Eliason (formerly of Napa Valley icons French Laundry, Bouchon and Press Restaurant) prepares five seasonal dishes to pair with five wines that cover multiple grape varietals, like a Dungeness crab lumpia with chardonnay or crispy pork shank with an old vine zinfandel. He also oversees the winery’s two-acre vegetable and herb garden, where many of the ingredients are pulled from. The experience takes place in a formal dining room off the back terrace, overlooking a lawn and vineyard. Available Thursday-Monday at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. $85/$68 wine club members
100 Pythian Road at Hwy. 12, Santa Rosa, CA, 707-538-9463, stfranciswinery.com
Known for their four acres of sensory gardens—there are seven parcels total and several of them grow a wide range of produce tended to by master culinary gardener Tucker Taylor—it’s no surprise that Kendall-Jackson has a robust Wine & Food Pairing that can totally take the place of lunch. Diners are seated at a private table and just like a restaurant, a server brings out each of the four dishes course-by-course with a wine pairing to match. Executive Chef Justin Wangler changes the menu seasonally, but past dishes have included Liberty duck sausage with mushrooms and ham hock and pumpkin soup. The meal always ends with a French delicacy, canelés de Bordeaux, for dessert. If you prefer to dine al fresco, get tickets to Kendall-Jackson’s epic Farm-to-Table Dinner Series, hosted amongst the gardens on several dates each summer.
5007 Fulton Rd, Fulton, CA, 707-571-8100, kj.com
Silver Oak recently opened their state-of-the-art winery in Alexander Valley and a big part of the construction included a chef’s kitchen. The Food & Wine Pairing experience begins with a tour of the stunning, glass-walled tasting room, estate vineyard and culinary gardens, where many ingredients for the ensuing dishes are sourced from. Executive Chef Dominick Orsini then prepares four plates to be served in an intimate setting, like farro and mushroom risotto or braised beef short ribs, each paired with a red wine. Available Wednesday-Saturday at 11 a.m. $90
7300 Hwy 128, Healdsburg, CA, 707-942-7082, silveroak.com
Russian River Vineyards, situated on a farm and winery that dates back to the 1890s, was once the first Sonoma winery with a restaurant, but unfortunately, now only offers a scaled down, food and wine pairing experience (a flight of four wines with four bites). Parties of seven or more can reserve a table for a Wine Social, featuring family-style bites with a self-serve tasting. These experiences are best enjoyed outside in their magical wine garden, surrounded by redwoods. Rumors continue to circulate that this former winery restaurant may begin dinner service again someday, so we are keeping it on the list.