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 (though the new Four Seasons Resort Napa Valley has both a winery—Elusa—and an on-site restaurant named TRUSS), 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 (Updated October 18, 2021)
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 Sonoma 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 specialty —and all over the globe. Try the half-chicken under a brick, or, if you’re really hungry, the rack of lamb Madame Bali, an Armenian 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, outside on a terrace that overlooks the gorgeous Alexander Valley. Currently, the restaurant is only able to accommodate up to four people per dining reservation. Please call directly to book your table.
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 2019, which guests can enjoy by booking one of the seasonal prix fixe dinners, like the Big Bottle Dinner in November. Last year, the Jordan chef transformed the winery’s oak-shaded terrace into a French-inspired bistro with restaurant service. In addition to a multi-course Paris on the Terrace lunch, offered seasonally Thursday through Sunday, Jordan Winery also offers a restaurant-style seated picnic lunch after a four-mile Vineyard Hike adventure (offered seasonally). Learn more on their events calendar. Learn more on their website.
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. 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. Visit their tasting room for additional reservation-only and seated tastings with most featuring food pairings. Learn more on their website.
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 Peter Janiak (formerly executive chef at Presidio Social Club in San Francisco) prepares five seasonal dishes to pair with five wines that cover multiple grape varietals, like a curried squash bisque with chardonnay or port-glazed Liberty Duck breast with 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., and 2 p.m. $95/$76 wine club members. Reservations required.
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 alfresco, get tickets to Kendall-Jackson’s epic Farm-to-Table Dinner Series, hosted amongst the gardens on several dates each summer. Reservations required for both experiences with a maximum of six guests. Reserve your table on OpenTable or call directly.
The newest member of the world of Sonoma wineries with restaurants: Bricoleur Vineyards in Windsor. Here, wine and food pairings and special dinner events are served on the alfresco patio or in the winery or milk barns—both of which provide a memorable backdrop for a memorable meal. Chefs Charlie Palmer and Nate Appleman head up culinary operations at the winery, which means they’ve crafted the recipes and sometimes are on-site to prepare the food themselves. Palmer has earned 13 Michelin stars and two James Beard awards, while Appleman (formerly of A16 in San Francisco) is one of the few American pizzaiolos certified by the Verace Pizza Napoletana Association. Wine and food pairings generally comprise one small bite for every wine; special dinner events range from winemaker dinners to family pizza nights. All dishes vary by season and include fresh ingredients from a smattering of local farms and on-site culinary gardens.