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Highway 116 West Sonoma Farm Food Tour
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A great breakfast joint, East West Cafe's servings are out of the ordinary, wild rice with potato soup, chicken fajita, lamb loaf, garden salad, et al. The downtown Sebastopol location is apt for wine tourists to catch a quick meal before heading off to wineries. Voted best Mediterranean fare in Sonoma County, the cafe also offers quite a range of organic products. Moreover, the large portions make for a relitive bargain.
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- 2295 Gravenstein Highway South
We are a restaurant rooted in the traditions of farmhouse cooking. We aim to present dishes that have been made for hundreds of years and do them justice. Our focus is on southern French cuisine with the occasional trip abroad to Italy, Spain, England and Greece. Our servers are knowledgeable, and our wine list consistent with the food. We hope to give you a memorable experience if you visit Eloise.
3 hide detailContinental sensibilities, the freshest seafood on the coast, and spectacular sunset views
Our Local Expert Says:
Best seafood and sunset dining on the Sonoma coast
Everything about River's End is an unexpected delight, from the friendly, unpretentious atmosphere to the thoughtfully organized menu listing one joyfully inventive dish after another.
Named for its breathtakingly romantic location, River's End overlooks the mouth of the Russian River where the placid waters mix with the crashing waves of the Pacific. Repeat guests know to time dinnertime reservations for the sunset hour, and to come early for handcrafted cocktails or "bubbles and oysters," to be savored while toasting the fiery sky from the riverside deck.
This isn't one of those seaside restaurants where the view trumps the food, however; everything we ate was mysteriously delicious enough to have us dissecting the details of dishes from first to last bite. We ate every crispy leaf of the kicking ahi salad, with its zingy Mandarin orange vinaigrette, and had to take multiple photos of the technicolor beet salad, a rainbow tower of farm-fresh beets layered with mascarpone and goat cheeses. The eclectic entrees feature pan-seared duck and roasted elk in addition to more standard fare, but the star of the show is the Dungeness crab tasting menu, which showcases the day's catch in a variety of playful combinations.
The best restaurants reflect the personalities of their owners; you know instantly upon entering that you couldn't be anywhere else. River's End is such a place; owner Bert Rangel seems to be everywhere, greeting guests personally and conveying his ebullient delight at having landed in this gorgeous location to one and all. River's End is a true family affair; on Sunday nights, Rangel's two young daughters help with hostessing and sauce-tasting duties, and guests couldn't stop smiling at their cheerful enthusiasm.
While dinner at River's End makes the perfect anchor point for a romantic weekend, many people also make the trek up the coast for a sunny lunch or romantic dinner alone. With Goat Rock just one of several spectacular beaches nearby, River's End makes the perfect cap to a day of beachcombing. t
4 hide detailIncredible views from luxury historic retreat and spa
Our Local Expert Says:
Heartiest country breakfast at a luxury retreat
The only AAA 4-Diamond, Mobil 4-Star Inn north of San Francisco. This Elegant Victorian Inn is the best kept secret of the Sonoma Wine Country. An ultimate experience for those who expect nothing less...a secluded place perfect for rejuvenating mind and body...just one hour north of the Golden Gate surrounded by countryside and redwoods of unsurpassed beauty-near the Sonoma coast. Furnished with original art and antiques. Local wineries, enzyme baths and massage, golf, tennis, kayaking, hiking, biking, horsebacking.