It’s clear — Sonoma County, California is a food-lover’s paradise. The wine country is famous for its wine but the food scene here is one of the best in the world. Here’s your Michelin Star Guide to Sonoma.
What does Michelin Star mean?
Michelin awards zero to three stars based on the inspections of anonymous reviewers. The reviewers concentrate on the quality, technique, personality, and consistency of the food.
Two stars mean ‘excellent cuisine, worth a detour’. While one star means ‘a very good restaurant in its category.’ Other restaurants recognized as ‘Bib Gourmand,’ representing remarkable restaurants that serve two courses and a glass of wine or dessert for $40 or less.
So where do we start?!
SingleThread Farms Restaurants and Inn is a 3 (!!!) Michelin stars restaurant in Healdsburg. This is the first restaurant in Sonoma Wine Country to earn 3 stars.
SingleThread Farm offers an eleven-course tasting menu. I recommend booking your table far in advance and try to get an earlier time slot. Waiting for an 11 course meal at 9PM is not for everyone.
Next on the Michelin Star Guide to Sonoma Valley is Farmhouse Inn. It’s an upscale farm-to-fork eatery featuring a daily changing American prix fixe menu & a large wine list located in beautiful Forestville in the Russian River Valley.
The restaurant’s signature dish is ‘Rabbit, Rabbit, Rabbit’, or rabbit 3 ways. Reservations are best made at least a couple of weeks in advance.
The ‘Farmhouse Breakfast Experience’ is $35 per person and includes pastries, fresh squeezed orange juice, coffee, and tea. Selections can be ordered à la carte; room service is also available.
Madrona Manor is a Victorian mansion with modern kitchen and upscale vibe located in Healdsburg. You will love this magical estate! Arrive early to enjoy a sunset drink out on the terrace. The tasting menu is marvelous but the à la carte items deserve exploring too. Reservation can be made via OpenTable a couple weeks in an advance. Moreover, you can try the first come/first serve lounge and it’s own menu.
If you are looking for a more simple and casual vibe that still experience the best food, try the two Michelin Bib Gourmand restaurants in my favorite Petaluma:
Risibisi is top notch Italian spot in Downtown Petaluma serves healthy, fresh, Sonoma Italian cuisine featuring local ingredients. A table can be booked on Open Table for lunch and dinner service.
Stockhome is a new addition to Petaluma serving modern Swedish cuisine with a Mediterranean twist. Open for lunch and dinner, Stockhome takes reservations on Open Table.