A Foodies Guide to Healdsburg


Food & Drink




Healdsburg has some wonderful restaurant options. I like staying in town and being able to walk to brunch, lunch or dinner at night.

I love SCOPA, an excellent Italian restaurant at 109 Plaza St. A. When I was there the owner’s wife was delightful and it was a great experience. People were lining up at 5:30 when it opened for dinner!

I had a great Sunday brunch at  Charlie Palmer’s well-known Dry Creek Kitchen, 317 Healdsburg Ave in the Hotel Healdsburg. This is an award winning restaurant that is one of the best in town. The salmon benedict was perfectly done and the carrot cake excellent also.

At 344 Center Street, Zin has been replaced with the new restaurant, Valette.

The Shed: I had been reading great reviews about this contemporary designed, cafe and marketplace in downtown Healdsburg and was so glad to finally go. Here you will find, cooking items, a coffee bar, a cafe, with a very creative menu, for eat-in or carry-out and a fermentation bar. This bar features local wines, ciders, beers, meads and natural sodas, plus house-made kombucha and kefir water. They also make shrubs composed from their own vinegars, as well as fresh herbs and seasonal fruit. 25 North St.

Barndiva: I enjoyed a wonderful lunch at this popular Healdsburg spot. The beet salad was beautifully presented and the sushi grade tuna with rice, a ponzu sauce accented by flowers was lovely. 231 Center St. Next door is The Gallery Bar in Studio Barndiva which is a gallery space with eclectic bar. The decor is attractive and contemporary and there is outdoor seating as well. 237 Center St.

One of my favorite places is Jimtown Store on Highway 128, in the Alexander Valley, outside of town. It has home-style seasonal food including sandwiches, soups, entrees, wine, espresso and desserts. It is funky and quite fun. I tried the barbequed brisket sandwich on my last trip and it was really great. I highly recommend it.

One a recent trip, I had a great meal at Willi’s Seafood and Raw Bar, 403 Healdsburg Ave. It has a menu of small plates. Loved the charred rare ahi with cucumber, avocado and truffled soy and the dungeness crabcake. I couldn’t believe it was all crab with no filler! I found a great rose wine to complement both.

I also stopped in at Spoonbar for a glass of wine at the new H2hotel, 219 Healdsburg Ave. It has a fun vibe and I enjoyed the great design of the bar and the hotel. It is known for its specialty cocktails. Heard the food is just okay and pricey so I opted for Willi’s instead.

Noble Folk Ice Cream & Pie Bar: 116 Matheson St. A fairly new store featuring ice cream, Stumptown coffee and pie. I also like the contemporary Flying Goat Coffee. They had great chai and they have wonderful coffee also. The Downtown Bakery and Creamery, 308A Center St., is good for breakfast. There is also The Blackbird Cafe & Soda Fountain at 312 Center St.

Before heading out to the wineries stop by and grab a picnic at Oakville Grocery Co., with prepared and gourmet food items. Or stop by the Dry Creek General Store on Dry Creek Road, which also has gourmet food items and wines for sale.

I love the Dry Creek Road Wine Trail with Dry Creek Vineyard, my favorite. This is the area for great zins which are by far my favorite wines. Dry Creek Vineyard has some great zins, a really great malbec and a rose I tasted!!

Other Healdsburg spots I have read about include Mateo’s Cocina Latina, Bravas Bar de Tapas, the restaurant at Madrona ManorThe Parish Cafe and Healdsburg Bar & Grill, known for its burgers, with its great outdoor patio.

Look for the highly anticipated opening of Single Thread Farm, Restaurant and Inn. It will be a 52 seat fine-dining restaurant and a five bedroom inn.

If you are in Sonoma you should try chef Sondra Bernstein’s The Girl & the Fig restaurant, which has received good reviews and several recommendations from friends and family.  Also popular is  La Salette, offering  a new take on Portuguese cuisine