Sunday, October 30, 2011

Best Sonoma County Restaurants 2011/2012

The new Zagat Bay Area Restaurants 2012 and The Michelin Guide San Francisco, Bay Area, and Wine Country Restaurants 2012 were recently released. Here's an update on the critics' favorite restaurants in the Sonoma County.

Cyrus in Healdsburg is the top rated restaurant in Sonoma County, according to Michelin, receiving two stars.   The Sonoma County recipients of one Michelin star are Applewood in Guerneville, Farmhouse Inn and Restaurant in Forestville, Madrona Manor in Healdsburg, Sante near Sonoma city, and Terrapin Creek in Bodega Bay.

Only 1 of the 25 most popular Bay Area restaurants, according to Zagat, is in Sonoma County: Cyrus. Not one other restaurant in Sonoma County made Zagat's most popular list. The top rated restaurants for food in Sonoma County, according to Zagat, are Cyrus (28 points); Cafe La Haye (Sonoma city), Madrona Manor, Farmhouse Inn, and Bistro des Copains (Occidental) (27 points); and Sante (26 points).

"The San Francisco Chronicle's" top rating is four stars, which were awarded to one Sonoma County restaurant: Cyrus. Two Sonoma County restaurants received 3.5 stars: Madrona Manor and Farmhouse Inn and Restaurant.  Twelve restaurants are the recipients of three stars.

Lunchtime on my tours in Sonoma County usually finds my guests in either Healdsburg or the town of Sonoma. My favorite lunch spot in Healdsburg is Willi's Seafood, which features small plates of the freshest seafood. In Sonoma city, I recommend The Girl and the Fig for French influenced California food and Della Santina's for Italian cuisine. If you would like to take a private tour in Sonoma County that includes a meal at one of these great restaurants, contact Blue Heron Custom Tours and Travel at (866) 326-4237 or

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