Where to Eat in Kenwood: The Best Restaurants and Bars

April 14, 2018 Emerita Lamoureux

Kenwood, California is an unincorporated community and census-designated place (CDP) in Sonoma County, California, United States, located on Sonoma Highway (State Route 12) between the cities of Santa Rosa and Sonoma. It lies east of Sonoma Creek in the upper part of Sonoma Valley, a region sometimes called the Valley of the Moon. Bennett Mountain lies west of the town, and Sugarloaf Ridge to the northeast. The population was 1,028 at the 2010 census.
Things to do in Kenwood

1. Cafe Citti

9049 Sonoma Hwy, Kenwood, CA 95452-9028 Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Takeout, Accepts Credit Cards Italian, Cafe, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner SGD 21 +1 707-833-2690
Excellent
56%
Good
34%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 450 reviews

Cafe Citti

Italian trattoria in the heart of the wine country. Owned and operated by Luca and Linda Citti. Fresh pastas, focaccia, soups, salads and dessert made on the premises fresh daily. Specializing in northern Italian cuisine from the region of Tuscany where Luca was born and raised. Family atmosphere, casual dining. Patio seating available as well as take out for a picnic lunch at a nearby winery. Recently featured on Food Network's Diners, Drive-ins and Dives with Guy Fieri.

Reviewed By karansimoni - Napa, California

The food here is amazing! We shared a green salad, minestrone soup, gnocchi with bolognese and a tiramisu and creme brûlée. We really enjoyed everything! The soup was a little bland, we’ve had better elsewhere. The gnocchi salad and desserts were fantastic! It was the right amount to share a salad and entree with 2 desserts and came to $43 with tax!

Definitely stop here if you are in Sonoma county wine tasting. It’s a great place. You order at the counter then the wait staff brings your order and takes dessert and coffee orders at the table after your meal. Really cool concept and expedites the process when they are busy.

2. St. Francis Winery & Vineyards

100 Pythian Rd, Santa Rosa, CA 95409-6529 Reservations, Seating, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff American, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Drinks +1 800-795-6674
Excellent
84%
Good
14%
Satisfactory
1%
Poor
0%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 171 reviews

St. Francis Winery & Vineyards

Reviewed By Neal S - South Lake Tahoe, California

A very impressive drive into the main parking area...A large variety of wine from their various vineyards (both red & white),which we had the opportunity to try...staff graciously allowed us to share [6 of us] from the 2 menus that day which allowed all of us to try a wide variety of wines...they have a wine club which provided discounted member pricing and they put on several wine club events each year ....

3. Glen Ellen Village Market & Deli

13751 Arnold Rd, Glen Ellen, CA 95442 Takeout, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible American, Delicatessen, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Brunch, Breakfast +1 707-996-6728
Excellent
74%
Good
22%
Satisfactory
2%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 223 reviews

Glen Ellen Village Market & Deli

Reviewed By here2help - USA

I would never have expected to review a grocery store, but this was an unexpected treasure!
The store has everything for tourist and locals. It is a full service grocery store in a small town!
My husband and I were heading to Jack London State Historic Park and wanted to grab a picnic lunch. We stopped at a near by market and found only junk food.
We were so excited to then see Glen Ellen Village Market & Deli.
The freshly made panini sandwiches and ready to go offerings made a luxury picnic :)

4. PRESS St. Helena

587 Saint Helena Hwy S, St. Helena, CA 94574-2208 Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar American, Steakhouse, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly Dinner, Late Night SGD 52 - SGD 79 +1 707-967-0550
Excellent
72%
Good
18%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 637 reviews

PRESS St. Helena

PRESS is the perfect wine country dining experience. PRESS features prime dry-aged beef, whole roasted chicken, and wild fish prepared on a custom wood burning grill and rotisserie. The modern farmhouse style blends with the neighboring vineyards to create a truly modern steakhouse. An award winning largely Napa Valley wine list completes the PRESS experience.

Reviewed By Brenda A - Lafayette, Colorado

What a great evening we had! Excellent food options with incredible taste! Service was equally amazing. We will definitely come back and recommend PRESS to people visiting this area!

5. The Model Bakery

1357 Main St, St. Helena, CA 94574-1904 Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible American, Cafe, Vegetarian Friendly Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch +1 707-963-8192
Excellent
61%
Good
29%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 330 reviews

The Model Bakery

Reviewed By palazar - Charleston, South Carolina

The baked goods are so fresh here and full of flavor. I wish I had one in my neighborhood. Yummy breakfast sandwiches and sweets.

6. VJB Vineyards & Cellars

60 Shaw Ave, Kenwood, CA 95452-8036 Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol Pizza, Wine Bar, Italian, Gluten Free Options Lunch +1 707-833-2300
Excellent
67%
Good
30%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 92 reviews

VJB Vineyards & Cellars

Reviewed By David J - Bellevue, Washington

Been a few times now and always a great experience with excellent food and wine and great service and a very pleasant atmosphere outside although can get a bit loud with some larger groups and individuals who like to hear their own voices. But highly recommended and we will continue to go back every time we're in Sonoma area.

7. Glen Ellen Star

13648 Arnold Dr, Glen Ellen, CA 95442-9318 Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar American, Pizza, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Dinner 707-343-1384
Excellent
63%
Good
23%
Satisfactory
11%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 501 reviews

Glen Ellen Star

Amazing fresh foods cooked in a wood-fired oven.

Reviewed By Rachel O

Glen Ellen doesn’t have many options...so this was the place to be. The staff was very friendly and knowledgeable. Tried the Brussels sprouts, fish, and tomato pie pizza. The homemade ice cream was great too! Definitely make a reservation!

8. Farmstead at Long Meadow Ranch

738 Main St, Long Meadow Ranch, St. Helena, CA 94574-2005 Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi American, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night SGD 26 - SGD 39 +1 707-963-4555
Excellent
67%
Good
25%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 1 reviews

Farmstead at Long Meadow Ranch

Farmstead at Long Meadow Ranch's restaurant showcases the seasonal, ingredient-driven American farmhouse cooking of executive chef Stephen Barber. LMR Grass-fed Beef CheeseburgerHoused in a former nursery barn, our 110-seat restaurant revolves around a central open kitchen with booth and central seating, community dining, and a full bar. We feature an authentic farm-to-table menu. The ingredients are foraged from local sources and feature Long Meadow Ranch's all natural grass-fed beef and lamb, organic and sustainably produced eggs, fruits, vegetables, extra virgin olive oil, vinegar, and honey. Possessing a substantial background in Southern cooking styles, Stephen emphasizes a wood-burning element for select dishes. Stephen's kitchen is also outfitted with a plancha, a cast-iron grill ideal for searing Long Meadow Ranch's healthy, tender, and flavorful grass-fed beef and lamb. Community tables at Farmstead restaurantFarmstead at Long Meadow Ranch's restaurant wine program features Long Meadow Ranch Winery's elegant and balanced wines, as well as other domestic and international wines selected by Chris Hall to complement the restaurant's American farmhouse cooking. LMR and Farmstead wines are also available to purchase to-go at the Logan-Ives House cellar door. There is no corkage fee at Farmstead at Long Meadow Ranch. Instead, a $5-per-bottle fee is collected as a donation to a featured local community-building not-for-profit organization each month. We call this program Corkage for Community. Outdoor bar at Farmstead restaurantOutdoors in season, guests can enjoy a meal among the espalier apple trees, drinks at the bar, or relax with friends and family by the cozy wood-fired authentic forge. Monday through Friday from 4 PM to 6 PM we offer a Growers' Happy Hour with specially-priced cocktails, beer, and wine and a special bar menu. We also offer Weekly Traditions featuring special friendly, casual menus on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday nghts and on Sunday for brunch. Live entertainment on Fridays. The regular menu is available everyday. Indoor and outdoor seating available. Walk-ins are welcome

Reviewed By Reyna Y - Peoria, Illinois, United States

We chose this location because we had a day of visiting wineries and we wanted comfortable, home food. We ordered he fried chicken meal and it was served family style. The cheddar biscuits were amazing, the chicken, mashed potatoes, and greens hit the spot. The apple bread pudding was a lovely finish. Ordered decaf coffee with dessert and it was also delicious. Our waiter was very attentive. One thing, after reading the reviews, I thought the cheddar biscuits came with dinner. I mentioned how we wanted some and we were charged for this request. But we received free cheddar biscuits with our meal? They are amazing just be careful how you ask to the waiter.

9. Rutherford Grill

1180 Rutherford Rd, Rutherford, CA 94558 Parking Available, Television, Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Credit Cards American, Soups, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night SGD 33 +1 707-963-1792
Excellent
66%
Good
26%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 1 reviews

Rutherford Grill

Reviewed By wischme77 - Dallas, Texas

We are quite disappointed in our dinner here. We had heard great things about this place. We ordered their iron skillet cornbread, which was subpar. Very buttery and sweetened with honey, which had ended up on the bottom leaving the bottom soggy and too sweet. The rotisserie chicken was seasoned well, but very dry. The mole sauce in the enchiladas was not great. However, their vegetarian enchiladas stuffed with veggies (without the mole sauce) was delicious and creative. The drinks ended up being the best part of the meal. Service was great. But overpriced for a disappointing meal.

10. Mayo Family Winery

13101 Arnold Dr, Kenwood, CA 95442-9446 Reservations, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol Wine Bar Lunch, Dinner SGD 39 - SGD 52 +1 707-833-5504
Excellent
75%
Good
17%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
2%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 74 reviews

Mayo Family Winery

The Reserve Room takes you on the ultimate wine country tasting journey unlike anything you've experienced in a wine tasting room before! Not only can you taste our reserve label wines, but you are taken on a food and wine adventure with Executive Chef, J. Clayton Lewis! Each guest takes a seat in our comfortable and intimate room where you can enjoy wine-inspired art, a little music and views of the hillside vineyards of Kenwood located just out our window. You are then treated to a seven-course pairing menu that includes seven Mayo Family Reserve wines crafted by Winemaker Michel Berthoud and seven artisian bites created and prepared by Chef J. Clayton Lewis to compliment each wine. The Mayo Family RESERVE ROOM is our opportunity to take you further into the wine and food experience that defines Wine Country.

Reviewed By YayaShare - Concord, California

We have been near the Mayo Winery many times, but somehow never went in, until yesterday. Felicia proved to be a wonderful hostess, full of information, but really listened to our interests and matched the tasting to them. She also provided wonderful suggestions on other wineries to visit. Mayo makes a wide range of wines. Many people would say that it is too many, because how can they possibly make them all good? Well, the proof is in the pudding - they are all generally good. Mayo is definitely worth a stop when wine tasting in Glen Ellen. It is now on our regular itinerary.

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