The DEPOT RESTAURANT is a charming neighborhood restaurant located in an historic stone building just a block off the Plaza in Sonoma. Locals and ... More
Depot Hotel Restaurant & Garden
The DEPOT RESTAURANT is a charming neighborhood restaurant located in an historic stone building just a block off the Plaza in Sonoma. Locals and visitors to the Wine Country enjoy casual Tuscan-inspired cuisine in the Vinoteca, in the cozy dining rooms, and on the terraces surrounding the shady Italian garden and reflection pool. Food is a passion at the DEPOT RESTAURANT--whether it is making house made salumi and charcuterie, or handmade pasta, or fresh ricotta. In addition to products made in-house, the Sonoma wine country around us offers an abundance of new artisanal products. The search for the best local products is a treasure hunt the Chef enjoys--whether from the coast, local farms, or local cheese makers. Come join us for a trattoria-style lunch or dinner...or just drop into our Vinoteca for informal small plates of antipasti and a glass of wine. Our focus is casual Italian comfort food--served in an informal wine country atmosphere.
We live in Sonoma and when my husband and I want someplace very special, ambience, and delicious food, we go to Depot Hotel.
Every time we've visited the restaurant, we've never been disappointed.
They do a superb job!
I am a retired chef/restaurant owner and speak from my own experience which included three visits over 6 months in 2009. This place is terrible. The food is average cafe fare, the help is terrible. To be blunt, they looked past you, through you, and around you. This is a tourist trap and would only exist on a tourist pathway. It took forever for service and it was not friendly. About 10 years ago I recall this place being much better- well bottom line- this is a disappoitment on every level. I can be a food snob but am not - being associated with four Food Network shows does give me some license to be blunt in a field that I have been recognized in. Now that little restaurant around the proverbial corner that HAS to be great...go there :) But stay away from this tourist trap - your taste buds, wallet, and sanity will thank you. BTW -I could not give them a half/no star.
I recently moved to Sonoma. I am one of those terrible, spoiled Food and Wine snobs who spend their last dollar entertaining my pallet. I was charmed by Depot's outside appearance, location off the plaza and menu. The service was the best I have seen since my days running restaurants in high end restaurants in New Orleans. No one has beaten the Depot service yet in the North Bay. The pasta sauces on our two differant pastas were textured with visual depth. The sauces were the real thing. I've been spoiled by all the Sicilian Grandmothers in NOLA too long. I know real, homemade sauce when I see it. Depot didn't serve me that nasty, creamy, jar'd, garbage most restaurants buy from sysco. I cring when I see that stuff thickly slimmed on pasta. I loved the low ceilings, small connecting rooms and home-like comfy'ness. The only thing that could have made the experience better (and I know few restaurants who do this) is if the pasta itself was homemade. Otherwise it is a five star review for me. We were to very pleased sommelier/restaurant operators from New Orleans and Chicago.
Overall North Bay restaurants, all are far superior to anything in S.F. in service, consistancy and food flavor/texture. Don't waste your time and money in S.F. restaurants like I have. Go to Sonoma, Napa, Yountville and Rutherford.
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