Best Lunch in Sonoma County

The Wine Country region is associated with many things aside from its namesake wine. Kind of like how Disneyland is more than just rides, people come here for the full experience — the Michelin-star restaurants, the cheese tours, barrel tastings, and lots of photos in sundresses and floppy hats. We didn’t make the rules, that’s just how it is.

But it’s unfair to write off this dynamic area as single-faceted. Whatever your flavor and vibe is, it’s here to be explored. Here is some of the best lunch in Sonoma County.


A close-up of a sub sandwich filled with fried shrimp, shredded lettuce, sliced tomatoes, and white sauce. The sandwich is placed on a light-colored surface, with the soft bread looking freshly baked—perfect fare from one of the best lunch places in Sonoma County.
Photo: Courtesy of The Parish Cafe

The Parish Cafe

A local legend serving Cajun and Creole favorites, you’ll be hard-pressed to find a wider selection of po-boys anywhere — really. Aside from the standard options like ham and cheese and catfish, the Parish Cafe also offers fried shrimp, fried green tomato and fried oyster po-boys. Wash them down with chicory coffee and get some beignets to-go.

Three square pizzas on metal plates, topped with fresh basil, mozzarella, and various toppings like cherry tomatoes and grated cheese. One pizza slice is served on a separate plate, highlighting the crispy crust and colorful ingredients—truly one of the best lunch places in Sonoma County.
Photo: Courtesy of Sarah S.


9240 Old Redwood Highway, #116, Windsor

PizzaLeah’s mush-a-roni pan pizza was named The Bay Area’s Best Dishes, according to the San Francisco Chronicle. At this Sonoma County pizzeria right off the 101, you can find thin-crust round pies of all sizes, pan pies, and a do-it-yourself option. PizzaLeah is also conveniently located near world-class wineries, so it’s an excellent spot to check out after wine tasting, making it a great lunch option in Sonoma County.


A person is using a fork and knife to cut into pieces of fried chicken coated in a spicy reddish sauce, served in a bowl. On the wooden table at one of the best lunch places in Sonoma County, there is a glass of beer, a dish of chopped herbs, dinner rolls on a tray, and a napkin.
Photo: Courtesy of Erika Cole


Along with sourcing from top-notch local purveyors, this Michelin Guide Bib Gourmand awarded restaurant pulls from its own farm to create a stellar seasonal menu. Selections can range from Black Truffle Hand Pies and an Open Face Croque-Madame, to Hanger Steak Tartar. Seemingly always on the menu are the “Sonoma-Hot” Chicken Goujons. Try them and you’ll understand why.

A bowl of mussels garnished with herbs and slices of toasted bread sits on a wooden table alongside a dish of thin French fries with mayonnaise and a pale pink cocktail in a martini glass. A person in the background is using a mobile phone, perhaps searching for the best lunch places in Sonoma County.
Photo: Courtesy of Courtesy Sierra Downey, Sonoma County Tourism

girl & the fig

This wine country favorite has been making diners smile for more than 25 years. Serving country food with a French passion, expect offerings including croques monsieur, a burger with bacon-fig jam, and pastis-scented steamed mussels & frites.

A cozy outdoor café, considered one of the best lunch places in Sonoma County, features bright yellow chairs and dark tables on a gravel surface. Strings of lights and star-shaped decorations hang above. A canopy provides shade, and lush greenery surrounds the seating area, creating a vibrant and inviting atmosphere.
Photo: Courtesy of Ethan Atteo

Spread Kitchen

Described by Chef/Owner Cristina Topham as “inspired Lebanese cooking with a California touch,” menus change seasonally but you can expect delicious and healthy offerings the likes of baba ganoush, hummus, and Fattoush Salad. Along with vegan and vegetarian selections, most dishes can be made gluten-free. Pampered pooches welcome at Spread Kitchen! The restaurant has a lovely outdoor patio area that is dog-friendly.

Santa Rosa

A close-up of an open-faced sandwich with sliced steak, melted cheese, sautéed bell peppers, onions, and a sprinkle of herbs on a soft piece of bread. The vibrant colors and textures of the ingredients are prominently visible—just like you'd find at the best lunch places in Sonoma County.
Photo: Courtesy of Canevari's Delicatessen & Catering

Canevari’s Delicatessen & Catering

There’s nothing fancy about this old-school Italian deli, but it’s been making hungry folks happy since 1929. Ask about the daily special sandwich, but know we’re partial to the Italian Sub and find it hard to leave without a cannoli.

A white bowl filled with a salad consisting of greens, beetroot chunks, and white cheese crumbles sits on a metal table at one of the best lunch places in Sonoma County. Next to it is a striped napkin and a reddish beverage in a glass, garnished with a slice of citrus and a salt rim.
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Tucked on the backside of Montgomery Village Shopping Center in Santa Rosa, Monti’s arguably has one of the most inviting restaurant patios in Sonoma County. Dishes include everything from flatbread with hummus and marinated feta to pizza, and mussels with frites.

Close-up of hands holding a large burger with layers of bacon, lettuce, tomato, red onion, pickles, and green sauce in a glossy bun. The background is blurred to highlight the colorful and appetizing ingredients—perfect for showcasing one of the best lunch places in Sonoma County.
Photo: Courtesy of Superburger


There are a handful of Superburger locations in Sonoma County these days, (Santa Rosa, Windsor, Cotati, and Petaluma) but the tiny outpost on 4th Street in Santa Rosa is the original. Burgers here are topped with all sorts of goodness including avocado, chili, and pesto. Milk shakes are made-to-order and come in more two dozen flavors.

Close-up of a colorful falafel wrap. Crispy falafel balls are topped with fresh cilantro, sliced onions, pickled vegetables, and a generous amount of red sauce, all nestled on a bed of shredded lettuce within a tortilla. The background is slightly blurred—truly one of the best lunch places in Sonoma County.
Photo: Courtesy of Sonoma County Tourism

Zoftig Eatery

Matt and Sonjia Spector call their offerings “finer fast food.” We call it delicious. Korean BBQ burritos, shrimp tacos, lamb shawarma, crispy Brussels sprouts — we could go on and on. Did we mention they also serve breakfast all day?


A tray of barbecued beef ribs, with a dark, charred exterior, arranged beside two glossy, golden-brown bread rolls and sliced pickles on a red-and-white checkered paper liner; it’s the kind of meal you’d find among the best lunch places in Sonoma County.
Photo: Courtesy of Brewsters Beer Garden

Brewsters Beer Garden

With a spacious, open-air patio and fire pits, this beer garden is a great place to spend a laid-back afternoon soaking up the sun. Local craft beers and specialty cocktails accompany Texas-style brisket, fried Brussels sprouts, a Beyond veggie burger, fried chicken sandwich… the list goes on. Unshakable sweet tooth? Have them swirl up some Double 8 Dairy soft serve.

Close-up of a plate of tacos topped with shredded cheese, fresh cilantro, and a drizzle of orange sauce. The tacos are accompanied by pickled vegetables. In the background, there is a blurred sign that reads "EL TITO'S FOOD TRUCK" and red outdoor seating—one of the best lunch places in Sonoma County.

El Roy's Express Mex

Don’t wait for Taco Tuesday. Any day is a good day for Mexican food. In addition to the brick and mortar location, a handful of food trucks are strategically located in Petaluma and Santa Rosa serving up crispy tacos dorados, torta cubanas and more.

A split baguette on a black slate board beside a ceramic dish containing a round, baked cheese garnished with herbs, possibly bay leaves. The appetizing setup resembles the fare you'd find at some of the best lunch places in Sonoma County, all arranged on a light-colored table with a blurred background.
Photo: Courtesy of Petaluma Cheese Shop

Petaluma Cheese Shop

Wine and cheese. How can you go wrong? Enjoy a glass (or bottle!) of Barber Cellars wine with a dish of gooey burrata, the cheesy sandwich of the week, or the signature Alpine Experience with raclette, Gruyère, and Rahmtaler, poured over focaccia, sausage, potatoes, and pickled vegetables.


A person holding a tray with two fried chicken sandwiches against a blue background. The sandwiches are packed with crispy fried chicken, coleslaw, and sauce, all inside soft, shiny buns. These mouthwatering bites are the talk of the Best Lunch places in Sonoma County.
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Jam's Joy Bungalow

You know it’s good when “vibrant food for spirited people” is the restaurant’s slogan. Blossoming from its food truck form, this Vietnamese eatery has locations in Sebastopol and Cotati. Popular items include Bahn mi sandwiches, savory rice porridge with a soft-boiled egg and nutty soba noodles.

A close-up of two rectangular slices of deep-dish pizza on a metal tray. The pizza is topped with melted cheese, chunks of tomato, and has a crispy, slightly charred crust. A small container of dipping sauce is placed beside the pizza— a true gem among the best lunch places in Sonoma County.
Photo: Courtesy of Sarah S.

Psychic Pie

980 Gravenstein Highway, Sebastopol

What makes this Sonoma pizza spot special is that their dough is made with a sourdough starter, which gives the crust a great fermented flavor. Along with a variety of pizzas, Psychic’s menu features a kale Caesar salad and cookies — try their peanut butter miso cookie for a treat!

A gourmet salad is served on a dark plate, featuring seared tuna slices, leafy greens, a halved boiled egg, and vibrant edible flowers. As one of the best lunch places in Sonoma County, the dish is finished with a creamy dressing artfully drizzled and accompanied by a black spoon.
Photo: Courtesy of Dana Rebmann


Decisions. Decisions. From house made ricotta tortellini to halibut ceviche, and wood fired steak frites, lunch at Goldfinch is something to look forward to. (We’re still thinking about the grilled tuna niçoise.) On a nice day, grab a seat outside and order a few things to share.

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