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The Plaza Bistro

4.5
4.5
420 Reviews
$30 and under
Italian

The Plaza Bistro an eatery in a historic building on the Square in downtown Sonoma. Open Everyday, Appetizers, Daily Chef Specials, Entrees, Full Bar, Salads, Select Boutique Wines.

We provide the perfect blend of service, food and Italian bistro atmosphere for a relaxed meal in the heart of California wine country.

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Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Italian, Seafood

  • Hours of Operation

    Lunch Daily 11:30 am–4:00 pm Dinner Daily 4:00 pm–8:45 pm

  • Phone number

    (707) 996-4466

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress Code

    Casual Dress

  • Private party contact

    Martin Chavez: (707) 996-4466

  • Neighbourhood

    Sonoma

  • Cross Street

    Spain Street

  • Parking Details

    We are located at the heart of the city of Sonoma with plenty of parking.

  • Public Transit

    There is public transportation within walking distance.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Popular dishes

Menu

Small Plates

  • Cheese Board

    Point Reyes Blue, La Mancha Manchego and Marin French Brie, with grilled sausage, cornichon, Mediterranean olives, stone ground mustard, and grilled focaccia

    • Sm.US$18.00
    • Lg.US$25.00
  • Pan Roasted SweetbreadsUS$18.00

    mushrooms, fresh parsley, garlic and marsala sauce

    • CarpaccioUS$16.00

      thinly sliced filet mignon, fennel and arugula salad, whole grain mustard aioli, capers parmesan cheese

      • Fritto MistoUS$16.00

        fried shrimp, calamari, bell peppers, onions, green beans with spicy aioli

        • InvoltiniUS$14.00

          grilled eggplant stuffed with goat cheese, basil and sun-dried tomatoes, served over marinara sauce and topped with parmesan cheese

          Salads

          • Roasted BeetsUS$14.00

            baby greens, sliced fennel, green beans and sherry vinaigrette, goat cheese and toasted almonds

            • Classic CaesarUS$13.00

              romaine hearts, the Bistro's homemade Caesar dressing, croutons and grated parmesan cheese

              • Mixed GreensUS$10.00

                with diced tomatoes and fresh herbs citrus vinaigrette

                Sandwiches

                All sandwiches come with a choice of: french fries, sweet potato fries or mixed greens with citrus vinaigrette

                • HamburgerUS$16.00

                  grilled ½ lb. ground Chuck patty on a brioche bun

                  • With: Cheddar, Jack, Blue or GruyereUS$18.00
                • Grilled Chicken BreastUS$17.00

                  with lettuce, avocado, sliced tomatoes, onions and spicy aioli on ciabatta

                  • Grilled SalmonUS$18.00

                    bacon, baby arugula, sliced tomatoes with lemon garlic aioli on herb focaccia

                    Entrees

                    • 10oz Grilled New York SteakUS$33.00

                      green beans, mashed potatoes, rosemary demi glaze

                      • Pork ScallopiniUS$24.00

                        lightly floured pork loin medallions with capers and lemon butter sauce, mashed potatoes and sautéed spinach

                        • Seafood Linguini PastaUS$29.00

                          clams, scallops, salmon, prawns, tomatoes and arugula, in garlic, white wine butter sauce

                          • Chicken ParmesanUS$24.00

                            grilled chicken breast over soft polenta and roasted vegetables, topped with tomato sauce

                            • Rigatoni PastaUS$20.00

                              pork and beef Bolognese and parmesan cheese

                              • Fusilli PastaUS$19.00

                                arugula and almond pesto and grated parmesan cheese

                                Last updated: February 3, 2022

                                What 420 people are saying

                                Overall ratings and reviews

                                Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

                                4.5
                                4.5 based on recent ratings
                                • 4.4Food
                                • 4.5Service
                                • 4.3Ambience
                                • 4.2Value

                                NoiseModerate

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                                1. RE

                                  RaymondE

                                  San Francisco

                                  9 reviews

                                  vip
                                  5.0

                                  9 reviews

                                  Dined 1 day ago

                                  overall5food4service5ambience4

                                  Great service. Delicious entree. Proper proportions.

                                2. JE

                                  JulianE

                                  San Francisco

                                  12 reviews

                                  vip
                                  4.0

                                  12 reviews

                                  Dined on May 9, 2022

                                  overall4food3service5ambience4

                                  Tasty food in a cozy environment. Service was very prompt and friendly.

                                3. DL

                                  DaleL

                                  San Francisco

                                  1 review

                                  5.0

                                  1 review

                                  Dined on May 8, 2022

                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                  Wonderful service, food and people who work there. Thank you

                                4. OT

                                  OpenTable Diner

                                  Des Moines

                                  7 reviews

                                  vip
                                  5.0

                                  7 reviews

                                  Dined on May 1, 2022

                                  overall5food5service5ambience4

                                  Our server Hector was kind and attentive. Great find ! Food was fresh and delicious!

                                5. JS

                                  JoannaS

                                  Dallas

                                  1 review

                                  4.0

                                  1 review

                                  Dined on April 26, 2022

                                  overall4food5service3ambience4

                                  The food was great, but I don’t think they expected to be as busy as they were on a Monday night. I’m glad we made a quick reservation, because they started turning people away shortly after we were seated. The server was not as attentive as he could’ve been and it took awhile to just get our drink orders in, but the restaurant was full. Once we started receiving drinks and food, everything was correct and delicious.

                                6. C

                                  Chooser

                                  San Francisco

                                  7 reviews

                                  2.0

                                  7 reviews

                                  Dined on April 23, 2022

                                  overall2food2service2ambience3

                                  Food was okay, not great. Service was fair not great.

                                7. A

                                  Agelessfit

                                  San Francisco

                                  17 reviews

                                  vip
                                  5.0

                                  17 reviews

                                  Dined on April 13, 2022

                                  overall5food5service4ambience4

                                  Ate at the bar and the bartender was so wonderful. She made us feel like we were one of the locals. Food was excellent, hot and ample portions. A neighborhood gem we will visit again next time we come up from the Bay Area.

                                8. OT

                                  OpenTable Diner

                                  Seattle

                                  10 reviews

                                  vip
                                  3.0

                                  10 reviews

                                  Dined on April 7, 2022

                                  overall3food3service4ambience5

                                  Visiting wine country and I had higher expectations - rigatoni was mediocre and burger was just “meh.”

                                9. C

                                  marciaC

                                  Los Angeles

                                  35 reviews

                                  vip
                                  4.0

                                  35 reviews

                                  Dined on April 7, 2022

                                  overall4food4service4ambience3

                                  Love the salmon sandwich- done perfectly!

                                10. OT

                                  OpenTable Diner

                                  San Francisco

                                  14 reviews

                                  vip
                                  5.0

                                  14 reviews

                                  Dined on April 3, 2022

                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                  Excellent food & service! Thank you Hector!

                                11. JA

                                  JADA

                                  Los Angeles

                                  6 reviews

                                  4.0

                                  6 reviews

                                  Dined on March 29, 2022

                                  overall4food4service5ambience4

                                  It was OK. The service was very good. We ordered the eggplant appetizer, a shrimp dish, and chicken piccata. The eggplant could have been seasoned better. The goat cheese made it too tangy. The shrimp was just over on the cook. The chicken was pretty good. The owner greeted a larger party but ignored us. Kindof rude. We gave the waiter a compliment to the gal behind the bar. Instead of saying "thank you" she made a joke. Uncomfortable.

                                12. a

                                  anthony

                                  San Francisco

                                  3 reviews

                                  4.0

                                  3 reviews

                                  Dined on March 21, 2022

                                  overall4food4service4ambience4

                                  A consistent, high standard of cuisine, attentive service and good value. Becoming one of our go-to restaurants.

                                13. OT

                                  OpenTable Diner

                                  Washington DC

                                  21 reviews

                                  vip
                                  4.0

                                  21 reviews

                                  Dined on March 20, 2022

                                  overall4food4service4ambience4

                                  Great outdoor seating. They opened and adjusted the umbrella to cover our table. The frito misto was amazing especially the fried onions. We paid extra for rolls which were average.

                                14. A

                                  Awts

                                  San Francisco

                                  29 reviews

                                  vip
                                  5.0

                                  29 reviews

                                  Dined on March 18, 2022

                                  overall5food5service4ambience4

                                  Service was a little slow once we sat down. Our sautéed spinach sat too long on the counter and was almost cold once we got it. Otherwise the food was excellent- chicken piccata, salmon and prawns

                                15. DR

                                  DianeR

                                  Portland

                                  11 reviews

                                  4.0

                                  11 reviews

                                  Dined on March 16, 2022

                                  overall4food4service3ambience3

                                  Had lunch and sat indoors. Spacing between tables was good. Menu options for sandwiches was limited to 3 items. The other menu items were heavier and more appropriate for evening meal.

                                16. OA

                                  OAN123

                                  Atlantic City

                                  40 reviews

                                  vip
                                  4.0

                                  40 reviews

                                  Dined on March 15, 2022

                                  overall4food4service4ambience4

                                  Great food and service in a nice atmosphere. Nice bar too!

                                17. S

                                  Sunny

                                  San Francisco

                                  63 reviews

                                  vip
                                  4.0

                                  63 reviews

                                  Dined on March 14, 2022

                                  overall4food5service4ambience3

                                  It’s a slice if Italy. Food is incredibly fresh and flavorful. Relaxed atmosphere and friendly service. Menu is a little limited.

                                18. DB

                                  DarrellB

                                  Central Coast

                                  3 reviews

                                  5.0

                                  3 reviews

                                  Dined on March 13, 2022

                                  overall5food5service5ambience4

                                  Great seating, we were next to the window and could watch people walking around the Sonoma Plaza Enjoyed our lunch, everthing as expected

                                19. LV

                                  LizVine

                                  San Francisco

                                  41 reviews

                                  vip
                                  5.0

                                  41 reviews

                                  Dined on March 13, 2022

                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                  We had lunch here and we’re very impressed with excellent food and great service. I ordered the salmon and it was delicious.

                                20. F

                                  Foxy

                                  San Francisco

                                  7 reviews

                                  vip
                                  5.0

                                  7 reviews

                                  Dined on March 12, 2022

                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                  We had a lovely time! The food was excellent, the service great! Will return soon.

                                21. k

                                  kimf

                                  San Francisco

                                  2 reviews

                                  vip
                                  5.0

                                  2 reviews

                                  Dined on March 10, 2022

                                  overall5food4service5ambience4

                                  Everything we ordered was good. Love the staff and the low key vibe

                                22. d

                                  dance

                                  San Francisco

                                  10 reviews

                                  vip
                                  4.0

                                  10 reviews

                                  Dined on March 2, 2022

                                  overall4food4service5ambience3

                                  One of the last old school spots in Sonoma serving excellent good and wine at an affordable prices A very pleasant waitress who recommended the Bread and Butter pudding The interior could probably do with a few decor upgrades but overall a good spot

                                23. S

                                  Sunny

                                  San Francisco

                                  63 reviews

                                  vip
                                  5.0

                                  63 reviews

                                  Dined on February 22, 2022

                                  overall5food5service5ambience4

                                  The Eldorado Hotel recommended this restaurant to us. We were not familiar with it, but decided to give it a try. We had a delicious lunch!! We felt like we were back in Italy. Everything was so fresh and very delicious!! We will be back in Sonoma soon and will definitely make reservations for dinner.

                                24. OT

                                  OpenTable Diner

                                  San Francisco

                                  1 review

                                  5.0

                                  1 review

                                  Dined on February 21, 2022

                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                  Before a concert at the Sebastiani theater

                                25. ML

                                  MarkL

                                  San Francisco

                                  1 review

                                  5.0

                                  1 review

                                  Dined on February 15, 2022

                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                  This is a place where you immediately feel comfortable with the staff, food and the attractive bar with an old brick wall. Inside seating or outside on the street over looking the Sonoma Square is a perfect relaxing scene. Salads, meats, seafood - its all good. Thanks Plaza Bistro

                                26. A

                                  Ashley

                                  E. Tennessee

                                  1 review

                                  4.0

                                  1 review

                                  Dined on February 15, 2022

                                  overall4food4service5ambience5

                                  Great food and ambiance for a date night! Dishes are small.

                                27. C

                                  Choosy

                                  New England

                                  6 reviews

                                  5.0

                                  6 reviews

                                  Dined on February 15, 2022

                                  overall5food5service5ambience4

                                  An excellent meal. Risotto was delicious. Only complaint was a little too much salad dressing on pear and lettuce salad.

                                28. BS

                                  BjornS

                                  1 review

                                  5.0

                                  1 review

                                  Dined on February 15, 2022

                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                  We had a wonderful Valentine’s dinner. A full restaurant was so nice to see. A second seating waiting. No Covid trouble. The shrimp risotto was so delicate. We are going back.

                                29. OT

                                  OpenTable Diner

                                  San Francisco

                                  1 review

                                  1.0

                                  1 review

                                  Dined on February 14, 2022

                                  overall1food1service3ambience4

                                  Valentines lunch.

                                30. OT

                                  OpenTable Diner

                                  San Francisco

                                  4 reviews

                                  vip
                                  3.0

                                  4 reviews

                                  Dined on February 13, 2022

                                  overall3food1service2ambience4

                                  Ordered a Caesar salad and two pastas. The Caesar salad was fine though the waiter did not give us forks or napkins. He gave us spoons with which to eat the salad. And the two pasta dishes we got were not tasty at all. I ate a little bit of mine and my guest stopped eating after one bite.

                                31. S

                                  Sipan

                                  San Francisco

                                  22 reviews

                                  vip
                                  4.0

                                  22 reviews

                                  Dined on February 13, 2022

                                  overall4food1service3ambience3

                                  Food is tasteless! I don’t know if their kitchen had run out of salt or what. They have a perfect location in the middle of the square and that is about it.

                                32. GG

                                  GeneG

                                  1 review

                                  3.0

                                  1 review

                                  Dined on February 12, 2022

                                  overall3food3service3ambience3

                                  The food was good but nothing too memorable. Really liked the olive oil they use!

                                33. w

                                  winerdiner

                                  San Francisco

                                  28 reviews

                                  vip
                                  5.0

                                  28 reviews

                                  Dined on February 12, 2022

                                  overall5food5service5ambience4

                                  Excellent service from Hector, wonderful food, and champagne! What more could I ask for. Exceptional dining experience.

                                34. OT

                                  OpenTable Diner

                                  New York Area

                                  4 reviews

                                  5.0

                                  4 reviews

                                  Dined on February 8, 2022

                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                  Great photo, nice small intimate restaurant. Short menu, but everything was delicious.

                                35. LC

                                  LaurenC

                                  San Francisco

                                  2 reviews

                                  5.0

                                  2 reviews

                                  Dined on February 6, 2022

                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                  We came here on Sunday for lunch for 4 before going to a wedding dress fitting. The outdoor patio was great, and the service was impeccable. The food was AMAZING. I definitely plan to come back here. Thank you Hector for amazing service.

                                36. C

                                  Calgal

                                  Dallas

                                  38 reviews

                                  vip
                                  5.0

                                  38 reviews

                                  Dined on January 31, 2022

                                  overall5food5service5ambience4

                                  We had great service from Hector. Our food was delicious and exactly as ordered.

                                37. OT

                                  OpenTable Diner

                                  Chicago

                                  4 reviews

                                  vip
                                  3.0

                                  4 reviews

                                  Dined on January 16, 2022

                                  overall3food3service4ambience4

                                  In general, we were disappointed with our food. The dishes were not as described on the menu. The risotto was undercooked, and more resembled a brothy soup with rice. The gnocchi was supposed to have a creamy sun-dried tomato pesto sauce, but it tasted more like a marsala gravy. We had higher expectations.

                                38. OT

                                  OpenTable Diner

                                  San Francisco

                                  1 review

                                  5.0

                                  1 review

                                  Dined on January 1, 2022

                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                  Here for NYE. Excellent service. Food was great.

                                39. LS

                                  LouShoe

                                  San Francisco

                                  1 review

                                  5.0

                                  1 review

                                  Dined on December 31, 2021

                                  overall5food5service5ambience4

                                  The food was very good and service was excellent.

                                40. OT

                                  OpenTable Diner

                                  Las Vegas

                                  2 reviews

                                  3.0

                                  2 reviews

                                  Dined on December 22, 2021

                                  overall3food4service5ambience4

                                  Rigatoni was good, the tomato sauce was good. But gnocchi and grilled chicken sandwich were okay. Not sure if it was worth the price. Server and all other people were very nice. Made a reservation. It was quite crowded for weekday lunch. It was after two wine tasting so the reliability of my review may be low.

                                FAQs

                                The Plaza Bistro offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (707) 996-4466.

                                The Plaza Bistro is rated 4.5 stars by 420 OpenTable diners.

                                Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

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                                Google Map for The Plaza Bistro

                                420 First Street East Sonoma, CA 95476

                                Dining areas

                                Additional information

                                • Cross Street

                                  Spain Street

                                • Neighbourhood

                                  Sonoma

                                • Hours of Operation

                                  Lunch Daily 11:30 am–4:00 pm Dinner Daily 4:00 pm–8:45 pm

                                • Cuisines

                                  Italian, Seafood

                                • Dining style

                                  Casual Elegant

                                • Dress Code

                                  Casual Dress

                                • Parking Details

                                  We are located at the heart of the city of Sonoma with plenty of parking.

                                • Public Transit

                                  There is public transportation within walking distance.

                                • Payment Options

                                  AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

                                • Additional

                                  Banquet, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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