At the 16 year-old The Girl and the Fig, the girl is proprietor Sondra Bernstein; John Toulze is her partner and executive chef, turning out French-inspired gems such as duck confit with torpedo onions, savoy cabbage, crispy fingerlings and mustard seed jus. At Zazu, husband-and-wife team John Stewart and Duskie Estes are known for snout-to-tail cooking and creative fare such as black pig bacon caramel popcorn. Dry Creek Kitchen is the labor of love from the area’s most notable chef, Charlie Palmer. The seven-course tasting menu is particularly popular and may feature such Palmer seasonal signatures such as the roasted sugar pie pumpkin soup.
Farmhouse Restaurant is one of the highest-regarded in the area for its first-class service and food sourced from the owner’s ranch and local farms. Spoonbar is the destination for modernist fare from chef Louis Maldonado. Harvest Moon Café, right in Sonoma Plaza, is a favorite of Zagat Survey voters for dishes such as Moroccan-style braised lamb shoulder with saffron basmati rice, sautéed collard greens, harissa and charmoula.