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Hot Box Grill

18350 Highway 12, Sonoma, CA 95476
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Ranked #18 of 106 Restaurants in Sonoma
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Price range: $25 - $45
Mon - Wed 5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Thu - Fri 5:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Sat 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Cuisines: American
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Good for: Local cuisine
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Boyes Blvd
Description: Serving locally sourced ingredients in a relaxed atmosphere, the Hot Box Grill is a wine country gem. Chef Norman Owens is at it again creating inspired comfort food.
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Delft, The Netherlands
11 reviews 11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2014

The food was of a good quality, simple but tasteful. The location along the main road is not ideal. The service was professional and efficient.

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10 reviews 10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2014 via mobile

We walked from the Sonoma mission inn not sure what to expect. What we got was real, serious food. On the comfort food scale, but everything was delicious. For the devil eggs with bacon and some kind of cheese crip to the very simple field green salad with a light lemon vinegrette, to the cowboy steak which really was big... More

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Los Angeles, California
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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2014

I was really looking forward to eating at this restaurant, reserving it for our final night's meal before returning home. THE GOOD: We both ordered the Winter Tasting Menu, and while the teeny lettuce wrap was an odd pairing with the other courses, it tasted good. Our butternut squash soup was delicious as was the chicken and pot roast, and... More

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San Francisco, California
Top Contributor
55 reviews 55 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2014

My wife and I went here New Year's Day - almost by default because little else was open in and around Sonoma. But, we are so glad we did go! The food was superb - everything was excellent from my "Chicken Paillard" to my wife's swordfish to our dessert! We would highly recommend Hot Box - the location is out... More

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Dallas, Texas
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23 reviews 23 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2014

I was very excited about the menu at Hot Box, but everything I had was super greasy or oily. The Brussels sprouts were too soggy to enjoy. The duck-fat fries were nothing to rave about. Good food, good service. Small space so get reservations early.

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Fresno, California
2 reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2014

After reading many reviews we were anticipating imaginative tasty fare to celebrate the New Year. We ordered the roasted beet salad which my friend enjoyed and the crab bisque which was overwhelmingly acidic and had little other flavor. Because of the rave reviews we ordered the Cornish Game Hens. The server advised us to purchase the whole order to split... More

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SF Bay Area
Top Contributor
80 reviews 80 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
89 helpful votes 89 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2013

Friends spoke highly of the restaurant as did the reviews here so we deemed it worth a try. The restaurant is only three years old and quite small, seating about 36 in the dining area and another 10 in the bar area. The chef/owner apparently was formerly at Cafe La Haye, a fine restaurant in its own right. The relatively... More

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Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2013

Stopped in for dinner on a whim and almost didn't go in because it was so small. Had a delicious hamburger, spicy ahi tuna poke and duck fat fries. Best gourmet diner ever!!!

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
16 reviews 16 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2013

My husband and I just returned from a trip Sonoma/Napa. I have to admit when we first entered the restaurant I was a little hesitant because the space was so small. Don't be fooled though! They may be small but the dishes they deliver are top notch! It was busy when we arrived but luckily we had reservations, I would... More

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2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2013

My partner and i ate dinner here last week. I ordered the buttermilk/brined fried game hen and it came with sides of macaroni and cheese (fantastic), cole slaw, and hit sauce for the bird. I ordered the half order and still had some left over for a small lunch. We also had the beet and goat cheese appetizer (delicious) and... More

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