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Hot Box Grill

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18350 Highway 12, Sonoma, CA 95476 (Boyes Blvd)
707-939-8383
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Hours:
Wed - Sun 5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations
Description: Serving locally sourced ingredients in a relaxed atmosphere, the Hot Box...
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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Visitor rating
  • 73
    Excellent
  • 25
    Very good
  • 17
    Average
  • 4
    Poor
  • 0
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Location, location, location...

We had read that the Hot Box Grill was one of the best restaurants in Sonoma, and I tend to agree. If this place was closer to the downtown square, it would be packed. But when we visited the restaurant on a Sunday evening in September, there was only one other couple dining. By the time we left... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed November 8, 2014
Gregor S
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Anaheim, California
Good for:
  • Local cuisine
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119 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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California
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2014

Cold food, terrible service, slow kitchen, and high prices for what they served. I am not a stranger to high end restaurants. This place prices itself as one but was a chaotic mess the night we ate there.

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Sonoma, California
Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014

I had the mussels. They seemed old. I only ate a few. The wait person did not ask why. My wife had the ribs and they were cold.

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Anaheim, California
Senior Contributor
36 reviews 36 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2014

We had read that the Hot Box Grill was one of the best restaurants in Sonoma, and I tend to agree. If this place was closer to the downtown square, it would be packed. But when we visited the restaurant on a Sunday evening in September, there was only one other couple dining. By the time we left there were... More 

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Corona del Mar, California, United States
Top Contributor
70 reviews 70 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

I really wanted to like this place and the first time we dined there it was pretty good. The second time we did the pre fixed menu and the experience just wasn't the same. The chicken schnitzel was really good but the soup was runny and the salad we had was under dressed. Maybe they were having an off night... More 

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Portland, oregon
Senior Contributor
27 reviews 27 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014

Hot Box has a casual, laid back, hipness about it...kind of like a Soul Food Shack and a Michelin rated French restaurant had a yummy love child. We had the Duck Fat fries and deviled eggs to start. The Duck fat fries were amazingly crisp and richly golden...ask for two ketchups up front... You're going to need them. The Chicken... More 

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Boston, MA
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45 reviews 45 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014

I had booked reservations at this restaurant before coming to Sonoma. We happened to pass it on the highway, and I really thought about canceling--it's on a busy street in an ok but not fancy neighborhood, shares the building with a workout place. So glad we kept our plans intact! There is an extensive list of local wines (loved the... More 

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San Francisco, California
Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

Hot Box has always been one of our favorite Sonoma restaurants, and since it recently changed hands, we wanted to try it out. We met new owner Daniel Ebrahaemi, who has made only minor changes to the daily menu. Thank good ness the steak with their fabulous duck fat fries is still featured! Three of us chose the rack of... More 

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Delft, The Netherlands
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31 reviews 31 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
40 helpful votes 40 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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Senior Reviewer
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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11 reviews 11 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 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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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 18350 Highway 12, Sonoma, CA 95476
    (Boyes Blvd)
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Sonoma County  >  Sonoma
  • Phone Number: 707-939-8383

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 25 - 45
  • Cuisine: American

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Good for: Local cuisine

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.
Open Hours
Sunday
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Thursday
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Friday
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Saturday
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?