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Sante at the Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn

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100 Boyes Boulevard, Sonoma, CA 95476-1447
(707) 938-9000
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Dining options: Dinner, Reservations
Description: Sante Restaurant is the Inn's premier dining room and has earned a...
Sante Restaurant is the Inn's premier dining room and has earned a national reputation for its outstanding food. Recipient of a prestigious Michelin Star as well as the AAA Four Diamond Award, Sante is the only restaurant in the Sonoma Valley to receive these accolades. Conde Nast Traveler said 'it's worth a special trip just to eat here' and Gourmet Magazine calls the food 'the best of the new Wine Country style.' Only the freshest local produce, meats, poultry and seafood are used to create elegantly simple dishes that let the natural flavors of the food speak for themselves. A wine list, honored with Wine Spectator's 'Award of Excellence' features over 500 Sonoma and Napa wines. *Sante' will offer Grand Buffet's only for Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day. Please call restaurant for further details.
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  • 100
    Excellent
  • 38
    Very good
  • 13
    Average
  • 15
    Poor
  • 2
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
French Laundry quality at half the price & none of the hype!

Not sure why this place doesn't have a 6 month waiting list for a reservation? The Chef came from the French Laundry to open Sante & the food is exquisite! The place is BEAUTIFUL, the setting sublime and the Service - absolutely excellent. The attention to detail - is truly impressive. The... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 5, 2015
Mrmojo58
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Danville, California
Good for:
  • Doing business
  • Special occasions
  • Romantic
  • Entertaining clients
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London
Top Contributor
129 reviews 129 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
71 helpful votes 71 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2015

We had heard great things from the Tripadvisor community about Sante, and we were excited to go. Appetisers arrived reasonably promptly . A salad was fridge cold, dull. The sweetbreads and snails were just nasty . Snails without garlic butter ? What is the point ?! We then faced an hours wait for our main course, and left most of... More 

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Fairmont S, Guest Relations Manager at Sante at the Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn, responded to this review

Dear David98, Thank you for your post. I am so sorry that you did not better enjoy your experience at Santé. The chef and managers have also reviewed your comments, so they can work with their teams to improve the experience. The escargot appetizer is served with a parsley and garlic butter sauce, so we will look into why it... More 

Danville, California
Top Contributor
88 reviews 88 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2015

Not sure why this place doesn't have a 6 month waiting list for a reservation? The Chef came from the French Laundry to open Sante & the food is exquisite! The place is BEAUTIFUL, the setting sublime and the Service - absolutely excellent. The attention to detail - is truly impressive. The food is VERY sophisticated - you will have... More 

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Las Vegas, Nevada
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2015

Excellent outdoor dining. The sommelier was very helpful in our wine selection and finding exactly what we wanted. I even splurged on dessert!

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Fairmont S, Guest Relations Manager at Sante at the Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn, responded to this review

Dear honeymj, Thank you for your post. I was delighted to read about your excellent outdoor dining experience. We hope to welcome you back again soon. Kind regards, Guest Service Manager More 

Beaverton, Oregon
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2015

The food is wonderful, but you can drop $200 per couple without trying for dinner. The wine service is great. Make sure you make reservations for Friday and Saturday nights, or you will be outside in the cold. They do have heaters outside that help.

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Sarasota
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23 reviews 23 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015

We had the tasting menu with wine pairing: what a dinner! Our only "complaint" was that each course was a little too big so by the end we were groaning, but the food was absolutely delicious, as was the wine, all from California. Later in the week we had an a la carte dinner which was also terrific.

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Fairmont S, Guest Relations Manager at Sante at the Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn, responded to this review

Dear BillKn, Thank you for choosing Sante for your dining experience. We are thrilled you so enjoyed (except that it was a little too much of a good thing) and we appreciate you taking the time to post your review. We hope to see you again soon. Kind regards, Guest Service Manager More 

West Menlo Park, California
Top Contributor
112 reviews 112 reviews
64 restaurant reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015

My husband and I enjoyed a wonderful meal at Sante. First, the bread and butter (from Normandy!) with salt was divine. I rarely eat butter but it was so good that we did. We each had a wonderful spring risotto with truffle foam that was delicious. We shared a scallop dish that was also cooked perfectly. We brought in our... More 

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Wellesley, Massachusetts
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33 reviews 33 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

This is an excellent choice for dinner when in wine country. They can serve large groups and small. You best set up a reservation ahead because the setting is wonderful and the world knows it!

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Fairmont S, Guest Relations Manager at Sante at the Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn, responded to this review

Dear TDoorley, Thank you for your “great” review. We are glad you had such a wonderful experience and we hope to welcome you back again soon. Kind regards, Guest Service Manager More 

Elora, Canada
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015

You could not fault the service at all, very attentive and beautiful setting. For the price, I expected more from the food. We had the risotto which was excellent, but that was the highlight and it went downhill from there. The striped bass was very "fishy" and unpleasant. That being said, the server was quick to offer an alternative at... More 

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Fairmont S, Guest Relations Manager at Sante at the Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn, responded to this review

Dear Jennifer S, Thank you for your post. I am glad you received such “great” service from our team, but so sorry that you did not experience the same greatness in the cuisine. Please rest assured that I have shared your comments with our chefs and management team so they may look into and address these concerns. We are traditionally... More 

Tennessee
Top Contributor
101 reviews 101 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2015

We arrived early enough that getting a table was not an issue. The staff was attentive and we enjoyed watching how the larger tables were served, with various waiters in procession presenting the dishes all at once. The menu is varied and unusual (we like this). The chef sent out a delightful carrot/ginger hot soup as a wee appetizer. That... More 

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Fairmont S, Guest Relations Manager at Sante at the Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn, responded to this review

Dear TravelBug Tennessee, Thank you for choosing Santé at the Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn & Spa for your dining experience and thank you for your feedback. We appreciate your patronage and your feedback and hope to welcome you back again soon. Kind regards, Guest Service Manager More 

NEW YORK
Senior Contributor
27 reviews 27 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

I was surprised by some negative or mediocre reviews for Sante. I thought it was the best restaurant we tried in Sonoma. I had the duck, which was excellent. They also have a spectacular wine list. Of course, it also helped that we got a $150 credit from the hotel (see my review) and ordered extra drinks at the end... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 100 Boyes Boulevard, Sonoma, CA 95476-1447
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Sonoma County  >  Sonoma
  • Phone Number: (707) 938-9000

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 40 - 60
  • Cuisine: Californian

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Good for: Doing business, Special occasions, Romantic, Entertaining clients

Description

Sante Restaurant is the Inn's premier dining room and has earned a national reputation for its outstanding food. Recipient of a prestigious Michelin Star as well as the AAA Four Diamond Award, Sante is the only restaurant in the Sonoma Valley to receive these accolades. Conde Nast Traveler said 'it's worth a special trip just to eat here' and Gourmet Magazine calls the food 'the best of the new Wine Country style.' Only the freshest local produce, meats, poultry and seafood are used to create elegantly simple dishes that let the natural flavors of the food speak for themselves. A wine list, honored with Wine Spectator's 'Award of Excellence' features over 500 Sonoma and Napa wines. *Sante' will offer Grand Buffet's only for Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day. Please call restaurant for further details.

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