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Depot Hotel Restaurant

241 First Street West, Sonoma, CA 95476
707-938-2980
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Ranked #23 of 107 restaurants in Sonoma
Price range: $20 - $30
Cuisines: Italian, Mediterranean
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Good for: Romance, Large groups, Local cuisine, Special occasions
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Dining
Cross street: Spain Street
Transit: Sonoma Plaza--two blocks away.
Description: The DEPOT HOTEL RESTAURANT is a charming neighborhood restaurant located in an historic stone building just a block off the Plaza in Sonoma. Locals and visitors to the Wine Country enjoy casual Tuscan-inspired cuisine in the Vinoteca, in the cozy dining rooms, and on the terraces surrounding the shady Italian garden and reflection pool. Food is a passion at the DEPOT HOTEL RESTAURANT for the father and son Chef team--whether it is making house-made antipasti, or handmade pasta, or fresh ricotta. In addition to products made in-house, the Sonoma wine country around us offers an abundance of new artisanal products. The search for the best local products is a treasure hunt both chefs enjoy--whether from the coast, local farms, or local cheese makers. Come join us for a trattoria-style lunch or dinner...or just drop into our Vinoteca for informal small plates of antipasti and a glass of wine. Our focus is casual Italian comfort food--served in an informal Sonoma wine country atmosphere.
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English first
San Rafael, California
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

My boyfriend and I ate here on a Sunday evening and we were sat at a beautiful table by the fountain outside. It was quiet and romantic! I ordered the veal and pork tortellini in a sherry cream sauce, and I have to say, this was literally one of the best pasta dishes I have ever had! The pasta was... More

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Gia G, Owner at Depot Hotel Restaurant, responded to this review

We always appreciate it when a guest takes the time to write such an enthusiastic review! Thank you! Dining outside by the pool in the Tuscan-style garden is one of the things our guests comment on the most this time of year. The first thing, though, is definitely the food! The Chef sends his thanks for all your kind words! More

Bay Point, California
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3 reviews 3 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2014

We had a very nice Father's Day meal hear but there was a wedding party there that day so it was a little noisy. Butter was very hard to spread because it was just out of the fridge but other than that, the food was very good.

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Ventura
Senior Contributor
35 reviews 35 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2014

We attended a wedding here and it was beautiful, especially for the reception. It was a bit small for a large wedding, but very pretty. I will say it is tight quarters walking around the pool with over 100 people, but no one fell in! Loved the indoor food serving/buffet area. The food was wonderful!!! I was pleasantly surprised and... More

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Gia G, Owner at Depot Hotel Restaurant, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your lovely review! We do a great many weddings and rehearsal dinners here and we are always delighted to see the guests enjoying themselves so much. Our Chef will especially appreciate hearing how much you enjoyed the fresh produce he gets from our local organic Sonoma gardens. More

Walnut, California
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11 reviews 11 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2014

If you want a great place to eat, and a place that feels like home, this is the place you want to go to. They go out of there way to make you feel like family, and the food no matter what you order is fantastic. I highly recommend you try this wonderful place.

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Gia G, Owner at Depot Hotel Restaurant, responded to this review

Thank you! This building was a private home for a long time, and as we have been cooking and welcoming guests here now for almost 30 years...it really does feel like home to us as well. We are glad to welcome you into our extended family every time you come. --Gia More

Boston, Massachusetts
Senior Contributor
29 reviews 29 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2014

At the rec of a local, we went here for a low-key dinner on our last night in Sonoma. Had Dungeness crab cannellini with a great locally sourced salad for starters. Delicous!!! The food was obviously sourced and cooked with care. The menu had so many options plus specials, such as the cannellini. It was very quiet when we were... More

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Gia G, Owner at Depot Hotel Restaurant, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your great comments! It is absolutely true that about 90% of our "new friends" find us from "locals" who recommend us. We don't advertize much as our past visitors are so enthusiastic. I am so glad you enjoyed the Crab Cannelloni too! It is one of the Chef's specialties that our customers really wait for,... More

Grand Rapids, Michigan
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25 reviews 25 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2014

We stopped here for lunch on a lovely sunny Sonoma day between wine tastings. The staff was super friendly and very helpful with our menu choices, and splitting our dishes between the two of us. I'd definitely return here for patio dining in the future!

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Gia G, Owner at Depot Hotel Restaurant, responded to this review

Thank you so much for taking time to write a review! We always appreciate it so much... I am glad to hear you enjoyed both your server and the lovely patio. More

Petaluma, California
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2014

The food just seems to get better and better here. You really can't beat this place in Sonoma for the value, best food for the price and the wine list prices are actually reasonable, instead of completely ridiculous like many other restaurants around the Plaza. The garden behind the restaurant is a hidden gem, I'm looking forward to sitting outside... More

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Gia G, Owner at Depot Hotel Restaurant, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your review! I will share your kind words with all the staff! We take it as the greatest compliment that you enjoy coming back to our restaurant so much... More

san diego
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46 reviews 46 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2014

I ordered the Veal Scaloppini, and my wife the Roasted Chicken...forget about it. Excellent dishes, good wine, good desserts. This place was recommended by a local and didn't disappoint. If you are in Sonoma, eat here.

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Gia G, Owner at Depot Hotel Restaurant, responded to this review

Thank you for your great review! I will share your comments with the Chef! I know he will be delighted you enjoyed your dining experience, since having our guests enjoy their meal with us is the most important thing we do! We hope to see you again. Warmest regards! More

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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2014

We walked to dinner from the inn at Sonoma. We all ordered something different to try food I ordered the sole with lobster foam...it was so god. We all also tried some fun drinks and they were also excellent. The only thing that somewhat marred the evening was my sister wanted to not have her meat on rice...and the waiter... More

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Gia G, Owner at Depot Hotel Restaurant, responded to this review

Dear Karen: Thank you so much for your very kind and thoughtful review! The Chef will be absolutely thrilled to hear you all enjoyed your dinner so much.... On the other hand, I am sorry to hear the waiter wasn't more flexible about changing your sister's meal! If it is one thing we don't encourage, it is "attitude" in our... More

Bristol, Vermont
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2014

My husband and sister in law and I just had the most wonderful evening. It was her last night in Sonoma after spending the week with us and we wanted to take her out for a good meal. That good meal turned into a fantastic meal, one of the best we have had. The beet salad was so tasty and... More

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Gia G, Owner at Depot Hotel Restaurant, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your wonderful review! We are absolutely delighted you enjoyed dining with us. I will share your kind words with the Chef and all the waitstaff. Thanks so much! More

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