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Local cuisine, Italian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
Special occasions, Romantic, Large groups, Bar scene, Business meetings
Catelli's is a landmark, third generation restaurant located in the heart of Sonoma County between the breathtaking hills of Dry Creek and Alexander Valley Catelli's was originally opened in Geyserville around 1936 by Italian immigrants Santi and Virginia Catelli. The restaurant was originally known as Catelli's "The Rex" (the "king" as translated from Latin). Third generation Catellis and siblings, Domenica and Nicholas Catelli, are now co-owners. Located in Geyserville in Sonoma County, the menu highlights ingredients from local and organic farmers as well as over 100 local wines. Led by executive chef, author, and media personality, Domenica Catelli, original items such as handmade ravioli
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Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Takeout, Seating, Parking Available, Street Parking, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Reservations, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Never disappoints and always delicious and nutritious!Try the awesome organic salads made from local farmers'produce and herbs from the garden ...just like the authentic three generation Italian family restaurant it is. Or indulge in scrumptious pastas, homemade ravioli and family recipe sauces.Specials and appetizers can...offer fish, poultry or beef though Chef Dominica is well known for vegetarian entrees too.More

Date of visit: December 2020
Reviewed October 17, 2020

I was sad to read the review, "Awful". I wasn't surprised that the owner responded as that is the kind of people they are...caring and hands on. (Everyone can have a bad day and it is sad that these people had one there.) We've been...going to Catelli's since the 1970's. We've never had a bad dining experience in all these years. They've responded well to the Covid crisis. Their outside dining is beautiful! Then add in their crisis of the fires/smoke...well, we are just so happy they are still with us serving us the best Italian food, smiles on their faces and giving us just the relaxing evening we all so need.More

Date of visit: September 2020
Reviewed August 19, 2020

We've been aware of Catelli's because of the Food Network, so when our innkeeper recommended it to us, we made dinner reservations. When you arrive, there is a sign that instructs you to call a number and let them know that you party has arrived....They then come out to bring you inside to go over protocols before taking you out to their patio and seating you at your table. The patio is beautiful! Wonderfully landscaped with Italian-themed music playing softly through hidden speakers. You are almost totally removed from the outside world and transported to a pretty magical garden. The "Alice In Wonderland" black and white tile decking is amazing! I tried the 10-layer Lasagna with Domenica's sauce and my wife had the cheese ravioli with the garlic-herb butter sauce. Their pasta is amazingly thin and light. While the lasagna was filling, it wasn't too much. And the sauce had just enough spice to it to make it interesting throughout the meal. The ravioli were equally light and pillowy. My wife usually won't finish a plateful of pasta, but she ate every bit of this one! Wine recommendations were spot on by our server, and their special aperitif made a wonderfully satisfying, light and cool dessert beverage. My wife and I have dined in Italy from Florence to the Amalfi coast, at small trattorias and family homes. Catelli's is the distillation of Italian hospitality in lovely little Geyserville.More

Date of visit: August 2020
Reviewed February 17, 2020

The restaurant has an unimposing exterior, and its interior is functional, not elegant. The entrees are generous and tasty, and the restaurant has an adequate wine list. Whether eating at the bar or a table, the service is competent and welcoming.

Date of visit: February 2020
Reviewed February 7, 2020 via mobile

Stopped by after wine tasting unsure what to expect. WOW. Place was hopping on a Thursday evening with diners commenting on the great food. Try their minestrone....the best. Salads were beautiful, large and lightly dressed, which we prefer over soggy greens. Partner loved the clam-prawn-sausage...bowl with spaghetti. Hearty portions. We will be returning!!!More

Date of visit: February 2020
Reviewed January 21, 2020

You wouldn't expect this kind of food and service in a small, one street wine town but it's there. Comfortable as you walk in the door to a nice bar and then the dining room. Knowledgeable and attentive staff serving delicious food, try to sit...outside if the weathers right. Great wine list and cocktails. Big thumbs up in recent feature on Diners, Drive-ins and Dives as he knows the family. Reservations a must for evenings and weekends. Quite tasty!More

Date of visit: November 2019
Reviewed December 30, 2019 via mobile

Great place. Had a pear mule at the bar while we waited on table. For appetizers we had the cheese and prosciutto and meatballs. All were delicious. I had the Michael’s pasta and it was yummy. My friend had the mushroom penne pasta. We both...liked our meals. The service was good but she was very slow refilling water. I had to ask a few times. The bread pudding was not as amazing as described. This is quite a drive from Napa but worth it.More

Date of visit: December 2019
Reviewed November 13, 2019

I have been waiting to review this most amazing hidden gem that is tucked away in the Geyserville area. My husband and I always like to research really amazing food places while we travel and Catelli's was on the top of the list. We drove...up from the Sonoma/Napa area just to eat here because the reviews were so excellent and it was worth EVERY mile, and I wish we would have done it every night we were in the area. We celebrated our 20th Anniversary and the team at Catelli's made us feel so welcome, so celebrated and so warm the whole evening. The food was BEYOND our expectation, and we have thought about this meal almost every day since being back home in Colorado. The minestrone soup was absolutly delicious, the lasagna I ordered was so fantastic in its very light/thin layers and sauce that was so fresh I swear they had picked the tomatoes off the vine right upon our order. The bread and wine was so wonderful as well and was the perfect compliment to the meal! I must mention also that the ladies restroom was the coolest I have ever seen, so I had to take a picture. I have been to many a restaurant, but Catellis was the perfect blend of superb service, outstanding food, elegant and yet comfy dining that made you feel like you were home, that we will forever remember.More

Date of visit: August 2019
Reviewed October 8, 2019

What great food, and service was wonderful. They were great with accomidations the table, we had a two year old. Perfect evening.

Date of visit: September 2019
Reviewed October 6, 2019

We have dined here several times in the past, most recently a little over a year ago. On this trip we had dinner there on two occasions, both excellent experiences. Menu has a decent selection as does the wine list. Our servers (both nights) were...personable, informative and efficient. All entrees we thought were excellent with generous servings- ling cod (special one night), clams with spaghetti and the clam, prawn and sausage saute. Highly recommend.More

Date of visit: September 2019
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Virginia H
July 12, 2020|
Response from Woodywine | Reviewed this property |
Catelli's full menu and prices are on their web site Really interesting and well made food, to bad you can't experience the restaurant and their excellent staff.
Karen R
August 26, 2016|
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Response from travelerSFBayarea | Reviewed this property |
121 miles; 2h drive without traffic. Check your favorite GPS map regarding taking 880 or 280 to 101N. On 101N near Petaluma it is common to have some traffic M-F afternoon-evening. Enjoy.
January 25, 2015|
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Response from michael y | Property representative |
Hi Thanks for your question. Long story short... Domenica and Nick Catelli, siblings and grandchildren of Virgina and Santi Catelli, the original founders of the restaurant in the '30s, re-took over the space and opened... More
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