We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
The latest reviews. The lowest prices. The perfect place to shop for hotels.

“So glad we finally tried it!”
4 of 5 bubbles Review of Central Market

Central Market
Reserve with OpenTable
Central Market is not available for your requested time. Choose another time, or search restaurants with availability.
The time you selected has already passed.
Ranked #4 of 263 Restaurants in Petaluma
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $10 - $22
Cuisines: American
More restaurant details
Restaurant details
Good for: Families with children, Large groups, Local cuisine, Special occasions
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Full Bar, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Western Avenue
Transit: Nearest bus stop is at 4th Street & "C" Street
Bay Area, California
Level Contributor
39 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“So glad we finally tried it!”
Reviewed June 1, 2014

We don't live in Petaluma, but go thru it regularly and every time we drive by the Central Market it looks so convivial and inviting, and I have wanted to try it. Friday evening we finally tried it and I am so glad we did! We did not have reservations, and Open Table said first opening was 9pm. It was nearing 8:30 and we asked if they could seat us. The place was hopping! Sure, they had a table and we really enjoyed it. Creative food - we had the Buttermilk fried Halibut Cheeks for starters. Delicious and came with greens too. We had the Chicken Bombe (huge chicken meatball) and the Salmon. Both were excellent and the salmon was a good sized portion and perfectly cooked. Decent wine list too! We shared the apple pie dessert. Service was good, everyone was friendly and the food was really good. We'll definitely be back!

  • Visited May 2014
    • Value
    • Atmosphere
    • Service
    • Food
Helpful?
Thank CA_Carol
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Write a Review

361 reviews from our community

Visitor rating
    236
    92
    18
    12
    3
Rating summary
    Food
    Service
    Value
    Atmosphere
Date | Rating
  • English first
  • French first
  • Japanese first
  • Portuguese first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
Petaluma, California
Level Contributor
6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Wonderful Culinary Experience”
Reviewed May 28, 2014

Had been looking forward to eating here for a long time. We weren't disappointed! The food here is wonderful.

For a starter snack, we had the arancini (fried risotto balls with pancetta, gruyere cheese and truffle oil). Delicious! We split an order of mussels and the little gems salad. Both were good.

For our entrees, we had the rainbow trout and the shrimp and scallops. The trout was grilled and stuffed with spinach and almonds. The shrimp and scallops came with a fried risotto cake with saffron and ginger which was perfectly crunchy outside and moist inside. The scallops were perfectly cooked.

  • Visited December 2013
    • Value
    • Atmosphere
    • Service
    • Food
Helpful?
Thank pca67
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
El Dorado Hills, California
Level Contributor
19 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Quality Farm Fresh Food”
Reviewed May 28, 2014

We have been to this restaurant several times and it has been superb EVERY time. We live 2 1/2 hours away and drove here this weekend just to eat dinner. Yes, it's that good. Okay, it was our son's birthday as well! We had to take him to our favorite restaurant.

The staff has always been cordial and friendly. The food is simply amazing. I ate everything on my plate...everything...which is very uncommon for me. I don't think I've done that in years. The desserts are just as good!

  • Visited May 2014
    • Value
    • Atmosphere
    • Service
    • Food
Helpful?
Thank pljimison
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Santa Rosa, California
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Avoid This One”
Reviewed May 18, 2014

Avoid this place. A very bad experience with the service and attitude; the head chef/owner was rude and aggressively hostile when one of the dishes was returned due to a mistake by the staff. We waited for over 15 minutes for a simple correction to the dish and all the others in our party had to wait while their food got cold. It went downhill from there. At the end of the dinner, the owner/chef refused to honor the promised comp for the dinner offered by the manager and threatened to call the police on us. I would never return and recommend that you avoid this place. The food is ok but not great.

  • Visited May 2014
    • Value
    • Atmosphere
    • Service
    • Food
Helpful?
1 Thank ab42014
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Toronto, Canada
Level Contributor
37 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Farm to Table”
Reviewed May 10, 2014

Foods are all locally sourced from local farms - as a result the taste just comes through into the meal itself. Had a potato pizza with three local cheeses on top - simple concept with big taste! Good value. Wait staff was professional.

  • Visited May 2014
    • Value
    • Atmosphere
    • Service
    • Food
Helpful?
Thank JEricksom
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Travelers who viewed Central Market also viewed

Petaluma, Sonoma County
Petaluma, Sonoma County
 
Petaluma, Sonoma County
Petaluma, Sonoma County
 
Petaluma, Sonoma County
 

Been to Central Market? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing