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“Best restaurant in Sonoma”

Swiss Hotel Bar and Restaurant
Ranked #14 of 123 Restaurants in Sonoma
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: American
Dining options: Late Night, Breakfast, Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Late Night, Breakfast, Reservations
NY
Level 5 Contributor
60 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
“Best restaurant in Sonoma”
Reviewed April 13, 2013

Everyone told us this was the best restaurant in Sonoma.
We went there for dinner and felt welcomed by our server and the food was great.

Visited April 2013
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Sonoma, California
Level 6 Contributor
110 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 114 helpful votes
“A local favorite and a tourist must!!!!”
Reviewed April 8, 2013

This is a favorite for locals and tourist. The atmosphere is very inviting with seating inside and out. If you are lucky grab a table in the front and get to people watch as you enjoy a glass of wine or meal. Great food and family owed for many years.

Visited April 2013
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Fortson, GA
Level 6 Contributor
511 reviews
234 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 294 helpful votes
“Perfect location, but trading on past glory with average food”
Reviewed March 31, 2013

I had lunch with a business associate in the hotel's outdoor terrace on a beautiful, sunny Sunday 3/10.

The location in Sonoma is perfect, but I found the entire experience to be one that was trading on past glory with average food.

My grilled polenta - "famous" according to the menu and our server - was barely ordinary. Just average were the beet salad, duck pappardelle, and 4-cheese pizza. The recommended wine was pleasant at a low price point. Our server was helpful and cheerful. However, the terrace's tables and chairs had seen better days - but were OK.

Would I go back? No.

  • Visited March 2013
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West Chester, Pennsylvania
Level 5 Contributor
50 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
“A Lovely Meal in This Upscale Norman Rockwell Town”
Reviewed March 31, 2013

The Swiss Hotel is a bar and restaurant on the lovely town square of Sonoma, California. It's hard to go wrong with any dining spot in this upscale version of a Norman Rockwell town, but the Swiss Hotel came highly recommended by others who had visited Sonoma. The property boasts "a bar that is virtually unchanged through four generations (since 1909), and walls covered with a photographic history of the town."

The menu is centered around Italian fare (just what you’d expect at a “Swiss” restaurant in California wine country). We made a lunch visit, and there were several nice choices on the menu, many focusing on pasta. But because it was a business lunch, I opted to avoid red spots on my white shirt and chose the personal pizza from their wood-fired oven. Mine was topped with pepperoni and roasted garlic cloves, and was dusted post-bake with fresh basil and aged Italian cheese.

The crust was medium thickness. It was not a typical pizza crust, but more akin to excellent Italian bread both in its texture and flavor. It was reasonably sturdy and cooked nicely, with an excellent char underneath. None of the toppings were standouts, but the flavors harmonized and gave me the sense that Northern Californians are a little like Europeans in regard to food; even in a “Swiss” hotel, the pizza is going to be crafted with care and a with a knowledge of fresh, high quality ingredients.

This pie did not rise to the lofty heights of the destination pizza I enjoyed just one day earlier at Pizzeria Delfina in San Francisco, but it was well-crafted and entirely satisfying; “worth the calories.” The crust is an 8, the tomato chunks earn a 9, the cheese, garlic, and pepperoni each earn a 7, and the ambiance and service a 9.

Overall, the pizza comes in at an 8. Not quite destination pizza, but damn good pizza in a destination town. Sonoma is a charming place, especially for wine drinkers, and I expect to return. In addition to the nearby “The Girl and the Fig” restaurant, The Swiss Hotel is a dining spot worthy of repeat visits.

  • Visited March 2013
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Santa Rosa, California
Level 5 Contributor
70 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
“Great place for drinks and visiting with friends”
Reviewed February 25, 2013

I have only recently had pizza at the Swiss Hotel, but it a great place to meet friends. For those visiting Sonoma, it is a place where you will find and meet the locals.

Visited December 2012
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