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“Seafood ala Portuguesa, GF items, great atmosphere”

LaSalette Restaurant
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Ranked #2 of 125 Restaurants in Sonoma
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $30 - $50
Cuisines: Brazilian, Portuguese
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Good for: Romantic, Special occasions
Dining options: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Outdoor Seating, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Spain Street
Description: Fresh, Inventive Mediterranean and Iberian Cuisine in the heart of the Sonoma Valley Wine Country. Seafood and Portuguese Cuisine are our specialties. We offer a unique variety of fresh local and imported seafood specials daily including whole fish. The seafood selections on our menu are complimented by a variety of meat dishes ranging from the popular Pork Tenderloin stuffed with almonds, olives and figs to the, hard to find, Tripe Porto Style. Many of these dishes come steaming hot out of the wood-burning oven and fill the dining room with the exotic aromas of true Mediterranean cuisine. The menu reflects the commitment of Chef and Owner Manuel Azevedo to creating the unique culinary delights of his native Portugal and its neighbors. LaSalette Restaurant is proudly one of Zagat Surveys top rated restaurants in Sonoma. See our web site for the complete menu and a look inside our dining room, which features an open kitchen and decor that sends you back in time to old Lisbon.
Reviewed February 16, 2014

This much-hyped restaurant is tucked away in a cute hidden alley of shops off Sonoma's square. There is an appealing little outdoor patio (you can bring your dog) and a small, cozy, attractively designed indoor dining area of tables and bar seating, where you can watch the cooks at work. Service was excellent and attentive. For all these things, the restaurant deserves a 5-star review, but we found the food to be only OK. On the plus side, for those necessitating gluten-free items, much of the menu falls into that category (but beware, our waitress said one item we were considering had "only a little bit of gluten"; if you have celiac disease, you know even a little bit is not good, so do dig a bit deeper in your questioning of any item). We were given the chef's complimentary small bite of linguica, melted cow's milk cheese, and an olive, presented on a toothpick, an enticing starter and tasty with a glass of Portuguese dry white wine. Because I can rarely get anything fried in a restaurant due to my need for all GF foods, I was excited to find that the fish and chips were done by using cassava flour and cooked in a separate fryer from any other fried foods (which might have been breaded with regular white flour.) The taste: not greasy, but the flavor was very bland. My partner had feijoada, the national dish of Brazil-- black beans and assorted smoked meats in a stew. Having never had this before and not knowing what to expect, his opinion echoed mine: bland. Dessert was an icy tray of four sorbets, two light and fruity, one chocolate, and the most fabulous thing we enjoyed here---a rich ice cream made with vintage port (wow). For lunch, the cost for one glass of wine, one appetizer (day-boat scallops--not memorable), 2 entrees, and dessert was $100, including tip and tax. Aside from stopping in for a glass of wine or that amazing ice cream, we probably will not go back.

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Reviewed February 15, 2014

No problems making a reservation on open table a few days before.

Our server did a great job recommending the tasting plate and dessert but service was slow. We started off with tasting plate of pig's ear, blood sausage and my Wife's favorite the tripe stew.

The fisherman's stew and paella were OK. Pudding dessert and White Portugal wine flight is good.

Overall I would give this place a 3.5. We would go back again for the tasting plates but try other main dishes. However, there are a lot of good places in the region we would rather try first before we make our way back.

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Reviewed January 29, 2014

There isn't a 4.5 or La Salette would get that - no 5 because nobody is perfect, but the food is great - my wife and I had the "Bronzino" and it was superb; the service was good and understated, not intrusive; they have a small, but great selection of Portuguese wines, and while we were totally stuffed, we still had the dessert and it was spectacular - the bread pudding... La Salette has always been consistent in Sonoma and they have never let us down - they are a hidden gem off the plaza and this was our? 10th or so trip there over the years - this is the first time I have written a review - but they have remained consistent and are probably even better than in the past. Not an easy feat!

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Reviewed January 17, 2014

My wife and I enjoyed dinner at LaSalette on a Tuesday evening in January 2014. Quiet when we arrived at 6:30, the cozy restaurant was filled with guests by 7:00, this on a mid-week evening in the slow early January period. We both enjoyed a main course of pork tenderloin -- tender enough to cut with a fork and wonderful flavors from marinating before cooking and from the fig stuffing. Wine list was modest in length but offered an array of moderately priced bottles both local and from Portugal. Service was attentive but not obtrusive. Room for improvement: The beet salad I ordered as a first course. The beets were frankly soggy and not terribly flavorful. My wife's salad was not to be missed. Overall, a very good choice on the Plaza in Sonoma and a restaurant we will return to.

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Reviewed January 15, 2014

We had dinner with family at the restaurant. It was a Wednesday night and the house was packed. We were escorted right to our table and given water and menus. It is Portuguese motif. The wine was from the Doro area and was excellent. I had soup and entrée from Portugal and was very good with the comment that is was a bit bland. The rest of the table had fish which was excellent. scallop's served with pasta was outstanding. The food was balanced and very well presented.

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