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“Charming courtyard and great service”
Review of El Dorado Kitchen

El Dorado Kitchen
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Ranked #6 of 123 Restaurants in Sonoma
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $31 - $50
Cuisines: American
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Good for: Business meetings, Families with children, Romantic, Local cuisine, Special occasions
Dining options: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Buffet, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: West Spain Street
Description: Executive chef Armando Navarro's farm driven cuisine is a collection of earthy yet sophisticated, complex yet straightforward dishes that showcase the essence of seasonal produce. Chef Navarro sources his ingredients from local purveyors and nearby Sonoma farms, a commitment and dedication that is in line with El Dorado’s overall eco-friendly green initiatives.Navarro’s deeply satisfying cuisine can be enjoyed at El Dorado Kitchen. In the center of the main dining room, parties of up to 22 can gather around a 21-foot-long table fashioned from a single wood plank reclaimed from a Vermont bridge. This table is perfectly positioned to afford each diner a view of the artistic talents hard at work in the open kitchen.An outdoor courtyard allows diners to enjoy the beauty of Sonoma. Enjoy dinner under the fig trees and the clear Sonoma sky or take your lunch pool-side in your own private cabana or on one of the inviting day beds by the pool. We also offer casual dining in our lobby, nestled next to the glowing fireplace.
Reviewed May 23, 2014 via mobile

Stumbles onto this place whilst looking around Sonoma plaza. Doesn't look like much from outside but the courtyard is lovely on a summer's day. Food was quick to come out and generally very good. Service was great. A bit expensive but well worth the money if you can sit outside.

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Reviewed May 22, 2014

We started our evening with the drink above...cucumber, ginger, ginger ale, orange, lime and vodka...so tall and refreshing...and who can resist the clever name?? We stopped in for dinner on a Sunday, calling first to be certain they were able to accommodate us. There was quite a crowd already dining, even though it was fairly early and our first impression was what a lovely room it was...so far, so good!

The service throughout was perfect...not too intrusive, but definitely there when you wanted it. We shared two entrees...the salmon on a bed of arugula and veggies in a red pepper sauce and the paella. Both were delicious, particularly the salmon. We'd asked that it be cooked medium rare and it was just that and a very nice serving size. The paella had great flavor and although we were a little disappointed that it didn't have the bottom crispy, crust that we expected, there was an abundance of seafood on top and we enjoyed it very much! The only disappointment was the bread...it wasn't warm, nor was it particularly fabulous. We seldom eat bread and rather look forward to it in a restaurant, expecting that it will be something out of the ordinary.

For dessert, we shared the profiteroles...yum. Three small puffs, filled with vanilla ice cream and served with a pitcher of molten chocolate to pour over...heaven...we just wished it had been double the size! All in all, we had a lovely, delicious dinner, fairly priced, served perfectly and would definitely urge you to go! Perhaps we'll see you there, as we'll be back!

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Thank cali4niafoodie
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Reviewed May 21, 2014

Eat outside on the patio, beautiful setting for a restaurant in town. Food was really good, great staff.

Thank Kristine J
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Reviewed May 20, 2014

Smack in the middle of Sonoma's main plaza, a spacious and bright place. Open kitchen and a chef that harmonizes local produce and specialities. The duck confit salad is a must. The wine stewrad will direct you to grate local wines that made the meal a success

Thank vacances04
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Reviewed May 19, 2014

Our first night in Sonoma and we wanted to start with a special meal and from walking around the Town square we were impressed with the menu and from local reports the Truffle Fries were "to die for". The first available table was at 8:45pm which gave us comfort that it was popular. On our return we were warmly greeted and in usual US fashion we were seated quickly and order taken. Even though all tables were occupied the general ambience was reasonably quiet.
But I must say the meals were well below expectation. The Fettuccine Carbonara was the worst pasta dish I have ever eaten. The pasta was cooked beyond "over cooked" and resembled a blob of starch. The sauce was bland. The peas were an interesting addition by the chef, but also had no taste. The poached egg served in the middle of the blob looked pretty at first, but when broken unfortunately got lost in the mound of "goo". After the first fork spiral, I thought the chef had forgotten to add seasoning so added a good helping of pepper and a little salt, but this too was lost in the blob. Maybe the wine was effecting my palate and so I rinsed with some water and engaged the second fork spiral, still no emotion. There must be something wrong, all these people cannot be wrong so bravely I took a third fork spiral. No disgusting. It didn't even compare with fast food pasta!
An assuming person would hypothesise that the sauce is pre prepared and the fettuccine bought from Safeways, but the waiter assured me that it's all prepared to order, .... wink.
My partner had the mussels and also was overlooked and bland.
I am not sure if the Truffle Fries are the Chefs signature dish, but whilst being an initial novelty they are nothing more than Macca fries with some truffle oil.
Very disappointing
If I could rank less than one dot would

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Treg F, General Manager at El Dorado Kitchen, responded to this reviewResponded May 21, 2014

Thank you so much for taking the time to share your experience with us. I am sorry that your dishes were not of the caliber that El Dorado is known for delivering. I have passed your feedback onto our chef and have asked him to follow up with his team. I want to assure you that everything we prepare is made in-house, from scratch and that we take great pride in serving our guests the most seasonally-dictated, well-prepared dishes available. It sounds like in this case, we fell short of that commitment.

Thank you again for your feedback. It helps us do better at what we love to do.

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