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“Great cheese, prices have skyrocketed!”

The Sonoma Cheese Factory
Ranked #25 of 123 Restaurants in Sonoma
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $5 - $15
Cuisines: American, Delicatessen
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Good for: Kids, Families with children
Dining options: Breakfast, Lunch, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible
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Vallejo, California
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18 reviews
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“Great cheese, prices have skyrocketed!”
Reviewed September 1, 2012

I have loved the cheeses from the Sonoma Cheese Factory since I was a child growing up in Sonoma County. Went for lunch with my parents and 4 year old today and the prices have skyrocketed! I know dairy costs and yeast costs are going up, but this place has their own cows and own yeast strain, so I just don't get it. Maybe the increase in yuppie tourism from the wineries has driven up the prices. We got two BBQ tri-tip sandwiches, a small thing of grapes and cheese cubes, 2 rootbeers, one Coke and an apple juice and paid over $50. Wow! Should have gone to the BBQ joint down Hwy 12 a bit and paid half that.

The tri-tip sandwiches were not bad, but I've had better. Not enough BBQ sauce, and you can't add more than what they cook it in. They do have a condiment bar with ketchup, mustard, mayo, lettuce, tomatoes, pickles and onions, but no BBQ sauce is available to add to the dry sandwiches. The meat was tender, but the bread was too hard. At $12 a sandwich, though, I had to finish it. My kid wouldn't eat the tri-tip off it because it was too dry for her tastes. I added some pickles and onions and it was okay. My kid loved the cheese and grapes and ate most of them herself, along with a bunch of pickles. The cheese was as delicious as ever, however.

The place is set up deli style. You grab your drinks, chips, salads, ect, then go to the register to order the sandwiches. There are indoor and outdoor tables. The outdoor tables are nice because they are right next to the Sonoma Barracks and the historic buildings in Sonoma Plaza, so I was able to point those out to my kiddo, who didn't really care anyway. Soon, she'll be old enough to love California's history, soon...

Anyhow, while I love the cheese from Sonoma Cheese Factory, that's about the only thing here that saves it. If the cheese wasn't so good, I'd have only rated it poor. Come for the cheese, leave the rest.

  • Visited September 2012
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Thank code3claw
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Sun City West, Arizona
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 101 helpful votes
“Samples Galore - Just Help Yourself”
Reviewed August 31, 2012

We enjoyed a nice lunch here - made-to-order sandwiches and great soup. Also a BBQ area in the outside dining space. But, while you are waiting, try any cheese -- and as many times as you want. Many varieties.

Visited August 2012
Thank Barb J
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Home of the Space Needle
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7 restaurant reviews
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“Picnic supplies? Maybe. Stay for lunch? No.”
Reviewed August 24, 2012

The Sonoma Cheese Factory is OK for on-the-go picnic supplies, but don't bother with their sandwich counter / BBQ. This is a tourist-only spot located in the center of Sonoma Plaza. Lots of basic picnic items, but steep prices and long check out lines. We stayed for lunch and ordered sandwiches and hot dogs and hamburgers that were made on the outdoor BBQ. The food took a long time to arrive and the quality was below average - the bread was cheap and dry (I noted that other ppl were taking the bread off their items and I quickly realized why). Also, the whole outside eating area could use a really good scrub down. Picnic supplies? Maybe. Stay for lunch? No.

  • Visited August 2012
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Thank GreenLakeGirl1
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Bethesda, Maryland
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
“Very Nice Deli Plus”
Reviewed August 23, 2012

This is a lot more than a small deli. They have a great selection of cheeses (with plenty of samples), great selection of wines (hey, it is Sonoma!), sandwiches to order, tables, and grilled specialties.

We bought a loaf of French bread, some cheese, salami, and wine and had a nice lunch in Sonoma Square. They had a nice picnic pack of plates, plastic cutlery, and glasses.

Only negative was the small selection of chilled white wines.

Visited August 2012
Thank BethesdaGolfer
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Salt Lake City, Utah
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
“Great selection of cheeses”
Reviewed August 18, 2012

This place was humming with activity when we dropped in. Great selection of cheeses and breads for wine tasting. Grab a toothpick and taste the day's featured cheeses from the cooler. Situated conveniently on the back side of the town square and park.

  • Visited August 2012
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