Best Healdsburg Getaway
Perfect weekend getaway
Relaxing add-on to a longer bay area trip
Dinners in Healdsburg
Chalkboard is my personal favorite dinner restaurant in Healdsburg. While located in one of the most up-scale hotels, the Hotel Les Mars, Chalkboard stays true to the region's casual atmosphere, while still promising world-class dishes. Executive Chef Justin Davis's family-style sharing menu of locally sourced small plates that tantalizes the taste buds is ever-changing, and will always send me home festively plump and happy. Count on fun appetizers, the most flavorful pastas, roasted and grilled meats for mains, with fun desserts and unique ice creams to top off the experience. Reservations can be made on OpenTable up to 3 months in advance.
Valette is a welcoming establishment right in Healdsburg Plaza. At some point during your meal, you might even be greeted by the owners’ father, sipping a glass of red wine and making sure your meal is up to snuff. The Michelin-guide contemporary American restaurant provides guests with high quality, yet simple dishes, that showcase the region’s farmers and other producers. Valette is always in our rotation of must-eat places, due to the Day Boat Scallops en Croute - think scallops cooked in a puff pastry with dried squid ink on top. (Look for the video in our Instagram post!) Chef Dustin Valette also offers a five-course tasting menu (~$90 per person) with the optional wine pairing (~$60 per person). Reservations can be made on OpenTable up to 6 months in advance.
Dry Creek Kitchen
Spoonbar at the h2Hotel, serves up good farm-to-table California cuisine, with cocktails that focus on locally sourced ingredients, including the spirits. Dine in the airy lobby of the h2Hotel or outside in the garden. Great for a last minute trip to Healdsburg, this restaurant almost always has reservations available, which may be made on OpenTable up to 3 months in advance.
As the newest addition to our list of recommendations, we are excited to try The Matheson on our next trip to Healdsburg. Opened by Valette’s Chef, The Matheson is a restaurant, sushi kitchen and wine lounge, including a ‘wine wall’, featuring 88 wines on tap, allowing guests a wine tasting experience without the need to commit to a full glass of any one wine. Reservations can be made on OpenTable up to 2 months in advance.
A great find for our pescatarian friends, the menu from the couple is Japanese inspired with many sashimi elements throughout. If you are a pescatarian or eat all the meats, get ready, buckle up for this amazing, yet very long, culinary experience! Reservations for SingleThread are released on Tock at 9am PST on the 1st of every month, for the upcoming month.
Brunch or Lunch in Healdsburg
Bravas Bar de Tapas
If you are looking for a sit-down lunch with creative cocktails, stop into Bravas Bar de Tapas, owned by James Beard Outstanding Restaurateur semifinalists Mark and Terri Stark. Aptly named, this is a family-style tapas restaurant. Croquetas are always my favorite and the eggplant chips with honey and rosemary are a must, but everything on the menu is delightful. The back patio is a relaxing and enjoyable location for eating outside when the weather is nice. If you are on a tight schedule, let your server know at the beginning, so they may course your order to your liking. Reservations can be made on OpenTable up to 3 months in advance.
A brunch-focused menu (not lunch) is served on the weekends at Barndiva. Unlike its dinner option, Barndiva’s brunch menu is not family-style, and I often have trouble deciding on just one entree to order. The menu includes a black truffle croque monsieur, fried chicken sandwich, or goat cheese croquettes - all with Barndiva’s Michelin-starred twist. Reservations can be made on OpenTable up to 30 days in advance.