Applewood Inn
Applewood Inn

Applewood Inn

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.applewoodinn.com/
  • Phone: 8005558509x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Wednesday through Sunday, 5:30pm-8:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Californian, Mediterranean, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Tyja Taube and Shelly Cerneant
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: No
  • Additional Details: Beer, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), View, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Private Party Facilities: The Restaurant at Applewood is available for private parties. The restaurant must be reserved 90 days in advance.
  • Private Party Contact: Carlos Pippa 214 596 8531x
  • Special Events: The Restaurant at Applewood is a romantic venue and stunning backdrop to celebrate your special event whatever the season.
    The Restaurant at Applewood has been awarded a Michelin star for its second consecutive year and is known for its Sonoma Wine Country Cuisine with Mediteranean influences. Built in the style of a French country barn, the restaurant's menu is seasonal and locally sourced.
    Its wine program is Russian River-centric.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Located on Hwy. 116, 1/2 mile east of River Road and the Guerneville bridge
  • Parking: Hotel Parking
  • Parking Details: APPLEWOOD offers secure parking inside its property and in close proximity to the restaurant. Handicapped parking and wheel chair accessibility is available in the rear of the restaurant.
A word from Applewood Inn
Built in the style of a French country barn, The Restaurant at Applewood offers ingredient driven, farm,ocean, garden-to-fork cuisine. It embodies our celebration of Sonoma's natural riches and the wine country life style. Its wine program is Russian River-centric.

The Restaurant at Applewood has been awarded a Michelin star for 2011 and 2012 and is known for its Sonoma Wine Country Cuisine with Mediteranean influences.

A Chef's Tasting Menu is available each evening for $75 per person. This is a 2 1/2 hours dining experience meant for the whole table. Alternatively, you may chose from an Ala Carte Menu. On Sundays, along with the Tasting and Ala Carte menus, we offer a Prix Fix three course dinner known as Russian River Night for $35 per person.

Young people twelve years and older are welcome to join us for dinner providing they'll enjoy the fine dining experience and the company of the adults in their party.
Continued
Foodspotting photos
See all photos
Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerCalifornian
  • Diners' Choice WinnerRomantic
  • Diners' Choice WinnerSpecial Occasion
Applewood Inn reviews from OpenTable diners
60 reviews since May 5, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.5
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelQuiet
89% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (49)romantic (46)fit for foodies (43)notable wine list (23)neighborhood gem (16)scenic view (12)great for brunch (5)good for groups (4)great for outdoor dining (3)great for lunch (1)kid-friendly (1)Show More
  • It was closed
    BigEater
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    Our biggest problem with the restaurant was that, unknown to us until Sunday, it was not open Monday or Tuesday. If this was somewhere on the website it surely was not prominent.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food, great service
    hyc730
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    We tried the Russian River pre-fix tasting menu with wine pairing that was offered on Sunday. The tuna/anchovy with roasted japlapeno peppers appetizer was oustanding. The rabbit sausage was excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Oasis
    FrequentDinerVIP
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    This restaurant had a very elegant menu -- in terms of both offerings and presentation. Service was attentive and friendly, providing good advice on the menu's dishes and wine list. It was a very good experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • michelin star undeserved
    2europeans4foodies
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    Some dishes were wonderful while other lacked skill. The scallop dish was too salty and the chorizo was too rich for the lamb chop that was tasteless. Maybe the beef is a better choice if you try the Chef's tasting menu. Gazpacho and salad were delicious but something one can make themselves at home. We were expecting top quality given the michelin rating but maybe the chef was on vacation? We would try it again in the future but probably stay with the a la carte menu
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfection
    MaryG
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    This was a return visit for us and Applewood met our very high expectations. I had the pre fixe menu with wine pairings and it was superb. My vegetarian husband had a risotto dish that also was delicious. Beautiful desserts, rich coffee, excellent service rounded out a wonderful evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointed
    GretaVIP
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Came for anniversary celebration because of all the positive reviews, but disappointed in the food. Staff pleasant and attentive. 1st course salad excellent and gazpacho good, salmon and filet mignon low average, peanut butter profiteroles and apricot tart below average. We won't be back.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Lovely and private spot
    BARK
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    We were married here several years ago so of course we already have a soft spot for the location, but this return was just as lovely. The menu has a beautiful and fresh focus and the local ingredients were the best. Quiet and unassuming (but good) service and the view of the peaceful courtyard and surrounding redwoods make it cozy, romantic and very relaxing. A gem all around.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Third Time, Not a Charm
    KirklandboyVIP
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    We formerly loved Applewood. It's gone off and we won't be back. It was not a single failure but multiple. Nobody greeted us at the front desk when we arrived. Absense of sommelier was regrettable. There were lengthy interludes between courses. The food was fancy, bordering on pretentious. The scallops smelled fishy and the saffron butter sauce was ruined with too much vinegar. The service was marginal at best. We noticed that adjacent tables were fussed over while we were ignored. Mains were skimpy and overdone. The espresso that arrived 15 minutes after we ordered it, was bitter, without crema, tepid, watery and undrinkable. When we informed our server, she scampered away, the only skill in which she exceled.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great food and price!
    JackieWVIP
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    We came on a Sunday night, and got the three course (vegetarian, they customized a bit) tasting menu for $35 each...a deal! Each course was phenomenal - they really let the flavors stand out. Appetizer let vegetables shine with a fantastic red pepper sauce to complement. Entree was a combination of vegetables - all done simply but very well (mashed potatoes, corn, mushroom, etc.). Dessert was amazing - peanut butter ice cream sandiwched between a cream puff-esque object with chocolate sauce! Service was standout (I forgot my purse and server ran after me in parking lot to give it to me) and this is a great option for quality vegetarian in a town that doesn't have much vegetarian! Very scenic, beautiful area amongst the vineyards.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • wonderful
    maddening
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    I cannot say enough about this place. It was simply wonderful.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Try the tasting menu
    Susieq
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Beeen here 5 times, always wonderful food and service. Not inexpensive but for a special night worth every penny. Love the Inn also for a romantic getaway. Wine pairings finish the experience
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Unforgettable lamb!
    IsabelleVIP
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    It is only when you try that you understand the Michelin star rewards. Fantastic food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Enchanted Evening
    Azwinewoman
    Dined on 6/29/2014
    On our trip to the California wine country, we stayed at the Applewood Inn and ate dinner at the restaurant on Sunday night. I highly recommend visiting on Sunday evenings as they have a delicious and elegant wine pairings dinner. Or you can bring in your own bottle of Russian River wine for no corkage fee. Menus are seasonal and they use locally grown. An absolutely delicious meal....
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • VERY NICE
    riverjackie
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    GREAT SERVICE, DELICIOUS FOOD, NICE AMBIANCE! ALL IN ALL A GREAT EXPERIENCE
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great find
    nabb
    Dined on 6/25/2014
    Best to offer in immediate area. Food excellent and nicely presented. Only negatives were open Wed-Sun and temperature on restaurant too warm.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful
    Foodie3
    Dined on 6/22/2014
    Great food , great service- knowledgeable and friendly. A lovely experience all around.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • What a discovery!
    GourmecVIP
    Dined on 6/19/2014
    We had no idea what to expect. But, it turned out to be a culinary discovery just minutes outside downtown Guerneville and the lovely Armstrong Redwood Grove/Park. Every course was of Michelin-star quality and beautifully presented. The ingredients were unusual, as fresh as could be, local--right from the gardens or from the ocean. Sauces that accompanied our main dishes (there were four of us who had gone together for dinner) were unique but never overpowering nor too much. Veggies were prepared just right--not overcooked, thank goodness, but not verging on raw either. We would definitely go back! As it is an hour from Sonoma, we would consider spending the night as not only is it a restaurant but an inn and spa.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Susan
    Dined on 6/12/2014
    We thoroughly enjoyed our dinner at Applewood Inn, everything we ordered was delicious. Our server, Jesse, was exceptional; he helped make our dining experience at Applewood Inn most enjoyable. We loved the bread! We shared the scallop appetizer (sublime) and for our main course we had the halibut and salmon entrees. For dessert, we shared the layered chocolate mousse. The entrees portions were perfect sizes. You can eat on the covered veranda to experience the outdoor feeling. We hope to return to Applewood Inn soon!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 6/12/2014
    good food and excellent service. nice atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Best Restaurant In The Nortbay
    Daytripper
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    We have dined at Applewood several time's, they never disappoint this time we had the baby green salad for a starter, absolutely incredible then i had the beef tenderloin and my wife had the halibut, both done to perfection, and for dessert we shared the panna cotta, one of the best desserts i have had in recent memory, i say this on the heels of a trip we just got back from Paris, Rome and Florence, Applewood is a true 5 star restaurant.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Romantic, charming
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    We had a wonderful evening at Applewood - twice now. Going there is a special occasion.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OUTSTANDING!
    TheElmerGroup
    Dined on 5/29/2014
    My wife and I ate here during our recent stay at Applewood Inn. Of all the high-end restaurants we dined at in San Francisco/Wine Country area during our stay, this was by far the most incredible meal we had. The atmosphere is warm and romantic, the staff was impeccable, and the wine list exceeded our expectations, even with the restaurant being in wine country. The little town where this restaurant is situated is somewhat off the beaten path, but it is WELL worth the drive and was truly the most enjoyable meal we shared during our trip. I wish we didn't live across the country - we'd dine here regularly if we lived closer! It's a new favorite and we will always make time to dine here anytime we're in the area in our future travels.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Slumpo
    Dined on 5/29/2014
    2nd visit and just as good as the first time. It is pricey but worth it for special occasions. Rack of lamb delicious and generous portion compared to some other entrees. All desserts are fantastic
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • good food and good experience
    pashmVIP
    Dined on 5/25/2014
    love going back over and over to Applewood restaurant. this is one of the best places in Sanoma for sure.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Relaxing evening
    enjoyfoodandwine
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Everything went as planned. Arrived and were welcomed, and wished a happy Mother's Day, table was delightful. Service greeted us and explained the special prefix dinner. He answered all questions about the local wines, which I appreciated, since I enjoy Russian River fruit and work for Chateau St. Jean. The mean was very good...my wife's salmon was slightly undercooked, but they resolved that very quickly. Beautiful B & B and spa. Definitely, a local gem. We will return.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tasting menu
    FishyVIP
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    First time here, so we tried the tasting menu with the wine flight. Decent price compared to other places, but still a splurge for us, but it was worth it. We had the five course tasting menu. Had a few choices to make, but all were good options. The pace of the meal was dead on for us. The wines were generous pours, and we sometimes did not finish the glass in time for the next course. But we muscled through it :-) A lovely meal up in the wine country.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delicious food but pricey
    SOHAdvocate
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    For a +$200 3 course dinner (including bottle of wine and tip), I expected more of a special experience. The food was quite tasty. I gave it three stars with value considered.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Yum Yum Yum
    gramax3
    Dined on 5/7/2014
    Food and service was some of the best we've ever had!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 32 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 5, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.5
    • Food4.6
    • Ambiance4.3
    • Service4.6
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 580 reviews are from the Applewood Inn reviews archive.
  • Tasting And Breakfast
    Brunchlovers1
    Dined on 5/4/2014
    The five course tasting meal was superb especially with the wine pairing. The walnut bread French toast with grand marnier is the best French toast I have had anywhere in the world! Incredible flavor! Stayed at the Inn for two days and will definitely be back and recommend it to everyone who is going to Sonoma Valley!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We'll be back!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    A very pleasant, warm, romantic setting with wonderfully prepared and tasting food. A lovely alternative to the Napa Valley and Healdsburg dining without the posh.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Romantic, special occasion, Scenic View, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Uncomfortably Delicious
    MJonVacay
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    We are staying at the inn and happened to find a groupon for the restaurant. We each got an appetizer, an entree, dessert, and a glass of wine. The food was incredible. The suggested paired wine was spot on. The service was beyond professional and friendly. Even if you're full, you must find room for dessert because their chocolate mousse with mocha ice cream was worth the discomfort of being so full. The scallop was incredible, and the filet was mouthwatering. My boyfriend had the lamb which was also incredible. The ambiance was rustic and romantic. If you're staying at the inn, you won't be disappointed with their breakfast either. Equally incredible.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Fit For Foodies, Romantic, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Caution if you use Groupon Coupon
    JackieVIP
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    I bought a Groupon Coupon for $85 which stated this was the price for a 3 course meal for two plus 2 glasses of wine. It turns out that is only a credit toward the price of your meal. Also an automatic 20% gratuity is charged on the full price of the food ordered. With a $20 credit toward a $50 bottle of wine we split with another couple, we paid $62 on top of the $85 we already paid. Not a great deal. Had we realized this was just a credit, we would have shared an appetizer and dessert. I would recommend this restaurant for a special occasion. Waiter was great and food was presented creatively. From Santa Rosa, take River Road -- not Highway 116.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, special occasion, Scenic View, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Unforgettable food!
    travel4food
    Dined on 4/16/2014
    The restaurant is surrounded by beautiful forests of redwoods and wild flowers. It makes you feel relaxed, comfortable, and warm. The hotel and restaurant have a rustic, yet, romantic feel which made me feel at ease. The food was outstanding! My boyfriend and I have eaten at numerous fine dining restaurants, but we agreed Applewood restaurant is the absolute best. We both started off with a seared scallop. I'm not a huge fan of scallops, but I almost order another after clearing my plate! It was cooked to perfection along with fresh, vibrant flavors. Nothing could compare to the cocoa nib crusted rack of lamb. The flavors were rich, balanced and simple. The cocoa nib crust pairs perfectly to the lamb.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, special occasion, Scenic View
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • High-end special occasion spot
    SugarMan
    Dined on 4/13/2014
    This Michelin-rated restaurant is fabulous. These are dishes you simply would not (and probably could not!) make at home, presented most beautifully. Seared diver scallops on a bed of whipped Yukon gold potatoes and Uni, with saffron butter? Sure, try that one at home! Mmmmm! Or how about Miso glazed Black Cod, with ginger broth, crispy Maitake mushrooms, mustard greens and grilled scallions. Out of this world delicious!! And make sure you leave room for dessert!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fabulous
    Bill
    Dined on 4/11/2014
    The best place to eat in the whole Russian river area!! The Best!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • A long tortuous drive is rewarded
    luv2eatVIP
    Dined on 3/30/2014
    A long tortuous drive is rewarded by friendly staff and outstanding food, on par with Farmhouse Inn and any of the restaurants in Napa
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, kid-friendly, romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very Nice
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 3/28/2014
    I went to dinner with a girlfriend for my birthday. We enjoyed our meal and the restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • foodie heaven
    hungrycat
    Dined on 3/27/2014
    Excellent and sophisticated menu. I liked the bit of the unusual in the dishes I ordered. An appetizer had the combination of a large scallop with uni and mushrooms, citrus flavors and mashed potatoes. An entree combined black cod with pork belly, miso, Chinese greens and mushrooms. Very expensive but worth a treat, especially for a special occasion.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Russian River Resident
    RC007
    Dined on 3/23/2014
    My partner and I had friends down from the East Bay. Applewood completely lived up to its billing.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Applewood Inn
    Dinergirl
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    Took advantage of a Travelzoo coupon and made a day of getting to the restaurant. We meandered through Sonoma and its vineyard opportunities. Well worth the drive from East Bay as the food was delish and service just right - professional and appropriately attentive. There were no issues with changing a wine selection.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.