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Cafe La Haye
Cafe La Haye

Cafe La Haye Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.cafelahaye.com
  • Phone: (707) 935-5994
  • Hours of Operation: Dinner: Tuesday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 9:00pm
  • Payment Options: MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: American
  • Executive Chef: Jeffrey H. Lloyd
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Cafe, Farm to Table, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 1st Street East
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Cafe La Haye
Located just off the square in the town of Sonoma "Cafe La Haye is one of those rare restaurants in which you know the moment you walk in the door you're going to have a good time...Simple food prepared to perfection... excellent service". -Michael Bauer San Francisco Chronicle!
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerAmerican
Diner Reviews
  • "Read about Cafe La Haye and made reservations several months in advance for a special birthday celebration during a family get away in Sonoma. All six in our party were very impressed with the food presentation, taste and overall experience. The pork chop is particularly amazing. Cafe La Haye turned out to be an outstanding choice."
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "Why travel to Yountville to be disappointed by rude doormen, overpriced cuisine, and reservation blues when you can relax in Sonoma and enjoy a truly superb dining experience at Cafe La Haye?"
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "Only 12 tables so you're never far from server, or the owner! The kitchen is tiny and open, so you see them efficiently prepare delicious food. If you like great food and service, Cafe La Haye is for you."
    Dined on 8/14/2014
  • "We were recommended to get reservations here before we arrived to stay in Sonoma. We did and were delighted by the food. Some of the best salmon we've ever had!"
    Dined on 8/13/2014
  • "We tried Cafe La Haye on the recommendation from a local who owns a vineyard. We brought our own wine so did not get a chance to check out the wine list. The restaurant was bright and lively, even late at night. A little on the smaller side, so I would recommend reservations during peak hours. The menu was eclectic, creative and original. I was torn between the ahi tuna, quail and risotto and ended up going with the risotto. It was absolutely heavenly, perfectly creamy with texture in the rice, and the vegetables in it were wonderful. My dining companion had the quail, which was also lovely. We each ordered salads first (large portions) and split the cheesecake for dessert. Wonderful meal, attentive service and reasonable prices."
    Dined on 8/12/2014
  • "The food was amazing! We had the salmon and pork chop - both perhaps the best we've every had. Perfectly cooked, fresh, melt-in-your mouth goodness!! And considering the high quality of the food, the prices were quite reasonable."
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "Very appreciative of the chef who whipped up a special vegan risotto for my dinner guest. Great food and wonderful service."
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "Excellent food and very good service, no delays. Tuna was outstanding, (many have tuna, this was special) presentation unusually good also. We never have dessert, were tempted and it was worth the fat grams!"
    Dined on 8/6/2014
  • "My new favorite restaurant in Sonoma! Everything was perfect. Next time I will sit at the bar and watch the kitchen do their thing."
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "The open kitchen is little bigger than a food truck. The whole place is very small. The menu is small. But, every dish we tried was absolutely perfect. I had the special for the night; roasted quail. The skin was crisp and the meat succulent. I sincerely wanted to pick up the bones with my fingers to ensure I got every nibble... but, I didn't. I wish I had."
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "This was the third or three restaurants we ate at in the Napa/Sonoma area and it took third place. The food was good, but the service was lacking. We had to ask for our water glasses to be refilled on a number of occasions and the waitress either forgot or missed a few things during our visit."
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "Six of us dined on Saturday evening, and everyone was very happy with their food, from pork chops to lamb meatball pasta. The attentive service makes for a comfortable enjoyable dining experience, and we have always been more than happy with the excellent food."
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "This cafe was wonderful! My wife and I went for our honeymoon and the venue was perfect for our special occasion. A must when visiting Napa and Sonoma!"
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "My wife and I, being local Sonomans, had heard good things about Cafe La Haye. We were curious. True to what we had heard, the Starter, Main and Desert were to die for. Hannah, our server, was wonderful. I probably errored in my beverage selection. The sherry was not dry or crisp. My selection of a Vivier Sonoma Coast pinot at fifty dollars left my judgment wanting as I sipped a damned average wine. We will go back; however, maybe we'll test La Haye's corkage tolerance and bring our own wine."
    Dined on 7/31/2014
  • "Upon arrival the table was ready and the service was great. A small, cozy atmosphere where my wife and I had conversations at normal speaking level. The wine selection was great. The food was even better. So glad we could make it!"
    Dined on 7/30/2014
  • "My wife and I enjoyed the food and the service. Would recommend based on food quality and presentation. Small place so recommend reservations."
    Dined on 7/30/2014
  • "As a local, I'm kicking myself for not going to Cafe La Haye more often. The food is superb, the wine list varied (with good wines available at reasonable prices), and the service excellent. My husband and I tend to save the La Haye experience for special occasions, but we should treat ourselves more often."
    Dined on 7/29/2014
  • "On a recent girl's getaway, we decided to try this little restaurant. I had heard it was small but I was surprised at how small. It was fairly filled on this evening but there were empty tables. The dinner was delicious but my problem was with the waitress. She did her job well, went through the paces but was not personable, not welcoming. Perhaps it was an off night for her but I've never experienced a server this cool before. I'm not sure I will return. The man at the door was lovely, friendly and took time to thank us for coming."
    Dined on 7/23/2014
  • "This was our second time back, so we liked the place. This time, however, we found the the La Haye staff lacked the friendliness that we have come to expect in Sonoma. It seems to have turned into a very serious establishment - at least for the night. Even the small menu offers a warning against "substitutions" or changes to your order. Really? That seems very yester-year. And to boot, our server who was void of smiles, led us down the wrong direction with our order. I will take responsibility there. But I always expect friendly waitstaff and a welcoming environment. Maybe nextime."
    Dined on 7/22/2014
  • "A small place in Sonoma that delivers very good food at a reasonable price. We started with beet salad, beef carpaccio & fried oysters - all were fresh & flavorful. Mains: Risotto, Chicken & Salmon - again, good portion size, flavorful with sides that complemented the main. Didn't stay for dessert. The dining area is somewhat "Spartan" décor, but the view into the kitchen allows a vicarious cooking class for the aspiring chef."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "Gem just off city center square in Sonoma. Service was excellent. Great fresh salads. Nice list list -- waitress made a great call picking a wine that paired with roasted chicken and sole -- which were both terrific."
    Dined on 7/15/2014
  • "My wife and I have dined here on every visit to Sonoma. I would never vacation in Sonoma without a trip to Cafe La Haye. The food and service is excellent. Give yourself treat and sit at the counter overlooking the kitchen. Watch the Chef and his staff. For a small kitchen it is amazing to watch the meals prepared. Stop here if you have the chance."
    Dined on 7/15/2014
  • "The food was fantastic. The wine was wonderfully paired. Excellent service. Definitely eat here, you won't be disappointed!"
    Dined on 7/15/2014
  • "What a special treat at this small little café. Great food, no hassle and friendly atmosphere."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "Fantastic food and great service, at very reasonable prices"
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "We hadn't been to Cafe La Haye in several years. Happy to report it is as good -- no, better -- than ever. The menu, though small, is chock full of winners, both as starters and as entrees. The fried oysters, which were done perfectly and served in a wonderful sauce, should not be missed, and the filet mignon, which was served with broccoli rabe and creamy garlic mashed potatoes, was as good as I've had anywhere. The restaurant is small and intimate, and the service is attentive and friendly without being overbearing."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "We recently visited Sonoma and went to Cafe La Haye on our last night and couldn't have asked for a better meal to end our trip! I had the filet and my husband the pork chop and they were both excellent. Wonderful bottle of zinfandel as well that we'll definitely go in search for in the future! Great spot and great service - a definite must in Sonoma!"
    Dined on 7/8/2014
  • "Delicious fresh and local cuisine. My salmon entree was light, served in a well seasoned broth with vegetables, and my husband loved the tagliatelle pasta, served with lamb meatballs. The owner, Saul, checked in to say hello and to inquire about our experience at his charming little restaurant. Our waitress was also attentive and congenial. Highly recommend this restaurant which was just off of the square in Sonoma."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "Food was very good. I had the pasta with lamb meatballs which was excellent. My wife had the fish and it was good (not great) that more seasoning would have enhanced. My biggest gripe is we had a glass of merlot and it was about 45 degrees. The flavor was not evident at this temperature. Service was very fast, so the wine never warmed up. We were told, well we keep our open wine in a cooler overnight. I can understand that, but you also can bring it out before serving. Folks, it is the wine country!!"
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "Cafe La Haye is always a must when we visit Sonoma. The daily risotto special uses fresh ingredients and combines incredible flavors. The risotto is the best we have ever had, anywhere. The food is consistently outstanding"
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "We were looking forward to our dinner at Cafe La Haye. The reviews were excellent and we were excited to try the restaurant. In special comments when I made the reservation, I included that two in our party were Gluten Sensitive. The restaurant confirmed and we were all set. Imagine our surprise when we sat down and reminded our server about the gluten allergies. Not only was she caught off guard, we were told that the chef can work around it but it has to be at his discretion what you're served. In this day and age we were shocked to find a restaurant that was not understanding to a major food allergy. It makes a GF person feel bad enough about trying to figure out what to order. This made our dining party feel even worse."
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "Delicious Sonoma food! Small restaurant with tasty preparation and food presentation."
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "My favorite place in sonoma and napa area. The specials are ways the best thing i ever ate. Always blown away by the chef. Great service and atmosphere."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "Loved our dinner at Cafe LaHaye! We both had the roast chicken with an artichoke heart stuffed with a mushroom mixture that was fantastic. Also loved the roasted beet salad. The owner came over to see how we liked the dinner (and we're locals) and also thanked us as we left. Classy place with outstanding food. They always have art on the walls. Not a real warm ambience but very pleasant."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "Menu is limited - when we arrived for our 8:30 reservation several menu items were sold out. This forced us to order things we ordinarily would not - but almost everything was delicious. My artichoke soup and pork chop were perfectly prepared. My husband's steak was fine - not exceptional. He opted out of the poached egg and hollandaise topping - just could not imagine doing that to beef - so maybe he missed the chef's intention. We chose La Haye because of the Food & Wine review - it was my husband's birthday and we wanted something special. As it turns out, we thought some of the other restaurants we wandered into during our 4 days in Sonoma were better. Nothing bad here. Our server was delightful- maybe we just expected too much."
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "We are long time patrons of Cafe La Haye; probably two to three times a year; and they continue to impress - they are a true stand out in Sonoma - no offense to the other wonderful restaurants in Sonoma, but Cafe La Haye is on a different level and can easily compete with any restaurant in San Francisco or Yountville. Our food was excellent the service understated and while small, the place remains romantic. The desserts were superb, the wine list incredible (not large, but some wines you may never see elsewhere). We are so happy that Cafe La Haye has continued their tradition of being "the best restaurant in Sonoma." You won't be disappointed!"
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "We loved everything about this place...the food, the service, and the atmosphere."
    Dined on 6/12/2014
  • "We had a wonder dinner on our anniversary at Cafe La Haye. The food was outstanding and the service was excellent. We had the pork chop and the sole. They were both delicious. We split cheesecake for desert and it was great. Good location in downtown Sonoma."
    Dined on 6/12/2014
  • "We were fortunate enough to get a reservation, and it was excellent. Service was awesome, food was truly memorable. Can't wait to go back."
    Dined on 6/11/2014
  • "This is great place to eat not far off the beaten path. Food was very good and quick. I would go again."
    Dined on 6/10/2014