Cafe La Haye
Cafe La Haye

Cafe La Haye

  • 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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  • Diners' Choice WinnerAmerican
Cafe La Haye reviews from OpenTable diners
141 reviews since July 31, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.6
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
92% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (115)neighborhood gem (79)special occasion (75)notable wine list (52)romantic (47)hot spot (22)great for lunch (4)late-night find (3)good for groups (2)great for outdoor dining (1)great for brunch (1)Show More
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 11/18/2014
    EXCELLENT AND DELICIOUS FOODS...WE AHVE BEEN GOING FOR SEVERAL YEARS AND ARE NEVER DISAPPOINTED.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing. Below average service.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014VIP
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    Service was bad. Food wasn't that great. Prices were very high. Tea came out ice cold. Got the steak and it was a poor quality cut.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Yum!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    Very cozy (but modern with cool art) and everything was completely delicious!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Limited menu
    Jewell
    Dined on 11/6/2014
    We found that the food menu was very limited and we had gone in there with a expectation of a particular entree that we saw on an online menu. We brought our own bottle of wine and found that the corkage fee at $20 was even higher than some other restaurants in the area. I had the risotto and the presentation was very boring. It looked like a bowl of oatmeal.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Perfect dining experience
    LocaldinerVIP
    Dined on 11/5/2014
    Wow! Everything we read and heard about this restaurant was true. Great menu and even better specials. We were celebrating our anniversary and everything was perfect. I had the halibut special and my wife had the pasta special. Half bottle of wines were available, that's a big plus. You get a great wine rather than a glass of house wine and there is no waste. It was our anniversary and the whole experience was amazing.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Diasappointment
    SonomaCouple
    Dined on 11/4/2014
    As anticipated, the food was very good - the quail special and the pork chop entrees. However, we could hardly hear each other because of a large, very loud group - even after we asked to be moved as far away as possible. It's a small place, but the manager never asked them to lower their voices; we weren't the only ones bothered by the noise. We felt we were being pushed to eat and leave. Given menus, we were asked for our orders, then the waitress left. We had to call her back and ask if we could have a glass of wine! Even though we asked her to hold our salad (roasted beets - good) for a bit so we could relax with our wine, she brought it immediately. In and out in 45 minutes (other diners were faster.) We left disappointed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Locals were right...
    EWMD
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    Highly recommended by the locals and they were dead on!! Food, service, wine...outstanding. Looking forward to our next visit so we can enjoy another great experience at Cafe La Haye.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice Dinner
    Lakeview
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    Excellent food, interesting menu and good service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The Best in Sonoma
    lmartin58
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    This quaint little restaurant in Sonoma, California, was a delightful surprise. The food and service was truly outstanding...and the prices were, in our opinion, reasonable. Physically, it is small and, as a result, you are very close to your neighboring diners. However, its attributes far outweigh this somewhat negative factor.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Cafe La Haye - Nothing disappointed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    This was by far the BEST meal we had during our recent five days in Sonoma, and that includes our lunch at Auberge du Soleil in Napa (too stuffy and expensive!). From the moment we arrived, we felt so welcome. Our waitress delivered such great service and a perfect wine suggestion. The food was incredible. I had the smoked trout and their special grilled skirt steak with bone marrow. My friends raved about their food as well and especially the apple crisp. It was definitely the highlight of our meals!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    We had a great dinner at Cafe La Haye. Everything was cooked to perfection. We'll definitely be going back when visiting Sonoma.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Cafe La Haye
    Copper
    Dined on 10/22/2014
    Small restaurant with big taste. Only about 15 tables make this a cozy restaurant and you can see in the open kitchen. The star of the night for us was the grilled squid over a tasty risotto. Staff was very kind and knowledgable.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Classy
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 10/21/2014
    Cafe La Haye delivers great food with 1st class (but not pretentious) service. It's a Sonoma gem.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great small party restaurant
    AZfoodie
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    I will precede my negative comments by remarking that Cafe La Haye has amazing food and we have had a nice experience dining as a couple in the past. This past weekend, however, per the instructions by the restaurant we made 2 separate 4 top reservations for a party of 8. This is a small, quaint restaurant so parties over 4 or 6 can be difficult...I realize that. They said they would "try" to accommodate us but when we arrived the manager was belligerent and went as far as to assail my character. It is the first time in my life that I thought I would be thrown out of an establishment but after a somewhat heated dialog our 2 tables were seated. The manager did try to make things right with some champagne and dessert. Not a good start.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Solid choice in Sonoma
    StudioTheatreFans
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    We enjoyed our dinner at Cafe La Haye! The mushroom and artichoke soup was amazing! Also a stand out were the ahi tuna and the pork chops - both entrees were special. Dining room had some tight configurations that left one of us staring at a wall sitting at 90 degrees, but service was a terrific. Would recommend it!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great evening/service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    Enjoyed the Cafe La Haye very much. The setting is wonderful and intimate. Our service was excellent. My husbands fish was a great treat but I would say that my chicken was just OK - nothing memorable. I did love the beet salad however. Would recommend and return!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great little place
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    Quaint restraunt with great friendly service and fresh farm to table food. It's a small place with the kitchen almost in the middle of the resteraunt. So it's a little noisy but you can smell ur food being cooked right next to you. Overall wonderful place
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic food!
    KayF
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    The food here was delicious. After a long day of wine tasting we were not so interested in what seemed to be a fabulous selection of wines on the menu. We did, however, enjoy the food from appetizer through entree right to dessert! The food was good and the service very attentive.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • awful place!
    gilbert
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    Dreadful food, cold food and very small portions...just dreadful!
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • BE EXACTLY ON TIME
    aburrell39503
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    I had booked this eatery for my wife and mine 14th wedding anniversary dinner. However, because of a hotel change, we were staying in Santa rosa and the drive took and little longer then expected to get there so we arrived 13 minutes late. However we were greeted by the hostess that says that based on the 9:00 tables not showing, mind you it was 8:57, that the chef had already closed the kitchen and we would not be seated. People eating at tables and two people sitting at the bar. We were then directed to a different establishment. While dinner at "The girl and the Fig" I got a text from Café La Haye at 10:24 stating that my table was ready. What a pompous move. If you eat here be on time or early or you may get shut out.
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  • superb
    mikeoz
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Faultless evening. Wonderful food, excellent service. Would highly recommend to those wanting high quality food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    Great dinner specials! Ahi Tuna was perfect. Mushroom and sherry soup is amazing! Hope to return!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sonoma's best
    dindiva
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    My sister, visiting from Canada, sang praises of every dish she ordered, even though the Cafe had just run out of the flounder, her first choice. She claimed it was the best meal she'd ever had. I'm inclined to agree...even had enough chicken left over for lunch the following day (but my sister to to it first!)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    This restaurant is a true gem among the many choices in Sonoma. Would not hesitate to choose to eat there again
    Special Features:
    romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very pleasant meal
    Doclinda
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    Everything was fresh and tasty served in a light-filled contemporary space. They accommodated us even though we arrived well ahead of our reservation time. Bread was not offered but available on request. Our food was delicious (lamb meatball pasta and stuffed guinea hen, lemon cheesecake). The prices were quite reasonable for the quality and location.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Cafe La Haye - excellent
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    I've been in the food business for quite some time. I live in Sonoma - but this is the first time I visited Café La Haye - the restaurant is intimate and charming, and they have excellent food and service. Each course was interesting, well prepared, well presented, perfectly seasoned, and very tasty! I can't wait to have an occasion to go back -
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Awesome food
    Pvbkearm
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    Food was exceptional, def our best meal in Sonoma this trip. Service was a bit stuffy but well executed. We will be back!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    Best meal we have had in Sonoma so far! we would come back again and again.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • A great dining experience
    Katgin1
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    The best risotto we have ever eaten outside of Italy.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Nice small cafe
    Meh98
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    We enjoyed our visit to Cafe La Haye. The food is top notch and the service was very attentive. The only negative is that the ambiance is fair at best. It feels like a diner inside and although work has been done to make it more upscale, it doesn't match with other restaurants that are serving comparable food. Even with that, I highly recommend it for a nice dinner. There was a couple with a small child but I don't believe this restuarant fits well for children.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Delicious California cuisine
    Sarah2
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    Book early! Cafe la Haye's fresh ingredients, inventive menu, wide-ranging wine list, and attentive (but not overly) staff are not to be missed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Vinendine
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    The dining room is small but well planned for flow and privacy. Three in our party. No complaints. Zucchini risotto with shrimp was creamy, warm and filling. Shrimp pieces were fresh and tender. Wine list is balanced and included a nice range of price points. Good choice for a dinner with a small group of friends. Room is warm and bright. Not too loud but not uber quiet. Personal, knowledgeable servers.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful
    Cabe
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    Had a great dinner. Service was good and the food outstanding. A great place to eat in Sonoma
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sonoma
    TNMEN
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Good food but a little crowded in seating. Would probably try again.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Perfection Again
    Feelnocold
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    As out of town visitors we have been to this restaurant several times over the last few years and it is consistently excellent. The owner is always on-site to greet you and oversees the entire dining experience. The menu is simple, but diverse with always a few nightly specials. The restaurant has a classy modern elegance with a side walk cafe atmosphere. A few of the tables at the front of the restaurant over look the sidewalk with open windows. We have dined at some of the nicest restaurants in Sonoma and Napa and none has been better than La Haye!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful dinner
    RedDragon
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    This very lovely restaurant is located just a half block from the Sonoma Square. You must make a reservation, as seating is very limited. Service was impecable from start to finish. My dinner - pork chop - was outstanding. My husband's dinner - salmon - was okay. Wine list is very good. We were seated by the window, which was lovely and romantic. High recommend it!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Small, but good
    fatmanadtVIP
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    We visited this small restaurant after reading so reviews. The food was very good. The quail was prepared to perfection. Stuffed with wild rice. The salads had a wonderful soft cheese and heirloom tomatoes. Our desserts were great. I had a silk chocolate cake and the wife had the peach crumble. Coffee was good and strong. The place was small. The tables were very close. We happen to be sitting next to 4 very loud patrons that were quite talkative. Made dinner a little unpleasant. Not much anyone can do about that situation. The place was full and reservations are a must.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Best place in sonoma
    Grubber
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    Best place in sonoma. Enough said. Just trying to get to 50 characters now.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Sonoma dining
    Mikesthoughts
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    Early dining reservation. Guest of ours sat with sun in her face for over an hour. Salads, entrées and dessert were all outstanding.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • ONE OF THE BEST IN SONOMA
    LITraveler
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    Great small restaurant. we have been there twice, did not disappoint.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate