Central Market
Central Market

Central Market

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.centralmarketpetaluma.com/
  • Phone: (707) 778-9900
  • Hours of Operation:
    Happy Hour Sunday - Thursday 5:00 - 6:00PM
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Organic, Californian, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Tony Najiola
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Beer, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: By special request only.
  • Private Party Facilities: Restaurant dining room available for buy-out by special request.
  • Private Party Contact: Anna Messina, General Manager 7077789900x
  • Entertainment: Chef Tony Najiola is very entertaining. Join our mailing list to be notified of upcoming events.
  • Special Events: Happy Hour Sunday - Thursday 5:00 - 6:00 pm: $1 Oysters, $4 Beers, $5 Wines.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Western Avenue
  • Public Transit: Nearest bus stop is at 4th Street & "C" Street
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Street parking and public lots available. Nearest public lot is on Keller Street at Western Avenue, two blocks West of our location.
A word from Central Market
Farm to Table Cuisine. We offer fine dining in a casual atmosphere with a seasonal menu featuring local produce, sustainable seafood & all natural meats.

We are unable to reserve seats at the counter.

We support Slow Food.
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Central Market reviews from OpenTable diners
162 reviews since July 27, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.5
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
94% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (133)neighborhood gem (100)special occasion (77)notable wine list (48)good for groups (45)hot spot (45)romantic (28)kid-friendly (8)great for lunch (8)late-night find (4)vibrant bar scene (3)great for brunch (3)scenic view (1)Show More
  • Good food but move too fast
    Anex43VIP
    Dined on 11/18/2014
    They have an interesting and eclectic menu. Food is tasty and nicely presented. The scallops were delicious and their specialty boneless short rib was great. The staff was helpful and courteous but we constantly had the feeling of being rushed. There was a good sized cloud but not packed and nobody waiting.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very good and unique food
    regularlydineoutVIP
    Dined on 11/16/2014
    The menu is well rounded. They do a good job at offering very fresh farm to table vegetable, salads and locally made cheeses etc. The wines are good and the service excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very Good but not up to high reputation
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    Two friends and I try out one restaurant monthly that is new to us. We have eaten at several in Petaluma and were excited to try Central Market. We had read reviews claiming the greatness of the food but our meal did not live up to its reputation. None of us was especially inspired by the starters or salads on the menu. The beet salad was plain and without much flavor, even with the feta crumbles. The little gem was a commonly found salad on menus these days; it was quite large for a pre-dinner salad. One of us had the pasta, which was like a bowl of five separate flavors that did not come together. The pasta shells did not hold any of the ingredients - salami, shrimp, and lemon. The dish doesn't work. The grilled salmon was good but nothing special. The best part of the meal was the wonderful and delicious desserts we ordered. We all expected the "macaroons with espresso butter" to be coconut macaroons that we know and love. They turned out to be the other macaroons, French traditional cookies sandwiched with the yummy butter in between. The semi-sweet chocolate torte was a molten flow of chocolate held within a shortbread crust; rich and flavorful, but only for those who like semi-sweet chocolate. The butterscotch pot de creme was light and flavorful. Service was good throughout. Maybe the best offering from Central Market is their Chef's menus. You can select the 3-course meal for $44 or the 4-course meal for a bit more. These menus allow you to select whatever you want from the regular menu and put them together. Only one of us did this, since the others had meals that were less expensive by paying the menu prices for each of the courses.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Terrific food
    vanhutch
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    Ate here last night and was incredibly impressed with the quality of the food, and the menu options. EVERYTHING was delicious and something that I would reorder. We had the clams/mussels appetizer and then a simple green salad from off the menu and split the scallops and beef short ribs entrees. It was too much food for two ladies, but seriously amazing! Then, for desert we had the apple gallette (an individually sized apple tart with a fantastic crust) and the butterscotch pot de creme. Both devine. AND...to top it off....we enjoyed the Pinot Noir from Clary Ranch, a waiter's recommendation. The wine was so good, we both bought a bottle to take home the following day. In any case, this was a wonderful dining experience!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • calypso
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    Had reservations, but had to wait quite some time for table. Scene was quite chaotic, waitress did as good as she could considering that. Food was quite good.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • not as good as it used to be
    CeciliaVIP
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    I've been to Central Market at least 3 times over the past several years. We stop in every time we are in Northern California. I have to say that our last visit was disappointing. The "wow" factor is gone. I found the menu to be uninspired and the food just ok.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A friend's favorite
    fresh4health
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    We wanted to take a special friend to dinner and she recommended Central Market because it's her favorite and also because it serves meat dishes for my husband (he had the shortribs..yummy). I had the wild king salmon, romaine salad, and the almond macaroons w/espresso butter cream. Everything was absolutely delicious. Our waitress was very attentive and informative and friendly. We live in the east bay but would definitely return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Would be my regular!
    SconsetMac
    Dined on 11/4/2014
    If I lived in Petaluma, this would be my go-to restaurant. As advertised: slow food, fast service. Staff is friendly, helpful and efficient. Servers help each other so the entire table is served at one time. This chef owned eatery allows us to benefit from the chef owned farm and his relationships with other farms in the local area. Produce is fresh and tasty; even some of the meats are from his farm.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Out of towners
    Thewanderers
    Dined on 11/2/2014
    Great recommendation by a family member! Loved everything about our experience and it was a Sunday night! Reservations a must
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food
    Flipper
    Dined on 11/2/2014
    When food arrived. My order was cool on a hot plate. HAdto be returned. Waited while others ate. They did compliment me with a glass of wine Third time eating there. Was dissatisfied
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Special night ruined
    RmenascheVIP
    Dined on 11/2/2014
    Steak was tough and cooked more medium than rare. The celery root purée was better than the scallops. To be told at the beginning of dinner that your reservation was for 5:15(we were 15 min late) and we have another reservation at 7:15 just tells me we were not wanted. Steaks arrived than 1-2 minute later French fries and the other 2 entrees arrived. The table next to us decided to talk on their cell phone during their 1st course and no one said anything. Definitely no effort was put into our dining experience.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • One of my favorites
    LiddleGma
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    This is one of my favorite restaurants in Petaluma. I have never had a bad meal there, and I love the fact that the owner/chef raises and uses his own pigs for his menu. Great place to celebrate a special occasion.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • cant stop bragging !!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    Our waitress was friendly very attentive ,the owner came to our table twice ! We felt we were treated like queens , the food was excellent ,the butterscotch pudding is out of this world ! We had a fabulous experience .
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • rude hostess, otherwise great
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    The hostess came to our table as we were finishing desert and told us that the next reservation for that table was here and they were waiting for us to leave. we obviously took our sweet time after that comment. we paid good money to stay at that table as long as we wanted. Other then that, the food was great, the wine was better and out waitress was also very good. They just need to train the hostess a bit better.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Favorite Petaluma Restaurant
    foodieken
    Dined on 10/30/2014
    Tony and his entire staff go out of their way to make everyone feel special. Their meals are flawlessly prepared with the best of ingredients. The servers are friendly and never make you feel rushed. We have been to Central Market on numerous occasions and definitely plan on returning soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Out of this world -- Amazing!!!
    PIzzaVIP
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    I recently went to a performance at Sonoma State University. I reserved a table at Central Market before the show. The quality of the food was simply stunning. The service was impeccable. Central Market was one of the best restaurant experiences I have had in a very long time. The farm fresh ingredients really added a huge dimension to every dish. The dessert was to die for. It was something I've ordered many times and am typically disappointed. Not at Central Market. It was exactly the way its supposed to be made. I was in heaven. If you are in the north bay, or even if you are from SF, just drive up to Petaluma for a wonderful dinner!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Excellent experience and food!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    Great, friendly, respectful service along with great food and ambience. The best pizza we have ever had - Thanks!
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The best in town
    sunshine
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    Central Market consistently offers the best dinner in town. I like that they offer 1/4 liter pours of wine... a little more than a glass, but still adding up to less than 750ml for the two of us (who can never manage to finish a bottle of wine in one sitting).
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistently special
    happyguy
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    We always enjoy ourselves at Central Market. The menu is so interesting it requires reading fully before deciding, the staff are friendly and helpful, the food is cooked just so, and the owner Tony almost always stops by to make sure things are ok. He is very very good at "finding ways to make familiar things new" (from their website).
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wow!
    KimmieVIP
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Went back after a year because friends recommended the pork chop. That was not on the menu but what we ordered was outstanding. Linguini w/ clams and shrimp had a sauce that was over the top!!! Great wine. We'll be back soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great birthday dinner treat!
    Brebis
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    My brother gave me a gift certificate for $100 for this restaurant on my birthday. A few weeks later my husband and I went out and didn't really worry about price points but indulged ourselves. we had 2 glasses of wine each, appetizers (calamari and house made chartcuterie-amazing), lovely entrées (lunguini w/clam and beef short ribs fabulous) and we shared a dessert (butterscotch pot de cream) and the tab came just a few dollars over 100 bucks. We left a generous cash tip and felt totally full and happy. Many menu ingredients sourced locally and chef wven grows some of his own ingredients on his farm. We loved the casual, yet top notch quality in this restaurant. Chef/owner greeted some guests at their table. Felt a bit like italy. love!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Local favorite
    GH00
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    Great locally sourced food with similar local wine list
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Anniversary Dinner
    Doglover
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    Absolutely loved the food! Everything was fresh, local and wonderfully tasty. The only possible down point was the long wait time for both dinner and dessert.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding food and service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    My wife and I had dinner here to celebrate our 19th wedding anniversary. Table was exactly what I requested. We both had dishes we haven't had or usually get and they were superb! Enjoyed the high quality of food as well as the fact the menu is changed daily. The Salmon starter was the best prepared salmon I have had in years.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Spot On!
    PtownLocal
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    Lovely restaurant, service is wonderful, and the food is something you dream about when you are not there. The scallops and short ribs are to die for, but i dont think you could go wrong with any of their offerings. Consistency has been excellent, it's wonderful every time. This place is a treasure!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food but dining room too hot
    djs48
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    Excellent food, but could use a bit more variety as menu is pretty eclectic. Usually something for everyone. In our recent visit the restaurant was exceptionally warm. Ceiling fans were not on and the room heat seemed to have overpowered the air conditioning. Later in the evening the sidewalk windows were opened which was a tremendous help.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Never fails to impress
    SeasideStephVIP
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    We sail to Petaluma at least once a year and Central Market is always on the top of the dining destinations. My only complaint was that our party of 6 was seated in a window seat on a 90* day while the sun was still up, when tables further inside away from the sun sat empty. Everything, exceeded expectations, as usual.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • very nice evening
    sonomacher
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    We ate at Central Market recently. Even with very short notice, we were given a nice table. We both ordered salads, followed by the scallops with mashed potatoes and veggies. My scallops were delicious! We didn't order a bottle of wine, but chose glasses instead. They have 2 sizes and we chose the larger glass. My pinot gris was very nice and refreshing. We ordered the apple galette for dessert, and that was a bit disappointing: lots of crust but very little apple. Overall, we enjoyed our dinner and will return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Willie
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    The restaurant itself is very funky. My chicken was undercooked half way through the breast and the waitress said she would tell the kitchen and nothing happened. Calamari very salty.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Slow cooked, so good.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    My husband loved his slow cooked baby ribs and I enjoyed my Bombe meatball thoroughly. The toffee macaroons were excellent!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Solicitous Courteous Wait Staff
    good4u
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    On an exceptionally hot evening, we still had a lovely dining experience. The wait staff did everything possible to assure a positive experience, including suggesting moving as the sun rays peeked through the curtains, and, asking the chef to arrange a vegetarian plate for one in our party. The food was beautifully presented, with unusual combinations that worked well with the exception of the calamari appetizer that one diner said, the calamari was overwhelmed by the flavors of the sauce.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Awful Service
    Millie273VIP
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    Have now tried Central Market several times...the Service is just awful. This meal was by far the worst. The server was basically a ghost...forcing us to flag him down constantly for wine, food, etc....first time I have stiffed a server. Just awful...just say NO...too many better places to dine.
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  • Romantic dining, farm fresh
    LisaW
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    Everything about this restaurant was 5 stars. The food was prepared superbly. The service was excellent and the atmosphere was relaxed. We dined here to celebrate our anniversary. We will definitely return when we are in the area again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Different, Interesting, Amazing
    Dobee
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    When I first got the menu I was ready to bolt but friends convinced me to try it and get out of my comfort zone. I was so glad I did! We all had amazing food that was not anywhere near ordinary! Everything we ordered was amazing! The service was wonderful. The organic fresh veggies were popping with flavor! The only negative is that it is a bit noisy and the tables are close together but other than that a very fun evening!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, kid-friendly, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • great time
    taste
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Went at 5:00 p.m. on a Saturday, opening time. Had a thoroughly enjoyable experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nick2000
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    Very spacious. Bigger on the inside than it looks and soaring ceilings. Food was excellent too. Definitely a happening place with a noise level to go with it. Food was not on the cheap side. Overall, our party of 6 had a GREAT time and I would definitely go back again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Food!
    Karen
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    Has been 4 years since I was at dinner here - but it has gotten even better! Highly recommend this restaurant - what a gem in Petaluma!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Terrific!
    Love2Eat
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    Central Market has been on my to-do list for some time, and I finally had the opportunity when friends were in town and camping in the Petaluma KOA. They are from southern CA and very well traveled, and all of us thought the food and service were excellent. I will definitely return to try other things on the menu.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delicious
    Heneni
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    Great food and service. They made a special salad for me because of a diet restriction--which I greatly appreciated!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Service needs to equal food
    FoodieVIP
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    The food is outstanding but the service was lacking. When you are paying top price you expect top service. We waited 15minutes after being seated to be acknowledged. Our wine was never replenished, we had to do it ourselves, and we waited 45 minutes after finishing our entree to get dessert.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.