Central Market
Central Market

Central Market

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.centralmarketpetaluma.com/
  • Phone: 7077789900x
  • 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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  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
Central Market reviews from OpenTable diners
185 reviews since June 22, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.6
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
95% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (152)neighborhood gem (115)special occasion (84)good for groups (54)notable wine list (52)hot spot (47)romantic (31)kid-friendly (11)late-night find (10)great for lunch (10)vibrant bar scene (5)great for brunch (5)scenic view (3)Show More
  • 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
    • Food
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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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    • Ambiance
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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
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    • 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
    • Ambiance
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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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    • Ambiance
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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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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 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
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • 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
    • Ambiance
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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.
  • Great, food , but took too long
    Foodieforever
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    We enjoyed our food, but our server was not engaged-- didn't pour our bottled water we ordered, we had to ask twice for food we ordered... Kitchen took WAY too long between salad and main meal!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • My first time here, but NOT my last
    foodieshrinkVIP
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    This definitely will be my go-to spot in Petaluma. So many irresistible-sounding menu options! The food is fresh, delicious, creative. The service adorable. The macaroons took my breath away! I made another reservation on my way out!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food but....
    patc
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    unfortunately the wait staff left much to be desired. Our server seemed harried an inattentive. The table busier should not be working in a restaurant..very rude. I expected much higher caliber service for the cost of the meal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A favorite
    voraciousvege
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    Whenever I go out to dinner with friends we talk about the great in restaurants in Petaluma, but we inevitably return to Central Market. I haven't eaten anywhere else in months! Tony's food is creative and delicious. He changes up the menu frequently. They make an awesome vegetarian dish for me if I ask, although there's usually something on the menu I like. The service is spot on and I always trust their good wine recommendations. Can't beat the oyster happy hour either!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fantastic restaurant
    ocd16
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    Great food and service highly recommend would return over and over.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good balance ....
    Anna30
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    ....between fish, meat and vegetables. Especially the veggies are delicious, fresh and served in new and tasty combinations. The bread is fantastic too.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hands-down happy!
    tastebudsmatter
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    We were 4 adults and 5 teenage girls with discerning palates, and each one of us enjoyed every bite. We ordered tons of small plates and appetizers, and then 6 mains (3 different plates). What we loved most probably is that each dish was distinct one from the other, and from other restaurants' repertoires, with the except being perhaps the watermelon salad. We left with our tummies pleasantly full and our tastebuds most completely sated. We also loved that they were gracious and flexible that we were going to be a little late for the time reserved; they just let us know their outside parameters, which we easily were able to work within.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Amazing farm fresh
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    This place is amazing freshest ingredients, well presented great atmosphere
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A very good surprise
    GuyGoodday
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    Endroit fort sympathique type loft. Excellente cuisine, belle carte de vin. le pain est fait par le chef et est un delice. Niveau sonore moyen on peut discuter sans hurler. Je recommande !
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    It was excellent! Great place to celebrate a special Birthday!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Don't miss this amazing place
    thehungrykitten
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    First time visiting. The staff offered up some wonderful suggestions which we tried. Was not disappointed. My husband is a picky eater and they allowed him to pick items from different meals to make one of his own. He was in heaven. Everything was wonderful from the food, wine dessert and staff. Not as pricey as I thought. Can't wait to go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First time
    Whatatreat2014
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    I received a gift certificate from a client, and it was a pleasure to have such a dining experience. We don't typically eat out, and when we do, we don't spend our weekly grocery budget on one meal. I could tell that many regular dining guest visit the place frequently, based on their interactions with the staff. For me, it will be another 10 years for my return, unless I receive another gift certificate :) Just not in our financial budget. Great service, great food! Such a treat to have in Petaluma! Felt like I was back in San Francisco!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food!
    sedonaVIP
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    Central Market has very good food. The service was not good when we were there on Sunday. Took forever to get a waitress and then she forgot about us. The oysters were outstanding and so was the watermelon salad. Clams and linguine very good also. A favorite of ours in Petaluma.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A bit disappointing
    TKAdine
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Ambience is a bit lacking in that big and noisy room. The room was bustling and very busy, but the big open ceiling and the low lighting and decor just made it seem like you were just setting in a big room. The food was quite good, however, especially the watermelon salad and the pork chop. Many had told us it was an great place. we may try it again some time if we get back to Petaluma.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Always delicious
    set11224VIP
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    I've eaten here frequently and have never been disappointed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Delicious delicious delicious
    AmyLovesFood
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    From the complimentary bread to the entree, all the foods were perfection. One of best bread I've tasted despite being cold! My short ribs entree was delicious. The Au gratin was perfectly cheesy and flavorful.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Locally-sourced, quality food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Not only was the food spectacular, our service was friendly, unobtrusive, and very knowledgeable. I highly recommend this place if you're staying in or passing through Petaluma.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • passing through
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    always stop on the way from Dillons Beach; our favorite stop in Petaluma.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Just what I wanted for Dinner
    cpetrillo1
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    I wanted to find a place that served Farm to Table and I found it. Food was very delicious, service was above avg but the place was busy. Owner/Chef walking around asking everyone how they were doing (which scored points in my book)... I would definitely return
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic