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
173 reviews since May 1, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.6
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
96% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (140)neighborhood gem (103)special occasion (82)notable wine list (50)good for groups (44)hot spot (34)romantic (33)late-night find (13)kid-friendly (12)vibrant bar scene (7)great for lunch (5)great for brunch (2)scenic view (2)Show More
  • Out with friends
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    We had a lovely evening at Central Market with another couple. The food was great. The atmosphere was friendly and inviting. We were especially happy with our service: down to earth, approachable, and honest. We ordered several things to share with group and she helped us with recommendations that were excellent. We will return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Absolutely Wonderful Meal!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    It's always such a treat to come here. The food is nothing short of amazing. Be sure to make a reservation, and don't go if you're looking for a quiet night out. The restaurant is always lively. I've never seen it slow. But if you're looking for a memorable meal - you've found the right place.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Simply Amazing!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    We couldn't have been more pleased with the service and the food. This is quite a gem!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best in Petaluma
    RockAndDineVIP
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    After booking a reservation at a different Petaluma restaurant, we realized we had made a big mistake after we tasted the appetizers and bread plate. We made a last minute, hasty reservation via OpenTable to Central Market. We needed to wait an hour, but as usual the food was excellent at Central Market. I went with the 4 course tasting menu and my spouse who was not very hungry sampled from my choices. We tasted the beet salad, linguine pasta, steak entre, and a delicious cobbler a la mode. In terms of quality of food, ambience, and service, this remains the best restaurant in Petaluma.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • vjblather
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    Very enjoyable and satisfying. We enjoy eating at Central Market every time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Petaluma Gem
    LuckyDiners
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    Our table of four ordered three starters, fours main courses and two desserts. Each was unique, beautifully presented and oh, so delicious. Kudos to Tony and his fine crew - a great place to experience farm-to-table California cuisine in a charming town. Our guests enjoyed the evening at Central Market and we plan to return soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    The best restaurant for dinner in Petaluma. Always a delicious and delightful experience!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious dining experience!
    Foodforlife
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    Everything that we tried was absolutely fantastic. I do not live near Petaluma, but would gladly visit this restaurant again if I am in the area.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A culinary craftsman!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    Our thanks to you Tony and your staff for yet another excellent dining experience! Our meals have always been solid and consistent with a very attentive wait staff. You will see us again and again.....Chef Keith Darling
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food, Mediocre Service
    GirlBarrie
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    We LOVE Central Market! On this, our fourth visit, we began to question why??? The food, as far as quality and taste is concerned, is wonderful. The salads, and appetizers were scrumptious. The wine, yummy. My steak, my son's chicken & hubby's pasta were all delicious. Our dessert was also spectacular!! So what was the issue? Not once after serving an item did our waiter ask if everything was OK. Not once. Not once were our water glasses or pitcher refilled. My hubby would have liked a soda, but the waiter never gave him an opportunity to order one. Everyone was nice, but the service truly was lacking attentiveness. It would be really great if they trained the staff to raise the level of service to be on par with the level of food quality.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • GSPMOMMY
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Food was out of this world! Lots of fresh ingredients, great atmosphere and service. Definitely would recommend and return!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great spot for healthful food
    LandJ
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Although we avoid gluten, potatoes, and pasta, we had a delicious meal. We snacked on the sevillano olives and fire-roasted chiles, then shared three starters: the lettuce-bacon-egg-and cheese salad, the spicy lamb cabbage rolls, and the grilled calamari. We'll return to Central Market for sure.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good meal
    Vicspics
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    The meal was good and service very good but overall, not an outstanding restaurant. The room is very nice.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent dining!
    Jack1938
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Had an early table with lady friend. Outstanding service and attention from the wait person. Each of us had appetizers. Entree was scallops, expertly prepared, for the lady. I had chicken stuffed meatball. Great choice. Followed by desert and coffee and glass of port for the lady. Dinner wine was house 1/4 liter house red. Good choice. Even as restaurant filled, it was not noisy.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • A Gem
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    Daily special was amazing-a perfect bone-in pork chop. Everything was delicious.....it was a memorable meal for the pork chop, the most delicious, melt in your mouth watering morsel of an oinker.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • We would return
    Bradentonjl
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    My wife had the rabbit prepared three ways, which she enjoyed very much. I ordered the Boom Chicken Meatball, which was more ordinary, with a broth that seemed out of place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    Every bite was fantastic! Especially loved the Ahi. Worth the round trip drive from San Rafael
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love Central Market
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    Happy hour at the bar on sunday night might become our new routine! Love this place and their menu, can't get tired of having dinner there.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great find in Petaluma
    Porkchop
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    This is our second visit to the Central Market, and won't be the last. Great food, good service, and the perfect downtown location - I would definitely recommend this restaurant to anyone visit the area.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best Food In Sonoma CO.
    Lotus7
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    I have been dinding at Central Market for about 8 years now. It has continued to be my favorite place to eat. Tony has continued to add more and more great items, fresh ingredients and quality like no other place I know of. I am always amazed and happy to be sitting in Cental Market.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lights are BRIGHT!!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Put in your best face, or your face that lasts under these spot lights.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Good Food; Noisy Environment
    BillVIP
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Central Market was busy on a Friday evening. The well behaved crowd nevertheless created a noisy environment because of the hard surfaces on the interior of Central Market. We were seated immediately upon arrival (with a reservation). Service was prompt and courteous. The sand dabs and salmon were both excellent. The Central Market is an informal, causal dining restaurant serving good food but at an elegant restaurant price.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Central market
    Nannerbs
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    Biggest call out is just that the food wasn't that hot but served on scorching plates. I don't need my food to burn my mouth but I'd rather have it cool down in front of me than before. We had the short ribs and chicken bomba. Ocean trout crudo was phenomenal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistently Excellent
    McFoodie
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    From the moment you walk in Central Market is the definition of an unpretentious Gourmet NorCal Farm to Face experience. Service, wine, menu an presentation all stand out. Subtle changes in the menu keep things fresh so you can add this to your list of regular dinner spots.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • percinnamon
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    Great service, menu and execution of a local food scene. We were happy to visit, wish we lived close enough to return often.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delicious food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    Another consistent meal. Many entries were ones we've had before but there were a couple of new items. Food is always flavorful and fresh. Service was ok but nothing special which was odd. We stated in the reservation we were celebrating A special occasion but there wasn't an aknowlwedgement of that. We've had better service there in the past. Overall it was a good dinner. Just a little off on service this time.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Interesting menu.
    Dorothy
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    Diverse, interesting menu; well-prepared dishes using local ingredients.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Central Market
    nancy
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    A great spot. Farm fresh, well prepared, delicious food served in a pleasant atmosphere that was friendly and fun. Excellent short ribs!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • waterlover
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    The only ding was the carafe of water. The carafe looked dirty , the water was warm and had a cucumber in it, which was unappealing. Otherwise the meal was great!!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    We live in Novato and made the quick drive up to Petaluma after a recommendation from a friend. Wish this place was our neighborhood restaurant. Fresh, local, impeccably prepared food to rival anything in San Francisco at extremely reasonable prices.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Did that really just happen?
    Luv2dine
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    Having a fantastic meal and had ordered a 2nd drink to go with my dessert when a hostess came to the table to deliver the bills and asked if she could run our credit cards right then? We looked at her like whhhhaaaat? She grimaced and said " Just to let you know, the reservation for this table has checked in and is waiting to be seated." We were so offended we left out drinks and what was left of our dessert. We spent a great deal of money there and that was indeed our LAST time to this place!
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Unexpectedly delicious!
    manapualabs
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    We were going to go to a concert at the Mystic, which is conveniently across the street. We arrived in plenty of time and let the server know up front that we were under a time constraint. We were able to order quickly and our food arrived piping hot soon after giving us plenty of time to relax and enjoy our meal. I ordered the Mary's chicken breast over polenta with a mushroom sauce and mixed green, delicious! My SO ordered the salmon, he also liked his dish. Wrap: the food was great and we weren't so overfull that we wanted to go take a nap, so we were able to enjoy the concert without being uncomfortable. A memorable night!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • always a joy
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    i was very upset when i heard the place had a fire and was closed for repair. this was my first visit back since the reopen and had a wonderful meal as always. thank you for reopening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • DrJM
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    We stayed in Petaluma 3 nights. We like the food and restaurant so much we ate dinner there 3 times which is something we would hardly ever do.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • wonderful again
    eatn4health
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    Perfectly prepared food, from the smoky bacon and bleu cheese in the little gems salad to the tender scallops served with pureed potatoes and some vegetables. I'm not such a fan of pureed potatoes, so might prefer to sub another kind if ordering the scallops again. My friend said the halibut cheek was wonderful, and the beets in the salad were cooked exactly as she wanted them. The server was friendly, professional, efficient, even though she had a full station to care for. We never felt rushed. Large room, high ceilings with panels to absorb noise, fun artwork. Most of the food is locally grown and you can actually get grass-fed beef there, which makes a big difference to me. I can hardly wait to return there.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wish it was in my city
    Brad
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    This was one of the best restaurants I have been to this year - fresh ingredients, outstanding flavors and preparation - excellent service. Pricing a little high, but absolutely work it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • One of the best meals I've ever had
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    I consider myself a foodie, I've been to many incredible restaurants all over the world and this was unexpectedly one of the best I've ever been to. I've never even written a review prior to this. The food was heaven, the grilled calamari starter and chicken breast for the main complimented each other perfectly. The service was impeccable, from the owner/chef greeting us as we came in, to checking in how we were enjoying the food as we dined, to our waitress being patient and knowledgable with great suggestions. I hope to come back soon, or at least start a campaign to bring this gem back to New York with me.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Petaluma's Pride
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 7/1/2014
    Central Market isn't only for locals. It draws from all over the Bay Area. The farm fresh focussed menu rewards with every dish.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good but something off
    OGT123
    Dined on 6/29/2014
    First time back since Central Market reopened and there just seemed to be something off. The food was as good as usual with the exception of the beet salad that I have had many times before. Too much dressing made it soggy and the beets were in huge chunks that were awkward to eat. The service was good but our experience was also marred by the lack of air conditioning. There didn't seem to be any air circulating and my companion and I mentioned it a couple of times to the waitress but she never apologized or said that she would see if something could be done. This has always been my favorite restaurant in Petaluma so I am hoping it was just an off night.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 6/29/2014
    Our party of 7 enjoyed every last bite of their meals…from the heavenly beet salad and clam chowder starters to the short ribs and grilled scallops, they definitely know what they're doing in the kitchen. Only draw back, the noise level…more than "energetic" as the restaurant filled.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic