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Chalkboard Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.chalkboardhealdsburg.com
  • Phone: (707) 473-8030
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Daily 5:00pm-Close
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Tapas / Small Plates, Californian
  • Executive Chef: Shane McAnelly
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Wine Bar

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Healdsburg Avenue
  • Parking: Public Lot
A word from Chalkboard
Chalkboard restaurant, open May 2013 under Executive Chef Shane McAnelly, offers a modern small plates menu emphasizing seasonal and technique-driven fare. McAnelly sources much of his menu from local purveyors and farms, with many ingredients coming from the restaurant’s own dedicated 3-acre vegetable and herb garden located at nearby Chalk Hill Estate Vineyards. Highlights on the daily changing menu include crudos and tartare, house-made pastas, just picked salads, roasted and grilled meats and seafood. The dining room has been completely remodeled into a contemporary and welcoming space with an open kitchen, new banquettes, hardwood floors, hand-forged iron finishes. The bar has also been renovated to create a lively environment with new finishes such as a Carrera marble bar-top. Offerings of local wine flights and an extensive list of wine-by-the-glass are a major focus at Chalkboard, as well the cocktail menu inspired by fresh ingredients from the Chalk Hill garden.Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerTapas / Small Plates
  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
Diner Reviews
  • "WE had a light dinner at the Chalkboard and had a great experience. The Chalkboard was recommended to us by the staff at Madrona Manor when we dinned at Madrona on Sunday nite July 20 . great find for a light meal and good wine list."
    Dined on 7/21/2014
  • "This was an excellent experience all-round and I recommend highly. Superb service, superb food and atmosphere. Very well-informed and personable staff. The roasted corn was to die for and the cocktails were interesting and tasty. There are a lot of choices of places to eat in Healdsburg, but do not pass this up."
    Dined on 7/21/2014
  • "We had a wonderful dinner at Chalkboard last weekend. The food was outstanding - fresh ingredients, creative dishes - we loved every plate we ordered. Service was satisfactory. They were very busy and we had a bit of a wait between courses. Our only real complaint was the noise - it was terribly loud and we had to practically shout across the table to be heard. Will definitely return again for the food!"
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "The food absolutely blew me away. The taste, texture, aroma, presentation... It had all of it, and it was perfect. I normally don't take the time to write reviews, but this was exceptional!!! I highly recommend it if you are in the area, and if you not, get in your car and drive there, you'll be glad you did!"
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "We think this restaurant has the best food we have ever eaten. And this comes from 2 people who travel all over the country for work."
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "Terrific place to eat in downtown Healdsburg. Great food and a fun place to try many different dishes."
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "disappointed with the salmon preparation- steamed in a way that left the texture mushy. A last minute order of shrimp pot stickers (our attempt to redeem the meal) were even more disappointing -hard to identify the shrimp as it was more like a mealy flavorless sausage stuffed inside a wrap with no sauce-dry and flavorless. The sweet corn con queso with chipotle sauce was admittedly delicious. Our overall take a way was that you don't have to try that hard to make good food taste good. With all the fresh "farm to table" accessibility in the area the food just dosent need to be worked that hard and..... Wheres the beef? Sliders alone do not make a restaurant"
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "Popped in after looking at the menu and what a fabulous meal !!! Great food, service, wine list, etc. A must visit while in H'burg !!!"
    Dined on 7/15/2014
  • "Our waitress was very attentive and gave good suggestions regarding the small plate selections. The only disappointment was the octopus dish. Everything else was really good and we had fun sharing the dishes. I would highly recommend."
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "Tried many small dishes, all were excellent! Especially liked sliders, squid ink pasta and crab tater tots."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "We expected more from this restaurant. The food was salty, and unevenly prepared. Wine service was slow and confused."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "My husband and I recently dined at chalkboard while staying at Hotel Les Mars. It was our anniversary and they immediately brought sparking wine to our table to congratulate us. The food was amazing. Loved the grilled calamari and sliders. We also enjoyed the cocktails- nice change after a day of wine tasting. Don't miss this place!"
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "Had dinner here after a day of sightseeing - staff was very welcoming and helpful, which is sadly somewhat uncommon when one is traveling solo. Every course was perfection, and the flights perfectly complemented my food. Waiter was knowledgeable, helpful, and attentive without being obtrusive. Highly recommended."
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "Nice outdoor patio, good small plate food. Very nice wine flights, reasonably priced."
    Dined on 6/30/2014
  • "Small plates bursting with flavor, plenty of vegetarian choices, off the main drag so not too crowded Did not have a bad dish"
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "chalkboard is a nice addition to healdsburg's collection of restaurants, one of four small plate eateries. the selections where good and varried"
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "A friend recommended that I try Chalkboard and see one of the chefs, Jason who was very friendly and gave a complimentary dish. He is outrageous chef great dish!!! Staff was excellent. I will recommend to everyone. It is a ride from the Bay Area but worth it. K.S."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Californian cuisine can be boring, but that is not the case at Chalkboard. The dishes were inventive and well executed. This place is excellent, and this is coming from a harsh critic who is unhappy with many restaurants outside of San Francisco."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "I've been to Chalkboard many times since it opened a year ago and have never been disappointed in the food. I am gluten intolerant and the wait staff has always been helpful in pointing out which choices are safe for me to eat. I had a friend visiting from out of town who had never been to Chalkboard so we decided to go there for dinner one night. I specifically requested their al fresco dining as I knew that inside seating can be overly noisy thus making it difficult to converse. We ordered their pre fixe menu which was a rare offering and two paired wine tastings. Everything was sensational. Although we had a great waiter, the food and wine didn't always come at the same time--but he did his best to remedy the issue."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "My husband and I organized a family birthday celebration at Chalkboard for our 25 year daughter. All nine diners gave the experience 5+ stars. We sampled many diverse dishes and found each to be fresh, flavorful, and creatively prepared. Several of our guests commented that Chalkboard ranks among their all time favorite restaurants. We will definitely be back the next time we visit Healdsburg."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "Great combination of tastes and flavor. Just enough to share. Walked away satisfied for having shared seven plates with six adults"
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "The food was hit and miss. Good service. I wish Cyrus never closed down in that location as many others feel as well. Cyrus will be missed."
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "Loved it. As last time, food is interesting and tasty, service perfect. The arugula/nectarine salad was refreshing, the quail light and complex. The tartare was meaty, not over processed, seasoned well and lovely presentation. The new patio is very nice. Need to make this our go to spot for our regular "Healdsburg Hobble""
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "Chalkboard never disappoints! As a local, I appreciate being able to get a table on the weekend. Food is inventive and delicious! The pork belly biscuits are so good they need to be sold by the dozen to take home! I am a fan of the bar and fabulous drinks, and sitting in the "library" after dinner is a pleasure! Finally, the staff sets just the right tone of warmth and efficiency.They always make us feel welcome and we leave satisfied and looking forward to our next visit!"
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "Food was delicious and unusual. We shared starters and dessert, but had individual mains. Highlights: the pulled pork biscuits, and the doughnuts."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "The waiter we had needs so direction how to make people feel welcome it seemed to be painful for him to serve us."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "Our dinner experience was nice. Small portions and 4 to 5 are suggested. You can taste different dishes and combine that with some nice wine. Very creative food combinations. I highly recommend Chalkboard, it was a nice experience."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "It was my boyfriend's 50th birthday and being from Healdsburg, he decided that he wanted to go to Chalkboard for his birthday dinner. What a treat! Our waitress and the manager picked 2 different glasses of wine to go with each of our dishes, so we were able to see for ourselves what worked best. Service was amazing, food came out at good intervals, and overall it was one of the best dining experiences I have had in a long time."
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "We took our son, who was home from college, here for the second time at his request. We were greeted immediately at the door and were given a couple of seating choices. We sat outside for the first time. What a pleasurable experience. Nice secluded and beautiful courtyard. Love the interaction that develops making menu choices. Our reserved son became quite involved and talkative as the evening evolved. Food was both interesting and excellent. Waitress was exceptional too! Love this place!"
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "Excellant Food , Knowledgeable Staff, Quiet, Beautiful Decor"
    Dined on 6/16/2014
  • "With the addition of outdoor dining, and its continued commitment to great food, Chalkboard remains one of our favorite restaurant. Chef Shane has kept the menu alive with the "oldie" hits such as the pork belly biscuits, while also introducing specials such as the salmon crostini. We took the whole family for Fathers Day and it was my son's first time. He is a bit of a foodie and we had talked up Chalkoard so much that I was worried he might be disappointed. I shouldn't have worried, as he said it was easily one of the best meals he had had in a long time. Go to Chalkboard, you won't regret it."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "Better a bar than restaurant. Small plates "eclectic"( 'confused' or 'not integrated'.) Diverse selection interestingly seasoned, fairly well cooked dishes--they're well presented. CAL spin on food reflecting worldwide range of herbs and seasonings--forunately not in one dish. The variety of offerings makes transition from one course/dish to another displeasing. The flavors from the lst course linger and are most often not complementary. Very smart--they sell wines by 1/2 glass, glass,etc. Actually some of dishes difficult to pair w wine. Altho I dont drink, beer might be better."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "We are local and had been wanting to try Chalkboard for some time. We finally dined there in Father's Day with our 10 and 8 year old budding foodies and had a fabulous experience. Everything was delicious, but the pasta dishes,l pork belly biscuits and beef sliders were standouts. And the donut duo with tangerine glaze. Holy yum. Gorgeous interior, great service...a 5-star experience! While the restaurant is not geared toward kids, we went on the early side and it was perfect! The service was upbeat and friendly...we all enjoyed our celebration."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "Every dish we ordered was amazing. There were four of us dining for fathers day dinner and we probably ordered at least 10 dishes off the menu. It was all around a very memorable experience the food was exceptional. We loved all the food and the loungy outdoor seating. The staff was attentive and very helpful. The coconut cream pie was possibly the highlight. All of the flavors worked so well together."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "I stumbled upon Chalkboard while looking for a place to eat in Healdsburg, and was drawn in by the menu and great prices. Eating there, I was blown away by the food. The two pastas we ordered--the squid ink gigli and the saffron fusilli--were some of the best pastas I've ever had. The gigli was both rich and light, and made me hungrier as I ate it. The truffle butter was amazing. The fusilli was tangy and salty and was beautifully prepared with octopus, capers, olives and breadcrumbs. The hamachi crudo was also fantastic, and I loved the crunchy quinoa playing off of the fresh cubes of fish and kimchi-style squash. The pacing of the meal was a bit slow, but overall everything was fantastic. I can't wait to return."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "The patio area brings expanded and very well appointed space to the restaurant. The patio bar is expected to open in two weeks and will really kick this place up....Like the open dining environment...great for locals....such as me."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "First time here -- really enjoyed the food. The desserts were to die for. Would go back again, again & again."
    Dined on 6/12/2014
  • "We stopped by here on out way back from Mendocino. Loved sharing plates and all was delicious!"
    Dined on 6/8/2014
  • "With luck, I find myself free after the main lunch rush on some afternoons. That's when Chalkboard comes to mind as a spot to enjoy lunch by myself. The service is welcoming and the menu is interesting. The King's Ransom cocktail is a perfect starter. You can choose to mix and match and enjoy small plates in any arrangement. Save room for desserts!"
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "Didn't know much about the restaurant but saw it listed on YELP. Food was delicious and the wine flights were very generous pours. Our waiter was knowledgeable, attentive and yet subtle. Nice ambience, a good find! We'll be back."
    Dined on 6/6/2014