Chalkboard
Chalkboard

Chalkboard

  • 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: Californian, Tapas / Small Plates
  • 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.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerTapas / Small Plates
Chalkboard reviews from OpenTable diners
245 reviews since July 29, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.5
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
95% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (202)great for outdoor dining (131)neighborhood gem (95)good for groups (94)notable wine list (89)special occasion (85)romantic (72)hot spot (70)vibrant bar scene (36)great for lunch (31)late-night find (17)great for brunch (7)kid-friendly (3)scenic view (2)Show More
  • Way beyond expectations
    FoodEnthusiastVIP
    Dined on 11/22/2014
    Great place with innovative, tasty food. This is not yet another good restaurant - the Bay Area has plenty of those - this place is awesome. The chef definitely experiments and knows his stuff
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lexi
    Dined on 11/18/2014
    Atmosphere was great. The room got a little cold as the dinner progressed. varied menu choices. Butternut shot and the Brussels sprouts were favorites. Only negative was the fish tacos were cold. Would definitely return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome
    Lovenortherncalifornia
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    With the exception of crab Mac&Cheese dish, we were wowed by everything we ordered (rather than being rich, buttery, sweet - crab was barely there and almost "fishy"). The pork belly biscuits were ethereal. As is frequently the case at new, hot restaurants, noise level was excruciating and it was very difficult for 2 to carry on a conversation. (Open Table, please add another Noise Level rating of Unbearable.) Service was top notch. In spite of the disappointments, we will be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious!
    EliseMN
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    We were a group of six, and ordered 13 dishes plus one dessert for the table. Every plate was licked clean! Every dish was amazing, the flavors and combinations of ingredients creative and wonderful. We were so pleased we sent our thanks and regards to the chef and sous chef at the end of the meal. Absolutely delicious.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Shirl
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    Excellent service and food. Would certainly make return visit
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fun to Share
    HBG4DiningVIP
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    There is plenty of Fun (and Food) to Share. We have been to Chalkboard about 6 times and have enjoyed it each time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best dinner in a long time
    Lvfsh2
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    Overall from the moment we entered the restaurant we were treated like royalty It probably didn't hurt that we know the owner/ chef and many of the staff but it looked like every table was trusted the same No rushing us, and the food is to die for- every bite was memorable and delicious
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good, not great this time
    RRSmiths
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    We ordered as we had before, sharing each course and discussing before moving on to the next order. The wines we ordered were accompanied by the black pepper french fries - perfect. Next came the squash soup shots that were luxurious. The next dish was a big disappointment - the calamari. While tender, the dish was quite oily and fishy tasting, and the ingredients didn't all seem to meld well. Our last dish was another miss due to the size of the dish - the fusilli with shrimp. Again, the shrimp was perfectly cooked, just barely, in a beautiful citrusy, creamy light sauce tossed with fusilli pasta, however there was about 1 cup of the mixture in the middle of the plate - for $17. Thankfully our waiter responded with a second plate.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • aaaa
    Dined on 11/5/2014
    Food was great. Ambiance was lively and cool. Service left much to be desired.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • thanks Chef
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/3/2014
    Fell like a rockstar !!This place is all around awesomeness
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    Interesting menu and rustic chic ambience, but the food did not impress. Noise level made it difficult to carry on a conversation among 4 people. This was my second visit and I don't think I'll be back given other choices in the area.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Save room for dessert
    kris
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    Love the menu which has both old favorites and frequent changes based on what is fresh. Thankfully the candy bar remains on the menu - this is the richest, most decadent take imaginable on a candy bar - a must try!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • sfdinerVIP
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    Every dish we ordered was delicious! Service was great!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Third times a charm
    MarkVIP
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    This is our third time at chalkboard and again we are blown away with the food and service, can't wait to go back for the fourth time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic Find
    JoggerVIP
    Dined on 10/30/2014
    The waiter could not have been more helpful or friendly. He made excellent recommendations and was extremely accommodating. The food was unique and outstanding... tater tots with crab... excellent pear salad.... Tagliatelle with short rib pastrami... imaginative donuts for dessert. We can't wait to return to try these and other dishes. The wine flights were beautifully configured. Chalkboard easily became one of our top five restaurants!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • CHALKBOARD DOES IT AGAIN!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 10/27/2014
    This was our fifth time dining at Chalkboard, and it was great (as usual)! We really appreciate the small plates format as it allows us to explore the menu more extensively. Pastas are always innovative,vegetables are shown the proper respect due them and,oh dear god the desserts are the best in Healdsburg! Just wish they had a steak on the menu more often. See you soon Chalkboard!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Super impressed!
    Buffasiann
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    This is now my favorite restaurant in Healdsburg. We had an amazing dining experience. Ambience, service, and food were top notch. Started off with great cocktails - they made one of the best Vespers I've ever had. Then came the food and we loved every dish...the vegetable tangible, Dungeness crab tator tots, pasta, and blue cheese burger sliders. The timing of the courses was spot on too. Our server offered great suggestions on the wine and the pairing was excellent. Finally, we finished with awesome desserts. Get the Makers Mark ice cream. We'll definitely be back. That patio in the back would be amazing on a warm night.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect ending
    kikosrunerVIP
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    After 3 days and nights in Sonoma we had our last dinner before heading back to Miami at Chalkboard. It was wonderful. We enjoyed the tapas style dishes, the ability to share multiple plates, and the wonderful service we received from our waitress. The food was innovative, and delightful.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Chalkboard
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    Exceptional food made from local ingredients. Something a little off in terms of staff. A bit too much on the production side and not the dining experience side. Never assume people don't know something about food or wine. Always take heed to peoples choices
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Incredible!
    Luv2Run
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    After running the Healdsburg Half Marathon, we rewarded ourselves with an amazing dinner at Chalkboard. The small plate format really enables you to savor a wide variety of dishes. Each item is exquisite and unlike anything we've had before. My husband's favorite was the hamachi and I had a hard time choosing between the pappardelle and the calamari. To die for, all of it. We also went big with dessert (Butterscotch pudding and The Candy Bar) and were not disappointed. Service is divine as well. We will be back for sure!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing place!
    RonJVIP
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    The food was great and I love the venue. Great energy. Can't wait to go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Memorable meal
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    Every dish was perfect - the vegetable terrine, the incredible sliders, the candy bar dessert
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pleasant Surprises
    xrayted
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    Chalkboard is one of those establishments that you enter with hI've expectations that were not disappointed. The food was delicious, wonderfully presented and we'll portioned. The rye pasta was incredible and the crab tater tots devilish. Our service was excellent throughout and enthusiastic to say the least. We hado a few wine flights which were delicious and interesting. Overall excellent!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Experiencedeater
    Experiencedeater
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    Wonderful food with a flare for the unexpected. Very creative plates made for difficult choices but each did not disappoint. If we could stay longer a return would certainly happen. The service was quite exceptional and entertaining.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Chalkboard was crowded
    ArthurJacobVIP
    Dined on 10/22/2014
    If you enjoy small plates this dining spot may be just for you. We found the service a bit harried, atmosphere boisterous and a tad impersonal. Food was a mix, fries good, salad overdressed, pappardelle good, ricotta gnocchi, meh.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 10/21/2014
    Loved, loved, loved our dining experience! Differently will go back!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Firstdateblues
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    Lovely place yummy food great waitress! Would go back and take friends. Definatley high end just a little pricy for tapas but worth it.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • SurprisingLy modest despite hi rep
    HungryBoy
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    This is a small plates specialist, with an interesting variety of selections, ableit a small list. They brag about fresh herbs and veggies, and everything we sampled had good responses by our group of six. While few of the standard descriptors fit Chalkboard's feel, it is a winner, and I would return. Cost was reasonable, even for a town growing its list of hot restaurants. Chalkboard is unpretentious, a bit of the industrial modern feel, with reasonable noise levels. Good for families or adult groups. Service was responsive and cordial.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • CHALKBOARD
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    We had a wine tasting that one in our group, (of 6), provided at 10:00 am, so lunch at 12:30 pm was a natural. We ordered practically every small plate on the menu and devoured every last bit of all of them....they were delicious...and the wait staff was knowledgeable and efficient. We will definitely go back and refer our friends...a great, fun lunch on their patio !!! (The beef tartare was amazing.)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic Dining Experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Our server was great and the food overall, was delicious. We all shared about 9 small plates and only one was not to some of our liking.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Highs and Lows
    GoldenFoodieVIP
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    Highs_ Service in the dining room, pork belly starter and the cheese course Lows_Service in the bar, wilted arugula.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very Attentive
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    Went here with my wife for our anniversary. They were very responsive and gave us exquisite service. Perfect little romantic spot.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Wow
    Prchal
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    This place could be in NYC and still be at the top of the heap! From the time we walk through the door until we left, we were in heaven. 5 star ambiance everywhere. We ate on the patio, tables were spaced for privacy. Outdoor heaters and fire tables warmed our evening dinner nicely. The menu, we wanted it all but what we chose ensured we would return for the other. Absolutely a wonderful evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • We went for our anniversary.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    Fantastic dinner. Interesting menu and everything was very, very good. Service was perfectly balanced with attentiveness and friendliness. Outdoor patio was beautiful and had heaters for the slight chill.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 10/6/2014
    The food was good but the staff was totally lacking in any warmth or connection. On an empty Monday night we were sat in a corner with two other couples and didn't even know there was outdoor dining on a warm evening. The host and manager seemed bored, talking with friends at the bar and not paying any attention to the 10 guests eating. We left to have dessert and a drink somewhere else (Charlie Palmer's) and were greeted with a lively scene and welcoming staff. Should have been there for dinner too.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Another great dinner!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/6/2014
    We had out of town guests and we all just loved Chalkboard. Dining outside is so nice there.....quiet and the service was excellent! Food was delicious as always. Our guests were impressed!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    this chef is absolutely fantastic..food is just as delicious as the day they opened.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Spot for Lunch!
    LexiB
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    Came here for a quick lunch, food was great, came out quickly and the patio was peaceful and comfortable. Will definitely be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food, Poor Service
    SoSonomaCounty
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    This is the second time that my wife and I have dined at Chalkboard. The first time was amazing in all ways. So we we're really looking forward to our dinner there for the second time. As we experienced the first time we dined here, the food was fantastic. The scallops and quail were amazing. Order them! The problem we had the second time, and it was annoying, was how we were served. After ordering, we had two dishes served to us before we received our wine flights. And the 3rd dish showed up awkwardly delayed. While this may sound like no big deal you have to realize that this is Healdsburg. There are an incredible amount of 4 to 5 star restaurants all within a 1/4 mile of each other. We'll be back one more time for the food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2002VIP
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    Always friendly with great food and service. Nice wine selection by the glass with options for standard tastings or make your own. Very comfortable neighborhood restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.