Chalkboard
Chalkboard

Chalkboard

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.chalkboardhealdsburg.com/
  • Phone: 7074738030
  • 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 WinnerFit for Foodies
  • Diners' Choice WinnerTapas / Small Plates
Chalkboard reviews from OpenTable diners
244 reviews since June 22, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.4
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
93% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (193)great for outdoor dining (153)special occasion (89)notable wine list (89)good for groups (86)neighborhood gem (82)romantic (73)hot spot (51)vibrant bar scene (33)great for lunch (33)great for brunch (10)kid-friendly (7)late-night find (7)scenic view (3)Show More
  • 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
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    • 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.
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • BaileyM
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    Food was inventive, unique and delicious. Would recommend to friends and will return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Server out to lunch??
    EEEEVIP
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    Had another wonderful food and vino experience at Chalkboard but our server, Andre, was either pre-occupied with a complicated mortgage loan issue, or, was simply in a "fowl" mood as the result of dining on raw chicken!?
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very Good!
    BentMan
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    Weat outside, enjoyed several small plates and wine. The service and water feature added to our experienece.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Small plate heaven.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    This was my second time with local lady friends.The first in the middle of Sept. was excellent.Salads fresh, scallops nice and warm.Crab taters crisp.The second,again with local women,cocktails ordered,but not many of the liquor items available? Andre, our waiter, was pleasant, patient, and didn't rush us, and had a great smile and sense of humor! So important in a service business. Food was good, but not quite as exceptional, slider buns over cooked, sea scallops weren't warm enough! Looked for cucumbers in that salad! Am looking to make reservations for myself and another local woman for lunch. The third time in any Healdsburg restaurant is my score card for return visits. So I am hoping for a more, all around pleasant experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The Best of the Best!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    My all time favorite restaurant! Best food ever. So inventive and it works. Pork belly biscuits are to die for!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The perfect picture
    JudyVIP
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    The perfect weekend picture is me on the patio enjoying lunch at Chalkboard. While the specialty drinks vary, I always come back to the King's Ransom. It has changed my mind about bourbons…. Pork belly biscuits? What's that about? Well, thick slabs, better than bacon, sandwiched between lovely biscuits. Gazpacho with fresh, garden produce, pastas, freshest vegetables and salads. Day boat scallops, shrimp, sliders. And to top it off? For me it's a choice between Makers' Mark ice cream or the Doughnut Duo. Sometimes the ice cream wins, and sometimes it's the doughnuts...
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • NytomkeVIP
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    good service and consistent food quality. the grilled octopus and the sliders were two of the favorite choices. they were out of several items including one of the specials which was a surprise for a 1:00 lunch.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2001VIP
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Each small plate was filling and better than the next. Service was excellent. Will return to try more delicious food and wine
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Our Anniversary Dinner
    foodietimes2
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    My wife and I wanted to try a new restaurant in Healdsburg and found Chalkboard on Open Table. The reviews were great and we had not tried small plate dining before. Our plates was fantastic, the staff was pleasant, helpful, and engaging. Every dish had its own dynamic flavor palate that was better than the last dish. We plan to come back with a small group of friends to share more dishes.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Out of food and lousy service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    So maybe it was a tough night...... But the server was hard to find, didn't seem to know a lot about the menu, and didn't care. The food we did get was ok, but nothing special. And they were out of both the ice cream and the donuts.!! REALLY..?? I wouldn't think of coming back.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good sm plate choice in Healdsburg
    Nick
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    Good food, good service, tasty small plates. We sat in the outside courtyard which was very attractive. Reasonable.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • a dining event!
    lavagrrl
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Small plates- all delicious and inventive. Fun to share
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • DELICIOUS
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    Thank you for a memorable meal, Chalkboard. Every thing we ate was absolutely delicious. Service was attentive, friendly, and informed. My father, a man who is unimpressed by everything, said it was one of the best meals he has had in his 67 years. That is no easy feat, Chalkboard! Thank you for making us all feel so welcomed, and for filling our bellies with goodness. Not to be missed: gazpacho with crab, beets, pork biscuits, arugula salad (those pears!), corn. The wine list was overflowing with enticing options, and the cocktails were fantastic as well. I so look forward to eating there again next time I'm in Healdsburg.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Northbay
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    Good food and drink, service started slowing down when it got busy, could have used more servers.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Great food with beautiful presentation. The menu is unique and eclectic.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • lloydmanjohn
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    We sat outside and although it was 88 degrees there was enough shade and comfortable. The menu and style was somewhat confusing as our party was not family and the setup was definitely for sharing. The dishes alone were superb but didn't lend themselves to creating a palate pleasing meal so it felt like raiding the fridge at midnight.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Natalia
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    Delicious food, nice cozy atmosphere. We liked this place a lot and we will be happy to come back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Dinner
    nightcheryl
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    We sat outside on the patio, and this was a great setting. Service was topnotch! Our waiter helped us a bit in making selections that we shared between the 4 of us - almost tapas style. Everything was a delight and interesting tastes. Seared day boat scallops, warm roasted beets, eggplant - all yummy. While I don't normally order mixed drinks I did on this occasion and it was great - a little change from all the wine we drank that day!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Second order, please!
    supt493mass
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    First time to Healdsburg and was truly amazed at the food choices. Very glad we were recommended to try Chalkboard. The taglietelle with fresh summer vegetables and cream was so delicious, we ordered a second dish! Service was friendly and guided us through the menu choices.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pork Belly Biscuits!
    LadyDi
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    A trip to Chalkboard is never complete without an order of the Pork Belly Biscuits - they are to die for! I love this restaurant - they have a fun selection of wines and an outstanding menu of small plates for sharing. This visit was my first to actually get a dessert - and we opted for the Ginger Scone with mascarpone and berries which was oh, so tasty. However, word to the wise - the desserts are NOT small plates!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Wish they offered a real restaurant
    LarryTVIP
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    Not really a restaurant per se, St Francis Winery only offers a food and wine pairing to the general public, but trust me it's an exceptional one. While the wines were good they were nothing special in my opinion, but the food is beyond reproach. The tasting is well worth the price, as they honestly serve a meal. Every bite was stellar and the presentation of the plates spectacular. I would go again in a heartbeat for the food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Terrific Terrace
    TheDonald
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    An all small plates restaurant with at least half being vegetable selections. Since it was late summer the terrace was terrific. Bordered by 4 huge Italian Cypresses and planted edges. In the center, two large sofas with flaming coffee tables in front. Waiter very professional. We shared six small plates (mandatory to share) with the most interesting being pasta with smokey paprika baked inside it. Spicy of course, but very good. Finished with coffee and a late harvest Viognier on the sofa. Ahhh life is good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great food & service
    LisaBVIP
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Just what Healdsburg needed in the old Cyrus space. Chalkboard has great food and wine and awesome service (our server Vito was the best), but isn't the least bit stuffy or pretentious. It's all small plates and great wine flights. Outdoor space is beautiful - fountain and great firepit tables. Inside has the bustling kitchen view. The menu is a bit all over the place - crudo, some vegetables, pastas, meats, but just go with it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • All good
    mediadlsVIP
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Our 2nd time here and it did not disappoint. Scene is vary creative small plates. Nice wine list.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • ronroVIP
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Ambiance would be improved if they had tablecloths and chairs with cushions available
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 3rd Time and Still Charming
    GaryandPaula
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    This was our 3rd time to Chalkboard over the last year. All three times great food and great service. The crab tator tots were a tad salty but otherwise yummy! French fries with black garlic BBQ sauce was amazing. We also had the arugula salad, calamari, and grilled corn. All yummy. To finish off the night we had the pasta seasoned with paprika with pork shoulder - great smokey combination that went with my the Witches Hand Pinot I was drinking. This all to celebrate my 600 month birthday. We will definitely be back in the near future.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Limited Selection
    GBGG
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    We had been to Chalkboard last year, but this year we were very disappointed. We were taking guests from out of town. The food selection was not good. There was not really a fish alternative except in a pasta. The meats were either red or fried, no healthy alternative.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Memorable Meal in Healdsburg
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    Very enjoyable to experience many flavors tapas style in an inviting setting. All the vegetable dishes were superb. The bucatini had a nice bite, loved the sauce. The sliders were delicious; the blue cheese and rib jam made them stand out. We only tried the coconut creme pie and it was light, tasty, and tropical. They have a great drink menu and the flight of wine allows for a nice way to pair with food. Last but not least, service was friendly and attentive.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Off night?
    MangebienVIP
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    We had a very mixed experience. We had planned a week-end up in Sonoma based on this restaurant being selected one of the 10 best new restaurants by Michael Bauer of the SF Chronicle. A good beginning almost fizzled. The gazpacho shots were excellent. The squid ink pasta was remarkable! But the tater tots had very little flavor. All the taste was in the topping but there was so little of it. Also the tuna with harissa was bland, as was the filtered coffee. We had a very competent and concerned waitress, but the bus service was very inadequate. Our water glasses were empty most of the meal and when I ordered an extra glass of wine from a bus person, it took 15-20 minutes to arrive. Too late! Meal was redeemed by coconut cream pie!
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.