Della Santina's Trattoria - Sonoma
Della Santina's Trattoria - Sonoma

Della Santina's Trattoria - Sonoma

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.dellasantinas.com/
  • Phone: 7079350576
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Daily 11:30am-3:00pm

    Dinner: Daily 5:00pm-9:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Fireplace, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Takeout, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Private Party Contact: Robert Della Santina 7079350576

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 1st St. E
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Parking is on the street and in a few free public lots located within easy walking distance.
A word from Della Santina's Trattoria - Sonoma
The traditional Italian fare at Della Santina’s is based upon Quirico Della Santina"s family recipes growing up in Lucca, Italy and his sheer talent as a chef. Recipes include the popular Gnocchi della Nonna, inspired by Quirico's mother. The fresh fish is always a treat.
Quirico’s son Robert runs the front of the restaurant and is responsible for the wine selection. He and his wife, Nicole, started the restaurant’s wine club featuring wines from around the world.
Walking through the gated entry and down the brick walkway is like being transported back to Italy. In the warmer months, diners enjoy the patio, covered in grape vines and wisteria, and surrounded by balustrades that are planted with assorted flowers. In the colder months, customers enjoy the cozy atmosphere in the dining room, with tables topped with white linens and fresh flowers. The marble fireplace warms the room, while the sounds of Pavorotti and conversation complete the experience.
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Della Santina's Trattoria - Sonoma reviews from OpenTable diners
75 reviews since April 25, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.2
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
84% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for outdoor dining (59)neighborhood gem (38)romantic (30)notable wine list (30)fit for foodies (26)special occasion (26)great for lunch (25)good for groups (11)great for brunch (10)kid-friendly (10)scenic view (3)hot spot (3)late-night find (2)vibrant bar scene (1)Show More
  • Best in north bay
    Mark
    Dined on 6/10/2014
    We love this restaurant. The food and service is outstanding . It feels like we are in Italy.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Dinner in Sonoma
    Will
    Dined on 6/8/2014
    Della Santina's Trattoria is conveniently located just off the main square of downtown Sonoma. We sat outdoors on their back patio, and shared a bottle of wine with dinner. The food and service were very good, and we really enjoyed our meal.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Charming Italian Oasis in Sonoma
    sweetPVIP
    Dined on 6/8/2014
    Sitting in the shady outdoor garden among vines, flowers, and a splashing fountain while enjoying an authentic Italian meal is what you'll enjoy at this family-owned and operated restaurant. While open for lunch and dinner, we have always sought out this charming Italian oasis when we come for lunch in Sonoma.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very accommodating
    LATourists
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    We arrived early on our reservation and they accommodated us and got us seated in no time. Food was good. Gelato may not be that authentic Italian gelato though.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    Great food and outdoor dining and service attentive. My sife had the sea bass and enjoyed it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Never a disappointment
    Frederer
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    We rarely return to the same restaurant since there are so many great ones in the North Bay. However, Della Santina is one of our few exceptions. The food is always good, the service great, and the atmosphere delightful. Every time we've visited, the owner was there to greet us. The last time, though booked, they were able to accommodate us when we showed up with more guests than we'd planned. Everyone ordered a different dish and everyone was happy. We brought our own wine, but they have an impressive list of wines from which to choose, especially since they have their own Enoteca Wine Bar adjacent to the restaurant. We dined under the arbor in the back; it was charming and warm enough.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Italian Gem
    racerandfriends
    Dined on 6/5/2014
    We discovered this restaurant by accident. This is probably the best Italian food I have ever had. Homemade pasta, homemade sausage, homemade balsamic. Unbelievable.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Comfortable, inviting, great pasta
    WineCountryExplorer
    Dined on 6/1/2014
    Just off the Sonoma town square, this Italian favorite was a great find. The pasta dishes were fresh and expertly prepared, and the menu (including the specials) includes some interesting creations that you don't find everywhere else. The patio was a fun outdoor place to dine as a couple, and although the service was a little slow, the pace of things on the patio was relaxing and comfortable. The place is nice and casual, and the food is not fancy or over-presented. Highly recommend.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • bbuzo333
    Dined on 6/1/2014
    Food was very good and so were the prices. Nice menu, something for everyone.Staff very good and very friendly. A favorite in Sonoma.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great food even better service.
    Jerseycat30340
    Dined on 6/1/2014
    The service was great and the food was terrific. I would definitely recommend this restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Understands hospitality
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    Robert is undeniably the best owner & host in Sonoma. He understands hospitality and is always so gracious and welcoming. His staff is very well trained and have all been there for many years (which says so much for Robert) . The food is wonderful every single time. I'm never disappointed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Graduation Lunch!
    Rosie
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    My traditional spot for graduation celebrations and it never disappoints! There was a special ricotta stuffed mozzarella (I know, cheese stuffed cheese!) that was to die for! The petrale sole was so light and delicious it was heavenly. We brought some pasta leftovers home and they mysteriously disappeared before the next meal... so I'd call it a hit all around!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great food
    AD23
    Dined on 5/25/2014
    fast service, good wine selection, great menu choices
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hidden Treasure in Sonoma
    Boricua1971
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    Great Food, great service, at affordable prices. My wife and I visit Sonoma and Napa for the first time in May of 2014 to celebrate my birthday. I ask to a locals for a nice restaurant for a dinner and all people say this name. The service incredible, (Pablito and George, very nice Mexican guys), the pasta, fish and rotisserie chicken with herbs awesome. The dessert was "The Delicias" a rum cake, that you can stop eating. We repeat 2 days later, and the owner personally attend us. Incredible nice guy and he always is in the restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • DS is my fav restaurant in Town
    Yvonne
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    Della Santina is my go-to lunch or dinner place. Very friendly, good food, nice patio, a little noisy at times.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • IrenVIP
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    One of the best patio dining locations. Our waiter was a bit off. Sent the wrong anti pasti to the table, whcih we accepted and paid for and then forgot to charge us for the wine. When we pointed it out, he did not even thank us. He was very friendly, but a bit flaky.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great last evening for dinner
    Aggiema
    Dined on 5/18/2014
    Great food, great fun service, great location!!! It was our last nite in the wine country...5 couples from different parts of the country who all went to college together. Perfect ending to a perfect long weekend. Will definitely be back as well as recommend!!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointed on anniversary
    MayFlowers
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    Chose to celebrate our anniversary here but walked away feeling let down. Had a nice table outside and service started out ok but became very slow and unattentive. Mozzarella/tomato starter was very good, main courses (lasagna & cannelloni) were tasty but were barely warm. Server never checked on us so we could ask to heat food. Would have liked to try dessert but got frustrated with the lack of attention so asked for check and left. Not the best way to celebrate an anniversary and would not return.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • excellent food and service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    we were celebrating a birthday and we picked the right restaurant! The food was amazing, the service was first class (our waiter was engaging and very sweet; I think he enjoyed serving a tables of 4 partying women.) We will pass the word to our friends that your restaurant is a high-end and fun experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Dependable Favorite
    Elliot
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    You'll not find a better Italian restaurant in Sonoma. Had a recent dinner with friends and gave ourselves to the owner, Rob Della Santina and his capable service team. They asked us about what we were interested in from the menu and specials and then about our wine preferences. the food was excellent, portion size just right and wine pairings delightful. When the weather permits outside dining and you're looking for a relaxing dinner, this is the spot.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Not that great....
    luv2dine2
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    My husband and I sat on their patio, which was pleasant, but very loud. There was a screaming kid at one table. The kid was soon replaced by a large group of loud young women. ( Maybe a pre-wedding party?) The food was so-so. My husband had duck, which was overcooked, and I had steak that was undercooked. The vegetables served alongside our entrees had absolutely no flavor. The Affrogato dessert was good and the wine was good, but a bit overpriced. The service was fine...but the wait staff seemed a bit rushed and impatient. I would not recommend this restaurant.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fun Italian Welcome to Sonoma!
    FineDiningSearcherVIP
    Dined on 5/13/2014
    After a transcontinental flight and a few hours in the Wine Country, we introduced our relatives, CA visitors for the first time, to Della Santina. (Our advance reservation request for an outside table was cheerfully met, as we bypassed the line of those awaiting a table.) Waiter and service staff were cheerful and helpful in assisting in choice of entrees etc. We were handled efficiently and professionally. Portions were large and delectable. Will return again, as we do each time we are in Wine Country, Keep up the good work!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A New York Friend Enjoys!
    Grammyj
    Dined on 5/13/2014
    I had two occasions to eat at Della Santina's in the past week. The first dinner was to celebrate my friend who was visiting from New York. She happens to love Tripe and the restaurant had that on the menu. My friend said that this was the best Tripe she had ever tasted and really enjoyed the flavors. I had nothing fancy - just some gnocchi in pesto sauce. We were very full but they brought us a complimentary Rum Cake that was so scrumptuous. My friend was very pleased with the service and attentiveness.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Return again and again
    SonomaJay
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    This is ourfave in Sonoma. Lovely garden setting, gnocchi like an Italian grandmother makes, dessert thats not on the menu if not too busy, a nice wine list, locals you know with a blend of tourists and all that makes you appreciate the joys of living in this beautiful small town.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome
    Yankeegirl
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    I love this place. I go every time I am in Sonoma.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mother's day Lunch at Della Santina
    EnjoyDining
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    This year's we decided to celebrate Mothers' Day at Della Santina. Reservation through OpenTable was very quick and we found a noon opening. We were very well received at the Restaurant; the food was prepared and served quickly; it was delicious and everyone in our party enjoyed their selection. For dessert we had their Tiramisu; it was heavenly. Thank you Della Santina! We will be back.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great time!
    Shereesher
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    We had a wonderful time here. Celebrated a birthday with a loud group. Closed the restaurant that night. Lots of fun. Thanks for treating us like part of the family even though it was our first time visiting. We will come again. :)
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Family owned
    LaurenVIP
    Dined on 4/29/2014
    An interesting first dining experience in Sonoma. The owner/manager seemed to do more of the serving and bussing than his staff. Food was good, but not memorable.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful evening
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 4/28/2014
    A big "grazie mille" to Jorge aka Giorgio, who made our night so incredibly memorable and fun! The food was delicious and we loved sitting out on the adorable patio. I appreciate that you brought my friend a piece of run cake with a candle and I didn't have to ask. Giorgio really made the night with his humor and superb service.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not Recommended
    ArbitratorVIP
    Dined on 4/27/2014
    Conveniently located right off "The Square" in Sonoma, Della Santina provides plenty of Old World charm and large portions of old fashioned, bland, poorly presented Italian food. The ambience is pleasant, the rooms are quiet, the staff is friendly and the wine list offers a few bargains - but if you're looking for well prepared, creative Italian cuisine, you'll have to look elsewhere - and at Della Santina's price point, there are plenty of other Italian options in the Wine Country.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Alikat5050
    Dined on 4/27/2014
    The best food and service .... Love this restaurant .....
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • It's Italian!!!
    RandTVIP
    Dined on 4/27/2014
    Sitting outside on a summer afternoon or evening is as close to being in Italy as one could be, without the plane ride. The food is Italian county side, we stop at Della Santina's often, we love it..
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Favorite place in Sonoma
    cereberal
    Dined on 4/27/2014
    Returning to Della Santina's is like meeting with special friends. The restaurant is friendly, charming, and enjoyable to visit. The food is very good, with the kitchen willing to make some adjustments to the menu. Liked their house wines, and their Balsamic vinegar is delicious. The service is nothing short of outstanding. Each time my wife and I eat here, whether just the two of us, or with our guests, we appreciate the food, service, ambiance and value for the money.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, Great for Lunch
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Classic Italian
    NVgirlVIP
    Dined on 4/27/2014
    Della Santina's is a traditional Italian restaurant in an "old country" setting one block off of the Sonoma Square. There is a choice of dining indoors in the cozy main house or outdoors on the patio. The pastas are house made and all of the classics are on the menu. One of the stand-out dishes is the Spiedini Misto, a selection of rotisserie chicken, duck and stuffed turkey breast. The warm spinach salad was also a hit with our group. If you are searching for classic Italian food in a family style setting Della Santina's is a great choice.
    Special Features:
    Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Loving It From Redding
    luvitfromredding
    Dined on 4/24/2014
    It is always outstanding in every way!! Fresh pasta, mozzarella... what more can I say. When we stay several days, we always seem to go back every single night for dinner. That says it all. You will love it!
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 40 ratings-only reviews submitted since April 25, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.1
    • Food4.1
    • Ambiance4.2
    • Service4.2
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 240 reviews are from the Della Santina's Trattoria - Sonoma reviews archive.
  • Disappointed
    SyrahGirlVIP
    Dined on 4/21/2014
    Sadly, the food quality did not measure up here. Our Spinach Salad was uneventful and my pasta was a little tasteless. The patio was very loud making it difficult to carry on a conversation. We were expecting much more here. :(
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Jules
    Dined on 4/17/2014
    Everything was wonderful. Should have gotten 5 stars but when we first walked in, we were completely ignored for too long. None of the staff even acknowledged us till the host came out front. Also took a while for the server to stop by. We had to wave him over. Once we got him there, he was a great server. Otherwise, the evening was great. All the food and desert delicious. Would definitely go back.
    Special Features:
    Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Traditional Italian
    SpaghettiCatVIP
    Dined on 4/17/2014
    Wonderful traditional Italian-American cuisine. Highlights include the sliced pork loin with tonnato sauce, cannelloni, and tortelli.
    Special Features:
    Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 4/17/2014
    We have been to Della Santina's several times and always have a great lunch/dinner and a wonderful time! Keep up the good work!
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, special occasion, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Pleasant surprise
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 4/16/2014
    We weren't really sure what to expect when we made the reservations. Food specials were excellent, service was great. We will definitely go back. Nice patio area.
    Special Features:
    Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.