Dry Creek Kitchen
Dry Creek Kitchen

Dry Creek Kitchen

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.charliepalmer.com/
  • Phone: 7074310330
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Friday - Sunday: 12:00pm - 2:30pm; Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 9:30pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Dustin Valette
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: Charlie Palmer catering can provide food and beverages for any occasion and party size. The possibilities are limited only by your imagination.
  • Entertainment: Enjoy live Jazz performances in Hotel Healdsburg's Fire Side Lounge, every Friday and Saturday, 7:30pm - 11pm.
  • Special Events: Join us for dinner Friday and Saturday nights, stay to enjoy live Jazz performances in Hotel Healdsburg's Fire Side Lounge, 7:30pm - 11pm. Enjoy lunch on our outdoor patio Friday - Sunday.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Matheson Street
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Limited street parking is available. Complimentary self parking is available one block east on the corner of Vine and Matheson Streets.
A word from Dry Creek Kitchen
If this country has a culinary cradle, it's in Northern Sonoma, where the fruits of local labor—from outstanding produce to handcrafted cheese—have never been on a plane. Drawing upon regional ingredients is a superior way to eat and one can taste the freshness in Chef de Cuisine Dustin Valette's Dry Creek Kitchen specialties. You can also experience the regional abundance in the six-course, wine-trail tasting menu, featuring "neighborhood" food and wine pairings.
Dry Creek Kitchen's wine cellar reflects the area's celebrated appellations, featuring more than 600 Sonoma wines with vintages ranging from 1985 to 2007 and a particular emphasis on Pinot Noir and Chardonnay as well as Cabernet Sauvignon and Meritage Blends.
Charlie Palmer's long standing commitment to wine manifests itself in his one-of-kind-collection drawing from the private libraries and cellars of the area's winemakers.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNotable Wine List
  • Diners' Choice WinnerAmerican
Dry Creek Kitchen reviews from OpenTable diners
155 reviews since July 4, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.5
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.5
    Noise LevelModerate
91% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (120)notable wine list (100)special occasion (95)romantic (84)great for outdoor dining (73)neighborhood gem (38)hot spot (35)good for groups (24)great for lunch (18)scenic view (10)vibrant bar scene (8)great for brunch (5)kid-friendly (2)late-night find (2)Show More
  • Lovetoeat
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    Fantastic!! I'm happy to be a regular. Love the food and love the staff.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding-again
    WineLover
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    Love to go to this restaurant after a day of wine tasting in Russian River. Food was outstanding and they handled our party of 7 without any difficulty. Albacore , flank steak and chicken dishes were wonderful. Chocolate peanut butter bar for dessert- my oh my!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Casual Upscale Dining
    DJK1VIP
    Dined on 10/20/2014
    This is one of the go-to places in Healdsburg. It's a good fit for a special occasion or simply a nice night out. The scallop en croute appetizer was amazingly delicious. Great prices on local Dry Creek Valley wines.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Overrated
    lkcguamVIP
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    This restaurant is always busy. I don't honestly know why. There is a definite attitude of snootiness even though the staff acts politely. The much anticipated food is good, but it is not "great". For the price and the fuss you can do better in several establishments within a 4 block radius.
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    hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Not worth the money
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    We recently had lunch here, and ordered the tasting menu. The food was good, but the wines were nothing special, and the prices were high for the value we received. I wouldn't eat here again.
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    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Tasting Menu
    Nommers
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    My husband and I splurged on the 7 course chef's tasting menu plus the wine pairing. Everything was absolutely delicious and the chef made items custom to our preferences and even a request. Everyone & everything was outstanding. What an awesome experience and night. Thank you!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always an Excellent Choice!
    whitetableclothlady
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    We have eaten at Dry Creek Kitchen every time we are in the Sonoma area. Each and every time it has exceeded expectations. The food is outstanding and the staff is very friendly and not at all pretentious. The GM of the restaurant even stopped by our table to chat!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • good food but a bit pretentious
    silkchampVIP
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Although our dinner was good it the service was comically pretentious. No need to bring the whole partially cooked chicken over to the table to show me wha5 it looked like just because the chef bones it and serves it boned on the plate. $85 for the chicken for 2 people was incredibly price for the bottom line of receiving a few skimpy pieces of chicken with 4 shavings of truffle on top. Oh well...
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, romantic
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best meal in Healdsburg
    Tina
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    We really enjoyed our dining experience at Dry Creek Kitchen. We went wine tasting during the day and were able to bring our own Sonoma Valley wine to enjoy with dinner. We had the 3 course fixed menu &when we asked if we could substitute dessert we were graciously accomodated. The service and food were impeccable. Very professional service by the wait staff. We enjoyed meeting with the restaurant manager who went out of his way to ensure everything was to our liking. We will return to DCK next time we're in the area.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dry Creek Kitchen - Dry
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    The food here is your basic, pretty good, celebrity chef hotel restaurant food. The place is clean and modern, like the food. Unfortunately, that doesn't always mean tasty food; to get it out quickly, the chicken is flattened and pan seared to crisp the skin, then finished in the oven. Beautiful presentation, but relatively tough, flavorless meat. And the sides can be perfunctory; julienned carrots in a "honey glaze" tasted like, well, little carrot bits in honey - not inspiring. And the waiter was annoyingly over-eager to sell us more food than we wanted. Charlie Palmer should do a stint here on Undercover Boss. Next time I will try one of the locally-owned restaurants like Scopa or Bravas Bar de Tapas.
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  • Another great dinner!
    AndrewVIP
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    First time ordering a la carte - our selections were delicious! Wonderful waitress and enjoyed sitting just next to the open air - felt like outside but without the heat from the recent heat wave :) LOVE the free corkage for Sonoma wines, so we can bring our favorite from a local winery. Highly recommend
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The Best Meal of our Vacation
    PattiMcCVIP
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    My husband and I had a wonderful dinner in the outdoor patio at Dry Creek Kitchen during our trip to Northern California this October. We were welcomed warmly by Georgio, the manager, who made sure we got cocktails while we were waiting for our table. Lovely setting in downtown Healdsburg. Our appetizers were great. My Kobe beef special was amazing, and my husband raved about his duck breast. Highly recommended.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mr. Roger
    Roger
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    Food was very good, Waiter and staff were extremely well trained and attentive, but not obtrusive. Wine list was fine and the pace of service was very satisfactory. Overall a great experience. I'll go again. Cocktails were tasty and generous.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 3rd visit
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    This was our 3rd visit. We were introducing some close friends to the wine country. Unfortunately this time the food was not up to the normal standards. My wifes steak was so tough and chewy it was unedible. The deserts were all a very sad disappointment. We had bragged about Dry Creek Kitchen quite a bit but this trip let us down.
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  • Superb
    DiningaroundVIP
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    Our second visit to D.C.Kitchen (2012 previous). Looking forward to this on our last night in Sonoma, and it fulfilled all expectations. I love the openness of this dining room, with doors opening onto Healdsburg Ave. I'm a longtime fan of Charlie Palmer's Aureole in NYC, and D.C.K. lives up to his high reputation. Impeccable, super-attentive service. My duck breast was a lovely tender pink, as requested. Ahi tuna appetizer just right: fresh, crunchy, beautifully dressed. Really, you can't go wrong here. If you bring in your own Sonoma wine (as we did), there's no corkage charge. Not cheap (of course) but well worth every penny.
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    fit for foodies, notable wine list
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  • overrated
    Molly
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Perhaps the most well known restaurant in Healdsburg, the overall experience here was just OK. The restaurant has a pleasant atmosphere and the service was first rate, but the meal was just fair. The steaks were small, thin and dry, nothing like we were used to in the NY steak houses. The wine recommended by the sommalier was lousy. The salads were ordinary. The vegetables ane appetizers were however quite good, and the desert were the best part of the meal. While I wouldn't call this a bad experience, it was a disappointment. There are better choices in Healdsburg.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Outstanding in every way
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    One of the best experiences every much less in Healdsburg alone. Should be rated above its neighbors, Scopa, Baci,... Service and wine pairings second to none. Not to be missed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding Evening
    enjoyurlife
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    I dined on their outdoor patio and had the 4 course menu with wine pairing. The setting, the meal, the service - all outstanding.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic time.
    LauraVIP
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    We had a wonderful experience at Dry Creek Kitchen. This is a repeat visit that we have been anticipating for quite a while. The scallops en croute are sensational and the truffle risotto is euphoric. Excellent service, beautiful room, extensive wine list.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Loved the restaurant and the server
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 9/22/2014
    We were lost and they helped us find the return with a well drawn map. It was a lovely experience except for the long waits between courses. Very nice time however. We would return!
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    fit for foodies
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A real gem
    HealdsburgerVIP
    Dined on 9/22/2014
    Dry Creek Kitchen always provides a top notch dining experience. Great food, service, and atmosphere. I am never disappointed. If you want to really experience the best of wine country dining, this is a must. A dedicated and caring staff makes all the difference!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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  • dry creek kitchen is slipping
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    This is a special occasion restaurant as well as a good local hang out but it is slipping gradually more and more. Our table was not ready so we went to the bar for a drink. The waiter came about 10 minutes later to say it was ready and he just walked out. In the past they would have carried the drinks to the table for us as a courtesy. The waiter was inside watching as we opened the front door ourselves with drinks in hand. Look, not a big deal right but for a top class restaurant that is not top class. Those drinks could have been dropped and then what; glass clean up? Table service was good and meal quality good but the attention to details is slipping.
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    notable wine list, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A great find!
    drivebydiner
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    My wife knew about Dry Creek Kitchen and steered us that way for lunch on our way to N.Cal. It was an excellent stop. I would recommend this one highly.
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    fit for foodies, great for lunch, special occasion
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  • met all expectations
    ellelloydVIP
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    We had a fabulous 7 course chef's menu, every bite every sip of wine all was fabulous down to the coffee after. Would highly recommend to all.
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    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Dry Creek Restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    Celebrated my birthday there with my wife. Richard was our server and was great as always. Food was fabulous and can't wait to go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Elegant lunch in Healdsburg
    HungryfoodieVIP
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    My husband and I booked lunch at The Dry Creek Kitchen on the recommendation of our favorite winery. This was our first trip to Sonoma. The restaurant is very modern and beautiful. We picked our seat in the open air tables. We selected a Chardonnay and were given two very generous pours of wine. My husband had an "outstanding" chicken paillard and I had mini wagyu beef burgers. My burgers melted in my mouth and were the perfect base before visiting some wineries! Our waitress suggested we try the peanut butter chocolate dessert and we were not disappointed. The staff was very polite. My only criticism would be that our meal was not inexpensive. It was a special splurge that we thoroughly enjoyed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great service, terrible food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    If you want to get wasted on their scallops app, it's a pretty good deal, straight uncooked white wolf vodka poured right into your $20 app, awesome! The chicken was wedding food and the duck was undercooked/cold with nasty syrup and oil poured on top. Horrible combination, zero acidity and a challenge to eat. The positive was our service. I feel bad for the great servers who have to pretend that this joke of a restaraunt produces good food. Our server was on it, very attentive and did the best she good with a below par product. Never coming back, spend your money somewhere better.
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  • Still great.
    P424
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Everything was terrific from the first hello through the "enjoy the rest of your evening" - no complaints. While expensive, the value for money was much greater than some of the other "name" restaurants in town. Nice to know that whatever time of year it is the experience will be the same.
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    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful birthday dinner.
    KerenVIP
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    Visited Dry Creek Kitchen for my birthday. We all enjoyed our meals very much. Everything was cooked to perfection and delicious. They even brought a little sparkler (beverage) to begin the meal, and then a real sparkler with our desserts. It was lovely. We shall return.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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  • Always WOW'd
    YoliVIP
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Friends came to town from back East and of course, we took them to our favorite spot, Dry Creek Kitchen! Dinner was excellent. We like to start with the salumi and then go on to an appetizer and main course. Everything was excellent and so fresh. Sauces were delicious! They wow'd all of us with a glass of sparkly, small amuse b.. and a lovely plate of goodies for dessert, even though we were too full for dessert. We left with a lovely package of chocolates. The sommelier, Courtney was very helpful, Drew, the General Manager, greeted us and checked in mid-dinner to be sure we were satisfied and our waiter (don't remember his name) was delightful. Thank you again for a great experience!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful Experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    We had a great time at Dry Creek Kitchen. Our server Richard facilitated and wonderful experience. The food was fantastic and the service was impeccable. I'd be more then happy to return to this restaurant and would recommend it for anyone looking for a romantic dinner experience in Healdsburg.
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    notable wine list, romantic
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  • Didn't Disappoint!
    Misty
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    This was our second visit to Dry Creek; this time with our family and we were just as impressed as our last visit. Staff was very attentive to our needs (including a never empty water glass) and the food outstanding and so unique in its flavor as well as presentation. Atmosphere is just lovely with the Napa vibe that we love!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fabulous dinner!
    birthdayfoodie
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    We had a wonderful dinner at Dry Creek for my 40th birthday. Ordered the 3-course and 5-course set dinners and shared everything as it was so delicious. The soup was especially memorable and the staff were 100% attentive and personable. They even made a personalized dessert with my name inscribed - how thoughtful! We also loved that we could bring a wine we bought that day at a local winery and they don't charge a corkage fee to open it.
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    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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  • OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    The food was amazing. Chef Dustin put together an awesome 7 course meal!
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  • Great Meal
    LikestoeatVIP
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Service was outstanding, food was delicious and the ambiance really conducive to a wonderful dining experience.
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    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, notable wine list
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  • Great food and atmosphere
    JetPet
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    Dry Creek Kitchen came highly recommended to us and it did not disappoint. The scallop appetizer that they are known for more than lived up to my expectations--it was fabulous. Everything we ordered was extremely good, the service was attentive and the atmosphere is great. We will definitely return next time we're in Healdsburg.
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    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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  • Great Food Great Service
    NJfoodiesVIP
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    We had the 4 course prix dinner The food was fabulous and our server was wonderful- he was very knowledgeable about the wines even knowing what vineyards the grapes were grown in. He was also very knowledgeable about the food and its preparation.The food was absolutely fantastic.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, notable wine list
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  • Consistently Fulfilling
    WineBear
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    Time and again DCK impresses me, my wife and our visiting friends. As locals we get to enjoy DCK on a regular basis and we enjoy each visit.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • An excellent culinary vintage!
    JPeterman
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    Charlie Palmer seamlessly blends the elements of his classic cooking style with the warm embracing wine-country community of Healdsburg. The staff also reflected that combination of sophistication and relaxation-knowledgeable, informative, and friendly.
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    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fine dining
    FoodLover1
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    We were guests of the Kitchen last week and had a memorable dining experience. The ambience was very nice and the food and service was exceptional, you will not be let down. FoodLover
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.