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El Dorado Kitchen
El Dorado Kitchen

El Dorado Kitchen Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.eldoradosonoma.com
  • Phone: (707) 996-3030
  • Hours of Operation: Breakfast: 8:00-11:00am Everyday
    Lunch: 11:30am-2:30pm Everyday
    Dinner: Sun - Thurs 5:30-9:30pm, Fri & Sat 5:30-10:00pm
    Lounge Menu: 2:30pm Everyday Til Closing
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Californian
  • Executive Chef: Armando Navarro
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Chef's Table, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: Our executive chef will tailor a banquet menu that's just right for your event, and we are happy to accommodate special requests. When you and your guests stay in our 27 tastefully decorated guest rooms, seamless ease will characterize and complete your entire event experience.
  • Special Events & Promotions: The El Dorado Kitchen is the perfect place for wine-country weddings, rehearsal dinner, corporate events, business meetings, private parties and celebrations for groups of 20 -250. Whether it’s a wedding under the fig tree on our garden patio, a stylish cocktail party in our private lounge or a convivial tasting-dinner with friends at our communal table, we have the right venue for every occasion. The entire restaurant is available to reserve for larger parties.

    For more information, please contact our Events team at events@eldoradosonoma.com or 707-996-3030.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: West Spain Street
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Street Parking is suggested. Around the plaza there is a two hour limit: 9am to 5pm.
A word from El Dorado Kitchen
El Dorado Kitchen blends sophisticated urban style with a relaxed wine-country spirit in a setting that is at once simple and dramatic, contemporary and comfortable. The restaurant offers a stunning stone courtyard for outside dining, a relaxing lounge with a fireplace for cocktails, and an inviting private dining room for the ultimate intimate gathering. El Dorado Kitchen is open for lunch and dinner daily.Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "Neighborhood Gem! EDK Rocks! A perfect Manhattan, a dozen oysters, followed by delicious salad with beets and blue cheese. A bottle of Blackbird Merlot and a large plate of braised lamb over noodles. Desert was offered but refused… good thing I had a nice walk after dinner. I highly recommend EDK to all coming to Sonoma."
    Dined on 7/22/2014
  • "We had visited this restaurant in the late 90's. Our recent return was a little dissapointing. Our table was not available at the reserved time. Although the waiter was very helpful in recommending wine, the paella and corn risotto did not meet our expectations. They also ran out of scallops for the paella. The bread was nondescript. It appears that the restaurant focuses on processing quantity of patrons while relying on past reputation."
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "Had dinner on a Sunday evening. Traffic made us a little late for our reservation so the check in person made us wait to be seated, however, that being said, we had a wonderful wait person, the food was outstanding (salad for me, raw oysters for my husband followed by lemon ricotta ravioli, dessert fig something for husband - fried blueberry pie for me - mine was not so great). Great wine, great food (overall) and great service, can't wait to go again!!!"
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "The beet salad was delicious!!! I Aldo had the Seafood Paella!! Lots of seafood and cooked to perfection!! Big dish for one person but great! My husband had the King Salmon and it was great also!! Desserts and port were yummy!!!!! Loved the outdoor patio dining! Weather was perfect and lots of celebrations all around us!!! Love this place and can't wait to go back!!!!"
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "we dine at El Dorado every time we are in Sonoma and it is always great. Have taken friends who also love the food and wine. The location is great. Just a block from the B&B we stay at each time in the area."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "Fantastic dining experience. We would recommend this place if in Sonoma."
    Dined on 7/15/2014
  • "the food was great and we enjoyed sitting outdoors however our waiter (a man from Queens) was a bit rough around the edges and seem to be rushing our experience -- not ideal"
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "We enjoyed a very nice lunch. I had the Ahi Tuna Nicoise salad which was excellent. Nice ambiance, great location on the square."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "Food was very good except for a pork chop being on the blue side! a remake was done. Service was OK but but not as sharp as it could have been. It's been a couple of years since we last visited, the menu was not as exciting as before..."
    Dined on 7/8/2014
  • "There outdoor patio is cool in the heat of the day. My dining partner has mobility issues and they were extremely gracious and helpful as she got to our table. And the squash salad was summer on a plate."
    Dined on 7/8/2014
  • "We went for dinner and the food was spectacular. I had the seafood paella which was delicious. My husband had the corn risotto which he enjoyed very much. Definitely a splurge for us, but worth it!"
    Dined on 7/7/2014
  • "One dish--lamb--was excellent, but the wild King Pacific salmon was oddly flavorless. As east coasters who have Pacific King every week during the season (we just grill it with some olive oil and it's very flavorful) we thought that having it here in Sonoma, so much closer to the source, would be amazing. But this tasted completely washed out; without all the frou-frou accompaniment it would have been nothing. Very disappointing. Wine list also rather uninspired considering that we're in premiere wine country. Patio was very lovely atmosphere for dining, though."
    Dined on 7/7/2014
  • "We had such a wonderful family celebrating here. The service was excellent. Everything we enjoyed from the cocktails to the oysters to the risotto to the fried pie was absolutely delicious. We have been raving about the food for days. Such a wonderful spot!"
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "My husband and I and another went to El Dorado for a celebration and it was wonderful. They were happy to prepare things, including drinks how we wanted them prepared and the waiter was friendly and there when we wanted him. We changed tables because the sun was in our faces and they were happy to accommodate us. The food was delicious and the atmosphere was great. We ate outside and it was a gorgeous evening and we sat for a long time and that was fine with our server."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "Great food and service would recommend it to everyone"
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "I always like to sit outside and enjoy the lovely weather and the old fig tree. But when the weather isn't so great, sitting inside is also a great experience. There is a hustle, bustle and energy that makes this large open room welcoming and fun. The food is great, as is the service. This is my go-to place on the square."
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "Highly recommend everything about the restaurant: setting, service, and especially the food. Wonderful menu selection including innovative cocktails. Looking forward to returning soon!"
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "Party of 5 we ate outdoors under the cabana which made me feel special! Loved the fig tree in the center of the courtyard and the wisteria around the courtyard felt like I was in the south. The service is 1st class without being over the top. 3 or us had the duck which was a smaller portion than expected but Delicious. the best dessert I have ever had, fried blueberry and a coconut sorbet to die for. My4th friend had Pork Chops topped with apricots which was the best meal at the table. The 5th friend who was a vegetarian had the cold corn chowder which was yummy and ravioli's which she said was good. I would recommend eating outside as its rather dark inside."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "The food makes up for some of the erratic service elements. We requested outdoors, but they seemed insulted that we actually expected that to happen (a large party just got here ahead of you? Huh?) We were made to wait to EXACTLY our reservation time (but still had to remind them we were there), although the restaurant was not nearly full. Seems they had to seat that BIG party first. The food is excellent, and, to a big extent. makes up for the poor front-of-house service. The experience was uncomfortable with our out-of-town guests. We have eaten here for years - some attention to the front of house action would be appreciated. G&F across the street seems to care whether we dine there.... maybe EDK can capture some of that empathy."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Great ambience and food! Our server was a little slammed at first but then was awesome with recommendations and answering questions."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "Love El Dorado, and have lunch there anytime I am in Sonoma, love the food, and the service is wonderful!!! Delia Crawford"
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "Service was poor and sloppy....male waiter was unshaven and unkempt and actually engaged in our private conversation as if he was a part. Had to ask for water, bread, no one came back to check on us and the waiters were not busy just inattentive...food way over-priced for what we received. Will not go back for a while. My wife who had gone there a few more times than I indicated that the service was spotty for her too."
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "The food was great as was the entire experience. We ate in the outside dining area and thoroughly enjoyed the ambience. The service was onpar with the very good cuisine."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "My group unanimously loved the El Dorado Kitchen. Our food was uniformly delicious and we enjoyed sitting on the patio with a breeze passing through our cabana. A lovely, lovely place to spend an afternoon."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "The mussels were great. The duck confit salad was delicious but the duck was a bit salty. Some large groups slowed the service."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "We had the bur rata (delicious) and the new on the menu short rub entree. It was out of this world delicious!!"
    Dined on 6/17/2014
  • "We were disappointed with our dining experience. It was rushed -- the appetizer we ordered came out of the kitchen immediately. We are foodies and were looking for a relaxing meal. The place was very busy, with many groups, and extremely loud. The servers were continually flying by our table. The food was good, but did not live up to the reputation we have heard about. We will not return. There are several other places on Sonoma square where you can get food of the same or better quality and have a more enjoyable dining experience."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "Server was great! Food was disingenuous and boring. The server should find a better restaurant to match his skills."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "Wonderful food, great service and a Sonoma Gem. Have had dinner here many times and have always enjoyed!"
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "Our group ordered two appetizers and 3 different entrees. The asparagus and summer squash salads tasted so fresh... as if just picked. The duck confit melted in your mouth yet had a crispy skin for lots of texture. The meyer lemon ravioli and fettucine carbonara dishes were delicious."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "Nice but pricey dinner at El Dorado Kitchen. Service was only so-so with several misses, although our servers' attitudes were nice. Food was mostly good, but one order of Paella was overcooked."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "I was surprise about the $5.00 cake plate price. Other than that, the service and the food was very good. We all enjoyed ourselves. We will return."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "Went for dinner last year. Back for a lunch this year. Just lovely. Will be back for more"
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "Brought our granddaughter here for her graduation - good choice. We were welcomed as soon as we got to the desk. Dining room is eclectic and warm. The waiter was very friendly & helpful. My granddaughter, and I, had the sea food paella. Beautiful dish, and all the seafood was fresh,with an amazing sauce. It will be hard to order anything else next time. The grandmother unit had the Petaluma chicken - absolutely delicious. We sat next to the kitchen, which was fine. However, a employee was quickly wiping plates, and bowls, next to us - which was loud, and distracting. We mentioned it to him, and he quickly respected our request. Great dining experience, Dave (grandfather unit) "
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "When in Sonoma, you must go to EDK. It's beautiful and a great find. We enjoyed the fried green tomatoes and their housemade pasta dishes. Make sure to ask the waiter for the specials. It's pretty expensive, so make sure you treat it as a special occasion."
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "I went with the family for a birthday and made reservations a few hours earlier. When we got there we were seated promptly and our server came over and began introductions. The menu is an eclectic assortment of local and sourced ingredients that really shine. The oysters were crazy good for an appetizer. I had the duck confit and I thought it was very well executed. I really enjoyed how they made use of some lesser known ingredients. Next time I am in Sonoma I am coming back."
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "Delicious food, lovely outdoor setting. Glad we found it!"
    Dined on 6/5/2014
  • "The food was, as usual, fabulous. This is our favorite restaurant and we go whenever we can. The back patio is beautiful and cool on Sonoma evenings. Our server, Iz, was great. We both decided to have multiple small plates as opposed to one large dinner. The ambiance this particular evening was completely ruined by three adults sitting several tables over from us. They brought out an I Phone and started watching a video at HIGH volume. At first I thought "OK, fun home video will be over shortly." but it kept going and going. The volume was loud enough that it drowned out the music on the patio. This wend on for what felt like forever but was most likely 5 minutes. What appalled me more than their behavior was the servers said NOTHING."
    Dined on 6/5/2014
  • "Enjoyed a late lunch with friends on the patio. Attentive server, fresh flavorful salad with perfectly prepared salmon."
    Dined on 6/5/2014
  • "A group of six of us enjoyed a wonderful dinner outside in a cabana. The service was great, food was amazing. A wonderful spot to enjoy a nice dinner over wine and cocktails!"
    Dined on 6/4/2014