El Dorado Kitchen
El Dorado Kitchen

El Dorado Kitchen

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.eldoradosonoma.com/
  • Phone: 7079963030x
  • 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: 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.
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El Dorado Kitchen reviews from OpenTable diners
253 reviews since May 21, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.4
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
93% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for outdoor dining (185)fit for foodies (152)special occasion (109)neighborhood gem (107)good for groups (102)great for lunch (93)notable wine list (82)romantic (76)great for brunch (46)hot spot (41)vibrant bar scene (32)kid-friendly (19)late-night find (9)scenic view (6)Show More
  • Nice
    freddyperry
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    We really liked our waiter Israel. My risotto was terrific. My wife's chicken was just okay. Not great.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Food & wine were wonderful, great indoor and outdoor dining. Server was a little flighty but it didn't matter, really a wonderful meal. Will be back for sure.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing all around
    Rodgeac
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    This rest around was amazing! We sat outside under the enormous fig tree, perfect weather, and perfect food. It was very loud inside, but perfect outside. The only negative was that our server forgot to put our appetizer in so we waited a long time for our salad to come and then the app came a few minutes after, then there was also a huge time lag between that and our main course. Luckily the food was worth the wait! I wouldn't think twice about a return visit!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always a favorite!
    SonomaCountyBary
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    This is our second occasion to dine at El Dorado Kitchen. Two for two fantastic experience. Food, always excellent. Service was perfect. Can’t wait to go again!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Barry
    Barry
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    The EDK recently modified their menu and basically upgraded the level of excellence in every category. Consequently this is now one of the two best restaurants in the City of Sonoma and sits at the top of my list as my current favorite. I highly recommend the Duck Dou entrée and the tuna tartar appetizer for a starter.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Lovely downtown Sonoma spot
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Love El Dorado Kitchen on the square in Sonoma. We had a delicious lunch on the patio - great service, too. Introduced out-of-town guests to Sonoma and the El Dorado.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Brilliant!
    WineDude
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Once again EDK did an amazing job. I love coming here, especially when I am entertaining clients. The service is spot on, the wine list is very representative of the area and the decor is exceptional. A very polished crew and exceptional kitchen.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    Visited Sonoma for a few days and we obviously had many places to choose from for dinner. I can't imagine finding a better place than EDK. On a nice night the patio is pretty unbeatable.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Slow service
    MartymazVIP
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    The service was incredibly slow. At the end of the meal, after 20 min, I actually had to get up to ask for the bill.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • CruiseVIP
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    We always visit the El Dorado Kitchen when we visit wine country. They have a great menu and our server Mike(who we have had for the past 3 years) is outstanding. Highly recommend if you are in the area.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    too many flies on patio/annoying Glass of wine $16!!! Food was beautifully presented, but pork was tough & flavorless Nice gratis b'day dessert Much prefer Fig Cafe in Glen Ellen
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Always good!
    Sonoma
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    We dine there often and it"s always delicious. The truffle fries are a must.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • All about the dessert!
    normalperson
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Dessert really was the best part of the dinner. Great place in Downtown Sonoma, would definitely return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • What a treat!
    Fab5
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    El Dorado Kitchen is our new favorite place to dine in Sonoma area. Five of us friends have been meeting for years sampling the flavors and fun of different lunch venues around the Bay. This is our newest find! We had superb service in an intimate patio area surrounded by the wisteria wrapped balconies of an historic hotel. Inside dining is also lovely with a contemporary flair, beautiful lighting and decor. Seasonal local food, truly inspired presentations! Truffle fries, fig and arugula with a sensational dressing, hand made pasta, local King salmon melted in mouth, remarkable side dishes, decent corkage fee.Not just for special occasions, priced very reasonably for a top flight restaurant. Reservations a good idea. It was packed!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great dinner
    Campbellkm3
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    Would definitely eat here again while visit Sonoma Valley
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Sonoma Restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    Went here after reviews on various sites and were very pleased. Had a glass of nice Sonoma Zin, and spouse had a local Brut. Food included a wonderful fig salad, big enough to share. I had the pork chop, a huge chop on a bed of the best palenta I've had in awhile. My wife had the risotto which she said was among the best she's had. Nice outdoor dining, with great and knowledgable service, can't beat it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not bad, not great
    Locke
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    We were here for lunch so I can't speak to dinner. My overall impressions were just so-so. It doesn't seem to be on the same level as The Girl and the Fig across the street. It wasn't a bad lunch though.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2004
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    Great salads to be enjoyed for lunch in out door patio.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Afternoon delight
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    We came to Sonoma to pick up some wine at Roche where we love their French Oak Chardonnay, but we were pleased at the buttery and oaky taste of the Putz-Hill carafe at EDK and how well it was paired with the salmon tartar appetizer (with crushed apples, wasabi, and avocado) and our entrees of Ahi salad and their special salad with chicken. The wait staff was attentive and very courteous (a young man from nearby Vallejo who drives up each day to work there. We were compelled to check out the rooms and room rates. Very moderate for this wonderful Sonoma afternoon getaway.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Nice lunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Great spot on the square for lunch. The restaurant is deceivingly large though and as a result the service can be slow. Food quality is exceptional.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Top Sonoma Restaurant
    MontereyGem
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    The El Dorado Kitchen is one of the best restaurants in Sonoma Square. It is located in the El Dorado Hotel at corner of 1st Street West and East Spain St. The food and service are excellent. The desserts are especially notable.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Terrific
    freddyperry
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    We had a terrific time. Sat on the patio which is wonderful. Food and service were excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious lemon ravioli!
    YogagirlVIP
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    Everything was wonderful...from the food to the service to the environment!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding Dining
    JSC48098
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    We had a party of 6 and to a person, their dinners were wonderful. We'll be back. Service was excellent, attentive and pleasant. We ordered a variety of appetizers/salads and entries--steak, chicken and seafood. After the meal we all agreed our selections were outstanding. Highly recommended.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Definitely a must try at least once
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    We came to Sonoma for a quick romantic getaway and had always wanted to try this place. The food was FANTASTIC!! Definitely worth it just for that! But, it is pretty pricey, alcohol is even more outrageous, so I'd go wine tasting beforehand, and then go here for dinner. It's rather noisy and everyone is seated close to each other, so as much as it's romantic, it's not private by any means. You'll make friends with your neighbors, which we don't mind. We lucked out and got seated at the far end of the restaurant where it was semi-quiet (besides an ancy toddler - which I wouldn't take kids here!), but it was noisy everywhere else in the restaurant. The bar looked like a fun atmosphere. And, outside looked amazing! We sat inside though.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • guests are quiet, kitchen noisy
    SatisfiedVIP
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    staff yelling orders and info to the kitchen. WHere is your computer system. This was really unacceptable. Talked to the wait staff and they seemed to know about it but did not see a solution. Have dined at this restaurant from Piatti days thru now and never experienced it like we did Aug 21st.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • great dinner
    jfern
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    Dinner was great! Took clients for dinner and had a wonderful experience. Servers were very professional & knowledgeable. Food came out at an even pace (no waiting), drinks were excellent, fish was local and delicious. We ordered pretty much all of the desserts (there were 8 of us) & none disappointed!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A real winner
    greatSonomaSpot
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    the heart of Sonoma, and the heart of a vibrant night dining scene. Home-made pasta that rivals better known Italian restaurants in the area. Cavatelli with Lamb.... Incredible. Great selection of Fresh Oysters, and reasonably priced wine list.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Never disappoints
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    I just love EDK because it is always on point, and never disappoints. The seafood paella was outstanding!!!! The service was top notch. It's a great place to go right on the square. Just love this place, one of my favorites in Sonoma.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Service
    June
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    We had a party of seven, and each one of us was made to feel special. Our waiter was awesome. The food was great. Nothing but praise for the entire experience!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • good food but noisy and busy
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Great place, food is great but not fantastic, place is busy and can use more waiters/attention in the kitchen (our order got mixed up several times), ambience is good, vibe is good but very noisy.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good vibe + great food!
    Jesss
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    We recently dined at EDK for the 4 time and never dissapoints! This time we celebrated my girlfriends birthday and sat outside. It was such a perfect evening with great food and cocktails. It was also perfect because she was pregnant and the waiter really helped out in ordering the right foods and they do have some creative specialty non-alcoholic drinks!!! We'll be back soon, LOVE EDK!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Solid and Dependable
    SanibelTom
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    We most often find ourselves at the bar for an interesting glass of wine and a quick bite, but this was pre-concert dinner, and the EDK menu's light dishes, at two per person, seemed just right. Satisfying, but not sleep-inducing. Our server was a little slow on the uptake, bringing all four apps at once instead as separate courses as we'd expected. He wasn't always attentive, either, although the rest of the waitstaff picked up the slack to some degree. As is often the case here, there was a large pre-wedding party going on, which can raise the noise level. The food, however, did not fail to please. The tuna tartare is first-class, and Dungeness crab cakes were elegant and allowed the subtle crab flavor to shine. Another solid dinner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good for relaxing meal
    NomaResDines
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    Enjoyed dinner here and had a wonderful server who recommended cucumber drink from the bar. Excellent on a summer night. He was very helpful with the menu and wine selection as well. Good service without hovering. My dining partner loved her carbonara and mixed greens salad. My salmon was good but didn't knock my socks off as I have had more flavoable salmon dishes elsewhere. French toast dessert is to die for. A nice choice in Sonoma if your dining partner wants a traditional safe choice.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Always good
    Sonoma
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    The wild King salmon that three of us enjoyed was deliciously prepared. I appreciate that the chef does not overwork the food. He has the best and freshest ingredients and enhances them. I completely recommend this restaurant for brunch, lunch and dinner.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • outstanding
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    This turned out to be an extraordinary lunch, fine food, terrific service and ambience. Definitely will be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Go for the food, leave for service
    Seattlegirl
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    We just ate here the other night. It was hopping when we visited on Saturday night. We sat outside on the back patio. It was lovely with beautiful ambiance, lighting, when it got chilly - they put on the heat. We were with a group of 10 celebrating a birthday. The service was TERRIBLE! The drinks took forever to come! (And, a 2nd beer came out about 40minutes after it was ordered - we were pretty much done at that point). The side dishes came out of the kitchen before the main course. We had to ask to have the water refilled, and for more bread - which is doled out 1 piece at a time - that's fine, if you can give it to the whole table. The man gave it to only half. They gave us the wrong dessert! And mixed up the coffee order as well.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Perfect for a special date
    Ssss
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    This place was perfect for a nice date with my boyfriend and I. The food was excellent, the ambience was great, the wine list was incredible. Over all just a great experience. On top of that, our server was super attentive and amazing. Great experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fun patio area...
    Marq04VIP
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Had a very nice lunch here with good friends after visiting two outstanding wineries (Stone Edge Farm and Hanzell). Loved the relaxed lunch on the patio...
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Disappointing food
    sae322
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    I hosted a birthday luncheon for five on the patio and no-one was very pleased with her meal. My $14 tostada was the size of a saucer and more appropriately served as an appetizer. None of us intend to return.
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