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Harvest Moon Cafe
Harvest Moon Cafe

Harvest Moon Cafe Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://harvestmooncafesonoma.com
  • Phone: (707) 933-8160
  • Hours of Operation: Dinner: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Sunday: 5:30pm - 9:00pm; Dinner: Friday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 9:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Californian, Mediterranean
  • Executive Chef: Nick Demarest
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Cafe, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, Weekend Brunch
  • Catering: Harvest Moon Cafe is available for private events to accommodate your next breakfast, lunch, or dinner party. We create custom seasonal menus, wine selection, and flower arrangements for your next event.
  • Private Party Facilities: Our dining room is available for private parties and events for groups up to 45 people. Our seasonal patio accommodates special events up to 75 people. We create custom seasonal menus, wine selections, and flower arrangements for your special event.
  • Private Party Contact: Jen Demarest (707) 933-8160

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Napa Street
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: There is available street parking on Sonoma's square.
A word from Harvest Moon Cafe
We are a small family run cafe in the heart of Sonoma's square and the beautiful wine country. We change our menu daily to utilize what is available and at it's best. We love to support our local farmers and winemakers. All of our produce, meat, poultry and fish come from farms, fisheries, and ranches guided by principals of sustainability.
If you do not see what you are looking for or need a table for 8 or more give us a call at 707-933-8160.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerCalifornian
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked 1000-Point Tables
Diner Reviews
  • "Just celebrated my mom's birthday there. Food, service and obiance, always perfect. (This was my 5th visit) I love that their menu changes daily so that you get the freshest quality food. Menu is very creative. Such a hidden find. Even though it's on the plaza, it's easy to pass on the street. Patio is lovely. So romantic on a warm Sonoma night."
    Dined on 7/28/2014
  • "I selected this restaurant based on reviews which sang praises of the food, wine & location and my high expectations were met. My husband and I started with glasses of Sonoma white wines with slices of fresh baked bread. The large number of European wines on the list given the location in California wine country was strange, though. Our salads - romaine and pickled beet salad for me, fresh greens, pecans and peach salad for him - were perfectly dressed. I had the rib-eye entree and must say it was one of the most flavorful rib-eyes I have ever eaten and was perfectly cooked. My husband's penne with rock shrimp also hit the mark. The blueberry trifle dessert was good but not memorable. Would seek it out if in Sonoma again."
    Dined on 7/27/2014
  • "Walking in to Harvest Moon I wondered what I got myself into, but once we walked through the restaurant and were seated in the outdoor courtyard, I breathed a sigh of relief. The dinner special the night we dined was squab and it was the most well-prepared little bird I've ever had. All the meals were great, and served at a leisurely pace by an attentive waitstaff. Don't skip dessert."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "This is just a great place for dinner. Fresh veggies excellent prepared dinner at excellent price. Best ribeye in Sonoma at reasonable price. It's just a nice place to have a conversation over wine and a very tasty dinner."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "Great dining experience in every way. Shrimp and grits, I was in heaven! You won't be disappointed here. There is something for everyone on the menu."
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "Living in Sonoma, I sense there are three top restaurants, and this is one. Why? The chef set's solid pace, day after day, the menu changes. He has salads especially that are redundant, but the entrée is always changing. Did I mention there is the same consistent high taste quality. Often, the dishes are seasoned so perfectly you don't need the salt and peper. The wine menu is solid, too, hand picked by knowledgable chef or staff who is something of a wine professional. Did I mention the table servers are friendly, it's true enough. Finally, it's just idiosyncratic enough to have character. As far as I can tell the kitchen could be hell, but the front of the house makes it invisible."
    Dined on 7/23/2014
  • "Our third visit to Harvest Moon, a must eatery while in the wine country. Everything is fresh from local markets, the preparation is superb, and the wait staff is exceptional. Patio dining is our favorite, but inside dining is warm and cozy. A great wine selection is available or bring your own for a corkage fee. Enjoy this gem in Sonoma!!"
    Dined on 7/21/2014
  • "We eat at Harvest Moon quite often and are never disappointed. This evening I was particularly impressed with the panzanella (likely not spelled correctly). Our guest from out of town said that his lamb was one of the best meals he ever had, and he travels world wide. Be sure and try it!"
    Dined on 7/21/2014
  • "We really enjoyed this restaurant. Great food. Great wine. Only drawback is the building ventilation is less than desirable. It was really warm in the building. Other than that, we loved the experience and would definitely recommend it."
    Dined on 7/21/2014
  • "The ambience is good with attentive service. The food however is not well prepared and over-priced. The yellowtail tuna was dry with little flavor and a lamb dish tasked like a cheap steak."
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "We sat in the outdoor patio and truly enjoyed our experience. Very casual atmosphere with a great menu selection."
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "A client in Sonoma suggested the Harvest Moon Cafe for a dinner meeting. The food was beautifully prepared, and just as tasteful. Service was just right. Pleasant, attentive, but not fawning. HIGHLY recommended."
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "Fantastic restaurant: delicious food, excellent and very kind service and a romantik and cozy, down-to-earth ambience! We are from Denmark and enjoyed having dinner among local people and no tourists (at least very few)! A great experience!"
    Dined on 7/14/2014
  • "This place got recommended to us by a local winery. I swear you'd miss it when walking the Sonoma square if you weren't looking for it. It almost looked closed. But packed inside! Obviously a local hotspot. Super fresh, delicious food, seasonal and local menu, good service. We didn't sit back there, but the outdoor space in back seems like the place to be."
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "We loved eating outside. Really nice setting with GREAT food."
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "Beautiful crusted Ono dish and duck ravioli to die for, herbs used liberally and generous portions. Dined here many times, always some new menu items, fresh ingredients, tastefully prepared and served. Limited but adequate wine list, reasonable prices. Seating inside is very limited and close, not conducive to private conversations but comfortable. Our local favorite."
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "This is an exceptional place on the Square in Sonoma. I would rate it number one in the Sonoma area. The menu is short, but has something for everyone and changes daily. The Food is imaginative and well presented. The staff is knowledgeable and helpful. Highly recommended."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "Food was wonderful. Servers could have put a smile on their puss. Low energy and limited customer engagement. We asked waitress for special request. She said the chefs were grumpy. We asked again and she said " well, I guess you are the customer,," epiphany. Ambiance was drab outside. No plants. Dirty wood sills on patio. Wouldn't take much to bring it up a few notches."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "As a local, I've enjoyed Harvest Moon for several years. But, lately it seems the food and service have improved to the level of five stars. I trust the chef enough to try some of his more exotic creations, such as the Eggplant stuffed with lamb and pine nuts. I am happy to say my only problem was eating slowly and not gobbling the whole thing down in thirty seconds because it was just so good!"
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "We were there on a Saturday at 5:45. Sat up front,inside. Stuffy and warm. Service OK, food so,so. Had the chop, not particularly outstanding. Others had the pasta, not better than average."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "First bottle of wine was corked, 2nd choice not available, 3rd brought to the table was twice the price. Ended up having an open bottle of the 2nd choice by the glass. Strange."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "This was a fantastic meal. Every item on the menu ordered by our party of 5 was excellent! This would be a regular spot for us to eat doe special occasions I'd I lived any where near this restaurant. You won't regret a visit to this great restaurant."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "An average plus restaurant. Some good wine selections, food fair but a bit heavy. Attentive service. Not cheap."
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "Relaxed place, with great food. Good value for your dollar. Staff were very welcoming and service good too"
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "I was looking for a dining experience a bit nicer for a birthday celebration in my local area. Harvest Moon fit the bill by providing this. The evening was delightful on a beautiful summer evening and this allowed us to enjoy the patio dining. The food selections were unique and they accommodated us even beyond the menu by making a special vegetarian dish. The service by all wait staff was wonderful."
    Dined on 6/23/2014
  • "After reading all the great reviews on open table I expected a good experience. What we experienced was not good but great."
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "Harvest Moon serves delicious, fresh, beautiful dishes every time. The menu is innovative, the flavors are perfect. My husband and I ooooh and ahhhh over each bite."
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "I love that the menu changes regularly based on what is in season. The protein purveyors are vetted and great. I had a mozzarella, eggplant salad that was outstanding. Farm to market really makes a difference in flavor. Our waiter was friendly and fun. You want him as your friend! Great experience. We really loved seeing the herbs planted around the outdoor space. Truly lovely."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "We go to Sonoma once every few months, as it's close, has good wine, and good food. As we were heading out for a quick visit, I called to makes reservations at one of our favorite restaurants. It was booked and so was our next favorite. I went to Open Table and used the search feature which gave me a choice of places in Sonoma with open reservations and open times. I found Harvest Moon on the list and made reservations. We have walked by this place many times but had never tried it, what a wonderful surprise! It is now our "go to" place in Sonoma and we highly recommend it."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Lovely outdoor patio. Food was good but not great. I had two appetizers and the salad with fresh beans was the better of the two. The taste and presentation of the rabbit ragu over penne was completely unremarkable. The service was not good - the server forgot to note down no cheese for one dish which had to be remade, the server was not attentive and became snippy when I mentioned the difficulties in getting her attention. I would not recommend this restaurant for other solo diners."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "After spending the day biking around Sonoma, Harvest Moon was the perfect way to indulge in a fantastic dinner. We brought in a bottle from a winery we had visited, which went very well with the delicious rib eye steak and the venison loin. The salads we had to start were fresh, light, and a perfect way to start. For dessert, the upside-down Bing chocolate cake was delicious. Our only regret was that we didn't order two of the cake. The patio seating was comfortable in the evening warmth. Overall, a great way to end our day in the area."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "We were visiting Sonoma and ate there based on a recommendation from a local. Both the food and service were top notch. I don't impress easily and I was impressed."
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "Really enjoyed our first visit to Harvest Moon. Chose it because of good Yelp reviews and its pisca-vegetarian-friendly menu. Got seated on the spacious outdoor patio, which can be either communal or private, depending on your mood. The salads were exceptional - every ingredient was fresh and bursting with flavor. I had the beef ragu, which was wonderfully satisfying - rich without being overwhelming. My partner had the tuna, which was fresh and perfectly prepared. They have a very nice, unpretentious wine list with a good selection of half bottles. Try the ginger ice cream for dessert. Service is friendly but relaxed - don't go if you're in a hurry. But to kick back and have a refined rustic Sonoma experience, it was great."
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "Excellent food and service. Neat, cosy patio. My husband and I have dined here before but it seems to just get better each time we go."
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "Squash soup was very good. Lasagna was pretty good. My husband's shirt ribs were tough. Thought the corkage fee if $18 was ridiculous! My entree was only $21! You are in the wine country, people want to bring their own wine! It's why we are there...to buy wine! Service was slow. Cute restaurant and great outdoor dining."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "We had a lovely time at Harvest Moon. We read about it online as we were vacationing in Sonoma. Our waiter was kind and knowledgable. The food was great and all in season, the wine list was great. Overall a wonderful experience and would go back if we return to the valley."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "Lovely patio, interior dining is dark and too close for comfort. Dinner options are OK, pork loin recently was tough and too heavily salted. Ono was delicious but kitchen is not very flexible to switch up sides. Limited by glass wine options...desserts not tempting."
    Dined on 6/12/2014
  • "Great food and great service. We really enjoyed it."
    Dined on 6/11/2014
  • "This was our first visit to Napa, and anyone that has been knows there is no shortage of great and even legendary restaurants. All I can say is that this place has every right to be pretentious, and is far from it. The menu. Limited, fresh, and inventive - the way it should be. I have come to hate looking at multiple page menus. But even with just 5 or 6 entree choices, we really did have a hard time choosing. We each had a different salad, and both were - again - inventive and fresh. For entrees we did the pasta and lamb, and both were amazing. Even better than the menu? The ambiance. 5-star food, but you feel like you are in the chef's own back yard, at his invitation. Perfect in every way. Book it, you won't be disappointed."
    Dined on 6/9/2014
  • "In a world where things are complicated enough, it's nice to savor a good simple piece of swordfish cooked perfectly. There is not enough good fresh seafood in the town of Sonoma, so we order it when we can. I'm not a great fan of bok choy but it was an appropriate complement and did not distract from the swordfish. The staff is sweet and very attentive with lovely smiles and a great attitude that is oh so pleasantly Sonoma."
    Dined on 6/8/2014