Harvest Moon Cafe
Harvest Moon Cafe

Harvest Moon Cafe

  • 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 7079338160

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 WinnerMost Booked 1000-Point Tables
Harvest Moon Cafe reviews from OpenTable diners
150 reviews since April 22, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.4
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelModerate
92% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (100)great for outdoor dining (98)neighborhood gem (71)special occasion (50)romantic (48)notable wine list (40)good for groups (24)hot spot (12)kid-friendly (7)late-night find (6)great for lunch (5)great for brunch (4)scenic view (3)vibrant bar scene (1)Show More
  • Food solid, service a big miss
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Have been to harvest moon 4 times now. Twice, this time included, service was mediocre to poor. Once it was spectacular. With food this good, service that misses the mark becomes very evident and this time almost ruined the evening. To be honest, the only statements uttered by our server were "what can I bring you" (for dinner) and "there is some seapage in your cork (wine we brought)". Zero attempts to liven our experience with a recommendation on drinks, food or dessert, and not one simple check in to see if we enjoyed any of our apps, entrees, Albariño we ordered, or even desserts. For a restaurant family with 45 years of combined experience it had to be one or the largest spans of great food to just plain uninterested service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Quiet, slow, casual
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Sat in outdoor seating area. Very casual, like someone's backyard. The food was very good, but service slow. In fact, we waited so long for our entree that the server mistakenly brought us a dessert menu before our food arrived.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    We ate outside in the courtyard for a beautiful evening dinner while visiting Sonoma and the food was delicious. We highly recommend, and save room for desert!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very good but service wAsnt best
    AustinVIP
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    They ran out of a dish and offered a free dessert to make up for it. They didn't offer the free dessert when it was all said and done.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • JPSS
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    Wonderful place for dinner. Make sure to eat out on the patio if a table is open.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Amazing food!
    Foodluver
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Great small menu that changes daily I believe. We went to celebrate a birthday and was very surprised at how good the food quality was. She had the mahi mahi and couldn't stop smiling with every bite. I had the ribeye which was seasoned perfectly. The scalloped potatoes were the best I've ever had. Overall great experience!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent as always
    Peony
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    Food and service were excellent as usual on our most recent visit to Harvest Moon. I especially love the unique and delicious salads. My only complaint is that outdoor tables cannot be specifically reserved but rather are given on a first come basis -- even as in my case, I reserved months in advance for a weekday night. We got an outdoor table but only after waiting for 15 minutes. Because of this I'll hesitate next time when reserving for a special occasion (as the last visit was).
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Perfect!
    JJP65
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    Appetizers, entrees, and dessert were delicious. The outdoor dining was a wonderful surprise! Well managed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Harvest Moon never disappoints!
    Sonomawantotobe
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food
    AnnieT
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food and Outdoor Eating
    GregD
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Perfect evening For two
    FinallyVIP
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Loved it!
    Heatherdj22
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Top Three Restaurants in Sonoma
    1NewMan
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Moon Glow
    Gasman
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    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!!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • M&M
    mandm
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very enjoyable meal
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    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.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Harvest Moon misses the mark
    tominvineyard
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    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.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Vivelle
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    We sat in the outdoor patio and truly enjoyed our experience. Very casual atmosphere with a great menu selection.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Special Night
    jagle
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/14/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Harvest Moon Cafe
    sfla
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    We enjoyed this restaurant. The food was good the environment was good. Overall it was nice.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great local gem
    areatsVIP
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    We loved eating outside. Really nice setting with GREAT food.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • dependable and ever-changing
    Local
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Food, Good Wine
    Wineguy
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Almost there
    Michaelangel
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful blend of flavors...
    SonomaFoodie
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fantastic Food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    We were recommended Harvest Moon by a friend who had a friend who worked there. The food was absolutely delicious and the best meal we had in 5 weeks traveling in the US. The food was fresh with interesting combinations and good sized portions. Wish we had more time to go back and try other things. It's a small place but there are seats outside. It was lively and our daughter enjoyed watching the chefs prepare meals out in the open. Would highly recommend this place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Steve
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    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.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Jeffrey
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Worth time and $
    Mappt
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Average
    FooderVIP
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    An average plus restaurant. Some good wine selections, food fair but a bit heavy. Attentive service. Not cheap.
    Special Features:
    late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Relaxed Dining
    DavidH
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    Relaxed place, with great food. Good value for your dollar. Staff were very welcoming and service good too
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, late-night find, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birthday Dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 6/23/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • great surprise
    CaymanS
    Dined on 6/22/2014
    After reading all the great reviews on open table I expected a good experience. What we experienced was not good but great.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Every Bite Marvelous
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love Farm to Market, it's here
    TennisGolfLady
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Open Table find!
    DananCheryl
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • It's a miss.
    MuchachaVIP
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet