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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Harvest Moon Cafe reviews from OpenTable diners
144 reviews since June 22, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.5
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
92% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for outdoor dining (113)fit for foodies (104)neighborhood gem (81)romantic (58)special occasion (57)good for groups (42)notable wine list (41)hot spot (15)kid-friendly (8)great for lunch (8)great for brunch (7)late-night find (5)scenic view (4)vibrant bar scene (1)Show More
  • Always Phenominal
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    Everytime I go to Harvest Moon, and I have been there A LOT, no matter what I order, the food is phenominal. The menu is constantly changing and everything is always so fresh. The staff is fabulous and are always very accomidating to any of my party's needs. There are some gems on the square, but Harvest Moon is by far my favorite.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding
    Karl
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    A real surprise after having received many good recommendations from friends!
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    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Great venue
    Pvbkearm
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    You must sit on the patio...inside is cramped. Loved dessert and our waiter.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good Sonoma dining experience
    DinerJohn
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    This restaurant has a great outdoor seating area. The seating inside is limited and it may be noisy there but outside is wonderful. The menu is creative, with only fresh and local sources are used. Definitely worth a visit if you are in the area.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    Ambiance is okay - we had to sit inside so it may be much better outside -food was phenomenal
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A gem
    injcr
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    My daughter searched online and found Harvest Moon as a place that would satisfy meat eaters and vegetarians alike... not always easy to do. We all really enjoyed our meals and the garden atmosphere with hanging lights overhead. Would definitely return for dinner if (when!) we return to Sonoma. Loved it!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Favorite place on Sonoma Square
    mtngirl
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    Best steak and sauted kale I've ever had! (And I do not like kale!). Husband had meatballs appetizer which was large enough for a meal. Our friends had salads with over the top layers of flavor. The menu changes daily but you will be able to find something you like . The ribeye stays on the menu . AND you won't "break the bank" like other places in Sonoma using same ingredients It's only open for dinner and is small. You need to make reservations.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fantastic Evening Out
    24Sonoma
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    We moved to Sonoma just 3 months ago and our having a blast discovering the local restaurants. Harvest Moon is a hidden jewel right across from the square in downtown Sonoma. I had the butter fish which was hands down the best fish I have ever tasted; my dinner date ordered the Mushroom Risotto and thought it one of the best he had ever enjoyed. Service was superb -- attentive, personalized, and welcoming. Best Sonoma dining experience yet! We can't wait to go back and splurge on the out-of-this-world S'more once again. This dessert is a must when dining here.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love this place
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    It had been a while since we had eaten at the Harvest Moon. It was definitely as good was we had remembered! The ambiance is great, inside or out! The staff were warm and friendly and also very understanding when our friends were stuck in traffic and arrived late. All of our meals were outstanding and the S'more for dessert was to die for. I love the patio after dark with the Italian lights strung across the dining area.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Exceeds Expectations
    visitor2chicago
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    When you're a guest at Harvest Moon Cafe, you are treated with care by every person on staff. They are knowledgeable, courteous, and grounded. The food is delivered with urgency and prepared with skilled hands--dressings, garnishes, sauces, flavors are married perfectly. The menu stands apart from all other restaurants in Sonoma, using quality local ingredients to represent a synopsis of familiar cuisines in a unique way. The desserts are irresistible--our choice was late summer peaches and light ricotta fritters served with homemade hazelnut ice cream. This dish was generous and authentic of the simplicity of Italian dolce. Do not skip the latte--you will not find better anywhere!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • FoodieVIP
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Very good all around meal from the tomatoes with burrata to the ravioli in brodo (can you bottle that broth) to the impressive and equally tasty S'mores with homemade marshmallows. Rule of thumb - if someoen bothers to make a homemade marshmallow and pair it with chocolate (not to mention peanut butter) then you should probably order it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The moon no longer shines
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Once our favorite restaurant in Sonoma, Harvest Moon appears to have fallen a notch. It remains small and cozy with a great patio and the menu has always been somewhat limited --but the food is not at the same standard and since service was never a high point..... The owners remain involved but are not always present--- and the balance is gone in seasonings of salads and main dishes. Desserts remain seasonal and a highpoint.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    great menu, sat outside, our group had 5 diverse entrees.....all excellent. service great early in the p.m. would be interested to know more about Wed movies....terrifuc!!! we are locals
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food10
    sonomafood10
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    The food is wonderful; really like the outdoor atmosphere but the service needs a lot of work. The servers reminds me of a few college kids who don't have a clue about good service. It might be hard to keep experienced servers when their outdoor dining area is so seasonal. It won't keep me from coming back but it could be so much better! Maybe they should train their servers.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Disappointed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    The first time we went to this restaurant was memorable. It was New Years Eve. From the appetizers toDessert, Delicious. We went back again and it was good,not great. The third time was very disappointing for myself and my husband. From salad, dinner and to top it all off Biscotti, that were stale. If it was possible to view the menu ahead of time, I would not have gone. The menu for the day is posted much too late. Unfortunately for me, I do not like Rib Eye Steak which they always have. It's too fatty. RECOMMEND POSTING THE MENU online earlier. Since we live in Sonoma, I would consider returning if I could see the menu first. Otherwise, NO.
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  • Great food, weird staff
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    I definitely recommend checking this place out, but be warned the staff is quite diverse and strange. Really fresh and flavorful food combinations.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful meal
    Dianey
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Great meal on the lovely outdoor patio. Food was wonderful service was great
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • wonderful food!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    we hadn't been here in ages and looked forward to trying out the dinner. great outdoor seating under the covered area. the bruschetta with anchovy, avocado, cilantro and luscious tomatoes was a stand out! my date had tasty green salad with hazelnuts and goat cheese. the pheasant was wonderful as was the pork shoulder - outstanding veggies and flavors throughout - great sausage combinations with the main dishes...tasty, tasty, tasty! plum & blackberry crisp with earl grey ice cream made it a perfect night! by the time we were leaving, the place was packed and the outdoor area looked so festive with the lights.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • open2dining
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    Wonderful. Food, service, ambience. Lovely outdoor garden. Two large groups, but caused no problem. One with local winery owners was quiet anyway, and the other a bachelorette party. Could have been loud with the bachelorettes, but the venue somehow handled it beautifully.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Come for the food
    JoshuaVIP
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    We had a lovely dinner at Harvest Moon. Sat outside in the yard (much preferable to the dark interior seating area) and all of our dishes were tasty and beautifully prepared. We'll be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • dwflyman
    OpenTable Diner Since 2002VIP
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    We found this amazing restaurant on the Plaza a couple of years ago while on vacation. Since then we have returned many times, and every time the service, food and atmosphere have remained consistently terrific. There seems to be a nice blend of locals and tourists. The back patio is a great space that is very welcoming. The staff is amazing, personable, engaging, very knowledgable of the often changing menu as well as the wine menu. We love this place and will keep coming back. Ill never forget the first course, the first meal we had there. It was, of all things, fava beans with mint sauce and orange slices. DIVINE!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good not great
    carmenreyVIP
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Enjoyed our group dinner here - lovely sitting outside in the back garden. Food was good, did not knock my socks off but it was solid. Service was just fair - not as professional as expected based on price point; apps came out for all but one and then the missing salad took 20 min to arrive. This may have been due to a huge (20+ person) party going on, so I recognize that. Overall, try this place but if you are only there for 1 or 2 nights, this may not make my personal list.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Poor experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    After reading good reviews we dined here on a 3 night stay in Sonoma. The squash soup was good, after that it was terrible. My wife had a rib eye which she did not enjoy, if you start with poor quality steak you end up with a poor meal. My lamb chops were terrible. Wait staff had all disappeared to kitchen to serve a huge party. By the time someone came back my wife had finished her meal and I had lost interest in changing my raw lamb and eating alone as well.
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  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    Excellent food! Lovely atmosphere! Wednesday night movie was very cool!
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fabulous farm to table dining
    GailC
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    My niece and I ate here after a nice afternoon in Sonoma tasting wine. It was referred to us by a local as a restaurant with farm to table fresh food. He was absolutely right, we had stuffed rigatoni and rabbit, with a bread salad appetizer. All the food was superbly prepared and delicious. Don't miss this gem, and choose the patio for seating you won't regret it!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Made Birthday Special
    Todd
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    We took a friend for her birthday, and we really had a great time and a great meal. The food is generally very good there, and the back patio makes outdoor dining the way it should be. Enclosed, so the breezes are minimized, but just enough to keep it from getting too hot.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nothing Pithy to say, but good
    smoon
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    One of the greatest salads I've ever had--perhaps the greatest. It was a tomato & bread salad, and it was thing of beauty. The rest of our food was good, definitely a quality restaurant--but the salad was truly notable...
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great downtown location-big flavors
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    Farm to table approach so menu changes often. While we were there we had a fantastic rigatoni with bolognese sauce and a lamb dish. Both were absolutely fantastic and full of flavor. Wine list consists of local vineyards that don't mass produce, so many labels unknown, but fabulous. Located right on the square with a beautiful back patio that is more than double the size of the inside. Perfect setting with great food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Harvest Moon
    Estic
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    This restaurant is located in Sonoma Square and surrounded by lots of shops and other restaurants. The outside space was beautiful and the food delicious. We ordered the mixed lettuce salad with heirloom tomatoes goat cheese to start. For main entree we had venison with corn and pepper hash, and rib eye steak with blue cheese butter and mashed potatoes. The star of the show was definitely the corn hash, we asked for the ingredients to replicate at home. So delicious!! The service had a great pace and friendly.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 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
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    • 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.
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    fit for foodies
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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!
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    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    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).
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    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Perfect!
    JJP65
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    Appetizers, entrees, and dessert were delicious. The outdoor dining was a wonderful surprise! Well managed.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • 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
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    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.
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    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
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    • 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
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    • Noise LevelModerate