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Meritage Martini Oyster Bar & Grille
Meritage Martini Oyster Bar & Grille

Meritage Martini Oyster Bar & Grille Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.sonomameritage.com
  • Email: chefcc@pacbell.net
  • Phone: (707) 938-9430
  • Hours of Operation: Dinner: Sunday through Thursday 5:00pm - 9:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm- 9:30pm; Brunch: Saturday - Sunday: 10:30am - 3:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian, Seafood
  • Executive Chef: Carlo Cavallo
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: Meritage Catering will customize a menu for your specific event based on your event theme, favorite culinary tastes, style of service, wine preferences and budget.. Celebrity Chef Carlo Cavallo has over 20 years of catering experience in Europe and the United States. He has done sit down dinner gala's for up 2500 at a time, private celebrity dinners, grand weddings, corporate Christmas parties, and cooking classes. Meritage Catering has even traveled overseas and done weddings and corporate events in remote areas of world. Meritage Catering specializes in all types of corporate events.
  • Private Party Facilities: The Main dining room seats 75 comfortably, our covered Veranda which is climate controlled can seat up to 120. The whole restaurant can be bought out for private events. Chef Carlo is an award-winning specialist in regional Italian and French cuisine which is featured at his restaurant. He is very adept at preparing all types of cuisine including Asian, African, Caribbean, Latin American, and Indian specialties as well as good old American regional cuisine. Many of his winery clientele ask him to pair his food to their wines for their corporate VIP tastings and dinners. Menu pricing can vary due to market conditions, style of service, and location of event. We use only organic, natural and sustainable ingredients whenever possible.
  • Private Party Contact: Rosemary Jean (707) 938-9430
  • Entertainment: We often feature special events such as Live Music, Comedy Night, and Club Meritage Ultralounge... Please check our website for dates and times.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 2nd St West
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: We offer our own private lot. At night two additional lots are available across the street and 2 doors down at the Lynch Building which houses Sonoma National Bank.
A word from Meritage Martini Oyster Bar & Grille
Celebrity Chef Carlo Cavallo invites you to tour the cuisines of Northern Italy & Southern France. His seasonally driven menu's feature wild game, Dry Aged Prime Steaks, Fresh Seafood, Oyster/raw bar, Live Maine lobster's/ Dungeness Crab's and local organic produce some from Chef Carlo's garden. The restaurant's interior has warm earth tones illuminated by hand-blown glass chandeliers from local artisans.Continued
Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerVibrant Bar Scene
Diner Reviews
  • "We picked this restaurant due to some great reviews on Open Table. Shame on those that rated it so well. Well, we went and no wonder the place was nearly empty. Only a couple tables and then they turned people down at the door at 8:00PM. What? We later saw other restaurants just one block away nearly full. What do the locals know? As for us, we arrived with a reservation and told to sit wherever you want. We sat near the window. Ordered appetizers and they were so-so. Then we also heard they made their own pasta. Well, maybe so, but you surely don't overcook it till it come out mushy. Had the gnocchi and it was nearly like paste. UGH! Overall, it's greatly overrated and will not recommend to anyone. Sorry!"
    Dined on 4/7/2014
  • "Oysters during happy hour are a great deal. Patio seating is quaint."
    Dined on 4/8/2014
  • "We drove several hours to visit this restaurant based on the website. The experience was horrible. It took over 20 minutes to get a couple of martinis and a beer. There was no fresh Lobster. The calamari was rubber. There was nothing I can say good about this experience except the bread was acceptable."
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "My fiancée and I visit often, and we enjoy each visit more each time. We always ask to be seated at Sunny's table. If you want to have an extraordinary dinning experience, please ask to be at one of his tables. Each item is explained and also which beverage pairs nicely. He always remembers us, even if he just calls me kind sir. The restaurant has great daily specials, and the seafood is always prepared with heart and soul. Highly recommend this place! Thank you Sunny and staff."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "My daughter and I had an early dinner in Friday. The servers were attentive and very good. We ordered from the small plates selection as well as from the regular entree menu, and we didn't expect such large dishes of the small selections, so we had a lot to eat. That evening the deep fryer machine had malfunctioned, but it didn't matter to us. Our salads and small pizza were delivered quickly and were very good. Then followed the special risotto of the evening which was truly delicious. We simply had no room for dessert. The servers were good throughout. We could see that there is an active local bar scene, but very subdued so it is not overpowering to the dining room. Overall a great experience, I highly recommend it."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "What a wonderful dining experience. I'm a local person, and always find this restaurant to be a joy - especially when I have out-of-town friends visiting. Food, Service, Quality, friendliness -- it's all there. I always recommend it."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "This restaurant is only slightly off the Square in Sonoma and features wonderfully prepared and presented dishes with attentive but never intrusive service. There's full bar and it is frequented by locals. TV for those who want to share the current sporting event. A special place!"
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "We come up from San Francisco and spend a lot of time in Sonoma,, and have been to many Sonoma restaurants. We have been impressed with the quality of the restaurants, but Meritage will be a new favorite for future trips. The food was exceptional and the service was excellent. We did the 3-course Sonoma County restaurant week special but saw many intriguing dishes on the menu to try in future visits."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "Great spot for getting together for a conversation, a toast, a small bite, or dinner. Fresh Seafood, Ribs were great! One of my favorite spots."
    Dined on 3/11/2014
  • "We went to brunch which was delicious. Eggs Benedict with crab cake and potato pancake. Good wine list. The only problem was not the restaurant's fault, but one table of six was unbelievably noisy and most likely inebriated. Screaming, laughing, yelling, everything was at 120db. It was very unpleasant and not what you would expect at a neighborhood restaurant so early in the day. Maybe they had been there all night."
    Dined on 3/9/2014
  • "After an 11 hour flight just what we needed to keep us awake, the mushroom and tiger prawn risotto was superb."
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "We started with an appetizer with beans and prosciutto. It was so light and tasty! I wasn't too hungry so it was my intention to order just the ceviche appetizer for my meal and my friends each ordered the special risotto. I secretly wanted the risotto but didn't think I could eat that much. They brought out the ceviche and put it in the middle of the table and split the two orders of risotto for all three of us so we each got some! It was the perfect amount for everyone and everyone was happy. The ceviche was fresh and refreshing and the risotto, with shrimp and asparagus, was rich and creamy. Helpful wait staff, fun environment, and really good food. Will definitely be back!"
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "The food, service and staff were all fantastic. Made for a great anniversary dinner!"
    Dined on 2/27/2014
  • "I was at Meritage Martini Oyster Bar & Grille for dinner at 6PM Valentine's Day. Food and drinks were good, however I have to comment about the service. When I ordered couple of martinis and a seafood plater ($50) I told the waiter that we will order couple of salads as well, but we need time to choose. The waiter insisted that we place our order all at once and since we didn’t want to spoil our Valentine’s Day celebration we complied and hastily ordered. I find this rude and unacceptable."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "We like this place so much we go every time we're in Sonoma. Usually TWICE! Not to be missed."
    Dined on 2/13/2014
  • "We were looking forward to this visit because we heard great things about the chef. The first thing we smelled when we arrived was bleach. We figured at least we know the place is clean. The smell was very strong. We were disappointed in our food. There were six of us and five of us had a complaint about our meal. The eggs were overcooked, the burger was small and plated with the wrong cheese and the ravioli was missing something (flavor). The French toast was good and the focaccia and tapenade were excellent. however. I might try to give this place a second chance, but with so many other restaurants to choose from, I am not sure."
    Dined on 2/16/2014
  • "So good we came back the next night! And they went out of their way to fit us in despite being booked. Great menu, good wine list, .....even found a new wine that we love MO ZIN from the Spann Winery (their tasting room is one block away and very worth the walk) We shall return."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "We were met by Joe when we arrived. He was very friendly & very professional. The wait staff was on top of our needs/wants & all had great attitudes, giving wonderful service. The food was fabulous!!! We both ordered the Prime Rib special. The meat was cooked perfectly - so perfectly that people at other tables stated they would have to order it next time because it looked so good. The portions are a very good size. We enjoyed our meal & our time at Meritage and will return soon."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "In town for a little wine tasting, we visited on a quiet Tuesday in February. Ended up staying at the bar after arriving a bit early for our reservation. Tasting menu was fabulous. Attentive staff and good drinks, too."
    Dined on 2/4/2014
  • "We go there for special occasions & it's always delicious & the service is personal & warm & so attentive! They remember us & go outa their way to make us feel special. Kinda noisy, though, it's a popular date nite spot!"
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "Had reservations for a Weds evening, got there a little early and no problem being seated. Waiter was very good, friendly, helpful, attentive but didn't feel rushed at all. Had the prosciutto - Portobello mushrooms, delicious! The risotto special was also very good. Only complaint was that it was a little chilly, not much protection from the front door on this cold, rainy evening. Would definitely return if I was a local."
    Dined on 2/5/2014
  • "Always fun and very good food. Wait staff need to be more familiar with the menu."
    Dined on 11/24/2013
  • "Made reservations 3 weeks in advance. Seated at a table in the Bar area in the back. All tables in front at window open with nice white tablecloths. Service was slow and uninformative. Wait person only interested in pushing drinks. Four in party, and not one of us enjoyed our meal. Calamari was cold and chewy, Potatoe leek soup was so thin, you could almost see thru it. My wife's chicken meal was cold and tasteless. the oysters were well cooked and very dry. Overall, disappointing."
    Dined on 1/31/2014
  • "Although the food was just ordinary (salads excepted which were great), the service was prompt, attentive and pleasant. Couldn't have asked for better wait staff."
    Dined on 1/25/2014
  • "I'm sure if we had come earlier to dine it would have been a better experience, but in my opinion if you accept a reservation at 9pm please be prepared to treat us the same as if we arrived at 7. We felt rushed out, the food wasn't really up to par and for a not inexpensive meal this wasn't how we should have been treated."
    Dined on 1/25/2014
  • "arguing manager and waiter, no one in there at off hours so it could have felt private. instead, food took forever. this is wine country! really, it should have been top notch. food was very good but the rest killed the experience."
    Dined on 1/18/2014
  • "Simple deco, nice location ,great menu and excellent wine list. Service very good"
    Dined on 1/13/2014
  • "Great food me and my Girlfreind had the seafood platter the service was passed expectations and Saul the chef was a very nice guy I thanked him for the meal and the other chefs very much gratitude I can't wait to go there again!!!"
    Dined on 12/24/2013
  • "The regular menu was not available for New Year's Eve, In stead a 5 course menu was being served. There was no information available to notify patrons of the menu change. The food quality was fair. The main course was not hot when it arrived. It was returned and was no better the second time around. The service was fair. it appeared they were not prepared for their New Year's Eve crowd. This made for a very disappointing evening dining experience. I understand the regular menu is worth trying."
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "Food was just okay. Service was good. Probably not worthy of a return tip."
    Dined on 12/28/2013
  • "Meritage Martini was not able to respond to their New Year's Eve crowd. We had a 9 pm reservation and weren't seated until 9:30. The hostess kept promising we'd be seated but made no effort to make us more comfortable during the wait. A comp glass of wine would have been a nice touch. The servers looked like it was their first night on the job. Very uneven, with unwelcome attempts at humor. The best thing about Meritage is its wine list which is well matched to the food and very fairly priced. Unfortunately cannot recommend this place."
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "My husband and I went on NYE - I know it was as expected for a night like that. However, the food was mediocre, place was overcrowded (like they accepted too many reservations) and the waiter was MIA most of the night. The highlight was my martini and the dessert. A delicious lemon Napoleon! I would have liked to have another cocktail but the waiter only came by once to check on us and I was still sipping then. Would go back for a drink but for a $65 sub-par meal; no thanks."
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "Went there for my husbands birthday and the seafood was amazing! Reasonably priced too!!!"
    Dined on 12/11/2013
  • "My favorite restaurant in all of California! oysters and martinis are a must. Their gnocchi is amazing too. Ambiance and service make for a great night out in Sonoma."
    Dined on 11/24/2013
  • "Great food and plenty of it. Service prompt and attentive."
    Dined on 11/18/2013
  • "Great Service & Killer seafood. Just yards from the Plaza. Happy hour 6-8 also helps."
    Dined on 11/13/2013
  • "Under $200 got my wife and I two appetizers, a whole crab, whole lobster, and several beers. The service was top notch, as was the food. The only thing that keeps this place from a five star review in my eyes is that you don't get a lot of food for the rather high price. Maybe next time I'll go for the ribeye. All in all, an enjoyable experience I'll repeat once a year."
    Dined on 11/9/2013
  • "We enjoyed this restaurant so much that we ate there twice during our week in Sonoma. We focused on the fresh seafood - oysters, prawns and whole crab - all fresh and tasty with excellent sauces and dips! We returned for some seafood and for the prime rib special. Our server was Sonny, who was friendly and attentive and very professional. This is a fun local place - a bit noisy for some but we had a great time. Fantastic martinis too!"
    Dined on 11/1/2013
  • "We were looking forward to trying this restaurant for the first time. We were disappointed. I tried the escargot w/polenta, which sounded interesting...it was pretty tasteless. My wife had the calamari appetizer, which was rubbery. We both had the lobster special. The lobster tasted good, but was dripping in water. The mashed potatoes and veggies were OK, but nothing to write home about. We will not go back with so many other wonderful restaurants in the area."
    Dined on 10/31/2013
  • "We needed to find a place for dinner while in Sonoma and I knew I should reserve something considering it was a Saturday night. Found Meritage based on searching for something with a moderate price and location near the center of town. It did not disappoint and I would go back again. We didn't love the Oysters we had - but they were good - just not great. My martini was good - they use small glasses and reserve some of your drink in the shaker on some ice - so you are sure it will be cold. The homemade pasta was good."
    Dined on 10/26/2013