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

Meritage Martini Oyster Bar & Grille

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.sonomameritage.com/
  • Phone: 7079389430
  • 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: Seafood, Italian
  • 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 7079389430
  • 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.
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Meritage Martini Oyster Bar & Grille reviews from OpenTable diners
4 reviews since June 2, 2014
Overall Rating3.3
  • Food3.5
    Service3.5
  • Ambiance3.3
    Noise LevelEnergetic
100% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
good for groups (3)vibrant bar scene (3)fit for foodies (2)special occasion (2)neighborhood gem (2)notable wine list (2)great for lunch (1)hot spot (1)great for outdoor dining (1)kid-friendly (1)Show More
  • Yelled at by bartender
    Embarrassed100
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    As we enter the restaurant 15 minutes prior to my reservation we get yelled at from the bar from the bartender that "WE ARE CLOSED!!!!!" The restaurant was full and everyone looked at us!! Embarrassing!! I yelled back I HAVE RESERVATIONS!! Then the hostess came and checked and sat us down.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Don't order the whole lobster
    BuddhadelightVIP
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    I have enjoyed fresh live lobster when ever I find it available. This was my first big disappointment. I ordered the whole lobster----it was so small. Maybe 6 oz. really small claws. I had to order another entree. My wife ordered the lobster salad. It was supposed to be 1/2 lobster. But it only had one claw. She had to order something else. But after a long wait we found out they forgot
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Too bad it's closing...
    marion
    Dined on 6/5/2014
    Great place for oysters and lobster special nite dining. Beautiful lighting decor. However, the restaurant is closing so very busy and noisy lately. Burgers and Vines in Sonoma, however, will continue with Meritage nites for seafood affectionados.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 1 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 2, 2014
    • Overall Rating4
    • Food4
    • Ambiance4
    • Service5
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The following 618 reviews are from the Meritage Martini Oyster Bar & Grille reviews archive.
  • Pretty good
    825111
    Dined on 5/22/2014
    The wait staff was very friendly, service was a little slow, but the bar was very crowded which was surprising for a weekday.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • MbbMarie
    Dined on 5/22/2014
    Great sea food plates. Must try the sparkling sangria
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Dinning
    Grumpy
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    Special night out with my wife and had a very enjoyable evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great last minute date night!
    Jesss
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    We just moved to Sonoma & we are trying out all the local gems. We decided last minute on a Saturday to do a date night & there was an opening for a reservation & we took it. I really liked this restaurant & will definitely be back for more seafood trys. I had the seafood linguine & my husband had the steak! Both were fantastic & not too heavy so we were able to enjoy dessert! Our waitress was so pleasant and was great at suggesting cocktails & dinner for me, she also kept remembering my dairy allergy everytime we chose a dish. The cocktail menu is definitely something special. Normally we would order a bottle of wine with dinner but decided to cocktail it, excellent choice on our part! :) We'll be back, loved the spot!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent food & reasonable prices
    SonomaWineDiva
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    Especially good seafood choices. The lobster stew with mushrooms was delicious and included a lobster tail and claw--great value for $24. Only caveat--the restaurant is very noisy. Hidden surprise is the back deck.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Could have been better
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    Really quickly. Four of us at a table. Service was a bit slow however I was impressed our server was able to remember everything we ordered. It was a lot. 2 of us ordered the caesar salad . Stay away from it . Very pathetic. Lettuce ripped up with a shade of dressing it. Really bad. Other meals were ok. However mt beet salad was fantastic and so was the gnocchi . One of the best gnocchi's I ever had. Not a bad place to eat . perhaps an off day overall.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • So-so restaurant
    Gaiseylves2eat
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    I was hoping for much more in flavor and it was dissappointing. Hangar steak, bouillabaisse both pretty bland.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Business dinner success
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 4/27/2014
    We met for a business dinner at the Meritage. At first it seemed like it was going to be a bit too noisy for a business dinner, but the atmosphere kind of grows on you and it worked out fine. A bit dark inside, but cozy. The staff seated us quickly and were very attentive for the rest of the evening. Food was excellent. Lots of seafood choices as well as items for the land lovers. It was one of the better meals we had while visiting Sonoma.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Poorly treated and boring food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    We arrived to this restaurant 10 minutes before our reservation time at 6:45. The server told us she had two options for our table. One in loud bar area right next to this group of men (who we later saw taking shots) or another table in the main area but we had to be out by 8:00 because she had a reservation. What about our reservation? We then sat down and had to wait quite a while before our waiter showed up. I joked if we didn't get a waiter we wouldn't be able to give them their table back on time. I ordered the steak and it was so boring and plain. The food was such a let down. My husband ordered the bison ribs which were also mediocre. To finish the evening, they gave our check to the couple next to us before we had finished eating.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Birthday Celebration
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    My girlfriends and I were up in Sonoma for my birthday and I wanted to go here for the dinner celebration. We came in and were seated right away. The cocktails were nice and the food was fabulous. I would come back again.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Seafood Patio Dining
    EmpressVIP
    Dined on 4/8/2014
    Oysters during happy hour are a great deal. Patio seating is quaint.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Disappointed on Most Things!
    PtownBoyzVIP
    Dined on 4/7/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • No Live Lobster
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 4/6/2014
    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.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always an Excellent Experience
    bigfunVIP
    Dined on 3/28/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great experience
    Jackie
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, great for brunch, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic Experience
    Donna
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Enjoy Special Local Dining
    monmex2
    Dined on 3/21/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A new favorite
    sffoodieVIP
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Business & Pleasure
    Scout
    Dined on 3/11/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Noise and more noise
    Sonomafoodlover
    Dined on 3/9/2014
    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.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Energetic
    Dagear
    Dined on 3/7/2014
    After an 11 hour flight just what we needed to keep us awake, the mushroom and tiger prawn risotto was superb.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Such an unexpected gem!
    Stephanie
    Dined on 3/1/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The food, service and staff
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 2/27/2014
    The food, service and staff were all fantastic. Made for a great anniversary dinner!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mediocre Brunch
    Velentine
    Dined on 2/16/2014
    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.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great food, good service
    DanL
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Valentine Dining
    andy
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Valentine's Day disappointment
    vintner
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    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.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great oysters!
    hulagirl5
    Dined on 2/13/2014
    We like this place so much we go every time we're in Sonoma. Usually TWICE! Not to be missed.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Locals love Meritage
    PamBC
    Dined on 2/8/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, romantic, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Enjoyable dinner in Sonoma
    Kdog
    Dined on 2/5/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Quiet Tuesday Night
    SnarkyCin
    Dined on 2/4/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Big Letdown
    clay
    Dined on 1/31/2014
    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.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ok
    teresalove
    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.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Stellar Service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 1/25/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • poor service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 1/18/2014
    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.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Will always be back!
    LizToddVIP
    Dined on 1/16/2014
    What can I say .. again ... but this place has outstanding service and great food. We will continue to return to this neighborhood gem. Note to diners - try their Happy Hour specials if you can get in early - great food and value.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, special occasion, Great for Lunch, Late-Night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Simple deco, nice location
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 1/13/2014
    Simple deco, nice location ,great menu and excellent wine list. Service very good
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate