We dine here often...never
We dine here often...never disappointed. Always very fresh produce from the owner 's farm!
3/20/2013 5:00:00 PM
We went for the restaurant
We went for the restaurant week tasting menu. The food was very good and so was the service. Not the most gourmet food I've ever had, but it's good for the price. Service was great, bar had live music (but it didn't disturb the dining bc there is a door), and the cocktails were exceptional.
3/21/2013 5:00:00 PM
Great food and service. Music
Great food and service. Music in the bar area is always a treat.
3/21/2013 5:00:00 PM
Four of us went for Resraurant
Four of us went for Resraurant Week. Two of us had the halibut entrée, one had the asparagus entrée and one had the rib eye entrée. Food was delicious! The only issue for one of our group was the portion - very small. We will be back!
3/21/2013 5:00:00 PM
Enjoyed our dinner at French
Enjoyed our dinner at French Garden. Salads and soup were delicious. Loved my Asparagus lasagne. Chocolate dessert was yummy. We were there at restaurant week so 4 of the 6 of us had the price fix meal. We liked our server very much, although there were a few mistakes. One of the three drinks were wrong - not the servers fault. In addition, we were charged for 5 price fix meals instead of 4. We caught it before we paid but it just leaves a "bad taste" when this happens.
3/22/2013 5:00:00 PM
Restaurant Week Winner
I picked this restaurant to try during Restaurant Week because it looked interesting. The dining area is attractive and the outside patio looked lovely (we ate inside.) It was hard to chose between the starters; I got the soup and my daughter chose the sardine. Both were great. We both had the halibut; the broth was amazing! We had to take some of the chocolate dessert home because it was so rich. I would definitely return, especially for a special occasion (birthday, anniversary.) The servers were attentive and friendly.
3/22/2013 5:00:00 PM
It's a beautiful setting with artfully prepared, organic food.
3/23/2013 5:00:00 PM
We had a nice dinner. Everything
We had a nice dinner. Everything was very tasty and fresh. I want to go back for their french onion soup!
3/23/2013 5:00:00 PM
Brunch on the Patio
Very good food, though could be more inspired, but I was only there for brunch. Will return for dinner someday very soon. Very good drinks from the bar. If the weather is nice, you must sit out on the patio. Very relaxing even with the highway right in front.
Our server was excellent. Very personable. There was a bit of a problem with front of house/host/hostess duties. No one was there and no one took responsibility for seating us and we had a reservation which was pretty much ignored. That is my only complaint.
3/23/2013 5:00:00 PM
This is a wonderful discovery! We remember it as Marty's Top of the Hill....a long ago hot spot for singles! The transformation is amazing...the food was superb! The presentation was beautiful and artful, the produce fresh and aromatic. You can definitely tell the veggies are home grown and handled with respect. The interior is very beautifully done. We came for my daughter's birthday lunch, mid-week, the wait staff was so attentive and warm. The chef came out of the kitchen for a minute and we were able to praise this humble man for this gorgeous food. Definitely worth the little extra drive to be in beautiful Sebastopol for such an amazing dining experience. I only wish they had a more substantial wine list.
4/1/2013 4:00:00 PM
This place is fabulous. Everything
This place is fabulous. Everything we tried was exquisite. One of the best meals I have ever enjoyed. The scallops with bacon was our table's favorite but the mussels (an appetizer of great porportion) was up there too. They carry a "Federalist Dry Creek Zin" that is out of this world. Highly recommended this restaurant.
Len H Sebastopol CA
4/12/2013 4:00:00 PM
One of our favorite restaurants
One of our favorite restaurants in the Sonoma/Napa area. Can always count on getting "very good" to "excellent entrees" and find the right wines to complement our meals.
4/26/2013 4:00:00 PM
While to food was very good,
While to food was very good, the service staff shined. From the hostess to the busstaff, you felt like you were in a friend's home for dinner. Alway smiling and engaging, the staff were well versed on the cuisine and the ingredients.
Truly a pleasurable experience and one that I will be repeating soon.
4/26/2013 4:00:00 PM
A Pleasant, Relaxed Lunch
I took my sister there for a birthday lunch and we enjoyed a delicious meal of very fresh food. We had the artichoke with aoili, accompanied with micro greens, that was very tasty, just needed a little more sauce with it. Then we shared the fish tacos that were presented on an attractive plate of sauces, shredded cabbage, avocado and lemon, just right for sharing. Our wine selection was a local pinot gris,refreshing for a warm afternoon. We sat under a huge cypress (?) tree that provided a perfect amount of shade and breeze. Service was very attentive...just one little detail in that our waitress mentioned that the kitchen was a great distance away. It was uncertain if she was complaining or excusing herself for the time it took...awkward.
4/29/2013 4:00:00 PM
best mother's day brunch ever!
I took my wife and her aunt to this restaurant for Mother's Day Brunch this past Sunday. We had a 130pm reservation. We choose an outdoor table as it was a beautiful day! The selection of food was fantastic........the quality excellent. They maintained the quantity of food throughout the day. The service was fast, and most pleasant! We could not have been happier. The price was an outstanding value at $39 per adult. Exceeded expectations!!!
5/11/2013 4:00:00 PM
Quiet but slow
we celebrated a birthday and decided to eat in the dining room instead of the bar so that it would be quieter. We had not been there on a Sunday before and it was not busy. the food was really good but the service was very slow. I think they had to cook the duck twice. There was only one other couple in the dining room and they were going to set us right next to them. They moved us when requested without any fuss. It was a good time with good food. Yes, we would go again as it is close and a lovely environment.
5/18/2013 4:00:00 PM
Well worth the price
Everything we orderes for brunch was exquisite. Beautiful outdoor seating with gorgeous garden. Great service. We had four children with us and sat at the back side of the patio and they were free to roam and explore in a safe/closed environment.
5/18/2013 4:00:00 PM
I knew this place was good, but I felt like I was opting for 2nd best not taking my out-of-town wine-touring guests to the best restaurant in Sonoma County. Well, I've changed what I think is the best. It's French Garden. Absolutely mouth-watering amazing fresh yummy food. My guests said it was the best duck they've had in their whole life & they're in their 70's. It was the best steak I ever had. Ever!
5/24/2013 4:00:00 PM
My wife searched online for a spot we could for our anniversary celebration. The French Garden showed that it had vegan options, which was perfect for me. Anyway, the place was a nice find because the food was beautifully presented and delicious. We sat outside because the temperature was so nice. The street runs in front of the outdoor dining, but it was not too loud and still a very lovely setting. Just walking through the inside of the restaurant I could tell it was very nice too. A great place for a couple to have a delicious meal and glass of wine. Excellent service too!
5/29/2013 4:00:00 PM
Go for the veggies
My wife and a friend of ours had a Thursday dinner here, outside. I'm giving the food five stars because the crab salad and the portobello mushroom entry (a special) were stellar. My duck breast was a bit chewy, but the accompanying vegetables and rice were also excellent. Other than that, I note that outside dining is great, but it's too bad the patio is so close to the road. Other minor complaints (but yes, I do recommend this place highly) - my wife asked that the salad be split, and also the dessert, and in neither case was this done (or, the equivalent, bringing us two smaller plates so we could split it ourselves).
6/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
Excellent food. Michelle,
Excellent food. Michelle, our server, did a superb job.
6/9/2013 12:00:00 AM
My new favorite restaurant!
Last night's dinner was the best I've eaten in literally years, and that's saying a lot!! I travel internationally and eating at wonderful restaurants is a delicious habit. I tried the prix fixe menu and my tastebuds were jumping for joy all the way through the three courses. They were beautiful (I should have taken pictures), and so yummy I had no words. Just kept groaning with delight!!
6/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
beautiful presentation with
beautiful presentation with micro greens and tiny pansies on the great appetizers. For entrees we had the vegan napoleon with cauliflower sauce which was delightful; the swordfish with risotto which was delicious, and the monkfish on lentils which was a little disappointing - but only because monkfish always has an odd texture. A lovely meal in a lovely setting outside on the patio. A little bit of noise from the road, but nothing that interrupted conversation.
6/15/2013 12:00:00 AM
We get what we expect from
We get what we expect from this restaurant, very good food and service but at a price. We use for special occassions and are always satisfied.
6/15/2013 4:00:00 PM
Delicious food, both main
Delicious food, both main course and dessert - nice presentation, comfortable patio area.
6/21/2013 4:00:00 PM
Awesome, amazing, loved it!
The food here is spectacular. That's all you need to know. It's perfect.
6/22/2013 4:00:00 PM
Love this restaurant. White
Love this restaurant. White table cloth elegance with down to earth service and excellent food.
6/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
Sweet cozy birthday
We recently had lunch at The French Garden on a warm afternoon. Many patrons were taking advantage of the outdoor courtyard, but we chose to remain inside and it was a delight! The Goat Cheese salad in an edible caramelized apple bowl was nothing short of fantastic! Refreshing and vibrant, sweet and tasty and the Humboldt Fog Goat Cheese was dreamy. Service and Ambience with a capital A! Thanks everybody for making our lunch outstanding!
6/26/2013 4:00:00 PM
I have been to the French Garden twice for brunch on the patio and have had excellent service, food and drinks. The garden patio is lovely and everyone from hostess to busboy was friendly and efficient. The only thing that keeps me from labeling the French Garden "perfect" is nothing to do with the restaurant but just that it is on the road to the coast with quite a bit of motor vehicle traffic. The traffic noise level varies and really only the trucks and motorcycles are loud. There are many trees and plants to help with that and the overall atmosphere is so pleasant that the patio's location will never keep me from enjoying a meal there. My out of state guest can't wait to go back.
6/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
Best food of the trip
My wife and I were on an 11 day vacation to central California and wine country. This was the best restaurant of the trip. Everything was amazing!! I can't imagine finding a bad dish here. We even got 2 desserts because it was all so amazing!
7/1/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great Lunch on July 4th Weekend
Fabulous outdoor dining with exceptional food, wine and service. Completely satisfied!
7/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
A Perfect Meal!
The rack lamb on creamy polenta was one of the most delicious dinners I have had, and I have had MANY! The staff accomodated my request for special seating due to hearing issues, and was most attentive throughout the evening. Wine portion was generous and my dining partners who had the special loved it. Great restaurant and very consistent!
7/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
Organic, clean French food. Who knew? Truly delightful food. I wish this restaurant was in St. Helena!
7/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
Salad in an edible apple basket. Beautiful and delicious. Lots of flowers on the patio and many choices for quiet dining inside. Waitress allowed me to sample wine before ordering a glass. They also let me have the ice cream that was featured with another dessert rather than choosing what was offered on the menu. We will return.
7/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
Always a good experience
Our third time here proved to be just as good as the first. The service is quite good, the staff knowledgeable and the menu presents many great options. The duck was superb. If you dine in the bar on Friday nights, you can listen to local artists who never disappoint.
8/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
My husband and I are always looking for fabulous food at local eateries (we shun the chains) so we were very pleased with our whole experience at French Garden. The staff was very friendly and welcoming, and the food from the mussels appetizer through the main courses of scallops and pork loin, on to dessert were not only very ample portions and delicious, but were beautifully presented. We will be back, and several friends will be going there as a result of our raving.
8/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
My husband and I enjoyed the
My husband and I enjoyed the experience and our dinner was outstanding! Loved the live music playing in lounge (Friday night). Only dislike was we felt like the dinner prices were a little overpriced.
8/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
Noisy But Would Return
The food as always was outstanding and very well presented. Service was "middle of the road" with not much attendance before or after the food was delivered. We poured most of our wine ourselves and when the waitress did pour she poured in the guys glasses only one one occasion. Timeline between salad and entree was much too tight. Although it didn't appear as such they could have been understaffed. The noise level became unmanageable as the restaurant filled up (good news on a Monday) as there isn't much in the way of the styling that absorbs sound. I would return but have to walk in expecting the noise issue. Great ambiance to the place.
8/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
The friend I was with has many health issues and asked to eliminate the rosemary aioli from her hamburger, which was done. What she didn't realize was that there was a considerable amount of garlic in the hamburger itself. She couldn't eat it for fear it would cause stomach problems. It worked out alright, however, when she was able to finish my Wild King Salmon dish (which was delicious, by the way). I ate the other half of her hamburger and found there was, indeed, too much garlic. It was delicious, but tasted the garlic the rest of the day. My suggestion is to back off on some of the garlic. Will be back on Monday with other friends.
9/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
The best food EVER
French Garden is a gem of a restaurant. The food is the star here, so if you're really into FOOD, go and go regularly. Make sure to order the mussels to start and the apple goat cheese salad.
10/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
Once again, the food , flaovor, and quality shines through,
10/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
Fine dining in Sebastopol
The French Garden exceeded my expectations for a fine dining experience. The food was delicious, artfully presented, and reasonably priced. The portions were more than generous. The service was gracious. Overall, a superb experience.
10/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
An unusual and truly outstanding
An unusual and truly outstanding restaurant. I recommend it to anyone who wants a delicious meal in great surrounding at a moderate price.
10/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
Wake the Dead Rocked the Fr Garden.
The food and service was so perfect. The WTD was right to add the Garden to their short list of the sweetest spots to share the best Celtic rock happening today. I owned a restaurant for 5 years. I am critical, and so it was a great pleasure to eat here. When I saw a full room, I wondered how they would hold up. The Service was outstanding. The Show on time and flawless. This crew deserves recognition. I tipped well. What a night for Wake the Dead and their fans.
11/2/2013 5:00:00 PM
Special birthday dinner
The prix fix menu is an outstanding value. The chicken and apple tart were incredible. Excellent duck, perfectly prepared. We were celebrating a birthday, and the entire experience was perfect. Excellent wait staff as well.
11/6/2013 4:00:00 PM
Lovely Find in Sebastopol
What a great discovery! While on our way up to Healdsburg for the weekend, we decided to stop in Sebastopol for some wine tasting and lunch. Not knowing too much about the dining scene in Sebastopol, we relied on the internet for some direction. Lo and behold, The French Garden turned out to be quite a find! On a sunny and not too crisp autumn day, the outdoor dining patio was perfect. Good selection of wines and a couple of nice California brews on tap as well. The salads were the highlight of the day, with a nice apple, cabbage, and walnut cole slaw to go along with the homemade potato chips and fish. The salads featured local, fresh greens and other produce. I would definitely recommend this spot and return without a doubt.
11/8/2013 4:00:00 PM
First time here
We stayed at the Marriott for the weekend and their web site recommended 3 restaurants that were close by. The French Garden was the one we chose. We had a nice table (it was a little chilly because we were near the door). All the tables had candles. We had the soup du jour, a red pepper soup. Very good. We both chose the goat cheese salad, mine with salmon, my husband's with chicken. The salad was delicious. Interesting serving method with the goat cheese under the greens. The dressing was really good. We had the pumpkin creme de brulee which was okay. But before we left we asked our waitress for recommendations for places to see -- she was great -- we went to all that
she recommended and we loved it. Thanks.
11/21/2013 4:00:00 PM
Had a great brunch with old friends who came in from out of town. Had the eggs florentine. Yum!
11/23/2013 4:00:00 PM
Perfect anniversery dinner
Great food. Service timing perfect. Tables not crowded.
11/23/2013 4:00:00 PM
Despite that fact that they were hosting a very large birthday group in the other room (20+ I'd guess) our server was fast and friendly. We got our food quickly and all that was ordered was correct - and super delicious! I recommend the apple pancakes...as well as the Benedict (the lemony hollandaise sauce was fabulous, as were the potatoes).
Overall a lovely brunch - will return!
11/30/2013 4:00:00 PM