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
142 reviews since June 23, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.5
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
93% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for outdoor dining (112)fit for foodies (102)neighborhood gem (79)romantic (57)special occasion (55)good for groups (43)notable wine list (39)hot spot (14)kid-friendly (8)great for lunch (8)great for brunch (6)late-night find (5)scenic view (4)vibrant bar scene (1)Show More
  • considering the accolades
    3dogapeVIP
    Dined on 8/4/2009
    considering the accolades on the open page site we expected an out of the ordinary experience. Perhaps, as New Yorkers we are a little spoiled. The food was good but not memorable. The menu is changed often and it is probably not fair to judge a restaurant by the results of a single visit. The staff was very friendly and helpful.
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  • Food was great but the waiter/chef
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 8/2/2009
    Food was great but the waiter/chef forgot us and our order 45 min after the salad we had to ask about our food only to find out the "ticket" was still sitting ignored in the kitchen. We got a minimal apology and then they pretended like nothing happened. No accommodation. Still charged full price for coffee and dessert. Too bad. Food was good, just wish there was more concern about a major screw up.
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  • We really enjoyed the outdoor
    MamaBenVIP
    Dined on 8/2/2009
    We really enjoyed the outdoor backyard dining and the food was fabulous. This was a celebration dinner for four friends coming from Alaska and Virginia and meeting in California for a vacation. The Nieman ranch beef served with pat of melting butter on top were almost tender enough not to need a knife. The garlic sausage with polenta was a soft low fat meaty sausage with wonderful flavor. The seared rock cod had a tasty top crust and was perfectly flaky. The soup of roasted tomato and chick peas was a nice start, as was the roasted beet salad. Wines are all from Sonoma area. The sign of a great meal--we recounted several times the next day how wonderful last night's dinner was.
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    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Everything was fine except
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 8/1/2009
    Everything was fine except that the kitchen obviously was stressed and could not cope with a fairly full house. Our food took an eternity tom arrive which unfortunately gave us a bad impression. Food was good but the entree (main course ) was a pasta which was appetiser (entree) sized- ie rather small after the appetisers which were nice- especially carpaccio of tuna.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The menu was good as was the
    BernerMom
    Dined on 7/31/2009
    The menu was good as was the wine list. We dined outside, and it was a pleasant setting (though not scenic). The food was good, not outstanding and memorable, but good and well presented. The ravioli was good, the meringue dessert was average. The wine list was outdated (2 wines we wanted were not available), but they do have a decent selection. I'd go back.
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    neighborhood gem
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  • The food was delicious and
    TxDinerVIP
    Dined on 7/25/2009
    The food was delicious and although service at times was a bit slow it was great because it gave us time to relax. The ice cream sandwich dessert was absolutely awesome. We sat outside and it was a beautiful setting for us. Highly recommend this restaurant when you are in Sonoma. The inside restaurant looked interesting but we did opt to sit outside due to the fantastic weather.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining
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  • Inspired food, attentive service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 7/25/2009
    Inspired food, attentive service and a wonderful atmosphere.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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  • Food was AMAZING! Both my
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 7/25/2009
    Food was AMAZING! Both my husband and I enjoyed what we had... from salads to soups to steak and Halibut, and then the ginger nectarine frozen dessert! However, the service was way below standard. Our waters were never full, the waitress didn't introduce herself, she forgot about our wine order, didn't ask how I like my steak cooked, and when I asked her what cheese was in the absolutely fabulous green bean casserole, she said she would ask the cook and we never saw her again. We would definitely dine here again, as the menu is constantly changing; but we will not tip well for "whats-her-names" service. Truly a gem though. Try it.
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    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
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  • My wife and I had a great
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 7/22/2009
    My wife and I had a great dinner at the Harvest Moon Cafe. The food was tasty and well prepared; specifically, we had a charcuterie plate and a main dish with duck confit that were interesting and satisfying. For dessert, some of the dishes were accompanied by homemade ice cream with unique flavors such as lemon verbena or Earl grey tea. Service was attentive and fun.
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    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
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  • This remains one of our favorite
    FoodWallah
    Dined on 7/20/2009
    This remains one of our favorite restaurants in the Sonoma Valley. The squash soup was outstanding but the duck "two ways" that was one of our main courses was not as memorable as the quail preparations that are usually on the menu(and which are BRILLIANT).
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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  • The patio dining is the highlight
    GinnyVIP
    Dined on 7/12/2009
    The patio dining is the highlight of this restaurant. Plus the sustainably produced food and wonderful preparation. A local gem
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    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Harvest Moon Cafe is right
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 7/12/2009
    Harvest Moon Cafe is right on the square. Everything was relaxed and easy just what I needed. Food was delicious and the service great. I love the patio area. Great place to have brunch!
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    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Dinner was fabulous-pasta
    cherie123
    Dined on 7/10/2009
    Dinner was fabulous-pasta delicious as was steak. The desserts are fabulous, better then most restaurants.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion, hot spot
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  • Wonderful restaurant that
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 7/9/2009
    Wonderful restaurant that serves fresh, local food in a great outdoor patio setting. This is a 'must visit' if you are in the Sonoma area. Portions are perfect for a full three course dinner with no guilt! Great wine list as well (consider the area)!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic
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  • Food was very good. The flavors
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 7/4/2009
    Food was very good. The flavors of the dishes were fabulous. They change the menu daily, so I would love to go again and try something else. Our waitress was very sweet, but seemed busy. If you can ask to sit outside, the ambiance is a lot nicer.
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  • Food was excellent...but has
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 7/3/2009
    Food was excellent...but has become a bit pricey for style of restaurant.
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    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Our waitress was a tremendous
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 6/28/2009
    Our waitress was a tremendous disappointment. She was completely indifferent all evening long. The food was good and the atmosphere extremely good. I know on a different night it would have gone better, but as we all know, a poor, snotty waitress (or waiter) can destroy an otherwise good or great evening. We went on a Sunday night so it may not have been the "a team", I sure hope it wasn't.
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  • Harvest Moon Cafe is now our
    FoodWallah
    Dined on 6/28/2009
    Harvest Moon Cafe is now our favorite restaurant in Sonoma. The food offered inventive combinations (such as roasted quail with sauteed fennel) that worked superbly and was meticulously prepared and presented. Prices are quite reasonable, making Harvest Moon an excellent value. The menu changes daily and is small, but there should be something for most tastes, including vegetarians. One caveat: Although my wife and I live in the wine country part-time and are reasonably knowledgeable about California wines, we didn't recognize most (!) of the wines on the wine list. That's neither good nor bad, I guess, but we thought it odd. In any case, as usual we had brought wines from our cellar.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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  • The food and service were
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 6/27/2009
    The food and service were both excellent. We'll certainly be back and will be suggesting Harvest Moon to others visiting the area.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
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  • First and foremost, food is
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 6/24/2009
    First and foremost, food is terrific. Then service is outstanding!
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    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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  • Ate outside in beautiful weather...
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 6/21/2009
    Ate outside in beautiful weather.... Very nice experience...
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  • Yummy food in one of favorite
    SylviaVIP
    Dined on 6/12/2009
    Yummy food in one of favorite Sonoma Cafes. We really like this place!
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    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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  • Confined dining space. Disappointed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 6/8/2009
    Confined dining space. Disappointed with wine list. Wouldn't be in rush to return.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Best place for dinner in the
    fm88
    Dined on 6/6/2009
    Best place for dinner in the town of Sonoma. Casual, warm, incredible food.
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    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic
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  • The seafood stew with cod,
    94920
    Dined on 5/30/2009
    The seafood stew with cod, clams, mussells and shrimp was delicious, as was the brownie dessert with coffee ice cream!
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  • The food was fantastic! Service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 5/30/2009
    The food was fantastic! Service was great. We all ordered desserts, and each one was very good.
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    fit for foodies
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  • Love this this restaurant!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003VIP
    Dined on 5/30/2009
    Love this this restaurant! Don't want it to be too well-known or we'll never get in! Much better than the over rated restaurants that everyone else thinks are great in the Sonoma Square. Love this family run and fine dining establishment!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, hot spot
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  • Food consistently delicious.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2000VIP
    Dined on 5/30/2009
    Food consistently delicious. One of my favorite places!
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    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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  • Amazing and very fresh food,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 5/30/2009
    Amazing and very fresh food, great service, a wonderful restaurant.
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    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic
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  • Food was good, but not the
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 5/29/2009
    Food was good, but not the great. Prices are reasonable, and the service was very good and attentive.
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  • both the menu and wine list
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 5/28/2009
    both the menu and wine list are small but well-thought out. Food was very good, and well-presented. Friendly and knowledgable staff. Outside dining a plus during the warm weather. Would definitely go back!!!
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    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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  • We had a great time. The staff
    LuvTravelandFoodVIP
    Dined on 5/27/2009
    We had a great time. The staff was very accommodating since our group grew from 5 to 14 in a matter of minutes. Thank you Harvest Moon Cafe!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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  • Incredibly disappointing experience
    FrequentDinerVIP
    Dined on 5/24/2009
    Incredibly disappointing experience, in complete contrast to my first visit there shortly after they had opened 2-3 years or so ago. The staff was rude, unfriendly, uninterested, complaining about the previous nights' guests and their special menu requests--overall in a very bad mood. Then the food came--the grilled shrimp appetizer: cold and almost tasteless; the swordfish entree: undercooked with a strong "fishy", muddy taste. I'd asked for a small change to the vegetable accompanying the fish when I ordered--the server said that the chef doesn't like that, probably wouldn't do it, and he questions why anybody would dare to mess with his creations. Unbelievable. Must be a Top Chef ego complex here. Just an awful experience.
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  • As always, a great dining
    OpenTable Diner Since 2000VIP
    Dined on 5/24/2009
    As always, a great dining experience. A hidden gem in Sonoma, this restaurant doesn't get its fair due as one of the best, if not the best, restaurant in town. While Cafe La Haye and the girl and the fig properties get most of the press, Harvest Moon Cafe has been consistent since it opened and has a strong and growing local fan base that spreads the good word to everyone they can.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, hot spot
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  • they made a special menu for
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 5/24/2009
    they made a special menu for our vegans and it was great. The food was good the screaming kids were not but that was not their doing and they sat us as far away as possible. Very accomadating place would return.
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    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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  • Our dinner was uniformly delicious-
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 5/23/2009
    Our dinner was uniformly delicious--from the entrees (ravioli and rabbit) to the desserts. My dessert: lemon ice cream sandwich between ginger snaps with fresh strawberries was inspired and excellent.
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    great for outdoor dining
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  • There weren't many people
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 5/22/2009
    There weren't many people so that the noise level is hard to rate. My husbands dinner was only good but the other 5 meals were great.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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  • We had an absolutely wonderful
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 5/19/2009
    We had an absolutely wonderful dining experience, from beginning to end. The food was amazing, both my lamb stew on soft polenta, and my wife's steak were delicious. The desserts were out of this world as well, especially the ginger snap and lemon verbena ice cream sandwich. The service was great as well.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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  • Harvest Moon has a friendly
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 5/17/2009
    Harvest Moon has a friendly vibe and wonderful food. It's the little things like the pickled onions in the BLT or the fragrant broth that holds the clams with chorizo that makes their food stand out. Try to get a table outside when the weather is nice. And definitely save room for dessert. They're some of the best in the Bay Area.
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    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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  • My 11 year wedding anniversary
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 5/16/2009
    My 11 year wedding anniversary dinner was less than desired. We were initially greeted and taken to ur seat outside on the patio. We had checked out the menu and wine list online and were excited to have a glass of Roederer Sparkling to start our evening (it was listed online) We were very surprised when it was not available, replaced by a New Mexico Gruet! (Come on, we are in the California Wine Country, home of some of the greatest wines in the world) The rest of the wine list was less than desired as well. After finishing our salads, it took 30 minutes for our ravioli to arrive and the service was awful. The ravioli was very good, but the complete dining experience was a disaster and I would not recommend Harvest Moon Cafe.
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