Cafe La Haye
Cafe La Haye

Cafe La Haye

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.cafelahaye.com/
  • Phone: 7079355994
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Tuesday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 9:00pm
  • Payment Options: MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American
  • Executive Chef: Jeffrey H. Lloyd
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Cafe, Farm to Table, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 1st Street East
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Cafe La Haye
Located just off the square in the town of Sonoma "Cafe La Haye is one of those rare restaurants in which you know the moment you walk in the door you're going to have a good time...Simple food prepared to perfection... excellent service". -Michael Bauer San Francisco Chronicle!
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerAmerican
Cafe La Haye reviews from OpenTable diners
129 reviews since June 2, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.6
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
93% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (97)neighborhood gem (78)special occasion (67)romantic (45)notable wine list (44)hot spot (17)late-night find (5)great for lunch (4)good for groups (3)great for outdoor dining (3)great for brunch (2)Show More
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    Foods was amazing. Host was gracious. Our waitress needed a little more skill in the area of customer satisfaction. We paid for two coekages fees and she only poured our wine twice throughout dinner. Had some attitude at times. Enduring customers that they are important is the key to the overall experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Exceptional Management
    Southernaccent
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    The manager/owner dealt beautifully with a loud and drunk guest by comping his wine and getting him out of the restaurant. He was very protective of his other guests and our fine dining experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very enjoyable
    Michael
    Dined on 5/15/2014
    It was our 31st Anniversary so we were looking for special, but not over the top. Cafe La Haye in Sonoma is consistently excellent. I gave it only 4 stars because my wife's Ahi, which she request rare, came medium. Saul, the owner, immediately picked up that she was not happy, came over and offered to replace the dish. (Her Ahi was the last portion of the night) My wife didn't want anything else and accepted her fate... Saul comped the dessert to make amends. The service was excellent, it was a beautiful night and we had a good time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great!
    Jgb8080VIP
    Dined on 5/14/2014
    Dinner was perfect everything was very fresh and well seasoned.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Absolute Awesomeness
    wineanddine
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    Loved this quaint neighborhood spot. Plenty of local ingredients and wines! Great find in a somewhat touristy town.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    Food was delicious! The mushroom soup was outstanding! Pork chops were tender and flavorful. Excellent!!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A Pennsylvania Perspective
    kdjd1
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    Definitely a must for anyone visiting Sonoma looking for a quaint romantic and inviting atmosphere.menu was one of the better ones we've had in a awhile. Reservations a must. Highly recommend
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistently fine dining
    CorkieK
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    We came here 15 years ago and loved our first dinner at Cafe La Haye. We have come here ever since. The food is well prepared, the plates are attractively presented, it has good service and a friendly atmosphere. The restaurant always ranks high in popularity in the Sonoma Valley and that is because it is a wonderful restaurant. We recommend it to visitors and take our family here as well.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    I WE HAD HEARD THE LA HAYE WAS THE BEST RESTAURANT IN SONOMA AND WE LOOKED FORWARD TO IT WITH GREAT ANTICIPATION. THE APPETIZERS AND DESSERT WHERE THE BEST THING. ENTREES WERE MEDIOCRE, ESPECIALLY FOR THE PRICE. QUAIL WAS ENOUGH FOR A VERY SMALL PERSON. PASTA SPECIAL PRETTY BUT BLAND. SERVICE WAS OK BUT NOTHING SPECIAL. HAD TO ASK SEVERAL TIMES FOR WATER.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Notable Wine List
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Dinner-a perfect Sonoma experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    Our hotel recc Cafe La Haye. We were seated immediately, the food was simple but so full of flavor. Reasonable wine list with great choices. I think our bottle was $42 and amazing. The service was impeccable. Oh! The dessert. It was a dark chocolate with hazelnut crust, insane. I had the pork chop and my husband had the filet. Both were excellent.
    Special Features:
    Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Notable Wine List
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice, but
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    One member in our party did not like their dish, & told the server. The server kept insisting that a reason be given as to why the party did not like the dish. The reason did not sit well with another member of the staff, but in the end a requested replacement was served.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great little place
    Paczki
    Dined on 5/1/2014
    Intimate space with a great local wine list. Just off the square. Had a lavender creme brûlée for dessert that was delicious.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Neighborhood Gem
    Rhylee
    Dined on 5/1/2014
    This place just keeps getting better and better. A more modernized version of the past menu. Their trout appetizer was just superb and the pork chop tender and flavorful. A perfect dinner where you can run I to lots of locals. We loved it.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Comfortable and Cool
    LaurenVIP
    Dined on 4/30/2014
    Great place! Sophisticated and laid-back environment. They accommodated my plant-based diet very well. Excellent wine, needless to say!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Everything Very Well Done
    Clioman
    Dined on 4/30/2014
    Went for Anniversary Dinner and we weren't disappointed. Outstanding salad and entrees. Service was attentive but not over bearing. Wine selection was well balanced and reasonable. Nice ambiance and wonderful abstract painting everywhere. We'll be back for sure.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • PROFESSIONAL
    claytVIP
    Dined on 4/29/2014
    I AM A LOCAL AND SOMEWHAT OF A ''FOODIE". CAFE LA HAYE IS A LITTLE EXPENSIVE - AS ARE ALL RESTAURANTS IN SONOMA - BUT IT REPRESENTS VALUE. THE FOOD, SERVICE, AMBIENCE ARE ALWAYS VERY GOOD, YEAR AFTER YEAR. HIGHLY RECOMMEND!
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Stellar!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 4/25/2014
    Cafe La Haye is really, really food-driven; we had a stellar meal. I plan to make it my regular place for dinner on all future visits to Sonoma.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, special occasion, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ah-maze-ing!
    Mflanne1
    Dined on 4/25/2014
    We went here because the amazing girl at Charles Creek Winery recommended the place. We had a delicious crab cake, an incredibly fresh beets salad, and the most tender and delicious filet mignon I've ever tasted. The atmosphere was casual chic, and the menu seemed to be crafted around whatever was fresh and available. We had a fabulous time and will come again!
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always Good!
    FogRider
    Dined on 4/22/2014
    We have returned to Cafe La Haye over the past several years while visiting Sonoma wine country. The chef and staff provide consistent high quality service and well prepared meals that keep us (and many others) coming back!
    Special Features:
    Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Group dinner
    June
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    We had a delightful pre-Easter dinner. We all thoroughly enjoyed the food, wine, and in particular, the service. Our group ranged from age 27-86, so varied tastes to say the least. We were able to converse, as the noise level was low, and we had a round table. The menu is limited, and everything is cooked to perfection. Our only suggestion would be to offer some vegetables ala carte. We look forward to dining there again...soon!
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best in show..
    EvaJVIP
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    Cafe la Haye is hands down the best dining experience in Sonoma if not in the whole of the Sonoma/Napa Valley in my opinion. They always have a wonderful food and wine menu with very interesting choices that are very reasonably priced. The owner, Saul, always goes above and beyond to make the experience special and always personally greets you when you come in. Most restaurants lack that level of service and intimacy that make the evening so much more enjoyable. Cafe la Haye is our go to restaurant when we want to treat ourselves. Make sure you book in advance especially for Fridays or Saturdays as it books up fast and for good reason.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Food!!
    greatfood77
    Dined on 4/16/2014
    Really good food. Ok service. Expect a little bit better service for this type of restaurant.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Underwhelmed
    my2lincolns
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    Tasty but not exceptional. Seated and check paid in 50 minutes. Rushed
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • badnite
    dine2
    Dined on 4/9/2014
    Might have been an off night. We are from out of state, but from the reviews we were expecting a little more. The prices are high enough to expect excellence, but was disappointed for this booking. Very tight quarters and hard not to listen to other conversations.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • recommended by locals
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 3/26/2014
    short menu that changes; interesting, complex foods which were quite good. Small, comfortable restaurant just off Sonoma's main square. Despite eating rather early on a weeknight, we were glad to have used Open Table for reservations as it got rather full quckly.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • They stuck us at a table facing
    Unhappy1
    Dined on 3/25/2014
    They stuck us at a table facing a wall. Another couple that came in behind us was seated at a nice table. They appeared to be locals. Convinced it was because it was an open table reservation. That couple and another that came in behind us were both served cocktails and wine before we were spoken to. One had our same wait person. As for the food, mine was good. My wife's was not. She had a special tagliatelle with oxtail. There was no oxtail. Just mushy pasta in a brown sauce. Much Better places in Sonoma.
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  • Always terrific
    halfdomeVIP
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    Great meal and excellent service once again! All courses were five stars. We frequent Café La Haye and have never been disappointed. We'll be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hometown Gem
    BELLCAPT
    Dined on 3/21/2014
    No need to leave Sonoma for world class food and service. It's right here in Slonoma! Saul Gropmann and his team produce excellence year after from a pocket sized kitchen, and have never disappointed us since they have opened years ago.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food, terrible table
    SonomaCountyDiners
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    Never accept table 11 unless you want to look at a wall all night
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very nice, but cramped
    SonomaJ
    Dined on 3/14/2014
    While the food at Cafe La Haye is delicious and the staff is very warm and pleasant, the environment is a bit too cramped to be highly romantic. Every word at the tables next to you can be heard. Light music might help cover the conversations and street noise and some flowers on the tables would help set a more romantic scene. Also, the tables are a bit too cramped for larger groups, so I would be unlikely to schedule an event with several couples there.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Lovely white tablecloth restaurent
    Sonoma51VIP
    Dined on 3/13/2014
    Cafe Le Haye is a lovely white tablecloth restaurant near Sonoma Square, but it is not stuffy. The service is friendly but correct. The food is prepared with great care. We chose to try is out during restaurant week and we are so glad we did. We will be back and will be bringing our foodie friends with us.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food in Sonoma
    EdBg
    Dined on 3/12/2014
    There are many great places to eat in the town of Sonoma, but this is one of the best. Small restaurant on two levels allows comfortable conversation. The Food is creative and unfailingly well prepared and presented. Service attentive, but not overly assertive.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 3/8/2014
    Good service, Great food, excellent wine. Made our anniversary very special!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great birthday dinner!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 3/8/2014
    When I take my husband out for dinner, I like to take him to someplace special and Cafe Le Haye did a wonderful job! The atmosphere was very classic, the food delicious and the service impeccable. I loved the fact that there were quite a few locals there and that everyone was greeted warmly by the owner/manager. Would definitely go there again for a special occasion.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious!
    MarilynVIP
    Dined on 3/1/2014
    Our dinner was absolutely scrumptious. Reservations are promptly honored. Staff couldn't be nicer or more knowledgable. Our favorite place to have dinner in Sonoma.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • First time visit
    Kenwood
    Dined on 3/1/2014
    Friends had suggested Cafe La Haye and on our first opportunity to visit, the atmosphere was pleasant, staff attentive but not hovering and the food was tasty.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice but tight fit
    MNO1VIP
    Dined on 2/28/2014
    Very nice place with excellent foot but given all the great choices I would only go once. It was not bad but nothing special
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent food
    birthday
    Dined on 2/28/2014
    Found this by searching restaurants in Sonoma. It was very highly rated and I see why. Food was delicious, nice wine list and excellent service. Will definitely return on our next trip.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Cafe La Yay !
    Rustymom64VIP
    Dined on 2/28/2014
    We dined here with another couple on Friday. None of us had been here in over a year. Food was excellent, service was great. this is a wonderful small cafe in Sonoma. We will be back again soon
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • lovely place
    MargoiVIP
    Dined on 2/27/2014
    outstanding food and service--very small and quaint--wine and beer only! couldn't have been happier
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate