Wild Goat Bistro - Petaluma
Wild Goat Bistro - Petaluma

Wild Goat Bistro - Petaluma

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.wildgoatbistro.com/wildgoatbistro/Home.html
  • Phone: 7076581156
  • Hours of Operation:

    Lunch: Daily 11:30am-5:00pm
    Dinner: M-Th 5:00pm-9:00pm
    Dinner: F-Sa 5:00pm-9:30pm
    Dinner: Su 5:00pm-8:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Organic, American, International
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Beer, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, Wine
  • Catering: The Wild Goat Bistro offers customized catering for whatever the event might be - business meetings, birthday, graduation or anniversary celebrations, corporate events, private dinner parties. Our objectives are to plan well, deliver quality food in creative presentations, serve it professionally and do what it takes to make your event worry free. Unique menus are created for each event - no two events are alike, so why should the food be?

Getting there

  • Cross Street: B Street
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Wild Goat Bistro - Petaluma
Nestled in the historic Great Petaluma Mill, the Wild Goat Bistro offers a casual dining experience in a rustic and inviting atmosphere. The charming space reflects a European style bistro with intimate dining tables, a reclaimed copper-top counter which has a birds-eye view of the open kitchen. There is additional seating available at a community farm table for larger gatherings. The Wild Goat Bistro offers up a menu of honest food that uses local fresh organic ingredients in a variety of culinary traditions. From their specialty Neopolitan style 10" pizzas, to innovative salads, to scrumptious main dishes, to sharable small plates - it is a seasonally changing menu that has something for everyone anytime of the day. Special attention is given to making nearly the entire menu gluten-free - even the amazing home-made desserts. Their carefully curated wine list includes wines from hand crafted, small production local vitners as well as wines of interest from around the world.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Lunch
Wild Goat Bistro - Petaluma reviews from OpenTable diners
66 reviews since May 22, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.2
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance3.7
    Noise LevelModerate
93% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for lunch (34)neighborhood gem (34)fit for foodies (30)great for outdoor dining (13)romantic (12)great for brunch (7)special occasion (6)hot spot (4)notable wine list (4)good for groups (3)scenic view (3)kid-friendly (3)late-night find (2)Show More
  • I'd go back
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    Good food, excellent service, reasonably priced. What else would you want?
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    fit for foodies
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Another good restaurant in Petaluma
    RockAndDineVIP
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Made last minute Open Table reservation that listed availability for 7:15pm, 7:30pm, and 7:45pm - we chose 7:30pm. When we got to Wild Goat Bistro at 7:30pm, place was packed with many people waiting to be seated (without reservations). When we mentioned our Open Table reservation, the hostess apologized and said the wait would be 20 minutes - there was no room at the very limited bar, left our cell phone # and went across the street for a glass of wine. Table ready at 8:00pm - worth the wait. My spouse and I had the baked chess appetizer, the lamb chop and halibut specials and finished off with key lime pie desert - all very good! Can now count at least 2 good restaurants in Petaluma - Central Market and Wild Goat Bistro - we'll be back.
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  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    Excellent food, good service, small but quaint. Good wine list and good portions. If is a very small place but I like that.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent
    Tinjack
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Not only was the food good, the service was amazing. They allowed us to stay for over 4 hrs without pressure. I plan on going again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Little gem with imagination
    IntoGreatDiningVIP
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Priced right for a nice lunch but definitely not over the top, this little restaurant is in a developed section of Petaluma on the river. Goat cheese plays a role in numerous dishes. salads come in varying sizes with or without added chicken, making it easy to enjoy a small version of an imaginative salad as a side dish. Sliders, shrimp and other small plates are ample enough and with a salad certainly a meal that will last the rest of the afternoon without laying heavily on the tummy. Service was smart and friendly. Wine and champagne choices are plentiful. A definite thumbs-up on this place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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  • Small and bustling
    JackieVIP
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    We met friends from Novato there and couldn't find it since the sign isn't very prominent. Also there was an accident on the freeway so we were late. They were very accommodating and we appreciated it. Ate inside which was quite warm since there are no fans or AC. But the food was healthy and very good. Probably a better choice for lunch than dinner. But get reservations since they are are busy.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A gem
    Sonia
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    A lot of charm and good food in a tiny space. Their chopped salad is delicious!! Hamburger with fingerling potatoes and house made ketchup were excellent!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great spot for informal Biz Lunch
    SFDukester
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    It was fairly quiet place for a nice informal, small business lunch - in the downtown part of Petalume. Really enjoyed the food and service.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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  • Would return, not foodie lovefest
    flavorlover
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    We had the crunchy kale salad and the burgers with bacon and gorgonzola. I had a glass of the (2011?) Navarro Pinot - mediocre. Salad was unique and delicious. Burger also very tasty and not greasy, but not very warm when served. I love an heirloom tomato, which came with the burger, but one of my pieces was that outer edge of the tomato that is more skin than lovely juicy insides. The potatoes that came with were bland. Salt, I'm happy to add myself and love that the food was not oversalted, but a little herb in the oil would have upped the game on the potatoes. Homemade ketchup a little bland, but not unpleasant. Filling meal without being too heavy or salty. The table water needs to be filtered, yucky tasting.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tasty
    JanetVIP
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    What a cute little place! They turned the everyday burger into a fantastic creation ! Wow real nice . The place is small but surprisingly not to noisy, service was good and the restaurant is well located close to a walking path along the water so after dinner we took a stroll. nice place for casual date!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Little Bistro
    stunice
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    We enjoyed our first visit to the Wild Goat Bistro. The main restaurant is a very small space, but they have seating outside and in the "hallway" leading to front door. The service was friendly and helpful. We went early and noticed it filled up quickly with regulars. The food was all very tasty and well prepared. I would recommend for a nice meal with some great tasting food.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining
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  • Fun Fare
    QueenOfAllVIP
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Great food in a fun environment. Fabulous pizza and salads. Great to share dishes.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great varied menu on lovely patio!
    foodieKVIP
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    We loved the special heirloom tomato salad! Just delicious! Also the lobster rolls! The fish tacos were okay, not the best. The crusted flounder was moist and very good. We sat outside on the patio and enjoyed our lunch! Extensive wine list. Great cordial service. Would certainly return to try the raw bar!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Yummy and creative
    OrindamomVIP
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    We stopped in after a bike ride for a casual meal and was happily surprised by the fun and friendly environment of The Wild Goat. Although the tables were very close and is hard to have a private conversation, it has more of a communal feeling to the dining experience. The local fare of the Chevre, the seasonal choices of cucumber-ginger gazpacho, the comforting sensation of the bourbon marinated steak, and the elegance of the sea bass were amazing. We will be back when in town for certain!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good, not great
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Went here for a weekend lunch with some friends. The menu had so much promise but the food didn't fully deliver in my opinion. Sandwiches were good but a little small. And despite sounding like a great combo of ingredients, the actual taste was somewhat bland. Salads were as described but nothing special. Service was very attentive and not pushy or hurried. Much appreciated since we lingered at our table chatting after paying the bill. Would return because the menu is accommodating to all food types (veggie, gluten-free, etc.) but wouldn't rush back.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
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  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    Great place for lunch, food quality high and gluten free offered with most items on menu. I'll be back!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best meal
    JeanneVIP
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    This was the best meal my husband and I have had in a long time. Everything was cooked to perfection. The sliders were excellent (wonderful angus beef) and the pizza was very creative and the flavors blended well. It's a little short on ambiance but who cares with the quality of the food!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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  • Our Favorite Eatery
    Drtfoodie
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    This is our favorite place to eat out in Petaluma--both lunch and dinner. We eat lunch here at least once a week, and normally rate it 5 stars for food. They serve fresh, locally sourced organic foods that are healthy and delicious. Most of their recipes are original and unique, and their combinations are almost always absolutely yummy. This night my fish was delightful, but my husband's pork chop was very overcooked and dry, which is a real rarity at the Wild Goat. All the time we've been coming here, don't think we've ever had a mis-cooked item. They did compensate with a free dessert, our favorite--the best Italian lemon cream cake ever. It's still a five star eatery for us, and we will continue to go there weekly or more.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Horribly crowded and cramped
    PtownScott
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    First off, OpenTable made it possible to get a reservation. When I called earlier in the day, the phone just rang and rang. Once we got there, we were not sure that there was actually a table for us, since it looked like we would basically be sharing with another couple. Turns out that there was a whole 9" between tables - which is about 1/2" narrower than the poor server who kept trying to squeeze between us to get to other tables. I ordered the short ribs and found them delicious. My wife ordered the pork chop, and gave up trying to saw through it after about 10 minutes. We ended up going to McNears afterward for a nice (relatively) quiet desert. We had a gift card, which made it worth trying. Might go again to spend the last $32
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  • A new favorite spot
    BurghardtVIP
    Dined on 6/29/2014
    I wanted to order all of the salads and all of the pizzas. I managed to taste everyone's orders and they were all exceptional. This is the kind of place I miss living in the north bay - small, friendly with excellent food that you find all over the place in the city. We will certainly be back often.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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  • A decent place
    TrcSeb
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    We went there for my aunts birthday dinner and to try someplace new. The food was cooked well and seasoned properly. Trying to eat a bit lighter these days I ordered the Cobb salad. It tasted good and was not overdressed. My only complaint was it was on the small side and came with a very small amount of chicken and avocado. It also was prepared with mixed greens and could've benefitted with a more substantial lettuce. The others in my party had the calamari and short ribs. Both were seasoned properly and cooked nicely, but were on the small side. Service was attentive without smothering us. I would go back to give them another shot when I'm in the area.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Yummy little plates
    cityexplorer
    Dined on 6/22/2014
    We had the curried mussels and clams which was the best dish. Also the greens and beans, which was more souplike than expected but still delicious. We sat in the courtyard which was sunny and bright. We bypassed the outside tables because there is no drinking on the sidewalk. The wine list is nice and moderately priced. A nice afternoon.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Staff needs polish
    HighStandardFoodies
    Dined on 6/22/2014
    Loved my burger, cooked to perfection, salad was good too, but I've had and seen the same waitress with the same bad attitude twice now and I've got to say that if you don't like serving people then customer service is not the line of work for you. Do us diners a favor and go do something else.
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    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always Great
    Teresa
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    Another wonderful restaurant in Petaluma. Food, service always top notch.
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    fit for foodies, hot spot
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  • pleasant bistro GF friendly
    Celiac
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    I was so happy to find a spot in PETALUMA with such GLUTEN FREE friendliness and emphasis. I enjoyed being there. I would be happier for reasons unique to me: 1) I like more vegetables and not so much cheese on my pizza. Plus I love a well baked crust. I would request this next time. However, I don't think they like to vary from the menu listings. 2) there were many GF desserts. They were sweeter than I like and lacked complex flavors. I am overall so glad they exist. So I am reluctant to detract from such a pleasant spot. The service was delightful.
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    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fabulous
    Ginny
    Dined on 6/19/2014
    The pizza was crispy, thin and balanced. The salad was a bit full of bitter greens so great that I like that but could dissapoint. All servers were friendly and attentive. I hope they put the ham, chèvre, and mango jutney back on the menu some day
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    fit for foodies, great for lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great healthy delicious food!!!!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    The Owner Nancy checked every dish> That went out of the Kitchen. Our server Dee was Fab!!! Do try the New Short Ribs with polenta, Yummy!!!! They also have a great wine list selection... Did I mention at good prices... The best neighborhood find! Bon appétit
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lunch on our way to Cazadero
    KitskiVIP
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    I was searching for restaurants around Petaluma and Wild Goad Bistro was the first one on the list from OpenTable. We ordered pizza Margherita and the Clams and Mussels, the coconut curry sauce was so good. You wouldn't be wrong with the Margherita pizza. It was crispy and delicious. We ended our meal with the lemon cake which was recommended by a nice couple from Mill Valley sitting next to us. It was a great find for us on our way to our yoga retreat.
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    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 38 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 22, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.1
    • Food4.1
    • Ambiance3.7
    • Service3.9
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 99 reviews are from the Wild Goat Bistro - Petaluma reviews archive.
  • Great local find!
    BellaGio
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    Absolutely delish! Perfect for date night! It's very small inside so be sure to call ahead and make a reservation. Started with a glass of the house white wine (sweet, but I like sweet wines) We had the meatballs, split a large cobb salad and split the Fog Lifter pizza. We were stuffed by the end, but didn't feel over stuffed. Portion sizes were perfect! I can't even begin to tell you how many times we said "this is so amazing"!!! The staff was friendly and very attentive to our needs and did not bring the next course until we were finished with the previous. I absolutely loved everything about this place! We will be back!
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    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • What a great neighborhood bistro!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 5/4/2014
    We had the shrimp, scallops and squid small plate...very tasty. Ask for bread to sop up the sauce. The tuna salad was very flavorful with lots of delicious greens. The flank steak sandwich was terrific. Service was very good also.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Totally comfortable experience
    Evenray
    Dined on 4/21/2014
    Excellent food preparation; very good wines at very reasonable prices; service that felt personal
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    Fit For Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, special occasion, Scenic View, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Primo all around
    HakeRiosFamily
    Dined on 4/7/2014
    The best food is food that's divinely delicious AND responsibly harvested. That's Wild Goat! And the service couldn't be better! Genuine, warm, attentive. It's our favorite local restaurant for sure.
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    fit for foodies, hot spot, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding!
    HungryMama
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    LOVED this place! My in-laws wanted to treat us to dinner before we had our baby so we picked this place off of Yelp. So glad we did! Service was good - my water glass was never empty - and the food was EXCELLENT. I'd also like to mention that I have gestational diabetes, and haven't eaten out anywhere nice because I was concerned that there wouldn't be anything I would be able to eat on the menu. I am happy to report that not only was the food delish, but it was also GD friendly!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful restaurant
    Laurielulu
    Dined on 4/3/2014
    We loved the food. We had pork chops, lentil dish and sole. They were all outstanding as was the wine. Service was very attentive.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food - poor planning
    Shinshia
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    We booked a table for 7:15. Because we arrived early, we were invited to order wine and wait at a dismal bench in the hall. We were told reservations were running on time. At 7:35 we asked when we would be seated! Waited longer.... As were about to leave, they finally seated us. They did try to make up for the very late start. Food good. Table service good.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Pizza and chicken pesto salad
    Lisa
    Dined on 3/25/2014
    Both the pizza (I think called Fog Lifter?) and chicken pesto salad were really good.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • What a gem!
    Alibongo
    Dined on 3/23/2014
    Found Wild Goat Café on yelp and thought we would try it out. It was a birthday celebration. The host/manager was most welcoming, she had great recommendations for wine, helped with food suggestions and was very attentive. It was a romantic dinner and we felt like we had enough privacy even though the place is very intimate and brightly lit. All the staff were great, the food was served in a timely manner, explanations were given if needed, food was hot and extremely delicious. I gave it five stars as we could not fault it and will be back very soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Casual and Easy, Great Food
    TerraFirma
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    Thanks to the good reviews we found this place while visiting Petaluma for the Artisan Cheese Festival. We didn't want a huge or elaborate meal after sampling cheese all day. It is smaller than I thought it would be, felt almost like a pub. The food choices were good, well prepared and the waitress delightful. The Sole with Lemon sauce was light and buttery. My husband and I split their Spinach Salad which was also light but flavorful (we had been eating cheese all day so light was good). My husband had the Perfect Pair Pizza with pear and gorgonzola and fresh arugula. Nice flavors. The menu has something to please everyone - from Shortribs to Pizzas, Salads and Small Plates. Local wine list with good choices. We will definitely be back.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lunch with a friend
    Andi
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    I chose the Wild Goat Bistro because the reviews were good, it is good, and the service is OUTSTANDING. The price was fair and the location is really quaint and cute. As for the food, my friend and I each had a salad an shared a pizza. I had a vinaigrette on lettuce with bacon and egg, the waitress accommodated me with changing from a blue cheese to the vinaigrette, which was great that she did this, but I couldn't taste the salad dressing at all and my friend said she had the same problem. Now, for the pizza, it was good, the crust was thin and the sausage kind of spicy. Over all the restaurant is good and the food is good.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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  • A small Gem in Petaluma
    hwyhawg
    Dined on 3/20/2014
    We tried the Wild Goat Bistro off the Open Table suggestions. It was well worth the visit. The restaurant is small and very cozy. Great for a drop in dinner for two, but don't expect a private quit dinner, this place was hopping. Not a lot of elbow room. The food was very good, great menu. I had the calamari, it was perfectly cooked. Salads were bright and well presented. Service was good for cramped quarters. I would definitely go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.