Bravas serves traditional Spanish dishes along with tapas-style dining and has been named in the Top 100 Bay Area Restaurants in 2013, 2014 and 2015 by the San Francisco Chronicle. Sit out on the covered patio any time of the year and enjoy a chilled Tapa of Salmorejo soup or tuna belly salad. Join a group of friends indoors at Bravas while dining on a warm Tapa of bacon wrapped dates with blue cheese, warm bacalao on wood grilled flatbread or the Pocket Creak Duck Egg served sunnyside up with Chorizo cracklings and toast. Other menu items include Monterey Calamari served with salsa verde, blackened lamb porterhouse or the skirt steak with red onion marmalade and Valdeón Cheese.
Bravas offers a large selection of local and Spanish wines, sangrias and Spain inspired cocktails that will not only quench your thirst but will complement your food perfectly and authentically.
Amazing food and great cocktail list. Beautiful outdoor patio
We'd read great things in the SF Chronicle review, and it more that met our hopes! The back patio is lovely and it felt both relaxed and "happening". Especially loved the gazpacho, Duncan's mushrooms, escalivada and tuna belly salad.
We always love Bravas when we visit Healdsburg. The outdoor setting is wonderful, the food fantastics, the wine list is well chosen and reasonable, and the staff are knowledgable, friendly and fun.
It was a pretty good restaurant but we should have sat outside! And somehow we ordered wrong! So we will have to back and give it another try!
The variety and presentation were outstanding
Very fun place to have dinner. We had a group of 8 and sat on the patio (which I would recommend, weather permitting). Lots of different plates to share. Paella was awesome.
We were there June 3 for a friend's wedding and decided to have dinner here. Now, yes there was a heat wave going on for this time of the year- but that is the standard average temp for July, Aug & Sept. It was about 95* outside and about 80-85* inside the restaurant. I made the mistake of ordering a glass of red wine- it was served at ~80*... in wine country they should know better. I switch to a cocktail next. Girlfriend was smart and stuck to the Cava Sangria. Food was good, but not amazing. Fried chicken with the garlic toast was the best dish. Some dishes were slightly over salted. The pig cheeks were not braised enough tonight. The heat really ruined the dinner- making me more judgmental. Again, a month later and that is the standard temp for the area. So really a shame that they can't keep the restaurant at a decent temp. And wine should never be served way over room temp. I couldn't recommend this place in the late spring through early fall... seriously it was that bad. Service was good, friendly and pretty attentive- a couple times we were with out water, but it wasn't long. But we were downing water like we were in the Sahara. Pace of the meal was good too. I would give them another shot, but never in the summer.
Fun place with good food!
We came to Bravas when they were only a year or so old and it had the ambiance then and the great wait staff, but their food was hit or miss. We came again last year and it was much improved, except for a loud music speaker issue. We came this time with two dear friends and were treated very well, lovely table (no speaker in our ears as we had experienced last time, hard to hear the conversation), your Albariño was perfect with all the luscious food we ate. We'll be back!!!
We ate here over Memorial weekend when the restaurant was bustling. Most of the dishes we ordered were delicious - particularly the calamares, prawns, and chicken thighs. I was less sure about the mustard pork riblets and the patatas bravas were either way overcooked or were not cooked fresh. Service was patchy - we waited a while to order (drinks or food) and it was difficult to get our server's attention when we wanted to order dessert and digestifs. But then it was one of the busiest weekends and we were in no major rush.
This restaurant is a couple of blocks away from the hubbub of the town square but entirely worth the stroll - Comfortable space between tables, friendly service, great tapas, excellent sangria, lovely outdoor patio. We'll come back for sure.
Excellent service and a diverse menu. Eclectic drink selections. Perfect location near downtown Healdsburg. Will certainly return.
Great restaurant . Picked it because it was dog friendly and both humans and dogs enjoyed the experience. Food and service were great, and I will be back.
The food is really delicious--the Chorizo and Peppers were a real hit-- but the hospitality is what would bring me back. There was a noisy and rude group ahead of us, who were treated respectfully by the hostess. She then went out of her way to make sure we weren't seated by them, and even found a great table for us outside. Our server was so welcoming and accommodating that he really raised the level of our experience. He even brought us a generous sample of the night's paella, which we were too full to order but wanted to taste. Highly recommend this restaurant!
One of our favorite restaurants. Whenever we're in this area from SF this is our first stop.
We ordered 5 items, two were good, one was so-so and the last two were burned.
The calamari was very god.
The Asparagus was nicely grilled but the alioli looked like it was Kraft Mayo from a jar
The trout escabache lacked flavor and a can of tuna could have been directly substituted without losing anything. The pickled onion, carrot, hot pepper was very good. The alioli was mainly French's mustard.
The bacon wrapped dates could have been good if the fry chef didn't burn them.
The rum balls were lacking substance, and also were either burned or picked up burnt residue from the oil.
Overall, this was a very disappointing experience considering how highly rated it was.
Very flavorful with shrimp, clams, chicken sausage and an amazing sauce. Definitely a must-have
Great table on the back patio for lunch. Sunshine, a marvelous rose of Pinot Noir and superb small plates. Nothing could be finer.
Biggest complaint was the hostess who got a little excessive in her menu-folding duties, taking a menu away from us as we reviewed it. She then looked at us like we were crazy for wanting to keep an unfolded menu at our table while waiting for our first plate to arrive. Otherwise, the service was pretty great. Some of the plates were a little more pricey than we would have expected after seeing the portions, but it was exceptionally prepared.
The first two visits I made to Bravas were amazing, so I had high hopes when I decided to bring a great friend there for her birthday. Unfortunately the experience was really a let down. The food was extremely slow coming, and for small plates, a single plate of roasted beets on the table for nearly a 1/2 hour is annoying. The tomato toast was as bland as could be and the rest of the items lacked any kind of enthusiasm. The wait staff and kitchen were way off their mark. Disappointing.
Best seafood paella in a long time. Wonderful distinctive flavors, crispy bottom rice and tender seafood! Comfortable outside seating on heated wood patio or lawn around orange trees. Very comfortable vibe with excellent food. Husband had tapas - equally tasty choices.
Good food, good patio, generally reliable and professional. But this time, they put a large and fractious dysfunctional family birthday party right on top of our lovely table, and let them run wild. I was not keen on having my chair repeatedly bumped and listening to uncreative cursing. Within reason, the staff have to control the room.
Great food , good service, would go back again, throughly enjoyed it
The food and the service were fantastic. Very diverse menu and all was fantastic. The sangria was some of the best I have tasted. We sat outdoors and it was a very nice setting for dinner. Highly recommend if visiting Healdsburg.
Everything from the mushrooms to the scallops to the paella was awesome. This was one of our favourite places in Sonoma. The price was incredible for the quality and portions, which were just enough. And the wine list was all local.
Food was marvelous and the service was great. We had really enjoyed sunday lunch here.
Experience spoiled with bad receptionist.
Came in with reservation and offered table closed to entrance while there are empty tables around.
As we ask better seating - they said other table has reservation; which we also had one.
Our waitress is excellent, our bus boy is excellent, the food is excellent.
Should pay attention to the receptionist as it set the entire mood on dining experience!!
Great place with an extensive menu of good food. Love the courtyard on warmer nights.
Perfect weekday lunch on nice outdoor patio. Friendly, prompt service.
Small plates - nice flavors & quantity not an issue.
Will return - recommended.
Bravas is definitely an amazing local restaurant. Owned by the Stark family who are known for their dedication to quality foods of all styles. This tapas style restaurant has a wide range of small bites as well as doing fresh to order paella in the Spring and Summer! Great for lunch and dinner. I highly recommend eating outside on their terrace. They have heater lamps for the evening.
Bring a small group - that way you can delve deeper into their tapas and really taste more. We managed 4 and have to come back - there were so many on the list we wanted to try. We also wanted to try the paella, but couldn't do both. You'll love this place. Let your server guide you and take a look at what people are ordering. The plates are as beautiful as they are tasty.
We were a group celebrating Mother's day and a birthday. The food was delicious, the service was friendly, and for all the great small plates we had, no sticker shock. I would go back in a second.
This was our 2nd time at this restaurant and it just keeps getting better and better!
My husband actually likes their tapas better than ones we had in Barcelona!
After frequent visits to Spain and living in NYC with great tapas, I was pleasantly surprised by this find. The cheese plate was great along with the octopus. Definitely worth a visit!
Wonderfully flavorful small plates. Friendly service. Fantastic non-alcoholic beverages (the ginger fizzy lifting drink is amazing). Butterscotch on their Straus Family Soft Serve is to die for! Be prepared to fork over a substantial sum for this tasty cuisine. I'm going to save this one for special occasions only.
Wonderful time. Wished we could have sat outside but were told could not
I love Bravas Bar de Tapas and wish I could transport them to San Diego! Love love love the sharing plates and everything is delicious. I also find that this restaurant is very reasonable compared to most in Healdsburg. We had friends with us on this trip & they loved it as well. Can't wait to return on my next visit.
This was my second dinner here and my husband's first. We were seated out back as requested on my reservation. Great wait staff all around. They were attentive enough without being intrusive and informative about the menu choices. We tried the clams in Cava and they recommended a bread order with it which looked like ciabatta schmered with goodness that was the best item we had. Also the octopus which was kind of bland and chewy (is that how octopus is?), anchovies which were very fresh and tasty, mushrooms which were very flavorful and went with everything and the riblets which were our least favorite with the mustard sauce. I tried a sparkling Cava and hubby had a beer, then on to Hartford Court Zinfandel. All good.
This has become our favorite dining out spot in Healdsburg. Our dinner guest from Spain enjoyed it. Yummy food, excellent wait staff, cool vibe. The only caution is that inside can be noisy at night when it is busy. Just reserve a table on the deck. You'll be warm, and the noise level is fine.
Fun place with good food and great atmosphere...will go back!