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About Permanently Closed - French Garden
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French Garden is a farm to table restaurant in Sebastopol, California. The restaurant specializes in serving cuisine made from fresh, locally sourced ingredients in an elegant setting with a garden patio and relaxed atmosphere.
French Garden serves lunch and dinner five days a week and offers a variety of appetizers, cheeses, entrées and sides. Appetizer selections include harissa ahi tuna tartare, French onion soup, soup du jour, Prince Edward Island mussels, raw oysters and charcuterie plate. Entrées featured at French Garden include pan seared scallops, oven roasted Niman ranch pork tenderloin, pan seared Sonoma duck breast, catch of the day and stuffed winter squash.
Sebastopol, CA 95472
Hours of Operation:
LUNCH: Wed - Saturday 11:30 am - 2:30 pm
DINNER: Wed - Sunday 5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
BRUNCH: Sunday 10:00 am-2:00 pm
HAPPY HOUR: Wed-Fri 4:30 pm to 6:30 pm
Pleasant Hill Avenue North
$31 to $50
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Some of the finest musicians in Sonoma County perform in the Bistro Bar every Friday and Saturday, 7-10 pm (and sometimes other nights) with no cover charge.
Private Parking Lot, no charge
Private Party Facilities:
French Garden is available for wedding rehearsal dinners, wedding receptions, private parties, luncheons, and other events by special arrangement. Our in-house facilities feature spacious formal dining with a performance stage, a private dining room and a full bar with indoor and outdoor seating.
Private Party Contact:
Debbie Espinosa: (707) 824-2030
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Special Events & Promotions:
Please check our website for concerts and special events!
French Garden - Permanently Closed Ratings and Reviews
It seemed like the restaurant was short staffed as there was no one acting as hostess when we arrived, and we had to flag someone down to tell them that we had a reservation and were waiting to be seated. The food was average. The service was average. I expected better and was disappointed..
I enjoy the French Garden and loved the music last night! I wish you would host more of this good feeling and danceable music - I have had my birthday brunches here and occasionally meet people there to have a bite and hang by the fire place and listen to music as it is close by and a sweet place to be
Last night was kind of hard though - there were 5 in my party and several of us discussed the fact that we could not get anyone to come and ask us for our orders and it was just about impossible to get water, a glass of wine, food, etc without hunting someone down on foot - I think you lost a lot of money last night - perhaps you could have a back up staff for busy occasions - I liked the people that worked there and could see they were doing their best and more but there were not enough of them - the food was not all that great either - I have had good food there at other times - but feel for the price it seems it ought to always be exceptional
all that said, you have created a lovely place that is elegant and serves the community with a wonderful atmosphere and likeable music and mostly tasty fare - perhaps a bit more food for
ones money and quicker on the service is what I would suggest as a customer
Lunch on the patio. All produce is from their farms. We had the specials- sea bass with baby veggies,pork loin with polenta and veggies. Heirloom tomato soup to start Meyer lemon cheesecake for dessert. Good selection of local wines. Generous portions,surrounded by flowers and plants,attentive service.
I'll start with dessert which was superb, an apple crisp with delightfully light and flaky crust. The game hen was very good, with an adequate amount of greens which is often lacking elsewhere. Sadly, the salad was poor. Just a tiny amount of lettuce with slices of hard, unripe peaches, and the dressing did not suit the pears at all. But the overall experience was excellent.
Went to hear Jennifer Berezon and see Nina Wise. Jennifer was excellent. Could barely hear
anything Nina Wise said even when we moved closer. Noise from the bar was very distracting and added to the difficulty of hearing. Restaurant was one of the noisiest I have ever been in, almost impossible to talk with person across the table unless you leaned over and talked really loud. Lovely setting. Tri tip was very tough and grizzly. Waitress said fruit dessert was with custard it was whipped cream - wouldn't have ordered it.
We have been fans of the French Garden for a number of years now. We've been for
lunch, family gatherings, Thanksgiving and Mother's Day and have never been disappointed.
The eggs benedict, sandwiches and salads are outstanding, as are the lattes!
It's a beautiful restaurant, with room for a quiet lunch or a large gathering in a side room, as well as outside seating in a garden setting.
We recently celebrated the 91st birthday of our mother and her twin sisters - with multiple generations on hand. Everyone - from the 91-year-old twins, to my two-year-old twin granddaughters - had a great experience.
The staff at the French Garden are perfect - attentive, flexible (we had a few reservation changes!) and friendly.
We visit Sonoma Cty multiple times/yr, and eat at French Garden more often than any other restaurant in the county. But this time, our friends and we were very disappointed. Charcuterie platter was still good, but the usually reliable French Onion soup tasted of nothing but salt. Dan's Baby Green Salad was still good, but I requested they not overcook the side of salmon filet; it was barely acceptable. There really is no excuse for overcooking fish these days. But biggest negative was the burger. We have always loved FG's burger, but not today! Three of four diners got it, and all three were thumbs-down on it. The patty was dry as sawdust and unsalted to boot (a cardinal sin; good beef ALWAYS needs pre-salting). Rhubarb/strawberry crisp was delightful, but Meyer cheesecake had only faint lemon flavor. FG is one of the most expensive restaurants in Sonoma Cty - they need to do a better job than a 40% success ratio. Never had any problems before, but now we're wary.
Enjoyed Mother's Day brunch. The buffet brunch included omelets to order, ham and tri-tip at a carving station and a variety of other dishes. The food was good but the best thing was that the atmosphere was relatively calm and peaceful for a Mother's Day meal. I would definitely go back again.
While my sallops were outstanding, my husband's mussles were bland. The cracked wheat baggette, however, was delicious. Eating in the main dining room was dreary. I faced a wall that had ugly moisture dammage and no decoration whatsoever. Our wait person was very nice, but the kitchen was extremely slow. Unfortunately, it was too chilly to eat outside. All in all ~ not worth the price.
We love the staff, the ambiance, the music and friendly people. Yet, the food is quite often a disappointment. Our last visit on April 10, 2015 the Quinoa stuffed pumpkin was tasteless, the pumpkin skin was tough and difficult to discard, this dish was left uneaten and I shared my beef tenderloin dinner with my guest. Also, there were not as many vegetables with my beef tenderloin as a few weeks ago. We have discussed having dinner some place else, and then go to The French Garden for the music.
Arrived with great expectations yet left underwhelmed with our food.
My salad was beautifully stacked but arrived without an explanation that the brown band around the bottom was actually an edible band of baked sliced apples.
We each ordered different entrees; duck breast and salmon which in themselves were fine. My duck breast was accompanied by this cloyingly sweet Orange glaze which overwhelmed the sides of veggies and rice. My companion's salmon had a Citrus Salsa with chucks of grapefruit which soured her taste for the meal.
Fortunately, our server Amber was pleasant, knowledgeable about wines and very attentive all evening. She alone made up for the meals' shortcoming.
We have come here twice before for the Easter Brunch and been very satisfied. This year was a bit of a disappointment. The buffet selection was not as large, the buffet was understaffed and the overall quality was not quite as high as it was on the previous visits.
We were a bit disappointed as to the location of our table. We were very close to the door of the kitchen with people coming in and out. Also in the direct line of where customers had to walk in order to get to the buffet tables. Next time I would call the restaurant or request a certain table or area to sit.
My friend and I arrived early to brunch on Easter Sunday. Got a great table in a quiet corner, so it was easy to have a conversation. The buffet had a huge variety of healthy food- there was something for everyone. I especially appreciated the fresh veges, all grown from their garden, except the asparagus, which was still outstanding. The servers were very friendly and accommodating. Everything was well prepared and I had to restrain myself from overindulging the dessert bar. It was a very relaxing, enjoyable experience, which I'd certainly like to repeat.
We came here for restaurant week. Started off with house cured salmon bruschetta, which was beautifully presented and delicious. There. Was also a lovely green salad on the plate. Second course was Petrale Sole which was a generous portion and an excellent choice of vegetables and flavor. My husband had the short ribs which were also good but not memorable. The flavors were well blended and the vegetables were stellar
Desert was a surprise as the Valrona chocolate tart was white cream in a tart shell with some chocolate mousse on the side. Good but a disappointment as I was expecting a chocolate tart with chocolate in it.
The restaurant itself is beautiful and romantic. Appropriate for a special occasion.
Only complaint about the service- the plates are cleared much too quickly and the check was brought without asking if we wanted coffee. We weren't rushed, we stayed two hours, but it felt unprofessional.
Our experience was not a good one. We had reservations yet when we arrived we had to wait for a table to be set even though there were several empty tables available.
We arrived on Restaurant week and decided to give this place a try and after reviewing the menu, decided on the specials for the week. The Petrale sole was not a very large portion and was fishy smelling. The combination of the ingredients was not a tasteful combination to reflect the intended delicate light flavor of the fish. The heavy ingredients did not accomplish that.
We also had the short ribs and these were cooked properly but they lacked any seasoning and were quite boring to say the least. The accompaniment to these were similar to the petrale sole dish and was a heavy weighted side including root vegetables. Not much flavor.
The desert was unimpressive in that the trio sorbet was berry, lemon and mandarin orange.
The mandarin and the lemon was so tart and bitter it was as if they ground the peel and rind in with the sorbet ingredients to make it all work. Terrible to say the least.
In summary, the opportunity of earning my trust and comfort with dining at this restaurant has been lost.
Was hoping for a good meal and got way more. We were all impressed with the selection, presentation and of course the taste. Wonderful. The decor seemed a bit mis-matched, which bothered my husband more than me. It's about the food, right?
Would go there again in a heartbeat, and plan to when we are in the area again.
We had breakfast at the French Garden.
It was mediocre , at best.
Eggs over easy were well done had to be sent back. Small serving of potatoes with the eggs.
The service was good..it was pleasant sitting outside but we wouldn't come back...breakfast at home is a better bet.
We met in the crowded, hopping bistro during happy hour. Found couch seats by the fireplace, ordered an array of small plates to try and happy hour cocktails. All good.
Moved into the much quieter, calm and spacious dining room for dinner. Each of our entrees were creative and delicious. We all shared one dessert.
Group consensus is: this is a comer- backer- to. We had a lovely time, great food, service and ambience.
Our reservation was not fulfilled. I had a party of six for the Bistro, confirmed the reservation thru Open Table and made 2 followup phone calls to re confirm our table. Arrived at 615pm to find the Bistro full, had to wait 15 minutes for a table for 4. Our friends had to eat at the bar and finally joined our table when a table for 2 opened up half way thru their dinner. I was told repeatedly that reservations are not taken at the Bistro, however 2 phones calls to confirm our reservation in the Bistro seemed to contradict the staff. Staff seemed disorganized.
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