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Permanently Closed - French Garden

4.2
597 reviews
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$31 to $50
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French
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About

This restaurant is permanently closed.

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.

Dining Style
Fine Dining
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Cuisines
French, Californian
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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
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Phone number
(707) 824-2030
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Arturo Guzman
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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.
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Private party contact
Debbie Espinosa: (707) 824-2030
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Pleasant Hill Avenue North
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Parking details
Private Parking Lot, no charge
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Entertainment
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.
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Special events & promotions
Please check our website for concerts and special events!
Additional
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
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4.2based on all time ratings
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4.1
service
4.2
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4.0Dined on June 25, 2016

We were sad to see this restaurant close. I took my mom for her birthday and to have one last meal there. The waiters were very off that day and did not seem to even be the ones we were used to seeing. Our waiter seemed like it was his first day. Something was different but we still had a delicious meal and would go back if they were still open. We are very sad to see this restaurant close and wish them the best in the future. We do hope another restaurant will go in and keep it as wonderful as The French Garden was.

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4.0Dined on June 23, 2016

Excellent dining experience. Everyone had something different and it was all good. Very nice wine list. Would recommend it to foodies and friends that like good food and wine.

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1.0Dined on June 22, 2016

Soon to close, a review is unlikely to effect. But server was abrupt to the point of being rude. The only time she returned was to provide the tab. Meals were good but what was delivered varied SIGNIFICANTLY from the menu descriptions.

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5.0Dined on June 19, 2016

Yes it was indeed very enjoyable, but unfortunately they are closing as of this day.
A real disappointment as it is one of our favorite places to dine in Sebastopol.

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5.0Dined on June 18, 2016

We loved this restaurant and are so sorry that they are no longer going to be in business after June 2016.

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5.0Dined on June 17, 2016

I love this restaurant my husband and I have made so many memories here I am so sad that it's closing

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5.0Dined on June 17, 2016

We had our last lunch here before you close, to say Thank You for the wonderful meals, superb service, and lovely setting. We shall miss you so but wish you the very best in your next adventures.

Our farewell meal, chicken breast/bacon/avacado on croissant......oh my. A classic. Blessings and the best to you!!!!!!!!!

Thank you..........

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5.0Dined on June 5, 2016

...or lunch or dinner. Go soon, as they will only be open for a couple more weeks! Sad, but true, this wonderful restaurant will close in late June. If you've put off going, go now. If you have a June event, an awesome place to celebrate. Meals and service in style, in a beautiful setting! I'll miss the French Garden.

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3.0Dined on June 1, 2016

The food is fresh and fairly interesting. The atmosphere is lovely. The service, however is slow and even though the servers had few diners that week night, they were not particularly attentive. They were nice, but at a restaurant of this promise, price and potential, they should be checking on the customers more often and making sure that dinner is served fairly promptly.

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4.0Dined on May 18, 2016

Nice dinner location, good freshly prepared tasty food, wine only "OK". Enjoyed the 3 Course Prix Fixe Menu with the Braised Beef Short Ribs - would recommend it!

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5.0Dined on May 8, 2016

The food, service and ambiance at this restaurant is always exceptional. This is one of our favorite restaurants to bring out of town guests to. I would highly recommend this restaurant to anyone who is looking for excellent, delicious food choices and great atmosphere as well.

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3.0Dined on May 8, 2016

Food was good, service was not up to par. understaffed, no dinner forks no asking if we needed
more drinks w/main course. No asking how things were. Just low class service opposite of the
food quality & the look of the plates. Although the amount of Salmon was a total rip off . My son works hard is a healthy young man & the tiny pieces of salmon were a rip off. We Paid over $230 for our meals w/out dessert & we told them it was a birthday & Mother's day when I made
the reservation they said they would bring a house dessert I we could sing but they didn't mention it or ask if we still wanted to do that? Very disappointed for my daughter nobody
sang to her for her birthday .. Hope this helps you to be able to improve your service.

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4.0Dined on May 8, 2016

We go to French Garden very often for lunch. The quality is always outstanding and service is very good. We recently went there for Mother's Day brunch. The buffet quality was really impressive. I highly recommend this place for lunch, dinner or brunch.

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4.0Dined on May 7, 2016

The food is always of good quality, with great care shown in plating the food in artistic ways. I love that the majority of vegetables are from their own farm. The spacing of tables in the nicely appointed main dining room is optimal.

The last visit was not so good, due to the highly fragranced wait person from laundry products. Despite my request, she refused to have another wait person serve us, but instead kept a distance when taking our order, inquiring (too often) about our meal, and presenting the bill. It wasn't good enough. I lost my appetite, could barely eat my meal, and we left after being there just an hour. I have written to the owners and have not received any response, to date.

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5.0Dined on May 6, 2016

My GF and I were just spending one night in Sebastopol (I was riding the Wine Country Century the next day) so I was looking for a nice restaurant in Sebastopol. I saw the great reviews on Open Table (and other restaurant review sites) and decided to reserve. Oh my, our dinner was so good! I really liked the layout of the whole place...the bar is separated from the main dining room via a glass wall...so you get the expansiveness of a larger area, plus a view of the vibrant bar scene without the usual noise of a bar. What a great concept! Although we didn't try the bar, we will next time. Very nice and that Friday night they had live music.

We shared all our entrees as we often do...we started with the salad special that night...arugula with melon wrapped prosciutto and blue cheese with a vinaigrette dressing. Really good! Then we had another special - a lamb stew of sorts with potatoes, mushrooms, baby carrots and one other root vegetable I forgot. It was fantastic (and enough for two)...the delicious rich gravy was mopped up with the fresh bread they provided too. We splurged on dessert...got the banana sundae (shared of course). Nicely presented and how can you beat ice cream and bananas?

The bill for both of us (including 3 glasses of wine) including a generous tip was under $100. Was well worth it!

All in all the service was excellent...not too intrusive but attentive enough. We will definitely go back to French Garden and highly recommend the restaurant.

NOTE: I recently found out that the French Garden went out of business...what a shame! :-(

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5.0Dined on May 6, 2016

I was so impressed with the quality and presentation of the food, the ambiance and service was equally as good, can't wait for the next special occasion to go back again! It also looked like they had a lively bar scene with live music and tappas . They have glass separating the restaurant from the bar areas which really helps with the sound and makes the restaurant more intimate.

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5.0Dined on April 30, 2016

Excellent fresh and delicious meal. Highly recommend for dining in the outside patio, weather permitting

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5.0Dined on April 24, 2016

It was a delicious breakfast. Everything tasted very fresh including homemade jams. English muffins tasted like they were baked fresh and the galette scramble I ate had a very tasty galette under eggs. I also thought their hollandause sauce was excellent. We sat outside and it was a beautiful day. I would go back for brunch anytime.

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5.0Dined on April 24, 2016

Innovative Menu. If it's a nice warm day, sit outside. For cooler nights try the Bistro area and the French Onion Soup!

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5.0Dined on April 17, 2016

The food was fantastic, especially the vegetable soup and fresh breads! Service was a little slow but pleasant. Defintiely an excellent place for brunch!

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2016

Staff is friendly, food is really good. Can't miss.

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5.0Dined on March 26, 2016

All 6 of us throughly enjoyed our meals. The prices were not out of sight & food was not skimpy, but you felt like you were out at a very special place. They comped out dessert as it was a 75th birthday celebration. We will definitely go again

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2016

First time here. It was wonderful. Excellent food and service. Will be back. A lot

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4.0Dined on March 20, 2016

We recently moved to sebastopol and I had always noticed this place as I drove by to the coast. Checked out their happy hour which usually has a yummy drink special or 2. Nice large bar with a cozy fireplace in the corner surrounded by cushy chairs and couch. Happy hour mussels and clams are special. I always get the french onion soup and they do it well here. (Not on happy hour menu) Good cheezy melty bread on top. Dinner is good too. Always have a nice fish prepared well. Not a cheap meal but is always fresh and tastey. They have outdoor seating and quite a large dining room. When we were there last it was very quiet bit when happy hour is on it gets louder. Definitely not rowdy tho. Great reliable food nearby. Always bring my mom there. She loves the cloth napkins and tablecloths. Makes it feel more upscale.

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5.0Dined on March 13, 2016

Using local ingredients assembled, cooked and presented in the most interesting combinations. Some of the highest quality service you'll ever experience coupled with a choice of indoors with a fireplace, a plush dining room and a wonderful outdoor garden area, all combine to provide a Wide range of settings. The prices considering the quality of service, exquisite menus choices and seating options make this an excellent value. Our favorite is brunch.

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3.0Dined on March 11, 2016

We had reservations and were greeted and seated right away, but there was a graciousness that was missing from that point on that we were expecting from this higher end restaurant. We waited too long for our meals (about 45 minutes after ordering) and when they came they were somewhat mediocore. The accoustics bounced around a lot of noise and it was difficult to have a dinner conversation. There was a large private dinner party going on and that may have had something to do with it, but you could feel the stress on the wait staff. Overall, somewhat disappointed in our experience. Another day and time may have resulted in a better experience but we likely will not take a chance on that in the future with so many other great restaurants to discover in Sonoma County.

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5.0Dined on February 24, 2016

Wonderful, never disappoints. Organic farm to table vegis and interesting entrees. Delicious.

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2016

I hadn't realized that it was a pre-set price of $87 per person when I booked the reservation for 4 of us. I probably would have been scared off. I'm glad we went. The service was perfect. Available but not intrusive or pushy. The food was excellent. Nice ambience. Salad and vegetables were creative and delicious. My least favorite of the whole night was the lamb chop. It was ok, not great. Would definitely go again.

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2016

Our Valentine's meal was outstanding! Can't wait to go back. The new chef is amazing.

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2016

We eat out a lot.
This is our fourth time to French Garden. This time for Valentine's Day.
UNBELIEVABLE!
The dining experience is without match.
From the appetizer to the dessert....our palate's and eyes were teased with the most exciting and satisfying presentations.
We cant wait to return.

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3.0Dined on February 14, 2016

Food is excellent. The Chef is a CHEF (French style). Very wonderful flavors in every dish. We went for the Valentine's special dinner. It was pricey, but worth it. My only objection is the (to me) wine "corkage fee". Living in Sonoma County, where excellent wine is abundant, makes paying restaurant prices for wine an obstacle to me wanting to return for dinner. The bar area has a very pleasant and open atmosphere so perhaps paying for wine during "Happy Hour' would be OK.

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2016

Excellent brunch!! My apple walnut salad was amazing. The outside seating is slightly noisy due to it being next to a busy street. But it didn't bother us too much.

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1.0Dined on February 7, 2016

It is,with great concern that I rate the French Garden so low. I made the reservation through Open Table and stated my wife's allergies and that we were celebrating her birthday. None of this was ever acknowledged. I also asked for champagne cocktails to be delivered once we were seated. This also was never acknowledged ... I had to ask for them and they arrived slightly chilly. Our lunch /brunch arrived half frozen chicken. Waitress credit us for 1, but both should have been. I won't return. After requesting champagne cocktails, service went down hill.

Only positive, outside, patio seating, was very nice.

Overall, I think everyone there was more concerned about superb owl than us. So sad. I was embarrassed for recommending the restaurant for celebrating my wife's birthday.

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4.0Dined on January 27, 2016

We enjoyed a really relaxing, late lunch at the French Garden. We experienced creatively prepared and pleasantly presented home grown veg and locally and sustainably sourced, delicious meat and fish. The service was friendly and not obtrusive and we all enjoyed our different dishes. I had a really tasty stuffed squash with quinoa which was particularly lovely.

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1.0Dined on January 17, 2016

We were excited to try this restaurant while we were in Sonoma. Upon our arrival, the restaurant looked good with a nice atmosphere and we were welcomed warmly. Although our waitress was friendly and efficient, the food was a huge disappointment. It was dark and jumbled, like it had been plated long before we arrived and warmed up. We suspect that the chef was not there that night. We cannot recommend it.

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5.0Dined on December 20, 2015

Went for a birthday brunch with 4 girlfriends. Everyone's meal was delicious and service excellent. I would highly recommend the French Garden.

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5.0Dined on November 1, 2015

It was a delightful rainy day, so we were seated inside very near the fireplace - a perfect spot! Service was lovely and the food very tasty. They were accommodating of my needs as a diabetic and genuinely made us very comfortable. Even in a drizzle the outdoor area was beautiful and we took a quick stroll around to see the landscaping and tractors set at the front of the parting lot. All in all, it was a great brunch only hampered slightly by a rather rude patron on her cell phone that just wouldn't stop talking - even once her food arrived.

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3.0Dined on October 31, 2015

Server/hostess didn't seem to know the menu well, she couldn't answer questions about some menu items or make recommendations. The ahi appetizer was very good. The beet salad was misrepresented and just ok, the NY steak didn't have much flavor (we added salt) however the veggies that came with it were great. The cinnamon margarita was tasty. We chose to forgo dessert this time and not waste the calories.

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5.0Dined on October 10, 2015

Portions at the French Garden are ample, the presentation of the food is creative, but--best of all--the vegetables are local and incredibly fresh. Don't skip salad, but share it with a dining partner so you have room for your main course. Friends from the area introduced me to the French Garden and now I'm passing along the favor.

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2.0Dined on October 2, 2015

It was a wait even tho we had reservation. Food was ho hum nice place. Wine list was
Ok But service was sad. Got gluten free crackers which were stale. They comped the wine but why have stale crackers? Keep them. In the freezer. And toast them. Morons

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