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Glen Ellen Inn Oyster Grill & Martini Bar

4.3
681 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
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  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Great for Outdoor Dining

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About

The Glen Ellen Inn-known for its great food & full bar, offers a relaxed, romantic and fun hideaway spot just for you! Tucked into an original 1940's wine country cottage located just minutes from downtown Sonoma and a scenic drive from Napa, the Glen Ellen Inn features delicious French & Italian inspired cuisine all day long! House baked breads, House made pasta, lovely salads, light appetizers, fire grilled chicken, steaks, burgers, chops and seafood are sure to satisfy any appetite! And why not make a night of it-stay overnight in the adjacent Glen Ellen Inn Secret Cottages. The All Day Menu is offered from 11:30 am to 9 pm; Wednesdays 5 pm to 9 pm.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Contemporary American, Contemporary French
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Hours of operation

Lunch: Thursday - Tuesday: 11:30 AM - 5:00 PM.
Dinner: Daily: 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM.
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Phone number
(707) 996-6409
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Christian Bertrand
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Catering
We are thrilled that you have considered Glen Ellen Inn for your special event! See our web site for more information!
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Carquinez Ave.
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Parking details
Free parking.
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Liquor, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 681 People Are Saying
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4.3  based on all time ratings
4.3
food
4.3
service
4.3
ambience
4.1
value
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93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner (Baltimore)
4.0  Dined on October 6, 2017

First night in wine country-- I had reserved our table and we drove from Sonoma-- worth the drive!

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OpenTable Diner (Denver)
4.0  Dined on October 6, 2017

We had a good dinner on a busy Friday night. Our table was tight and in a very small space, lots of action going by. Food was good and wine selections great

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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
1.0  Dined on October 5, 2017

This place was terribly under staffed. They could not accommodate the patrons they had and to make matters worse, they kept accepting more. Poor management and no one was apologetic for the poor service.

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vipOpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
3.0  Dined on October 2, 2017

I wish they would broaden their menu. We have had many a delightful meal at the restaurant and usually rely on their specials, which were particularly weak on Monday of this week. We had friends from out of town and had spoken highly of the restaurant but we are felt the meal was poor. Get more creative - the chef must be able to develop a better menu. If not, get a new chef.

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vipluncher (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on September 28, 2017

Great martinis, great oysters, wonderful cioppino, terrific french fries, and awesome desserts. The oysters rockefeller were too dry with too many breadcrumbs. The muscles with french fries needed to be separate. The french fries became too soggy. Otherwise, it was great!

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vipCandiceM (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on September 28, 2017

The Glen Ellen Inn is a gem. It's owned by lovely people who really care about what they put on the table. This is not your trendy, "have you been" restaurant. Don't be fooled by the laminated menu. The food is consistently delicious, with great service, and a charming setting. I consider myself a discriminating restaurant goer who always thinks trendy restaurants have a short lifespan. The Glen Ellen Inn is a keeper.

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on September 22, 2017

Throughly enjoyed our meal there. The service was excellent until they started getting busy. My son in law ordered coffee with his dessert and it came at least 5-10 minutes after he finished it. Fortunately, he is very easy going so it didn"t seem to bother him. Over all it is a great little restaurant. Best of all it was close by where we were staying.

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JHerbInes (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on September 16, 2017

Excellent wait staff and delicious meals.
Killer martinis with fresh oysters!!

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OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on September 14, 2017

Excellent meal and friendly service. Nice wine list reasonably priced. Would definitely return if we visit Sonoma Valley again. Cottages in the rear were a find. Great value and fun for our small group (4).

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on September 9, 2017

Food was delicious -- love the small inner dining room -- like eating in a tree house looking out over the garden -- interesting menu -- beautiful food presentation -- meyer lemon dessert to die for -- good wine list, by the glass or by the bottle --

Our service person, Dominic, was either over committed, or maybe new, or??? He was noticeably absent and had to repeatedly be found by us, or by the other waiter on duty. Maybe it was an unusually busy Saturday -- don't know -- he did seem to be outside more than inside -- maybe the restaurant was short-staffed on that particular day? Again, don't know. Will we be back again? Absolutely, but don't want Dominic as our waiter.

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vipCharlie (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on September 8, 2017

They did an excellent job handling our group of ten. Food was very good and I look forward to returning for a date night.

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Mauer (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined on September 2, 2017

Bad service from the start--had to wait ten minutes to even check in for 8:00 reservation while hostess ignored everyone, scrambling around to set up an unreserved table for a very rude party who pushed past all of us with reservations to clog up the entryway. Waiter was pompous and annoying, did the minimum possible. Food was decent but service ruined it. Was my wife's birthday and I had noted it on reservation--never acknowledged or mentioned.

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined on September 2, 2017

Solid restaurant. Menu and establishment has "old school" appeal and food was good.

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Mac1 (Tahoe)
3.0  Dined on September 2, 2017

The Glen Ellen Inn has always been one of my favorite restaurants in Sonoma County. I think my wife and I caught it on a bad night. I ordered a steak which came with a Blue Cheese Sauce. Not liking Blue Cheese I requested the steak without it or with something different. I was offered a red wine sauce which was fine. I never thought about the Blue Cheese when I ordered my "Simple Greens Salad." I was a bit surprised after the discussion about Blue Cheese on the steak that there was a considerable amount of Blue Chees on my salad. That was my fault though. I should have read the menu description more thoroughly. But, you would think a waiter might have caught that too. More importantly, I ordered my steak medium and it was at best well done. My wife ordered salmon and it too was significantly overcooked.

I am going to write this off as a bad day for The Glen Ellen Inn. I have been there in excess of 30 times and would rate all of those visits a 5 across the board.

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined on August 28, 2017

We were there while touring some friends from Chicago around wine country. It was close to our hotel (Olea), and we wanted something close. For an oyster bar, there was only one type of oyster available, which was surprising and a little disappointing. The martinis were good and the restaurant was cozy and quiet. I ordered the halibut(I think, it's been a week). My husband had the salmon. The fish was cooked well, no complaints there. Hopefully, they up the ante with the oyster choices on the weekends.

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on August 26, 2017

All was perfect, the food, service and ambiance. Lovely spot for our date night. Many restaurants come and go in the Glen Ellen area but the Glen Ellen Inn always is consistent and excellent. A real gem!

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vipBobR (Orlando)
4.0  Dined on August 25, 2017

Very nice location and atmosphere. We liked our fried oysters and salmon. The burger was just okay. The mussels were small and a number of empty shells.

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vipTandS (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on August 25, 2017

We took our 4 friends to the Glen Ellen Inn for dinner on Friday night.

Dominic was a great waiter who knows the house inside and out.

We had appetizers: Calamari and the Mussels and French Fries...both were excellent.

The 6 of us has Prawns, Hanger Steak, Mahi Mahi Salad and Cioppino....all of us thought these were superb.

This is a great restaurant to celebrate or jus t get friends together over excellent food.

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WineLover (Salt Lake City)
5.0  Dined on August 21, 2017

This restaurant never lets us down! We look forward to dining here every year when we come in to town for wine tasting!

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on August 18, 2017

Amazing food and great service. Would recommend the pan fried oyster appetizer was fabulous. Love the filet and prawns.

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