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Cafe La Haye, Sonoma, CA

Cafe La Haye

4.9
4.9
2679 Reviews
$31 to $50
American
Located just off Sonoma Plaza, Cafe La Haye offers an appealingly unfussy sophistication. The split-level dining room holds just a dozen or so tables, but its open kitchen, raftered ceiling and walls adorned with modern art create a vibrant energy that’s contagious.
Convivial owner Saul Gropman and chef Jeffrey Lloyd make a formidable team. Lloyd, former executive chef of restaurant Michael Mina, offers a seasonal menu that’s discreet in its complexity, featuring the sort of dishes that seem to get better with each bite.
Gropman’s wine list comprises a modest 100 bottles, but it’s a smart, well-focused selection -

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 12 times today
Experiences are available.

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    American

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Tue–Sat 5:30 pm–9:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (707) 935-5994

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Jeffrey H. Lloyd

Experiences

  • Come spend Valentine's Day with us

    $88.00 per person

    Feb 14, 2023 only
    Chef Jeffrey Lloyd has crafted a scrumptious prix fixe dinner for you. View the menu here https://www.cafelahaye.com/valentine-s

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4.9
4.9 based on recent ratings
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.9Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.6Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • San Francisco Bay Area

    American

  • Wine Country

    Innovative

  • Wine Country

    Neighborhood gem

  • Wine Country

    American

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Sacramento

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A great experience and highly recommend
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Richmond

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Was expecting decent, received amazing! What a gem of a place. The pork chop dinner was by far the best pork chop I have ever had! We met a few people when we walked in and it was as if we were reunited with family. Our reservations were 7:30p and b/c we were staying out of town, the manager had already set us up with a ride and we were driven back to our facility with no issues. I’m only giving this place a 10/10 because I can’t give it any higher! Loved it!!!!
  3. RR

    RRRBBM

    San Francisco

    113 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    113 reviews

    Dined on January 25, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Consistently wonderful. Food is a standout. But the service and hospitality is like nowhere else. Simply outstanding!
  4. R

    Rube

    New England

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 15, 2023

    overall4food3service4ambience4
    Pappardelle pasta had way too much oil on it. It wasn't necessary because the pasta was fresh and delicious. It was drenched in oil.
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 15, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was recommended to us by 2 locals. We snagged a last minute reservation and canceled and existing one and we’re not disappointed. We will be back.
  6. R

    Regulars

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 13, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A favorite of ours! Food was amazing, and Sol the owner comes by the tables to check in with his guests. Wonderful place and always good!
  7. CA

    CharlesA

    Birmingham

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 12, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Cafe La Haye was absolutely the best dinning experience we have ever had. The owner and employees were extremely welcoming from the time we entered the location. The service was outstanding, and food was unbelievable. The filet mignon and pork chops were cooked perfectly and side dishes were delicious. We will definitely be traveling from Southern California more often to return.
  8. J

    Jhuws

    New York Area

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on January 11, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was extraordinary. Wait staff was knowledgeable and gave helpful advice. Sommelier was chatty and helpful. It is expensive but damn is it delicious!
  9. B

    Baseballfan22

    Central Coast

    60 reviews

    5.0

    60 reviews

    Dined on January 11, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Nothing short of outstanding! Great service. Great food. Beautiful and fairly priced wines. A must go.
  10. b

    bitohoney

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 8, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food and service. Charming space w beautiful artwork on the walls. The pork chop, fried cauliflower and quail were all standouts. Would return in a heartbeat.
  11. J

    Janet

    San Francisco

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on January 8, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It is such a treat to dine at Cafe La Haye!! The food, the service, the staff and the atmosphere are all exceptional!!!
  12. DG

    DavidG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 7, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    This restaurant has been in town for-ever, and it never disappoints
  13. S

    Subpar

    Nashville

    29 reviews

    4.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on January 6, 2023

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    It was a wonderful restaurant! Food was good ! We were shocked that they did not serve any bread!!
  14. AJ

    AmyJ

    San Francisco

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on January 6, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Truly wonderful food and service. It's a locals favorite. Intimate atmosphere. Consistently fantastic.
  15. BH

    BrockH

    San Diego

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 4, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Cafe La Haye is such a pleasure to visit. Lovely service, food and wine selection always make our stops a pleasure. Our group of five enjoyed appetizers, entrees and desserts across the board. And you will appreciate the local wine selection as we did. Do yourself a favor and make a reservation.
  16. MC

    MalcolmC

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 4, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Once again Cafe La haye served their fantastic Wolf Ranch quail and it was tender snd perfectly cooked, served over a delicious jus. My wife had the spectacular risotto which was also a treat.
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Birthday dinner for my mom, it’s her favorite place. Everything was perfect- food, wine & service. Will definitely be back.
  18. SM

    StaceyM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Food was excellent. Communication, I was sent email everyday and phone call so I wouldn’t forget my reservation. Lived up to its reputation.
  19. L

    Lja310

    Los Angeles

    27 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on December 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Hands down, the best meal we had in Sonoma. On our last night in Sonoma, we had dinner at Cafe La Haye. After 3 days, this was easily the best meal that we had while in town. Picky eaters beware, the menu is tight. In my opinion, fine dining restaurants know what they have perfected and therefor everything is usually excellent. Both of our wines were delicious. A Chardonnay for me from Three Sticks and a Stone Edge Farm Sauvignon Blanc for my better half. We shared the salad special, an arugula salad with herbed goat cheese, prosciutto, and cranberries. Really excellent. Main courses were the pork chop (excellent) and the risotto special with shrimp (very good). We are not usually ones to splurge on dessert but there were several interesting options, so we treated ourselves with the butterscotch pudding and the warm almond cake with salted caramel ice cream. Both were exemplary and well worth the extra calories. All of this was strung together by superb service from Ester, who was an absolute pleasure. If we’re back in Sonoma, Cafe La Haye is now a must for us!
  20. A

    Annie

    San Francisco

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on December 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We have never been disappointed eating at Cafe La Haye and this was no exception. The food was wonderful, the service impeccable, and the atmosphere charming. We love to come here--I just need to remember to make a reservation in time! It is a small intimate space and thus their reservations are limited (which of course just adds to the charm).
  21. M

    Mwheeler

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always love the place
  22. T

    Tony

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always love coming to Cafe La Haye! Saul and his team do an amazing job, always!
  23. DC

    DCFoodGirl

    Washington DC

    77 reviews

    5.0

    77 reviews

    Dined on December 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Limited regular menu but enough daily specials that there is something for everyone. The dessert options really stood out, but everything was tasty.
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on December 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We'll be back soon! Service and food were excellent.
  25. LJ

    LaurieJ

    San Francisco

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on December 22, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Service is extraordinary! Intimate and quaint setting. Food is excellent. Limited and simple menu. We enjoy this as a regular date night spot.
  26. G

    Gigi

    Sacramento

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on December 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our experience just like all our dinners at Cafe La Haye was outstanding! This was a special evening with friends like family to us but also long time business colleagues. We chose to celebrate here because we absolutely knew the food, the service and atmosphere of a cafe would provide us with a beautiful evening. We love the creativity of the chef that melds flavors to make a simple vegetable mouthwatering, a cream soup most delicious and main dishes of pasta, fish or beef served perfectly.
  27. RG

    RandyG

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Consistently fantastic. Excellent service. Wonderfully prepared, delicious food. Casually elegant ambiance.
  28. ET

    EddieT

    San Francisco

    32 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    32 reviews

    Dined on December 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    What an amazing space with outstanding service. We started with kir royal and apps then both chose the pork chop paired with a 2018 merlot from Joel Peterson. The wine went well with the pork as well as the butterscotch pudding dessert.
  29. g

    gardenpeople

    San Francisco

    26 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on December 14, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Excellent meal with superior service. Always enjoy Cafe La Haye for it's European vibe and so very well constructed dishes.
  30. JK

    JenniferK

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 14, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    One of our all-time favorite spots, just off the square.
  31. JW

    JamesW

    San Francisco

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on December 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I wouldn’t wait for a special occasion, the dining experience was wonderful. The food was excellent. We had a party of six and we all enjoyed our meals, the service was professional and we could hear each other. This is a small dining room and the service is well proportioned to guests.
  32. MR

    MRdR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    All around wonderful place to eat, service and food were excellent!
  33. LT

    LynneT

    San Diego

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on December 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Cafe la Haye is the gem of Northern California wine country. The food is always stellar, thoughtfully prepared and showcases the abundance of Sonoma County’s freshest food products and wines. Had the Pappardelle pasta dish this trip and it was literally better than anything I ate in Tuscany and Florence a couple months ago. A dish that would make any self-respecting Italian weep with joy! And then there was the Silken Chocolate cake - OMG - like eating a two inch high stack of the richest chocolate ganache imbued with lovely nuts and a crunchy praline crust. Heaven.
  34. SS

    SusanS

    San Francisco

    9 reviews

    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on December 7, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    A gem of a Cali-French bistro in the heart of Sonoma steps away from the Plaza. The menu is succinctly curated and well executed. The wine selection is good, plus they offer a reasonable corkage fee. Highly recommend.
  35. l

    lifeisgood

    San Francisco

    23 reviews

    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on December 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    How do they do it? Simply delicious year after year!
  36. K

    Kathleen

    San Francisco

    16 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on December 3, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience2
    We ordered for starters 2 glasses of Sauvignon blanc. It did not taste right and waitress did not change it for us Told us that is how it is. Like we are new wine drinkers. Soup good but lukewarm. My fish special was ok but way too much butter. The chicken breast was not cooked all the way through. The chef nay want to consider using boneless chicken breast
  37. RB

    RayB

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on December 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of Sonoma's truly outstanding restaurants. Dining at Cafe La Haye is always a culinary delight.
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    8 reviews

    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on December 2, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Wonderful food and a nice quaint place to eat. Flavors were wonderful.
  39. PE

    PERG

    San Francisco

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on December 1, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    I really enjoyed the food and the ambience. The service was great. I would go definitely go back the next time we are in Sonoma.
  40. SA

    SarahA

    Minneapolis

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The food was exceptional. The flavors were fresh and perfectly balanced. There was something magical about the green beans combined with the filet. The waitstaff were fantastic watching for your every need. Highly recommended, the space is small so reservations are a must.

FAQs

Cafe La Haye is rated 4.9 stars by 2679 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 12 times today
Experiences are available.
Google Map for Cafe La Haye

140 E Napa St, Sonoma, CA 95476

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross street

    1st Street East

  • Neighborhood

    Sonoma

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Tue–Sat 5:30 pm–9:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    American

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Jeffrey H. Lloyd

  • Additional

    Beer, Cafe, Wine

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