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Cafe La Haye, Sonoma, CA
Award-winning

Cafe La Haye

4.8
4.8
2891 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 8 times today

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • 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
  • Award-winning
    1. MICHELIN Plate 2022
  • Neighborhood
    Sonoma
  • Cross street
    1st Street East
  • Parking details
    Street Parking
  • Additional
    Beer, Cafe, Wine

What 2,891 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.9Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.5Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • San Francisco Bay Area

    American

  • Wine Country

    American

2,891 Reviews
  1. dcinSF

    San Francisco

    28 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    28 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It was our first visit here after numerous recommendations from friends! We had an exceptional experience and the restaurant lived up to the outstanding reviews! The food was also very good! Erin was amazing! We will return!

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  2. Susan

    San Francisco

    48 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    48 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We always enjoy our time at Cafe La Haye! From the moment we are enthusiastically greeted at the door to the intimate setting the stage is set for a delightful experience. The service is impeccable. The food always interesting and perfectly prepared. The wine list extensive and geared for all tastes and wallets.

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  3. HappyFoodie

    San Francisco

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We love this place. Warm welcome, great table and service. Wonderful food.

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  4. RobertS

    New York City

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The dining experience at Cafe La Haye is exceptional from entry to departure. The welcome, the service, the atmosphere, and the menu are all wonderful and the food is spectacular. The overall event of a meal here is very hard to match.

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  5. OpenTable Diner

    Kansas City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our waitress and the guy in the round glasses made it so incredibly awesome for us.

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  6. worlddiner

    Ottawa

    32 reviews

    5.0

    32 reviews

    Dined on February 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a wonderful meal at Cafe La Haye. It has been years since we've been in the area and able to eat there, but it great to see that they have at least maintained their excellent level. Each dish - carpaccio, risotto and two desserts were each very well prepared. They also have a very good wine list with excellent representation of Sonoma County's terrific wines.

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  7. OpenTable Diner

    Sacramento

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on February 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful dining experience in an intimate cafe setting. Very professional staff and exquisite food. Absolutely delightful.

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  8. OpenTable Diner

    Guadalajara

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful, intimate location with a thoughtful and well executed menu that takes a refreshing approach towards classics (filet mignon, seared tuna, cheesecake, etc). A must if you’re looking for an upscale, memorable culinary experience in Sonoma.

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  9. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always a fantastic experience, for the food is outstanding as well as the service

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  10. Mosaicista

    San Francisco

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    No bells. No whistles. No hype. Just. Perfect food. Perfect service. Perfect ambience. A rarity these days!

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  11. Tandfam

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    2.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on February 8, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 2
    We have heard such good things about your restaurant and my father waited for a special occasion to take us for dinner. I'm sad to say that it was just ok. We will not be back.

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  12. SierraStars

    San Francisco

    13 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Food was great, in particular mushroom soup and trout. Service was good as well. Only complaint was the table we were seated at was super awkward, 1 person just staring at the wall and the other staring at another couple. Other than that it was a good night but being seated at the worst table kind of took away from the experience.

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  13. cbjim

    San Francisco

    67 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    67 reviews

    Dined on February 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Consistently outstanding food & service. Small but very interesting selection of Sonoma wines.

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  14. SonomaDavid

    San Francisco

    15 reviews

    4.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on January 31, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We loved our recent birthday dinner at Cafe La Haye. While the menu was a bit limited from our perspective, the dishes we ordered we excellent. Service was superb. Wine was great (a label new to us...) And management brought us a gift of a delicious birthday cake to share at the end.

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  15. KathyA

    Central Coast

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on January 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was delicious, our server Erin was very accommodating of food issues, ambience was pretty & quiet.

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  16. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    vip
    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 28, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    Our dessert came out with a black hair on it…once we pointed it out and they took it away, their response was offering to bring us a new piece, which was pointless as we were grossed out and just wanted to leave the dining room. We refused any dessert and their response was they were sorry that happened and they were gracious to not make us pay for the cheesecake we never ate. I would expect more…my whole meal should have been comped or at least a discount from the meal. Human hair served on food delivered is not acceptable.

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  17. MalcolmC

    San Francisco

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on January 26, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Cafe la Haye is all about great food and great service

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  18. DeborahM

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I am so happy we tried Cafe La Haye. My husband and I went with another couple to celebrate my birthday. I ordered the Ahi, which was incredible. I savored each bite. My husband ordered the pork chop, which was cooked to perfection. How did they get it so moist, and yet totally done. (so happy my husband let me taste a bite!) My friends ordered the pasta and the quail. I could tell they too, were savoring each bite, as our normal friendly chatting stopped after our first bites. This was seriously delicious food and we had to concentrate on all it wonderfulness! Smiles and small satisfied sounds came from our whole group. The service was perfection too. Attentive and prompt, but not too hovering. We could easily talk amongst ourselves and enjoy the food together. Thank you Cafe La Haye for a memorable birthday celebration!! We will be back!!

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  19. SuzanneB

    Philadelphia

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on January 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a wonderful dinner at Cafe La Haye. Service was impeccable. This was our first trip to Sonoma and the restaurant was highly recommended.

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  20. StephanieM

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 19, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our experience was amazing! We were able to enjoy a combination of items on the menu as well as a few of the board specials. The staff were all very attentive and took care of us from the moment we stepped in the door. Definitely a repeat. Try the almond cake- you won’t regret it!

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  21. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 19, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My wife and I went to Cafe La Haye with another couple. The first time for all of us. Outstanding food, service, and ambiance. Certainly my favorite place in town for an intimate dinner. We can’t wait to go again!

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  22. Wonderful

    Washington DC

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on January 19, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Love this intimate, casual, yet sophisticated restaurant. The food is remarkable and the service attentive. I don't know when in my life I've ordered chicken in a restaurant, but the creative menu option caught my eye and it was the most delicious chicken I've ever eaten. Truly delightful.

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  23. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Incredible service and great food as usual! Especially live the butterscotch pudding for dessert.

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  24. Luncher

    San Francisco

    47 reviews

    4.0

    47 reviews

    Dined on January 12, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    The food and service were very good but not exceptional. Had an awkward experience with the host. I came in a couple of hours earlier to say that we had a 7:30 reservation but wondered if we could come earlier. He said sure, come at your convenience, I said let’s keep our 730 reservation anyway in case we couldn’t, actually come early. He said that was fine. So, we ended coming up at the original 730 time. He seemed miffed and said he’d hoped we would come in by 6:30. I reminded him that we had discussed leaving the 7::30 reservation in place. His mood didn’t change. Kind of put a damper on our dinner.

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  25. RichardR

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    One of the, if not the, best restaurant in Sonoma . Always a pleasure to dine at Cafe La Haye.

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  26. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Erin provided excellent service and our meal was delicious as always.

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  27. fafield

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This was our second visit to Cafe La Haye. It will not be our last. We were warmly greeted and promptly seated. The menu struck a chord with us - fine food without being over-the-top pretentious. Service was excellent - our waitress knew the menu, checked-in on us appropriately and helped make this a special dinner for us. We unconditionally recommend Cafe La Haye.

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  28. DeniseP

    San Francisco

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on January 7, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Food and service were outstanding! Cauliflower appetizer is a must. Risotto did not disappoint, and filet mignon and chicken were also delicious in a flavorful and complex way. Desserts were meh - everyone raved about the butterscotch pudding but, for us, the color and taste was too close to the boxed stuff of our youth - nothing much. Can’t say enough about the service- which was on point .

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  29. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My husband and I came here for dinner in January and it was a lovely experience! It was a quiet and intimate experience, which was just what we needed. My only complaint is the meatballs in my pasta were too dense for my taste, but the dish was overall delicious. The burrata and butterscotch pudding were divine! We'd definitely come to this spot next time we're in Sonoma.

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  30. DebbieFoodie

    Los Angeles

    37 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    37 reviews

    Dined on January 5, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Really cute restaurant. Very cozy.. friendly and knowledgeable wait staff. Now for the food. I would say it is comparable to a really good home cooked meal. … good food but very basic …nothing elevated . Not a place for foodies but fine for a good meal in a great location and really good ambience.

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  31. MikeW

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 29, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I continue to be so impressed with Cafe La Haye! The staff, the food and the small town charm that Sonoma brings are all amazing. Your trip to Sonoma isn't complete without dining at Cafe La Haye! The food is creative, fresh and amazingly tasty. This has to be the most charming dinner spot in town and never disappoints, from the appetizers to the desserts and everything in between, it's delicious!!! Can't wait to see you again soon, MLW

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  32. CityGirlSF

    San Francisco

    30 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on December 29, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I was shocked that this restaurant is already 27 years old. We are up in Sonoma often and had not been here in years. Mistake! Dinner was amazing and lovely service too. I started with the carpaccio, pork chop entree and the pudding dessert. I'm still dreaming about it. We usually don't order dessert, but couldn't decide, so got two. We will be back, soon!

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  33. Mark

    San Francisco

    29 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on December 24, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Every aspect was top shelf. A real great neighborhood place.

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  34. Shrinkrap

    San Francisco

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on December 24, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Another great evening at Cafe La Haye; this time for my daughter’s birthday. It is so nice to see the familiar faces of the staff and folks that seem to be locals. All of the specials sounded tempting, as did the menu items. I had the ahi poke , youngsters (30+!) Had fried cauliflower, husband had chicory salad with persimmons, almond, feta; a good choice! Son had a cream based mushroom soup. We always try the risotto of the day, which was broccolini and lemon EVOO today. For a minute I thought we would ALL order that, but I went for the pork chops with gnocchi (which I am about to finish), son had spiced chicken and husband had petrale sole served with a fried softshell crab. Of course we had the warm almond cake with salted caramel ice cream. (Husband likes his on the side ), but one of us had and enjoyed the cheesecake.

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  35. DebbieC

    San Diego

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 24, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We were lucky enough to get a last minute reservation after a friend had recommended this restaurant. We really enjoyed both our dinners and desserts!

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  36. BuSan

    San Francisco

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on December 23, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The perfect intimate bistro. What we all romanticize about, but frankly there aren't many that really achieve it. Charming design, layout and decor. Excellent, real-deal art on the walls, painted by a well-known artist whose studio is next door. A nice amount of room around each table. Servers really know the food and wine. We had a risotto with broccolini, lamb loin chops, sole - all perfect - and a dessert I can't remember the details of other than thinking "the pastry chef is fantastic." The kitchen is impossibly small - how they do it is beyond me. Every aspect of the place is warm, welcoming, and delicious. I very rarely write reviews, but Cafe la Haye deserves it.

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  37. NapaResident

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on December 22, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Best Filet Mignon I have had! Butterscotch pudding for dessert was delicious too! Service was top-notch. I definitely recommend this restaurant and will be back.

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  38. NoCleanup

    San Francisco

    39 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    39 reviews

    Dined on December 20, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A perfect evening in every way. Four of us (2 vegetarian) enjoyed everything we ordered, the space is lovely, the service sublime.

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  39. Baseballfan22

    Central Coast

    64 reviews

    5.0

    64 reviews

    Dined on December 15, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    A great dinner. Food perfectly prepared. Service was excellent. Wine was fairly priced. A terrific way to spend an evening.

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  40. OpenTable Diner

    Central Coast

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 8, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Phenomenal food and very friendly service. Also cozy and not pretentious.

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Cafe La Haye is rated 4.8 stars by 2891 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 8 times today
Google Map for Cafe La Haye

140 E Napa St, Sonoma, CA 95476

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Award-winning
    1. MICHELIN Plate 2022
  • Cross street
    1st Street East
  • Neighborhood
    Sonoma
  • Hours of operation
    Dinner Tue–Sat 5:30 pm–9:00 pm
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • 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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