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About Cafe La Haye

Located just off the square in the town of Sonoma "Cafe La Haye is one of those rare restaurants in which you know the moment you walk in the door you're going to have a good time...Simple food prepared to perfection... excellent service". -Michael Bauer San Francisco Chronicle!

140 E Napa St
Sonoma, CA 95476
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
American

Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Tuesday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 9:00pm

Cross Street:
1st Street East

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(707) 935-5994

Website:
http://www.cafelahaye.com/

Executive Chef:
Jeffrey H. Lloyd

Additional:
Beer, Cafe, Wine

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Cafe La Haye Ratings and Reviews

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4.7

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.8

service

4.8

ambience

4.5

value

4.4

Noise

Moderate

97% would recommend it to a friend

Fit for Foodies (22)
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Romantic (17)
Local Ingredients (14)
Cozy (14)
Good for a Date (10)
Notable Wine List (10)
Good for Anniversaries (10)
Seasonal (8)
Worth the Drive (8)
Creative Cuisine (8)
Authentic (7)
Good for Birthdays (6)
Casual (5)
Quiet Conversation (5)
Fun (4)
Healthy (3)
Hot Spot (3)
Organic (3)
Business Meals (3)
Comfort Food (2)
Good for Groups (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Bar Seating (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Great for Lunch (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
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·Dined 5 days ago

Friendly, welcoming and informative for food and wine selection. We arrived early for our reservation but they were able to seat us after only a short wait.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined 6 days ago

Cafe La Haye is one of the best restaurants in downtown Sonoma - end of story - book it right now, as they will be booked solid.

Owner/class act Saul oversees the cozy dining room . . . while Chef Jeffrey Lloyd, one time executive chef at Michael Mina and Aqua . . . works his magic in the small open kitchen.

My wife and I are fortunate to eat out 4 to 5 days a week, throughout the Bay Area and enjoy food/dining experiences . . . and have high standards/expectations.

Cafe La Haye has a very nice wine list/selection . . . just some examples here are 11 wines by the glass from $10 to $16 . . . 6 half-bottles from $32 to $87 . . . a very nice bottle selection of reds & whites . . . 15+ whites from $38 to $155 . . . 20+ reds from $46 to $110 . . . including a hard to find Rafanelli Cab or Zin . . . then there is the 25 reserve bottles from a Shafer Hillside Select to an over-the-top Screaming Eagle or Romanee Conti La Tache . . . we'll occasionally bring our own bottle . . . their Corkage is $25.

One of my biggest food nightmares is a DRY pork chop :-(
The pork chop here is STELLAR and VERY moist, as it's marinated in buttermilk for 24 hours . . .
"Crusted Pork Chop" with ricotta dumplings, mustard cream, chorizo butter crust ($24) = Crazy Good.

One of my wife's favorite dishes is their FRESH Pasta . . .
"Fresh Tagliarini Pasta" with caggiano sausage, escarole, piquillo pepper, cippolini onion, lemon EVOO ($23) = Memorable.

Just some of their amazing SIDES: Potato Gruyère Gratin or Bloomsdate Spinach & Garlic ($8 each)

Great Desserts like the Chocolate Silk Cake with a pecan-fleur de sel crust ($10) = great to share . . . dark & dense, yet creamy . . . just right . . . and a great way to end your dining experience.

Tags: Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Fit for Foodies, Local Ingredients, Worth the Drive
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 (Central Coast)·Dined 6 days ago

We were seated near the dish washing stations, which are looked in upon from the restaurant; too noisy and distracting for a 40th anniversary dinner.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Great for Lunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 10, 2018

Food and seasonings are always spot on, it’s evident that they have passion for the food they serve. Service is usually very capable. I did notice that service was different for my table and a celebrity table. Consistency would be appreciated. The pork chop and quail dinners were to be commended. I would not recommend the roasted chicken dinner, the other offerings are just SO delectable.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Cozy, Romantic, Good for a Date
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 7, 2018

Food was great. Good wine selection

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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 5, 2018

Great food and service

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vip
 (Seattle)·Dined on January 5, 2018

The quail special was one of the best meals I have had in a long time. Amazing and imaginative balance of flavor and texture. Perfectly cooked and beautifully presented.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 3, 2018

Dinner was outstanding and the service fantastic. I will crave the risotto.
Thank you.

Tags: Healthy, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Fun
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Completely not worth it for the price. A side of broccolini was $7 I believe. 3 smallish pieces that tasted like fish. Gag, I did not finish it. Pork Chop was good but over cooked. Apparently people rave about the pudding so we tried it. It was good but nothing special. I argued with my wife that it was instant. The food overall was not bad (other then that broccoli yuck). At this price point I expect more. The waitress literally offered us 7 difference opportunities to spend more money. Would you like shrimp with salad, that is an extra X amount. Would you like this, would you like that, can I offer you this and that. Everything is extra. We only spent 100 bucks for two of us but could have easily spent 150 to 200 had we got everything we wanted. At that price the food should be AMAZING and as I said it was okay at best. Lot of variety for wine (and if you plan on going all out you should plan to spend at least 100 on the choices they offer). The ambiance was nice. We went for New Years Eve. Offering a free glass of champagne or something would have been a nice touch but again as pushy as these people are and everything costs extra no chance of getting any freebies there. I joked that they were going to charge us for fresh air.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 30, 2017

It’s a small place...but the food & service make it very worthwhile...definitely recommended

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 30, 2017

What a great local dining spot. Food was really yummy and it was great to see the owner walking the floor to ensure all of his customers were taken care of. Highly recommend

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Cozy, Good for Birthdays
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 (Orange County)·Dined on December 30, 2017

We forgot how good this place is! We dined here years ago and we decided to go again this trip on our first night in town. We were pleasantly surprised by the cozy atmosphere, the friendly service and simple but delicious food. We ordered the crab cake, it was perfect! We shared the pork chop and gruyere cheese gratin. The gnocchi with lemon aioli was a nice accompaniment to the pork. We will be back to this neighborhood hidden gem! 21 years is a long time to be a competitive presence in the Sonoma Square.

Tags: Authentic, Romantic, Good for a Date, Comfort Food, Quiet Conversation, Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 29, 2017

Sol and the waitstaff at La Haye are always welcoming. The food tonight was uniformly excellent -we all enjoyed every bite: looking forward to our next visit.

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 (Atlanta)·Dined on December 28, 2017

Attentive service, pleasant ambience squeezed into this special place. Engaged owner and kitchen proximity remind you that this is a chef's workshop and the food shows it. Well done all around.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 27, 2017

Wonderful menu and food choices, fresh and tasty, excellent service and great wines to choose from!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Casual, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Sacramento)·Dined on December 23, 2017

We were referred to Cafe La Heye and it was right in the money. Food was delicious, service and environment was perfect. Must go rating

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 16, 2017

Far and away the best restaurant in the town of Sonoma

Tags: Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 14, 2017

Excellently prepared farm to table. Perfect little gem in downtown. Our new favorite!

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 (New England)·Dined on December 10, 2017

The food was to die for and the service was amazing! Will definitely be back.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Local Ingredients, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (Cleveland)·Dined on December 10, 2017

Excellent service, good wine list, delicious food - we will be back when we are in Sonoma again in February

Tags: Good for a Date, Local Ingredients, Special Occasion, Cozy, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Romantic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 10, 2017

Had the lamb special with cheesey grits and tomatoes. Taste was excellent but grits were lukewarm and tomatoes were cold.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 9, 2017

Great food, great staff, great ambience! I will be back and I will recommend it to everybody who asks where to go for dinner.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Disabled Access, Creative Cuisine, Cozy, Fun, Comfort Food, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Local Ingredients, Authentic, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Bar Seating, Business Meals, Romantic, Healthy, Good for Anniversaries, Seasonal
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·Dined on December 2, 2017

It's not only my favorite restaurant in Sonoma, it is by far the best. Everything on the menu is delicious, had the filet mignon tonight and it was to die for. My wife had the petrole sole which was also very delicious. The chocolate silk cake is possibly the best chocolate cake I've ever had. Cannot recommend this restaurant enough.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 26, 2017

Our meal was delicious from beginning to end! The mushroom soup, crab cake, the salmon, the pork chop and almond & pear financier cake with gelato. Yummy!!

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 18, 2017

Delightful service and phenomenal food!

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 18, 2017

Cafe La Haye is a "Must Go" restaurant in downtown Sonoma - end of story - book it now.

My wife and I are fortunate to eat out 5+ days a week, throughout the Bay Area (U.S. & Europe) and know food/dining experiences and have high standards/expectations.
This can be a good & bad thing (wink). There is such a thing as knowing too much !!!

Cafe La Haye has a very nice wine list/selection . . . just some examples here are 11 wines by the glass from $10 to $16 . . . 6 half-bottles from $32 to $87 . . . a very nice bottle selection of reds & whites . . . 15+ whites from $38 to $155 . . . 20+ reds from $46 to $110 . . . including a hard to find Rafanelli Cab or Zin . . . then there is the 25 reserve bottles from a Shafer Hillside Select to an over-the-top Screaming Eagle or Romanee Conti La Tache . . . we'll occasionally bring our own bottle . . . their Corkage is $25.

One of my biggest food nightmares is a DRY pork chop :-(
The pork chop here is STELLAR and VERY moist, as it's marinated in buttermilk for 24 hours . . .
"Crusted Pork Chop" with ricotta dumplings, mustard cream, chorizo butter ($24)

One of my wife's favorite dishes is their FRESH Pasta . . .
"Fresh Tagliarini Pasta" with caggiano sausage, escarole, piquillo pepper, cippolini onion, lemon EVOO ($23)

Just some of their amazing SIDES: Potato Gruyère Gratin or Bloomsdate Spinach & Garlic ($8 each)

Great Desserts like a Chocolate Silk Cake with a pecan-fleur de sel crust ($10) . . . just right and a great way to end your experience.

Great food & service . . . book it right now, as they will be booked solid !!!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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service5
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 (Seattle)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Great food and service! We’ll be back!

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vip
 (Minneapolis)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Dining with friends while having a weekend trip to Sonoma. Café La Haye was an excellent choice - within walking distance of our accommodations. The food was excellent, and service was smooth. The butter lettuce salads were delicious and the best entrée was the Taglarini Pasta. The risotto was filling, but not really memorable.

The highlight of our meal was the supersized and delicious apple crisp - shared by our party of three and we couldn't finish it.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 5, 2017

A lovely meal with attentive service that was not over - powering. Cannot wait to go back.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 29, 2017

One of the best restaurants in downtown Sonoma.

You will not be disappointed . . . from the food to the service to the overall experience . . . they’ve got it covered.

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·Dined on October 28, 2017

This is, and always has been, a great place for a wonderful meal. Nicely quiet. You can hear everyone at your table

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 19, 2017

Cafe La Haye is 1 of the top 3 restaurants in downtown Sonoma - without a doubt.

I love pork chops . . . but one of my biggest food nightmares is a DRY pork chop :-(

The pork chop here is STELLAR and VERY moist, as it's marinated in buttermilk for 24 hours . . .

Buttermilk Brined Pork Chop with a chorizo butter crust, black bean-corn relish ($20)

One of my wife's favorite dishes is their FRESH Tagliarini Pasta . . .

Fresh Tagliarini Pasta with sausage & ham, shishito pepper, onion, garlic, tomato, basil, aged emmenthaler ($23)

Amazing SIDES: Warm Beets with Goat Cheese and the Yukon Potato-Scallion Cake ($7 each)

Dessert for us that night (to share) was the Chocolate Silk Cake with pecan-fleur de sel crust ($9) . . . just right and a great way to end your experience.

A nice wine list . . . from a very good (and hard to find) Rafanelli . . . to an over-the-top Screaming Eagle . . . or . . . bring your own bottle - Corkage is $25.

OK - OK . . . the other 2 fantastic restaurants in downtown Sonoma (if you can't get in here) are Harvest Moon . . . and . . . The girl & the fig . . . Enjoy !

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Dallas)·Dined on October 8, 2017

We’ve dined here before and once again had a fantastic experience from beginning to end. Our waiter was friendly and professional, with wonderful dining suggestions. The butter leaf salad and little gem salad, as well as the salad of the day were all so fresh and tasty. The shrimp cake appetizer also was excellent. The taglialini and risotto were both wonderful, as was the roasted chicken and pork chop. We’ll be back.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 7, 2017

Despite the difficulty getting a reservation (it's, deservedly, a popular place), it remains (along with Oso) one of the top restaurants in Sonoma. Food is outstanding and the service is terrific. Can't go wrong.

Tags: Seasonal, Local Ingredients, Notable Wine List, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on October 7, 2017

I had to make a reservation the week before for a Friday night as it was tough getting a reservation for a Friday night the Thursday before. It was worth the wait as our dining experience was wonderful. Our waitress was great, salads and entrees were delicious and we, of course, had to have the cheesecake and coffee. Fabulous!!!! We plan to return soon. Thank you!!!!

Tags: Healthy, Authentic, Fit for Foodies
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 6, 2017

Terrible beer choices. Grapefruit beer, what the heck! Great heirloom tomato salad, entrees good but too precious. Many restaurants add strange flavors thinking it makes them stand out. Maybe so, but not in a good way. It was okay but not great overall. I'd recommend if you like fussy newish cuisine. Would never go back myself.

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·Dined on October 1, 2017

The place was fabulous, food was excellent, staff was wonderful, and ambiance was exquisite. I would recommend this restaurant to everyone I know. I can not wait to visit again.

Tags: Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic
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 (Detroit)·Dined on September 29, 2017

Great food and impeccable service in the center of Sonoma. It is a small place filled with locals but we were treated like royalty. The quail and tomato soup were our favorite. A must if you go to Sonoma.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Local Ingredients
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 28, 2017

My wife and I hadn’t eaten at La Haye for three years or so, and we both felt that the quality of the food had deteriorated from what it used to be. We won’t be going back again unless we hear there is a new chef.

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·Dined on September 27, 2017

Lovely. Had dinner there after we eloped. Very special.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Romantic
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