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Cafe La Haye, Sonoma, CA
Award-winning

Cafe La Haye

4.8
4.8
2920 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 18 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 2,920 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
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.9Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.6Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • San Francisco Bay Area

    American

  • Wine Country

    American

2,921 Reviews
  1. BrianM

    San Francisco

    30 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    30 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    We recently moved to Sonoma, and we experienced Cafe La Haye for the first-time last night. Loved the atmosphere of the Cafe La Haye. The menu and wine lists are terrific. We shared a starter, had great salads, and the entrees were delicious. Our server was awesome, and we look forward to our return visit (and they offer bar seating, which we enjoy also). It's a tough reservation, for all the right reasons. Book in advance and you won't be disappointed.

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  2. Jjinga

    Atlanta Metro

    39 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    39 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Lovely dinner! The entire staff was warm and attentive. Every dish was prepared beautifully with fresh ingredients, balanced flavors, and amazing presentation. A must visit for foodies!

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  3. jvf41

    Portland

    99 reviews

    5.0

    99 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great place, excellent food, good service and the host was above and beyond, helped my wife getting her meat cut as she has essential tremor, very sweet effort on his part.

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  4. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always a fabulous time. The team the owner never disappointed highly recommend this incredible restaurant.

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  5. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 7, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It did not discipline. It was delicious and unforgettable culinary experience. From the moment we sat down service was impeccable and the food from the appetizers to the dinner to the dessert. The coffee was amazing. I can’t wait to come back. We started with their fresh sourdough bread with cultured butter, then we had the short rib puffed Pastry and butter leaf salad with aged red wine vinaigrette with feta avocado, onions, and tomato and dinner was chicken and petrale sole. We ended it with the cheesecake and butterscotch pudding and coffee. Delish!

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  6. DavidE

    San Francisco

    27 reviews

    5.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on April 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Cafe la Haye also has such great food and nightly specials. Don't miss their chocolate silk cake for desert. It's a must have. Great selection of wine also.

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  7. DamianC

    Portland

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Cafe La Haye is always an amazing experience! The food is always amazing, and the staff is excellent

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  8. TripMom

    San Francisco

    38 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    38 reviews

    Dined on March 30, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Exceeded our expectations. The Hanger Steak was delicious and the chocolate cake amazing! Loved the small size and intimacy of the restaurant. Will definitely be back.

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  9. JonathanK

    Chicago

    26 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on March 29, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    From greeting to food and service including desserts a wonderful experience. Braised oxtail in pastry, brined chicken breast, and pork chop were very flavorful and well balanced. Our best meal in Sonoma this trip.

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  10. HansP

    Central Coast

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on March 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was excellent and the service was among the best I have ever experienced. We were seated off in a corner and the host offered to move us to a much nicer table as soon as it cleared. He later did so with no prompting from us. Amazing attention to detail and an excellent value too. Can’t recommend more highly.

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  11. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on March 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing as always. Food was absolutely delicious and our server, Esther, was fantastic. The service and food were both impeccable. Thank you Esther and Cafe Le Haye. It’s always a delight to spend the evening with you. ❤️

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  12. Janet

    San Francisco

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on March 22, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had an exceptional dining experience. The food was superb and the staff and service was excellent!!!

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  13. OpenTable Diner

    Cincinnati

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on March 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had such a great meal, and the service was top notch. Very friendly and very timely for everything. So many gluten free options from apps to desserts, which can be hard to find. We would go back again.

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  14. michaelr

    Des Moines

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We visit every year and it is consistently good everytime!

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  15. OpenTable Diner

    Phoenix

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The Maitre De greeted us warmly. Lovely, small setting. Food was all really good. We could see the kitchen and everyone worked efficiently and food was delicious. Would highly recommend. Menu was a nice variety and very approachable for people who want to be able to know what they are going to eat. It was great

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  16. PaulG

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on March 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    After years of hearing from everyone how wonderful the place is I left knowing all the positive accolades were true! We had a lovely window seat on top of flawless service and delightful food. Cafe done right!

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  17. KimL

    San Francisco

    28 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on March 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our go to restaurant. Always delicious. Wait staff is all wonderful

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  18. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    He was t good, atmosphere and service. We loved the specials and some of the regular menu as well.

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  19. JenS

    San Francisco

    37 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    37 reviews

    Dined on March 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Cute looking, small, enjoyable restaurant. We had: Scallops in puff pastry appetizers --delicious (we ordered 2, so we didn't have to share) Vegetarian Risotto (with the option of added shrimp) -- very good Grilled marinated filet mignon with beurre Montpelier, demi glace, asparagus, roasted garlic-chipotle hominy purée -- very good and quite unique Desserts: Almond cake with salted caramel ice cream -- good Chocolate "cake" of some sort -- super rich & silky, very good Service was great, decor was cute (you can go casual or dress up a bit),

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  20. Abigail

    Denver

    18 reviews

    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on March 8, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I celebrated my dinner anniversary here, and it was extraordinary. The attention to detail in this place exceeded my expectations. Would love to come back!

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  21. OpenTable Diner

    Exclusive

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 8, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    An absolute must when visiting Sonoma!!! Every bite was phenomenal and such friendly service and atmosphere.

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  22. FriendofFood

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 7, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always delivers a great experience. we love Saul and Esther. Well done once again.

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  23. berdie

    Washington DC

    35 reviews

    5.0

    35 reviews

    Dined on March 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    we celebrated an 88th birthday and it felt very festive. the food was good and the waitress very nice with lots of smiles. we will go back

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  24. Milosh

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was delicious, portions small, prices high, and service was very attentive. Dinner for two with one appetizer to share, one main course and dessert each, 3 glasses of wine, and after tip bill was $200. I would come back for a special occasion again.

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  25. OpenTable Diner

    San Joaquin

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Staff was amazing. Everyone was very kind and helpful. When we first arrived they greeted us and told me “happy birthday” since I mentioned it in the reservation. It was so nice to be greeted with that right away. Everyone was so attentive and the food was delicious. My husband and I had a great experience, we can’t wait to go back.

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  26. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    vip
    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 2, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    We love this restaurant and have been several times. This past time, the food and service wasn’t as good as in the past — but we will certainly give this another chance. This is such a charming restaurant— our favorite in the square — hopefully it was just an off night!

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  27. Stephen

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Delicious upscale restaurant near the Plaza, attentive staff. Overall good value; attention to detail in all respects.

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  28. WilliamH

    Baltimore

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on February 29, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Outstanding focus on both food and service! Thoroughly enjoyable experience.

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  29. MaryM

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 29, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Outstanding as always! The setting, food, wine, and service are all suburb. We are proud to bring our guests to Cafe La Haye, thank you!

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  30. CelesteM

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on February 29, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It was perfect for a quiet romantic dinner. However I was surprised that someone would bring a baby here but it was pretty quiet.

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  31. MrsMike

    Tucson

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on February 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    There were 4 of us and we all found the food, the service, the atmosphere outstanding!!! The recommendations were spot on. The evening was so enjoyable, we’re booked for the next night…the last night of our stay in Sonoma. And fortunately they had an opening. Highly recommend!

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  32. dcinSF

    San Francisco

    29 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on February 22, 2024

    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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  33. Susan

    San Francisco

    53 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    53 reviews

    Dined on February 22, 2024

    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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  34. HappyFoodie

    San Francisco

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on February 21, 2024

    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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  35. OpenTable Diner

    Kansas City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 21, 2024

    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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  36. RobertS

    New York City

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on February 21, 2024

    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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  37. worlddiner

    Ottawa

    33 reviews

    5.0

    33 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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  38. 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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  39. 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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  40. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 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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FAQs

Cafe La Haye is rated 4.8 stars by 2920 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 18 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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