Cafe La Haye

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$31 to $50
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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!
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l
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The food was fresh and very good. I had looked at the menu prior to dining here and knew for the most part what to expect. The specials were great. We really enjoyed it.

OT
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Too bright in restaurant for dinner

OT
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Every course was superb. The owner checked in with us to be sure everything was to our liking. Service was impeccable. The flavors were spot on. We highly recommend Cafe la Haye!

OT
Anchorage
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding food and wine. Very attentive service. One of the best dining out experiences this year.

F
Central Coast
23 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have been coming here for over 20 years.
It remains consistently good. The smaller menu means everything is fresh daily and preparation is excellent. Lovely ambience and great location just off the plaza.

BD
Cleveland
30 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cafe La Haye is a small, quaint restaurant just off the square in Sonoma. Both the food and service were outstanding. Get your reservations well in advance. You don’t want to miss this restaurant when visiting Sonoma.

S
Houston
31 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Good was very good.

OT
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely evening. Saul and his crew were gracious and efficient. A memorable evening celebrating our 50th anniversary.

P
Miami
16 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were recommended this restaurant by a waiter in the Sonoma area. The food was excellent. I had the Risotto which was awesome and extremely fresh. My husband had the pork chop which he said was one of the best he has ever had! We had great wine also from a local winery that we had visited the day before. The experience was wonderful and I would highly recommend this restaurant.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great. Good service and an owner who cares. Excellent wine selection.

N
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall1food4service4ambience3

Our group was very excited to try Cafe La Haye as we had heard about it for years. Unfortunately, our experience was not what we had hoped for. The food was good, not exceptional and the service was good, however, we were disappointed in the attitude of the owner. We are very accustomed to corkage fees in Sonoma and Napa and we usually bring a bottle for dinner and we buy a bottle of equal cost. Cafe La Haye states the corkage fee is at the discretion of the owner. We requested the corkage fee on our bottle be waived as we had brought a bottle and bought a bottle. Our server said she would ask the owner. The server nor the owner ever responded to our request and we were charged the full $25.00. This would have been acceptable however we would have liked an answer to our question. We also observed the owner stopping by each table to check on the meal, he avoided our table. There are so many excellent restaurants in Sonoma that provide wonderful meals and an accommodating environment, our group will not be returning to Cafe La Haye.

M
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

As a long time customer to Café La Haye, the food was delicious and the menu variety quite acceptable for any taste. I highly recommend this restaurant for any occasion when you're in the Napa-Sonoma area.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always our go to. Never short of terrific. Order the butterscotch pudding after what will be a superb meal.

OT
Dallas
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This lived up to the title of best restaurant in town amongst strong competition.

AW
Tampa
10 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Food was edible, for the price, I’ve had much better. Service was not great. Asked for bread, twice. Got the bread, no bread plates. Won’t be back- too many great places to eat in Sonoma.

SL
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Wonderful Food, Service, and Experience... Cafe La Haye never disappoints!!

MP
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Fantastic service & great personal
Service

K
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful, intimate space with friendly, welcoming service. Everything we ordered was delicious and memorable - from the creamy shrimp soup of the day to the chocolate silk cake with a walnut crust and perfect whipped cream. We will definitely be back!

IC
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Owner is gracious and thoughtful. A varied menu and extensive wine list.

f
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

For such a small restaurant they produce amazing food in a comfortable atmosphere with attentive service. I had the carpaccio with fried oysters and arugula salad, which I could have made a meal of. The beef was so fresh, tender and tasty and the oysters crunchy and silky at the same time. For the main course I had the flounder with cabbage and smashed potatoes. That also was delicious and I had to struggle not to eat every bite, so as to save room for dessert. I had the apple crumble that was delicious. The only drawback was that the apple chunks were so large it was hard to eat them.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service ... and not pretentious... just simply excellent restaurant

s
San Francisco
75 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Have never had a bad meal here. You cannot go wrong no matter what you order.

OT
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful food served in a quaint setting just off the Plaza

J
San Francisco
40 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I enjoyed a wonderful meal! The salmon was cooked perfectly and he definitely found his favorite mashed potatoes here.

SL
San Francisco
27 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love Cafe La Haye. The service is always excellent and the food imaginative and delicious. If they have the mushroom soup as a special when you go, be sure to have it. It is over the top wonderful.

T
Minneapolis
13 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience4

Food was good but service was not. Once we ordered our food we never saw our server until our meal was finished and we flagged her down to ask for more water and our check.

F
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great food, service, and wine. Always welcoming. Great small elegant intimate place to dine. Both new salads on menu wonderful. Great team

H
New England
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience2

For the small establishment it is, tables are too close to one another. We found the roasted chicken and mushroom ravioli were too salty

DM
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Good, but not our best dinner at Cafe la Haye. Service was very good and the owner is delightful. We were seated next to the open front door, which was chilly. They did close it upon our request. Appetizers were great - little gem salad was a perfect size, crisp and delicious. The tombo tuna was fantastic! Entrees were not so great. The petrale sole was overcooked and rather tough; I didn’t hear any accolades from our dinner partners about the chicken or steak. At dessert time, I was was disappointed - I had noted on the reservation that we we’re celebrating a birthday, but there was nothing done.

I will come back, but maybe not rush back.

BM
San Diego
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience dinning at a small restaurant. Service was great.

i
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

High quality meal with good service and interesting menu. Would definitely go back or recommend to friends. Small venue, so more intimate setting.

RR
San Francisco
82 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always wonderful...food, service, atmosphere, hospitality. Can't go wrong.

DC
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Vacation in wine country

KR
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience4

It was a hybrid occasion because it was a group of work friends who were celebrating one of the diner’s 30th Birthday. The host was very nice and welcoming. I kind of felt our server was a little annoyed with us for no reason I could determine. The food was very good, not great, but very good. I have to say I was expecting to be blown away. It won’t keep me from going back, but it wasn’t the “outstanding” I was expecting. The wines were very good, the Bellinis were syrupy. Finally, I may have had unrealistic expectations, but I did expect more acknowledgment of the birthday, more than the “thanks for coming and happy birthday” as we left. Since we’re re from the Bay Area and not tourists, we will all be back in Sonoma again and again, and I may try some other places before going back there.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always the best way to celebrate in Sonoma!

l
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Excellent gem tucked away in Sonoma. Not a tourist destination. Wine list had several selections from small proprietors who don't widely distribute their wines. The pork chop, pappardelle, tuna app were big hits.

MS
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Always such well prepared and tasty food! The service is top notch and the staff so friendly. Always enjoy the specials and the pace of the meal is perfect!

CF
Philadelphia
19 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We celebrated our anniversary while on our Sonoma trip with a dinner here. Everything was excellent, food, service and ambiance. I NEVER get dessert and made an exception here. Well worth it! A memorable dinner!! We hope to come back!

CC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely fabulous 🥂Best ever .It was a wonderful💕

LW
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cafe La Haye continues to delight. The service was impeccable without being obtrusive. The vibe is relaxed, but the total experience is five stars. Now, on to the food! We each had the salad special: The Arugula base was not bitter - perfectly fresh - topped with slices of figs and pears with a generous dose of goat cheese crumbles. Simply delicious. I had fresh salmon - it was seared to perfection and served over a bed of couscous with haricot verts. Words cannot describe how perfect this was. My companion had the risotto, which was a delightful mix of late summer eggplant, tomatoes, and fresh Oregon bay shrimp. The portions are large and very reasonably priced, especially given the quality of ingredients. The wine selection is varied without being overwhelming. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend Cafe La Haye to a friend.