Cafe La Haye

4.7
1957 reviews
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$31 to $50
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American
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!
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
American
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Hours of operation
Dinner: Tuesday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 9:00pm
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Phone number
(707) 935-5994
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Jeffrey H. Lloyd
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
1st Street East
Additional
Beer, Cafe, Wine
What 1957 People Are Saying
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4.7
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4.6
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96% of people would recommend it to a friend
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BC
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The menu is small, but specials make up for that. Menu items come as listed with no vegetables. The steak was just a piece of meat with sauce, so be prepared to order sides. The carpaccio was outstanding, and the chicken was cooked perfectly. Service was attentive but not intrusive, and we were seared promptly.

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OT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Always delicious and dependable.

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PH
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I hadn't been back to Cafe La Haye in a number of years and was so happy to find it as exceptional as I remembered. The food and service were impecable and the wait staff and owner were very attentive. The owner picks the wines on the list and has a great knowledge of wine. Bonus is that most of them are harder to find and a fantastic value. A five start experience to be sure!

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Charlotte
3 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everyone in our party of 4 was extremely happy with their meal! Delicious!

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OT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a wonderful delicious evening from start to finish! Highly recommend!

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TN
Fayetteville
5 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Delicious food and an attentive staff.

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e
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Cafe La Haye has become our favorite Sonoma restaurant. The food is always delicious and creative. The service is friendly and comfortable.

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m
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We ( 4 of us) had a delightful evening at Cafe La Haye. The service was charming and helpful. We had the salmon special, the chicken tangine, pasta with sausage the Beet and Orange salad and the special Arugula (and spinach?) apple salad. For dessert, we shared the butterscotch pudding and the chocolate cake with pecan crust. We devoured it all, took home the few bites leftover, and were sated and content! Looking forward to our next visit already.

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TS
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had another great meal at Cafe La Haye. We love the intimacy of this relatively small and well appointed space. Our server was friendly; informative about the specials and helpful with wine suggestions. Food, as we have come to expect, was very good. Highlights on this visit were the arugula salad, risotto with rock shrimp and a seasonal parsnip soup.

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JM
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very good food, service and customer attention as always.

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NT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We’ve been before and will go again! Small place with great food and excellent service.

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OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Incredible food and great service. We need to go way more often!

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SE
San Francisco
255 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Cafe La Haye is one of the best (if not the best) restaurant in downtown Sonoma. Owner/class act Saul oversees the cozy dining room . . . while Chef Jeffrey Lloyd, one time executive chef at Michael Mina and Aqua (San Francisco) works his magic with his team in the small open kitchen.

Something for everyone = Steak - Chicken - Pork - Fish - Pasta & Vegetarian . . . Cafe La Haye checks all the boxes . . . Great Food ✅ Great Wine List ($ to $$) with numerous options by the glass ✅ Great Desserts ✅ Great Service ✅ Great Stemware ✅ White Tablecloths ✅ Great Ambiance ✅

If that wasn't enough for ya, Cafe La Haye has been a perennial pick by food critic Michael Bauer of the San Francisco Chronicle (in his annual Top 100 Bay Area Restaurants list) and is one of his favorite restaurants in the Wine Country. So, reserve a table before it’s too late.

Note: if you can’t get in/reservations here . . . Harvest Moon (restaurant) is a phenomenal alternative in downtown Sonoma.

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RJ
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Highly regarded local neighborhood gem! Quiet, comfortable, great menu, great wine list, great waitstaff, and, run by a very proactive greeter/owner (Saul). This is a very special place to go for very special and intimate occasions. Highly recommend!

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B
Central Coast
36 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another excellent experience at the best restaurant in Sonoma. Pumpkin Soup and Burrata appetizers were outstanding. The thick cut pork chop and buccatini pasta with meatballs for the mains were even better. And the Yuzu Citrus Cheesecake for dessert was the perfect finish. The portions are generous and priced very reasonably. The wine list is terrific and also priced very fairly. And the service was prompt, friendly and professional. La Haye is always worth a visit!

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always fabulous! Best in Sonoma

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P
Milwaukee
8 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The foid was fantastic! Our filet steak was perfectly cooked rare & the risotto of the day (a mushroom w/ asiago cheese) was creamy and the added shrimp was perfectly cooked and flavorful. The staff was very friendly and fun. Well worth it's national ratings.

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RR
San Francisco
59 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Far and away the best restaurant in Sonoma. The menu always incorporates the best seasonal choices, the service is professional yet welcoming, and the environment couldn't be more comfortable and casually chic. Exceptionally hospitable.

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JG
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

By far the best restaurant in Sonoma. Local ingredients, yield creative delicious food. Quiet enough that you can have a real conversation with your dining partner. Lovely ambiance. I eat there almost every time I am in Sonoma

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UB
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

The filet mignon was superb. Cooked perfectly with a delicious sauce. The risotto was good but a little bland. The pork chop was also well prepared and tasty

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B
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Friendly, good choice of specials, the pork chop was excellent as was the beet/orange salad. Prices are very reasonable and the quality was excellent.

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AV
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food, service and ambiance! Well beyond its Sonoma Plaza peers! Every course was excellent!

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j
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A favorite that never disappoints! The food is outstanding and the service is great! The menu changes making it always fun to go experience something new.

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NS
Surrey
5 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 3

Don’t waste your money here if you’re foreign or look young. Sadly we are both. The host ignored us when we entered the place, proceeded to serve the guests (white) behind us, then asked ‘who’s next’ whilst addressing the white people stood in the queue behind us. We would have walked had it not been a late reservation on a Saturday. Thankfully he left us alone for most of the meal but had to add a patronising comment before we closed up, making out that this was some sort of once in a lifetime experience for us. Seriously, the food is fine (not wow but ok), but please spend your money elsewhere.

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k
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Couldn’t remember if I’d been here but walked in and realized yes a few years back. It was better than before. Nice simple menu, tight wine list and a friendly server. They even decanted a wine we brought in.
We shared the beet salad and risotto for the table. Both were terrific.
If they have risotto on the menu get it as a primo course. You won’t be disappointed.

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CG
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really delicious anniversary dinner! Very cozy and right off the square in Sonoma, they had a wonderful wine list to begin with. The Pinot I ordered was superb, and the sav Blanc my wife has was amazing. We ordered two specials, roast lamb and the shrimp and grits, and both were so good I’m still thinking about them. Definitely will be back, so good, very worth it.

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JS
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our fourth trip to Cafe La Haye and it's still every bit as good as the first time. The food and service are second to none.

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SL
San Francisco
21 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We live only a few blocks away and this is our special place to go. Very intimate. Food is always amazing and creative. Service is perfectly attentive but not intrusive. We highly recommend Cafe LaHaye.

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MG
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 2

This used to be our "special occasion" restaurant for many years, and we looked forward to returning after not visiting for quite a while. The food was delicious, and we enjoyed it very much. Service was lovely.
Our main complaint was the noise level. We couldn't hear each other talk, and it is a small restaurant. The floor is cement/tile, and the ceiling is open rafters. Most of the tables seat 2-4 people, and it wasn't that any one table was particularly loud. It's just bad acoustics. It's too bad, because the food is very good, but for a nice dinner, the atmosphere is not great.

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Raleigh
8 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service. Our 3rd visit, and all great!

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T
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great personal service as well and delicious, "moan-able" food! Yummmm!

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U
Austin
2 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent! Great soup, salad and two entrees. Would recommend and return next time.

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e
Seattle
18 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

The food was mediocre. My pork chop was over cooked and dry and the risotto was tasteless. The cheesecake was fantastic, though.

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JW
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another great meal enjoyed!

My wife and are visiting Sonoma once again and wanted to return to this restaurant; we had enjoyed an outstanding meal there several years ago.

My wife had fish which she said was wonderful. I ordered the pasta dish with meatballs. The pasta was fresh and the sauce and meatballs were superb.

This is just a great little spot off the main square of Main Street in Sonoma. It should be a must visit for dinner when staying in town or passing through.

Highly recommended.

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RR
San Diego
25 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

Took the family the youngest 27, so you don't think its a family place, for dinner on a visit to Sonoma. The meal was very good as most everyone had something different. My only complaint was my, and my son's main dish, Ginger-Soy Glazed Pork Chop, chorizo butter, pickled vegetables. It was disappointing ion that is was overcooked and consequently a little tough. The sauce was fine and tasty. The special rib-eye and the Buccatini Pasta with meatballs wwere very good. I had the special soup, a mushroom-sherry, that was wonderful.

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SF
Miami
26 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had the pasta special and the filet. Both were superb. The waitress made a good wine suggestion, which went well with the meal. Great local find in the heart of Sonoma.

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s
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Impeccable service, lovely meal, perfectly seasoned.

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RR
St. Louis
3 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were celebrating friends 50th Anniversary. They atmosphere, food and attention to detail was perfect.

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T
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

we had a great meal here. Reasonably priced, great food.

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JJ
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Preservation service wonderful. Great ambience, attentive staff, good food.

Couple visiting from UK

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