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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
MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(707) 935-5994

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

Executive Chef:
Jeffrey H. Lloyd

Additional:
Cafe, Farm to Table, Wine

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Cafe La Haye Ratings and Reviews

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4.6

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.6

service

4.6

ambience

4.3

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

92% would recommend it to a friend

Fit for Foodies (28)
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Special Occasion (17)
Good for a Date (17)
Good for Anniversaries (16)
Romantic (15)
Seasonal (15)
Creative Cuisine (14)
Notable Wine List (12)
Cozy (12)
Good for Birthdays (10)
Authentic (10)
Quiet Conversation (9)
Fun (7)
Worth the Drive (6)
Healthy (5)
Organic (5)
Casual (4)
Business Meals (3)
Gluten Free Options (3)
Hot Spot (3)
Comfort Food (3)
Afternoon Tea (2)
Bar Seating (2)
Good for Groups (2)
Pre/post Theatre (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Great for Brunch (1)
Late-night Find (1)
Great for Lunch (1)
Great for Outdoor Dining (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
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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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 (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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·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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 (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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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 23, 2017

A local small gem in sonoma . sol makes you feel at home every time, the servers are first
Rate, and professional, yet so personal.
The food is exquisite, innovative, and reflects a love of food. Always exquisite!!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Paleo Friendly, Worth the Drive, Fun, Casual, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Seasonal
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 23, 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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 (Tahoe)·Dined on September 23, 2017

We love the restaurant but felt rushed by the wait staff. We ordered an appetizer to share, a salad to share and two entrees. We were surprised when the appetizer and salad arrived together. There was hardly room on the table for sharing both! We were hoping for a relaxing meal and this rushed feeling continued as one server kept trying to clear our salad plate. We had been there for one half hour and had had two courses with the entrees about to be served. This is the first time that we have been disappointed in your restaurant. We are from out of the area and had driven there expecting to have our usual wonderful evening!

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on September 22, 2017

Yum! Always a great meal.

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 (Greensboro)·Dined on September 21, 2017

This is a small but pleasant place. The white walls are pleasingly offset with nice artwork. Our server was very good and very helpful with our wine selection. The food was good and the portion sizes appropriate.

The dining area is on two levels. We were in the the upper rear corner and it was quite warm. We asked that the two ceiling fans be turned on and they were, but of course after about half an hour someone else was too cool and asked for them to be off, so even with several windows open, as the place filled up it was quite warm.

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 20, 2017

Attentive, not overbearing, service.
Food came out quickly.
Nice presentation.
Pricey, but worth it for a special night out.

Tags: Romantic, Seasonal
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·Dined on September 17, 2017

We had a excellent meal from an interesting and varied menu. Choice was not extensive, but that was good as it meant food was freshly cooked, not prepared and just reheated!

Service was attentive but not pushy - we had the whole evening for our meal.

Price was pretty high, for food and wine, but then you pay for quality!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Business Meals, Local Ingredients, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive
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 (New Orleans)·Dined on September 15, 2017

Great food. Good wine list. Great service.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 13, 2017

We made reservations here to celebrate my 70th birthday.

So, when the waitress asked to take our order, I explained that due to medical issues, I could not eat a lot nor eat quickly. That we desired to be able to split items and have time between salad, appetizer, entree and desert. Also, because I never know ahead of time how much I can eat, due to serving sizes and speed at which they deliver each course, I wanted to be able to order one thing at a time and then wait a bit to order more.

I ordered a reasonably expensive bottle of wine (an '09 Stony Hill 'Napa Valley' Chardonnay$68) and then a nice salad for the 2 of us to split and asked that they split it in the kitchen for us. She said "the chef would not split salads" and she "would bring an extra plate and we could do it ourselves". She was obviously upset that I would not order everything all at once, which I refuse to do!

Then, I ordered the "fish special" (grilled salmon) and again requested they split it for us in the kitchen. When it arrived, she brought it on one plate and set down a smaller empty plate. When I questioned that and complained, she just had an attitude. I told her if I knew they wouldn't split the entree, I would not have ordered, but would have left to go someplace where they might appreciate my business. A gentlemen came over and asked what the problem was, after I explained, he took the plate and returned later with two plates, "split" ...

The salmon was terrible and definitely not up to the level you should expect from a very high-end restaurant. I would never set foot in the place again and would advise everyone I know not to either.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 8, 2017

My risotto was outstanding. The vegetables in it tasted very fresh & the shrimp in it was perfectly cooked. My wife's salmon was also excellent.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 3, 2017

My husband loved his little gem salad and his salmon. The salmon was cooked perfectly and he enjoyed the grits My vegetable terrine was scrumptious and the pork chop had deskicous flavor. Would have liked it cooked a bit less but that was my doing. We were there during the heat wave and it was very warm in the restaurant. Service was good not great.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies
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 (Birmingham)·Dined on September 3, 2017

No A/C! Kind of uncomfortable considering the heat outside.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on September 2, 2017

Excellent food and service. Thank you!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 1, 2017

very good food although menu limited and does not change much. friendly staff.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Local Ingredients, Late-night Find, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on September 1, 2017

We had a wonderful meal, very accommodating to dietary issues, the choices were many and we weren't disappointed with anything we ordered, highly recommend Cafe La Haye.

Tags: Afternoon Tea, Seasonal, Healthy, Authentic, Pre/post Theatre, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Local Ingredients, Gluten Free Options, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Bar Seating, Organic, People Watching, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on August 18, 2017

We have high expectations with this place, because it was an indication. But we didn´t like the experience. Food was just OK, service was good. I do like the enviroment though, quiet and small...good for couples.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on August 17, 2017

A quiet and quaint little place with a small menu, this is a neighborhood gem in downtown Sonoma. The food taste like home made and the restaurant owner and staff are extremely nice and attentive. There are quite a few specials on the menu and you can bring your own bottle for a corkage fee. There are only a few tables so it's a place for a nice quiet meal.

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 (New England)·Dined on August 17, 2017

The service was excellent. Everything we had was delicious. Lovely spot for a quiet date night.

Tags: Fun, Notable Wine List, Cozy, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 16, 2017

Great food, artfully presented, lovely ambiance, cozy setting

Tags: Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Fun, Good for Birthdays, Cozy, Fit for Foodies
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 12, 2017

Great early dinner at Cafe La Haye. We are locals, and hadn't been there in awhile. Decor in the small space is somewhat spartan, but service and food were superb! Glad we stopped in and we'll return sooner!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 9, 2017

Another perfect meal--excellent food and service. We are never disappointed and always look forward to our next visit.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Seasonal, Notable Wine List, Quiet Conversation
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 6, 2017

Casual atmosphere and great food, great service - as always.
It's a treat to dine here because everyone is so pleasant and the food is so excellent.
We wished it were a bigger place because reservations aren't always available when we're in town to dine, but then again, it could all be tied to the magic of that small kitchen.

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 4, 2017

Food here is very good . Not a lot of menu choices , but the small kitchen does perfectly cooked items .The Chocolate Silk Cake is spectacular . Nice people .

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 4, 2017

A delicious meal! We have had several anniversary dinners at Cafe La Haye!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Healthy, Local Ingredients, Special Occasion
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·Dined on July 30, 2017

Excellent in every way! Food, service, wine. We loved it all.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 30, 2017

Café La Haye never disappoints . Warm welcome, great service, exquisite food.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Cozy, Special Occasion, Romantic
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·Dined on July 29, 2017

Went with some friends for a Friday dinner. The atmosphere and space was super cool. Our starter salads were all good. Two of us got the risotto which didn't have a ton of flavor. One friend ordered the pork chop though it ended up being breaded and she has celiacs disease. This wasn't noted at all on the menu. The waitress just said yeah it's not noted and handed her the menu to pick something else without saying xyz items are gluten free. The manager came by to apologize and she asked what would be the quickest so we could all eat together and he suggested the fish so she got that. That fish dish was actually tasty but the situation was awkward and we were surprised the dish wasn't comped and in fact she was charged for the more expensive fish dinner. Ambiance was cool but service and food were definitely not great, especially for the price.

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