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Sat, 2/24
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7:00 PM
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Central Market

4.7
1581 reviews
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$30 and under
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Organic
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Farm to Table Cuisine. We offer fine dining in a casual atmosphere with a seasonal menu featuring local produce, sustainable seafood & all natural meats.

We are unable to reserve seats at the counter.

We support Slow Food.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Organic, Californian, Contemporary American
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Hours of operation
Dinner:
Sun-Mon 5 to 9
Tues-Thurs 5-9:30
Fri-Sat 5-10
Happy Hour Sunday - Thursday 5:00 - 6:00PM
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Phone number
(707) 778-9900
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Tony Najiola
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Private party facilities
Restaurant dining room available for buy-out by special request.
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Private party contact
Derek Santiago, General Manager: (707) 778-9900
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Catering
By special request only.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Western Avenue
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Parking details
Street parking and public lots available. Nearest public lot is on Keller Street at Western Avenue, two blocks West of our location.
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Public transit
Nearest bus stop is at 4th Street & "C" Street
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Entertainment
Chef Tony Najiola is very entertaining. Join our mailing list to be notified of upcoming events.
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Special events & promotions
Happy Hour Sunday - Thursday 5:00 - 6:00 pm: $1.25 Oysters, $4 Select Beers, $5 Select Wines.
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Additional
Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 1581 People Are Saying
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4.7  based on recent ratings
4.7
food
4.6
service
4.4
ambience
4.4
value
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96% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipDesigner11 (Portland)
5.0  Dined 4 days ago

Met my two wonderful girlfriends there last night for dinner! Place was booming...food was fantastic! I had the short ribs and wow!! Thank you Tony!! See you soon!

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GoddessB (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined 6 days ago

We went to Central Market for my sisters birthday, she is a local however, this was the first experience for all of us. We shared one of the flatbread pizzas to start off which was delicious! it was a mushroom, Fontina cheese, garlic and bacon pizza and the bacon was fresh from their farm! Each of us had a different entree, the Mary's chicken was perfectly cooked and juicy, Wagyu beef sirloin steak was like butter, Lamb Shank fell off the bone and the Hand cut Linguine with seafood was full of flavor. We all enjoyed our dish very much. They also have a very nice selection of wines by the glass or by the bottle. I don't usually go for dessert but the choices were so tempting. I had the Butterscotch pudding which brought me back to my childhood, it is definitely a must have! My Mom enjoyed the Shaker Meyer Lemon pie as well. This is a spot not to be missed!

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LauraW 
5.0  Dined 7 days ago

Wonderful evening and excellent food. The service was great.

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Kimothys (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined 7 days ago

Great food; price not too bad. We had a variety of items between a party of 4, and there was nothing that we wouldn’t have again. Service was “ok” - a little hectic running around, but we can’t complain because we benefitted from the chaos with free food and beverages that were accidentally delivered to our table on top of what we ordered. We would definitely return (even without the accidental freebies).

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on February 18, 2018

My absolute favorite restaurant in Petaluma and one of my all-time favorites. I have dined in many nice restaurants all over the world, and Central Market is indeed a very special restaurant and simply one of the best!

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Kadin (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on February 18, 2018

Waitperson went out of her way to see that we were seated at a regular table and not a high top table, which we expressed that we did not want through the open table reservation feature. Service was great as well as the food being superb.

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined on February 15, 2018

Holiday (St Valentie’s) dinner, restaurant bit busy. I ordered a three course dinner. I was quite disappointed that our entrees were rather late. My entree was lamb shanks entree and my wife’s beer short ribs. Apparently the dishes became mired down in the kitchen because (?) I ordered three courses not the more common one or two. The food overall was quite good. This was our second dinner at this restaurant. Most likely we will come back.

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ShawnS (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

Food was decent. Steak was cooked perfectly. Wood fired artichoke starter was a joke. It could have easily been called an amuse bouche and it was $16.

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vipSurfer (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

Do not order the pizza or polenta with crab. Tasteless.

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vipOpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on February 13, 2018

Today is Mardi Gras! Nothing better than celebrate Fat Tuesday at Central Market! The food is always excellent but on Fat Tuesday they make a special menu to celebrate! BBQ Shrimp Awesome! Cat Fish with Dungeness Crab Amazing! Great way to spend a special night with my family. If you can’t be in NOLA second best place to be!

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on February 13, 2018

It was Fat Tuesday and a special "all" Cajun menu. Food was great. Lively room filled with folks wanting to celebrate along with great food. This is my 3rd time doing Fat Tuesday and I'll be back there next year for sure.

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JonM (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on February 12, 2018

Truly excellent experience! Highly recommend.

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vipJerLyn (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on February 12, 2018

We ordered small plates and our favorites of the night were the cauliflower soup, the jewel beet salad, mussels in a delicious broth and last but not least don't leave without having their homemade Meyer lemon pie.
Great service, everyone was so friendly and the server made us feel welcome as if she was one of our friends.

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Kevin (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

Every dish we ordered was delicious and would highly recommend

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MarkA (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on February 9, 2018

Good food and service however those wooden chairs are the most uncomfortable I have ever used. Padded seats would be a welcome addition. Don't know what could be done about the noise level of adult chatter in an older high ceiling building. The place was super clean!

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vipOpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on February 9, 2018

Before concert dinner

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yumcious (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on February 4, 2018

Excellent flavorful food. Casual, friendly wonderful restaurant. We had a great time!

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vipDonaU (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on February 3, 2018

Really great food and service, other than they forgot to give me my leftovers

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on February 3, 2018

The food and service never disappoints! Love this place.

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vipOpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on February 2, 2018

Fantastic. Superb. Sublime. Thought provoking and unique. Not a single bad selection on the menu. Not a huge menu but big enough. This chef clearly loves what he does. He even came out and helped us find an exquisite wine by the glass. It was a Riesling. My wife usually loves buttery Chardonnay but this was perfect. Mineral clean lingering smooth after taste - she was surprised. She had scallops I had the wagu steak. We started with the beet salad and polenta crab dish. Shut the front door - it was yummy. Only down side - the table water is OK not bad not great. We ordered a sparkling bottle which I now pick up at the store - I didn’t know it was local. Farm to table at its best. I’m putting this on my Fav list. Bravo!

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Robert (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on February 1, 2018

The food was excellent, as was the wine. The service was excellent. It was a bit noisy but that is no doubt due to the very high ceilings.

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StephJoan (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined on January 31, 2018

I used to love the food at Central Market, but it’s always been pricey so I haven’t been there for a long time. It was quite quite disappointing.

The server never cracked a smile and veered very close to the “unfriendly” line. The food was just ok. The flavors of the crab and polenta appetizer were muddled and the lamb shank was almost gummy. Unfortunately, the prices are just as high as I remembered. Just not worth a return trip.

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vipOpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on January 29, 2018

Love this place💚💚💚

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StanF (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on January 28, 2018

With an outstanding wine list (including wine-by-the-glass selections), and an excellent menu of choices, I would recommend Central Market for any occasion. I made the mistake of forgetting to let the hostess know that I had made reservations, but fortunately there was a table for the two of us. We both had scallops, wine and dessert - fabulous.

I would definitely urge friends who plan on visiting (or living in) Petaluma to make a point to have dinner or lunch at Central Market. It is a wonderful experience - one that you will not soon forget!

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RichardBestSpots (Tahoe)
5.0  Dined on January 27, 2018

My only regret was waiting so long to visit this Petaluma landmark. Start to finish, perfect experience. Arrived early, no problem. Julie was our server near the bar. Very down to earth. Gave us the backstory to the restaurant. Chef/owner Tony has been serving true farm to table fare for 15 years. Great ambiance even with a full house. Spaced well with just chatter and light music in background. I went with the 5 course chef's choice. Wow. I was fulfilled, and full! Tony really walks the house to insure satisfaction. My wife and I traded bites on everything. Bass to lamb, wagyu beef skewers to beet salad, salad to desert; this place rocked it! True 5 star gem.

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Dineat9 (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on January 26, 2018

This was our 2nd visit here. We sat at tall chairs by the window. The service, food & ambiance was exemplary. Our new favorite spot in Petaluma. We then went to the Green Music Center for a lovely evening of entertainment. A memorable evening for sure!

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on January 26, 2018

The food was wonderful! Three of us had fish. The scallops were perfectly cooked, crisp on the outside, tender but not mushy on the inside and the sea bass was incredible. The schnitzel was just as good. The service was attentive without being intrusive. So nice!

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vipJennifer (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on January 21, 2018

Love coming to Central for amazing food with so many interesting flavors. I like their creative options. Never have a bad meal at Central. Highly recommend but make reservations because they are busy.

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lovetoeat (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on January 21, 2018

Our waitress forgot our set of eating utensils when our dishes arrived on the table. I like other servers who constantly fill our water glass and replace a new carafe of water. A special touch of the owner (I think) to check in by ph and in person with us of our request to make sure to honor it, which I don't find nowadays. We'll definitely to go back to support local business.

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on January 11, 2018

We had a wonderful time. Our server was friendly and attentive. The food was delicious; I had the lamb shank while my husband ordered a pizza. We shared the bacon wrapped dates and finished with the lime tart. Everything was wonderful. We will definitely return!

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