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About Central Market

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.

42 Petaluma Blvd North
Petaluma, CA 94952
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Organic, Californian, Contemporary American

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

Cross Street:
Western Avenue

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(707) 778-9900

Website:
http://www.centralmarketpetaluma.com/

Entertainment:
Chef Tony Najiola is very entertaining. Join our mailing list to be notified of upcoming events.

Catering:
By special request only.

Parking Details:
Street parking and public lots available. Nearest public lot is on Keller Street at Western Avenue, two blocks West of our location.

Public Transit:
Nearest bus stop is at 4th Street & "C" Street

Executive Chef:
Tony Najiola

Private Party Facilities:
Restaurant dining room available for buy-out by special request.

Private Party Contact:
Derek Santiago, General Manager: (707) 778-9900

Additional:
Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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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Central Market Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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food

4.7

service

4.6

ambience

4.4

value

4.4

Noise

Moderate

95% would recommend it to a friend

Good for Anniversaries (24)
Creative Cuisine (23)
Good for a Date (23)
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Fit for Foodies (21)
Local Ingredients (20)
Neighborhood Gem (20)
Special Occasion (19)
Good for Birthdays (15)
Comfort Food (15)
Seasonal (14)
Authentic (14)
Worth the Drive (13)
Healthy (11)
Casual (11)
Notable Wine List (10)
Organic (10)
Romantic (10)
Pre/post Theatre (8)
Good Vegetarian Options (7)
Cozy (6)
Fun (6)
People Watching (6)
Quiet Conversation (6)
Good for Groups (5)
Happy Hour (4)
Hot Spot (4)
Bar Seating (4)
Business Meals (3)
Gluten Free Options (3)
Disabled Access (2)
Great Beer (2)
Tapas (2)
Waterfront (2)
Kid-friendly (1)
Great for Lunch (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Sunday Lunch (1)
Tasting Menu (1)
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·Dined 3 days ago

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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 (San Francisco)·Dined 3 days ago

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

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 (San Francisco)·Dined 4 days ago

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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 (San Francisco)·Dined 4 days ago

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.

Tags: Special Occasion, Comfort Food, Worth the Drive, Bar Seating, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Fun, Happy Hour, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Seasonal
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 5 days ago

Truly excellent experience! Highly recommend.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined 5 days ago

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.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Organic, Cozy, Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food, Casual
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 11, 2018

Every dish we ordered was delicious and would highly recommend

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Good for Groups
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·Dined on February 10, 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!

Tags: Local Ingredients, Authentic
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Before concert dinner

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 5, 2018

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

Tags: Good for Groups, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Healthy, Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients, Special Occasion, Seasonal, Organic
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 4, 2018

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

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 4, 2018

The food and service never disappoints! Love this place.

Tags: Special Occasion, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Authentic, Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, People Watching, Good for Anniversaries
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 3, 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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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 2, 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.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Healthy, Authentic, Comfort Food
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 1, 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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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 29, 2018

Love this place💚💚💚

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 (New York Area)·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!

Tags: Casual, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Hot Spot, Healthy, Business Meals
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 (Tahoe)·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.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Local Ingredients, Authentic, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Bar Seating, Organic, Good for Anniversaries
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 (San Francisco)·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!

Tags: Organic, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, People Watching
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 (San Francisco)·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!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date
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vip
 (San Francisco)·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.

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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 (San Francisco)·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.

Tags: Good for Groups, Comfort Food, Healthy, Creative Cuisine, Seasonal, Casual, Organic, Worth the Drive, Local Ingredients, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies
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 (San Francisco)·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!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 10, 2018

Favorite restaurant in Petaluma. Food is always delicious and atmosphere is cozy and friendly. Love this place

Tags: Organic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 9, 2018

Our server was a gem. Funny, well-informed, not pushed, classy and polite. The food was exceptional and creative. The wine was wonderfully paired. The lemon pit dessert was mind-blowing - perhaps one of the best desserts I've ever had. Not too loud, beautiful ambience. Wonderful location. I highly recommend.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Cozy, Local Ingredients, Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Comfort Food, Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Seasonal, Bar Seating, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 7, 2018

Food was delicious. Service: it took awhile before they took our order, and the pacing was off between courses. I ordered an additional glass of wine with my main course, and it didn't arrive until the course was nearly finished. We were also completely finished with our desserts before our coffee arrived...approximately 10 minutes later.

Overall, a good experience but service could be more attentive.

Tags: Seasonal, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 5, 2018

Been here many times, great creative food, excellent service, fun wine list good atmosphere and ambiance.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Hot Spot, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Authentic, Good for Birthdays
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 5, 2018

ordered a steak, got a bit of salad with about of sliver of steak, with french fries. For the price it was quiet embarrassing.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 5, 2018

our party of three agreed it was one of the best meals we had each ever had! Highly recommend.

Tags: Local Ingredients
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Loved everything except that stake came w a arugula salad and French fries. Maybe we didn’t read a menu correctly or it was a busy NYE night but for $35 I would expect to have some kind of a grilled veggie for the side dish instead of a salad

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 31, 2017

the experience was perfection from head to toe.

every bite was mouth watering

every human interaction was delightful

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Food is fabulous, excellent quality, beautiful presentation. Staff friendly and professional. Great for Farm to Table dining! Would definitely recommend for a quality dining experience

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Seasonal, Waterfront, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Healthy, Great for Lunch, Pre/post Theatre
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vip
 (Atlanta)·Dined on December 28, 2017

Food was delicious and ambiance was great! Our server, Lisa, didn’t appear to be happy to be working. Her service was prompt, but she lacked enthusiasm for her role and appeared to be tone deaf occasionally as well as a bit snarky. At a minimum, would describe her as chippy throughout service. Towards the end of our meal, we also overheard her rush the table next to us.

We’ve had great experiences otherwise and don’t intend to let Lisa ruin it for us lest she drags down morale among the others. As a side note, in the past we had particularly great service with Christian. Happy to dine at Central Market again—just not with Lisa.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 28, 2017

Excellent food.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 27, 2017

Excellent fresh tasting, flavorful food with very very good service.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 27, 2017

Went for bday dinner celebration. Floors are polished which, in high heels, can be treacherous. Server was sweet. Food fit for foodies. Wine list was good but limited options for single glasses

Tags: People Watching, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 24, 2017

All around great experience and a wonderful meal. The Zinfandel Braised Calamari was real surprise and an exceptional appetizer.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Portland)·Dined on December 24, 2017

Always amazing! Tony, the duck breast on Christmas Eve was fantastic! The lamb rolls were back, i absolutely love them. Everything was perfect and the atmosphere was festive and warm! Thank you to everybody at Central Market for feeding us this Thanksgiving and Christmas Eve!

Tags: Paleo Friendly, Waterfront, Romantic, Gluten Free Options, Hot Spot, Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List, Good Vegetarian Options, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Birthdays, Happy Hour, Healthy, Good for Groups, Vibrant Bar Scene, People Watching, Quiet Conversation, Comfort Food, Cozy, Seasonal, Neighborhood Gem, Organic, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Fun, Authentic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 23, 2017

Everything was amazingly delicious. One can get spoiled around here since it's easy to find wonderful food made from farm-fresh ingredients. This place goes well beyond that, coming up with extreme deliciousness and originality. The waygu beef skewer and pork cheek starters were knockouts, and I combined them for a main dish. My husband's duck was superb, and my son's pizza so good my husband ate some of it too. Desserts are lovely here - the butterscotch pot de creme and Meyer lemon tart were a perfect way to end the meal.

The only thing that could have been better was that my son's pizza arrived well after other people's dishes. No biggie. Also for some people this might not be considered a cozy place, but that depends on personal tastes.

We'll head straight back next time we're in the area!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 23, 2017

Central Market always feels a little pricey yet, at the same time, worth it.
Great location at the heart of Petaluma. Highly professional, consistent experience.
A little loud; not a quiet evening.
Really good food and wine.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries
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