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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

4.6

service

4.4

ambience

4.2

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

96% would recommend it to a friend

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Special Occasion (26)
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Good for Anniversaries (20)
Casual (19)
Seasonal (19)
Authentic (18)
Healthy (18)
Organic (17)
Worth the Drive (17)
Good for Birthdays (16)
Notable Wine List (14)
Romantic (13)
Hot Spot (11)
Fun (10)
Good for Groups (10)
Good Vegetarian Options (10)
Bar Seating (9)
Comfort Food (7)
Business Meals (6)
People Watching (6)
Pre/post Theatre (6)
Cozy (4)
Happy Hour (4)
Paleo Friendly (3)
Tapas (3)
Tasting Menu (3)
Disabled Access (2)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Vegan (2)
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined 6 days ago

My first visit not my last! Highly recommend the halibut checks!

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

Always a great dinner!

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Great knowledge server, laid back atmosphere, excellent wines and exceptional pizza!

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Again dinner was so good last night we ate there again. Unfortunately so did a number of Frisco people, waitresses respond according and service drops off. Recommendation don’t dine on Friday and Saturday. Chef RJ

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 20, 2017

This is one of Petaluma’s best restaurants. Chef visits the tables checking on everything. Highly recommended. Chef RJ

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 8, 2017

we think of central market first whenever we are treating ourselves to a pricey dinner
The food is fresh and inventive w/out trying too hard. Great winelist and the service is nearly always top-notch. Didn't appreciate our server slapping the check down in the middle of dessert on this particular night, but we wrote it off as a fluke. Love CM!

Tags: Authentic, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 7, 2017

We had an excellent dinner and really enjoyed the whole evening. The halibut cheeks starter was quite wonderful, the duck was sublime, and the macaroons were everything I could desire in a dessert. We had wonderful California wines, and enjoyed every minute of our visit.

Tags: Organic, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Birthdays, Local Ingredients
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·Dined on October 6, 2017

Eaten here a number of times and the quality of the food is top notch. I have had different menu items every time I’ve been and it never disappoints.

It’s my favorite California comfort food meal in town.

Tags: Good for Groups, Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies, Seasonal, Special Occasion, Comfort Food
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 2, 2017

The food is usually very good at Central Market, but the service has been universally off each time (and it's been about a dozen) that I've been here for dinner. Whether is late delivery of drinks or a simple ignoring of my table. It's consistent and a problem for this establishment.

You go back for the food, and I have, you think twice about whether you'd like to because of the service.

Tags: Good for a Date, Casual, Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 2, 2017

Central Market doesn't disappoint. The food is top-notch - always very fresh, creative, perfectly seasoned and delivered to the table at exactly the right time. It's not the cheapest place in town, but given the consistently high quality and locally sourced ingredients, it's worth every penny and provides good value. This is the place I recommend to out of town visitors in search of a memorable meal.

Tags: Healthy, Local Ingredients, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Seasonal, Casual, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 2, 2017

The evening was perfect! Our server (I don't remember her name and the check identified her as #11) was knowledgeable, friendly, efficient, and took the time to explain the restaurant's local pig farm to us. Everyone in our party of four had some food allergies and she was diligent in working with the kitchen and us to ensure that we had an allergen-free delightful dining experience. The oysters were amazing! The leg of lamb was beautiful and the two who ordered it devoured every morsel, and the scallops with vegetables were perfectly prepared, tender, flavorful, and delectable. The sea trout was melt-in-your-mouth good and served with a simple accompaniment of fermented carrots, and guacamole. The homemade bread was fantastic, as were the strawberry shortcake and butterscotch pot of cream. We will be back and request server #11.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Neighborhood Gem, Fun, Notable Wine List, Good Vegetarian Options, Worth the Drive, Business Meals, Organic
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·Dined on October 1, 2017

Inventive menu with lovingly prepared organic ingredients. Great food, fun people watching, attentive service.

Tags: Seasonal, Tasting Menu, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Organic, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, People Watching
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 26, 2017

The food was DELICIOUS!! Our service was wonderful! Great night!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 25, 2017

Great experience. Food really tasty, service friendly and professional, pleasant place.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 24, 2017

Slow service- we had to ask for our food so we could get to a show. We're there 2+ hours

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 24, 2017

We met our friends from Petaluma at Central Market for dinner. Very nice ambiance and the food was terrific. We live in SF on Russian Hill and although there are many restaurants here, we would welcome a clone of Central Market in our neighborhood.

Tags: Casual, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 23, 2017

Our group of friends loved each and every course we ordered. The food was very good and we had blast! Loved the Chef, who came to our table after the meal, a great thing to do.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Seasonal, Fun, Local Ingredients
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 21, 2017

Food really excellent - inspiring, tasty and with twists. Super chef in the kitchen.
Service ...... hm. Good intentions, but need training.

Tags: Seasonal, Special Occasion, Casual, Healthy
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·Dined on September 17, 2017

We took a group and had a great evening. The server was amazing and was helpful and made sure all ran smooth.

Tags: Hot Spot, Neighborhood Gem, Healthy, Authentic, Good for Birthdays
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 17, 2017

We were visiting to attend the Sonoma Grand Prix. The restaurant is fabulous with a commitment to carefully prepared food and exceptional service. If I lived in Petaluma this would become a local haunt.

Tags: Organic, Good Vegetarian Options, Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Seasonal, Fit for Foodies, Casual, Local Ingredients
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·Dined on September 16, 2017

Great service, fun atmosphere And excellent food! Ready to return soon.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 11, 2017

Excellent menu offerings and delicious plates. We're never disappointed. I don't think our server told us the specials, but it didn't matter. Highly recommended.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 10, 2017

Dinner was good but uneven. Side of grilled vegetables were so charred they had to be sent back. Fish, although request was for "fully cooked, not raw in center" was served so well done and dry.....not good. The appetizers were great, service very good. Kitchen was uneven.

Tags: Organic, Pre/post Theatre, Happy Hour
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 9, 2017

We love Central Market. We have dined there since it opened!! If you want great food in a cool setting, Central Market is for you!!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Healthy, Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Organic, Good for a Date
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·Dined on September 9, 2017

Nice quite place with very delicious food. We liked it very much.

Tags: Seasonal, Notable Wine List
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 4, 2017

Room was a little noisy and warm in the early evening. Larger open space. Farm chic / antique market decor. Food was delicious. Service was smooth and relaxed (but not overly familiar). We were well taken care of. We sampled some of their own farm raised meats and they were superb. We would go again.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Casual, People Watching, Creative Cuisine
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 (Sacramento)·Dined on September 3, 2017

Always a must-stop restaurant for us when we are close to Petaluma. The food is excellent and the chef is always around. There may be lot's of new places, but this is a keeper.

Tags: Authentic, Local Ingredients
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·Dined on September 3, 2017

Hostess was not good. All else was great. Asked if we could eat at the empty bar and she started to argue that she gave us the best table she could. Huh?? Then a different hostess said of course we could sit st vsr

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 31, 2017

This Evenings meal was fabulous. Our server made the event even better.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Organic, Local Ingredients, Healthy
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vip
 (Central Coast)·Dined on August 26, 2017

We had been by in the morning , saw the posted menu and made some choices then and there for that night. When we arrived at the restaurant, we noticed that the menu was different. Our server went into the kitchen to see if they could make last night's dishes for us. When they couldn't (the chef even came out to talk with us), she suggested a couple of dishes that would cover some of the items we wanted. Her suggestions were spot on, grilled corn with cojito cheese, an heirloom tomato and burrata cheese appetizer, and we added a baby gem salad and a grilled scallops main dish. Delicious food, great service...what else could you ask for?

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 26, 2017

As always, an amazing meal. Always nice to have Tony stop by to chat as well. I loved my sea scallops, my friend thought her ravioli was the best she'd ever had... everything was delicious. My husband and I always start with the wonderful little gem salad to share. You can't miss with Central Market!

Tags: Seasonal, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Healthy, Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients, Casual, Organic, Cozy, Comfort Food, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion
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·Dined on August 25, 2017

Love this place. I have been many times for business meals and have always exceeded expectations to impress clients. Great food; local; very Petaluma.

Tags: Healthy, Local Ingredients, Business Meals, Tasting Menu, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Good for a Date
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·Dined on August 23, 2017

I took my nine year old daughter and we went in for the first time. The chef visited our table twice and was very pleasant and friendly. Needless to say, my daughter ate everything on her plate (sea bass)! I had ine of the best sirloin steaks I have ever eaten in my life. The butterscotch pudding was extrordinary and a great way to finish off our lovely meal.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Casual, Kid-friendly, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 23, 2017

What a gem of a place! We love venturing out to new towns & coming from St. Helena we adore the old fashioned town of Petaluma, but also where we live we have excellent restaurants so we are very spoiled. Central Market has a vintage look & feel, the decor is minimal in this old brick building but fresh & fits the country image of farm to table. We enjoyed sharing our meal. My favorite was the seared scallops. A friend had told me the scallops & the mussels were incredible but they had no mussels the night we dined. The chef was very sweet to come out of the kitchen to greet us & he then sent us out one of his special appetizers. Everything is excellent, with fresh ingredients & creative recipes. Dessert was to die for! A seasonal Santa Rosa Plum Cake that was moist with the plums baked into it served with a dallop of whipped cream. We will definitely be back!

Tags: Comfort Food, Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Romantic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 23, 2017

Seriously some of the best food ever. I loved every dish. We opted for a 3 course meal each, which left the 2 of us too full to finish or main course! Fig/ bacon/ blue cheese, brentwood (?) Corn, halibut cheeks, beet salad, wagyu beef, and short ribs were what we had. AMAZING. I will 1000% be going back sometime, and sharing my experience with friends.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on August 21, 2017

Quite possibly best restaurant meal ever. We loved our waitress. We booked another dinner on the way out.....

Tags: Disabled Access, Local Ingredients, Good for Anniversaries, Fun, Handcrafted Cocktails, Tapas, Notable Wine List, Vegan, Creative Cuisine, Organic, Bar Seating, Hot Spot, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for a Date, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Healthy, Special Occasion, Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Worth the Drive, Vibrant Bar Scene, People Watching, Seasonal
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vip
 (St. Louis)·Dined on August 20, 2017

We were visiting Napa and found this wonderful place for dinner to meet friends coming up from San Francisco. Service was fantastic and the food selection was both interesting (without being crazy) and delicious. Highly recommended it!

Tags: Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies, Hot Spot, Fun
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 19, 2017

Picked it because it is farm to table and great menu. So many great choices, it was hard to decide. The server was extremely helpful for deciding what to get. A little noisy but that's typical with high ceilings. Met the chef, very gracious. Will definitely go back.

Tags: Good for a Date, Scenic View, Hot Spot, Organic, Casual
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 18, 2017

Best dining experience in years! For anyone who truly appreciates food sourced from local markets (meats, dairy, garden), this is the place to go. Located in downtown Petaluma, it is a rare find to have encountered a chef who really cares about what he and his team are preparing. His wait staff and everyone on his team are knowledgeable, caring and super efficient. Giving it 5 stars is not enough. I will most certainly be returning and bringing my friends. (We are all wine and food snobs who live in Healdsburg but appreciate fabulous food in a relaxing atmosphere).

Tags: Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies, Paleo Friendly, Fun, Creative Cuisine, Casual, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Local Ingredients, Healthy, Bar Seating, Tasting Menu, Worth the Drive, Tapas
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on August 17, 2017

Always consistent, great oysters. Tony is great!!

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