Drakes Sonoma Coast

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$31 to $50
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Contemporary American
Your dining experience is driven by local seasonal availability of sustainably farmed produce, seafood and meats. Our Chef, Brendalee Vialpando, has established close relationships with local organic farmers, fishermen and ranchers creating a delicious and innovative menu. You will enjoy stunning views of Bodega Bay, the Pacific and beyond.

We take as much pride in our vintners as we do in our farmers, and we hope to share the bounty of our region with every guest. Our wine program aims to highlight some of our favorite local producers, big and small, along with the many varietals we can offer due to the diversity of our land. And though our bias is towards the wines of Sonoma County, we also feature a handful of international wines lovingly selected to pair with our cuisine. We hope that all of our guests take the chance to explore the beautifully comprehensive world of wine during their stay, whether by enjoying a bottle of Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir or a bottle of Champag
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OT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Great food and wine... A little loud but people were clearly having a good time.

TR
Seattle
5 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our first visit to the Bodega Bay Lodge was very pleasant. Drakes was a great way to end our arrival day. Bouillabaisse was delicious with light broth and plenty of tender seafood morsels. Pork chop was simply amazing with very flavorful spices. Viewers excellent. Service was exceptional. All lodge staff provided outstanding service!

CW
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a wonderful rest stop on the Hiway 1 near Bodega Bay, part of a Woodside group hotel property. Great food, great service nice bar! Well worth a stop.

TB
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Absolutely recommend Drakes! I dined here with my partner for our "Valentines Day" (was actually three days after the holiday), and we were treated to a wonderfully polite and humourous server, Joaquin. The manager made sure to stop by twice and ensure all of our needs were met and the ambiance (including the view of Doran beach) was well worth the money spent. Food was divine, as were the drinks. Job well done all around!

MB
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Made reservations weeks in advance and was the first ones to check in for 5:45 reservations, reminding the host it was my husbands 65th birthday. When we checked back for our table all the view tables had been given away, including one to a family with several small children. I was very disappointed. Our salads were served and mine was missing salad dressing. I waited for ten minutes for the waiter to check back on us or to get someone’s attention. I finally got up from the table and went to the wait station and asked for some dressing. The food was ok. Everyone was very nice when they were waiting on us but the whole experience was disappointing. We wouldn’t go back.

PW
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience4

Special Valentines Day menu...over priced actually. Food was good but not $79 per person good. Really mediocre service. I booked January 2 (way in advance) to get a nice table and we were given options upon arrival where to sit but all the booths and window tables were taken. It wasn’t awful but just wasn’t as special as we’d expected given that they emailed us the menu and personally called to make sure we would be there a couple days in advance. Have eaten there in the past (not on a special holiday) and really loved it.

A
Sacramento
6 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Only as a second chance to try the main menu. Granted it was Valentines Day, but I made the reservation about 2 months prior and told them it was a special occasion on top of Valentines Day. We were staying at the lodge and were right on time. They tried to sit us next to the kitchen first and then the host walked around looking for a table and we finally chose 1 of the 3 crappy ones available after I asked for a window seat. I was literally sitting 2 ft away from the next couple. If you're not going to hold a table that I had requested for a reservation then why even ask. Then as I unexpectedly found out a couple of weeks prior in an email, there was a price fixe menu that night. In Bodega Bay you are in oyster country and we have them all the time and make them very well. The oysters that came out as an appetizer were so gross we didn't finish them. The rest of the meal was average at best.

TD
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Every dining experience at Drakes is always above expectations. The food and service was exceptional!

JH
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We will definitely return after a great experience. Nothing was missing from our lovely dinner; stunning view, great service and delicious food.

JF
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely wonderful experience. We celebrated my wife's birthday here, and our 6-mo daughter joined us. The wait-staff and server was very accommodating and empathetic to dining with a baby. Service was awesome, and the food was very flavorful.

CC
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, wait staff always amazing and professional. Thank you!

JP
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The food was excellent. Tasty and fresh. I would highly recommend this restaurant.

DC
San Francisco
63 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As part of Bodega Bay Lodge, Drakes Sonoma Coast is a delightful venue looking at Bodega Bay in the distance. As a main course, their salmon was one of the best prepared and presented salmon dishes I've ever enjoyed. My wife's crab risotto was rich, creamy and outstanding as well. We would both recommend Drakes and look forward to returning. Only slight downside was their limited wine-by-the-glass menu, otherwise a perfect evening.

JJ
Sacramento
2 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife is vegan and she was amazed at just how delicious her meal was. The presentation was awesome and it tasted fantastic to her. She was definitely surprised and very satisfied with her delicious meal. My salmon was also prepared very nicely and it was tasty and filling as well!

DR
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice place to have a romantic evening, great views. The menu is a little small, would like to see more variety of fish. We had the Ahi tuna, and the Lobster & Crab Risotto, both delicious, and served nice and hot

m
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Drakes Sonoma Coast is a traditional middle to high end hotel restaurant. The establishment is clearly well managed with all components (ambience, food, drink and service), melding together to deliver a pleasant, high quality and satisfying experience. For solid gastronomic delights surround by a well curated environment in the Bodega bay area, Drakes is a full proof solution.

MB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience4

Nice place but we didnt like the service and menu.

AM
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, from the dlectable fried calamari to the risotto specials (crab one evening, then truffle another), perfect salads and great drinks and service.

SP
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

when we arrived for our 12 o’clock reservations the restaurant was open, but there was absolutely no one in the building. we searched everywhere for anyone that could help us, even looked in the back areas, absolutely nobody. After about 10 minutes we left

A
Los Angeles
13 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waiter Joaquin did a fantastic job of assisting us with our order & Amy assisted with our water & bread request.
Great service.

CT
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience5

The ambience was great and the food was good. Our server kept disappearing and never checked on our table. He never asked if the food was good or how we were doing. We even had to ask for our check. I did notice the other servers checked on their tables at least 5 or 6 times while we never saw our server.

f
San Francisco
125 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was quiet so we could talk, the food excellent and the waitress friendly and attentive and helpful, well paced, nice wine list...great to share a dinner with friends.

KS
Central Coast
3 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

This is a hidden gem. We had reservations for Christmas Eve and the place was packed! Service was great even though they were in the weeds. All the dishes were tasty, balanced and clever. The 4 of us all had different dishes . The seafood was very fresh. We will definitely return. Very cool outside lounge but literally freezing out so we will be back to enjoy next time. Very impressed.

OT
Sacramento
2 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A great Christmas Eve breakfast with a view.

SR
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious, locally sourced food with a stellar view. Intimate ambiance.

JT
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The food was very good, the wine selection is good but pricing is a little proud. The waitress knew why we were there (the occasion) and excellent along with supporting staff. I like that each part of the dinner was separate and not rushed. The dessert menu was not enticing but was not bad either. We would go here again!!’

BA
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Limited choices in Bodega Bay, so this is a decent spot. Would be better for lunch, for the view. For dinner, it was overpriced compared to what you get. The dining area looks like a dressed up normal hotel dining area, but not the upper class restaurant it wants to be. I would choose Lucas Wharf instead. The lodge itself is a definite place to stay however. The restaurant was not bad and would be good if you are staying there and didn’t want to leave to drive up the road.

AF
Sacramento
2 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

If you do it right, your meal will be about $125-$150 (without alcohol), but every piece of the meal is outstanding. We had the Crab Risotto, Caesar Salad and Clam Chowder. The Bread that came out was some of the best we've had, the Clam Chowder is also a real treat. The presentation and flavor of the Caesar Salad is what you'd expect from find dining and the Crab Risotto was unique and a real treat. We visit the Drakes every time we come to the Bodega Bay Lodge and will again.

GM
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience4

we have been to this restaurant several times but this time we were not impressed with our food. the choices, the taste, and presentation needs to be a lot better.

P
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love Drakes and the Fireside lounge!

OT
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall4food2service5ambience5

Everything except the food was great. The flavors of the food were flat and under seasoned. The presentation looked good but someone in the kitchen needs to be tasting the food. The filet mignon was the shape of a ball and very tough, yet rare in the middle, not sure how that happens unless it was not a filet. Unfortunately all our meals were just meh. The servers were awesome, the place is awesome. Just the food was....

SH
Denver
18 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very loud table dominated the entire dining experience.

OT
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful setting with excellent food & service

SB
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Food was very good and service was excellent. Dinner is pricey. The menu on their website did not match their actual menu, so be sure to contact the restaurant for actual menu. We went for Scallops and Halibut and neither were on the actual menu. Luckily we were fine with Steak and Short-ribs and both were very good. The chowder was excellent and the cheese and charcuterie plate was huge and very good. Also a good wine, drinks, and beer selection .

OT
Houston
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience3

The crab risotto was not good. The rice was undercooked, and the dish as a whole was lukewarm. The crab and artichoke were the only thing we ate.
My wife and I each had a glass of the same wine. As I got towards the bottom of my glass, I was surprised to have a mouthful of sediment, which I had no choice but to spit back out into the glass. I am aware that a bit of sediment at the bottom of a glass is not unusual, and perfectly acceptable. This was not a small amount of sediment. It was probably enough to fill a packet of Splenda. It was about 30 times the amount of sediment that one might expect to see at the bottom of a cup of Starbucks coffee.
We kindly asked the server to send over the manager, who told us that this was normal, and that wine drinkers should feel privileged to have sediment in their wine. The manager offered nothing. The party at the next table saw the pile of sediment in my glass, and said, “I agree; that’s way too much sediment.”
I will never recommended this place.

ST
Charleston
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall4food3service3ambience4

the reasons we gave for three stars for food and service was we had an expectation that the menu would have some fish options, which it did not and the cocktail service was very slow.

F
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Creative cocktails and good food. Great combination in a beautiful setting in Bodega Bay Lodge.

s
Sacramento
3 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

I was there a week before and I wrote a bad review because it was warranted. I always like to give a 2nd chance and all was just as good as it was the past 2years for me.

S
San Francisco
44 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Spectacular meal, great server, beautiful view and an overall highlight of our trip to the Sonoma Coast.

JR
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful restaurant, food was delicious, view was great!

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