Dry Creek Kitchen

4.6
2456 reviews
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$31 to $50
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American
If this country has a culinary cradle, it's in Northern Sonoma, where the fruits of local labor—from outstanding produce to handcrafted cheese—have never been on a plane. Drawing upon regional ingredients is a superior way to eat and one can taste the freshness in Dry Creek Kitchen specialties. You can also experience the regional abundance in the daily, tasting menu, featuring "Sonoma Neighbor" food and wine pairings.

Dry Creek Kitchen's wine cellar reflects the area's celebrated appellations, featuring more than 600 Sonoma wines with vintages ranging from 1985 to 2007 and a particular emphasis on Pinot Noir and Chardonnay as well as Cabernet Sauvignon and Meritage Blends.

Charlie Palmer's long standing commitment to wine manifests itself in his one-of-kind-collection drawing from the private libraries and cellars of the area's winemakers.
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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
American, Contemporary American
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Hours of operation
Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 9:30pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm
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Phone number
(707) 431-0330
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Catering
Charlie Palmer catering can provide food and beverages for any occasion and party size. The possibilities are limited only by your imagination.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Matheson Street
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Parking details
Limited street parking is available. Complimentary self parking is available one block east on the corner of Vine and Matheson Streets.
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Entertainment
Enjoy live Jazz and piano performances in Hotel Healdsburg's Fire Side Lounge, every Friday and Saturday, 7:30pm - 11pm.
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Special events & promotions
Join us for dinner Friday and Saturday nights, stay to enjoy live Jazz and piano performances in Hotel Healdsburg's Fire Side Lounge, 7:30pm - 11pm.
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Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Private Dining

Dry Creek Kitchen and Hotel Healdsburg offer a broad range of meeting and special event spaces for private dinners, wedding celebrations, wine tastings, meetings and other occasions.

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Specials

Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

Monday, December 24, 2018

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

A la carte menu available until 6:45pm. All reservations 7:00pm-10:00pm will be given the Tasting Menu only. No a la carte available after 7:00pm.

Monday, December 31, 2018

What 2456 People Are Saying
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RF
San Francisco
27 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We dined with a 2 friends who are accustomed to fine dining and one said, "Thanks for introducing us to such a wonderful restaurant!" My wife and I have dinner at Dry Creek Kitchen 2-3 times a year. This was the best meal we've had here in recent memory. Every course of the tasting meal was perfect. Service is very professional, yet friendly. The setting is airy and comfortable. It is a wonderful restaurant.

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OT
Chicago
89 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

We really like Dry Creek Kitchen. This was are second visit and both times have been enjoyable and high quality. We really like their Sonoma Co. wine corking policy which we feel helps to really encourage the purchase of local wines for dinner. We will return.

The negatives this visit were:
1) The oysters did not seem fresh and had a lot of shell bits in them.

2)Our server did not even bother to explain the SOCO wine corking policy or the fact that there was a Tuesday 1/2 price wine list at the back of the wine book. I had to ask about both and if we hadn't already known would have missed out on both of those discounts.

3) Server was not engaging...just taking orders.

Would have received 5 stars if not for these issues.

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MC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As usual it was a very pleasant evening with excellent service and food and wine.
It is my favorite restaurant in Sonoma County. Our friends also expressed how delightful
the evening was.
Maria Curtis

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SC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our anniversary dinner at Dry Creek Kitchen was fantastic! The wait staff was super friendly, especially Don! We did the prix fix menu with wine pairing--- excellent. And we got some good ideas about wineries to visit the next day, including A. Rafanelli. Strong recommendation!

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O
San Francisco
319 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food and service. The lamb chops were fantastic. There is also a great wine list and the staff is happy to tell you about the wine and the winery. Always a great place for cocktails and/or dinner.

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S
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was excellent, with a nice variety of options. The servers were all very attentive and helpful.

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j
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Main course a bit slow to come. It was a Saturday night. They acknowledged it, gave us more wine, and apologized. Very professional and classy as always. And unlike so many Healdsburg restaurants, we could converse! Tables are not jammed together.

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O
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Making reservations on the same day through Open Table was a breeze and we were seated immediately once we arrived. The service was outstanding and the food was well worth the price.

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Impeccable service and excellent experience. Our anniversary was celebrated with an 11/10. This team knows how to run a restaurant - you will not be disappointed.

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P
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service were excellent. Seated on time. Great cocktails. No corkage for Sonoma County wines. We've eaten here a dozen times and have never been disappointed.

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RR
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was a beautiful experience. We will come back for sure!

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U
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 4

My husband and I ordered the Neighbors Tasting Dinner, which started with a potato clam soup that was quite good. This was followed by pork shank that was encrusted with something described as pork cracklings and apple agrodolce. The dish not only looked unappetizing (white with light brown bits in it) but smelled absolutely foul. Determined to enjoy the dinner, we each began peeling away the coating to taste the meat underneath. As we both noticed that the other was picking apart the food, we began to compare notes, trying to figure out what the smell was. We had trouble nailing it down, and later guessed it might be too much liquid hickory smoke (?). The meat was tender, but the odor of the coating had seeped into it, and the smell was so awful that it turned our stomachs. Determined to see the humor in the situation, we were laughing hysterically by its absurdity. The meal was followed by a mediocre dessert of chocolate mousse with a brownie and crushed peppermint. Still to this moment we are surprised at ourselves that we didn't complain to anyone. I think we were both just so overcome with embarrassment for them that our priority was to make the quickest escape possible. We had an unpleasant experience about 15 years ago when the restaurant was new, and had agreed to give it another try. Bad decision. We look forward to laughing about this for years to come.

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ON
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Todd (floor manager), Kate (geez I hope that was our servers name - she was amazing) and the team at DCK went above and beyond to ensure we had a great experience. Upon arrival, one of the guests mentioned that it was a special occasion. Not only did the staff acknowledge our celebration, but they added embellishments to the experience that truly made an outstanding experience. The flow of service, quality and preparation of food, and overall gracious demeanor of the establishment created the best possible experience we could have expected. Thank you so much to team DCK for being the standard in hospitality. Keep up the great work! See you again soon!

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MH
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Upscale and pleasant dining. Waiter was knowledgeable and had a witty sense of humor. Food was excellent!

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L
San Diego
60 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Would have preferred more small plate and meat free options.

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RP
Calgary
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Can’t really find a criticism! My salmon was perfectly cooked and the desert was delicious! Hats off to their corkage policy, we were able to enjoy an amazing local wine that would have normally been out of our price point! The service was friendly and efficient without being “in your face”. Will definitely return when in the region.

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RE
San Francisco
42 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

we returned again to celebrate our anniversary at Dry Creek.We have eaten here many times. The waitress seated us and acknowledged our anniversary. She also asked if we wanted two specific cocktails - the same ones we had the last time we were here. wow ! For the entre I had the swordfish and my husband the duck
breast. This was swept along with a beautiful bottle of Rochioli pinot. Great ! we ended with desert with " Happy Anniversary" written in chocolate on the plates edge. french press coffee gave us a little lift for the hours ride home. Before we left , chef came by to ask about our meal. wonderful meal in a lovely setting with great service. a gem

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V
San Francisco
24 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

We eat four or more times a year at this restaurant, and always enjoy a pleasant dinner for two. The food is fit for foodies, but not always understandable to everyone. On this last visit, my spouse had swordfish, but there were so many different things and tastes surrounding it that he says he could not taste the flavor of the swordfish. Also, the swordfish was not firm, as expected. I had chicken and my dinner was delicious. Although they have a wonderful wine list, if you bring a Sonoma wine, you will not be charged for corkage on the first bottle. This makes this expensive restaurant much more affordable for those bringing their own wine. We had their cheese course as an appetizer; this was delicious and fun.

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P
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Beautiful room , friendly, professional service , great food and appreciate the generous corkage!

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BM
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

The restaurant is in a great location with very friendly staff and on Mondays they have three full pages of wines that they do at 50% discount which was a nice surprise, the menu choices were fantastic and I had the oysters to start and two of the biggest lamb grilled chops I’ve ever had I only wish we could go back again tonight 👍

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CV
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We dined at Dry Creek Kitchen for a 50th birthday and a Retirement celebration. It was perfect for both! We had a wonderful celebration and loved every bite of the delicious food. It will be one of our favorites in our new living area. Thank you for the excellent service!

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D
San Francisco
96 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a wonderful evening we had at this restaurant. We dined at an outside table on a warm early November evening. David, our server, was so pleasant and thoroughly described the choices on the menu. I enjoyed the delicious lamb t-bones and my date loved the mushroom ravioli. The salad was split for us. A further benefit is waiving the wine corkage fee because we brought a Sonoma wine for dinner. (Carol Shelton Petite Sirah) This restaurant is close to world-class dinning. In wine country you should definitely eat here!

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l
Phoenix
9 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a very special restaurant because the menu offers intriguing options. We started off with a salad and roasted octopus, which very satisfying. My husband had the Lamb Chops which were cooked to perfection!
I had the SQUID INK SPAGHETTI as my main course, it was creative and delicious. I made sure to save room for desert and ordered the Apple Tart. It was amazing. The staff was very professional and catered to your every need. Nice touch having the chef visit your table. It was an awesome experience and we will come back when we are in the area again.

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R
New York Area
59 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Charlie Palmer cuisine, suits Sonoma county well. Well executed. Wine list was entirely local, good for them.

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DT
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 5

The food was outstanding but the service and timing fell apart after the second course. Took forever to get the bill.
But I would go again for the food.
Great wine list and knowledgeable sommelier helped us navigate the wine list.

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J
San Francisco
31 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 3

While the food and service were very good, I made it clear to staff that I had a shellfish allergy upon arrival, yet I was served a shellfish dish, and I believe that they may have been ready to serve me another one. This is not OK, restaurants must have standard notification and preparation procedures to accommodate allergies. I can no longer trust them and will not return.

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m
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

Very poor table, swordfish terribly undercooked, chicken over cooked incredibly long delay between starter have to go outside & cross a courtyard for the bathroom. All in all, very disappointing for such a costly & well-known reataraunt- didn’t live up to its repuatation.

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JO
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was exceptional and creative. For this reason alone I recommend the restaurant. The service was impeccable; everyone was attentive but not overly so. On the warm night we visited the restaurant, terrace dining was delightful. Certainly on the expensive side, but well worth the investment.

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DD
New York Area
26 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 4

It’s been over ten years since we ate here and the service is still poor while the food is noticeably worse. Someone needs to tell Charlie Palmer. The tuna tartare consisted of large, over salted, inedible pieces.The waiter missed one of my orders but was so seldom seen I had to tell a busboy to find him. Had to send back the duck as was over cooked. The manager offered a free dessert to compensate...what total nonsense of an evening, will never return.

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MM
Charleston
5 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Always a great place to eat but food was slow to come out.

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s
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a wonderful way to celebrate our wedding anniversary. Everything was perfect. Thank you

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DB
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Very good. Always enjoy Charlie Palmer restaurants. David - our host - was a delight.

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DJ
Philadelphia
378 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

A lovely dining experience with a “surprise salad” that we didn’t know we wanted until it was served on the house to us. Excellent bread and scallops. A Healdsburg fine dining staple for sure.

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w
Houston
24 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2018
Overall 2food 5service 1ambience 3

We had a terrible experience with the service on our last visit. After our entree was delivered, it was as though we were on another planet. This is not the Charlie Palmer’s Dry Creek Kitchen we have come to know and love.

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WB
San Francisco
28 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Dry Creek kitchen epitomizes a truly great restaurant. All aspects from welcoming efficient service to truly wonderful food make for a superb dining experience. We have eaten many times through the years and they remain a real favorite.

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C
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dry Creek Kitchen has a small menu, only a carefully selected few items. But, everything is so well prepared that no matter what you order, you will be surprised at the pairings and quality. My wife had chicken. She loved that it was not the boring presentation that chicken frequently is. I had lamb chops. Two of the thickest, tastiest chops I’ve ever had and I eat a lot of lamb.

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g
London
514 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

A mixed bag. Really good bread, a nice wine list and well-prepared entrees offset by incredibly slow service (our entree took an hour to make it to the table) and a server who was a bit stiff and cold. We’ll chalk it up to a bad night on the service side, because the tastes and the setting were very good.

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H
San Francisco
50 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

We have often dined at Dry Creek Kitchen and returned to celebrate our anniversary. The menu had changed in odd ways including items like duck breast on a miso granola bar. Nori peanut butter was part of another dish. I had the duck and though I understand the desire to be creative and find a new way to pair duck with sweetness, it just didn’t work. It was too sweet and tasted like a misplaced breakfast bar. The service was also lacking this time. A waiter tried too hard to be folksy and assumed we knew nothing about food and wine (as two “older” women we get that a lot). He was being followed by a young woman waitperson. We were both rushed and ignored at various moments. It’s usually a lovely restaurant with an interesting menu. I hope they can return to earlier standards.

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CS
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Made our 30th anniversary celebration exceptional. Great experience!

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BD
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had the tasting menu. Every course was outstanding. Sommelier’s pairing recommendations were perfect. And, as a bonus, Monday’s offer 50/50 Wine pricing 50% off a choice of 50 Sonoma County wines.

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