Dry Creek Kitchen

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2333 reviews
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$31 to $50
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American
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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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5.0Dined 6 days ago

Great chicken dish, the skin was light and crispy. My wife had the salmon which was also excellent! Our waitress was so friendly and helpful.

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

Very good food and wine list, good outside seating.
Highly recommend !

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5.0Dined on June 15, 2018

Really great and memorable, dinner. This is the real deal when it comes to well though-out tastes and wine pairings. The carrot soup was to die for. In Healdsburg, we ate at some other supposedly upscale, trendy restaurants, which had fancy ingredient combos that didn't mesh well. Dry Creek puts unique ingredients together in ways that work. It was the only place in town where we ate and would go back again. Highly recommended.

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4.0Dined on June 15, 2018

Everything was fine until the end. Excellent food, nice ambiance, attractive setting al fresco, attentive service. But then, the dessert was late in coming and frankly was an overwrought concoction that would have benefited from a much simpler presentation. The bill was also late in being presented and was higher by $20 than it should have been. The bill was fixed, but such a mistake never should have happened.

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5.0Dined on June 15, 2018

Excellent food and excellent service. This was the best meal out that we have had in a long time.

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2.0Dined on June 14, 2018

Service was incredibly poor except for the sommelier who us gave his full attention. Food was somewhat better than average, but not worth the price.

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5.0Dined on June 12, 2018

This was the best dining experience I have had in a very long time. The service was welcoming and impeccable—the type of service where everything magically appears exactly when and where you want it, before you have to ask. We were seated on the patio on a quiet evening (Monday night) which was perfect. Where to begin with the food! Soft shell crabs (so lightly flash fried they melted in your mouth), tuna tartare (generous portion, great flavor), octopus carpaccio and spring risotto (extraordinary with spring peas, cheese and other surprises) started us off. Each was a remarkably individualized dish with subtle nuances of preparation, spice, sauce or another surprising delightful element. I can’t do the octopus justice if I were to write a description but suffice it to say it was a work of art, topped off with delicate edible purple buds....Everyone had the lamb chops for their main meal. Cooked to perfection, they were at least two inches thick and seasoned perfectly. The wine director was incredibly helpful as well, guiding us in our selection. On this particular Monday night, 50 Sonoma wines on the menu were 50% off. Needless to say, we took advantage of the opportunity and were not disappointed. And then there was dessert which matched the quality of the rest of the meal. The chocolate peanut butter bar is more like a light torte of perfectly matched flavors. I suggest reading the menu online to get a better sense of just how special these dishes were—much better descriptions than I am able to provide. We are definitely coming back.

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4.0Dined on June 11, 2018

Lovely and delicious dinner. We enjoyed the food and liked meeting the executive chef. We ate on a Sunday night and it was not too crowded. Lovely patio. All the food we ordered was delicious!

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5.0Dined on June 11, 2018

We dined at Dry Creek Kitchen for our shared birthday. Tables are widely spaced, food was creative and delicious- service very attentive. Outside tables were perfect for early summer dinner with a lovely view of the Plaza and strolling passersby. Portions are large and first courses are a real strength so I recommend a first course and shared main- even then too much food for the two of us. Although a fairly formal restaurant, one could sit at the bar for a drink (all excellent) and a first course and be quite happy with a less "structured" evening. Chef Scot stopped by all tables to check in - a very nice gesture. Highly recommended

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2.0Dined on June 10, 2018

Dry Creek is/was fronted by Charlie Palmer. It is well located in Healdsburg and the restaurant is well appointed. My party of 4 was seated appropriately at the reservation hour by a cheerful, competent hostess. We were then left sitting for about 8 minutes, whilst 9 or 10 servers walked past us. Yes, we did count them as it became a bit of a game.
When the main server came to the table, he just started talking; mainly about himself. It was quite off-putting to my party and me.
We ordered cocktails which, he even commented on. He just did not have, ‘it’, although he so thought he did, which is unfortunate.
The food was just ok, at best. My guest who had a chicken dish enjoyed it, while another who had risotto, indicated it was totally without flavor, unfortunately. The third guest’s salmon was ok, while my scallops were pretty good, they were, frankly, nothing to write home about.
For a well positioned, well fronted, well talked of place, we were very disappointed, with each agreeing we would not return. That may be unfair, as maybe it was simply an off night. However, if you see other reviews like this, it may be time for some introspection by the leadership, chef and staff.

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5.0Dined on June 7, 2018

Absolutely fantastic! I got a whiskey drink, the tuna tartar, and the duck, and my boyfriend got a gin drink, the risotto, and the chicken. To finish it off we got the chocolate peanut butter bar, amazing!! The food and drinks were equally delicious. The outdoor patio was beautiful and right off the square. I will definitely be recommending to friends and also be coming back very soon. Thank you so much!

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5.0Dined on June 3, 2018

Superb atmosphere, service, wine list, salmon, and most of all, the duck breast! This is a bit of a splurge on price but for a special occasion is well worth it. live jazz across the courtyard on Saturday nights.

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5.0Dined on May 28, 2018

Very good restaurant, excelent food and service.

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5.0Dined on May 28, 2018

Great meal. Made the evening special

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5.0Dined on May 26, 2018

Food and Service were impeccable and they really went out of their way to make us feel special on our anniversary.

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3.0Dined on May 26, 2018

Service after seated was slow. Finally had to flag down a water wait person for water. wainter longer before came to ltake order. after served it was fine. seemed very busy and wait staff a bit disorganized when arrived

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4.0Dined on May 23, 2018

I enjoyed my dinner last night very much, the service was attentive,the food was very fresh and flavorful, the miso glazed Ora salmon was delicious! there was good selection of wines and very nice atmosphere!

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5.0Dined on May 21, 2018

We enjoy dining here when we are in Sonoma. We both had the duck and it was delicious. They do not charge a corkage fee if you bring a wine from Sonoma. Thank you Drew for being so sweet....keep smiling

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3.0Dined on May 19, 2018

Wonderful tastes - atmosphere a bit uptight for Sonoma.
We dined at Dry Creek after a fun day in Alexander Valley, and we're in a good mood. Dry Creek's vibe turned out to be a bit more 'Napa-esque' than we expected. The staff was not at all rude, but we could sense they were striving to be more refined rather than genuine and engaging as we had found other area restaurants to be.
Then the food came - oh my! The Ahi Tartare was five stars of flavor - could have eaten another plate of it for dinner. Had we done that, however, we would have missed out on the char-broiled lamb t-bone chops, aka, the best lamb I've ever had. Wonderful seared meat taste, tender and grilled to perfection, with the accompanying sauces being a perfect match. Not a huge dessert fan, but we went ahead with the chocolate, chocolate, caramel, chocolate,etc. thing. I didn't want to stop eating it.
When we were finished the chef came by - what a friendly guy. He was truly interested in our experience. We were happy to tell him three of the four dishes were re-order amazing (only the octopus carpaccio did not make the cut).
Many thanks to the staff for overlooking our antics.

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5.0Dined on May 19, 2018

Lovely all around! Beautiful setting and fabulous food!

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5.0Dined on May 16, 2018

Michael was very accommodating. Great attention and personal service. Thanks again.

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5.0Dined on May 16, 2018

Wonderful lamb and terrific atmosphere ! Great wine list !

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5.0Dined on May 14, 2018

Celebrated our anniversary and everything was fantastic!

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4.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Good food, nice ambiance. Terrible lack of any available parking within 3 blocks - tough for folks with mobility issues.

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

The food was excellent, service was great, and the price for Mothers Day 3 course meal along with the selections were great.

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3.0Dined on May 13, 2018

We went here for Mother's Day and were very disappointed. Our bill came to $140 with tip and we did not have any alcohol. Portions were very small and the dessert was so little it took me 3 bites to finish. My salad was very gritty but I ate it anyway because I was hungry. We go out to eat a lot and there are much better places to eat for less money. We were very disappointed since this was suppose to be a special meal.

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3.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Beautiful dining room. Awesome floral arrangement in center of room. Hostess friendly. Food came out for table entire at once. Eggs Benedict needs improvement; small portion (1/2 serving) with a salty chunk of Canadian bacon. Recommend alternative selection.

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Great romantic setting with fabulous menu. Chef Palmer does not disappoint with his selection of flavors paired with a large variety of local Sonoma County wines to choose from.

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3.0Dined on May 12, 2018

For the area, disappointing food. Service was extremely disappointing. Maybe we were there on a bad night.

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5.0Dined on May 12, 2018

Delicious food, flawless service. As a person who doesn’t enjoy a large meat-based entree, I appreciated the smaller plates that were available in the starters section, that nicely combined with to make a meal.

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3.0Dined on May 7, 2018

Very good food with pretentious waiters. Asked twice for bread - never got it. Had to ask for spoon for the soup and forks the entrees and made us feel like we were bothering them.

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3.0Dined on May 6, 2018

We were disappointed afterwards of leaving the restaurant in that we were charged a $20 corkage fee for wine service. Dry Creek Kitchen's offer on their web site says no corkage fee for bottles sourced from Sonoma county. Here is the Dry Creek Kitchen text exactly,

"OUR CORKAGE POLICY
We welcome the sharing and opening of Sonoma County wines here at Dry Creek Kitchen. As such, Dry Creek Kitchen offers complimentary corkage on the first two bottles (750 ml) of wine sourced from Sonoma County vineyards. Limit two per table. For every bottle purchased thereafter, the corkage fee is $20 per bottle."

We will not be back.

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5.0Dined on May 4, 2018

Thumbs way up! Best lamb EVAH!

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3.0Dined on May 2, 2018

We were somewhat disappointed given all the pre meal hype about this restaurant. This restaurant was all about the presentation and less about the taste of the food. The food was good but not great.

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4.0Dined on May 2, 2018

We sat outside in their patio area & enjoyed a wonderful dinner with wine pairings for our anniversary. Everything was very good although it did get a little chilly toward the end. They have overhead heaters in this area but it appeared to me that they were not turned on even though the hostess assured us the heaters would make the area plenty warm. The bread was fresh out of the oven & the dessert we chose was heavenly. Altogether we were very pleased with our experience.

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5.0Dined on April 29, 2018

Great food with many local wine choices- always a pleasure

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5.0Dined on April 28, 2018

Creative and delicious cuisine in the heart of Healdsburg. Great service. Excellent all around! We will return!

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4.0Dined on April 26, 2018

We went there for our thirty-fifth anniversary, and they were ready for us with a complimentary glass of celebratory champagne. And, it was quiet!

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5.0Dined on April 26, 2018

It was awesome! The Sonoma neighbor menu was great!!

Only negative was the couple who brought their dog - I’ve seen it with patio dining but never inside.....people need to leave their pets at home!!!!

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5.0Dined on April 25, 2018

Tasting menu was delicious! Great food and wonderful service!

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