Dry Creek Kitchen

4.4
2640 reviews
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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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San Francisco
44 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As requested we were seated by the front window. The server asked , without prompting , if we desired the same cocktails that we had the last time at DCK. Nice touch. Complimentary sparkling wine followed. I started with the ahi tartare followed by the father's day special new york strip steak with fingerling potatoes and asparagus - delicious. My wife had the marys chicken breast. The meal was delicious. We enjoyed a bottle of George pinot noir with our meal. Very good. For desert we shared the chocolate peanut butter bar while enjoying french press coffee. No pressure , attentive service, lovely atmosphere and great food. What's not to like. Pamper yourself and treat yourself to a really nice dining experience.

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J
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was excellent... staff was great. A very enjoyable evening.

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GG
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful birthday celebration dinner. Great sommelier recommendation, terrific food. A very special night. Definitely go if you have the chance.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 3

Service was sub par. Food was ok. They should be embarrassed to serve the “marble potatoes”. It’s no mystery why there is no Michelin star.

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d
Seattle
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We go back here each time we are in town. Always a favorite.

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OT
Seattle
15 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

It was just ok. the food was so so and the service was spotty at best. They did not have a bartender available to make a cocktail, that is what we were told! I think Charlie Palmer restaurants are overrated. It is the second one I have been to and they were both just ok

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OT
San Francisco
42 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

Scallops were quite good, but lamb was mediocre. Not much flavor and not very tender. Quality did not match price. Service was good and setting is nice.

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Y
San Francisco
105 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a delightful time with friends and our daughter for her birthday. The service and the food were excellent. We will be back soon!!

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BF
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I understand attire has become casual even at upscale restaurants. And this is California after all. However, it seems rude for men to wear ball caps inside. My pet peeve I guess. Or am I becoming my father?

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Dubai
5 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 4

Worst service any of us have ever had! Mediocre And over-priced food in a pretty setting. With all the amazing places to eat in Wine Country and all the hype of this restaurant, we were very disappointed. We would not go back and hope that others don’t have the same experience we had. Go somewhere else!

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KC
Orange County
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our first visit in a very long time, and everything about it was fantastic, from the reception, to the wine captain, to the server, servers assistants and manager. Will be back for sure!

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BM
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

We've been there many times. But, not in the past couple years. Service was ok. Very slow to get main course Halibut was very good. Lamb chop was over cooked. I requested med/rare and it was med/well.

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K
1 review
Dined on June 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Ambiance and jazz in the square fantastic. 100% go back. Thanks for a fantastic evening!

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RF
San Francisco
29 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love Dry Creek Kitchen. Every aspect of it is outstanding. We had the tasting menu and enjoyed every bite. The Yukon gold potato leek soup was memorable. How often can you say that? Something about the way it was served and the inclusion of trout roe and Alaskan halibut in the soup. With the tasting menu, you can choose any of the regular-size desserts from the dessert menu. We chose the local strawberry tart, expecting that fresh strawberries would dominate the dessert. Not so. There were some, along with bits of dehydrated strawberries and other components. Not a complaint, just want to point out that sometimes a dish of fresh strawberries is better than a creative approach to the humble strawberry.

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OT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent meal and service!

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San Francisco
112 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A fabulous dinner at a gorgeous restaurant, right on the square. This isn’t the place to bring your granny from Iowa but it’s perfect for a foodie splurge. The swordfish was done perfectly and presented beautifully.

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J
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A really lovely restaurant to celebrate our anniversary. It's worth noting that if you happen to go on Mondays, they have a wine list that's 50% off. The food was delicious and the service was really warm and welcoming.

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p
San Francisco
40 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful dinner at Dry Creek Kitchen to celebrate two anniversaries and a birthday. It was delicious and festive and they brought us special desserts to mark the occasions. Everyone was very pleased with the whole evening.

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GE
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 3

Music was competing with the noise level of customers. It would have been much better without music.
Wait staff was terrible- it took quite some time until our waiter brought us the menus and even longer to get water. We got the cocktail served right before we were poured the wine for our tasting menu and were rushed through the first 3 courses where we had no time to actually taste end enjoy the wine. The only time we had a little time was between the 3rd and 4th course.
We do not like rhubarb and substituted the salad for escargots which were served family style. The problem was that it was served in a cast iron triangle dish which was put between my husband and me. The puff pastry top did not soak up the butter , the spoon we had was way too big for the deep indentations. Thankfully we asked the waiter who wanted to take away the bread from the table before, that we would like to keep it. Otherwise there would have been no way to eat the garlic butter.
Not once did anyone ask us if we would like something or if the food was ok.
The food was ok, but not what we expected from an upscale restaurant like this. There were minor things in every course but the worst was the strawberry tart. It tasted gelatinous and had a purplish color more like blueberry with 1 fresh strawberry on top and a few sliced freeze dried strawberries on the side. When strawberries are in season!
Will we come back to DCK? Probably not.
Will we recommend DCK? No

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KS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Enjoyed every course. Relaxed atmosphere, fabulous food!

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l
Miami
11 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our last night in Healdsburg, we dined in style at Dry Creek Kitchen. The staff was attentive, the food delicious, and the ambiance beautiful... a perfect exclamation point to our brief Sonoma County visit. Manager Natasha Soto was delightful and informative, and graciously suggested I could order a side of the fiddle-head ferns - one of my favorite springtime treats that are rarely available back at home in South Florida. Simply lovely.

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SM
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 5ambience 3

We tried Dry Creek hoping for a fine dining experience. Overall, the staff and service are excellent and the restaurant should be pleased to have such a dedicated team. However, the food was disappointing on many levels and there was a lack of attention to detail and refinement in the ambience as well. Wine-stained linens, vase missing it’s flowers, table with an intimate view of the meat slicer... The food lacks quality and well developed flavor profiles. The Alfredo dish was bland and we felt the filet mignon steaks were of poor quality, dry and flavorless. The salad had the base of the lettuce bunch on the plate. They responded with concern and tried to correct the situation with another dish which was appreciated. It just wasn’t a recoverable experience at that point and we left still needing something to eat.

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GH
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing evening with 6 life long friends celebrating a birthday. Dry Creek Kitchen made it a very special evening, service was very friendly. We are all wine snobs. Their sommelier was great letting us feel like we know more than we actually do while guiding us in the right direction and discovering some new and wonderful wines. Executive Chef Scott came out checked on us twice to make sure we were happy with our dinning experience. The lamb chop was very unique and spectacular as are the scallops. Tremendous wine list with very reasonable mark up. My 5th time at DCK going back tonight.

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D
Sacramento
34 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have always wanted to go to this restaurant. We do not live that far away and just do not seem to get the time to really enjoy this wonderful historic city. Palmer always does it right and the attention to detail was as expected. We had the tasting menu, however my wife does not enjoy Lamb so they immediately substituted a very nice Halibut dish and changed her wine choice with it. The price was mid range for a meal and wine of this quality. I ordered a Vesper cocktail before dinner and it was made perfectly. We will return as often as we are in the area.

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MD
1 review
Dined on May 16, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

Service was very spotty and inattentive. And wine was not poured. Weird vibe.

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Z
Orlando
8 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful dinner from appetizers to dessert. The lamb and halibut entrees were excellent.

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JB
New Orleans
39 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dry Creek Kitchen is always a favorite when visiting Healdsburg! Was gun this trip introducing it to new family & friends!!!

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J
San Francisco
33 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Created our own tasting menu that was wonderful, somm did an excellent job pairing wines with each course. Service was just right.

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KC
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Very good food but very expensive night out. Otherwise enjoyed.

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OT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service. And an “All Sonoma” wine list which was terrific!

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AB
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Enjoyed a wonderful meal at Dry Creek Kitchen while visiting Healdsburg. Amazing halibut special after a tasty soup and salad. Had a little bit of a mix up delay in service with our order but the staff stepped in and went above and beyond to make it right. We will be back!!

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L
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A local favorite for fine dining and special occasions. My husband and I enjoy bringing our visiting friends/family to DCK for an authentic wine country dining experience, enjoying either the patio or interior dining room. Unpretentious, friendly, elegant, and delicious, as always- Bring a bottle of Sonoma County wine and the corkage fee is waived.

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t
Montreal
27 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Outstanding food in a comfortable, attractive contemporary setting.

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FK
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous food and service! Every course was surprisingly creative and excellent. Really wonderful service! I highly recommend Dry Creek Kitchen!

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MJ
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Large dining room with good ambience - not too noisy. Attentive, professional staff. They responded well to my request to not rush the courses which often happens when I dine alone. Huge (but local only) wine list with adequate numbers of wines by the glass option and also some half bottles. The size of the food portions (starter & entree) was too large for a comfortable meal. They could have been 2/3 the size for 2/3 the price and then I might have had room for dessert! The food was tasty but not overly memorable. The espresso coffee was OK but had a strip of lemon peel draped into the coffee - something I haven’t seen before and couldn’t be explained by the waitress. I was surprised that the restroom was in another building across an alleyway. Satisfactory experience but wouldn’t rush back.

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B
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Food was quite good, but the service was not. Glasses not cleared, waters not refilled. Our main server did an ok job introducing us to the menu, but then disappeared. Didn’t know details about the food and drink. Had to ask servers standing by to clear glasses (e.g., empty cocktail glasses, unused wine glasses for someone who wasn’t drinking) while we were waiting for the dessert menus. Noise level made it impossible to hear each other unless you were sitting right next to them.

The room is lovely and overall ambience very pleasing. Many, not all, the dishes were well executed and tasty. But you pay a lot of money to have a complete experience, with attentive, knowledgeable wait staff. This was not that experience.

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J
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Have been here many times and have never been disappointed. Always great food and exceptional service.

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t
Phoenix
141 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

This restaurant is a conundrum. It can be brilliant and it can be much less so. Last visit did not meet our expectations. Probably will pass on our next visit to Wine Country.

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DK
Sacramento
3 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service and food were top notch as always!

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London
20 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Exceptional. Started with little gems salad and entree was a spectacular pork tenderloin, cooked to perfection. Creative and familiar at the same time. The service was also flawless. Perfect balance of attentive without pestering. Incredibly knowledgeable, helpful and pleasant. Can’t wait to eat here again.

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