Harvest Moon Cafe

4.6
1542 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Californian
Top Tags:
  • Good for a Date
  • Local Ingredients
  • Neighborhood Gem
We are a small family run cafe in the heart of Sonoma's square and the beautiful wine country. We change our menu daily to utilize what is available and at it's best. We love to support our local farmers and winemakers. All of our produce, meat, poultry and fish come from farms, fisheries, and ranches guided by principals of sustainability.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Californian, Mediterranean
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Hours of operation
Dinner: Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Sunday: 5:30pm - 9:00pm; Dinner: Friday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 9:30pm
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Phone number
(707) 933-8160
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Nick Demarest
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Private party facilities
Our dining room is available for private parties and events for groups up to 45 people. Our seasonal patio accommodates special events up to 75 people. We create custom seasonal menus, wine selections, and flower arrangements for your special event.
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Private party contact
Jen Demarest: (707) 933-8160
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Catering
Harvest Moon Cafe is available for private events to accommodate your next breakfast, lunch, or dinner party. We create custom seasonal menus, wine selection, and flower arrangements for your next event.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Napa Street
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Parking details
There is available street parking on Sonoma's square.
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Additional
Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Corkage Fee, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Wine
What 1542 People Are Saying
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food
4.7
service
4.3
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93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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4.0Dined 3 days ago

Some of the best food we've had in and around Sonoma. Imaginative dishes, well-plated, decent wine list, friendly service. Go for it without hesitation.

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

Best restaurant in Sonoma hands down!

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

Best. Steak. Ever. Niman Ranch Ribeye was awesome!!

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5.0Dined 7 days ago

Heavenly flavors from a diverse menu. We tried several dishes at our table and everything was prepared to perfection. Delicious.

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5.0Dined 7 days ago

We’ve eaten at the Harvest Moon Cafe countless times. The restaurant is a bistro with respect to the short yet approachable menu, 6 appetizers, 6 entrees, 6 desserts. A certificated sommelier is on staff thus a wine pairing is must. The staff are all well trained and knowledgeable about the menu and wines. If the staff wouldn’t wring my neck, I’d be comfortable asking that they fed and wine me without any input from me.

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5.0Dined on June 17, 2018

Great food, excellent service. Ribeye steak was tender and cooked perfectly

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5.0Dined on June 16, 2018

Consistently my favorite restaurant in Sonoma. Food quality is excellent, service is perfect and the wine list always offers something interesting. Can’t wait to go back when I’m in town again.

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5.0Dined on June 15, 2018

Harvest Moon = Top 3 restaurants in the town of Sonoma - end of story - book it now.
Harvest Moon is the culinary child of a husband & wife team with true foodie pedigree: Nick & Jen Demarest, the chef and pastry chef respectively, hail from Chez Panisse (Berkeley) & La Toque (Napa).

We're fortunate to eat out frequently throughout the Bay Area . . . and know and appreciate food and enjoy overall dining experiences. Tonight we enjoyed the Pork Chop at $25.95 . . . and the Fresh Pasta at $21.95 = Wow - can you say comfort food !!!

The menu here changes daily, although they do keep some of their staples consistent, just prepared a different way that evening. Late in the day you can check their website to see if tonight's menu is posted yet . . . to preview your game-plan for that evening if desired.

Cozy casual dining with great service, fantastic bread & butter and water glasses that are kept full . . . and a fun/approachable wine list that's not out of control . . . offers a wide selection and at great prices (imagine that). Their Corkage is $20.

If you can't get in here . . . Cafe La Haye . . . or . . . Girl & the Fig . . . will work culinary magic.

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3.0Dined on June 11, 2018

Food is great, waitstaff is not great. We sat outside and as the sun set it got very chilly, we asked that they turn the heaters on, they suggested “we have a glass of red wine to warm us up”. Not very accommodating to their customers. There are plenty of delightful restaurants with both great food and service on the square. You may want to skip this one.

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3.0Dined on June 11, 2018

Friends in town

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4.0Dined on June 9, 2018

Overall, a great experience. The steak was a bit salty for our tastes, however. The service was friendly and excellent!

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5.0Dined on June 3, 2018

We love this place, it is our go to in Sonoma right now and has been for about 8 months! Never disappoints! Service always thoughtful and warm too. Vegetarian options are always full of flavor - a delight, even though we are not vegetarians!

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5.0Dined on June 2, 2018

My husband and had an anniversary dinner at Harvest Moon and it was a wonderful evening. The food, wine, service, everything was great. We would definitely come back again the next time we are in Sonoma.

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5.0Dined on June 1, 2018

Another wonderful meal. Such a treat and delightful service. Always the best.

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5.0Dined on May 31, 2018

One of our favorite places to eat out. The food and service was fantastic as always!!

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5.0Dined on May 28, 2018

Outstanding food, truly extraordinary service, and a remarkable wine selection, including those by-the-glass, domestic and imported. Everything is well thought out and expertly executed.

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3.0Dined on May 27, 2018

This was a quite average dining experience. The highlight was our choice of wine.

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4.0Dined on May 27, 2018

great menu and exceptional service. We always have a good meal and enjoyable time.

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3.0Dined on May 22, 2018

We were very disappointed with the dark decor. We were equally disappointed with the food. The chef has a very heavy hand with spices & oils. My meal was saturated with truffle oil...very unpleasant. My partner's pate was not edible. He is a fan of pate & has never experience such an unpleasant flavor. We were stunned with our experience since we had heard many good comments from local business owners. We hope we simply experienced the chef having a very "off" evening.

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5.0Dined on May 22, 2018

Fine. Charming

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5.0Dined on May 19, 2018

Always a pleasure! One our favorites!

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5.0Dined on May 19, 2018

Harvest Moon = Top 3 restaurants in the town of Sonoma - end of story - book it now. Harvest Moon is the culinary child of a husband & wife team with true foodie pedigree: Nick & Jen Demarest, the chef and pastry chef respectively, hail from Chez Panisse (Berkeley) & La Toque (Napa).

We're fortunate to eat out frequently throughout the Bay Area . . . and know and appreciate food and enjoy overall dining experiences. The menu here changes daily, although they do keep some of their staples consistent, just prepared a different way that evening. Late in the day you can check their website to see if tonight's menu is posted yet . . . to preview your game-plan for that evening - if desired.

Cozy casual dining with great service, fantastic bread & butter and water glasses that are kept full . . . and a fun/approachable wine list that's not out of control . . . offers a wide selection and at great prices (imagine that). Their Corkage is $20.

If you can't get in here . . . Cafe La Haye . . . or . . . Girl & the Fig . . . will work culinary magic.

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5.0Dined on May 14, 2018

Delicious food! Wonderful service and atmosphere!

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5.0Dined on May 14, 2018

It was my birthday

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Harvest Moon is SPECTACULAR. It kind of amazes me that Girl & the Fig is considered the “go to” place on the square, along with EDK and a few others. Harvest Moon blows them ALL out of the water! Menu changes daily. The food is always lively, fresh, inventive, and locally sourced. The chef grows almost all of the vegetables and greens, and his creations are unique and absolutely delicious. The inside dining area can get quite noisy, but the back patio is spacious and yet cozy. Outside California dining at its best. I totally ❤️ this place. Can’t wait to go back. Truly a hidden gem, and hands down the BEST dining in Sonoma.

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4.0Dined on May 13, 2018

We love Harvest Moon, never a disappointing evening of dining, service perfect, local ingredients, not over priced, many neighborhood people, all in all, always special for us to dine there.

Thank you Harvest Moon

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Harvest Moon is 1 of the top 3 restaurants in downtown Sonoma - end of story. A husband & wife team with a true foodie pedigree . . . Nick & Jen Demarest . . . Chef and Pastry Chef, respectively hail from Chez Panisse (Berkeley) and La Toque (Napa).

If you can’t get in here . . . Café La Haye . . . or . . . Girl and the Fig . . . will work culinary magic for you.

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5.0Dined on May 11, 2018

Great Steak! The ambiance was very nice and So were the managers and staff. A must visit for dinner if you are in the Downtown Sonoma area.

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3.0Dined on May 10, 2018

We got to the square in Sonoma and bit early and asked if possibly our table was ready as we were 7. It wasn't full or busy looking and they took us. 15 minutes after we were seated we still only had water and menus. When we finally tried to call someone over the response was mild annoyance. The food was nice but could not overcome the attitude of the wait staff. There are many options to explore there so we would not return.

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4.0Dined on May 8, 2018

We had our dog with us and we’re seated at one of 2 small tables out front. Service and food were terrific.

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5.0Dined on May 7, 2018

Loved it. Always consistently fantastic. Our favorite restaurant.

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5.0Dined on May 6, 2018

The food was excellent! We had a table by the open kitchen, it was fun to watch and see how the food was prepared! Save room for dessert!! The butterscotch pot de creme was one of the best desserts I’ve ever had!

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5.0Dined on May 6, 2018

Excellent food, cool cafe

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5.0Dined on May 4, 2018

Excellent food and attentive staff

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5.0Dined on May 3, 2018

The staff is always warm and friendly! The food and service are impeccable! It's my favorite restaurant in Sonoma!

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3.0Dined on April 29, 2018

Made reservations months ago for a group of 8 in town for a wine tasting event. Had an extra person join us and the hostess was less than pleasant about this change. She informed us that we should have called ahead and that now they had to re-set the table and then find an extra chair.

The food service was extremely slow.

Overall, the food was average to slightly above. Two of us had the pork chop - one was dry and overcooked and the other was undercooked. One person had the steak and said it was excellent. The other has salads and they seemed to be fine.

We have had so many stellar meals in Napa and Sonoma, its possible that our expectations were out of line. Even so, not everyone in the party left disappointed.

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5.0Dined on April 28, 2018

One of the best spots this year

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5.0Dined on April 28, 2018

Creative in the best possible way, not just trendy, Intimate, great staff.... I never fail to be amazed by the consistently good food. A reason to visit or move to Sonoma.

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3.0Dined on April 28, 2018

It’s never as good when Nick isn’t cooking. Never. It’s been that way since the place opened. You’d think Nick would be wise to this and have corrected it by now.

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5.0Dined on April 24, 2018

The Harvest Moon is our local go-to for special occasions. Great menu, fresh every night, with real variety. We go during the week, because we live nearby and can pick and choose, but we hear it's great any time. Delicious!

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