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About Harvest Moon Cafe

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.

487 First Street West
Sonoma, CA 95476
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Californian, Mediterranean

Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Sunday: 5:30pm - 9:00pm; Dinner: Friday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 9:30pm

Cross Street:
Napa Street

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(707) 933-8160

Website:
http://harvestmooncafesonoma.com/

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.

Parking Details:
There is available street parking on Sonoma's square.

Executive Chef:
Nick Demarest

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.

Private Party Contact:
Jen Demarest: (707) 933-8160

Additional:
Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Corkage Fee, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Wine

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Harvest Moon Cafe Ratings and Reviews

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4.7

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4.6

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4.4

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Moderate

96% would recommend it to a friend

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined 2 days ago

The food here is excellent and we like to take friends from out of town here but tonight we waited an hour for our meals and were offered not much more than an apology. When we asked for something for the inconvenience they obliged but I would say they really couldn’t handle the Saturday rush.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 16, 2018

Spectacular meal, as always. We're unable to check out more restaurants in Sonoma because Harvest Moon changes their menu daily, uses only local, sustainable ingredients, and has chefs that are true artists. Why go elsewhere? Our foodie family from Chicago were blown away. The outside garden is such a lovely environment, and the service is always spectacular.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Worth the Drive, Cozy, Healthy, Great for Outdoor Dining, Kid-friendly, Good for a Date, Local Ingredients, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Seasonal
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on January 14, 2018

Waiter seemed distracted, I asked him to recommend a wine with my appetizer. He brought me the wine, but forgot to put in my order for the appetizer. They started bringing out the entrees, so I told him forget the appetizer. The entrees didn’t come out together either, which was bad. The first served was a steak dinner and then over about a 5 minute period the rest of the food came, bad expoditing. The food was decent, but the sauce for the flat iron steak tasted strange, so I scraped it all off. It was supposed to be horseradish but it tasted like lemon. I thought maybe it was rancid. Finally we finished and got the bill. Then he told us that the $20 corking fee would be waived if we ordered a bottle off the menu. He didn’t mention that a half bottle didn’t count, even though it cost $28. We had to put our foot down, finally he removed the fee.
The service was very slow overall. I doubt I would go back.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 7, 2018

Harvest Moon is consistently awesome, our go-to in Sonoma (which is saying a lot) when we want a delicious night out.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients, Worth the Drive
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 7, 2018

Food was perfect. Fantastic waiter. A little noisy.
LOVED the pate~

Tags: Notable Wine List, Casual, Good for Groups, Local Ingredients, People Watching, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 7, 2018

Harvest Moon = Top 3 restaurants in the town of Sonoma - end of story.

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) on a regular basis . . . and know and appreciate food and enjoy overall dining experiences.

Tonight we shared the . . . Marinated beets and celery with tonnato sauce, tarragon, micro mustard greens and fried capers ($13.95) = Amazing !

We both thoroughly enjoyed the . . . Liberty Farm Duck three ways: grilled breast, confit leg & liver toast with Brussels sprouts, lentils and currant sauce ($26.95) = This was CRAZY Good / Memorable.

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.

Cozy casual dining with great service and a fun/approachable wine list that's not out of control . . . offers a wide selection and at great prices (imagine that). Tonight we brought a nice bottle of Williams Selyem to enjoy - Corkage is $20.

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

Tags: Hot Spot, Neighborhood Gem, Seasonal, Fit for Foodies, Local Ingredients, Worth the Drive, Comfort Food
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 7, 2018

This is my favorite restaurant in the town of Sonoma. Its fairly quiet which I enjoy, the pasta is the best I've ever had anywhere, great wine list, the bread is the BEST and much more. Its pretty consistently wonderful with only 2 times this year out of about 20 where I wasn't overally satisfied with the fish. They have a very large outdoor patio and its heated in the winter which is great.

Tags: Business Meals, Neighborhood Gem, Pre/post Theatre, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Groups, Special Occasion
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 6, 2018

Date night just after the holidays resulted in a fabulous steak dinner for two. we really enjoyed the back patio area which was tented and had heaters so all was cozy. The waiter was very friendly and the food was delicious.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 1, 2018

If a restaurant is going to prepare a fixed price menu for special holidays, it really needs to be special. Far from it, especially given the price charged. Really disappointed!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Had New Year's dinner, special three course set menu with choices for each course.
Fabulous country Pate with truffles, duck breast cooked to perfection and Grand Marnier crème Brule. The perfect way to ring in the New Year.
This is one of our favoirite restaurants in wine county. Great service and the food is always a revelation.

Tags: Fun, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Local Ingredients
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 27, 2017

I always have a great meal at Harvest Moon. Food is excellent and desserts are the best and service is great. One of my favorite restaurants in town.

Tags: Organic, Good for a Date, Romantic, Fun, Special Occasion, Cozy, Good for Groups, Healthy, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Local Ingredients
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 (Salt Lake City)·Dined on December 23, 2017

Really exceeded expectations.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 23, 2017

Consistently the best on the square - that’s for gdamn sure. Love everything about that place

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·Dined on December 19, 2017

Top notch food, top notch staff, intimate interior, nice patio for when the weather is nice. Love coming to Harvest Moon!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Columbus)·Dined on December 11, 2017

This is the nicest little restaurant right on the town square in Sonoma. We stopped here for brunch and coffee before a hike at the nearby Sonoma Overlook. It is a little pricey, but the coffee (and mimosas) are really good as well as the locally sourced food. Get a table outside in the sunshine with a view of the square.

Tags: People Watching, Afternoon Tea, Romantic, Great for Outdoor Dining, Scenic View, Comfort Food, Special Occasion
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 10, 2017

Excellent menu, good atmosphere, experienced servers. Interesting and well composed wine list, lots of nice wines from which to select. Harvest Moon seems to get better and better as time goes on!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Cozy
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 5, 2017

Awesome as usual. Ribeye was sooo good! Thanks.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Excellent place!

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 1, 2017

Food menu changes daily, but the offerings are innovative. And the quality remains consistent and very good.

Servers are attentive and polished.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 26, 2017

What a great evening! Date night on the Square in downtown Sonoma and Harvest Moon Cafe was perfect. We were a few minutes early for our reservation so had a glass of wine at the bar. They offered us a taste of an Italian vineyard that was new to us so we could try before ordering. Sat us for dinner on the enclosed patio. Everyone from the hostess to our server to the manager were warm and welcoming. Mauricio runs a very smooth operation. The menu changes daily based on what’s fresh and the food was creative, fresh and delicious. Clam and andouille sausage appetizer was wonderful, the gem salad with lemon vinaigrette and goat cheese was perfect and both our swordfish and chicken entrees were excellent. We don’t usually have desserts but had to try the Chocolate Pot de Creme. Glad we did! The tables are spaced far enough apart to insure we could hear just our own conversations and the restaurant is inviting and comfortable. Prices were reasonable for such fresh and delicious food and great service. A wonderful dining experience and we’ll be back.

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 (Indiana)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Their food is always my favorite in Sonoma.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 9, 2017

Fantastic experience! Surpassed my expectations. Professional attentive and charming staff! Return visits will include dining at Harvest Moon.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Wonderful place for a dinner date. Food was amazing! Great dining choices reflective of farm to table style cooking. Not a huge wine selection but good enough for me and probably the vast majority of people.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 9, 2017

Harvest Moon is one of our favorite restaurants in Sonoma, tucked away off the plaza with a great space outdoors in the back patio. The menu changes everyday so we go as often as we can. The staff is great, friendly and knowledgeable which adds to the whole lovely dining experience. We love to bring friends and family here and Harvest Moon never disappoints. We love to share all the dishes because we usually want to eat half the menu at one sitting.

Tags: Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Casual, Healthy, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on October 8, 2017

Great food. Slow service.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 7, 2017

You can always count on a great experience at Harvest Moon. As soon as you enter you are greeted with a smile and a hello. The menu changes with the seasons. The wine list is very good and the desserts are not to be missed.

Tags: Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Comfort Food
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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on October 6, 2017

Harvest Moon did not disappoint. Do yourself a favor and have the ribeye. It was stellar.

We sat at a high-top over looking the food prep area. It was great because it was right in the middle of the action, but somehow it never felt like we were in the way. We could watch the cooks execute the start of a dinner shift, we could watch the bartenders crafting cocktails and pulling wines. The staff was extremely friendly and made sure every single aspect of our experience was perfect. The food was so fresh and also prepared perfectly. I would go back in a moment's notice.

Tags: Authentic, Healthy, Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene, Seasonal, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Comfort Food, Fit for Foodies, Local Ingredients, Cozy, Casual, Hot Spot
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 5, 2017

Amazing service, food, & presentation! Every single item looked beautiful when it came out & had explosions of flavor! The steak & pasta (2 different entrees) were both cooked to perfection.

Their outside patio is a great atmosphere with plenty of heaters that get turned on or off as needed. Going there on or around the night of a full moon is amazing since you can see the night sky right above you!

Tags: Spicy, Great for Outdoor Dining, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Gluten Free Options, Healthy, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Vegan, Romantic, Pre/post Theatre, Bar Seating, Paleo Friendly, Good Vegetarian Options, Business Meals
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 5, 2017

Amazing selection of food! The eggplant bucatini and rib eye steak was mouth watering. I would definitely come back next time I am in town!!

Tags: Special Occasion, Casual, Good for a Date, Vibrant Bar Scene
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vip
 (Anchorage)·Dined on October 1, 2017

Great value, superb preparations. Must do when visiting Sonoma.

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on October 1, 2017

The back patio is adorable. The ambiance it outstanding. It's a little crowded inside the restaurant. I found the food, pretty good, but not out of this world. I would say a little overpriced for what you are getting but the service, ambiance all contribute to it being worth it. I would recommend.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on October 1, 2017

fabulous,fabulous, fabulous,fabulous,fabuoulos,the best in town.

Tags: Gluten Free Options, Creative Cuisine, Casual, Great Beer, Good for Birthdays, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Anniversaries
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 1, 2017

Took my mom and family here for her birthday, great food and wine recommendations - the outdoor seating area had nice ambiance, menu changes daily

Tags: Special Occasion, Worth the Drive
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·Dined on September 30, 2017

Every bite is a taste explosion. This is food artistry. Amazing flavors/complexity. Not a big menu - this is a chef driven menu and an experience not forgotten. Excellent. We sat next to the kitchen and the aromas coming off the pans was great too.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Authentic
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 30, 2017

One of the best restaurants in downtown Sonoma.

Incredible food . . . great service . . . cozy comfy atmosphere with a great wine list.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 29, 2017

we're always glad to go to Harvest Moon Cafe with it's tasty menu that changes every night...always something fun, interesting and delicious to choose from. the service staff is friendly and welcoming and knowledgeable. we like to sit outdoors where it's more roomy and made comfy with heat lamps. indoors is more warm and cozy, so you have a choice. we usually make sure we have dinner at Harvest Moon whenever we are in town - one of our faves!

Tags: Seasonal, Local Ingredients, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Healthy, Good for Groups
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 28, 2017

Such a great cozy place. Everything we ate was delicious.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 28, 2017

Glad we tried again, improved over the past few years. Limited menu but just fine.

Tags: Special Occasion, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on September 28, 2017

Harvest Moon Cafe was the highlight of our trip to Sonoma. We ate many places but none compared to the quality, ambience, or pure deliciousness. It was sooooo good we dined here twice. We loved everything about it.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 25, 2017

I think the Harvest Moon must be kept a secret by true foodies and chill people. Service was excellent. The food was very delicious, creative and flavorful. One of our dishes was too al-dente, the chef confirmed and they removed it from my check. I look forward to tasting the food from other seasons here at the Harvest Moon. One last cool thing...they played Reggae!

Tags: Special Occasion, Fun, Romantic, Local Ingredients, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Casual, Good for Groups, Good Vegetarian Options, Seasonal, Comfort Food, Creative Cuisine
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