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For 2
Date
Wed, 2/21
Time
8:00 PM
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Harvest Moon Cafe

4.5
1473 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Californian
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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 1473 People Are Saying
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4.6
service
4.4
ambience
4.3
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96% of people would recommend it to a friend
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kathleen (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined 2 days ago

One of the best restaurants in Sonoma. Cozy, great food, wonderful staff.

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vipTealee (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined 3 days ago

We had that lamb chops and the pasta, the food and service was good just extremely slow.

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Bookiebates (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined 4 days ago

Yummy food, good wine list, excellent service and location. Interior a bit uninspiring and dark, but works fine for a small gathering who likes to dine by candle light. Could add a few more main courses to the menu for a bit more variety.

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
1.0  Dined 4 days ago

We are locals and find ourselves joining friends here sometimes. The hospitality is so consistently lacking that I always promise myself that I will never go again. It’s not personal, it just seems that it is the diner being eaten there, rather than the food. The place exists for the staff, not for the customer. Though you could request that you would be in the romantic Leese Fitch Adobe, you will likely find yourself In a plastic tent out back that amplifies the sound to painful levels. The food is actually quite good, but you will enjoy it more if you take it out to the Plaza and eat it in the cold rain.

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vipOpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined 4 days ago

Amazing server, great food, highly accommodating to food allergies

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GAWMTF (San Francisco)
1.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

Our reservation was for 7:30pm and they were so backed up that our table was not ready until after 8pm. We did not receive our main course until after 9pm. No one came over to apologize even after we complained. It is our favorite restaurant in town and we go there 5-10 times a year. After this experience we going to have to take a break.

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SonomaVisitor (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

So overbooked for Valentine's special dinner. We and many others had to wait until tables were cleared to get dinner. Food is always great, but it shouldn't overshadowed by the wait. Not so happy about it.

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JimG (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

I’ve had exceptional dinners there in the past but was dissapointed. The flavors & overall quality of the food was mediocre on this night

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OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

Wonderful. H/T to the chefs, Mauricio, and the entire staff.

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ToadHall (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

It was an excellent meal and service, as always. My son and I eat there often, and we have never been disappointed. We are fortunate to have them in Sonoma.

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

Harvest Moon is our go to place for great food. I have some food allergies and they always take care of me. The ingredients are clean and perfectly prepared. Just love the place

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JonG (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

Harvest moon was enjoyable as always. Never disappointed here. Daily menus, great food, great service, great drink selection.

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on February 9, 2018

This was our second time visiting the harvest Moon Café. The food is delicious the ambience is romantic. Great for every day meals, and special occasions. You can tell the owner takes great pride in good service and really good food. Whenever we are in Sonoma we make a point of coming here for dinner. We will be back again!

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vipSportEater (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on February 9, 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 shared the . . . Shaved Fennel & watermelon radish salad with avocado, sweet drop peppers, tarragon and smoked trout ($14.95) = Amazing !

My wife enjoyed an appetizer (for her entree) the . . . Slow-cooked beef & pork Bolognese with pasta al Ceppo, truffle oil, fried herbs and Parmesan ($14.95) = Fantastic !

I consumed the . . . Chicken, sausage & white shrimp Étouffée with braised greens and steamed saffron Basmati rice ($26.95) = 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). Tonight we brought a nice bottle of Brown Estate Cabernet - 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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ChrisA (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on February 3, 2018

This place is a gem. Our favorite restaurant in Sonoma by far. Always great service and outstanding food.

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OpenTable Diner (Toronto)
4.0  Dined on February 2, 2018

We ate here our first night in Sonoma. We were seated out in their patio which has heaters and thick 'plastic walls' so you're sort of outside but not really. It is early February but being from Canada we wanted to enjoy being outside as much as possible! It was wonderful. Service was excellent, as was the food and the local wine!

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined on January 27, 2018

Friendly but average service. No gluten-free alternatives. Cramped dining room. Food was fresh and tasty.

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Lily (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined on January 27, 2018

Usually food is very good. I had the chicken and my daughter had the fish stew. Both were not to good this time.

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on January 27, 2018

Fabulous good, world class service... and Kelsey. We love going there and seeing her, she's really really great.

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rbtom (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined on January 25, 2018

indoor seating tables are very uncomfortable. have patio open, every day you are open

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vipOpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
2.0  Dined on January 20, 2018

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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IzzyO (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on January 15, 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.

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OpenTable Diner (Phoenix)
2.0  Dined on January 13, 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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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on January 6, 2018

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

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on January 6, 2018

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

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vipSportEater (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on January 6, 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.

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vipOnefoodie (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on January 6, 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.

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vipLoriC (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on January 5, 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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RickR (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined on December 31, 2017

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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Steveo (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on December 31, 2017

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.

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