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For 2
Date
Sun, 4/22
Time
9:30 PM
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La Gare French Restaurant

4.4
693 reviews
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$30 and under
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French
Perfect For:
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Romantic
Family-owned La Gare French Restaurant still keeps in mind its founding principles: fresh local ingredients, top French and European cooking techniques, and making everything served in the restaurant from scratch. Gluten Free menu available. Extensive local wine list.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
French, Continental
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Hours of operation
Dinner: Daily from 5:00pm - 10:00pm
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Phone number
(707) 528-4355
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Payment options
MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Roger Praplan
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Between 3rd & 4th Streets in Historic Railroad Square
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Additional
Beer, Farm to Table, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Wine
What 693 People Are Saying
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4.4based on recent ratings
4.3
food
4.6
service
4.3
ambience
4.3
value
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81% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined 5 days ago

Wonderful food, fresh ingredients, small menu but covered all the bases, great service.

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4.0Dined on April 16, 2018

We loved the professional and friendly service. We would return.

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5.0Dined on April 16, 2018

David the waiter is awesome. Makes dining a pleasant experience.

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5.0Dined on April 10, 2018

The servers were charming and made us feel so welcome. Food was well prepared and in generous portions. I loved my veal cordon bleu.

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5.0Dined on April 4, 2018

Awesome all the way around!!cant wait to come back.

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2.0Dined on April 2, 2018

We went to have Easter dinner at this restaurant after knowing about it for many years and visiting it long ago I was excited to take my husband for him to try the lamb
The lamb was so tough and full of gristle it was hard to cut and hard to chew my fish had a lot of good flavor but was overcooked I would have to say I can’t give it five stars it was an average meal for two people at the cost of $90 with tip . Good service by the waiter he was very nice and did a great job taking care of us very personable and friendly .

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5.0Dined on April 2, 2018

The service was attentive to our needs. Escargot is delicious and my favorite frog legs are superb. High 5 for us.

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5.0Dined on March 30, 2018

Excellent dishes, quiet and charming ambiance, and lovely experience.

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5.0Dined on March 30, 2018

Great food and service. Wide ranging menu and specials. No cocktails, but a nice wine selection very reasonably priced. We have walked past this restaurant many times, but never tried it. Very glad we tried it and went back two days after the first visit. Try La Gare, you won't be disappointed.

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4.0Dined on March 27, 2018

We had a lovely dinner on a Monday night. We started with the Caesar Salade for two which was prepared tableside and was a treat. We could even ask for extra anchovies!
We shared the Chateaubriand. The meat was cooked perfectly, the Béarnaise sauce was excellent and they were not stingy with it. The veggies all tasted great.
The Mousse au Chocolate and Meringues glacées Chantilly were delicious endings.
The service was excellent.

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5.0Dined on March 23, 2018

Absolutely superlative service. One of the best waiters we have had in a long time. Food was excellent as well.

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5.0Dined on March 18, 2018

Jackie was wonderful as always. We had a great evening.

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4.0Dined on March 17, 2018

Repas très bon, service très sympa et excellent.
La déco un peu vieille

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4.0Dined on March 13, 2018

Always dependable and quiet so that we can talk. Soup and salad is included so you don't have to decide.

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3.0Dined on March 12, 2018

I went here with a friend for restaurant week. I think that they probably pre-made a lot of the food, and for this reason, I would try it again at a different time.

We were seated right away. Although we had to wait for a minute at the hostess' stand. It is a French restaurant so I did have some moderate/high expectations, especially since there are white table clothes. Everything spells out fancy.

We were given bread and butter. I expected to have warm bread and soft butter because chain restaurants do that. We didn't get that our bread was cold and the butter was too cold to spread.

Next came the soup, which was potato leek and it was really good.

The salad was so-so because the pieces of lettuce were too big. I'm at a nice restaurant I should have nice bite-size pieces of lettuce. It was also overly dressed for my taste, but that really isn't a big deal.

Next came the entree. I ordered the filet mignon with steamed vegetables and potatoes. The filet was good. The vegetables were very mushy, British style mushy. The potatoes sadly tasted like the home fries I had for breakfast from SSU.

For dessert, we had the poached pear tart, which I wouldn't order again because pears have no taste and we could not eat the dessert with just a fork. I really needed a knife to cut through the phyllo dough. I was able to pick up the whole dessert with my fork, which really doesn't make a nice dining experience.

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4.0Dined on March 12, 2018

One of the BEST Caesar salads we’ve ever had. My husband’s order of escargot large, a true French restaurant. My Le Coc au Vin was wonderful. My husband ordered the duck a la orange with the sauce on the side since usually the sauce is so sweet but this sauce was light and tasty next he’s ordered as offered. We were lucky to have tasted the creme brûlée and the tart nice.

Our server Alex was attentive and we look forward to going again.

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4.0Dined on March 11, 2018

Though our waiter Alex had only been there just 3 months, his service and attentiveness was better than I've received in a long time. It was a busy night, "Restaurant week", the place was packed and yet he didn't miss a beat! Kudos for employing such great staff! Thank you Alex!

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5.0Dined on March 11, 2018

Thank you for being a part of the Sonoma County Restaurant week. We enjoyed our evening!

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5.0Dined on March 11, 2018

We went back to an old favorite for Restaurant Week-Le Gare. It was still delicious, nicely presented food and friendly service. Nice to know that it is still a local gem!

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4.0Dined on March 11, 2018

Two friends and I went for Sonoma County Restaurant Week. It was a good special for a full dinner including dessert. The steak was perfectly done and tender, the soup, salad and dessert were good and the wine by the glass was a great recommendation by our excellent, attentive and personable waiter. However, the tables were crowded together to accommodate as many people as possible, ( too close); therefore, the noise level was relatively high. All in all though, a good meal at a place I'd like to return.

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4.0Dined on March 11, 2018

The food was wonderful. We went for restaurant week. I wish they had a pre fix menu like they do for restaurant week all the time.
I would go every week :)

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4.0Dined on March 10, 2018

My wife and I had a great meal at La Gare. For such a nice place the prices are excellent. The service was top-notch. It's a bit cramped inside (you will be almost rubbing elbows with the tables around you) but the quality of the service and food more than make up for it. We are looking forward to going back.

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3.0Dined on March 10, 2018

Had a reservation at opening and temperature was cool at first. Food was modestly flavorful. Filet Mignon was moderately tender and not full of flavor. Service was very good. Overall not good enough an experience to warrant a return.

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3.0Dined on March 9, 2018

For us this was a “one and done”. While the service was amicable, the food was a tremendous disappointment. I had the coq au vin, and they actually may have used a rooster the chicken was so over cooked and tough. We both felt our meals were heavily over salted and excessively buttered.
The ambiance is very 70’s retro, but not in a cool-vibe way, rather in need of makeover.
We really wanted to like this local Railroad Square offering but it came up short when it came down to the cooking.

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5.0Dined on March 9, 2018

We had a great experience. Our waiter was fun and had a great personality. The food was scrumptious. Look forward to going there again!

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3.0Dined on March 9, 2018

Requested a intimate table for birthday. We got the opposite. Waiter was good, food was mediocre. I expect to get what I pay for in terms of perfectly cooked, quality food and that was not the case here. I will not be returning.

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5.0Dined on March 8, 2018

Their restaurant week menu is very reasonable and very good. Our waiter was very nice! Thanks for the good service and ver good filet mignon.

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4.0Dined on March 7, 2018

We went for restaurant week. The prim fixe was steak or salmon, and we had one of each. The food was good, but nothing that surprised us. The steak was well prepared, but a little tough for a filet. The salmon was also well prepared, but seemed poached in butter with a very light color and fairly heavy tasted. It did melt in your mouth. We will definitely go back as the menu is very interesting. Also, the decor is dated, but gives it a quaint, homey feel. The restaurant was buzzing with a full house and waiting area.

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3.0Dined on March 7, 2018

Good. Not great. Nothing special. Nothing bad. Bland.

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4.0Dined on March 7, 2018

FOOD WAS GOOD IT, SEEMED TO BUSY, JUST NOT ABLE TO RELAX , A LITTLE TO CLOSE

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5.0Dined on March 6, 2018

Absolutely delightful...our table of 8 was well served with delicious food!

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5.0Dined on March 6, 2018

We found LaGare during Sonoma County Restaurant week and celebrated my Mom's 88th birthday. We were a party of 4 with reservations and were seated right away in a nice booth. The ambiance was warm but not too fancy. The noise level was perfect for conversation. The Caesar salad was one of the best I have had and the French Onion soup was yummy. I had the filet and it was cooked to perfection and very tasty. The dessert of creme brulee was crunchy all the way around and was thin so just wonderful! There was a candle in Mom's dessert and everyone sang. It doesn't get much better!

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3.0Dined on March 6, 2018

Mark, the waiter was superb. And the restaurant was very sweet and provided a birthday dessert with candle. Lovely touch. House salad was excellent.

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5.0Dined on March 5, 2018

It always seems like a special occasion when we dine at La Gare. Food is always good

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5.0Dined on March 5, 2018

My first time in at least 25 years, it was pretty much how I remembered it. The service and food was very good. The seating is a little crowded between the 2 tops. We had potato leek soup, caesar salad and filet mignon. They were all quite tasty, the carrots were very sweet with obvious added sugar which was disappointing, but the potatoes were quite good. Had the infamous creme bruleé for dessert. The wine by the glass price is very high in my opinion. 2 glasses of zin was the same price as my whole dinner.

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5.0Dined on February 27, 2018

Great meal and service. Highly recommended

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5.0Dined on February 27, 2018

We absolutely loved La Gare! The food was amazing as well as the atmosphere and the service. We had sweetbreads and pork schnitzle which were both amazing. And the dome dessert was incredible! Tim our waiter was exceptional. And the owner, Gladys was simply wonderful! We would most definitely return whenever we are in the area!!

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5.0Dined on February 25, 2018

They were running about 30+ minuets behind with our reservation because of the earlier reservations arriving late but I was NOT bothered by this at all!!! I was able to enjoy a glass of wine in the waiting area and had nice extra time with my husband. Good people watching as well. They were very apologetic and I was understanding (not everyone else was understanding). Great food, nice staff, a little spendy but a fabulous time all around.

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1.0Dined on February 25, 2018

We checked in at 7:00 p.m. for our reservation time and were told it would be a few minutes before we would be seated. The waiting room was packed. We sat there like sardines for 40 minutes before giving up and going home. If it had been our first visit to this restaurant, this would have been a terrible first impression. If the restaurant is overbooked due to a private party (which may have been the case), the online reservation system should not accept reservations for that time slot. Very disappointing.

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5.0Dined on February 20, 2018

My husband and I have been coming here since we met 37 years ago for special occasions primarily because everything about this restaurant is consistent yet stays up with the times. This is one of the most comfortable and reliable spots in the downtown neighborhood, don’t miss it!

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