Layla at MacArthur Place

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446 reviews
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Macarthur Place is a hotel, spa and restaurant located in the heart of wine country in downtown Sonoma. The grounds of the Macarthur Place estate are beautiful, with picturesque vistas of the surrounding countryside virtually everywhere you look. The in-house spas are top of the line, and offer several services to help patrons relax and melt away any stress they might be carrying.
As for the restaurant, Layla is a contemporary and elevated Mediterranean restaurant under the expert direction of Executive Chef Cole Dickinson, who hails from 3 Michelin-starred restaurants. Layla–a bright, open and convivial space within the property’s iconic and historic barn –offers inspired breakfast, lunch and dinner menus showcasing fresh, healthy options in addition to more indulgent fare.
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JC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Very good food by Sonoma standards. Service was appropriate and courteous! Absolutely amazing polenta sticks!!! Good cocktails!

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g
San Francisco
33 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2013
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

I've been to Saddles for dinner. This was the first time for lunch.
There were three other tables with diners, one of which was just leaving. The place wasn't busy at all, which I thought it would be.
The place is nice. I like the ambience.
The kitchen was rather slow, especially considering the few customers there were.
The food was good. A salmon nicoise salad was tasty -- lots of flavors happening.
Appetizer of fried shrimp and calamari was very good -- we could have had two of those.
Caesar salad and chicken Caesar were good, as was a steak quesidilla.
Lunch menu is limited, but there are enough selections to satisfy. It's a casual menu -- salads, burgers, sandwiches, one pasta dish, and some steaks.

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E
San Francisco
34 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2013
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Saddles has been a local favorite for quite a while. I was pleasantly surprisd to find it quiet - we had the room to ourselves and very knowedgable and attentive service. especially in relation to the wines. many on the list we unfamiliar to use. We described our preferences and our server provided the perfect selection! Excellent. We will defininetly be returning.....

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 20, 2013
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

My only knock was one server, (not our waiter) forgot to bring us the requested condiment with our oysters and we had to ask again from our waiter. Our waiter on the other hand delivered exceptional service.
Food was very good but not exceptional. I was satisfied that we received our monies worth. We shall return.

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OT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2013
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great steakhouse on a quiet street away from the crowds in downtown Sonoma. Would definitely go back again.

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San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2013
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Saddles was an enjoyable dinning experience. The food was delicious and moderately priced. The portions were a good sized. Overall, we were very satisfied with our entire experience.

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F
San Francisco
56 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2013
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

We live in Sonoma my review of the restaurant has changed. It's a nice place for steaks which are good not great. their menu is priced like Redd's in Yountville, no comparison . Redd is light years ahead and menu price is the same. Just don't order the wine it will kill your welfare check.

One think nice about Saddles the corkage fee goes to charity! That's so cool. Redd's corkage is ridiculous $25 goes to their bottom line.

I think Saddles Happy Hour pricing is superb, you should try it!

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OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2013
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Wonderful Birthday night! Thank you for great service and a wonderful dinner!

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T
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2013
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Highly recommended after a day of wine tasting.

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OT
Sacramento
5 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2013
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was great, variety of salads, cheeses, fruit. The granola is the best, and I would never say that about granola. After that, oysters, shriimp, crab, mussels or prime rib. Dessert was incredible, lots of variety, the chocolate cake was very chocolaty. Crab was cracked in a way that allowed easy picking. Service was excellent, lots of mimosas went around, plates always changed. This is the way I remember Easter Brunches. I frequent Sonoma often, and have tried all the places, because my children live there, I would say Saddles it one of the very best restaurants in Sonoma.

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BD
San Francisco
30 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2013
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome service! Great filet mignon!

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VP
Memphis
30 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2013
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Prime Rib at medium rare was more well done than medium rare. Overall service and quality of everything else was very good.

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LW
San Francisco
32 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2013
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

our server Carol is always efficient, professional and lovely !

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PP
Sacramento
7 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2013
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We had a party of 10 that included 2 small children. I began with a cocktail recommendation from our server, Leah, since I wanted a different martini: The Lemon Brulee Martini. Loved it! We started out with the fried Calamari--delicious! The specials were wonderful--I had the sole with spinach and just what I needed--a healthy dinner after a day of splurging at the Cheese Factory. Ambiance was perfect with fireplace lit and lighting soft. Several in our party had the salmon special. Although everyone was very full after dinner, there was room to share the yummy Baked Alaska. We had two small children with us and the server promptly brought their mac and cheese as soon as she could, but crayons and a place mat to color while waiting.

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l
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2013
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

I love the decor of the restaurant, but the service is always strange. Our dinner entree arrived before our salads, and the entire night our meal was mixed up with the table next to us. Instead of apologizing for the mixup and moving on, she made a joke of the mixup each time she approached the table. The whole evening was very awkward. Don't think I will go back for a while.

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Central Coast
4 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2013
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

This was our 2nd time dining at Saddles. For years I have been disappointed in the flavor, texture, quality of prime rib I ordered in various restaurants. So, I was a bit leery to try it again. Previously, I ordered the Pot Roast at Saddles and that was very good. Man, oh, man! Was I glad I gave it a try -- cooked perfectly, real meat texture (not sawdusty, rubbery) and the flavor -- absolutely perfect! The portion was very good and the meat was a nice, thick cut. Couldn't have been better! The baked potato wasn't wonderful -- next time I'll try something else but will definitely order the prime rib. It is fabulous! My husband ordered the rib steak and he loved it, too!

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San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2013
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

Overall I was not impressed. Extremly loud. Service needed to be sharper. My husband had full dinner with a rib eye steak. I had a New York with a bake potatoe side. My husband was happy with his dinner. I however was not given a new york cut steak but something that looked like part of a rib eye. I told the waiter that it was not a new york steak and the potatoe was not cooked thoughly. Your chef needs to brush up on identifying his cuts of meats. Our dinner was served to us and we had to wait for a steak knife to even begin our meal. Four different personel walked by our table and we were finaly able to flag down someone to please bring us our utensils. We are local and have been to your resturant before and was looking foward..

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Dallas
3 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2013
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 3

Very good food with great presentation. Waiter hardly spoke English and only checked on us twice.

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Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2013
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was my mom's birthday and they seated us in a cozy corner. The staff very attentive, without being in your face. Food was prepared perfectly, and we just had a great time.

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S
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2013
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Food was very good. The only complaint is the Caesar salad for TWO was about a half a cup of lettuce per person, extremely small, especially when an extra leaf or two of lettuce won't break the bank.

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JM
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2013
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

Good place to eat for Valentines day! Great food... The steak was nice and tender and the drinks were great. I would go there again.

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OT
San Francisco
137 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2013
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had a lovely prixe fix Valentine's dinner here. All courses were delicious, well paced and no one rushed us!

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J
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2013
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Excellent Dinner in all respects.

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BA
New England
12 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2013
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

Loved the atmosphere and the bartender was great. We had the tableside Caesar for 2, very good. I got the Filet with Mushrooms and red wine demi glace and it was great. My wife got the ribeye. It was cooked well, but infused with so much rosemary that she was still tasting it the following day.

One the service too,I'm a bit torn. The waiter was very good, checked in often enough without being overbearing. My issue was with the hostess. We showed up 15 minutes early, and while there were plenty of empty tables, we waited for 15-20 minutes while she pretended to look at a computer screen. We were then stuck at a corner table next to a large and loud party. Personally , I will not go back to Saddles, too many good alternatives.

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OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2013
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

One of the best fillets I have had in years!

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LW
San Francisco
32 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2013
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

we had a great evening - all was well done !

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B
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2013
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 3

Loved the special "old time" menu with tableside creations of ceasar salad and crepes.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2013
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Prime rib was good could have been seasoned more. Rack of lamb was very good. Delicious vegetables.

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I
San Francisco
31 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2013
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 3

Real beef .Prime rib is my favorite. Service is professional but low key .Been here 8 times and go back often. Especially when I want a straight forward meal without a lot of artsy fartsy " creativity " .

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Sacramento
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2013
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

From seating, to server, to waitress, all were well mannered and never made us feel rushed. time to enjoy the atmosphere, especially the fireplace. Cautioned that one menue item would take longer to prepare, but that was on the menue, and again reinforced by the waitress. Both our meals were served at same time and that was appreciated. Food quality very good. The chocolate cake sinful, but why not enjoy. We asked for our picture to be taken and staff was pleasant and graciously did it for us. Entire evening was a wonderful way to celebrate our 35th wedding anniversary.

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OT
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2013
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic birthday dinner! Service was great! Food was great! I will be back!!!

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San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2013
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

When you walk into Saddles and see the cowboy boots up the stairs, you know that you have arrived someplace special. In addition to the western ambience, the wait staff was both warm and attentive. Our dinners were amazing and portions were generous. We would highly recommend to others!

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CF
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2013
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The best steak dinner in Sonoma County. The rest of the menu is also excellent.

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S
San Francisco
106 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2013
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 2

not to our liking. the art work (horses) on the wall and the "saddle" chairs in the waiting area were a bit much. We knew the place is called Saddles but it was a bit overdone! Sometimes people don't know when to quit when decorating... Companions steak was very dry, creamed spinach was wilted spinach plopped in a mass of cream! Not wanting beef I opted for the pumpkin ravioli which I envisioned to be savory like a roasted butternut squash ravioli. NOT - it was sweet - period - no spices and again laying in a plate of sweet cream sauce. Even though it said ravioli in a sage cream sauce, it was not what I was expecting. I was hoping for more of a sage flavor but the 2 little pieces of sage didn't add much flavor..Good salad though.

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D
Portland
5 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2012
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was are 1st time to vist your establishment. The menu for Christmas was very accomadating for everyone. We enjoyed the wine list and dessert was very scrupous. We would like more information on the lodge and the accomadations,in the summer time.

Thank you the vist with our daughter was very rewarding.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2012
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 2

This was our first and definitely our last time at this restaurant. Granted it was Xmas Day and they had several large parties, but the food was very mediocre - it was a prix fixe menu. Terrible salad - we had scallopsfor our entree - overcooked and no taste. The dessert was the only tasty part of the meal.

And the service was strange - seemed that they were shorthanded as our waitress kept coming to our table to say "I'll be right back, I have a party of 21 to take care of first...."

Decor is also weird, unless you REALLY like horses

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s
San Francisco
29 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2012
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

We were there Christmas night. There was a set menu (selection of 3 entrees) that was wonderful. I had a filet mignon that was the best I've ever had. The service was courteous & prompt, but not rushed. The only downside were the deteriorating leather chairs which must have been decades old, as the innards were depleted, leaving the seats awkwardly low.

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NP
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2012
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Everything was great except the prime rib. It was cooked properly but was just a sub par cut of meat. Not tender at all.

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r
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2012
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Lots of different rooms. We would have preferred to be in a fireplace room, but even tho we booked far in advance, the room was not available.

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s
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2012
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Wonderful Christmas Day celebration. Just might make it a tradition. Service attentive and friendly. Food outstanding.

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