Air was very hot and stuffy. Waiter was unappealingly sweaty. Food was pretty good.
Had reservations but didn’t need them - could be because it was stormy and rainy night- service was great when greeted- took drink order but it literally took 25 minutes to get drink and food order taken so that was a definite minus - once order was taken things went smooth from there and they did bring us a free pannacotta dessert- I loved the food the arugula salad with asparagus procuitto and crispy shallots with a poached egg was the highlight- outstanding along with the chicken mousse and the black garlic with ghee- yummy!! Oh and that drink that took so long was delicious
My wife and I live in Novato, so we frequently find ourselves looking outside of our hometown for special places to go on dates. As a chef, I seek out food that is cooked honestly and with earnestness. The Drawing Board fit this description perfectly and ended up being one of my favorite places I've ever eaten. The tapas-style menu and 100% on-point cocktail menu blew our minds with the simplicity, execution, and care. Each person we interacted with was genuinely warm and interested in helping make our experience comfortable and enjoyable. Do yourself a favor and visit sometime soon. Definitely try the smoked carrot "lox." Surreal.
Disappointed, nothing I’ll be back for.
Great jewel in Petaluma! Wonderful food, service and experience!
First time at the Drawing Board was with the family for lunch last Sunday. We have a challenging crowd with a combination of vegetarian, vegan and gluten free dietary needs. The waitress was great taking us through which menu items either came or could be made to suit. Everyone loved their food...and service was great overall. Definitely a great addition to Petaluma's already vibrant restaurant scene. The bar looked pretty cool too. We'll swing by for a drink sometime and will definitely be back for dinner.
Great cocktails and small bites. We came here a few months ago and got an amazing steak, which wasn’t on the menu this time but we still enjoyed the food and ambiance.
Unique drinks and dishes. Definitely a must for foodies.
The service was lovely. I had asked that they just run my card without bringing my check to the table since I wanted to treat a friend for a special occasion. They did that seamlessly and also treated her to a complimentary dessert. I will definitely return.
Overall, this was a great place to go! I was able to get a reservation within two hours of arriving. That’s great considering our last minute planned trip. The menu, unfortunately had few choices. However, the choices were delicious!
Looking forward to our next visit.
Fantastic server for the evening. Menu was a bit unusual but we enjoyed all of the dishes and had our server just recommend for us. Cocktails were worth the visit on their own - we will definitely be back.
the ambiance is amazing. I really love that they have some vegan dishes and vegetarian dishes. The food overall was not good at all. The service was poor. Not attentive and not accommodating. we sent back the deviled eggs. Never had a bad deviled egg, but these were just gross. The one good thing we order was the carrot lox, which was to die for. Everything else was not good. Sadly I will not go back for food. I would go back for drinks and the bar. I hope they can get their food on the same level as the ambiance.
Shared plates. No thanks.
I want to like this place. Service needs improving.
Loved the food, and plan to return. The service was surprisingly inattentive. After the food arrived, I couldn't get the attention of a waitperson, even to get my check. They never looked my way. I understand being busy, and maybe it was because I was eating alone, I don't know. If the food wasn't so good, it would sour me on this restaurant. But the food is excellent, and I'll be happy to go again and hope to be less invisible.
The experience was wonderful except for one poorly trained server. The management more than made up for that but I did feel I had to mention it. I love this place for the food and their values. I'll be back!
Beautiful space, very open and chic. Wonderful cocktail selections and food prep. Easy style, not stuffy. We will be regulars!
Dinner was good; drinks were fantastic...great service and atmosphere. Easily the WORST cheesecake (or really, any dessert) that I've ever consumed...and I didn't really do that, we each had a bite and left it.
This meal was such a disappointment. I had family in from out of town and this was our one planned dinner out in Petaluma. We made a mistake choosing the Drawing Board. Four of us at the table were vegan. We normally expect to have to discuss options with the server and maybe accept some limitations to the menu, but the menu specifically states they are happy to accommodate special diets and restrictions. Our server was not helpful or accommodating. He actually stated "it's busy tonight," as if he didn't have time to take care of our table. The staff did try to redeem themselves by bringing us 3 free desserts, which is at least saying they noticed their shortcomings. One of them, the flan, was absolutely delicious. The dishes that were served, some arriving 40 minutes after ordering, were bland and uninspiring. The Brussel sprouts were burnt, bitter, and greasy. The florets tasted like there was not one spice or seasoning added to the dish at all. The miso bagna cuda was perhaps the worst dish we have ever eaten in a restaurant and left me feeling sick for a day afterward. The tacos were the only slightly enjoyable dish we ordered. And I would normally take some blame for making poor selections but we tried almost everything on the menu. The cocktails and wine list are fantastic. Maybe will be returning for one at the bar but otherwise, nah.
We had a great brunch. A change from the usual suspects. The eggs Benedict was off the chart. Only complaint was that both room and food could have been a bit warmer as it was a cold day.
Unfortunately very friendly and helpful staff were not able to compensate for food that was below par. Chicken skewers had very fatty chicken that should have been trimmed or not served at all, steak was of moderate quality and not prepared as requested, and the salad was sold out with a substitute that was not to our liking.
We really wanted to like the experience, loved our waitress and the hostess who did their best to make things right, but it left us wondering why the food quality and preparation were noticeably worse then the last time we visited some months prior.
Amazing playlist. Portions were a bit small but we just kept ordering more. The cocktails will put hair on your chest!
Wonderful ambiance. I want to love this place more, but the menu is limited and a bit overpriced. Still worth a visit for a special occasion when everyone in the group finds something they want beforehand.
First I want to say the staff was very nice. The food was very disappointing.
The Resturaunt put a damper to the start of our Sonoma weekend with friends for a birthday. First the resturaunt ran out of 2/5 entree menu items (burgers and fish). Then, the 45 dollar steak was way over cooked. Third, the only vegetarian option was so spicy, people who eat spicy Asian food could not handle it. Fourth, when they switched out the food, the replacement food was even worse. Overall, pretty disappointing food.
Hope my experience was an anomaly and not the norm.
The vegan options were some of the best I have had in Petaluma. Would defiantly go again.
I wanted to like this restaurant, since the ambience is great... unfortunately, the service needs help, and the food needs more flavor and options. We were given the wrong drinks and orders, with barely an apology... servers need more training on what they are serving and it would be nice if they acted like they want to be there... such a disappointment.
My new favorite go to spot. Have been several times for lunch and dinner and my guests are always impressed. Cocktails are a must order-; delicious and creative.
Great lunch spot...
I have been here twice. Customer service is terrible. Always run out of food items on the menu. I do not plan on a third time.
Unbelievable, the food and service, just so happy with it all.
Friendly and attentive staff, food was good, portions adequate, cocktails delicious but pricey. Walking distance to undercover free parking and boutique shops of Petaluma.
The gm Ann was phenomenal! The decor was meticulously put together. The food needed a little bit of identity. It was a fusion of many cultures. There was no one dish that was "wow". The manager and decor made the restaurant. They made couple of errors on our order. Delivered the wrong dish and we were so pre occupied with looking for a hotel we didn't realize toll half way through our meal. The second mistake was omitting the lamb pork belly on quinoa dish. But overall incredible experience and conversation with the manager and beautiful relaxing decor..
I had the black cod and it was perfectly cooked and delicious. The meal came with sweet potato fries which are not on my eating plan, so I asked for a vegetable instead and got some nicely spiced and cooked summer squash. Enjoyable and memorable!
Overall it was a great experience, not outstanding. When I made the reservation online, I shared the occasion(birthday) and to acknowledge my cousins birthday. I requested a note on table or a happy birthday on a dessert plate. None knew what we were celebrating. Huge disappointment.
Fourth time here, another great meal. Creative, inventive and love what they are doing. Funny, first time sitting at a tall table with stools, different than whats at bar. Kind of, well actually they are really cool, just not overly comfortable. But hey, this has nothing to do with the food or service which are all great. Love the minimalist menu.
Very good execution of Vegetarian and Vegan dishes and the team in the kitchen is to be complimented. I'll be back in 2-3 weeks to see how the menu changes over time. Great Job
My first time was enjoyable (because of the group I was with)although I felt it was overpriced. I made reservations and was seated at a table right next to the kitchen. It was one of the least desirable spots in the restaurant. May or may not go back since it was so-so all around. I like to be welcomed and feel like my business matters. The server we had seemed indifferent to our party being there. Food was unique and tasty, however.
A dazzling combo of flavors in every dish! Charred Fingerlings & Shishito Peppers with salsa verde, togarashi spice, goat cheese sauce was DELISH! Then I had to have the Point Reyes Mussels as the table adjacent to us had them and the platter was sitting right next to me. Speaking of sitting, when I made the reservation, OpenTable said there was only a high-top table available at our requested time. Ok, so we took it. Turns out the high-tops are not that high and are very comfortable. I was sitting on the bench seat which went along the wall when our hostess told me it was reclaimed from Seabiscuit's stable! The entire place is finished with reclaimed, repurposed items. If I tried that at my house, I'm sure it would look like an abandoned barn.
Our friends got the heirloom tomatoes with burrata and they finished with a beautiful fish dish (trout?). Can't remember because the crafted cocktails were so wonderful. Mine had everything I like in it: mezcal, chartreuse, Luxardo maraschino -- oooh.
Incredibly eclectic wine list, too, even though we brought our own. It's always fun to see fresh wine choices when you've been drinking as long as we have. Unfortunately, we didn't walk around to see the incredible bar. We were seated at the first table and just plopped down.
We missed dessert, but will be back. Vegans and vegetarians would be happy, too.
The food was great and amazing flavor. Timing of food was perfect and the service was great, it was lunch as well, will definitely be back