The Drawing Board

4.4
82 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Contemporary American
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  • Creative Cuisine
  • Healthy
  • Handcrafted Cocktails
The Drawing Board, located in the heart of Historic Downtown Petaluma, is a seasonal New-American restaurant that emphasizes locally sourced ingredients and wholesome menu offerings. We strive to serve food that makes you feel good. With a vegetarian friendly menu, we also offer sustainably sourced meat options. We value our community and hope to provide a place for your senses to be delighted and your spirit to be uplifted.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Contemporary American, Vegetarian / Vegan, Farm-to-table
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Hours of operation
Tue–Thu 5:00 pm–9:00 pm
Fri 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
Sat 10:00 am–10:00 pm
Sun 10:00 am–9:00 pm
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Phone number
(707) 774-6689
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Chef de Cuisine: Kevin Katsulis
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
E Washington St
Additional
Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Reviews from verified diners
82 reviews
4.4 out of 5 Stars
Outstanding
56%
Very Good
26%
Good
15%
Fair
3%
Poor
0%
4.3
food
4.4
service
4.5
ambience
3.9
value
Noise · Moderate
87% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined on July 11, 2018

One of my most favorite restaurants in Petaluma since the day it opened. The menus (drinks and food) are created with such care and passion. Rosie and her people truly understand local, seasonal, and high quality (hormone free, chemical free, local purveyors) ingredients. There are a few delicious staples on the menu as well as brand new dishes each time we visit. It's fabulous whether you are vegan or whether you are craving animal proteins. There is an across-the-board love of food and it shows in every way.

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4.0Dined on July 7, 2018

Tentacular Thinking was a tasty summer cocktail. And the Forest Floor with porcini infused amontillado sherry was inspired. Cheers!

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5.0Dined on June 29, 2018

Delicious, inventive food. Wonderful server!!

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2.0Dined on June 17, 2018

I ordered the grass fed beef sliders of which three come to an order with nothing else on the plate for I think $13. Am not such a fan of grass fed. My dining partner had the chicken in cabbage leaves similar to what you might get at a Chinese restaurant but done in a different way, she did not really enjoy her’s with the blue cabbage.
The cocktails are fantastic! Great bartender.
The ceiling has hanging boxes of half dead green plants that need to go bye-bye. Windows were filmy. Not sure I would return.

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5.0Dined on June 16, 2018

The Drawing Board is a great restaurant. I have taken 3 different friends there and they agree the food is creative and delicious and I like that they use local ingredients. The handcrafted cocktails are great, the service is friendly, efficient and really outstanding. The restaurant is clean and decorated artistically. I recommend this restaurant to all my friends. I hope you start opening up for lunch on Fridays soon.

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5.0Dined on June 11, 2018

This was the second time I've been to The Drawing Board but it's been about a year. I really need to come back more often! The experience was wonderful! We had an amazing server - Jacob and everyone worked as a team to provide excellent service. The food was a "10". We had the deviled eggs and fennel soup to start, then the sliders and the asparagus and barrata. All amazing. Then the chocolate pot du cream for dessert. The only challenge was the noise level - intense! I hope they find a way to muffle the noise a bit. All in all - I need to go back soon!

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5.0Dined on June 7, 2018

Our party of four enjoyed delicious food and unique cocktails. Particularly recommend the chickpea "fries" and tempura asparagus. The restaurant offers something of a tapas-like menu, with appetizers, small and large plates which may be shared so everyone can sample. Our server was excellent - helpful, friendly, knowledgeable. We particularly loved the appetizers and small plates, a bit mixed reviews on the large plates. I ordered the tacos with pulled pork and they were on the dry side, though a bottle of house-made sauce was offered which I added, I found the meat itself dry and bland. A friend had the tasty beef sliders and another ordered the lamb which had an amazingly unique sauce and was quite delicious. Dessert: special pistachio cake with cream cheese icing was excellent, chocolate pot de creme less so - too liquid and somewhat weak chocolate flavor. Overall, an excellent dining experience. We plan to return!

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4.0Dined on June 4, 2018

Great drinks and food

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4.0Dined on June 3, 2018

some of my group was GF and dairy free. lots of options for them and us. really enjoyed!

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5.0Dined on June 1, 2018

The food was great, attentive service and excellent cocktails!

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4.0Dined on May 27, 2018

Went for brunch. I think we were the only customers for almost the entire time. Service was great, and food was quite good. I ordered something I normally wouldn’t due to diet restrictions, and was quite pleased.

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5.0Dined on May 26, 2018

Our group of seven went for Sunday brunch and found a well-curated menu with interesting items (carrot lox - it's great!) that you won't find elsewhere. Relatively quiet place made is easy to have good conversations. Definitely worth a visit!

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5.0Dined on May 26, 2018

By far the best place to eat and cocktail in Petaluma. If you like bright flavors, well sourced ingredients and a hip vibe this is the spot. I’ve been many tines. The only problem is that the food comes to fast or often all at once. They need to course the dishes better. The food is amazing but if it all comes at once or b4 you’re done with another dish there isn’t time to savor it.

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3.0Dined on May 25, 2018

I have a vegetarian friend who has a difficult time ordering vegetarian dishes at restaurants. I am trying to embrace the plant based regime myself. This restaurant was recommended via Facebook. Although we enjoyed the choices we made from the menu, we also thought it was very pricey. The prices did not make up for the lack of volume in food. For instance, my husband ordered the Pea & Pistachio Pesto on whole wheat spaghetti with pickled shirataki mushrooms ($19) & it was served in a very small plate. He said it was flavorless & had to ask for salt. The Carrot Lox was delicious with a wonderful smoky flavor, but was more like an appetizer & listed under "Small Plates." Cocktails had interesting names for their concoctions & ran $12-13, as well as wines. So, in my opinion, this was more like a pricey tapas establishment & while I was glad I tried it, & I enjoyed the food "samples," I wouldn't return. I would recommend this restaurant create well rounded meals because to order samples of food is like ordering a bunch of expensive side orders. Not worth it to my pocketbook, especially for plant based foods.

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5.0Dined on May 20, 2018

Great birthday brunch for an out of town relative - love the eggs benny - prepared with avocado and chickpea patties. Carrot Lox is also fantastic. Very friendly and welcoming and cool space!

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4.0Dined on May 19, 2018

The food tasted delicious the spices that they use makes me rediscover new and old flavors. The ambiance is great for a date or a group of friends I love the bar the decor is awesome! I wish their plates were warmed up so the food doesn't come cold. That would be my only complaint/suggestion

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3.0Dined on May 19, 2018

We were somewhat disappointed in our meal. The salad was dry. The taco entre I ordered had an issue with the tortillas. They were very dry and lifeless. The fillings, however were quite good. My husband was satisfied with his lamb..There was minimal cheese on the bottom, so I asked for more for the top. Here is the rub.... We ordered a lemon custard to go. When we got home, excited to delve into something sweet, we opened the cardboard cup, and much to our horror, there was almost nothing in the cup!!! About 3/4 " of custard with a few chopped strawberries...about 2 tablespoons full at the most. And there was an indentation in the bottom of the cup, to boot!!! For $9..I repeat $9!!!! To say we were disappointed, would be an understatement! Doubt if we will be back. We have eaten at The Drawing Board several times, but this was a huge disappointment and not inspiring enough to go back.

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4.0Dined on May 18, 2018

This chef really understands vegan food! Multi-layered, creative flavors. After savoring our array of awesome vegan small plates, the chef capped our delicious meal with an amazing bourbon-chocolate chip bread pudding! Only two things need work: service was slow and less than cheerful, and the coffee was weak and disappointing. But make no mistake: we'll be back for more amazing vegan delights!

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3.0Dined on May 14, 2018

This is for foodies - very interesting and unusual food

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5.0Dined on May 14, 2018

The Drawing Board hit home for me! I love creative food and there were a lot of gluten and dairy free(vegan) options which was fabulous for our 2 diners who have food allergies. The cocktails were delicious. Everyone was happy, even the big meat eaters. We will be back for sure! They don't have a kids menu so the tweens were not super excited but made do.

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3.0Dined on May 13, 2018

average food with high prices. Nice people, but little to recommend it, and certainly not worth the price or the drive fromthe city

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

We had 12 people for my daughter’s baptism celebration and everything went perfect from start to finish. Our table was ready when we arrived, the server and other staff were very attentive, kind, accommodating and on point. All our guests were blown away by the quality of the meal from drinks to dessert. We’ve already been back for brunch several times. ❤️

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5.0Dined on May 10, 2018

Food was excellent and the service was very attentive. Don’t miss the chickpea fries!

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5.0Dined on May 9, 2018

We decided to eat dinner instead of sitting in traffic. What a fun place! The food was fresh and very good. We had the tacos, which I loved. They have a fun cocktail menu-but that will have to wait until next time when we don’t have to drive back!

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5.0Dined on May 7, 2018

We had a delightful dinner at The Drawing Board. We each had a cocktail, I had the Gold Dust Woman and it was one of the best cocktails I had ever had.
We shared the arugula salad with asparagus and prosciutto and we also shared the kimchi pancake - both were outstanding and the portions were perfect for sharing.
We had the chocolate pots du creme for dessert, it was topped with delicious rhubarb compote and was delicious.
We will definitely visit again when we are in the area and will also recommend to friends.

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3.0Dined on April 8, 2018

Air was very hot and stuffy. Waiter was unappealingly sweaty. Food was pretty good.

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4.0Dined on April 7, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on April 5, 2018

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.

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3.0Dined on April 1, 2018

This was a random find, we were driving back from Sacramento, and we were getting hungry. Opened the Open Table app as we were near Petaluma, and this place sounded good. Creative house made cocktails, season items like the tempura asparagus, yum, vegan options and meat lover options. Service was good. Tasty desserts. If in the area, we'd come back.

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2.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Disappointed, nothing I’ll be back for.

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5.0Dined on March 31, 2018

Great jewel in Petaluma! Wonderful food, service and experience!

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5.0Dined on March 25, 2018

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.

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2018

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.

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5.0Dined on March 18, 2018

Unique drinks and dishes. Definitely a must for foodies.

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5.0Dined on March 11, 2018

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.

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4.0Dined on March 11, 2018

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.

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4.0Dined on March 11, 2018

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.

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5.0Dined on March 10, 2018

Amazing food!

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1.0Dined on March 7, 2018

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.

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3.0Dined on February 28, 2018

Shared plates. No thanks.

I want to like this place. Service needs improving.

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