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The Matheson, Healdsburg, CA

The Matheson

4.7
4.7
359 Reviews
$50 and over
Farm-to-table
Regional flavors and alluring depth are in every dish. Chef Valette plans in micro-seasons: working with farmers before seeds are planted and always celebrating peak ripeness. Our wine bar reflects a range of allocated and accessible wines.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 24 times today
Experiences are available.

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Farm-to-table, Californian, Cocktail Bar

  • Hours of operation

    Daily 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (707) 723-1106

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Chef Dustin Valette

  • Private party facilities

    We have five unique and beautiful spaces at The Matheson to host your event. From thoughtful service, to the stunning spaces, to the bespoke menu and wine list, our team will meet the moment. To inquire, please share your information on the form below.

  • Neighborhood

    Healdsburg

  • Cross street

    Healdsburg Ave

  • Parking details

    Private Lot

  • Additional

    Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Experiences

  • The Matheson's First Anniversary Celebration!

    $175.00 per person

    Prepaid

    Sep 2, 2022 only
    5 Course Meal + Access to our lounge and after party. Come celebrate our first anniversary with a special tasting menu by Chefs Matt Brimer and Dustin Valette! Afterwards, join us in the lounge on the mezzanine with a live band until 9pm, and DJ on the Roof until midnight. Enjoy this first time ever opportunity to enjoy all three levels of The Matheson at this open - house style event. Does not include optional wine pairings or other beverage. Please note any dietary restrictions when booking your reservation, but please be aware we may not be able to reasonably accommodate all dietary restrictions with our tasting menu.

What 359 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Wine Country

    Notable Wine List

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  1. VG

    VickiG

    San Francisco

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was excellent. Sommelier provided interesting choices that were perfect with the food. Had a drink on rooftop before dinner. Great views of plaza.
  2. C

    Chickfitllc

    San Francisco

    18 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    18 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Service was amazing. Very knowledgeable and attentive server. Sommelier was also well educated on all 88 wines! Bread and tomato salad were the best i’ve had ever. Entree of lobster fell flat - it was a little chewy but flavors were good. Peach crisp i would make a trip back for!
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Minneapolis

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food and hospitality! Highly recommend.
  4. Q

    Quintessa

    New England

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had the chef’s tasting menu. Six outstanding courses, paired with three different wines. One in the best dining experiences we’ve ever had.
  5. WB

    WineBob

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Overall, a great experience. The food was fantastic, though portions are quite small - especially for the charged prices. Our server and the resident sommelier were quirky and somewhat awkward. Awkward service and small portions for the money were the two factors that led to our 4-star review. That, plus the fact that the wine list seemed to be curated to appeal to a specific type of preference, rather than to a broad array of customers. I would like to see more variety. Yes, I am in the wine business and have a strong opinion about their very large wine list... That all said, Mattheson is a groovy spot for a fancy night out in Wine Country.
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was excellent.
  7. S

    Sonomanoma

    San Francisco

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely experience. Attractive room, Polished service. Each dish was beautifully composed, familiar yet enhanced with something special. Cured salmon belly on the watermelon salad. Nori on the tomatoes. Etc.. wonderful selection of wines by the glass. Need to go back for cocktails and the roof bar! A signed birthday card and a candle and Birthday wishes on the dessert, such a nice touch.
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Exceptional experience in every way. Top notch service. Really amazing drinks and food. Cannot wait to be back!
  9. D

    Dwild

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 7, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    Over salted appetizer, over cooked halibut. Other food was good, not great as would be expected for price. Sommelier, Ben and waitstaff were awesome.
  10. RL

    RandyL999

    Tampa

    59 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    59 reviews

    Dined on August 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was superb. NY strip cooked perfectly and charred veggies were off the charts. Desserts also spectacular. Great experience!!!
  11. MM

    MinglingMike

    San Francisco

    55 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    55 reviews

    Dined on August 4, 2022

    overall3food5service2ambience3
    We had a mixed experience at The Matheson. The good to great was the downstairs bar with great bartenders and mixed drinks. At dinner, the food (Chef's choice sampler) was outstanding, very flavorful and nicely portioned. The wine list was awesome too. However, we were served a flat Billecart Salmon Champagne in a wine glass as if they were trying to pull it off as a Rose. The sommelier actually defended the pour. There were absolutely no bubbles at all. We had to insist on a fresh glass, which came in a champagne flute and had nice bubbles. To beat up further on the somm, I appreciate an opinion, but he wasn't a great listener. He pushed the Heitz Cab Sauv, which is a very nice wine, but we wanted something lighter to pair with most of the dishes we'd be served vs. the one braised beef dish. As the long night went on, we heard him suggest this wine to every table around us. Seems he had an agenda to sell that wine vs. listening to the consumers. He left us with a bad taste in our mouth. For the most part, our table service was very good. We think it's overkill to clear every fork and knife with each serving just to replace it with the same utensils, even when they were unused. We wouldn't consider this a sustainable practice given California's water shortage and demand on the dishwashers. The restaurant was very busy, but as we got to dish 4 of the 6-dish tasting menu, things got progressively slower. We didn't really mind, but the wait staff's communication was lacking. Although, she told us our meat dish would take a few minutes (dish 5), it took an hour between that and the dessert dish - way too long in our opinion; especially without any communication from our waitress. I can forgive this once, but I hope this review gets some training attention. The next time we go back, we'll just eat at the bar or try the rooftop. Bon appetit!
  12. RZ

    RoslynZ

    San Diego

    36 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    36 reviews

    Dined on August 3, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Beautiful space, not intimate but impressive.
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on August 1, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Great dinner!
  14. o

    ohbarb

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on August 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our first time at the Matheson and everything was fantastic. I asked to switch tables after they seated us (from a hard chair to a cushioned seat), and they accommodated us graciously. Enjoyed all the staff who waited on us, personable and friendly but not intrusive. Cocktails and food were served with appropriate timing. Food was top of the line, every bite delicious. We went at 5:15 and it was quiet enough to talk across the table. Appreciated the local paintings and ceramics. Although on the expensive side, I will enjoy leftovers for lunch today (must admit, I am a light eater). Highly recommend for any special occasion or anytime!
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our server Alana was incredibly personable and knowledgeable! Really elevated the experience
  16. J

    Jason

    Demoland (US)

    33 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    33 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Stellar food, wine, and service!
  17. EJ

    EJ23

    Orange County

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    What an experience! We were seated quickly a day ahead of our reservation…could not wait! Met son friends in town and enjoyed Corn Soup (5*), Summer Infused Melon (5*) and Local Trout (4.5*) as apps. Presented all with ceremony befitting and enjoyed with joy. Salmon and Duck and NY Steak ordered by the party. Each precise and with well thought out supporting vegetables in their prime. Prepared to enhance their peak season. Unapologetically simple in presentation that was clearly not simple in execution! We loved the entire experience and we recommend to enjoy 10 out of 10 times possible.
  18. B

    Bistro

    New England

    35 reviews

    5.0

    35 reviews

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Birthday dinner. The food was delicious! Some helped us pick wine pairings for each course as they were perfect. Ambiance is lovely!
  19. KT

    KathyT

    San Francisco

    26 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love dining here! The staff is friendly, helpful & knowledgeable. A big thank you to Chef for making my duck dish GF/DF. Will keep going back!
  20. EE

    ErikaElise

    Orange County

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Most incredible tasting menu. Everything was delicious. The price was very reasonable for how much food you get.
  21. SG

    StaciG

    San Francisco

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on July 28, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Service top notch. Wait staff and sommelier took great care of us. We did the tasting menu with a wine pairing guided by Ben. We enjoyed it thoroughly. A wonderful experience. I gave four stars instead of five on the food because on the halibut dish were rustically cut bite size pieces of a hotter variety of pepper - the second bite of that dish I took was that hot pepper that I definitely wasn’t expecting. I would have cut it into thirds at least for myself to add bits the the dish. I was coughing and my eyes were watering to the post where I spit the entire thing out half chewed. My lips tingled for the rest of the meal. It was just too overpowering for me. Execution wise I would have cut those pepper pieces a LOT smaller. The rest of the meal was incredible as were the wine pairings.
  22. h

    hald

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Both the duck and the aged NY steak dishes were excellent. The two starter “salads” were also outstanding. The only downside would be the pricing. But if you want to treat yourself, put this restaurant on your list.
  23. V

    Virgin

    San Francisco

    63 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    63 reviews

    Dined on July 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Thoughtful and gracious Sean Murphy snd servers made our visit memorable
  24. SW

    StefaniW

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Have eaten upstairs several times, this was our first time eating downstairs - what an amazing surprise. The food was outstanding - truly a culinary treat.
  25. BJ

    BrieJean

    Austin

    32 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    32 reviews

    Dined on July 26, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    Support waitress and somm were lovely, but our waiter was clearly annoyed by my request to accommodate a (genuine) food allergy. Such a bummer. We love this restaurant - the by the glass list cannot be beat - and past experiences have been rave-worthy, but it's hard to stay excited about a place with such inconsistent hospitality.
  26. D

    Dafe

    San Francisco

    75 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    75 reviews

    Dined on July 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Birthday dinner
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on July 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great value for a high end experience. Excellent and personable servers and sommelier who suggested delicious wine pairings that were reasonably priced. There’s a real chef in the kitchen here, ready to adapt the dishes for allergies and preference, without forfeiting flavor or creativity. Loved it as a date night spot. We are local and will be back.
  28. GW

    GrantW

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    This was our third visit, and this time it was quite busy with the summer tourist season. The service was superb, our server was very attentive. The food was good, not great, and that is the most important reason we went there. The wine list is worthy. Overall, it is what I suppose it is intended to be, hard surfaces and noisy, with lots of fashionable "buzz". The management is obviously trying very hard, the food is well presented but it just does not hit the mark as I would have expected.
  29. f

    foodaholic

    San Francisco

    31 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great bar and friendly, attentive bartender. Our servers Jim and Kevin were excellent-attentive but not intrusive. The corn soup was absolutely delicious-sweet and creamy. The duck was tasty-good portion too. The s’mores dessert came out with Happy Anniversary on the plate and the staff had signed a Happy Anniversary card for us!
  30. L

    Lynn

    San Francisco

    1 review

    vip
    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 21, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    The only negative thing I can say is we were interrupted too many times, by the wait staff, while having conversation during drinks and dinner. It became very irritating. Other than that, we enjoyed the food and atmosphere.
  31. L

    Lefty

    San Francisco

    34 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    34 reviews

    Dined on July 20, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    We liked the corn soup, rice porridge, and salmon. I found the halibut a bit dry, so it needed more sauce than I received; sauce was tasty and had a bit of a kick to it. While we appreciate the waiters' attention to key ingredients in courses and simultaneous servings of courses, this type of restaurant and service for Healdsburg is bordering on 'pretentious'. We prefer the "old Sonoma" relaxed, more casual ways and dislike how Healdsburg establishments are trying so hard to be more like Napa restaurants. Food prices have also become more exorbitant in even the last five months!
  32. SL

    ScottL

    Charleston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Dinner at the Mathesion was an unforgettable experience. The attention to detail was evident in every aspect of our experience from the moment we entered until we left. The service was exceptional, our server Yvette was extremely knowledgeable, answered all of our questions about the purveyors of unique ingredients, composition in preparation of dishes as well the producers of various service pieces and plates. The sommelier, and server assistants were friendly, attentive and discrete. The food was amazing, thoughtfully and creatively prepared without being fussy or comprising flavors. We highly recommend the Matheaion and can’t wait to return!
  33. BG

    ByronG

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Terrific restaurant! Great service, great food, great decor. The heirloom tomato salad and the short ribs were especially delicious.
  34. KK

    KevinK

    San Francisco

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 13, 2022

    overall4food3service3ambience4
    Overall the food was very good. Appetizers were tasty especially the smoked trout. The duck was fantastic. Both my companions ordered the steak and were disappointed. Comments were similar "tender enough but there's no flavor". Wait staff were a bit overbearing For the money we paid I can't honestly say I'd go back or recommend it.
  35. SF

    SonomaFoodies

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We are foodies and the Matheson was exceptional. Dishes were imaginative, perfectly-executed and delicious. Service was attentive and on point. High cost with drinks tempts me to lower “value” to a 3, but left it high due to high level of hand work and skill required in the astonishing dish presentations!
  36. YP

    YumPig

    Denver

    11 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on July 12, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    They were over enthusiastic with the service. It felt suffocating.
  37. KP

    KevinP

    Chicago

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on July 12, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Awesome dinner last night. Started with a great set of discussions with Tommy and Anthony the mixologists over great cocktails and it went great the rest of the night. The scallops, beef and strawberry dessert were the standouts amongst the table. Eager to get back!
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Phoenix

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Awesome service, awesome food. Sommelier was EXTREMELY knowledgeable (as one might expect in this neighborhood). Wonderful experience!!
  39. M

    Mahal

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fun evening. Service was exceptional. Great attention to detail. Super accommodating to my food allergies and requests. Food was amazing. We will be back!
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    9 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on July 9, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    Our party of 5 had a lovely evening celebrating our anniversary. The ambiance and decor are very nice, and the service was outstanding! But…we won’t be back to eat here, at least downstairs. The menu is quite limited and the portions are small and unnecessarily “fussy”. I realize the “deconstructed” thing is trendy but it shouldn’t be used to the detriment of a good meal. We all ordered something different and no one was satisfied with their meal. We had duck, steak, halibut, short rib, lobster. The short rib was the best of them, but not exemplary. The steak had a strange gamey taste, which the server did describe as akin to salami, and he was correct. The duck also had an odd flavor and the lobster was undercooked and had to be sent back. The halibut was mediocre as well. Our check was over $500 before tip and we brought our own wine. We love to support our local Sonoma County businesses, so I do hope that The Matheson will take note and adjust their menu and presentation.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff temperature check required

FAQs

The Matheson is rated 4.7 stars by 359 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 24 times today
Experiences are available.
Google Map for The Matheson

106 Matheson St, Healdsburg, CA 95448-4108

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Healdsburg Ave

  • Neighborhood

    Healdsburg

  • Hours of operation

    Daily 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Farm-to-table, Californian, Cocktail Bar

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Private Lot

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Chef Dustin Valette

  • Additional

    Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (707) 723-1106

  • Private party facilities

    We have five unique and beautiful spaces at The Matheson to host your event. From thoughtful service, to the stunning spaces, to the bespoke menu and wine list, our team will meet the moment. To inquire, please share your information on the form below.

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