Wit & Wisdom

4.5
156 Reviews
$50 and over
American
Located at The Lodge at Sonoma, Wit & Wisdom Sonoma is Chef Michael Mina’s first venture into wine country dining, and delivers Mina’s signature flair with a highly curated culinary experience perfect for any time of day. This charming wine country tavern offers American comfort food and a robust wine list nestled in the heart of Sonoma. The restaurant features regional California cuisine cooked on a hearth oven, buoyed by a magnificent wine program as only MINA delivers. Whether enjoying the bocce ball court, the happy hour experience, or a celebratory dinner with friends, Wit & Wisdom is the ideal dining experience for visitors and locals who are looking for a different type of tasting room in wine country.
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  • Thanksgiving Dinner

    $95.00 per person

    Nov 25, 2021 only

    Join us for a three course holiday dinner, including many of your MINA favorites plus roasted turkey and all the trimmings. $95.00 per person.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 156 people are saying
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Kent
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fresh, creative, incredibly well prepared. Service is outstanding - attentive but not obsequious. Not a huge menu (which is a plus my book) yet plenty of choices. I've been four times and can't wait to enjoy another meal there.

Only one criticism. The wine list is an amazing accomplishment. HOWEVER, the price are simply too high and not in touch with the price of an average entre.

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vipWhirlyBird
Atlanta
5 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience5

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at The Lodge, and Wit & Wisdom was a big part of that. Lovely setting, great ambiance and outstanding food. Even though they seemed short staffed the staff that attended us were always smiling and helpful despite the high energy needed to keep up with the dinner pace. Our first evening we enjoyed cocktails by Ken at the fire pit, then a full dinner two nights later and Gregory took very god care of us. They were behind with reservations and it took almost 30 minutes to seat us and then there were several snafus with the seating process but everyone was gracious and we had a lovely (albeit later than planned) dinner. The manager agreed to comp our cocktails which was a nice gesture. I had the filet with the duck fat fries and would order it again, and again, and again.....also recommend the parker house rolls with the ricotta honey.

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vipJodiW
Portland
10 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Six of us had dinner at Wit and Wisdom on a busy Friday in September. The service was great. The server and support staff were very attentive and seemed eager to please. The food was really good and the Parker House rolls really hit the spot. They are known for their seafood and the shrimp cocktail was superb along with a few pizza's. Fun busy atmosphere. The one thing that was a bummer was a few in our party were running late and they would not seat any of us until the entire party was there. The bar was full and busy so just had to wait outside. Would have loved to sit at the table and order a drink and an appetizer while we waited. I know some restaurants have this policy and I understand why, it's just not so great for the customer.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was excellent, the endive Caesar, the petrale sole and the halibut were amazing. Good wine and drinks. Knowledgeable staff and the service was impeccable.

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Terri1
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great new Sonoma restaurant! Easy to get a reservation if you want to dine early.

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vipSmiley
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wit & Wisdom is the best restaurant in Wine country. We live in Sonoma and have no reason for ever having to drive to Napa for dinner.
The food, wine and service is over the top.
Cheers,
David & Nancy

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vipamyy
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2021
Overall2food1service3ambience3

The steak frites came out so salty it was inedible. The fries were also thick cut wedge fries not skinny fries which normally comes with steak frites. We also never got an appetizer that we ordered. Service was good but she did
Forget about the app. They ended remaking the steak and it turned out much better the second time. Overall super overpriced and disappointing.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food in general was what I expected out of a Restoraunt of that caliber. It didn’t disappoint. My girlfriend likes to say I live in 2 culinary worlds. I like upscale fine and street food. Funny enough I got both here.

The salmon and halibut were both very well done, presented and flavorful. We loved them but the absolute highlight was the wood fired pizza. The margarita pizza was next level. I’m a very picky pizza eater and have a hard time finding any I truly enjoy. This one blew me away. Perfect crust to sauce to cheese ratio. Absolutely amazing!

KP
vipKevinP
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Nice evening though a few of the dishes were not great for the money - including the pasta with lobster and the steak. When we mentioned the pasta was dry and not flavorful they did offer to give us another dish but instead we just ordered an appetizer, which we were charged for and they didn't take the original entree of the bill. It seems that level of a restaurant would have better customer service....

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vipSpeakman
Columbus
35 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Truly wonderful experience with carefully prepared dishes in an upscale casual atmosphere. The caviar selections and preparations won’t disappoint!

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vipBernigilman
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience3

It was hot, we got room temperature water and we saw our server only once in the first 30 minutes. On the other hand the olives, heirloom tomato salad and cocktails were great! Dinner was very good. My husband’s order came incorrect. They fixed it quickly. If you like watching an open kitchen this is a good one to watch. The big disappointment for us was that they changed the selection of offerings for the cheese plate. Last time we went we ordered the cheese plate after dinner with a wine flight and it was the highlight of our dinner! This time there were only three cheeses listed and nothing really unique or exciting.

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vipJules2
San Francisco
50 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall3food4service4ambience1

Horrible best indoor and outdoor and you would think for $$$ they would invest in air conditioning or outdoor fans or communicate there is an issue.

Good service. Good fairly good and the heirloom salad the best thing ever.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely fabulous!!!

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vipmrirad
San Francisco
29 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service, food, ambiance
Everything perfect

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Laurlyne
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Beautiful ambiance, delicious food and really good cocktails! Service was a little slow in refreshing our drinks but otherwise a great evening out. Would definitely go back.

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vipPOPO
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Was not a fan of the sommelier “proofing” the wine. I’m used to having it presented and opened table side. Instead, he opened it inside, tasted it, and brought it out without the cork. When we questioned him about it, he said “it was standard for Michael Minna, and all of the best restaurants in New York do it this way.” Well, we’re in Sonoma and perfectly capable of carrying out an age old tradition. And we know wine well enough to determine if it’s suitable.

I guess I see value in his approach, but shouldn’t the diner be given the choice? For those less experienced, this could be a great way to educate them in the subtleties of wine appreciation if this were done table side. Include the consumer in the process. And what a gift to discover a corked or oxidized bottle, learning the smells, and knowing that an unsuitable bottle can and should be rejected. Something they could use forever.

Otherwise, the food was good.

JD
vipJenniferD
San Francisco
50 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

We were so excited to go back to this restaurant. I ordered the porchetta again, so delicious! The staff are always so attentive and hard working. We’ll be back again soon.

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BJG47
4 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Very loud. Service was great and food very good.

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vipmrirad
San Francisco
29 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Truly incredible, innovative and amazing food, cocktails and service
Destination restaurant in all of wine country
Exceptional

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Hands down one of the best dining experiences ever. Every plate of food was phenomenal, especially the halibut as well as the filet mignon. I eat lots of steak, all different cuts from all over and the chefs at Wit & Wisdom did an amazing job and are definitely in my top 3 steaks I’ve eaten in my life. The service here was also extremely professional and above and beyond expectations. Server, wine sommelier and the GM (Justin) we’re all exceptional. I’ve already made reservations to come back again with friends as well as another time with business associates. I’m looking forward to my next visit where I’ll see how they do the tomahawk steak.
Cheers!

JA
JeffA
Dallas
3 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience1

We were seated in the back room which was not very nice ambiance. It was like eating in a garage
Rude service
Not a good experience

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

We had an amazing dinner! Would definitely come back again. Our steak was a little over cooked but that was our only complaint. Such a beautiful atmosphere and great service.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Some flies, very hot inside unusually , food good

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vipjon5cts
Los Angeles
365 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience4

We were staying at the Lodge and it felt like a great option to stay close and just relax with a Michael Mina branded restaurant. We are huge fans of Bourbon Steak in Glendale and have dined at his places in Vegas and in Maryland, so we did go in with higher expectations.

They have strange hours/days, so that's weird. It's cute inside, and staff is pretty casual, both in dress and attitude. Menu isn't extensive but there are some nice options. They have some very creative drinks and we did enjoy them. Food was delicious. I got a King Crab & Endive Caesar Salad. Presentation was beautiful and it was really good. Honestly could have used some more crab, but I'd still recommend and get it again anytime I saw it. Also did their Sausage and Mushroom Pizza and that was excellent.

I've seen other reviews complaining about service and I'd have to say that while they are maybe a little bit too critical, they're also not wrong. Possibly they have issues with getting quality people back post-covid, but they have a training problem. First cocktail took half an hour and not explanation. Actually had to ask food runner to check on it when he was filling water and server seemed to be avoiding us. Other two cocktails came much more quickly and the server stepped up her game for rest of the visit. It didn't ruin our time, but I know it would for a lot of people. Honestly, it would have bothered me more on some nights.

All in all, this is a solid choice, when they are open, and worth your time.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall1food4service1ambience2

Waited 30 plus minutes before anyone came to our table to greet us. Drinks arrived after our meal. Dessert never came. Extremely disappointing for a Michael Minna restaurant not worth the price.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and beautiful outdoor dining space!

OT
OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on July 1, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience2

Overall experience was terrible. Service was lacking took forever to get seated 30 minutes past reservation time. Waiter was never present. Food was lacking overcooked fish that was not edible!

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vipspikemandu
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredibly well-prepared dishes with excellent service. Our server was patient in helping us with our decisions on what to order, and the sommelier was equally helpful in choosing a good wine within our budget to pair with our meals. Ambiance was good with an open kitchen and appropriately spaced tables. The cost of our meal, including wine, was a little on the high side, but it was definitely a memorable experience.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience3

The worst service I have ever had at a restaurant. And it wasn't just our table. A table by ours waited so long for their drinks that they clapped when they were finally delivered. After waiting forever to receive our food, and even longer for our drinks, the food was prepared incorrectly and then nothing was that good. Everything was overcooked. It almost seemed like microwaved leftovers. There are so many incredible restaurants in the area, do yourself a favor and skip this one.

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DinerInDisguise
San Francisco
24 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Was a bit crowded but expected because everything is now back open. The drinks were great and the food presentation was nice.

DD
vipDavidD
West Palm Beach
33 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Food was amazing and they have some great cocktails. My only complaint was at times the waiter would disappear and he didn’t follow up when appetizers or entrees arrived. When we first were seated, we had a missing chair and a guest at another table had to offer us a chair from their table. The hostess had disappeared. Overall, I would not hesitate to dine here again. I am taking everything with a grain of salt because the industry is just beginning to reopen after COVID restrictions. I recommend the duck wings and the steak frites.

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vipAries
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience5

I have eaten at several Michal Mina restaurants in both SF & Las Vegas and this was nowhere near the caliber of food as the others. This just felt like a nice every day dining but NOT indicative of a Michael Mina experience with food or service. I had much higher expectations.

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vipcorequattuor
San Francisco
66 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall4food3service3ambience3

Wit and Wisdom. Ambience is nice and the service is friendly. We have been here twice for dinner and enjoyed our meals both times. Without going too far down the rabbit hole here, the management team clearly cares about their customers and want to provide a great experience. I see this place getting better and better as time goes on because of that. This is not a quick dine and ditch experience. Plan to spend a couple hours and enjoy yourselves.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Appetizers were exceptional, wine a bit overpriced. Hence the star remove for value. Food prices are par for the area.

SL
SueanneL
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Staff was amazing. Short rib pot pie was the best! Filet mignon tasty. Atmosphere was fun and cozy. Cocktails were delicious.

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vipSuzanneW
Houston
55 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2021
Overall3food5service5ambience3

I made a reservation well in advance and requested a table in the main dining room. I did not want myself and my guests to sit outside on the back patio or outside on the front patio. We arrived on time at 6:15 PM and we’re seated on the back patio. It was very cold and exceedingly windy. A heater and blankets were supplied but because our expectation was a table inside we were dressed accordingly. I asked if the people that were seated in the main dining room had specifically requested that room on their reservations and was told they hadn’t. You can understand my frustration as to why we weren’t seated where requested.

The food, drinks and service were on point.

DR
vipDianaR
Fort Lauderdale
17 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful, cozy place with well presented, tasty food.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved our dinner on Saturday night!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Birthday. Crust of pizza was hard to cut w life & fork per my lover of pizza friend co-diner. oysters fresh, branzini fresh. overall very happy 👌

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Yummy
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Menu somewhat limited. Fish entrees were expensive, small portioned and bland both in flavor and presentation. Indoor seating area was very noisy and difficult to hear one another. Outdoor area would be a better choice for seating. Burgers were nicely prepared and flavorful. Staff waiters were attentive.
I expected something a bit more upscale besides the price.

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Wit & Wisdom is rated 4.5 stars by 156 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.