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Diners' Choice: Lively restaurants in Wine Country

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Updated June 05, 2024

Looking for restaurants that have the most vibrant bar scenes in Wine Country? You’re in the right place. Each month, OpenTable analyzes nearly 2 million global diner reviews from the past four months. We sort the results by location and category to help you discover new favorite restaurants. It's a great partnership: you reserve, eat, and review. We listen...and deliver the results for all to benefit. Enjoy!

A photo of The Shuckery restaurant
4.8
4.8 (1020)
$30 and under
Oyster Bar
Petaluma
About the restaurant
Indulge in seafood the way it was meant to be—fresh, seasonal, and delightful. Experience The Shuckery, where we offer raw oysters and a range of creatively crafted, ocean-inspired dishes. Beyond just an oyster bar, The Shuckery embodies a culinary journey rooted in genuine hospitality and dishes that both comfort and exhilarate.

Best of The Bohemian Northbay Winner "Best Restaurant for Oysters" 2022 & 2023 and "Best Sommelier" and "Best Wine List in Sonoma County 2023"

Currently, all our seating is indoors, and we provide a unique experience in the heart of downtown Petaluma, nestled in the historic and beautiful Hotel Petaluma.

Sommiliar and Genral Manager: Ashley Charlteon
Chef; Zachary Agas
Owner; Jazmine Lalicker
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 2 days ago
The food & service were outstanding! Really enjoyed our date night dinner. We shared The Plateau & the Cauliflower Wings which was perfect for 2. The smoked trout was so delicious we can’t stop talking about it. The raw oysters were also fantastic! We finished by sharing the goat cheese cake which was almost savory & filled with delicious flavors. Look forward to returning soon! There was a loud group seated next to us, but it wasn’t very loud before they were seated.
A photo of Fern Bar restaurant
4.8
4.8 (327)
$31 to $50
American
Sebastopol
About the restaurant
As a bar-focused restaurant, we craft garden-to-glass cocktails served alongside Chef Joe Zobel's modern American cuisine inspired by West Sonoma County's abundance of biodiversity. Along with our menu of innovative and delicious dishes, the bar features house-made beer and spirit-free elixirs, as well as locally-sourced and small-production wines by the glass. Fern Bar's airy, plant-filled space can be found within The Barlow, Sebastopol's popular shopping and dining destination. Our outdoor dining room is covered with a heater next to every table, it still gets cold so bring a layer.
Awards:
The Bohemian
Best New Restaurant in 2020
Best Bar 2020, 2021, 2022
Best Cocktails 2021, 2022
Press Democrat
Best Bar 2021, 2022
Best Craft Cocktail 2021, 2022
Top review
MarleneLvip
Dined on Jun 8, 2024
We had brunch with adults and kids and everyone loved it! Great drinks including my oat milk espresso martini!
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4.8
4.8 (394)
$31 to $50
Hawaiian
Napa
About the restaurant
With a shake and a sizzle, we’ve brought tiki to downtown Napa. We’re making waves on the Napa River as Napa Valley’s first & only tiki bar. Take in the views from our river-front upper deck as you enjoy a cocktail, meet your 'ohana at our intimate bar, or or enjoy full-service dining on our patio or in our dining room.

Wilfred’s Lounge serves up tradition with a twist on island-inspired cocktails and cuisine. Whether you’re looking for Napa's best Mai Tai, rum, or something in between, we have a full bar and kitchen to serve your every whim. Experience a little aloha and escape to our corner of the world.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 1 day ago
Fantastic tiki bar vibes. Loved the live music and drinks. The food was absolutely amazing. 💯 will be back again and recommend to all friends.
A photo of Lo and Behold Bar + Kitchen restaurant
4.8
4.8 (602)
$30 and under
Global, International
Healdsburg
About the restaurant
Lo & Behold is a vibrant bar and restaurant serving up cultivated craft cocktails and a full menu of shareable comfort food from around the globe. We offer a choose-your-own-adventure atmosphere with seating available in our warm and welcoming dining room, cozy cocktail lounge, lively bar, or spacious garden patio. Casual and inviting with something for everyone, our menu will delight all fans of food and drink with bangers like our house-made noodles with kimchi, coconut green curry clams and confit beef brisket tacos. Our cocktails are inspired by what's growing on our farm, mixed with a little whimsy, and always served with a smile. Owned and operated by veteran Chef Sean Kelley and two of Sonoma County's top bartenders, Laura Sanfilippo & Tara Heffernon. Come play with us!
Top review
RickBvip
Dined on Jun 4, 2024
Excellent vibe as always. A restaurant frequented by locals is always a good indicator.
A photo of Bird & The Bottle restaurant
4.7
4.7 (1678)
$30 and under
American
Santa Rosa
About the restaurant
Aimed at bringing street food to life, the Bird & The Bottle in Santa Rosa, CA is the end result of a pair of award-winning restaurateurs looking to blend a surprising array of flavors. Asian, American South, East Coast, Jewish and other cuisines have been combined to create an unforgettable menu. The menu at Bird & The Bottle features cocktails and an extensive wine list, and foods range from nibbles to larger plates. Everything has been chosen to pair well, and options include seafood favorites, poultry classics like matzo ball soup but also Korean BBQ chicken. There is a vegetarian menu with everything from fried cheese curds to smoked beets, but there are also pork and beef choices in abundance. A visit to Bird & The Bottle has to finish up with a dessert, and the "goo goo pie in another jar" is a must try.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 3 days ago
Food here is something special and not to be missed. Just find a protein that you like and eat it- you’ll not be disappointed. Salmon wings were super and the skirt steak well seasoned and perfectly cooked. Top notch crew in the kitchen here- culinary professionals who value their craft and their food.
A photo of Jackson's Bar & Oven restaurant
4.7
4.7 (1072)
$30 and under
American
Santa Rosa
About the restaurant
Opened since 2009, Jackson’s Bar & Oven offers elevated American cuisine that changes seasonally with a focus on local and organic ingredients. The wine list features only Sonoma County selections, as well as craft beers on tap and a full bar featuring original hand-crafted cocktails. Whatever you are looking for: wood fired pizza, a salad, rib eye steak, kids' menu we have something for everyone (including some gluten free options!) Don't forget to check out our house made desserts!

Jackson's Bar and Oven is a full service restaurant that welcomes EVERYONE!
This is a great place for single diners, couples and families. Come see us!
Top review
MariaA
Dined 1 day ago
We had an early dinner at Jackson’s because we prefer to dine before there’s a crowd. It was perfect timing! The service was excellent and the food delicious as usual. This has become our new favorite spot. Our waitress couldn’t have been more pleasant and helpful with menu options. Can’t wait to return to Jackson’s!
A photo of Kapu Bar restaurant
4.7
4.7 (230)
$31 to $50
Polynesian
Petaluma
About the restaurant
Escape into a world of vibrant colors and flavors at Kapu Bar in Petaluma.
Enjoy a classic tiki cocktail or one of our house cocktails along side delicious island dishes that will leave you wanting more.
Top review
kyis
Dined on Jun 1, 2024
The staff was amazing as were the drinks. Thanks Zoe and Kaitlyn, Loved the Mai Tai and 3 dot. Best ever. Pina coladas were inconsistant with 2nd one crazy thick, but all good. Not so crazy about boiled peanuts, maybe an acquired texture taste. We didnt really have the food, just few apps.
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4.6
4.6 (1106)
$30 and under
American
Petaluma
About the restaurant
Brewsters Beer Garden is located in the historic district of downtown Petaluma. We are an open-air dining restaurant with over 350 seats. Our cuisine is focused on technique driven dishes influenced by Southern Carolina BBQ and a smattering of locally sourced and sustainably raised Petaluma producers and ranchers. Think southern BBQ meets California produce with a refined touch of explosive flavors.

The dining space compliments the food perfectly as guests are treated to outdoor seating in a historic setting, with the comforts of large heat lamps, fire pit, and live music stage. We offer an array of over 30 revolving local craft beers on draft, Sonoma and Napa Valley wine, and a full selection of spirits and cocktails. Brewsters was built for people that want more than just a good meal when they eat, they want a dining experience. We are laid back, kid & dog friendly, and like to have fun.
Top review
Muhlke
Dined 7 days ago
Great service and fantastic atmosphere. Food was very yummy with sizeable amounts. Entertainment was great to listen to while eating and admiring.
A photo of Tony's of North Beach - Graton Resort restaurant
4.4
4.4 (549)
$30 and under
Italian
Rohnert Park
About the restaurant
PLEASE NOTE: ALL GUESTS MUST BE 21 YEARS OF AGE AND OLDER TO DINE WITH US

Welcome to Tony’s of North Beach, home of 11 time World Pizza Champion Tony Gemignani.

Located inside the Graton casino, Tony brings his concept of passion and perfection to Rohnert Park, sharing his award winning pizzas with us all. Whether you choose the famous Pizza Margherita or the savory Cal Italia, Tony’s will not disappoint.

All of Our ingredients are authentic, and imported from the Pizza Capital of the World, Napoli.

Our menu is not limited to Pizza, but also includes mouth watering pastas and genuine Italian dinners. Pair any one of our entrées with our extensive Imported and Domestic wine list and your experience will not soon be forgotten.

Be sure to sample one of our specialty cocktails and finish your meal off with one of our delicious desserts
Top review
Michelle
Dined 5 days ago
I wish I could recall our waiter name but he was great very social, out going, attentive. Very knowledgeable regarding the menu and what each item was made of etc.
A photo of Osha Thai Napa restaurant
4.3
4.3 (15)
$31 to $50
Thai
Napa
About the restaurant
Nestled in the heart of downtown Napa, Osha Thai invites you on a culinary journey that blends the rich heritage of Thai cuisine with contemporary creativity. Led by renowned Executive Chef Lalita Souksamlane, join ys for a captivating dining experience that celebrates the vibrant flavors and aromas of Thailand in a chic yet inviting atmosphere.
Top review
Hutchvip
Dined 2 days ago
Great food, friendly good service and the ambiance is super cute and cozy. Highly recommend!
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