Santé at the Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn

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During the month of November we will be offering an a la carte and a four course prix fixe dinner menu and a Sunday Supper!

Santé Restaurant is the Inn's premier dining room and has earned a national reputation for its outstanding food. Recipient of a prestigious Michelin rated as well as the AAA Four Diamond Award, Santé is the only restaurant in the Sonoma Valley to receive these accolades. Condé Nast Traveler said 'it's worth a special trip just to eat here' and Gourmet Magazine calls the food 'the best of the new Wine Country style.' Only the freshest local produce, meats, poultry and seafood are used to create elegantly simple dishes that let the natural flavors of the food speak for themselves.



A wine list, honored with Wine Spectator's two glass 'Best of Award of Excellence' features over 500 Sonoma and Napa wines.

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Sun - Thu 6:00PM - 6:15PM 8:30PM - 10:00PM
Fri - Sat 9:00PM - 10:00PM

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SF
San Francisco
38 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall2food3service1ambience2

We were staying at the Sonoma Mission Inn and chose to have dinner at the hotel. Wow, what a disappointment. The food was just ok (duck breast was rubbery and prepared with seaweed?!, fillet was a generous portion and good). The service was quite poor...slow, inattentive. The hotel is nice but skip Santé.

OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall1food2service1ambience3

Hostess was rude and no one acknowledged our special occasion. Very disappointing for the high prices

RG
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed fabulous food, wine and service at Sante! Highly recommend this restaurant. The staff was super friendly and knowledgeable and the ambiance was delightful. Definitely plan to go again.

KO
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Heavy here many times! Always a very nice experience for staff to the chef. 5 stars!!

DE
Miami
88 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Really enjoyed the evening. Was surprised at how limited the menu was. Wine list was terrific. Great place for a group.

D
Memphis
27 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of, if not the best, meals that I had in Sonoma. Food quality and presentation was excellent. Service was attentive. Very good wine selection.

DG
San Francisco
122 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Exceptional service, friendly & informative & not a bit of pretentiousness. The food was fine, nothing particularly outstanding except for the desserts, including a strawberry baked Alaska, which were quite excellent. Given the ho-hum of the food & the small portion sizes, menu items seem overpriced. Again, fantastic service.

WW
Denver
13 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great atmosphere, attentive staff, fabulous cheese cart!

RN
Indiana
34 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Sunday dinner, delicious salad, chicken and yummy dessert. Great service and outstanding wine list! This is definitely a first class restaurant!

H
Sacramento
7 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience3

Its a hotel restaurant and nothing more.

JL
New Mexico
7 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waiter Jesse was outstanding. We hadn’t been for several years and we were impressed with the food, the staff, the entire attentive experience.

d
San Francisco
50 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a nice table near a window in the early evening. We enjoyed the watermelon/tomatoes appetizer and a great steak and duck entrees. Jonathan was a great waiter not just on serving but guiding me to avoid the steak being over done. I really appreciated his knowledge and advice.

OT
Philadelphia
24 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service . Vince was great ! Had high end wines by the glass so we indulged in Scarecrow. Was a wonderful meal !

K
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious and the service was great!. Thank you Jonathon and Heather for a perfect evening.

RA
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very nice atmosphere. Food was interestingly good.

AC
Louisville
4 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience2

We dined here for our first night in Sonoma. The food we had was good however we were really disappointed when adding up the cost of all items of the prefix menu. They were cheaper to buy individually than buying the prefix. This was disappointing. Our waiter was very inattentive to us. If it wasn’t for his assistant we would have complained while at the restaurant. While sitting at our table outside I came face to face to all people entering and exiting the pool which decreased the ambiance.

p
Tampa
90 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We are from Florida. This is one of the best places we have ever been. Loved all of the food and wine. Excellent service. So glad we went there !!

PT
New England
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service team with great teamwork exhibited amongst them. Food and Beverage products and their preparation are excellent in every way.

w
San Francisco
29 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent experience. We sat outside as we have a dog, and they are dog friendly, which is a huge plus! Attentive service by Maria. Crab benedict was amazing, and lots of crab! Husband had the scramble and it was delicious as well. Will definitely be back.

D
London
15 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall2food1service3ambience3

Vongole main course badly cooked, starchy, with little flavour. Clams tough.

OT
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall2food2service1ambience3

It’s a hotel restaurant ....someone wrote Earlier and I couldn’t agree more. Was here two years ago it was awesome , I heard they got a new chef and it shows . It’s extremely overpriced for very small portions. Strange food mixes and not very flavorful. Also, when someone orders multiple glasses of expensive wine pour the proper amount. Don’t skimp on your pour! especially in Sonoma !!!! It’s wine country !!

EH
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience1

This is a quiet formal dining room with really not much energy. A limited menu, prepared well, but few choices. Wine list extensive but to few moderate priced wine alternatives. Many restaurants with better atmosphere and energy and food in the area so really no reason to go to a to formal place that's not much fun.

E
Toronto
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service. The server was very knowledgeable of the menu items and made great recommendation.

WC
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall1food2service1ambience4

The setting is beautiful. The service was slow and inattentive. The food is so-so. The corkage fee is $35 and the sommelier was rude. Plus, it’s expensive! You can do much better.

The valets and the busboy were great!

OT
San Francisco
34 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love Sante and have enjoyed their pre-fix menu especially. Offerings are seasonal and tonight's 4 courses was amazing. Amazing meal topped of by a petite Watmaugh (local strawberry grower) baked Alaska. Filled with strawberry sorbet and surrounded by chilled strawberry "gazpacho" !!

B
Central Coast
46 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience1

Room is far too dark for daytime dining. Looks like a design for a big city, formal restaurant. But it’s in the wine country? Food just OK. Wrong meal delivered. Quickly corrected, but in a room with only 4 tables full this shouldn’t happen. Outdoor space looked nice, but it was too hot out.

HN
New England
65 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible wine selections which you would expect in Sonoma Valley. Diverse menu, small bites, appetizers, healthy salads and entrees that are refreshing. The duck specifically is the best we have ever had.

MN
Minneapolis
34 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Celebrating our wedding anniversary with a long weekend in Sonoma. Sante' looked like a great place for our special occasion meal. Overall, it was a nice dinner. We had the tasting menu with wine pairing. The wines were great. The food was excellent. They also acknowledged our anniversary during dessert. Overall, not a horrible visit by any means. They just need to up their service game a notch at this pricepoint. There was an aura of stinginess. I'm fairly certain a Michelin reviewer would not look fondly on the very light pairing pours. You should have enough wine to get through the full course which was not the case with the duck entree. We finished our pinot pour with 1/2 of the entree remaining. We asked the sommelier for another splash and he readily obliged, but would not have expected the need to do so. Every other restaurant of this caliber has always ensured our wine pours were topped off if needed.

c
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall2food1service5ambience3

the food was not that good, we order steaks and all 3 of us got very salty steaks.

OT
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and service. I highly recommend the tasting menu :-)

f
Austin
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience2

Certainly nothing special. Had been looking forward to eating here, overall was pretentious with no reason to be. Food and kitchen try too hard with a lack of compatible ingredients and tiny portions. Way more expensive than it should have been, shrimp appetizer at $24 contains 2, yes two, shrimp. With wine over $350 for two. Don't expect anything from management. Ate at Girl & fig the next night, 10x the meal at less than 1/3 the cost.

DA
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best! My wife and I have had the pleasure to eat at Santé recently. Food, wine, and service were all exceptional. The highlight was the food. Fresh ingredients, perfect sizes and presentation, and the flavor was so good the right word hasn’t been invented yet. If you’re in the area please do your taste buds a favor and stop in.

4
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The tasting menu and wine pairing was spectacular.

P
San Diego
15 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience2

55th Birthday

It was our first night stay at the Fairmont and this test was recommended. Honestly it wasn’t the best compared to other local restaurants.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Anniversary

OT
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall2food2service5ambience3

The service at Sante was and is always wonderful, however our salad was just not something to write home about and it’s summer with so many options with melon and citrus, yet it was just blah.

m
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waitress and servers and buskers were always accommodating and pleasant.
Wonderful experience. Delicious food.

m
Chicago
30 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience3

Ordered th pre-fixe menu. Beginning courses and bread were good. Our entrees missed the mark that night. That being said, do go for breakfast. All three days we ate breakfast there were outstanding!

GD
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, wonderful wine selections, service was superb.

OT
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place for a night out with my main man!