Santé at the Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn

4.3
1297 reviews
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During the month of August we will be offering an a la carte and a four course prix fixe menu.

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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OT
San Francisco
31 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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" !!

HN
New England
62 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

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
3 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 5ambience 3

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

f
Austin
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The tasting menu and wine pairing was spectacular.

P
San Diego
15 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

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
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Anniversary

OT
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 5ambience 3

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

m
Chicago
30 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, wonderful wine selections, service was superb.

OT
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place for a night out with my main man!

JS
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

We showed up and hostess did not appear to know of our reservation and told us they were closed. The manager came with an iPad and confirmed we had a reservation. They seated us outside, brought water and then we sat for about 10 mins without any service. Then a sweet gal came and asked if we had been helped and took great care of us after that. The outdoor seating was nice but we were right by the pool and it was a bit noisy. But, lemon pancakes were off the hook awesome!

CB
San Francisco
34 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food that’s locally grown and well prepared. Portions are decent sized and service is excellent. Great by the glass list, too.

JY
1 review
Dined on July 4, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 4

Appetizers
We had two and they were good enough but nothing outstanding as I have already forgotten.

Entree
I had pasta with clams. The clams were overcooked so they were quite chewy; the pasta itself was not overdone but the sauce was lackluster. The presentation was also very flat.

Bread
One of the bread options had the texture of a par-baked but never made it to the oven to be finished off.

Service
I can almost overlook all of the food shortcomings as I did not leave hungry but the service left the worst taste of all. The final straw was the waiter presenting the dessert menu and walk away without uttering a word. He was barely seen throughout the meal but his lack of service was highlighted during this final gesture.

On a positive note, the server who did the cheese course (before the dinner) was pleasant and cheerful.

DW
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Overall, I have always enjoyed our dining experiences here, but this time I felt that the food was not as good as previous times. Not taste or presentation wise, but more from the standpoint of quantity. Another incident that somewhat annoyed me was I had brought in a bottle of my own wine as we entered the restaurant. A member of the staff greeted me and asked if I would like my bottle prepared for serving at my table or should it be brought out later. I said yes, please prepare for immediate service at the table and gave him my bottle. As expected, the bottle arrived at my table and was poured. When it came time for the check I discovered that I was being charged their price for my wine. Apparently the person who took my bottle initially did not inform anyone that it was my bottle. The bill was corrected eventually to remove the charge and the expected corkage fee was added in ($35 is a little stiff for a corkage fee, don't you think?). Again, I enjoyed my evening here, but not as much as previous visits.

m
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything about this meal was spectacular.

OT
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 3

This was the worse meal I have ever had. The asparagus was the only decent thing they had. We didn’t even eat the appetizer or entrees and the manager Brian even came out to apologize as he stated “you’re probably use to the previous chief whose French and this chief is trying to go in a new direction .” He offered to comp our entrees but because we had a travelzoo he couldn’t do any partial credits. I have eaten here several times in the past and was truly one of the best experiences but this was horrible and not up to par. This was so bad we had to stop somewhere else after we left to eat.

PS
New Mexico
13 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Limited menu

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We did the tasting menu with wine pairing for our anniversary. Although this experience is on the higher price point per person, it was so wonderful.. The food, the pairings, and the service were all excellent. We would absolutely go back.

LS
San Francisco
56 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sante at the Fairmont is truly an experience. The food, service and wine are all exceptional. We were celebrating a birthday and so we chose the four course June "special" with the wine pairings. It was over the top! While I would recommend the restaurant for any occasion, celebrating a milestone or an anniversary is very special. The decor is beautiful and the dress is casual. Well worth the money!

Santé at the Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn
Responded on June 20, 2019

Dear LaurieS, Thank you so much for taking the time to write such a wonderful review about Santé. It is such a pleasure to read that you thought the food, wine and service were all exceptional and it is such an honor that you recommend Santé for special occasions. We would love to be serving you for the next special or regular occasion that comes around! Best regards, Daan Smeets Santé Restaurant Assistant Manager

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OT
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 2

We had breakfast outside. I felt very hot and realized only later that they kept the heaters on while it was 90 degrees outside. When I asked to turn it off, it was not done until we left. Also, we waited for our credit card to be picked up for 20 min!!! We just sit their and watched how long it will take them. They brought me cappuccino with an ant it it... no apologies ... Food was mediocre. Service pretty bad.

Santé at the Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn
Responded on June 16, 2019

Dear Anonymous, Thank you for sharing this feedback with us. Please let me start with apologizing for your experience. It definitely seems that we missed the standards that we hold ourselves to multiple times during your breakfast experience. If you are interested, please contact me as I would like to work towards a solution with you so that we can give you the experience you deserve to have at Santé. Looking forward to hearing from you, Daan Smeets Santé Restaurant Assistant Manager.

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OT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was incredibly beautiful and delicious!

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San Francisco
60 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent meal, fine dining at its best. Treat yourself to a special night out.

Santé at the Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn
Responded on June 16, 2019

Dear 1234, Thank you for you visit and for taking the time to leave us such a great review! It's wonderful to see that you recommend Santé for a special night out with fine dining at its best. I have shared your comments with our team as an encouragement for all the hard work that they do. Thank you again for dining with us and we would love to see you again soon for another excellent and special experience. Best regards, Daan Smeets Santé Restaurant Assistant Manager

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o
Vancouver
9 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had the four course menu. Everything from the food to the service was outstanding. Would go back to Sonoma just to dine here!

L
Houston
5 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and wine pairing, every dish was thoughtfully prepared with the utmost care, beautiful presentation!

Santé at the Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn
Responded on May 27, 2019

Dear Luvchampagne, Thank you for your great review of Santé and thank you so much for your visit! It is great to read that you enjoyed our food and wine pairing and the thoughtfully prepared dishes. I have shared your comments with our service and kitchen staff, as an encouragement and testament to their hard work. When your travels bring your back to Sonoma, we would love to serve you again. Best regards, Daan Smeets Santé Restaurant Assistant Manager

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TP
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 3

Not up to Fairmont expectations. Been to other Fairmont's in Maui and New York and this one did not even come close.
Very limited menu. Good quality food, good presentation, just didn't warrant the prices for the locale.
Top notch service.

ML
Orlando
53 reviews
Dined on May 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Not for everyday dining. Food is fussy and non-traditional -- not for some one looking for a steakhouse dinner. However, the food was very good even if part of our order came from the bar restaurant adjacent. Sante is a great value for breakfast -- plenty of food at reasonable prices. Chicken and waffles covers both breakfast and lunch!

VL
Vancouver
5 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

What a wonderful evening. From the cheese board with Elaine to the wine pairings with Mark, it was a truly memorable dinner. Every course of the prix fixed menu was delicious, except the wagyu beef. It was grisly and a bit tough, and not appetizing looking on the plate. But the exceptional flavors of everything else more than made up for it!
Highly recommend this restaurant!

KE
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Good food with a beautiful ambience. Very romantic location.

JR
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 2

There was a lot of food but it just wasn't good. We were seated in a DARK back room even though most of the restaurant was empty when we arrived. No ambience at all at an otherwise gorgeous hotel. Service was SLOOOWWW.

IG
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 2

Signed up for the fixed menu with wine pairing. Third course arrived nearly two hours after arrival -wagyu ribeye - completely undercooked despite the initial request.
Overpriced, even worse overrated for the quality of the food, service and ambiance.

As for the price, it is not match for the real level of quality as I mentioned - you feel like you just have been robbed because of the experience and heat you had pay for it as you leave.

N
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved it! Excellent four-course dinner. We will come back again.

OT
Sacramento
3 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Our wait staff were completely fantastic, extremely knowledgeable about every ingredient on the menu. It was a very relaxing and comfortable dining area. The wine list was so extensive it had been put into a iPad, it housed tons of local wines, but was diverse in other regions/ countries. The food completely stood out, it was delicious something you find in a world class restaurant. Thank you for a fantastic experience.

J
Sacramento
3 reviews
Dined on April 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Celebrating completing of advanced degree

G
San Francisco
65 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We have had wonderful dinners at Santé. The menu has changed quite a bit since our last visit. We feel there are not enough choices. The prix fix menu is almost the same as the regular menu. We do like the addition of the cheese cart. The server did a wonderful job of explaining all the cheeses. Please consider adding a few more main courses to the menu

SF
Central Coast
3 reviews
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Awesome experiences. We did the prefix menu with wine pairing. Food and wine was amazing. The only negative is it took a little long between each of the dishes were served and the wine was already poured and getting warm. Otherwise, perfect night out.

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