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About Santé at the Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn
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.
*Sante' will offer Grand Buffet's only for Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day. Please call restaurant for further details.
"New Years Eve Reservations Please call Restaurant"
~Special Menu & Entertainment~
Sonoma, CA 95476
Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Open Nightly: 6:00pm
Holiday Hours and Menus will vary.
$31 to $50
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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Santé at the Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn Ratings and Reviews
Michelin star. A couple of friends who had been there years ago and loved it. My expectations were high; perhaps too high. Where do I begin. The hostess was nice. The busboy was nice. The waitress was stiff and her voice was jarring. The bread came late after we had to ask for it, but when it came it was the best part of the whole meal. Not a good thing. We ordered the special butternut squash soap as a starter. The presentation was cute. They put the creme fraiche at the bottom of the bowl and then poured the soap from a carafe over it. Nice touch, except the soup was weak, lukewarm, and flavorless. And this was a Special of the evening. Rather than order the tasting menu, which is wasted on two folks with small stomachs like us, we ordered entrees a la carte. My wife ordered the salmon with lentils. It looked terrible on the plate and tasted terrible on the palate. Worse salmon I ever had. Having reviewed the menu online prior to this evening, I had planned to order the filet mignon. I was told that tonight it would be three ounces of filet and three ounces of braised short rib for $48.00. Oh well. False advertising? Bait and switch? The presentation was nice, the meat tasted good. The steak had been prepared as ordered. Perfect! The potato and vegetables were invisible, but hey this is haute cuisine, not Applebees! Interestingly, after finishing that short rib I had had enough anyway. Now for dessert. Probably should have gone for the chocolate souffle, but was more in the mood for apple crisp-type of creation. It was the size of a small croquette and awful. I needed a microscope to find any apple. Once again though, this dish left me strangely full. I am not a novice to fine dining in general and Michelin star restaurants in particular, so I can make comparisons. Perhaps this was an off-night, but I was really disappointed. BTW, overall the experience at Sonoma Mission Inn was wonderful!
We wanted to take our friends out for a special Thanksgiving dinner. We thought we could count on Santé to be the perfect spot. I made the reservation months in advance, never expecting a buffet.
The food was mediocre at best and was extremely cold. (As an example, tamales were on the buffet table, and the husks felt like they were straight out of the refrigerator.)
The service was quite poor (dishes from the various courses were left to collect on the table), the food was quite poor, and the tab for four (including a $115 bottle of wine) was a whopping $930!!
Will we ever go back to Santé? Never.
Service was outstanding. They remembered us from our visits for Easter. Food was varied and delicious as we have come to expect. Price with wine was well within what we would expect for the overall experience. We will be back for Easter and Thanksgiving again next year.
The tasting menu was amazing. The chef cooked everything from the scallops to the wagyu perfectly. The ingredients were fresh and so thoughtfully picked out. The timing through the courses were perfect. The staff was very friendly and accommodating. I'm so happy with the service we received and the food.
We are "foodies" and wine explorers who are "locals" & live just down the street from this fabulous Sonoma restaurant. Yet, it took us two years to find our way here.
Already provided details in our food blog: #efficientchef. But first kudos go to Exec Chef Andrew Cain- super precise and still inventive with fresh twists on what you thought might be familiar, but each dish shows some very creative touches on favorite profiles.
Then, our Sommelier Mark was a sheer delight in his knowledge and presentation. We brought our own: 20-year old 1997 Stags Leap, not knowing how well it would show. Mark knew exactly how to handle it so we could enjoy it over the three courses of dinner. The corkage fee was a great value thanks to Mark's service!
The service by Whitney was equally a delight along with the unique bread service of Della Fattoria (Petaluma's best) made for a superb 2-hour journey.
THE BEST OF SONOMA * for fine dining.
We had the multi-course tasting menu with wine pairings and it was exceptional in every respect. My favorite dishes were the amuse-bouche of creamy custard and caviar and the incredibly tender and flavorful wagyu beef and its accompaniments. My husband's favorite dish was the black truffle risotto with white truffle foam. The wines paired with each course enhanced and were enhanced by the chef's creations. Service was superb and the entire experience was memorable.
After having a sub-par meal at the bar the night prior (service was fantastic but the food not so much) I was doubting the other great reviews of Sante. But it was a beautiful meal. Service is attentive and quick to respond. The wine list is great and possibly entirely Sonoma/Napa. The bread service is an elegant touch and my filet was the best piece of meat I've ever had.
Service was excellent, we decided to try the Tasting Menu as we didn't the previous visit. It was a great experience and I think its definitely worth trying at least once. I thought the value for the food was good; however, the value for the wine, not as much. Though it was a nice bottle of white wine, I wouldn't have it again for $100/bottle, I've had way better for less. Overall great experience and we'll probably be back to enjoy the ala carte menu as we did the first time we visited.
The food was amazing! The ambiance is good. There was a party going on in another room and the folks were really loud.
Our waitress was kind but was a bit spaced out at first so that was off-putting but she redeemed herself at the end and the other servers were amazing.
This was our third dining experience at Sante and we took visiting friends who are fellow foodies. Everyone loved the food and the ambiance. I wish they would serve the bread just a tiny bit sooner...seems if you go there really hungry you have to show a lot of self restraint as you wait for bread to arrive--tho' it is worth the wait!!!
I had surf and turf, an old name I haven't heard for years, but it was wonderful! The lobster was good but the beef was over the top! Everyone else had scallops which they must have thoroughly enjoyed, because by the time I was able to pull myself away for a moment from my meal and look around, they had all inhaled their dinners and there was not a smidge left to try :(
We brought wine, but they have an incredible list to choose from, so that is not necessary, tho' does seem to keep the bill a bit more reasonable.
Wait staff is lovely and warm, if perhaps not completely on top of it--but frankly, I think that's just the more laid back approach of Sonoma vs. the intensity in SF or Berkeley...in some ways, more like service in Italy--they don't really get in a hurry there.
Without a doubt, we will return!