The Plaza Bistro

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$30 and under
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The Plaza Bistro an eatery in a historic building on the Square in downtown Sonoma. Open Everyday, Appetizers, Banquet Facilities, Daily Chef Specials, Entrees, Full Bar, Salads, Select Boutique Wines.

We provide the perfect blend of service, food and Italian bistro atmosphere for a relaxed meal in the heart of California wine country. The Plaza Bistro is available for your Private Events. Birthday Parties, Company Gatherings, etc. Please Contact Martin at 707.996.4466.
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vipkvsf
San Francisco
76 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great outside dining, quiet, good food, especially the lamb lollipop. That was the best treat for my husband. Just one wasn't enough but he held back.

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SanfranciscoFoodie45
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Lamb lollipops were very good. Pasta with seafood
tasted odd and more like Indian food than Italian.
Halibut was ok. Service wasn’t great but it’s hard to complain bc these are tough times for everyone. Overall some dishes are very good and others are not. Worth giving it a try though.

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SeanM
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Only place in the Bay Area that carries really good sweetbreads

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience2

Really a poor experience. Food was less than mediocre, service was bad, overall very disappointing.

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vipRayB
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

We love the Plaza Bistro. Good food. Great value. Who could ask for anything more?

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vipfoodiegirl
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Wonderful food and fantastic service!

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vipDaniel
San Francisco
143 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

This was a pleasant experience in spite of the COVID-19 limitations. Nice outdoor space and felt very safe.
Food was good.
Our one recommendation would be to offer better bread. It was dry and uninteresting which is odd since good bread is everywhere in Sonoma county.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Excellent service. They made my son something that wasn't on the menu and he loved it. Grateful for the extra touch.

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SaraR
Sacramento
5 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Nice to sit outside and dine. Noisy from the street as to be expected.
We had a nice, leisurely birthday dinner. We even got a birthday dessert. Enjoyable evening.

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MelissaB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Plaza Bistro has done a superb job, with outdoor seating, waiters wearing masks, and as usual, great food and service.

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vipAmyO
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Went for brunch on a drizzly Saturday morning. Had a lovely window seat overlooking the square. The Bistro omelette was delicious!

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vipArmany069
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best experience in
Sonoma square !

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vipBBSF
San Francisco
58 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We were looking for a quiet place to have lunch on the Plaza in Sonoma, and were delighted that we had picked The Plaza Bistro. The lunch menu offered a nice variety; service was excellent; and we loved sitting in the window and watching folks on the plaza.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Service was a little slow, but we figured it was because we were in the back dining area rather than the front. Food was delicious!!

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SteveE
Orange County
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great location, wonderful service, good food.

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RichardK
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

It was a very busy Valentine's celebration. Our waiter, Fernando (if I remember his name correctly) was a gem. it was our first time at Plaza Bistro, but not at all our last!

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Lena
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall2food1service4ambience3

We had reserved seats. "We are 30 minutes behind" announced the greeter/seater.
We were ok with a small bar table as we were to go to a concert after.
The first time my husband got the wrong food, we thought "oh, well that can happen!
The second time the dried spaghetti ware barely cooked and my husband sent it back.
The third time it was again the wrong item with the spaghetti barely cooked.
The owner exasperated - not sure whether about the chef that night or because
he thought my husband was a difficult customer.
He said " it's on the house " took my husband's plate and that was it.
I had finished my salad which was good. My hungry
husband and I left. Our worst restaurant experience ever.
In generell the portions are small for the price. And again
for that price one should be able to receive fresh pasta, which would have been
cooked within 3 minutes versus dry pasta.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience3

Had reservations for 6:15pm on a Saturday night. Upon entry there is a bar with some high top tables on the left and regular seating on the right. We were placed near a group (6-8) of very loud adults and so we asked to move to other side of restaurant. Our same waiter met us at the second table and proceeded to tell us how stressed he was working 10 tables all by himself- even though there were other staff present and bringing items to tables? We got our appetizer and salad at same time -not terrible but just bad pacing. And then we waited. And waited for our entree. Only after 30 minutes when we saw that a couple they had come after us got their entire meal did we ask for our waiter. Turns out he left or quit or whatever -he was gone! That’s a first! They finally delivered our meal and it was good but -maybe they aren’t equipped to handle the customer service aspect all that well if they aren’t properly staffed. Not sure I’ll be back- maybe try Sunday instead if I do.

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vipcarolm
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience4

I love the ambiance and the friendliness of the staff. The caesar salad wasn't quite a caesar; just a green salad. I had the spaetzl with cheese - should have stuck with the mussels I've had many times before, which are good. The spaetzl was too buttery and too cheesy. Seems if you're going to do butter, it would be better to have browned butter, which would give it more character.

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vipOpenTable Diner
London
2 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Special — wild halibut on vegetable ragout — beyond great. Cheese plate appetizer with duck sausage also very good. Excellent attention from mature d’.

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mjdicker
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

This is a cozy bistro owned by an Italian transplant who was lovely and welcoming. Food was flavorful; good wine list; all well priced, especially for the Sonoma plaza. It was perfect for our date night.

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CharlesG
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience1

We reserved seats for three for New Year's Eve. We had never been there before but relied on Yelp reviews. When we got there we were seated in a small room to the right side of the entrance after we were offered a seat right at the entrance that seemed too close to the door. The room was not very attractive. The brick wall on one side was warm and cozy, but the other side was old yellow wallpaper, marked up, plain. We sat for awhile and finally I asked a waiter if she was our server. She said "uhh, yes, I guess so." The service was terrible. We ordered two glasses of wine. The first glass came in five minutes, the second glass came 10 minutes later. Why? (Both wines were delicious.) Then we waited for the food. The first two dishes came; one was not what we ordered. (During the selection process, we discussed two options and I selected one but what she brought was neither one.) She took back the wrong one and brought the right one immediately; I thought she had just mixed up the table, but when I got the check it was she who had messed up the order--the price was about the same so I let it go. But still she had brought only two dishes. We waited fully ten more minutes for the third order to arrive, and it was not a dish that needed more time to prepare than the others. It turned out this was her third day on the job. I know waitstaffing is a tough job. She apologized and I could tell she was sincere. I did not stiff her on the tip, gave a normal (17%) amount for. But this was not all her fault. I blame management much more for not training well. The food was delicious, once we had it. But the kicker was, there is a large room beyond the bar, really warm and inviting, about half full, where we could have sat and not been subject to a cold draft every time the door opened. Why didn't they seat us back there in the first place? When I discovered it, I mentioned it to the greeter. She said "Well, you can sit there the next time." I don't think we'll be going back soon!

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vipSuzanneR
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cozy bistro on Sonoma Plaza. We sat at one of the 2 indoor window tables in the dining room and watched everyone walking by. The bar tables looked nice, too. Wine selection was good, full bar. I hadd the coq au vin which was perfect on a cold winter evening. Wait staff was pleasant and attentive.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

For our Christmas Eve dinner with mom we had lots of good dinner choices, service in a nice ambience.

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LesM
Hawaii
7 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Service slow, had a reservation & table next to order window. Food good but very little meat on our Iosco biscottis. Waited for too long to get our bill. Will not be back

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Susan23
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Family celebration of Christmas season. Wonderful service and meal!

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KayM
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We always love our visits to Plaza Bistro! Excellent service, excellent food.

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vipRussellK
San Francisco
20 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Nice place right on the square. It was a Sunday night so the restaurant was not packed. Hector, our waiter, was attentive and helpful. There were three of us and all of us liked our dinners. Enjoyed the atmosphere and ambiance for a conversation filled evening with family.

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vipMarilyn
San Diego
189 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were visiting the wine country and chose this restaurant based on the recommendation of one of our servers at Kunde Winery. She was right ... it was excellent!! The service was fantastic all night long. The food was incredibly delicious and we had a wonderful experience. My caesar salad was delicious and my husband loved his beet salad. The calamari appetizer was the best we have ever eaten and the sauces were fabulous. I had the pork scallopini and it melted in your mouth. The desserts were also out of this world. I highly recommend the crepes which were so delicious. We brought in our own wine and the corkage fee was reasonable. I highly recommend this great restaurant! We will definitely return the next time we are visiting the area.

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vipTomT
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We’re regulars. Great place

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kiddergirl
New England
27 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely restaurant with great food. Had the Ahi tuna over polenta. Delicious!

JP
JoyceP
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great service!

JP
JoyceP
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We always love dining at the Plaza Bistro. Food and service are excellent!

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LaurenL
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Very basic and underwhelming Italian but edible and not too terrible if all the best spots in town are filled.

EJ
EJWils
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience3

While our server, Sky, was friendly and polite, his service lacked. He took a long time to bring our bottle of wine and he told us it was because they were all out up front so he decided first to supply the bar and then bring ours after. Then he proceeded to use two different size glasses for my husband and myself (mine was much larger). When we brought that to his attention he laughed and said he thought about that fact while he was pouring the wine (but obviously didn’t think it was important enough to stop and switch glasses). The caprise salad was bland and my gnocchi was mushy and too sweet. I can’t speak for my husband on the details of his meal, but he did say it was just okay.

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vipMelroseman
Chicago
30 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

In an area with a number of fine restaurants, this one is just average. It shouldn't be at the top of a list of choices.

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vipBastaDomani
Cleveland
55 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall1food1service3ambience3

Not a fan. Service was fantastic but the food was just lacking from apps to entrees, my wife had the angel hair pasta and said it was fine. My linguine and clam sauce had sausage in it? The calamari app was horrible and the polenta just okay. I can’t believe the scoring open table has for this place. Not believable with my experience.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall1food1service3ambience3

Lowest quality food you could find. I went with my Italian wife and everything was bad.

JP
JennP
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food, wonderfully accommodating staff, perfect table, and all in a nice quiet setting; it made the long drive so worth it; thanks!

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LaurieS
San Francisco
56 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The Plaza Bistro is a great little restaurant. If you are lucky enough to get a window seat you can watch the world go by as you dine. It is always good, has a diversified menu, prices reasonable and the staff is very friendly.

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