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The Plaza Bistro

202 reviews
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$31 to $50
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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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Mediterranean, Italian
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Hours of operation

Brunch: Saturday - Sunday: 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM.

Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30 AM - 4:00 PM, Saturday - Sunday: 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM.

Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 4:00 PM - 9:00 PM, Friday: 4:00 PM - 9:30 PM, Saturday: 4:00 PM - 9:30 PM.
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Phone number
(707) 996-4466
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Private party facilities
Please see our banquet menu for options. Our Private room can accommodates from 20 to 80 guests.
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Private party contact
Martin Chavez: (707) 996-4466
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We offer full catering service. For menus, please contact Martin at 707-996-4466
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Cross street
Spain Street
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Parking details
We are located at the heart of the city of Sonoma with plenty of parking.
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Public transit
There is public transportation within walking distance.
Banquet, Bar Dining, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Dancing, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 202 People Are Saying
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4.5  based on recent ratings
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75% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Cath (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

We enjoyed a wonderful evening at the Plaza Bistro. The food was excellent. The ambiance was elegant, lively, and yet serene. The service was excellent. We thoroughly enjoyed our dinner experience.-Cath

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

Birthday Weekend in Sonoma!

vipOpenTable Diner (Houston)
5.0  Dined on February 9, 2018

Excellent restaurant. We cancelled our reservation the second night at another restaurant in the square and went back the second evening. Highly recommended, ask for a table overlooking the square.

vipSookiez (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on February 3, 2018

It was a nice and sunny day so we sat outside. We had a great time people watching. We both had the salmon sandwich and the staff was perfectly happy to make substitutions on our order. We will definitely go back.

Smitty614 (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on December 31, 2017

Excellent as always! I had Osso Bucco, husband had steak, and both were tender, flavorful, and beautifully executed. Started with the delicious beet salad, ended with their perfect creme brûlée and the amazing mascarpone crepes.
Our go-to spot for special occasions did not disappoint!
We've also come here for brunch and lunch and Thanksgiving-- consistently excellent food and service, and you can actually have a conversation.

vipPullmanCritic (Phoenix)
3.0  Dined on December 30, 2017

Nice service. Food solidly average with smallish portions. Ambience lacking with most tables near bar, kitchen or entrance door which in winter allows for frequent blasts of cold air.

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on December 25, 2017

Booked at the last minute for Christmas dinner with my daughter. Pleasantly surprised the dinner was delicious with everyday menu & prices. I expected the menu prices to be high due to holiday dining but it was not. Extra kudos to Plaza Bistro for being community minded considering we are still recovering from the devastating fires of 10/2017. The atmosphere was pleasing, the waiters very attentive.

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on December 24, 2017

Great food - never disappoints. The atmosphere is calm and inviting. Thank you for a great Christmas Eve dinner

vippumpkin (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on December 1, 2017

Super eats.wonderful lamb lollipops and shrimp.
Happy hour is delightful especially in the bad area.It's-like you are in a charmingly hotel

BarbaraD (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on September 15, 2017

Have eaten at the Plaza Bistro a few times. Always good and fresh food. Service is good. Can fit for a dressy night out by sitting in the back formal dining room, or can be more casual with seating outside or in the front room. I always leave happy and never feel I have overpaid.

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined on September 8, 2017

Come expecting a generic bar and grill and you'll be ok. Food is ok, not bad, but not memorable either. This wouldn't be my first choice, but it isn't a bad option.

MurielH (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on September 3, 2017


vipRosys (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined on September 2, 2017

Plaza Bistro was good, it had the misfortune of being our selection on the hottest day (110 degrees) ever. So eating was not a major endeavor, drinking was. They kept our glasses full and we were able to enjoy a nice evening with our friends.
We will certainly go there again as the food we did order, steaks, risotto and pasta were good just cumbersome.

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
2.0  Dined on August 13, 2017

Don't go hungry! Portions were really small, food was tasty enough. It was weird that my husband and I were the only 2 in the restaurant at 7pm on a Sunday night!

vipJanine (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on August 4, 2017

Delicious food!

vipByWSM (San Francisco)
2.0  Dined on July 17, 2017

Had a disappointing meal at Plaza Bistro. Two of us had Pork Scallopini. It was ok. The accompanying spinach was very good. One of us had the New York steak. Again, ok, but not up to the price.

Service, while friendly and attentive, was sketchy; a lack of experience and training was probably the issue.

We've had decent lunches in the past. If we go back, I'll stick to the cheeseburger.

OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
1.0  Dined on July 16, 2017

We ended up there early and they were able to seat us as soon as we got there. My friend ordered the gnocchi and I got the pork medallions. The gnocchi was so over cooked it almost melted off the fork. The pork was plain and had grainy mashed potatoes. My friend asked to change her order and got the rigatoni. The waitress was neutral about it but made it happen. The rigatoni came out and it was also so over cooked it fell off the fork. We ended up leaving very unhappy. I was shocked because of the high rating everyone gave it.

chausette (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on July 16, 2017

Good was delicious and service was fast and friendly!

vipPatuti (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined on July 15, 2017

We made a reservation and in the comments section indicated we were celebrating a special occassion. This was never acknowledged. Service was very slow and disorganized. 3 different people came to the podium and asked us the same questions about whether we had a reservation and how many in our party before we were seated. We waited for menus, then waited for water, then waited for butter, then waited to order a bottle of wine. Waiter came back and said he would bring us our wine. Why not just bring it? Food was decent but the service was so weak that there really isn't a reason to return. Dinning room is too brightly lit as well. Very disappointing!

OpenTable Diner (Houston)
5.0  Dined on May 18, 2017

One of our long time favorites in Sonoma. Try the duck, it's fabulous.

Sweetieroo (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on May 17, 2017

Excellent entrees--great flavors--chicken superb. Caesar salad was just ridiculously small, even by European standards and was $12.95. Other portions fine. Extremely spare patio with plastic sheeting surrounding--maybe the sheeting comes down in summer?

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on May 13, 2017

Gnocchi was amazing

OpenTable Diner 
3.0  Dined on May 12, 2017

The food was just OK. Pedestrian flavor, no fresh herbs, no spice. Basically a flat taste.

vipWonderful (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on May 11, 2017

We really enjoyed our impromptu dinner at Plaza Bistro. Our meals were served efficiently and presented beautifully. We especially enjoyed the salads . . . wonderful combination of ingredients and tasted like they were fresh out of the garden. We also recommend the pasta dishes!

alocal (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined on April 20, 2017

Our waiter had an attitude right from the get-go. He took at to a large room in the back, which was good because it was quiet, but since there were lots of seats in the front, this made us feel like five older ladies were not good advertising in the front. He told us before we had sat down that it could only be one check. We had not asked anything about this. He didn't listen to us when we ordered. He brought me the wrong coffee drink and one of the plates contained fries instead of salad. Two people ordered the exact same, salmon with salad and one plate was as ordered, the other was with fries. The person graciously kept it, but there was no apology for the error. He made it clear that we were not the customers he was looking for to wait on. It will be a long time before I return to The Plaza Bistro and this was the first time I had eaten there.

Stina (San Francisco)
2.0  Dined on April 16, 2017

The Plaza Bistro is a very cute restaurant in Sonoma. We were a party of 12, our waiter was nice and friendly. We were one of the first party's to arrive but somehow we seemed to be the last to be served. Other large groups arrived, ate and then left in the time that we were there. It took almost 45 mins to get our food after it was ordered. I ordered the eggs benedict. The sauce was delish, however my eggs were practically hard boiled. :( Unfortunately most of the rest of the people in our party had some issue or another with their meals as well. Hard fried eggs when they asked for over easy, over easy eggs when they asked for hard fried, awkwardly large sausage patties when they asked for sausage links, food arriving very cold etc.

I think that this was a cute restaurant, prices were fair and the portions were good. I am not sure if they were overwhelmed or what but unfortunately the dinning experience was not what we had expected. would I eat there again? Possibly, but not with a large group.

AmyG (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined on April 4, 2017

Not my favorite meal. I guess theres a reason noone in town talks about this place.
Seafood pasta. Seafood and pasta portions were skimpy and the shrimp tasted like it died years ago.

George (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on April 1, 2017

The food and service were both great as always. I highly recommend Plaza Bistro

vipNGM6 (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on March 19, 2017

Very pleased with service & quality of food. We were a family & friends get-together. Everyone liked the food & ambiance. I found the restaurant online & guessed right!!! Prices were reasonable & portion sizes were perfect. Guests were from east coast & we are from SF. I've already told my friends about this place.

OpenTable Diner (Central Coast)
5.0  Dined on March 18, 2017

Great place, as usual! Awesome food, great service, great location!