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About The Plaza Bistro

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.

420 First Street East
Sonoma, CA 95476
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Mediterranean, Italian

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.

Cross Street:
Spain Street

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(707) 996-4466

Website:
http://theplazabistro.com/

Catering:
We offer full catering service. For menus, please contact Martin at 707-996-4466

Parking Details:
We are located at the heart of the city of Sonoma with plenty of parking.

Public Transit:
There is public transportation within walking distance.

Private Party Facilities:
Please see our banquet menu for options. Our Private room can accommodates from 20 to 80 guests.

Private Party Contact:
Martin Chavez: (707) 996-4466

Additional:
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

The Plaza Bistro Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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3.9

service

4.2

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3.5

value

3.5

Noise

Quiet

75% would recommend it to a friend

Good for Anniversaries (2)
Great for Lunch (2)
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Quiet Conversation (1)
Business Meals (1)
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Fit for Foodies (1)
Fun (1)
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 2, 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

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 16, 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.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Business Meals, Bar Seating, Fit for Foodies
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 9, 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.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 3, 2017

GOOD SERVICE, NICE LARGE DINING ROOM IN THE BACK OF THE RESTAURANT AND GOOD FOOD.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Cozy, Special Occasion, Local Ingredients, Quiet Conversation
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 3, 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.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 14, 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!

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on August 5, 2017

Delicious food!

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vip
 (San Francisco)·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.

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 (Chicago)·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.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 16, 2017

Good was delicious and service was fast and friendly!

Tags: Great for Lunch, Casual, Quick Bite, Good for a Date, Great for Brunch, Worth the Drive
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vip
 (San Francisco)·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!

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 (Houston)·Dined on May 18, 2017

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

Tags: Bar Seating, People Watching, Cozy, Quiet Conversation
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 (San Francisco)·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?

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 13, 2017

Gnocchi was amazing

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·Dined on May 12, 2017

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

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vip
 (San Francisco)·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!

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Authentic, Organic
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 (San Francisco)·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.

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 (San Francisco)·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.

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 (San Francisco)·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.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 1, 2017

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

Tags: People Watching, Great for Outdoor Dining, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (San Francisco)·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.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Good for Groups, Hot Spot, Creative Cuisine, Healthy, Good for Birthdays, Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on March 18, 2017

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

Tags: Romantic, Healthy, Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Notable Wine List, Sunday Lunch, Casual, Kid-friendly
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on March 12, 2017

A really nice brunch on Sunday. Good food, adequate and not overbearing waitstaff. Small and quiet - clearly a local vibe. Food was good, very well priced. Nothing exceptional about the food - just good value and a great way to start the day.

Tags: Outstanding Value, Great for Brunch, Casual
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 8, 2017

This was an International Women's Day lunch with an old friend. We both wore red. It was the first time be went to your restaurant. We had a lovely time and enjoyed the food, service and ambiance. Thank you.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Seasonal, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 8, 2017

The Bistro is a favorite of mine in Sonoma. I have some food restrictions and they're always very accommodating. Nice people, great service, consistently good food.
Skye is especially service oriented and very friendly.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Authentic, Local Ingredients, People Watching, Bar Seating, Great for Lunch, Happy Hour, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Quick Bite
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 6, 2017

This was my first time to Plaza Bistro and I invited 5 of my co-workers for lunch to start off Restaurant Week and was very disappointed to discover that the menu that was on the website was not what was presented to us. Two of my co-workers are vegetarian and there was not an option provided for them. There was one on the website but not in house. We had to leave and go to a different place to provide them with a vegetarian option. Apparently the menu on website was the one from last year. I would hope for future they make sure to update the website because this was a huge disappointment.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 5, 2017

Loved the gnocchi. Grilled romaine salad just ok. Very nice wait staff.

Tags: Great for Lunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 11, 2017

Best food ever. The service was great too. The setting is amazing

Tags: Late-night Find, Good for a Date
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 6, 2017

When I called to see if they had a certain dish on the menu whoever answered the phone seemed alittle rude. Maybe she was in a hurry? The restaurant is not bad, the service was fair. The food was made well and tasted good. The only downside were the prices they were charging, but it was downtown Sonoma so I guess I will have to deal with it. Not bad but probably will not return as nothing stuck out to me as have to have again.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 31, 2016

We enjoyed a wonderful meal. For three of us we ordered a lamb osso bucco, duck confit and rabbit. All were excellent and we would definitely return. Nice wine list that is not terribly expensive. Heard they also had great "happy hour" plates.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Business Meals, Outstanding Value, Tasting Menu, Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Happy Hour
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 30, 2016

We enjoyed a great dinner with friends. I had the duck confit, which was delicious, and the fresh greens and potatoes went perfectly. Their house Moscow mule with an herbal liquor was outstanding, as well. And the topper was superior service-the staff are amazing! One guest was delayed, and we had to wait, but the waiter brought bread and dipping oil, refilled water, and was patient and service oriented continually. A great leader cal dinner!

Tags: Good for a Date, Seasonal, People Watching
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 1, 2016

Four of us dined here, all for the first time.
Service was good. Prices are reasonable.
Food arrived in a timely manner.
Three of us enjoyed our meals very much. The fourth not so much.
We had three Cesar salads, which were very good. And one avocado brussels sprout salad with roasted pumpkin seeds, which was also good.
Sea bass wrapped in potato over julienned veggies was good. Rigatoni was good. Gnocchi was outstanding. The "miss" of the evening was a T-bone steak. Not very good was the pronouncement.
Shared a delicious if somewhat watery creme brulee and a very good peach sorbet, though it was more like a granita.

Three of us would go back. The fourth said he wouldn't.

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Jacksonville)·Dined on November 16, 2016

The food was great. We were the only ones in the restaurant. There was a bunch of people in the bar. My husband had pasta with seafood and I had crispy duck. Both were very good.

Tags: Casual, Creative Cuisine, Comfort Food
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on November 12, 2016

Sorry to report a bad experience at a local restaurant, but we had a bad experience. Amateurish service, undercooked food, long wait time--just nothing good to report. We had eaten here a long time ago and thought we would give it a second chance, but regret it. Had to send our food back to the kitchen and it returned, much later, over cooked. Appetizers and salads were just ordinary. Waiter didn't know the menu, had to"go check". Reasonable wine list, however. The price/value relationship here is lacking. The bad food and service took the glow off what should have been a fun evening. As host, I was embarrassed.

There are many good restaurants in Sonoma. This is not one of them.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 5, 2016

Very disappointing, nice location on the Sonoma Square..food was marginal at best although menu looks decent..not sure if they have a real chef or just cooks in the kitchen making food..would be reluctant to try again.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 5, 2016

Maybe we were there a little off season but they were quite empty and so the back room felt cold and dead. They made us wait 15 minutes and then took us to an empty room full of open tables, which was strange. The waiter was very nice but there was no sommelier so we relied on the waiter telling us what was most popular. This seemed like an oversight after a day of wine tasting. The steaks were good and the risotto starter was also noteworthy, but there was only one vegetarian entree and it was very creamy and heavy. So a vegan or health conscious vegetarian would have been out of luck.

Tags: Good for Groups
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on October 29, 2016

Plaza Bistro was able to accommodate our large group, however the food was fair. The nicoise salad was not as described in the menu (tuna was overcooked; old, hardboiled eggs as opposed to poached eggs). Our waiter did put in a good effort, but seemed to not have an understanding of what was going on - perhaps he was new?

Tags: Sunday Lunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 22, 2016

Lamb chop dish & seafood pasta were good; flavored coffee also good. Service was fast and attentive. Finding reservation for a big group was easy unlike other resto in the area. Good location as it's right in the heart of downtown Sonoma, close to quaint shops, park, etc.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Good for Groups
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 21, 2016

Good food, nice wait staff, relaxed atmosphere in one of the rear or side rooms.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 14, 2016

Fail, won't be back

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