Wishbone in Petaluma, California, offers a menu made up of locally farmed foods cooked in an old-fashioned way. The brunch menu at Wishbone contains a variety of options including the olÕ fashion breakfast made up of two eggs, griddled mash potato and house baked sourdough with fresh jam.
Moving beyond brunch to dinner, diners can choose between a variety of entrŽes. Wishbone offers a tilted burger, featuring house raised beef, house cured bacon, local cheese, onions and mayo. The menu also features fresh fettuccine, which is made in house daily, or crisp pork belly with pineapple kimchi. In addition, the menu also features a house salad, fries and fried tomatoes.
From beginning to end our experience at Wishbone was disappointing. Made the reservation for five & the table was ready but set for two. We had to ask for utensils for three. You need to order bread if you want it and it came out in a loaf which was burnt on the outside. We ordered the blue cheese salad that sounded fantastic on the menu description. The waitress warned us when she placed the plates down that the deviled eggs may be a bit spicy. The entire salad was so spicy it required sips of water in between each bite! A spicy salad is fine but it should be described that way on the menu, not upon arrival. They were out of the shrimp dish so two of us had to order our second choice. Three of us had the chicken and two of us had the ground beef with tomato sauce. Both meals were ok. We were looking for meals we would not have prepared ourselves at home. I feel as though this restaurant is trying create am image they are not pulling off. On top of it all, they overcharged us $48.00. Will not be giving them a second chance or recommending to anyone I consider a friend.
As the only 50-somethings in the restaurant, we felt a little out of place. This restaurant is trying very hard to be the trendy "in" spot for Sonoma County hipster wannabes. I put my game face on and ordered a glass of Voignier (betcha thought an old lady would order Chardonnay, didn't you.) They didn't have the hubby's usual IPA, so the helpful and sweet server suggested another beer. I could have sworn she said Heroin and was a little alarmed. Turns out she said Heroine, which was a kickass local beer.
Turning to the menu, "Oh my goodness," I thought, "Is quiche a thing again?" Apparently so, because the dish I remember from 30 years ago is on Wishbone's menu. This quiche was much gooier and custardier (are those words?) than the quiche of 1985, though. I didn't think it was a good change.
Our server was delightful and friendly. However, she ran through the many specials very quickly. The last special on her list involved some kind of beef, which she emphasized as "house raised." (I kept looking around for cattle, but did not see any in the house.) My hubby loves beef, and thought she said "beef bourguinon." It turns out that it was beef bolognese, and he is NOT particularly a fan of pasta. This dish was really a bust because (1) there was hardly any beef in it, house raised or otherwise, and (2) it was loaded with chili flakes. Yuck.
In conclusion, Wishbone barely gets a 3/5 rating for the friendly service, funky decor, and valiant effort with the menu.
I really like the look as concept. The chef was hostessing that day and she was really nice and told us about how they work their way through a cow, utilizing as many parts as possible, and the menu is totally dependent on what parts are left of that same cow. That being said, the menu was really small as far as entrees go. We had ramen, which was pretty good. Menu did not mention that it was Served with an egg. Sever was nice, but did not tell us of specials or talk about menu at all when half of entrees on menu were listed as beef dish of the day or quiche of the day. It's a cute place, but I don't think I'll return for dinner as it's pricey and the menu is limited. I'd have a drink at the bar though because of the cool atmosphere.
This was my first time here, giving it a try for restaurant week. It was amazing! Definitely a place for foodies, someone who likes something different and "fun" Prices are a little on the higher side, but everything was super delicious! We had the "bacon jam," and a duck egg pasta with lemon rabbit sausage. Everything is precisely made and served beautifully. Definitely recommend giving it a try if you are a foodie.
Nice homemade dishes, lovely presentation, nice staff
My daughter and I had a wonderful dinner! What I like best is the unusual-ness of the menu (both breakfast and dinner) and the combinations of flavors that I would not think to cook at home. There was a continued wave of people but never felt rushed to finish for use of our table. It is small so large crowds might be noisy but we didn't experience large crowds. Excellent place and so to home. Thought I read patio opening soon so can't wait.
We went for the Valentine's Day Dinner, though we were primarily there to celebrate my husband's birthday. The decor is casual, eclectic and fun with a deck of cards on the table and antique wooden student chairs for seating. Service was attentive, friendly and on-the-spot. The food was a complete delight: with interesting savory versions of classically sweet treats like the tomato biscotti with mascarpone cheese topped with a drizzle of balsamic vinegar. The main courses were outstanding--my husband had the steak and I had the quail, both were cooked to perfection. It's wonderful to have such a culinary treasure so close to home where food is thoughtfully and creatively paired. It was a wonderful experience and we look forward to returning.
The menu looked appealing and interesting. It's a campy kind of place, clean, comfortable, and not fancy looking. The food is first rate: the fresh mushrooms on polenta was delicious and the pork dish that my wife had was also delicious. Mostly all the food is local, the owners have a beef farm, and have relationships with local farmers and growers.
Service was excellent and friendly too.
We ate there on our way back from Healdsburg and it is a great destination point for those who plan to avoid heavy traffic, going north or south.
Although the wait staff could not have been nicer, it's really about the food and the food was not great. Four of us dined and only one of us had anything good to say about the meal. I was disappointed because I was hoping for another choice for dining in Petaluma.
Home grown, house made, and downright funky. Good home style cooking like mother and grandmother made. Comfort food for the nostalgic.
Hole in the wall place with some of the best food around. Great service and very romantic atmosphere.
The appetizers of a Ceasar salad and bacon jam bruschetta were outstanding. The entrees not so much. The roast half chicken had no real flavour and the pork chop was so large it didn't either. All of the sides were very flavourful too. We would recommend sharing the small plates instead of an entree.
Sheer PERFECTION! You will be seeing us often. Thanks so much for everything. Y'all rock!!
Amazing ambiance and style at this place. Eclectic menu, paired with the motif of the restaurant and its vinyl collection in a small bookcase - which is home to a small record player and a collection of about 40 vinyls - that also connects to speakers in all the rooms, to play a great mix of tunes. Blown away by this place and how it is not super well-known. Needless to say, they have a foot soldier in me advocating for them now!
We moved from Sonoma to Petaluma a couple of months ago and have started exploring what's to eat in Petaluma. Sonoma's a hard act to follow. Wishbone is highly rated on Open Table and it was out of the congested downtown area.
We felt comfortable the moment we walked in the door. The interior is charming and you can play cards while you wait for your food.
I had the special - flank steak, garlic mashed potatoes and a wedge salad. My husband had the burger. Our plates were full and the flavor of both dishes was wonderful. We each had lemon-blueberry pie for dessert.
I would highly recommend Wishbone. I can't wait to try them for brunch!
Loved it to the last bite, I'm going back for more! I highly recommend this restaurant for lot's of reasons but mostly for the food.
It was ok. I had pretty high hopes for this place based on both word of mouth and reviews.
The appetizers were the highlight for me - both the Caesar salad and the pickle dish were very good, unique takes on these common plates. Easily the best part of the meal.
My wife and I shared the pork chop and the trout special. The pork chop was pretty dry and over cooked.
I thought the trout was prepared nicely. Cooked perfectly and seasoned well.
The wine list was skimpy and I regretted not bringing a bottle from home.
Service was ok. Waiter seemed nervous/inexperienced, though he was patient with my wife tasting multiple wines before deciding against a glass after all.
I may go back and try brunch,but will likely not be returning for dinner.
The decor was eclectic and antiquish, they have playing cards at the table which my kids really enjoyed. The food was fantastic, especially the the homemade bread and ginger butter. Original and charming place.