Simple food prepared to perfection. A perennial top restaurant pick.

“Cafe La Haye is one of those rare restaurants in which you know the moment you walk in the door, you’re going to have a good time…” Few restaurants capture that charm as well as Cafe La Haye. Reservations strongly recommended.

140 E Napa St.
Sonoma, CA 95476

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(707) 935-5994

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  • Cafe La Haye - Sonoma Plaza

MICHELIN Guide’s Point Of View:

For years, Cafe La Haye has been a standby off the square in downtown Sonoma. One bite of its luscious burrata, surrounded by Early Girl tomatoes and crispy squash blossoms in the summer, or vinaigrette-dressed pea shoots in spring, proves it hasn’t aged a day. The small, modern space is still charming, with large windows and lots of mirrors. Stunning local artwork for sale decorates the walls. The food spans cultural influences, including a delicate risotto with pine nuts in a cauliflower broth, or soy-sesame glazed halibut atop whipped potatoes and braised kale. A postage stamp-sized bar pours glasses of Sonoma chardonnay and cabernet, perfect with rich strozzapreti tossed with braised pork ragù, Grana Padano and toasted breadcrumbs.

Located just off Sonoma Plaza, Cafe La Haye offers an appealingly unfussy sophistication. The split-level dining room holds just a dozen or so tables, but its open kitchen, raftered ceiling and walls adorned with modern art create a vibrant energy that’s contagious.

Convivial owner Saul Gropman and chef Jeffrey Lloyd make a formidable team. Lloyd, former executive chef of restaurant Michael Mina, offers a seasonal menu that’s discreet in its complexity, featuring the sort of dishes that seem to get better with each bite. Wolfe Ranch quail is paired with a sauce of black olive and white wine, while petrale sole comes with a delicate porcini cream sauce.

Gropman’s wine list comprises a modest 100 bottles, but it’s a smart, well-focused selection that ranges from value choices such as Bedrock Zinfandel Sonoma Valley Old Vine 2010 ($47) to splurges such as Domaine de la Romanée-Conti La Tâche 2005 ($3,500).

Cafe La Haye
4.5
Based on 121 reviews
Cafe La Haye
4.0
Based on 291 reviews
Thomas B.
Thomas B.
14:46 27 Jun 21
Elegant and delicious. Delightful staff. Best meal we've had in a long time. Not sure where the negativity is coming from in the other reviews. Our experience was fantastic.
Bruno S.
Bruno S.
12:37 17 Jun 21
Outstanding experience on a Wed night! Service was impeccable and the meal was heavenly. We ordered salmon and quail - both were full flavored and presented...
Art G.
Art G.
09:16 27 May 21
This has been our GO-To restaurant for over 20 years. While the popularity is well deserved we have had a small issue in getting a reservation. Fear not...
Valerie Ho
Valerie Ho
16:22 23 Apr 21
Really tasty food in an unassuming restaurant. Excellent service, attentive but also gives enough time in between check-ins for privacy. Most delicious sole and filet mignon was melt-in-the-mouth good. We were gently nudged towards the yuzu cheesecake which was refreshing.
Michael R.
Michael R.
19:17 18 Apr 21
Such a great place to come for dinner! The ambience is so quaint with such a small kitchen inside and a small patio outside. It's such a small home cooked...
Mark Briscoe
Mark Briscoe
06:46 01 Sep 20
Expensive but worth it