About El Dorado Kitchen

405 First St. West
Sonoma, CA 95476
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El Dorado Kitchen blends sophisticated urban style with a relaxed wine-country spirit in a setting that is at once simple and dramatic, contemporary and comfortable. The restaurant offers a stunning stone courtyard for outside dining, a relaxing lounge with a fireplace for cocktails, and an inviting private dining room for the ultimate intimate gathering. El Dorado Kitchen is open for lunch and dinner daily.

Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Californian

Hours of Operation:
Breakfast: Monday- Saturday 8:00am-11:00am
(Served in our Wine Bar)
Lunch: 11:30am-2:30pm Monday - Saturday
Brunch: 9:30am-2:30pm Sundays
Dinner: 5:30pm-9:00pm Sun-Thurs, Fri & Sat 5:30pm-10:00pm
Lounge Menu: 2:30pm-Close Sunday - Thursday

Cross Street:
West Spain Street

Dress Code:
Resort Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(707) 996-3030

Website:
http://www.eldoradosonoma.com/

Parking Details:
Street Parking is suggested. Around the plaza there is a three hour limit: 9am to 5pm.

Executive Chef:
Armando Navarro

Private Party Facilities:
Chef Armando will tailor a banquet menu that's just right for your event. When you and your guests stay in our 27 tastefully decorated guest rooms, seamless ease will characterize and complete your entire event experience.

Private Party Contact:
Charee Dion: 7079316022x

Additional:
Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
The El Dorado Kitchen is the perfect place for corporate events, business meetings, wine-country weddings, rehearsal dinner, private parties and celebrations for groups of 16 -250. Whether it’s a wedding under the fig tree on our garden patio, a stylish cocktail party in our private lounge or a convivial tasting-dinner with friends at our communal table, we have the right venue for every occasion. The entire restaurant is available to reserve for larger parties.

For more information, please contact our Events team at events@eldoradosonoma.com or 707-931-6022.

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El Dorado Kitchen Ratings and Reviews

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4.4

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4.5

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4.4

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Moderate

96% would recommend it to a friend

fit for foodies (114)
special occasion (73)
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good for groups (67)
neighborhood gem (66)
great for outdoor dining (59)
notable wine list (48)
great for brunch (47)
romantic (43)
hot spot (38)
kid-friendly (14)
vibrant bar scene (13)
scenic view (4)
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The portion size was incredibly small! ...

vip
Dined 4 days ago

The portion size was incredibly small! Steak was about 4 oz.

food5
ambience5
service5

Food was excellent. Service was fantasti ...

Dined 4 days ago

Food was excellent. Service was fantastic. Truffle fries were yummy!!

food3
ambience5
service5
value3

Good not great

Dined 5 days ago

Enjoyed the location and ambiance. The food was good but not as good as I had hoped. Risotto was mediocre. The service was fantastic as was the wine and ambience. Would try again...

Tags: neighborhood gem
food2
ambience4
service4
value3

El Dorado - Not what is could be...

vip
Dined on April 23, 2016

Came to the El Dorado when I couldn't get in across the street at Girl and the Fig. Mistake. Although the service was gracious and dependable, the food didn't live up to the hype. Starting with the Tortilla "special" soup, it was thin, and without any substance. Add your own sides to it was nice, but on everyone that came to diners, they just put everything in, but what the soup needed was more substance, and chicken. It was a barren Tortilla soup. My Chicken Tostada was delightful, even with a bit too much sauce. But the real problem was the Ahi Tuna salad. Drenched in salad dressing. This is California.....we either put the dressing on the side, or make it light. This overwhelmed the quality tuna, and immersed the dish into nothing more than dressing. Next time, I wait for a table across the street. Let the tourists enjoy this.

food5
ambience5
service5
value5

We'll definitely be back!

Dined on April 23, 2016

I booked this based on feedback found online, and the El Dorado did not disappoint! We had an 11:30 lunch reservation, and when we arrived we were promptly sat at our table outside. We were greeted by our server, Rosie, who told us the specials, and when asked what her favorites were, Rosie enthusiastically told us. We took her recommendations of the Ahi appetizer, along with the Mushrom Flatbread appetizer. We were in heaven! Every bite was amazing, and we thought we would order another round, but instead ordered the Margherita Pizza to share. Every bite was simply fabulous, and the bread -- which we asked for seconds and then thirds -- was scrumptious and fresh! The patio is lovely, and highly recommended.

Tags: fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

We were very pleased with appetzer vaiety.

Dined on April 23, 2016

The selection of entre's was somewhat limited but, very good. Our waiter was very accommodating and friendly and had a good knowledge of the wine list.

Tags: good for groups, special occasion, notable wine list
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Excellent

Dined on April 22, 2016

Have dined here several times. I think EDK is the best restaurant in town.

Tags: great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
food5
ambience5
service5

Could not have asked for a better Birthd ...

Dined on April 20, 2016

Could not have asked for a better Birthday dinner for my wife. A simple note in our reservation through Open Table and they did everything they could to make it a very special night for us. The food was wonderful. But the effort from the staff was above and beyond. Israel took care of every detail. Thank you to each of them for this memorable night.

food3
ambience3
service5
value3

EDK

Dined on April 20, 2016

Not as impressed as I expected. So much hype that it wasn't fabulous. Great waiterBrandon who made the dinner special. Overpriced but that's the Square.

Tags: fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
food1
ambience4
service4

We requested our steak Medium rare, the ...

vip
Dined on April 19, 2016

We requested our steak Medium rare, the kitchen sent out well done, the server came over to ask out our dinner and she even made a comment that the steak was well done and took it back to the kitchen. The kitchen sent out another steak after about 20+ minutes and we could barely cut through it, which by this time the manager was at out table checking on it. The vegetables were very hard, we like crunchy vegetables however these were not cooked hardly at all. Extremely disappointed and will not return or recommend.

food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Outstanding food and fabulous staff

vip
Dined on April 17, 2016

Outstanding food and fabulous staff. Porkbelly and lamb meatball appetizers are recommended. The risotto and paella entrees were delicious. Staff were very friendly and professional. Will return.

Tags: fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, hot spot
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Delicious

Dined on April 17, 2016

Delicious restaurant from start to finish. Everything was excellent and fresh. The fish was fabulous! I would highly recommend eating dinner here.

Tags: romantic
food5
ambience5
service5

A wonderful experience

Dined on April 16, 2016

A wonderful experience

food5
ambience5
service5
value5

First night in Sonoma

vip
Dined on April 7, 2016

We booked our reservation for El Dorado after hearing about the restaurant from a close friend, and we were certainly glad we did. It was our first night in Sonoma and we had spent the day drinking amazing wine, but we were famished when we got there. Our server was attentive and a little sarcastic but we enjoyed him all the same. The food was fantastic. We enjoyed everything we tried! We would definitely return.

Tags: fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
food3
ambience3
service3

We had a nice dinner but all aspects wer ...

Dined on April 4, 2016

We had a nice dinner but all aspects were just ok, not a single dish or element was a "wow". The meal was fine but I had higher expectations. Prices aren't crazy, but high enough that you hope for something memorable. We'll probably try other places before going back.

food5
ambience5
service5
value4

A great place for friends to get together

Dined on April 4, 2016

A perfect place to have great food , a good glass of wine and be able to hear one another. we usually eat outdoors here but it was not a night for it - so we ate inside and it was perfect. A really good waiter, who knew his wines and was quite gracious. A fun evening

Tags: fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, notable wine list
food4
ambience5
service5
value4

Enjoyed brunch

Dined on April 3, 2016

We chose El Dorado for brunch before meeting friends for a wine tasting afternoon. Can't comment on all the other areas you mention but we really enjoyed our brunch. The food was delicious and plentiful. Server was terrific and front desk people were welcoming and helpful. I have a dairy allergy and the chef was most helpful in producing an omelet that was yummy. My dining companion enjoyed the tostada. Wine list was reasonably priced. Highly r ecommend.

Tags: great for brunch
food4
ambience5
service5
value4

Reunion 10 years in the making

Dined on April 3, 2016

The perfect place for a reunion with friends. The food was really good, was not too loud so we could talk, and the service was spot on. Thanks, EDK!

Tags: great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

A gem in Sonoma

Dined on March 31, 2016

This was our first time to El Dorado Kitchen. We thoroughly enjoyed the experience. All the staff were very friendly. The food was a delight to eat!!

Tags: great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
food5
ambience5
service5

From the moment we entered we felt speci ...

Dined on March 30, 2016

From the moment we entered we felt special. I mentioned to the hostess that we were celebrating my friend's 40th birthday and not only did every person who helped us go out of their way to wish her a happy birthday, they also added a special header to the menu wishing her well. She is still so tickled she keeps mentioning that I shouldn't expect the same when we celebrate my birthday, she doesn't know people! From there everything was exceptional, we were never rushed and the timing of the service was lovely.

food5
ambience5
service5
value5

always great!

Dined on March 27, 2016

count on great food, great atmosphere, great drinks, hip scene, great lighting, great waiting staff- frites to die for-!

Tags: great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
food4
ambience4
service5
value4

Lovely ambiance and amazing food.

Dined on March 27, 2016

My husband and I frequent Eldo and have never been disappointed. The service is lovely and the food even better.

Tags: great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
food4
ambience4
service2

EDK is always a good choice for food.... ...

Dined on March 26, 2016

EDK is always a good choice for food....truffle fries a must!

food4
ambience3
service3
value3

Small dinner menu but good.

Dined on March 26, 2016

The restaurant was not too busy when we ordered but the chef had already run out of the special entree. Our server was over worked so he couldn't be very attentive. We were in the front room. The one waiter and one busses had the entire room.

Tags: great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Great for vegetarians

Dined on March 22, 2016

My fiancé is a vegetarian and their vegetable risotto is one of the best risottos she ever had. I had the fettuccine carbonara which was also amazing. Overall great restaurant. Highly recommend

Tags: fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, hot spot, notable wine list
food4
ambience4
service2
value4

Good food but under staffed.

Dined on March 19, 2016

Been eating here many years. But woefully under staffed. Took forever to get a second glass of wine. Never could catch the eye of waiter or bus person or anyone. We would have had a third glass as we planned a designated driver but took too long to get the second. You are losing money EDK.

Tags: good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, vibrant bar scene
food4
ambience4
service3
value1

Disappointment

Dined on March 17, 2016

Three of us were very disappointed with our entree. Steak/short rib with asparagus, mashed potatoes, carmelized onion and carrot. This arrived on a large square plate with a small steak, very small short rib, one spear of asparagus cut in three, one very small new potatoe, three carrot slices and a slice of carmelized onion. The sauce was very good but the presentation of the vegetables was extremely disappointing. Entree was $32.00.

Tags: good for groups, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list
food4
ambience4
service5

Food and service were great. We had a l ...

Dined on March 13, 2016

Food and service were great. We had a lovely time, enjoyed our food, and the service could not have been better.

food4
ambience4
service5
value4

Lost our Reservation

Dined on March 4, 2016

We checked in about 2 minutes early for our 6:45pm reservation. The hostess said the table would be ready shortly and invited us to sit at the bar. We did. Ordered a glass of Champagne and a plate of oysters. Half way through the oysters the hostess said our table was ready. After finishing the oysters we found out they had given away our table. Ok, not too bad, we're fairly easy going, as long as the next table is open soon. 45 minutes later, still no table. They finally seated us in the "private" dining room 1 hour after our initial reservation. Apologies abounded but that was not what we reserved. Really? I hour later? After they suggested we wait at the bar for our table? Food was very good. Kay, our server was FANTASTIC, as well as Kenny at the bar who initially took care of our drinks and oysters. The rest of the dining experience was very good. But how can they give away our table when they asked us to wait at the bar, then finally seat us way in the back of the restaurant 1 hour later? Disappointing. Updated on 3/9/16 - I received a message from the General Manager expressing her personal regret for the inconvenience described above. She was very apologetic and has invited me to return to the restaurant on another night. I will certainly take her up on her offer. It was a bad night for the restaurant, but I must commend them for reacting in a very positive way to rectify my inconvenience. I have eaten here previously on many occasions and have found the food, service, & ambiance all very good.

Tags: fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, notable wine list
food4
ambience3
service3
value2

El Dorado Dinner

vip
Dined on March 2, 2016

Dinner was good. The 4 of us had different dinners which were good. Drinks and wine were expensive. Bring your own bottle of wine and pay cookage

Tags: hot spot
food5
ambience5
service5
value4

Another great experience

Dined on March 1, 2016

Lunch this week with a friend from Berkeley and her Mom who lives in Santa Rosa. We thought we'd sit outside but it was a bit breezy. Wait staff kindly relocated us to a table of our choosing in the dining room. We all loved our food -- burgers, fish & chips. Wines by the glass are excellent selection. Great service. Always a pleasure going to EDK. Highly recommend it!

Tags: fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, hot spot, notable wine list
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Anniversary Dinner

Dined on February 29, 2016

A wonderful experience for our 24th anniversary dinner! The food was excellent and our server was very attentive and responsive. The paella was incredible as were the brussel sprouts, risotta, and dessert! I would definitely do back again and recommend to others!

Tags: fit for foodies, special occasion
food4
ambience5
service5

We decided to dine here after a full day ...

Dined on February 29, 2016

We decided to dine here after a full day of wine tasting. I had always had this on my list of places to visit in Sonoma and glad we got the chance. I believe their corkage fee was $20, typical of other establishments. We had the paella (everyone raves about it), lobster mushroom risotto (good) and a vegetarian mushroom risotto (sent back to al dente) the truffle fries were amazing you must start with those. The service was great, really nice that she brought the table dessert since my meal didn't arrive til everyone was done (since I had sent it back). I would recommend this establishment

food4
ambience4
service5
value4

Wonderful evening

Dined on February 28, 2016

Our party of 7 enjoyed a delicious meal on Saturday night. Service was terrific -- professional and helpful. Food was excellent -- especially the truffle fries, the chicken and the duck. Lovely atmosphere with a good energy. Definitely recommend!

Tags: fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
food5
ambience3
service5
value3

Delisious Food!

Dined on February 28, 2016

The food was delicious and staff was attentive. The noise was high and with the hard surfaces all around it was made to be more intense. I would go back though, but not for an intimate quite evening with my spouse or date though.....however, if we didn't want to talk and eat fabulous food, we're there! Ha!

Tags: fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
food5
ambience5
service4

We were a bachelorette party and loved t ...

Dined on February 21, 2016

We were a bachelorette party and loved the hip city ambiance of this place! As with all the service we received in Sonoma, the server seemed annoyed to be serving us and did not go the extra mile but was on top of it.

food5
ambience5
service5

Food , service, and atmosphere far excee ...

Dined on February 21, 2016

Food , service, and atmosphere far exceeded anything else we had in the area. Only regret is saving it for last. Excellent

food5
ambience5
service5

Easily one of my top 5 restaurant experi ...

vip
Dined on February 20, 2016

Easily one of my top 5 restaurant experiences. Everything we had was delicious....innovative, well balanced. Great service, friendly and unpretentious. Will definitely return.

food5
ambience5
service5
value5

An absolutely perfect evening and you ho ...

Dined on February 17, 2016

An absolutely perfect evening and you honored my request and brought out a gorgeous molten chocolate cake for my parents birthday and Gelato and ice cream and gelato! The loveliest server. You have won my heart!

Tags: fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem
food5
ambience4
service2
value4

DD

Dined on February 14, 2016

Everything was great except for the service. It was like we were invisible to our server after he took our order. I tried my hardest to get his attention to order a 2nd glass of wine. Then asked a hostess for the wine list (hint,hint) who gave me the wrong list and never followed up. Still couldn't catch the server's eye even tho he passed our table several times. Finally asked another server who finally got me my beverage.

Tags: fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list

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