Cafe La Haye

4.8
2041 reviews
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Located just off the square in the town of Sonoma "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...Simple food prepared to perfection... excellent service". -Michael Bauer San Francisco Chronicle!
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H
Montreal
42 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 4

The. Fennel was a bit over marinated on the beet salad. Lacking fresh crunch and super vinegary tasting. The potatoes au gratin were over cooked so crunchy dry crust on the top and dry throughout. The filet was good but overpriced. The risotto with rock shrimp was fine. Missing something on the flavour. The butterscotch pudding needs to be removed from the menu. That is sure to disappoint 90% of your guests. Overpriced for the experience. I’m not sure how long it has been since Michelin stopped by there to try the food.

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ST
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Staff was extremely friendly, food was excellent. Well worth the money. Made my wife’s birthday extra special when they came out with a candle on her dessert. Would definitely go back!!!

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MD
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our 2nd time visiting this restaurant and it was so delicious we wanted to come back every night during our stay in Sonoma. The meals are creative without being fussy, use the freshest of local ingredients, come exactly as requested (if a change was made), priced well for the high quality of ingredients used, they have a wonderful selection of local wines that are well priced, the interior is nicely decorated and well lit, the staff is attentive without being pushy...what more can I say, it was perfect!

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LS
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This restaurant is always a hit with us! Have loved every meal we've ever had there!!

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OT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best restaurant in wine country. Hidden gem.

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L
Las Vegas
4 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

The quality and cuisine was excellent. It was disappointing to seeing the restraunt achieve the Michelin Award and take their pictures a few minutes before they open, but their personalized service was lacking. I had a menu for five to ten minutes with my two year old son next to me playing with the menu. Being the terrible twos, he was upset I took the menu away. I thought it might be a way to calm him down is to continue to look at the menu. The manager was like, I can't let you have a menu. It is like, you are making huge amount of money from your cuisine and prices, why are you stressing about risking pieces of paper getting messed up, versus making sure the experience is pleasant for his other guests by pacifying the baby. Quite surprising for achieving such an award.

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SE
San Francisco
257 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Cafe La Haye is one of the best (if not the best) restaurant in downtown Sonoma. Owner/class act Saul oversees the cozy dining room . . . while Chef Jeffrey Lloyd, one time executive chef at Michael Mina and Aqua (San Francisco) works his magic with his team in the small open kitchen . . . something for everyone = Steak - Chicken - Pork - Fish - Pasta & Vegetarian . . . Cafe La Haye checks all the boxes . . . Great Food ✅ Great Wine List ($ to $$) with numerous options by the glass ✅ Great Desserts ✅ Great Service ✅ Great Stemware ✅ White Tablecloths ✅ Great Ambiance ✅

. . . if that wasn't enough for ya, Cafe La Haye has been a perennial pick by food critic Michael Bauer of the San Francisco Chronicle (in his annual Top 100 Bay Area Restaurants list year after year) as one of his favorite restaurants in the Wine Country.

So, reserve a table before it’s too late. Note: if you can’t get in/reservations here . . . Harvest Moon (restaurant) is a phenomenal alternative in downtown Sonoma.

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CF
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I love this place. It is a bit more than I typically like to spend for dinner but great for special occasions.

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c
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great food and ambience..

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c
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

The food is fresh and lovely. Departed restaurant and my thought was that they served exactly the type of food I enjoy the most!! Refined and delicious! Extra credit for doing vegetables perfectly!!

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TD
Las Vegas
49 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

The venue is small and tight. Unfortunately we had a party of loud attorneys next to us. They were so loud the wait staff misheard our orders. When we clarified the order the wait staff refused to correct the errors. After listening to the virtues of Michael Avenati for 45 minutes and the discounts for Maseratis we took our meals home and ate them cold.

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SB
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is my second visit and it would be my 100th if I did not live in NY. I have been to many wonderful restaurants and this is in the top five. Love everything about la Haye. The food,the service,the feel. If you can,make every effort to eat there.

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c
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

great food. Fun cozy atmosphere. Excellent service. Made a reservation but table was not ready. No big deal its a small place, gave us a complimentary glass of bubbles during our wait.

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SD
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Cafe La Haye is our favorite dining experience in Sonoma. The food and service are exquisite. Recommend very highly!

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JA
1 review
Dined on March 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We usually visit 2 x a year for our birthdays but we decided to visit more often because everything about Cafe LaHaye is just tooooo wonderful. Thank you. John & Colette Altmann

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g
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best in Sonoma

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DP
Dallas
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Cafe La Haye was recommended by hotel staff in Sonoma. We were so happy we took the recommendation! The service was impeccable, some of the best I’ve had in a long time. The food was delicious as well. The ambience is modern, quiet, and peaceful. I highly recommend this place for dinner!

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UB
Los Angeles
36 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great meal in a lovely environment with fabulous service! We were only in Sonoma for one night and wanted to try somewhere we hadn't been before and this was a lovely choice! I had the orange, beet and fennel salad (large enough to share) and the homemade pasta with mushrooms, spinach and sausage (my husband enjoyed a lot of it as it was a large portion that I could not finish). We would highly recommend Cafe La Haye.

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S
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Great service. A bit disappointed in the food- perhaps I was aiming too high. It was very good, but not outstanding. Nice reasonable wine by the glass choices. Thank you

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L
Denver
22 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We always have one dinner here when we come to wine country. It is consistently outstanding. Great service and amazing food!

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything done perfectly. Best in Sonoma!

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GH
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Perfectly prepared delicious dishes as always. We love the place.

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S
San Francisco
61 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The chicken and salmon specialties were very good, the quail was excellent, the risotto would have been very good but was excessively salty. Service and ambience always excellent

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SE
San Francisco
258 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Cafe La Haye is one of the best (if not the best) restaurant in downtown Sonoma. Owner/class act Saul oversees the cozy dining room . . . while Chef Jeffrey Lloyd, one time executive chef at Michael Mina and Aqua (San Francisco) works his magic with his team in the small open kitchen . . . something for everyone = Steak - Chicken - Pork - Fish - Pasta & Vegetarian . . . Cafe La Haye checks all the boxes . . . Great Food ✅ Great Wine List ($ to $$) with numerous options by the glass ✅ Great Desserts ✅ Great Service ✅ Great Stemware ✅ White Tablecloths ✅ Great Ambiance ✅

. . . if that wasn't enough for ya, Cafe La Haye has been a perennial pick by food critic Michael Bauer of the San Francisco Chronicle (in his annual Top 100 Bay Area Restaurants list year after year) as one of his favorite restaurants in the Wine Country.

So, reserve a table before it’s too late. Note: if you can’t get in/reservations here . . . Harvest Moon (restaurant) is a phenomenal alternative in downtown Sonoma.

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BT
Tahoe
7 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

This is a small, quaint restaurant just off the square. We were looking forward to a nice dining experience. One of my friends ordered 3 things that the restaurant ran out of...risotto with shrimp, Coke, and bread pudding. Very disappointing. One of us ordered salmon which was served very rare and was not great to eat. The chicken and desserts were very tasty. All and all, the restaurant did not meet our expectations.

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E
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

always a treat and new great food, can't miss ,one of the top restaurants in sonoma!!!Hands down....

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

They were out of fish and didn’t have a very big menu.

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SJ
New Orleans
4 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this restaurant! The pork chop is the best we’ve had anywhere! The service is amazing! We always eat here when we are in Sonoma!

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TS
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a lovely dinner. The sea bass was outstanding and Ester, our server, was terrific. A big thank you to all for finding and returning my husband’s wedding ring that came off at some point. We left and returned hoping to locate it and they had it there waiting. This is a small, cozy place with great food and great people. Highly recommend.

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BI
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food and great service in a lovely, cozy environment. What more could you ask for? My new favorite in Sonoma.

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M
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

As always perfectly prepared fish served efficiently with a smile

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J
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was fantastic, food the terrific food to the wonderful ambiance!

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LW
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

A thoughtful locally-inspired menu, but we wished for more meal choices. However, our entire group of 6 were pleased with their meal. Ask for a table far from the door/bar if you want a quieter dinner.

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W
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The delicious food, friendly staff and fabulous wine list all exceeded our expectations. We look forward to returning!

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RR
San Francisco
70 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The perfect Sonoma restaurant. The food is always exceptional, the vibe is low-key and casual, the service is friendly yet highly professional, and the hospitality is absolutely the best. Locals favorite!

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OT
Denver
6 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It is the best restaurant on the square. Food is well prepared, great service, excellent wine list. Can’t beat it for a special dinner. Have been going for 10+ years and it is the same great place it was when we found it.

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MD
San Francisco
22 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent all the way around. Food & service perfect.

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OT
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our first time at Cafe La Haye & we enjoyed everything about it. Made dinner reservations & brought two bottles of wine. The staff are extremely friendly & attentive here. All four in our party ordered off their special menu & each of us ordered something different from New York steak to stuffed chicken to salmon to quail & all were beautifully prepared & delicious. We finished our dinner with dessert - chocolate cake with a pretzel crust & coffee. We had an amazing experience & hope to return here again.

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RS
New England
17 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Very expensive and very small portions

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OT
Portland
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lively atmosphere, great people, food and wine!!

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