Now that outdoor dining restrictions have been lifted in Sonoma County, I thought you might enjoy knowing about a few of our favorite spots. From elegant and stylish ambience to austere and modest amenities - the food is always very good, and isn't it great to get out!
Valette, Healdsburg: Healdsburg's luxe off-square restaurant has created a lively and toasty tented area for diners. 344 Center St, Healdsburg, 707-473-0946.
HopMonk Taverns, Sebastopol and Sonoma; Twin Oaks, Penngrove: Heated and tented beer gardens open Thursday, Jan. 28. 230 Petaluma Ave, Sebastopol; 691 Broadway, Sonoma; 5745 Old Redwood Hwy, Penngrove.
Guiso Latin Fusion, Healdsburg: This tiny bistro has expanded its footprint outdoors with a heated sidewalk tent. 117 North St, Healdsburg, 707-431-1302.
Ume Bistro, Windsor: Supper under the stars, surrounded by lush foliage and heaters. 8710 Old Redwood Hwy, Windsor, 707-838-6700.
Seared, Petaluma: Opens Thursday, Jan. 28 (weather permitting). All along the Petaluma waterfront, large heaters and cozy bistro tables offer waterside dining. Dress for the occasion, however, as evenings can get nippy. 170 Petaluma Blvd N, Petaluma, 707-762-5997.
Handline, Sebastopol: "Our upper patio is now one big, heated umbrella! All the rain with none of the wetness. We’ve got you covered... literally", say owners. Who can argue with that? 935 Gravenstein Ave. South, Sebastopol, 707-827-3744.