Downtown Santa Rosa is a vibrant area. Courthouse Square is bordered by bustling businesses and residential areas. In the past two years, there has been an influx of new urban hotels and restaurants. On Wednesday evenings, a massive Farmers Market occupies blocks. There are museums, gardens, theaters, breweries, vineyards, restaurants, shopping, and many forms of entertainment all within a short walk. Of course, there are all of the fantastic eateries in downtown Santa Rosa!
Santa Rosa is recovering from the destruction caused by the California wildfires. The residents of this stubborn town have thrived in the past two years as they have rebuilt and reimagined what was left in ashes. Although many towns have experienced restaurant closures, Santa Rosa has added 21 new restaurants in the previous two years.
Take a journey to downtown Santa Rosa and sample one of these ten restaurants. Some are very new, while others have been there since 1952. Spend a night or two on a downtown food crawl.
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- 1 The Top 10 Restaurants in Santa Rosa, California
- 1.1 Warike Restaurant and Bar
- 1.2 The Fondita
- 1.3 Rosa Sushi
- 1.4 3rd Street Aleworks
- 1.5 Ranchito My Ranchito Downtown
- 1.6 Noshery and Bar Grossmans
- 1.7 Coffee from Land and Water
- 1.8 Ting Hau Chinese Restaurant
- 1.9 Mac’s Deli & Café
- 1.10 Delicatessen on 4th Street
- 1.11 Which of these downtown Santa Rosa eateries will you try first? Please share your thoughts in the comments box below!
The Top 10 Restaurants in Santa Rosa, California
Warike Restaurant and Bar
+17075369201527 4th St
Warike Restobar specializes on Peruvian food. In downtown Santa Rosa, the partners have created a cevicheria and restaurant. Warike provides ceviche, empanadas, and other traditional dishes made with locally sourced fish and Peruvian-style meat.
Don’t forget to try the Pisco Sour, Peru’s national drink. The drink menu is vast, with a focus on Pisco cocktails. In addition, they feature one of the greatest happy hours in downtown, starting at 36 PM Monday through Thursday.
La Fondita delivers authentic and affordable Mexican food to downtown Santa Rosa. La Fonda offers a diverse menu that includes all of your usual favorites. Classic favorites such as Huevos Rancheros, red or green chilaquiles, ceviche, fajitas, sopes, and combination platters are available for B,L,& D. They also provide Mexican and domestic beer, as well as the craveable Mexican Coke. Don’t miss the flan; it’s as smooth as silk.
+1 707-843-5132515 4th St
Sushi Rosa specializes on traditional Japanese cuisine. Every day, they make sushi, sashimi, miso, rolls, salads, side dishes, poke, potstickers, shumai, tempura, and more using the freshest California fish and local vegetables and meat. Sushi Rosa is well-known for its high-quality sushi and great service. Health and safety are also praised. Mondays are closed for lunch and supper.
3rd Street Aleworks
+17075233060610 3rd St
3rd Street Aleworks is a brewery in the heart of downtown. 3rd Street is a famous downtown cafe that has recently been refurbished inside and added an outdoor eating area. They started manufacturing beer in 1995. They have received national and worldwide recognition for their stouts, PAs, and other artisan beers. The cuisine is focused on pub fare, including burgers, sandwiches, and salads. The kid-friendly restaurant also provides a menu for your pet. The heated patio is ideal in all weather situations.
Ranchito My Ranchito Downtown
+17076239258620 5th St
Mi Ranchito Downtown is known for its authentic Mexican cuisine and vibrant margaritas. The extensive menu includes all of the typical favorites. Their enchiladas are varied, but the Mole and Suizas are outstanding. Fajitas and tortas are popular, particularly when combined with a sour margarita. Lunch and supper are served seven days a week.
Noshery and Bar Grossmans
Wilson St., +17075957707308
Grossman’s Noshery & Bar is an excellent New York-style deli, bakery, and bar! Flying to New York City is the only way to obtain more real deli fare. Mark and Terri Stark, the proprietors of Grossmans, are semifinalists for the James Beard Award for Outstanding Restaurateur. You’ll understand why after one mouthful of everything on the menu. The menu for B, L, and D is available seven days a week and includes traditional American breakfast, bagels, and breakfast sandwiches. Salads, sandwiches (try the Ruben), boards, entrees, and desserts are available. A full-service bar provides cocktails, wine, and beer.
Coffee from Land and Water
+170758312401821 Piner Rd STE 5 PHONE: +170758312401821 PHONE: +
Land and Water Coffee is a downtown Santa Rosa coffee roasting enterprise. Initially, they scour the global market for responsibly cultivated coffee beans. The beans are then regionally roasted to create the taste of each species of bean. Roasted beans may be purchased in-store or ordered online and picked up at the shop across from Courthouse Square. Have a nice cup of one of their beers while you’re there.
Ting Hau Chinese Restaurant
+17075455204717 4th St
Ting Hau Restaurant is a tiny, peaceful Chinese restaurant on downtown Fourth Street. The room is well designed, immaculately clean, and really friendly. Ting Hau provides some of my favorite Chinese foods, my favorite being pot stickers. Wor Won-Ton Soup is a proper meal, particularly when accompanied with spring rolls. Ting Hau also provides family meals, where you may choose an entree from a menu and share soup and rice family-style. There are plenty vegetarian alternatives. There is beer and wine available.
Mac’s Deli & Café
+17075453785630 4th St
Macs Deli & Café is a kosher-style deli that has been serving breakfast and lunch since 1952. The cuisine and service are downtown favorites. Mac’s sandwich menu has 47 options ranging from avocado to smoked liverwurst. Try one of the 13 burgers or 14 salads on the menu. Breakfast is available until 3:30 p.m. There are 18 omelets to choose from, and my personal favorite is the 3-cheese. Don’t miss out on one of the four benedicts, including a vegetarian one. Beer and mimosas are available all day. Open MondaySaturday for breakfast and lunch.
Delicatessen on 4th Street
300 Mendocino Ave, +17075739832
4th Street Delicatessen is a wonderful takeaway delicatessen. Its sandwiches, salads, and breakfast items are all crafted using fresh, locally sourced ingredients. There are vegetarian and vegan choices available. The deli serves delicious beer, wine, juices, coffee, and tea. Sandwiches and salads are delicious, but don’t miss dessert. Everything from pastries to ice cream will be available to round off your dinner. Carryout, online ordering, and delivery are available at 4th Street.
Pro Tip: Get your meal and drink on 4th Street and go over to Courtyard Square. Grab a spot and eat your lunch among the redwoods.
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