While the majority of restaurants are clustered around downtown Sonoma's square, there are some winners sprinkled farther out in the tiny towns to the north. However, unlike Napa, Sonoma Valley doesn't have the kind of world-class restaurants that would inspire you to drive great distances in 100°F (38°C) weather in heavy traffic, which means you can pretty much eat anywhere near where you are and do just fine.

Healdsburg has the highest concentration of outstanding restaurants. Because most of them surround the square, you can easily indulge and then take a stroll to window shop and get a feel for local life.

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