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Top 50 places to eat in the North Bay

The North Bay, the northernmost section of the San Francisco Bay Area, is known around the world for Napa Valley and Sonoma Valley wine country. But the region also offers a rich and diverse food culture, with many chefs focusing on the bounty of the local farms and purveyors. 

Our data scientists searched Marin, Sonoma, Napa, and Solano Counties and collected this list of the Top 50 places to eat in the North Bay in 2021. From empanadas to Coq au vin, there’s something for every palette and budget. There are long-standing restaurants and brave new ventures. As the holidays approach, there’s no better time to explore and support these great local eateries! 

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  1. Vinoma – Rohnert Park
photo credit: Dan F, Elite 
  1. Big H Deli – Fairfield
  2. Àzalo – Rohnert Park
  3. The Mill at Glen Ellen – Glen Ellen
  4. Lou’s Takeaway – San Rafael
  5. Himalayan Restaurant – Windsor
  6. Hopulent – Vallejo
  7. Laso – American Canyon
  8. Joe’s Buffet – Fairfield
  9. Bruno’s Deli, Market, Cafe – San Rafael
  10. The Twins Restaurant – Cotati
  11. Sam’s Mediterranean Deli & Cafe – Rohnert Park
  12. Canevari’s Delicatessen & Catering – Santa Rosa
  13. Burmatown – Corte Madera
  14. Guiso Latin Fusion – Healdsburg
photo credit: Joyce L, Elite 
  1. Amélie Café and Wine Bar – Fairfax
  2. La Cheve Bakery and Brews – Napa
  3. Il Davide – San Rafael
  4. Eggspresso – Petaluma
  5. PizzaLeah – Windsor
  6. Café Frida Gallery – Santa Rosa
  7. Lightwave Coffee and Kitchen – Monte Rio
  8. Pikul Thai Bistro – Fairfield
  9. Valette Restaurant – Healdsburg
  10. Amore Bistrot – Benicia
  11. BurtoNZ Bakery – Windsor
  12. What A Chicken – Petaluma
  13. Michael Warring – Vallejo
photo credit: Jeremy R, Elite
  1. The Workshop – Benicia
  2. The Dutch Door – Napa
  3. One House Bakery – Benicia
  4. Salvio’s Italian Deli – Fairfield
  5. The Altamont General Store – Occidental
  6. Q’s Halal “Mediterranean Comfort” – Vallejo
  7. Sabor a México – San Rafael
  8. Bistro Don Giovanni – Napa
photo credit: Toni L 
  1. Farmstead at Long Meadow Ranch – St. Helena
  2. The Cellar – Benicia
  3. The Oxbow – Guerneville
  4. El Tesoro Mazatlan – Vallejo
  5. Madcap – San Anselmo
  6. Korean Mammas Cooking – Vallejo
  7. Soban Korean Cuisine – Petaluma 
  8. Cordeiro’s Steakhouse – Napa
  9. Rodsap Thai Lao Kitchen – Fairfield
  10. Avatar’s Restaurant – Sausalito
  11. Street Social – Petaluma
  12. Roma Antica – Larkspur
  13. Saigon Cafe – Cotati
  14. April Pantry – Petaluma
photo credit: April Panty on Yelp

Methodology: This is a list of the best restaurants in the North Bay area according to Yelp from January 2020 through September 2021. We identified businesses in the restaurants category, then ranked those spots using a number of factors including the total volume and ratings of reviews between January 1, 2020 and September 22, 2021. All businesses were marked open on Yelp as of October 18, 2021. When available, all businesses on this list have a passing health score as of October 18, 2021.