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From gumbo to fresh pasta, these are the Bay Area’s 10 most anticipated restaurant openings

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For diners who sit on the edge of their proverbial seats waiting for the hottest restaurant openings, spring will be an exciting time in the Bay Area dining scene.

Noted chefs are bringing forth new projects, like Matthew Accarrino of San Francisco’s SPQR, whose new, more casual cafe will specialize in charcoal grilled Italian meats and house-made gelato. Anthony Strong, known for his years as a chef at Pizzeria Delfina, Locanda and then his own spot Prairie, is introducing his version of pasta paradise — a shop and restaurant that will boast 20 kinds of fresh pasta — to San Francisco. Hit pop-ups are graduating to their first permanent spaces, including a Salvadoran favorite, a gumbo specialist and a New Orleans-inspired outfit. The owners of Italian restaurant Che Fico are gearing up to open a third restaurant, and their first outside of San Francisco.

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Top Sonoma County Restaurants

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Widely thought of as the chiller side of Wine Country, Sonoma County encompasses small metropolises like Santa Rosa, sleepy Glen Ellen and all points in between. The coastal county, which boasts more than 400 wineries, has also seen its culinary scene pop off in recent years.

Healdsburg, once a hidden gem of the region, has blossomed into a renowned destination with Michelin-starred restaurants and a proliferation of high-profile restaurant and bar openings. And smaller towns like Windsor have attracted the attention of talented chefs, like acclaimed pizzaiola Leah Scurto.

Accordingly, there’s a wide range of experiences represented here, from bucket-list tasting menus to smaller, often overlooked highlights. That means heavy hitters like Cyrus, a fine dining fantasia in Geyserville, and Petaluma’s Soban, a notable standout in a region where Korean cuisine is hard to find. Sonoma County also plays host to some of the Bay Area’s best bakeries, opened by fine dining veterans who’ve channeled their labors into producing incredible breads and pastries.

If you’re looking for wineries to visit, definitely check out our guide to the Top Sonoma Wineries, reported by wine critic Esther Mobley. And don’t miss our recommendations for the best restaurants in San Francisco and the wider Bay Area.

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10 Wine Country openings to check out in 2023

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There are many exciting new places to dine in Wine Country in 2023, including a fried chicken hot spot that’s worth the drive, an oyster bar, a mostly vegan endeavor and the region’s first Georgian restaurant.

Downtown Napa’s revitalization got another big boost from two big names: Chef Masaharu Morimoto expanded with a Morimoto Asia outpost and the owners of the popular Bistro Don Giovanni introduced a new restaurant focused on Southern Italian cuisine.

Of course, there were wine developments in recent months, too, including a classic winery’s major makeover and a former French Laundry sommelier’s new bottle shop.

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The Best New Restaurants in Sonoma County in 2022

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After two devastating years for the restaurant industry, independent restaurateurs who hung on by their fingernails through the pandemic hoped 2022 might be different. Instead, mounting inflation, staffing shortages, supply-chain problems and a general dearth of hope led to a wave of closures and disappointments.

But that’s not the whole story. Dozens of innovative restaurateurs not only opened in 2022 but found critical and commercial success. Some started small, with pop-ups to gauge interest, while others were multi-million-dollar launches that led to national exposure.

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Kanaye Nagasawa: The samurai who forever changed California

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Despite the fact that Napa gets all of the attention, Sonoma is an equally charming wine-centered town located in the rolling hills of NorCal. According to Sonoma County, Sonoma is only about 30 miles north of San Francisco, making it a great destination for city dwellers looking to escape for a fun weekend filled with great wine and great food. Though the downtown area of Sonoma is super small, it is scattered with incredible tasting rooms and restaurants that showcase the fresh fare of wine country.

Whether you’re seeking vineyard views or good eats without all of the flair, Sonoma has you covered. From French cuisine that pairs wonderfully with local wines to comforting Mexican food that caters to the most specific of cravings, there really is something for every kind of eater in Sonoma. That said, we’ve rounded up the best restaurants in Sonoma for locals, visitors, and wine lovers alike.

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These Rohnert Park Area Restaurants Are Open For Thanksgiving Day 2022

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ROHNERT PARK AND COTATI, CA — Spending hours preparing and cleaning up after a big dinner isn’t for everyone. For those who want to skip the fuss, several restaurants open Thanksgiving Day in the Rohnert Park, Cotati area will cook turkey dinner — or something else entirely.

Restaurants open for Thanksgiving on Thursday, Nov. 24, offer a range of dining experiences, from fine dining to fast casual to fast food. In some cases, you’ll need to make a reservation, so plan ahead as much as possible.

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SONOMA COUNTY, CALIFORNIA, – November marks the beginning of the best parts of the season ahead: Festive celebrations, seasonal pop-ups and activities, the joy of giving, and lots of delicious ways to wine and dine with friends and family. ‘Tis the season to enjoy the spoils of autumn, from savoring cozy winery experiences to catching beautiful fall sunsets over colorful vineyards and the stunning Pacific Ocean. The night air is crisp and invites travelers to enjoy each other’s company under festive lights strung over al fresco experiences.

This month, we are delighted to announce all new places and ways to experience culinary delights, discover unique Sonoma County wines, and celebrate the spirit of the season.

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Sonoma County’s health officer will wait two more weeks before reopening more businesses

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Two days after allowing a broad range of businesses to resume in Sonoma County, the top public health official said Monday it would take at least two weeks to determine whether restaurateurs welcoming back diners inside and cosmetologists cutting and styling clients’ hair, along with other commercial activities, will increase local spread of the coronavirus and, if so, cause serious illness.

Taking a cautionary approach with that in mind, Dr. Sundari Mase, the county’s health officer, said she has no plans to clear the way for another area reopening wave, including fitness centers, campgrounds and hotels for leisure travelers, until June 22 so she and her team can assess the effects of public interaction at the enterprises that just resumed operations. And that’s despite state officials saying those additional business sectors and public venues could restart on June 12.

“Lifting too many restrictions too soon could potentially lead to a large increase in cases and result in avoidable hospitalizations and deaths,” Mase said Monday, during a press briefing. “It may also lead to longer term economic harms.”

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