If you are visiting Sonoma wine country, one of the best places for a leisurely, serene lunch or a romantic, secluded dinner is the Depot Hotel, a historic stone building originally built in 1870 as a local hotel. It later was transformed into a private home, and lastly a restaurant, where it is currenetly overseen by an Italian father and son chef team. The interiors are cozy and warm, evocative of a country inn; the exterior features a covered terrace that peers out onto an Italian garden and statute-encircled reflection pool. It is a magnificent al fresco venue for a charming, trattoria-style lunch or dinner.
The cuisine is Meditteranean in orientation, most conspicuously Tuscan, and employs local, high quality ingredients. Where Depot Hotel most excels is in its pasta selection: the pappardelle cacciatore with housemade wild boar sausage, tortellini ghilarducci stuffed with ricotta and pork bathed in a sherry-cream sauce and Dungeness crab cannelloni with veloute are all triumphs. There is also a vinoteca for informal small plates, and an onsite cooking school, called Scuolo Rustica, that offers periodic classes.
241 1st Street West
(707) 938-2980 Wed-Sun, 11am-2pm, 5pm-9pm
- San Francisco
- Al Fresco
- Private Dining Room
- San Francisco Chronicle (06/15/2010)
RECOMMENDED DISHES See All
- Fresh Pappardelle Cacciatore - Housemade Wild Boar Sausage, Broccoli Rabe, Parmigiano-Reggiano
- Handmade Agnolotti - Stuffed with Mushrooms Ricotta and Truffles in a Brown Butter Sauce
- Tortellini Ghilarducci - Stuffed with Ricotta and Pork, Sherry-Cream Sauce, Parmigiano-Reggiano
- Dungeness Crab Cannelloni - Veloute, Vella Jack Cheese
- Funghi - Mushrooms, Fresh Thyme, Laura Chenel Goat’s Cheese