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Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Park
“You don’t have to go far to see some of California’s most beautiful Redwood forests!”
  • 200 locals recommend
New American Restaurant
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“A dining experience. They don't take reservations. If you are not fond of queues, then try to arrive before 6:30pm or after 9:30pm to get a table. Between that time frame you will probably have to wait for a while to get a seat. Which is not a total bummer because right next door you have a nice bar to get drinks while you wait :) At "El Barrio". Try "El Picaro" and let us know your thoughts ;)”
  • 60 locals recommend
Winery
“This is one of the foundational wineries of the Russian River vineyards. They do a tour and have a lot of history to share. The sparkling wine is always a favorite and there is an excellent deli on property that is one of the best places for lunch in the immediate area.”
  • 55 locals recommend
Park
“This beach can be dangerous because the waves can get very big unexpectedly. Stay off the rocks and hike the coast at low tide to be safe. Otherwise there are two parking lots to choose from. The one on the sandy beach has access to the river side which is always calm and suitable for children. take the path just past the public restrooms to the right and you will be amazed at the scenes there! The other lot is paved and around to the left. That gives you access to a dog friendly beach where you can get a look at Arched Rock.”
  • 37 locals recommend
Scenic Lookout
“Ziplining is already thrilling, but combine it with giant redwood trees and you have a truly unique and unforgettable experience!”
  • 40 locals recommend
American Restaurant
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“I love Underwood for their margaritas (although they have plenty of other excellent drinks), delicious food and dessert options, and overall laid-back and cozy ambiance! While I've usually gone here in the for dinner and drinks, they do have a nice outdoor patio (with bocci ball court) to enjoy in the daytime.”
  • 61 locals recommend
Lodging
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“Perfect stop for a glass of wine, brunch or sunset dinner at the beach. Amazing views of where the Russian River meets the ocean.”
  • 46 locals recommend
Beach
“Day at the beach! Snack stand serving cold beer, food, and ice cream. Parking is $8 so walk in.”
  • 41 locals recommend
Grocery or Supermarket
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“The closest grocery/supermarket. You've been to one, you've been to them all. ”
  • 16 locals recommend
Meal Takeaway
“Highly recommended for breakfast or small bites, but also for its little shop. Fresh biscuits made daily and always fresh. Get some local souvenirs as you wait for a delicious fast meal. ”
  • 49 locals recommend
Bar
“A busy little brewery with 2 bars (indoor & outdoor) with large TVs for watching seasonal sports. They have an outdoor patio to hang and order bar food (e.g. burgers, hot dogs, pulled pork sandwiches and fries). ”
  • 28 locals recommend
Café
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“Beautifully restored cafe serving breakfast, lunch and dinner. Great comfort food like chicken pot pie! ”
  • 46 locals recommend
Café
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“Oh man! Check their breakfast burrito (or any of their sandos for that matter) and let me know your thoughts. I promise you won't regret. Wash it down with any of their smoothies or fresh (and locally) roasted coffee.”
  • 25 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“Quintessential Sonoma eats: local farms inspire their “rustic” menu including buttermilk fried chicken. They opened five years ago and have been getting rave reviews. Casual setting, but reservations recommended. Closed Tuesday -Thursday. ”
  • 27 locals recommend
Bar
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“A foodie dream. Great drinks, great seafood. And a hipster vibe. A little pricey, so we like to do drinks and appetizers here.”
  • 18 locals recommend
Winery
“Coppola is quite a famous name although I have yet to visit their winery. I do know on top of their tasting rooms they have a family-friendly pool, bocce balls, lots of movie memorabilia, and shops, so could be worth checking out!”
  • 49 locals recommend

Top restaurants

New American Restaurant
“A dining experience. They don't take reservations. If you are not fond of queues, then try to arrive before 6:30pm or after 9:30pm to get a table. Between that time frame you will probably have to wait for a while to get a seat. Which is not a total bummer because right next door you have a nice bar to get drinks while you wait :) At "El Barrio". Try "El Picaro" and let us know your thoughts ;)”
  • 60 locals recommend
American Restaurant
“I love Underwood for their margaritas (although they have plenty of other excellent drinks), delicious food and dessert options, and overall laid-back and cozy ambiance! While I've usually gone here in the for dinner and drinks, they do have a nice outdoor patio (with bocci ball court) to enjoy in the daytime.”
  • 61 locals recommend
Lodging
“Perfect stop for a glass of wine, brunch or sunset dinner at the beach. Amazing views of where the Russian River meets the ocean.”
  • 46 locals recommend
Meal Takeaway
“Highly recommended for breakfast or small bites, but also for its little shop. Fresh biscuits made daily and always fresh. Get some local souvenirs as you wait for a delicious fast meal. ”
  • 49 locals recommend
Bar
“A busy little brewery with 2 bars (indoor & outdoor) with large TVs for watching seasonal sports. They have an outdoor patio to hang and order bar food (e.g. burgers, hot dogs, pulled pork sandwiches and fries). ”
  • 28 locals recommend
Café
“Beautifully restored cafe serving breakfast, lunch and dinner. Great comfort food like chicken pot pie! ”
  • 46 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Quintessential Sonoma eats: local farms inspire their “rustic” menu including buttermilk fried chicken. They opened five years ago and have been getting rave reviews. Casual setting, but reservations recommended. Closed Tuesday -Thursday. ”
  • 27 locals recommend
Bar
“A foodie dream. Great drinks, great seafood. And a hipster vibe. A little pricey, so we like to do drinks and appetizers here.”
  • 18 locals recommend

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