The Traveling Steve's

Dinner at El Dorado

One of the nice things about touring and staying in Sonoma is the great quality of food available at the local (non-chain) restaurants. DSC02808 As I previously posted, we had a wonderful food and wine pairing last night at The Ledson Hotel,
where we are staying while in Sonoma. Staying downtown Sonoma is especially nice being able to walk to the nearby restaurants.  We were there over the Memorial Day weekend this visit, and the local restaurants were all full for dinner.  Fortunately we were able to snag an early 6pm reservation at El Dorado restaurant, where we’ve eaten a couple times on previous visits.  It actually worked out well, as we had just gotten back from our Platypus wine tour at 5:40pm, and El Dorado was just down the square from our Ledson hotel.

Since we had had wine all day, I was ready for a brewski, which really hit the spot.  We did order a carafe of Stags Leap Cabernet with dinner, which was just the right size as I don’t think we would have finished the bottle after all those tastings!  El Dorado is a casual, though elegant, wine-area type restaurant, but has a bit of an upscale and trendy feel to it with outstanding quality dishes and fine wines.  Their menu constantly changes so they have the freshest ingredients, and the atmosphere is lively yet relaxing. They also have an outdoor seating area, and a huge center-long table that can accommodate a group up to 22 people.  Although the restaurant was quite busy, we had an excellent waitress who took good care of us throughout our meal, and was exceptionally friendly and explaining the fresh offerings of the day.  We didn’t feel rushed thru the meal, and had a nice leisurely evening.

I had the pork belly appetizer,IMG_3040

while Dos had raw oysters from two different regions.


This was followed by our main dishes:

steak for me,IMG_3042

and seafood paella for Dos.  IMG_3041


We even managed to have to have dessert and coffee after dinner.  We finished dinner by 8pm or so, and ran into a couple of girls on the wine excursion from earlier in the day who had just come in without a reservation. Fortunately they walked in at the right time as a table at the bar just opened up and they grabbed it.

We then walked around the Square a bit,  finishing up the evening with a night cap of vino left from lunch.  Sitting on the balcony of our hotel overlooking the Sonoma Square, we had a quiet toast to the days events.  Such is life in Sonoma!

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