Gary Clair


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Set in iconic Sonoma County, California, Glen Ellen is a charming village that offers guests amazing tours, scenic views and incredible food. This incredible little town has incorporated incredible eateries that offer fine dining, carefully crafted cuisine and so much more. It is difficult to choose which locations to dine with when you are in the area, but by using the reviews of fellow diners, this top three list offers you some wonderful options to try.

The Fig Cafe 
The Fig Cafe and Winebar is quaint, relaxing and beautiful. The menu offers delights like sparkling wine and fig aperitif, baked Laura Chenel goat cheese served with roasted tomato sauce and bread, pork paillard served with green garlic mashed potatoes and spring onion mostarda, and almond pound cake served with poached apricots and thyme whipped mascarpone. The restaurant also offers an incredible wine list or allows customers to bring their own bottle of wine from one of the local vineyards to enjoy with their meal.


Yeti is set off the beaten path and offers an incredibly casual yet exotic charm that draws most visitors in. It serves Nepalese/Indian style food including prawn Pakoras (shelled prawns dipped in a spiced batter of garbanzo flour and spices, served with a tamarind somname sauce), dal pot soup (lentil cream soup with spiced vegetables), hyderabadi prawn biryani (saffron scented basmati rice topped with prawns, onions, coconut gravy, tomatoes and some basil), Yeti Special lamb kebab (cubed lamb kebabs marinated in garlic, coriander leaves, spring onions, ginger, chili and then smoked in a tandoori, served with mint sauce) and so much more. The restaurant also offers a wonderful wine list.

Glen Ellen Star 
The Glen Ellen Star is quite popular in the area and guests are encouraged to make reservations prior to arrival. Both tables and counter seating are available. Those who choose the counter get to watch the action in the kitchen as chefs create works of art. The atmosphere is casual and comfortable. The menu is extensive and features many local wines as well as items like spring pea soup, fattoush salad, whole roasted fish, brick chicken, grilled snake river farms zabuton steak “vera cruz” and wood roasted vegetables.

Be sure to include some of these incredible dining options on your itinerary if you’re visiting Glen Ellen. If you’re planning on staying in Glen Ellen, consider the Olea Hotel which is within walking distance to many of these restaurants. You’ll find that the area of Sonoma County offers a multitude of things to do. Plan ahead of time too, and you’ll also find that Sonoma County can be an affordable vacation destination. With these restaurants, creative flair and beautiful platings, each of these locations are worth the trip during your getaway.

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