Tasty Restaurant – Campo Fina in Downtown Healdsburg

Tasty restaurant - Campo Fina

After a day of wine tasting in Sonoma County’s Dry Creek Valley, my wife and I recently headed to Campo Fina, a tasty restaurant near the plaza in downtown Healdsburg. This small restaurant has a cozy feel that welcomes you as soon as you walk in the door. The ambiance is casual and charming. We felt right at home as we were seated at a high top table by a friendly server.

Dine indoors or outdoors on the back patio. If you’re interested in sitting at the patio, call ahead for reservations. The patio seems to be the popular place to sit. There’s even a bocce court out back on the patio.

Spaghetti

I ordered the spaghetti, Tomasso’s Sugo Calabrese, made with both pork and beef sugo. This hearty dish came with an amazing sauce that I thoroughly enjoyed. The flavors were phenomenal. This is the ultimate comfort food and I devoured every last bite. Since this first visit, we’ve been back many times and this is what I always order.

chocolate souffle
My wife had Nonna’s Chicken with sauteed greens and soft polenta. It was served in a little pot that kept the food hot. The chicken was moist and tender and incredibly delicious. It literally fell off the bone. The polenta was supper yummy. Another fabulous dish; we both agreed that we could eat this delicious spaghetti and chicken every day and be totally happy.

For dessert we shared the molten chocolate soufflé with vanilla creme anglaise. It was the perfect ending to a perfect meal. We loved everything about this tasty restaurant from beginning to end.

If you want tasty Italian comfort food made with fresh local ingredients, Campo Fina is the place to go. Healdsburg is well known for its many world class gourmet restaurant. And this really is one of the very best Healdsburg restaurants. If I lived closer, I would be a regular. Unfortunately, I am a two to three hour drive away. Whenever we go to Healdsburg, this is a must stop for us. We’ve been back again and again since our first visit. We are always happy with Campo Fina!

Make reservations well in advance as Campo Fina is an extremely popular place to dine.


Contact Information


Campo Fina
Address: 330 Healdsburg Ave., Healdsburg
Telephone: 707) 395-4640
Open seven days a week 11:30 AM – 10:00 PM


Have you eaten at this tasty restaurant? If you have, please take time to leave a comment below.


Truett Hurst Winery

Truett Hurst Winery – near Healdsburg

We think Healdsburg is the perfect Wine Country destination for a getaway. This small town is situated near 3 different wine regions: Russian River Valley, Alexander Valley, and Dry Creek Valley. So, there’s wineries in every direction (lots of them!)

There’s so many fun things to do in the area, fabulous wineries, scenic beauty, and wonderful places to stay and eat.
Click here to learn more about things to do in Healdsburg.


Healdsburg California: The Only Guide You Need

Healdsburg tours-stay-eat- have fun There’s many reasons to choose Healdsburg, California as your next Wine Country destination. Learn about fun things to do in Healdsburg and get practical tips on where to stay and where to eat while visiting this small city located in northern Sonoma County.

Healdsburg offers the charms of a small town combined with incredible restaurants and world class wineries to please the most particular foodie and wine connoisseur. Drive the uncrowded country roads through breathtaking Wine Country scenery. Healdsburg is centrally located between three major wine regions: Dry Creek Valley, Russian River Valley, and Alexander Valley


Healdsburg California: Where to Stay


DryCreekInnIf you are on a budget, stay at Dry Creek Inn. You can frequently find special deals on websites such as Travel Zoo and Groupon. This hotel is conveniently located just off of Highway 101 and just a short distance in every direction to wineries.

There’s two swimming pools, an outdoor jacuzzi tub, an outdoor fire pit, water fountains, as well as a sauna. Casa Siena are the standard rooms. They charge slightly more to upgrade to a Tuscan room, which includes a fireplace and spa tub. All of the rooms have very comfortable beds. Breakfast is complimentary and is better than most free breakfasts. If you plan on wine tasting at local wineries, ask at the lobby for free wine tasting coupons.


HonorMansionHonor Mansion is the place to go if you want to be spoiled. This is an upscale bed and breakfast located near downtown Healdsburg. Swim, play croquet, tennis, bocce, or basketball. Practice your putting. Arrange for a poolside massage. Listen to the sounds of the waterfall cascading into the koi pond. Gorgeous rooms, amazing happy hour with beverages and appetizers, and a delicious breakfast in the morning. Staff is friendly and they go out of their way to make sure you are enjoying your stay.


Healdsburg California: Where to Eat


Willi's Seafood
Willi’s Seafood and Raw Bar If you don’t care for raw seafood, don’t let the name scare you. Willi’s has an extensive menu that includes a variety of delicious small plates. Some of my favorites include raw oysters, hanger steak, minted lamb, fish tacos, and pan roasted Duncan’s mushrooms. They have the best sour dough bread, served warm with garlic parsley butter. Dine indoors or outside on the patio. Willi’s is located just north of the Healdsburg Plaza on Healdsburg Avenue.


Chicken - Barndiva

Crispy Free Range Chicken


Barndiva
This outstanding Healdsburg restaurant uses fresh local ingredients to create scrumptious seasonally inspired dishes. Barn diva is known for their creative cocktails as well as their delicious food. Treat yourself to lunch, dinner, or a Sunday brunch. Barn diva is located in downtown Healdsburg a few blocks south of Healdsburg Plaza.


Spaghetti

Tomasso’s Sugo Calabrese


Campo Fina
This restaurant is located on Healdsburg Avenue north of the Healdsburg Plaza. Enjoy lunch or dinner indoors or on the outside patio. This is the place to enjoy delicious Italian food in a casual atmosphere. Favorites here include Tomasso’s Sugo Calabrese and Nonna’s Chicken served with sauteed greens and soft polenta. Make reservations well in advance!


Baci Restaurant Healdsburg
Baci Cafe & Wine Bar
Baci’s is an incredible Italian restaurant located north of the Healdsburg Plaza on Healdsburg Avenue. Everything about this restaurant is amazing. The service is friendly and attentive. Waiters are knowledgeable about both the food and the wine. The food is full of fabulous flavors. Favorites at this restaurant include Stinco d’Agnello al Forno, a slow braised lamb shank and Pollo alla Livornese, pan sauteed chicken breast served with polenta and fresh vegetables. Don’t leave without trying the flourless chocolate cake topped with vanilla bean gelato!


Sonoma Chicken

Duck breast and confit of duck leg .


Charlie Palmer’s Dry Creek Kitchen has the perfect blend of wine country charm and elegance. Dine outdoors on the vine-covered terrace or indoors in their elegant dining room. Along with their delicious food, enjoy contemporary and classic jazz on Monday and Tuesday evenings featuring local Sonoma County musicians. As a bonus, the corkage fee is waived for your first two bottles of Sonoma County wines.

Dry Creek Kitchen is located just across the street from the tree-lined Healdsburg Plaza in downtown Healdsburg.


Healdsburg California: Fun Things to Do


Wine Tasting at Wineries

Truett Hurst Winery

Treat-Hurst Winery – Dry Creek Valley

Healdsburg is surrounded by some of the best wine regions: Dry Creek Valley, Russian River Valley, and the Alexander Valley. It’s a short drive from Healdsburg to visit any of these wine regions. Click on each of these links to learn about the wineries in each region.

The Dry Creek Valley is northwest of Healdsburg. Some wineries, such as Truest-Hurst, have views of Dry Creek, a tributary of the Russian River. Dry Creek produces outstanding Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon. The Russian River Valley is a scenic region well known for producing high quality Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. The Alexander Valley, located north of Healdsburg, is recognized for producing outstanding Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. All are worth exploring!


Boy in Healdsburg Plaza

Healdsburg Plaza

Downtown Walking Wine Tour

More than a dozen wineries have wine tasting rooms located in downtown Healdsburg. Park near the Healdsburg Plaza and walk from winery to winery.

Located on Healdsburg Avenue:
Rockville Vineyards, GrapeSeed Wines, Hartford Family Wines, S, Stonestreet, La Creama, and Stephen & Walter.

Located on Center Street: Banshee Wines, Cartograph, JCB Tasting Lounge, Roadhouse Winery, and Selby Wines.

Located on Matheson Street: Thumbprint Cellars, Lioco Wine Company, and Williamson Wines. Plaza Street: Ferrari-Carano.


Canoe Down the Russian River

Canoe down the Russian RiverIt’s a blast to kayak or canoe down the Russian River. There are a number of businesses that offer rentals right on the river. Pack your lunch and you’re ready for a relaxing day on the river.

We booked a 10 mile self-guided trip through Burke’s Canoes. Burke’s has a shuttle that picked us up and returned us back to where we started. There a many beaches along the way. Sometimes we could park the canoes and take a break on the beach. What a great day we had outdoors on the river!


Ride a Segway

Ride a Segway
Tour Healdsburg on a segway. Enjoy the beautiful scenery as roll along the river and through vineyards. If you have not ridden a segway before, there’s time to practice before you start. There are different segway tours to choose from. Our tour took us to three different wineries where we stopped for wine tasting. Learn More


Visit Lake Sonoma

Lake Sonoma - Healdsburg
Visit Lake Sonoma for fishing, swimming, boating, kayaking, hiking, camping, horseback riding, mountain biking, and picnicking. This lake is just 10 miles west of downtown Healdsburg. Take time to visit the Fish Hatchery and Visitor’s Center, which are open throughout the year.

The Lake Sonoma Steelhead Festival takes place every February. This annual event offers fun activities for the entire family. Learn More


Have you visited Healdsburg California? We would love to hear what you like to do in Healdsburg, where you like to stay and eat.
Please comment below.


Central Coast Restaurants You Don’t Want to Miss

Monterey Pacific OceanLearn about the top Central Coast restaurants. Experience the fine dining opportunities waiting for you along with the beautiful coastal scenery. As you explore this scenic region, be sure to enjoy a either lunch or dinner at these world class restaurants.

Learn about the best restaurants in San Luis Obispo, Paso Robles, Santa Barbara, Cambria, Santa Cruz, Monterey, and Livermore. The Central Coast is an incredible area to visit for many reasons and the choices for dining just adds to the charm. Click on the links to learn more about each restaurant.


Central Coast Restaurants


Buona Tavola Paso Robles RestaurantBuona Tavola
Buona Tavola is an amazing restaurant with locations in both San Luis Obispo and Paso Robles. The restaurant features the cuisine of northern Italy. The food is fabulous and the service outstanding. This is a small casually elegant setting.

If you’re craving Italian, head to Buona Tyvola for either lunch or dinner!


Apple Farm Restaurant
Apple Farm Restaurant in San Luis Obispo
This San Luis Obispo restaurant is our favorite place for eating breakfast. They also serve lunch and dinner. The food is fresh, atmosphere cozy, and service friendly. Dine indoors or outside.

Our choice for a great breakfast in San Luis Obispo!


central coast restaurants

Ciopinot Seafood Grille
Well trained, friendly staff combined with fabulous food makes Ciopinot a favorite restaurant. This San Luis Obispo restaurant is a fabulous place to dine. They’re known for their seafood, but offer steak and other food as well. If you love cioppino, be sure to order their “no work” cioppino, their signature dish. Everything’s ready to eat and delicious!

A bonus for wine drinkers: there’s no corkage fee if you bring your own wine from the area.


Gardens of Avila Restaurant
Gardens of Avila Restaurant in San Luis Obispo
This romantic Central Coast restaurant is part of Sycamore Mineral Springs Resort near Avila Beach. The food is fantastic and the setting is lovely. You may dine inside or outdoors on the patio.

Gardens of Avila is often voted “Most Romantic Dining” in San Luis Obispo.


Jane - A Santa Barbara Restaurant

Jane – A Santa Barbara Restaurant
Jane is a charming restaurant located in Santa Barbara’s popular State Street area. You’ll love the moderately priced, well prepared food.

Make reservations for a table on the balcony where you can relax and enjoy a great meal. Open for lunch and dinner every day except Sunday.

I’m not a huge fan of coconut, but highly recommend their Coconut Cake. It’s a “Must Order”!


Cambria Restaurant - Madeline's RestaurantMadeline’s Restaurant
Madelines is a wonderful restaurant located in the charming seaside town of Cambria. Cambria is on the western side of the Paso Robles Wine Country in California’s Central Coast Wine Country. Explore Cambria and enjoy the gourmet delights of this San Luis Obispo restaurant.

Make reservations because this is a very small restaurant.


California Wine Tour - Restaurant Paso Robles

McPhee’s Grill in the Paso Robles Wine Country
McPhee’s Grill is halfway between Los Angeles and San Francisco. Make this great restaurant a “must visit” during your next California Wine Tour. The food is beautifully presented hearty food that is delicious.


Romantic Date - Santa Cruz A Romantic Restaurant in the Santa Cruz Wine Country
Shadowbrook is our top recommendation for a romantic restaurant in the Santa Cruz area. Take a cable car down the hill to the restaurant surrounded with beautiful landscaping overlooking Soquel Creek. This is a restaurant where you can relax and enjoy the beauties of California’s Central Coast on your Santa Cruz wine tour.

Shadowbrook has won numerous awards for being “Most Romantic Restaurant in the Santa Cruz Area”.


Tarpy's Roadhouse Restaurant
Tarpy’s Roadhouse

Dine in an historic building in Monterey Wine Country. This Monterey restaurant has an extensive menu, award-winning wine list, and marvelous food. This romantic restaurant is a great place to dine while exploring the central coast of California.

Be sure to try the their fried banana split: fried bananas covered with strawberries, chocolate, and vanilla ice cream. Fabulous!


The Restaurant at Wente - Livermore Restaurant The Restaurant at Wente Vineyards in the Livermore Wine Country
This romantic restaurant is located in the heart of Livermore Wine Country. The casual elegance welcomes you and the fabulous food keeps you coming back. Plan a visit during your next California Wine Tour.

Dine at Wente for lunch, dinner, or Sunday brunch. During the summer you can purchase concert tickets with a dinner option. This is always an outstanding choice!


If you have eaten at any of these Central Coast restaurants, we’d love to hear about your experiences. Scroll down and leave a comment below.


Brannans Grill – Top Calistoga Restaurant

Brannans Grill Calistoga, CaliforniaWe went to Brannans Grill in downtown Calistoga for lunch recently and we thoroughly enjoyed it. As we entered the restaurant on our wine tour, it felt as if we were entering an elegant hunting lodge. Perhaps it was the handcrafted stone fireplace with a large stag mounted above that gave us that impression.

A huge 19th century handcrafted bar, tall ceilings with redwood beams, and skylights all create a spacious, elegant atmosphere.

Brannans Grill opened in 1998 and is named after Sam Brannan, the founder of Calistoga. The building was originally constructed in the 1920s. The Calistoga restaurant pays homage to its beginnings with large murals in the main dining room of historic Napa Valley.

You can sit in a cozy booth or at a table near the fireplace in the dining room or along the large screened windows on the main floor. We enjoyed our seat by the open window where we could look out at downtown Calistoga.

Brannan's CalistogaThe calamari appetizer we shared was light and crispy. Steve had the “hangar steak”, which tasted like tri-tip. It came sliced and covered in a tasty sauce. It was served with a twice baked potato and fresh broccoli. I had the Breast chicken “piccata” salad, which was a pan fried chicken breast covered with lemon caper sauce with a fresh salad of local greens on the side. The chicken was lightly flavored and crispy.

The desserts were fantastic. I had Triple Chocolate cake with raspberry sauce. It was light and chocolaty without being overpowering. My husband’s crème brulee was a generous portion…very vanilla in flavor and topped with strawberries.

Brannan's Restaurant

Brannan’s Grill has an extensive wine list with many wines being available by the glass as well as by the bottle. They also offer different flights of wine that allow you to sample 3 different wines at one time.

We will definitely be returning to Brannan’s Grill next time we are doing a wine tour in Napa. It is a great restaurant. Next time we plan to visit on a Friday or Saturday evening so we can also enjoy live jazz performers. If you are looking for a Calistoga restaurant that serves American cuisine in a casual, friendly atmosphere; Brannan’s Grill is the place for you.


Fun Things to Do in Calistoga

Bothe Napa State Park Calistoga, CAMost people who find their way to Calistoga are here for wine tasting. This section of the Napa Valley has many fantastic wineries. You’ll find both small and large wineries. People also visit Calistoga to experience a hot mineral springs mud bath or other spa treatment. Everyone needs to have a mud bath at least once! Check out Dr. Wilkinson’s Hot Springs Resortfor more information about mud baths, massages, and other spa services.

Hike along a creek through the redwoods at Bothe-Napa Valley State Park This state park is located just off Highway 29 right in Calistoga. Take a hike, picnic, or even camp at the beautiful park. It’s a great place to stretch your legs and get a some fresh air!


Brannans Grill – Contact Information

Contact Information:
Brannan’s Grill
Address: 1374 Lincoln Avenue, Calistoga, CA 94515
Telephone: (707) 942-2233
Directions: Calistoga is on the north end of the Napa Valley. From Highway 29 turn onto Lincoln Avenue into downtown Calistoga. The restaurant will be on the right-hand side of the street.

Learn About Calistoga Wineries
– CLICK HERE –


Sterling Winery

Ride the tram up the hill to the tasting room at Sterling Vineyards.

Calistoga is the most western town in the Napa Valley. It tends to be a little more laid back than other parts of Napa. You might find more smaller wineries in this area. Don’t miss the scenic ride up the tram at Sterling Cellars. Tour the castle at Castello di Amorosa. Explore the wine caves and art at Clos Pegase Winery. Enjoy lunch or dinner at Brannans Grill. There’s a lot going on in Calistoga!


If you have dined at Brannan’s Grill, we would love to hear from you. Leave a comment below telling us about your dining experience.


Baci Cafe & Wine Bar – A Local’s Favorite!

Baci Cafe and Wine Bar Healdsburg, California
Baci Cafe & Wine Bar is the #1 restaurant in Healdsburg according to both Trip Advisor and Open Table. They offer superb Italian cuisine in a romantic atmosphere. Attentive, impeccable service and all at a reasonable price. It’s favored by by locals and visitors alike.

The food at Baci’s is definitely memorable. It’s why we return whenever we visit the area. We savored every bite on our most recent visit. Steve ordered Stinco d’Agnello al Forno, organic slow braised lamb shank, slowly braised in white wine, veal stock, lemon zest served with a medley of fresh vegetables perfectly cooked.

Baci Cafe Healdsburg, CALamb is one of the favorite dishes that Steve orders often. He couldn’t stop telling me that this was the best lamb he had ever eaten!

I enjoyed Pollo alla Livornese, pan sauteed Mary’s organic chicken breast, roasted garlic, tomatoes, capers, picholine olives, and chicken jus served with polenta and vegetables. Amazing flavors!

Baci Cafe Dessert
Dessert was heavenly. Steve thought his panna cotta was light and delicious. This flourless chocolate cake topped with vanilla bean gelato was fabulous.

Dining at Baci Cafe & Wine Bar s is always a truly wonderful experience. The ambiance is warm. Service is excellent. Servers are friendly and attentive. The wine recommendations are outstanding. Make reservations as this Healdsburg restaurant.

Baci is a popular with local residents as well as with visitors who head to the area for wine tasting. Whenever we are in Healdsburg, this is where we head! It does not disappoint.


Dry Creek Valley Road With Trees Healdsburg is a central location for a wine tasting getaway. Dry Creek Valley, Russian River Valley, and Alexander Valley wineries are all close by. Whatever direction you head from Healdsburg, you will find fabulous wineries.
Click here to learn about the wineries of Sonoma County.


vineyards
Healdsburg is such an ideal wine country destination. It’s a great place for world class wines, fine dining, and fun things to do. We live several hours away, but visit the area often. If you are headed to Healdsburg, check out this Guide: Where to Stay, Eat, & Have Fun in Healdsburg .


Baci Cafe and Wine Bar Contact Information

Reservations
Address: 336 Healdsburg Ave., Healdsburg, CA
Telephone: (707) 433-8111
Open Wednesday – Monday beginning at 5PM.
Closed Tuesdays.

Directions from Highway 101 Traveling South
1. Take ramp right for Westside Road toward Guerneville
2. Turn left onto Westside Road. The name changes to Mill Street
3. Turn left onto Healdsburg Avenue.
4. Arrive at 336 Healdsburg Ave.

Directions from Highway 101 Traveling North
1. Exit at the Central Healdsburg exit and keep straight on Healdsburg Avenue.
2. Arrive at 336 Healdsburg Avenue.


Have you dined at Baci Cafe & Wine Bar? If so, leave a comment below telling us about you dining experience at this Healdsburg restaurant.