It would be hard to overrate this restaurant. It deserves its Michelin Star and its excellent TripAdvisor reviews, and more. It was a complete dining experience that we thoroughly enjoyed from start to finish. First, we love the dining room. It is very comfortable and its small size makes it intimate and romantic. The decor is tastefully simple with no pretension. Second, the service is excellent — prompt, friendly, informative and attentive. These things are an important part of dining out, but we came for the food and wine and that’s where everything shined brightly.
My wife and I each chose to have the four-course dinner, paired with wines. We each chose a different selection for every course and then shared them, which allowed each of us to enjoy eight selections and to taste no less than nine different wines! We highly recommend this approach because it allows you to enjoy half of the offerings and wine pairings on the menu.
We began with a small cup of Mushroom Cappuccino as an amuse-bouche. For the first course we ordered the Ahi Tuna Tataki and Roasted Almond Vegetables. For the second course, we had the Grilled Octopus and Crispy Pork Belly. For the main course, we ordered the Rabbit Rabbit Rabbit (the house specialty consisting of three different preparations of rabbit, thus its name) and Broken Arrow Ranch Venison. For our dessert course, we had Farmhouse Ice Cream and a Chocolate Soufflé with French press coffee. Along the way we enjoyed red, white and rosé wine selections from France, Greece, Italy, Austria, Portugal, Sonoma Valley and, of course, the Russian River Valley. Every part of the dinner was masterfully prepared, artfully presented, and delicious. We relished every sip and bite, but the best-of-the-best were the tataki, pork belly, rabbit (amazing!) and soufflé.
We stayed three nights at the Farmhouse Inn (reviewed separately), which allowed us to have breakfast three mornings at this restaurant. Each morning one of us ordered the Farmhouse Experience that included a delicious Pastry of the Day, which we shared, along with a main entree, one side dish, fruit juice and coffee/tea. Over the three mornings we ordered the Spinach and Goat Cheese Quiche, Akaushi Hash Benedict (twice), Farmhouse Plate, Brioche French Toast, and Farmhouse Porridge, with sides of bacon and sausage. Everything was wonderfully prepared and delicious, but the Benedict, Quiche, French Toast and the crepes (one of the Pastry of the Day selections) were standouts. Service was excellent. One of our servers stepped into the role of concierge and recommended a hike in the nearby Armstrong Redwoods Reserve that proved to be one of the highlights of our trip.
We highly recommend the Farmhouse Inn for a fine dining experience.