Jules’ Petaluma Guidebook

Jules
Jules’ Petaluma Guidebook

Petaluma food scene

Our favourite restaurant in Petaluma. Our first ever visit to this town and a big part of why we moved here. Rustic California-Mediterranean. Recommend: everything, any pork dish, steak for 2, any squid starter, the trout crudo, papusas, veggies in the wood-fire oven, the butterscotch pot and the coffee macaroons.
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Central Market
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Our favourite restaurant in Petaluma. Our first ever visit to this town and a big part of why we moved here. Rustic California-Mediterranean. Recommend: everything, any pork dish, steak for 2, any squid starter, the trout crudo, papusas, veggies in the wood-fire oven, the butterscotch pot and the coffee macaroons.
Take 2 for newcomers TCP in 2021 and we are so glad they are back! TCP fast became our fave new restaurant - simply flawless execution. We ❤️❤️❤️. Dinner is a must, also the most refined brunch in town!
Table Culture Provisions
841 Petaluma Boulevard South
Take 2 for newcomers TCP in 2021 and we are so glad they are back! TCP fast became our fave new restaurant - simply flawless execution. We ❤️❤️❤️. Dinner is a must, also the most refined brunch in town!
Whilst we go for the oysters and the special catch of the day in butter and capers/fish for 2, I need to let you know that the wine list is a list of unusual and unique treats, and the desserts are hella good! Dining outside in the Hotel Courtyard is so pretty.
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The Shuckery
100 Washington St
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Whilst we go for the oysters and the special catch of the day in butter and capers/fish for 2, I need to let you know that the wine list is a list of unusual and unique treats, and the desserts are hella good! Dining outside in the Hotel Courtyard is so pretty.
The finest sushi choice in town. It's all about the "Today Specials" - check out the beautiful hand written menus on instagram @sake107petaluma. Great sake. If you are a sashimi fan, I recommend the Tokujo Sashimi! Desserts are legendary and rather special.
Sake 107
107 Petaluma Blvd N
The finest sushi choice in town. It's all about the "Today Specials" - check out the beautiful hand written menus on instagram @sake107petaluma. Great sake. If you are a sashimi fan, I recommend the Tokujo Sashimi! Desserts are legendary and rather special.
Tiny restaurant and pretty special experience as a result. Made it to SF Chronicle’s Best 10 restaurants in the San Francisco Bay Area 2021. Beautiful food. Wine list is very considered and interesting.
Street. .Social
29 F Petaluma Boulevard North
Tiny restaurant and pretty special experience as a result. Made it to SF Chronicle’s Best 10 restaurants in the San Francisco Bay Area 2021. Beautiful food. Wine list is very considered and interesting.
Huge outdoor area, great beer, wine and cocktail selection, and lots of fun. Fantastic food, well-sourced. Solid Cobb salad and the burger is always a winner. Check for live music at the weekends.
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Brewsters Beer Garden
229 Water St
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Huge outdoor area, great beer, wine and cocktail selection, and lots of fun. Fantastic food, well-sourced. Solid Cobb salad and the burger is always a winner. Check for live music at the weekends.
Peruvian food. We eat lunch here all the time, great patio (can get windy on hot summer days) on the river. The best Petaluma cocktail in town (tequila, mezcal, grapefruit juice, lime juice, sparkling water and chipotle salt). We always eat and highly recommend the hot octopus app, the ceviche and the paella.
Ayawaska RestoBar
101 2nd St
Peruvian food. We eat lunch here all the time, great patio (can get windy on hot summer days) on the river. The best Petaluma cocktail in town (tequila, mezcal, grapefruit juice, lime juice, sparkling water and chipotle salt). We always eat and highly recommend the hot octopus app, the ceviche and the paella.
Solid lunch option (and dinner). Tasty salads, sandwiches, small plates and pizza using stand out local produce. Eat here and feel great. Amazing choice if you are gluten free and/or vegan. Meat, fish and gluten also available.
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Wild Goat Bistro
6 Petaluma Boulevard North
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Solid lunch option (and dinner). Tasty salads, sandwiches, small plates and pizza using stand out local produce. Eat here and feel great. Amazing choice if you are gluten free and/or vegan. Meat, fish and gluten also available.
The Block Petaluma is a food park located in the heart of Downtown Petaluma. Home to Two Rock Brewing Company, Firetrail Pizza, & Jackie Boy's BBQ. During weekends you can find local food trucks to provide an ever changing rotation of cuisines.
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The Block Petaluma
20 Grey St
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The Block Petaluma is a food park located in the heart of Downtown Petaluma. Home to Two Rock Brewing Company, Firetrail Pizza, & Jackie Boy's BBQ. During weekends you can find local food trucks to provide an ever changing rotation of cuisines.
Newest pizza in town, fanciest pizza in town, most delicious pizza in town. Stand-out gluten free pizza, stand-out ingredients. Do it!
Acre Pizza
1080 Petaluma Boulevard North
Newest pizza in town, fanciest pizza in town, most delicious pizza in town. Stand-out gluten free pizza, stand-out ingredients. Do it!
Risibisi, a 12 straight Michelin Bib Gourmand Award winner features farm to table Italian food and a full bar with signature cocktails. Beautiful outdoor seating along the river!
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Risibisi
154 Petaluma Boulevard North
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Risibisi, a 12 straight Michelin Bib Gourmand Award winner features farm to table Italian food and a full bar with signature cocktails. Beautiful outdoor seating along the river!

Fitness & wellness

Yoga in the Park @ Wickersham Park. Just 2 blocks from your stay. Yoga on Tuesday and Thursday evenings, Saturday and Sunday mornings. Slow yoga, flow yoga and strength (aka hard) yoga. Book online for socially distanced, contact free yoga. Laci and her yoga crew bring me joy! Stay and join the joy! Update #1: it's totally OK to just show up and pay by Venmo. Update #2: in chillier weather yoga moves to a barn on I Street (5mins away by car) - ask me (jules) if you want to know more. www.petalumaparkyoga.com, IG: petalumaparkyoga
Petaluma Park Yoga
500 4th Street
Yoga in the Park @ Wickersham Park. Just 2 blocks from your stay. Yoga on Tuesday and Thursday evenings, Saturday and Sunday mornings. Slow yoga, flow yoga and strength (aka hard) yoga. Book online for socially distanced, contact free yoga. Laci and her yoga crew bring me joy! Stay and join the joy! Update #1: it's totally OK to just show up and pay by Venmo. Update #2: in chillier weather yoga moves to a barn on I Street (5mins away by car) - ask me (jules) if you want to know more. www.petalumaparkyoga.com, IG: petalumaparkyoga
Looking for Pilates on a reformer, look no further!
BodyROK Petaluma
5 Petaluma Boulevard South
Looking for Pilates on a reformer, look no further!
Stardust Salon & Spa is a one stop shop for your beauty needs! From facials to lash extensions, these beautiful ladies have everything beauty you are looking for!
Stardust Salon & Spa
410 Petaluma Blvd S
Stardust Salon & Spa is a one stop shop for your beauty needs! From facials to lash extensions, these beautiful ladies have everything beauty you are looking for!

Produce & grocery shopping in Petaluma

This place makes me so happy! Jupiter Foods is an incredible addition to Petaluma. Local organic produce and treats procured with love and care from local farmers. Currently open Mon, Wed & Sat 9am - 3pm.
Jupiter Foods
100 Petaluma Boulevard North
This place makes me so happy! Jupiter Foods is an incredible addition to Petaluma. Local organic produce and treats procured with love and care from local farmers. Currently open Mon, Wed & Sat 9am - 3pm.
If you fancy a box of local food treasures for your stay, buy a "one-off" farm box (order through the website). Think milk, cheese, bread, eggs, plus meat and veggies for 3-4 recipes - all planned for you. Easy cooking at the Tower. Pick up on Tues or Thurs 4-6pm. You can also feed the pigs, collect eggs from the chickens and enjoy a little walk about the ranch. We love our weekly escape to Rusty Hinges. If you are staying with us at the weekend and would like a box, we are happy to collect for you (on Thursdays) - just ask.
Rusty Hinges Ranch
212 Chileno Valley Road
If you fancy a box of local food treasures for your stay, buy a "one-off" farm box (order through the website). Think milk, cheese, bread, eggs, plus meat and veggies for 3-4 recipes - all planned for you. Easy cooking at the Tower. Pick up on Tues or Thurs 4-6pm. You can also feed the pigs, collect eggs from the chickens and enjoy a little walk about the ranch. We love our weekly escape to Rusty Hinges. If you are staying with us at the weekend and would like a box, we are happy to collect for you (on Thursdays) - just ask.
Best market in town - locally owned. Great place to pick up food - great deli and prepared food counter, good produce, everything you need to cook. Huge collection of local wines, beers and spirits.
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Petaluma Market
210 Western Avenue
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Best market in town - locally owned. Great place to pick up food - great deli and prepared food counter, good produce, everything you need to cook. Huge collection of local wines, beers and spirits.
Looking for a seafood feast? Look no further. Anna has pretty much everything - oysters, sashimi grade fish, prawns, mussels, poke, crab clams, cioppino, little fish, big fish, everything - all insane quality. Also delivers :-).
Anna's Seafood
1370 Redwood Way
Looking for a seafood feast? Look no further. Anna has pretty much everything - oysters, sashimi grade fish, prawns, mussels, poke, crab clams, cioppino, little fish, big fish, everything - all insane quality. Also delivers :-).
Excellent selection of local wines and beers < 5 min walk from your stay. Look for Petaluma Gap wine.
Charley's Liquor & Deli
601 Petaluma Boulevard South
Excellent selection of local wines and beers < 5 min walk from your stay. Look for Petaluma Gap wine.
Just a few blocks away, on Saturday Afternoons at Walnut Park (Mid-May – Mid-November). Open air market selling farm-fresh produce and local products. Features live entertainment and activities; 2-5pm; 201 4th St. ILoveFarmersMarkets.org (415) 999-5635
Petaluma Farmers' Market
Just a few blocks away, on Saturday Afternoons at Walnut Park (Mid-May – Mid-November). Open air market selling farm-fresh produce and local products. Features live entertainment and activities; 2-5pm; 201 4th St. ILoveFarmersMarkets.org (415) 999-5635

Neighborhoods

1st Street runs along the river and just 5 mins from us. The main reason to walk along 1st Street is to see the 45 foot sculpture R-Evolution. She debuted at Burning Man in 2015, she's famous for that. She is breathtaking and just hanging out in the parking lot of the artist's studio. Take H Street towards the river, turn right onto 2nd and get to the river through Foundry Wharf, you will then circle back and pop out on 1st. Pick up coffee at Petaluma Coffee and Tea Company, or Juice at Juice House. Eat breakfast or lunch at Aqus Cafe (Californian) or Pearl (Eastern Mediterranean). Later in the day, taste Port at Sonoma Portworks.
1st Street
1st Street runs along the river and just 5 mins from us. The main reason to walk along 1st Street is to see the 45 foot sculpture R-Evolution. She debuted at Burning Man in 2015, she's famous for that. She is breathtaking and just hanging out in the parking lot of the artist's studio. Take H Street towards the river, turn right onto 2nd and get to the river through Foundry Wharf, you will then circle back and pop out on 1st. Pick up coffee at Petaluma Coffee and Tea Company, or Juice at Juice House. Eat breakfast or lunch at Aqus Cafe (Californian) or Pearl (Eastern Mediterranean). Later in the day, taste Port at Sonoma Portworks.
If you want to walk and look at beautiful, big and historic Petaluma homes take a stroll down D Street. Start at Walnut Park (D & 4th) and head south-west out of town.
D Street
If you want to walk and look at beautiful, big and historic Petaluma homes take a stroll down D Street. Start at Walnut Park (D & 4th) and head south-west out of town.
"The Oakhill-Brewster Historic District is a locally designated architectural preservation district located north and west of Downtown. The district encompasses one of the earliest residential neighborhoods in Petaluma, northwest of Downtown, representing a great diversity of architectural styles from the 1850s through the 1980s. The District includes a mix of elaborate homes, mansions, and more modest homes, with most block faces showing excellent continuity of period, form, and scale." Area is from the Boulevard to Oak Hill Park, between Washington Street and Galland Street.
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"The Oakhill-Brewster Historic District is a locally designated architectural preservation district located north and west of Downtown. The district encompasses one of the earliest residential neighborhoods in Petaluma, northwest of Downtown, representing a great diversity of architectural styles from the 1850s through the 1980s. The District includes a mix of elaborate homes, mansions, and more modest homes, with most block faces showing excellent continuity of period, form, and scale." Area is from the Boulevard to Oak Hill Park, between Washington Street and Galland Street.
"The “A” Street Historic District is located south and east of downtown and is comprised of residential and other properties. The district contains an eclectic mix of residences, offices, churches, and apartments nearly all built before 1925, illustrating a cross-section of architectural history over the 65-year period of the neighborhood’s development from 1860 to 1925. Nearly all buildings are intact examples of their various architectural styles from that time period, including several transitional combinations."
A Street
"The “A” Street Historic District is located south and east of downtown and is comprised of residential and other properties. The district contains an eclectic mix of residences, offices, churches, and apartments nearly all built before 1925, illustrating a cross-section of architectural history over the 65-year period of the neighborhood’s development from 1860 to 1925. Nearly all buildings are intact examples of their various architectural styles from that time period, including several transitional combinations."
Petaluma's Historic Downtown is between the river and Howard St, around Western St and Washington - aim for American Alley and explore out. "Chartered in 1858, Petaluma is one of the oldest cities in California. And because it was spared any destruction in the 1906 San Francisco earthquake, Petaluma has buildings whose foundations were laid more than a century ago and whose facades are some of the best examples of iron-front architecture in the entire United States. Now the iconic buildings are home to boutiques, antique and art galleries, and restaurants." www.petalumadowntown.com
American Alley
Petaluma's Historic Downtown is between the river and Howard St, around Western St and Washington - aim for American Alley and explore out. "Chartered in 1858, Petaluma is one of the oldest cities in California. And because it was spared any destruction in the 1906 San Francisco earthquake, Petaluma has buildings whose foundations were laid more than a century ago and whose facades are some of the best examples of iron-front architecture in the entire United States. Now the iconic buildings are home to boutiques, antique and art galleries, and restaurants." www.petalumadowntown.com

Petaluma breakfast & coffee

Ticks all the craft hipster coffee boxes. Does not disappoint, coffee is delicious and strong. Food good too. 10 min walk from us. Top tip - avoid the line by ordering to go online - www.acre2go.com.
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Acre Coffee
21 4th Street
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Ticks all the craft hipster coffee boxes. Does not disappoint, coffee is delicious and strong. Food good too. 10 min walk from us. Top tip - avoid the line by ordering to go online - www.acre2go.com.
Closest coffee (5 min walk). Serious roaster and shockingly good prices. Love this place. Do check hours (currently not open at weekends).
Petaluma Coffee & Tea Co.
212 2nd Street
Closest coffee (5 min walk). Serious roaster and shockingly good prices. Love this place. Do check hours (currently not open at weekends).
Fantastic juice bar!
Juice House Co. • Petaluma
421 2nd Street
Fantastic juice bar!
Coffee, bread, pastries, cake! This bakery is world famous, always makes it into the New York Times top 10 bakeries in the USA. Don't buy bread anywhere else in Petaluma. Also great salads for lunch/brunch. Check out the fridges at the back for baking kits, treats and cheats. Plus it's beautiful.
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Della Fattoria Downtown Café
141 Petaluma Boulevard North
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Coffee, bread, pastries, cake! This bakery is world famous, always makes it into the New York Times top 10 bakeries in the USA. Don't buy bread anywhere else in Petaluma. Also great salads for lunch/brunch. Check out the fridges at the back for baking kits, treats and cheats. Plus it's beautiful.
American diner, go if you are hungry. This place is a lot of fun and super close. Excellent (and big) Mimosas and Bloody Marys.
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Sax's Joint
317 Petaluma Blvd S
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American diner, go if you are hungry. This place is a lot of fun and super close. Excellent (and big) Mimosas and Bloody Marys.

Breweries + tap rooms

Petaluma is the home of Lagunitas. Great outdoor eating area and live music. Food is beer garden real good, great burger, tacos, and salads. Go early or expect to wait in line maybe 45 mins. Worth a visit for the limited release beers and hard seltzers only available here ... and then get growlers to go!
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Lagunitas Brewing Company
1280 N McDowell Blvd
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Petaluma is the home of Lagunitas. Great outdoor eating area and live music. Food is beer garden real good, great burger, tacos, and salads. Go early or expect to wait in line maybe 45 mins. Worth a visit for the limited release beers and hard seltzers only available here ... and then get growlers to go!
For the freshest beer in town and the coolest can art - Hen House. Also available at most local supermarkets, check the bottom of cans for brew date.
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HenHouse Brewing Company Palace of Barrels
1333 N McDowell Blvd
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For the freshest beer in town and the coolest can art - Hen House. Also available at most local supermarkets, check the bottom of cans for brew date.

Lunch in Petaluma

In need of a quick & healthy bite to eat? Lunchette has perfected the carryout plant-based lunches made with seasonal, organic, local ingredients. Grab-and-go salads with vegan & gluten-free choices. Focaccia by the slice or tray.
Lunchette
25 4th St
In need of a quick & healthy bite to eat? Lunchette has perfected the carryout plant-based lunches made with seasonal, organic, local ingredients. Grab-and-go salads with vegan & gluten-free choices. Focaccia by the slice or tray.
New addition to Petaluma! A neighborhood Italian cafe, bakery & artisan coffee shop, serving sweet & savory pastries, salads, sandwiches & espresso drinks.
Stellina Pronto
23 Kentucky Street
New addition to Petaluma! A neighborhood Italian cafe, bakery & artisan coffee shop, serving sweet & savory pastries, salads, sandwiches & espresso drinks.
The Bagel Mill make NY-inspired bagels with freshly milled flour, using natural fermentation & organic ingredients. Delicious for breakfast or lunch!
The Bagel Mill
212 Western Avenue
The Bagel Mill make NY-inspired bagels with freshly milled flour, using natural fermentation & organic ingredients. Delicious for breakfast or lunch!
A local favorite! Petaluma Pie Company not only has delicious full size pies, but a large variety of sweet and savory hand pies! Perfect for a quick bite to eat.
Petaluma Pie Company
125 Petaluma Boulevard North
A local favorite! Petaluma Pie Company not only has delicious full size pies, but a large variety of sweet and savory hand pies! Perfect for a quick bite to eat.