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“Excellent food and service but a bit overpriced”

Sante at the Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn
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Ranked #16 of 123 Restaurants in Sonoma
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$40 - US$60
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Good for: Special Occasion Dining, Romantic, Business meetings
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Description: Sante Restaurant is the Inn's premier dining room and has earned a national reputation for its outstanding food. Recipient of a prestigious Michelin Star as well as the AAA Four Diamond Award, Sante is the only restaurant in the Sonoma Valley to receive these accolades. Conde Nast Traveler said 'it's worth a special trip just to eat here' and Gourmet Magazine calls the food 'the best of the new Wine Country style.' Only the freshest local produce, meats, poultry and seafood are used to create elegantly simple dishes that let the natural flavors of the food speak for themselves. A wine list, honored with Wine Spectator's 'Award of Excellence' features over 500 Sonoma and Napa wines. *Sante' will offer Grand Buffet's only for Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day. Please call restaurant for further details.
San Francisco, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Excellent food and service but a bit overpriced”
Reviewed 6 July 2014

Food and service is excellent. I'm lactose intolerant and the kitchen was able to accommodate that without sacrificing quality. My only quibble is the pricing. It's overpriced but that's not uncommon among hotel restaurants.

Visited July 2014
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Houston, Texas
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 89 helpful votes
“First class”
Reviewed 25 June 2014

Definitely one of the nicest meals I've had in a while. The presentation of the food was beautiful and my main course (fish) was cooked to perfection. As other reviewers have mentioned, the restaurant showcases local produce and the overall quality is excellent. As you might expect, being in a wine producing area, Sante has a great selection of local wines. The cost of the meal was on the high side but worth every cent. Sante definitely hits the mark and deserves the five stars I've given it.

  • Visited May 2014
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Cypress
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“overpriced”
Reviewed 24 June 2014

not like the "fairmount experience" we are used to. Restaurnant Sante was way overated- serice was non-existent. We had to ask for the Presidents Club check in packet, and got a very curious look from the clerk,.

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Fairmont S, Guest Relations Manager at Sante at the Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn, responded to this review, 26 June 2014
Dear Ralph C, Thank you for your post. I am sorry for your disappointment with Santé. Generally we get rave reviews for service and cuisine there; I apologize that this was not your experience and that we failed to provide your President Club packet. We very much value your loyalty to Fairmont and we are following up with the team regarding these issues. Thank you for bringing them to our attention. Kind regards, Guest Service Manager
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Caracas, Venezuela
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195 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 91 helpful votes
“From cocktail to sufflée... DELICIOUSNESS!!”
Reviewed 22 June 2014

We were a group of 22 tired bike riding dudes (heat was over 100ºF that day!) and all of us were surprised and delighted with this experience: service, food, drink.
For drinks I had the jalapeño caipirinha (that's a crazy good cocktail -cocktails are around $16 and upwards). Food showcases local ingredients, the best California has to offer, which is grand. I tried a lot of dishes since we shared, so salads were delicious, mushroom soup... OMG!!, lobster mac & cheese (cheesy as it may sound!) was per-fect, steak (there's an entree with three different cuts, not to miss), veggies and sides beyond great.
And chocolate sufflée... OK, for this mind blowing dessert experience alone (big enough for 2), it was absolutely worth it.
Expensive, but Santé truly deserves the diamonds, star and high praise.

  • Visited June 2014
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Fairmont S, Guest Relations Manager at Sante at the Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn, responded to this review, 26 June 2014
Dear Kayuga, Thank you for your review and “high praise”. You certainly earned every wonderful bite and the chocolate souffle as well after that bike ride. I am glad you enjoyed and we hope to see you again soon. Kind regards, Guest Service Manager
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Delft, The Netherlands
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188 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 97 helpful votes
“Great dining experience”
Reviewed 15 June 2014

Sophisticated without being strait-laced. We had a great dining experience at Santé. I would recommend the tasting menu. If you feel adventurous and are ready to pay a substantial amount of money, take the wine pairing. I enjoyed everything they served. The poached Maine lobster was to die for. A weaker point would be the desserts though.m Still very good but not the same level as the savory courses. A special mention for our very kind and professional waitress who replaced the regular sparkling wine of the wine pairing by actual Champagne when she heard we were celebrating my birthday.

Visited May 2014
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Fairmont S, Guest Relations Manager at Sante at the Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn, responded to this review, 18 June 2014
Dear Herve L, Happy Belated birthday! Thank you for choosing Santé for your special event and for taking the time to post your review. We hope to welcome you back for many birthdays to come. Kind regards, Guest Service Manager
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