Dry Creek Kitchen

Ahhh summer vacation memories. In going through old posts, trying to find a post about a particular wine, I realized that I never posted about our dinner at Dry Creek Kitchen in Healdsburg, CA. Or maybe I did, but I can’t find it anywhere. . .

So to warm myself up and to pump myself up for the March 6 Napa Marathon and following vacation in Napa and Sonoma, I thought I would share a few photos from a delicious summer dinner.

Dry Creek Kitchen

Dry Creek Kitchen is just one of the many restaurants owned by Chef Charlie Palmer. Sitting proudly on Healdsburg Plaza, it is light, airy, and open with extensive outdoor seating and a beautiful outdoor courtyard. These photos are from our July trip to Healdsburg, but in this same spot on our March trip, I met Kevin from Top Chef Winking smile while he was setting up for Palmer’s Pigs and Pinot event.


Prior to our arrival at Dry Creek Kitchen, we were informed by our wonderful innkeeper at Bella Villa Messina that Dry Creek Kitchen allowed you to BYOB, and if the bottle was a Sonoma wine, there is no corkage fee! We decided on a bottle of J Cuvee bubbly, one that quickly became a favorite sparkling wine of mine (check out this post on Bubbles for your Budget!).

J Vineyards Cuvee

Upon arrival, we received some beautiful bread sticks and an amuse bouche, a shot of flavorful soup in a cute little espresso cup.

bread sticks

amuse bouche

For my starter, I ordered roasted corn soup topped with a black truffle flan. Can you even imagine? The flavors of summer in California captured so beautifully in a bowl with black truffle flan. . .


For more summer beauty, my main dish was an artichoke ravioli with shrimp, drizzled with a light cream sauce. Like everything at Dry Creek kitchen, this plate was like art, presented beautifully on a long, narrow white plate.


The best part about the food at Dry Creek Kitchen was that the portions were perfectly sized and satisfying but not so stuffing that we could not have dessert. I don’t recall the exact name, but this was sort of an adult s’mores with rich chocolate cake topped with sea salt on a toasted marshmallow cream bed. Again, the perfect portion, especially for sharing.

adult s'mores

And if all of that wasn’t enough deliciousness, with the bill we were presented a little tray of sweets. I only took a bite of one of the little jelly squares as I was completely full by this point.

complimentary sweets

Dry Creek Kitchen is not my favorite restaurant in Healdsburg (I save that designation for Scopa and Willi’s, I think because they are cozier and more intimate.), but it is definitely a beautiful dining experience. I would absolutely return for the fantastic service and food that is beautiful on the plate and on the palate.

Is winter getting you down? What is a favorite summer or vacation dining memory you can share to warm us all up?

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Tags: black truffle flan, bubbly, California, corn soup, dessert, Dining out, dinner, favorite restaurants, Healdsburg, J Cuvee, restaurant, Sonoma, sparkling wine, Travel, wine

  1. Michelle’s avatar

    I love the burn marks on the toasted marshmallow. I can imagine how awesome it must have tasted…


  2. Daisy’s avatar

    I am pretty sure you never shared this meal with us before. I feel like i would have remembered it. I need to plan a trip to wine country!


  3. Megan’s avatar

    I love going to the Cape and sitting outside and eating oysters in the summertime. I wish it wasn’t so cold and gloomy! It’s nice to have a memory like this to look back on.


  4. MelissaNibbles’s avatar

    This looks great. The marshmallows especially.


  5. Kelly’s avatar

    Yes I definitely would’ve remembered those breadsticks if you had showed them before haha.

    Winter is definitely getting me down, wahhh! I’m so sick of it and I have no more space in my yard for snow. Also I don’t want these days off in the winter- I’m going to have no vacation time before my summer job starts. So…if you have any kind of in with the winter gods please tell them to stop, thanks haha.


  6. Amanda @ BakingWithoutABox’s avatar

    Lusting after those breadsticks!! Is that sad I kept fixating on them while reading the entire post?


  7. Julie’s avatar

    Reading everyone else’s posts, I cannot decide which part of your meal looks the best; it all looks delicious! I will have to keep my eyes peeled for cuvee 20.


  8. Judy’s avatar

    I’m glad to see your review of Dry Creek Kitchen. It’s been on my list for a while and I still want to try it. I haven’t been to Scopa’s, but we LOVE Willi’s. It was a random choice one night when it was the only place we could get in. What a lucky night it was!


  9. Jenious’s avatar

    Willi’s is my favorite restaurant in that area. After viewing these scrumptious photos though, I am adding Dry Creek to the must-dine list the next time I visit my fam in Santa Rosa.


  10. Elizabeth’s avatar

    Everything looks so elegant. There’s a bakery in Healdsburg I’m dying to go.


  11. alicia’s avatar

    I love sitting on the porch and having a cocktail before dinner in the summer! I love being outside all summer long – because I hate winter! I need to soak in the heat while it lasts!


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