Each June, the country’s brightest jazz artists pour into Sonoma County for the 10-day Healdsburg Jazz Festival, which runs from May 31 to June 9 this year. Luckily, Healdsburg is full of top-notch restaurants and bars for lunch or dinner.
This year, a handful of them are offering unique food and drink experiences, including specialty-themed cocktails and a prix-fixe dinner and show, during festival week.
Here are three you won’t want to miss:
Can you say jazz hands? Say it to the bartenders at this laid-back Italian eatery and they’ll whip up a tasty cocktail made with Sipsong gin, chai syrup and Amaro Montenegro. Enjoy it alfresco with wood-fired pizzas and nibbles from the all-day menu, like crispy arancini ($12.50) and burrata with proscuitto and aged balsamic ($15.50). Or tuck into heartier fare at dinner, from house-made ravioli ($18.50) to Nonna’s famous tomato-braised chicken ($23.50) atop warm polenta. Reservations recommended for inside the restaurant; patio tables are first-come, first served.
Details: Open 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily at 330 Healdsburg Ave., Healdsburg; http://campofina.com
Intimate banquettes and a market-driven menu are the hallmarks of this favorite locals spot. Not only has Spoonbar whipped up a cocktail — All That Razz, made with Filibuster dual-cask gin, Velvet Falernum, black tea and more — for the festival, but in addition to regular restaurant hours, executive chef Matt D’Ambrosi is hosting a special 3-course prix fixe dinner on June 5 paired with live music by Parlour Game. The first seating has sold out, but tickets are available for the 8:30 p.m. seating (with music from 9 to 10 p.m.). Tickets: $68, includes dinner, show and gratuity.
Details: Open from 5 p.m. daily at 219 Healdsburg Ave., Healdsburg; https://spoonbar.com
The Harmon Rooftop
With sweeping views of Fitch Mountain and the Sonoma hills, the rooftop terrace at The Harmon Guest House remains a quintessential Healdsburg experience. Especially when you add in their super-fresh seafood and New American cuisine. Sip a Sonny Side Up, made with Pierre Fernand cognac, Mount Gay rum, passion fruit liqueur, orange juice and lime juice, paired with a few Crispy Flounder Tacos ($7 each) or a Rooftop Shrimp Louie ($25) and feel thankful for 10 days of jazz.
Details: Open from 2 p.m. Tuesday-Friday and from 3 p.m. Saturday-Sunday at 227 Healdsburg Ave., Healdsburg; https://harmonguesthouse.com/the-rooftop