Skip to content

Top bar recommendations from locals

Brewery
$$
“I love Lagunitas! So much so, I don't mind making the extra trek to Petaluma to visit every so often. Besides their delicious beer, they have a fun outdoor patio where you can enjoy live music (but be sure to check their calendar) as well as a very entertaining and informative tour, where they provide plenty of beer samples!”
  • 73 locals recommend
Tapas Restaurant
$$
“Another dog-friendly restaurant, outside seating and super casual - decent food but fun for drinks and people watching. ”
  • 21 locals recommend
Pizza Place
$$
“One of our very favorites! Try the Beans and Greens appetizer. Our favorite dish in Petaluma. ”
  • 26 locals recommend
Brewery
$$
“Brewsters Beer Garden is located in the historic district of downtown Petaluma. Occupying an open-air dining space with over 350 seats, Brewster's cuisine is focused on technique driven dishes influenced by Southern Carolina BBQ and a smattering of locally sourced and sustainably raised Petaluma producers and ranchers. (Think southern BBQ meets California produce with a refined touch of explosive flavors.) The dining space complements the food perfectly as guests are treated to outdoor seating in a historic setting, with the comforts of large heat lamps, fire pit, bocce court, childrens playground and live music stage. Brewster's offers an array of over 30 revolving local craft beers on draft, Sonoma and Napa Valley wine, and a full selection of spirits and cocktails. Brewsters was built for people that want more than just a good meal when they eat - they want a dining experience. Laid back, kid & dog friendly, and ready to have fun. Hours Tuesday through Friday: 11:30 a.m. - close Saturday and Sunday: 11 a.m. - close. Closed on Monday”
  • 27 locals recommend
Café
$
“Aqus is hard to classify. It's a coffee shop, a restaurant, a jazz club, a bar and a performance venue. Owner John Crowley hails from Ireland and set out to create an Irish pub experience in Petaluma. He has succeeded in developing a gem of a community resource. It's a great place to hang out - Petaluma's shared living room, if you will. Go there anytime and strike up a conversation.”
  • 19 locals recommend
Speakeasy
$$
“Live Music EVERY Night. You can count in it.. Just mosey on in and see whose playing..”
  • 12 locals recommend
Pub
$$
“Great selection of beers and alcohol and typical barfood. The outdoor seating is awesome…”
  • 15 locals recommend
Bar
“Enjoy a nice view of the Petaluma River as you sip on a cocktail, wine, beer, etc. ”
  • 13 locals recommend
Diner
$$
“If you only eat one breakfast in Petaluma this is it. Seating is tight but worth the wait”
  • 11 locals recommend
Bar
$$
“Petaluma's first brewery puts out some great fresh beer. Food is good here too - pizzas and a killer pork-chop special. ”
  • 14 locals recommend
Bar
“Offering a full bar, a game room, and live music, Jamison's Roaring Donkey hosts one of downtown Petaluma's top nightlife scenes.”
  • 9 locals recommend
Bar
“Our favorite Mexican spot in town! Stop here to enjoy a margarita and authentic Mexican food. ”
  • 13 locals recommend
Bar
“One of our favorite deli spots, and if you're up for a hike its about 2 miles away from us. They have a variety of sandwiches & salads, also serves draft beer. Indoor and outdoor seating available. My personal favorite is the Frederick's Chicabacon Sandwich w/ avocado! ”
  • 8 locals recommend
Bar
$$$
“My favorite Italian joint.. Ask for Marco, the owner and tell him Melanie sent ya.. ”
  • 10 locals recommend
Food Court
“Super cool food park with live music, cold beer and food trucks and wood fired pizza. Its pretty fun. You might even see me there! ”
  • 9 locals recommend
Bar
“Another great small-plates restaurant. Happy Hour is EVERY DAY: 4-6pm Sunday-Friday; 4-5pm Saturday., featuring a full menu of fantastic "bar bites" and specialty cocktails. Plus, they have an additional late-night Happy Hour on Friday/Saturday 9-10pm.”
  • 9 locals recommend