santa rosa

Places to eat in Santa Rosa

pictured: pasta from 19ten Bar & Provisions /

Santa Rosa is a quick drive north on highway 101 from the city. There are a lot of fun activities to do in the area for either a day trip, or a weekend staycation. While visiting Santa Rosa in late December, we ate at several restaurants, some we loved, and a couple which were “meh.” So, I decided to curate all my favorite places to eat in Santa Rosa right here in one convenient post! This way, when you head up to Santa Rosa for a day trip or staycation, you will know exactly where to eat! Yum!

pictured: Santa Rosa Omlette from Americana

  • 19ten Bar & Provisions
    • 115 4th St., Santa Rosa
    • Favorites: Miso Cilantro Fettucine, 19ten Burger, Spiced Apple & Brie
  • Jackson’s Bar and Oven
    • 135 4th St., Santa Rosa
    • Favorites: all the pizzas, Mac & Cheese, Truffle Fries, and the burger.
  • A’Roma Roasters Coffee and Tea
    • 5th St., Santa Rosa (near the train station)
    • Favorites: Salted Caramel Latte, all the coffee is good tho!
  • Americana
    • 205 5th St, Santa Rosa
    • Favorites: Santa Rosa Omlette, Chicken Fried Chicken, Breakfast Sandwich
    • They also serve lunch, but we didn’t taste it. I am sure it is good! They use all local ingredients, love that!

When you walk around downtown, see how many Peanuts characters you can spot! It’s fun!

Do you have any favorite places to eat in Santa Rosa?

Thanks for stopping by!


pictured below: Spiced Apple & Brie from 19ten Bar & Provisions

Going on safari at Safari West

pictured: one of the historical vehicles at Safari West which takes you around the property on safari /

Did you know you can go on a safari right here in the San Francisco Bay Area?! Well, you can! Safari West in Santa Rosa is home to many exotic animals you normally would not see here in California, or in an average zoo. At Safari West, there are several types of antelopes, wildebeests, zebras, and more; on land where they can roam. It is truly amazing.

We lucked out on the day visited Safari West because the rain had stopped! While it was cold, we were able to stay dry and access most of the property by vehicle. The specially modified vehicle shown above takes you throughout the property where a guide tells you about the animals. It is both educational and fun! Love that!

In addition to the three-hour tour of the property where you can see and learn about the animals, you can also dine on a BBQ after your tour, and/or stay in one of the several glamping tents on the property. We didn’t stay there, but it really looked fun! Oh, and yes, there are vegetarian options at the BBQ. My daughter loved the mac and cheese.

This is really a bucket list item. You can go with friends, as a family, or with whomever you choose. I saw several families with elementary-aged children, so it is something you can do with kids. My kids are high school and college aged, and they really enjoyed the day. I highly recommend going on a safari right here in the Bay Area!

You can easily book your adventure through Safari West online at Be sure to book your meal ahead of time too. We bought tickets for the 9am tour, and then the 12pm lunch. It worked out perfectly.

You can day trip to Safari West or stay locally in the Santa Rosa area. A fun day trip could include a morning safari with lunch, then heading over to the Snoopy rink for some ice skating! Of course, be sure to visit the Charles Shultz Museum too.

I hope you enjoy going on a safari as much as we did!

Thanks for stopping by!


*apologies for the low quality photos, I was zooming in with my cell phone.