Nepalese. $-$$ . An exotic taste of the Himalayas at this comfortable ethnic restaurant. Authentic Nepalese dishes include steamed momos, dal soup, curries, and many vegetarian offerings. Lunch and dinner daily. 535 Ross St. 707.579.8471.
Arrigoni's Delicatessen & Cafe
Deli. $. A perennial favorite with the downtown lunch crowd. 701 Fourth St. 707.545.1297.
Betty's Fish & Chips
Seafood. $. Cheerful, bustling, totally informal eatery crammed with British souvenirs and serving authentic Brit fare. Lunch and dinner, Tues-Sun. 4046 Sonoma Hwy. 707.539.0899.
Japanese. $$. Perfectly fresh, organic sushi and Japanese specialties, served with care. Lunch and dinner, Tues-Sat. 98 Old Courthouse Square. 707.566.7650.
Vegetarian. $. Middle Eastern and veggie treats. The Love Burger is well-named. Lunch and dinner, Mon-Fri. 463 Sebastopol Ave. 707.544.2222.
Emile's Creekside Bistro
French. $$. Intimate and charming old-fashioned bistro with classic French offerings, like beef bourguignon and duck confit. Dinner, Wed-Sun. 2800 Fourth St. 707.575.8839.
Chinese. $$. Fine Chinese food in elegant setting. Lunch and dinner; closed Mon. 611 Fifth St. 707.526.5840.
Thai. $-$$. Sophisticated and delicate Thai cuisine. Fresh ingredients, packed with flavor. Lunch and dinner, Mon-Sat. 2400 Mendocino Ave. 707.528.8048.
Californian. $$. At Johnny's, garlic is God--all dishes are infused with the glorious stinking rose. Lunch and dinner daily; buffet brunch, Sun. 917 Piner Rd. 707.636.1010.
Japanese. $-$$. Hip downtown eatery features fresh sushi, sashimi, teriyaki, and innovative specials. Lunch and dinner, Mon-Sat. 645 Fourth St. 707.569.8588.
Diner. $. Best diner in downtown Santa Rosa. Large selection of Jewish-style sandwiches; excellent cole slaw. Breakfast and lunch, Mon-Sat. 630 Fourth St, Santa Rosa. 707.545.3785.
Pizza. $. The crust is thin and the toppings eclectic. Delivery. Open daily. 1800 Mendocino Ave, Santa Rosa. 707.528.FAST.
California cuisine. $-$$. Small plates and a few larger entrées with emphasis on house-roasted meats. Great bar, family feel. Lunch and dinner, Tues-Sat. 714 Village Court. 707.568.4404.
Osake Sushi Bar & Grill
Japanese. $$$. Gourmet sushi, exotic seasoned seaweed salad, robata grill specialties and premium sakes. Lunch and dinner, Mon-Fri; karaoke lounge until 1:30am, Fri-Sat. 2446 Patio Ct. 707.542.8282.
Indian. $-$$. Clean, fresh, exciting traditional Indian food. Chicken tikka masala is indescribably good. Dinners only, Tues-Sat. 52 Mission Circle, Ste 10. 707.538.3367.
Pepe's Mexican Restaurant
Mexican. $. Standout generous taqueria fare with fresh ingredients daily. Great breakfasts too. Breakfast, lunch and dinner, 8am-9pm. 1079 Fourth St. 707.571.7478. 2000 Sebastopol Rd. 707.545.7425.
Vietnamese. $. Vietnamese lunchroom located in a strip mall dishes out authentic specialties at rock-bottom prices. Lunch and dinner daily. 711 Stony Point Rd. 707.571.7687.
Ralph's Santa Rosa Subs
Deli. $. Sandwiches big enough for two. 25 Old Courthouse Square. Breakfast and lunch, Mon-Fri. 707.526.6309.
Italian. $$. Reliable home-style Italian cooking. Dinner, Tues-Sun. 4776 Sonoma Hwy. 707.539.0260.
Japanese. $$. An excellent choice when the sushi urge hits. Lunch and dinner, Mon-Sat. 518 Seventh St. 707.575.0631.
Barbecue/sushi. $$. Ne'er the twain should meet, but the sushi's great. 515 Fourth St. 707.544.TEXX.
Small plates/wine bar. $$$. Bistro dishes and extensive wine list. 4404 Old Redwood Hwy. 707.526.3096.
Japanese. $$-$$$. Fresh sushi with ingredients flown in from Japan steals the show in this popular neighborhood restaurant. Open daily. 2700 Yulupa Ave. 707.578.8180.
Cal-Euro. $$$. Perfectly executed dishes that sing with flavor. 3535 Guerneville Rd. 707.523.4814.