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May 2014 News

Dining in El Dorado Wine Country


Dining in El Dorado Wine Country is a fantastic way to end a day of exploration and relaxation. The hospitality you experienced at the wineries is often extended at the many family owned restaurants in our Wine Country. All of these fine restaurants feature a fantastic collection of local wines, so you can continue your Wine Country experience with your lunch or dinner. Many of the restaurants are located in beautiful historic settings, and offer a comfortable and relaxing way to wind down. Your choices are as varied as the abundant wine varietals you sampled throughout the day.

If you are in the mood for eclectic Mexican favorites mixed with California and Latin flavors, then Cascada is for you. For casual California Cuisine in a Gold Rush era building in downtown Placerville, you will want to check out the Heyday Café. Located downstairs in a historic building, the Smith Flat House features a seasonal menu with ingredients sourced from local farms and food artisans and has both indoor and outdoor dining. For a taste of American fusion cuisine featuring hand-crafted cocktails, steaks and fresh seafood, you can make your reservations at The Independent Restaurant and Bar. The Manzanita Kitchen in Diamond Springs is open most Friday and Saturdays evenings featuring prix fixe farm to table menus and live entertainment, however, please call ahead to ensure the schedule and menu.

Next time you are in El Dorado Wine Country, be sure to stop for lunch or stay for dinner, you will be glad you did!



Sun. - Thurs. 11am-8:30pm, Fri. & Sat. 11am-9:30pm

An eclectic mix of Mexican favorites, California Cuisine, and Latin flare. Their signature dish is Puerco con Frambuesa, a pork tenderloin medallion sautéed in a chipotle raspberry sauce served with roasted red potatoes and fresh vegetables. Extensive wine list featuring local wines and a full open bar. Open 7 days a week.

384 Main Street • Placerville, CA
(530) 344-7757

Heyday Café

Wed. & Thurs. 11am-9pm, Fri. & Sat. 11am-10pm, Sun. 11am-8pm

Fresh California Cuisine with French and Italian influences. Cozy setting in a Gold Rush era building on historic Main Street. Over 40 wines by the glass. Be sure to try Memphis New York Steak- Traditional Memphis spice-rubbed New York Steak served with roasted garlic mashed potatoes & seasonal vegetables finished with a chili honey compound butter! Reservations recommended.

325 Main Street • Placerville, CA
(530) 626-9700

The Independent Restaurant and Bar

Sun. - Thurs. 11am-8:30 pm, Fri. & Sat. 11am-9:30 pm

Full service restaurant and bar featuring American Fusion Cuisine, local and regional wines and artisanal cocktails. We like the Stout marinated skirt steak finished with honey bourbon compound served with turnip fries and mixed green salad. Seasonal outdoor dining available.

629 Main Street, Suite 102 • Placerville, CA
(530) 626-9700

Smith Flat House

Tues. - Fri. 11am-9:00 pm, Sat. & Sun 10am-9:00 pm

Farm to fork restaurant serving a seasonal menu featuring ingredients from local farms, wineries and food artisans. Delicious pizza, pasta, sandwiches, soups, salads, seafood and more. Try the Grilled Filet Mignon with red wine reduction, fried leeks, asparagus and garlic mashed potatoes.

2012 Smith Flat Road • Placerville, CA
(530) 621-1003

Manzanita Kitchen

Come visit the foothills newest event space and commercial kitchen! Manzanita is a family owned and operated 3,300 sq ft commercial food production facility, small food-business incubator and elegant event space. Try a salad with locally sourced produce and free-range chicken!

4232 Fowler Lane, Suite 101, Diamond Springs, CA
(530) 344-7613

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