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Where to Find a Meal in the North Bay

A running list of food resources for those in the area

Multiple Wildfires Destroy Homes, Threaten California Wine Country
Grapes hang from a burned grave vine on October 10, 2017 in Glen Ellen, California.
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While the emergency situation in the North Bay continues to worsen, relief efforts are currently underway on the ground in wine country and the surrounding areas. Several emergency shelters are already at capacity and many local businesses are closed indefinitely, but those fortunate enough to have access to power and clean drinking water have begun their own ad hoc efforts to provide some comfort, sustenance and support to neighbors.

[Note: If you’re in the area, CHP Marin recommends you text your zipcode to 888777 to receive Nixle alerts about evacuation orders and emergency shelter information. Remember to check the latest road closures before traveling to the area and evacuation notices can also be found here.]

As a resource for those affected, as well as for volunteers and others working in the area, Eater is keeping a running, continually updated list of food banks, open restaurants, and other locations where folks can find a hot meal, as well as pick up donated goods, fresh water, and other necessities.

Update, October 12: With conditions changing constantly, many businesses and distribution points have either been forced to close, or to change locations. If you know of a local resource, or if you or your business are available to help, send us a tip, Facebook message or tweet. For those outside the area, here’s how you can help support those affected.

Update, October 13: Post has been updated throughout with most current information available.

Shelters, Food Banks and Community Resources

  • ABC7 News is maintaining an up-to-date list of shelters here. There’s also a searchable Google Maps version here.
  • Redwood Empire Food Bank - is distributing food to shelters and evacuation centers, as well as in-person at 3990 Brickway Blvd., Santa Rosa from 9 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. daily. REFB is also running a network of 10-15 distribution centers throughout the valley. While most of the pick-up points are located south of Santa Rosa, the list will change daily based on current conditions and evacuation notices. People in need should call the center at (707) 523-7903 to find their closest pick-up point.
  • DoubleTree Hotel - Eventful Productions has established a drop-off and pick-up point for donated goods, including non-perishable foods, water, toiletries and clothing at the location in Rohnert Park. They will be open until 8 p.m. nightly and people are instructed to go to the back room past the tennis courts
  • Petaluma Elks Lodge and Calvary Church - are working together as a donation drop-off and distribution point, offering free meals daily until 10 p.m. (2105 South McDowell Boulevard, Petaluma)
  • Petaluma Fairgrounds - a truck from Curry Up Now is helping to organize and hand out donated supplies to evacuees at the camp. Earlier today, Curry Up Now was at the Petaluma Police Station feeding first responders and the restaurant has plans to continue their efforts in the coming days, depending on conditions.

Sonoma County Restaurants

  • Amy’s Peking Palace
  • Amy's Restaurant
  • B&V Whiskey Bar and Grille
  • Barking Dog Roasters
  • Basque Boulangerie Cafe - open Friday until 6pm or they’re asked to evacuate. Free coffee and tea for first responders.
  • Bankok 9 Thai Cuisine
  • Bird and the Bottle - in Santa Rosa is open Thursday, serving first responders and evacuees starting at 11:30 a.m. and will remain open as long as possible.
  • Bravas Bar de Tapas - in Healdsburg is also open Thursday, serving first responders and evacuees starting at 11:30 a.m. and will remain open as long as possible.
  • Breakaway Cafe Bar & Grill
  • Cafe Scooteria - open for coffee and pastries
  • Cibo Rustico Pizzeria- 1305 Cleveland Ave Santa Rosa is giving away bowls of rigatoni and peas to all impacted by fires on Friday/Saturday from Noon to 9 p.m.
  • Crisp Bake Shop
  • Della Santina’s Trattoria - open in downtown Sonoma, offering free meals for firefighters and first responders.
  • Don Pancho’s Mexican Food - The restaurant is offering take-home food for evacuees and anyone who has taken them in. Folks are encouraged to call (707) 775-2474 to let the restaurant know how many to people to cook for and if there are any food allergies.
  • The Drawing Board - The Petaluma restaurant is open Wednesday and will be serving free meals to firefighters and victims “as long as necessary,” according to owner Rosie Wiggins. The restaurant will be closed during the day Thursday while the staff works to deliver meals around the county, but will re-open for dinner Thursday evening.
  • Dutch Bros. Coffee Sonoma
  • Enoteca Della Santina
  • The Girl & the Fig - open now in downtown Sonoma. The restaurant is also seeking local cooks and chefs to help make meals for fire victims.
  • Hana Japanese Restaurant - The restaurant in Rohnert Park is offering full meals for 250+ people a day for as long as necessary.
  • Juanita Juanita - open for food and WiFi.
  • Homegrown Bagels - free bagels for those impacted by fire
  • Lagunitas Brewing Company - The brewery is taking advantage of their water supply to offer clean drinking water at the TapRoom in Petaluma from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. The brewery can handle fill-ups of up to 300 gallons at a time so anyone who can safely make it is encouraged to do so. Although no food is available, the TapRoom will be serving beer with limited staff.
  • Maguire’s Irish Pub - The pub is offering free meals to anyone who drops by the restaurant in Petaluma.
  • Mary's Pizza Shack - Mary’s is open in Sonoma Plaza, Boyes Hot Springs and the Slice Shack on Spain Street.
  • McNear’s Saloon & Dining House - The bar and restaurant is offering free meals for evacuees, as well as a drop-off and pick-up point for donated goods like clothing, bedding, diapers and toys.
  • Monti’s - in Santa Rosa is open Thursday, serving first responders and evacuees starting at 11:30 a.m. and will remain open as long as possible.
  • Murphy’s Irish Pub - open in downtown Sonoma.
  • Nopalito - at 1905 Bodega Ave in Petaluma is offering free burritos to evacuees.
  • OSO - plans to open Friday at 5pm for dinner.
  • Palms Grill
  • Pearl's Diner
  • The Plaza Bistro (lunch only)
  • Picazo Cafe
  • Quinua Cucina Peruana - the Petaluma restaurant is serving free meals to evacuees, taking donations of school supplies and donating 15 percent of sales to relief efforts.
  • Ram’s Gate Winery - The winery is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday, offering respite to those headed south. Water, charging stations, restroom facilities and a comfortable environment are available for anyone who needs it, although current conditions mean the facilities will be closed on Thursday, October 12.
  • Sauced BBQ Petaluma - The restaurant is serving guests for free Wednesday, October 11 until they run out of food. The restaurant is also taking monetary donations and bringing food to local shelters and first responders.
  • Scandia Bakery Sonoma - open with limited hours.
  • The Shanghai Restaurant
  • Sonoma Grille
  • Steiners Tavern - open in downtown Sonoma.
  • Sunflower Caffe Sonoma Valley
  • Taqueria Sonoma
  • TASCA Portuguese Tapas Restaurant & Wine Bar
  • Town Square Bar
  • Whole Foods - locations in Coddington, Sonoma, Petaluma and Napa are offering free water, coffee and snacks to first responders.
  • Willi’s Seafood - in Healdsburg is open Thursday, serving first responders and evacuees starting at 11:30 a.m. and will remain open as long as possible.
  • Veterans Memorial Building - TV chef and game show host Guy Fieri, who hails from Santa Rosa, is in town with a mobile BBQ unit and CBS TV crew in tow. He is reportedly setting up shop at the Veterans Memorial Building (1351 Maple Avenue) in Santa Rosa.
  • Zume Pizza - will be serving hot pizzas Thursday, October 12th at the Petaluma Elks Lodge (2105 S. McDowell Blvd) from Noon until they run out of pies.

Napa County Restaurants

  • Alba Restaurant
  • Azzurro Pizzeria
  • BANK Cafe & Bar
  • Basalt
  • Bistro Jeanty
  • Bottega
  • Bouchon Bakery and Bouchon Bistro - In Yountville, Bouchon Bakery is open and inviting people to stop in for free coffee. Bouchon Bistro also opened for lunch on Tuesday and “plans to remain open for dinner; as long as there is a need, and or staff is not in harms way.”
  • Ca’ Momi Osteria - in downtown Napa will reopen Friday evening at 5pm for dinner service. Yesterday, the kitchen prepped 1,000 meals to deliver to evacuation centers and handed out 600 meal certificates for victims in the area. They’re also inviting first responders and service personnel to join them for a free meal tonight and through the weekend.
  • Carpe Diem
  • CIA at Copia
  • Compadres Rio Grille
  • Compline Wine Bar
  • Crush Lounge
  • Della Santina's Trattoria
  • Fatted Calf
  • Farmstead at Long Meadow Ranch - the cafe and general store in St. Helena are now open, the main restaurant will open Thursday at 5 p.m. for dinner service.
  • Galpao Gaucho
  • Happy Garden
  • Harvest Table
  • Heritage Eats - is now open in Napa and donating a portion of their proceeds to the Napa Valley Community Foundation’s Disaster Relief Fund now through Sunday, October 15.
  • Hog Island Oyster Bar
  • Hurley's Restaurant
  • Kelly's Filling Station
  • La Toque
  • Lucy Restaurant & Bar at Bardessono
  • The Meritage Resort & Spa - is offering complimentary meals throughout the day from now until Friday, October 13th. Meal times are: breakfast 7 a.m. to 10 a.m., lunch 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., and dinner 5 to 7 p.m., but doors will remain open until 10 p.m.
  • MG Concierge
  • Molinari Caffe
  • Napa General Store
  • Napa Palisades Saloon - will be open all week for people who “need a place to catch their breath, charge a phone, grab a bite or engage with community.” A portion of sales will be donated to the Center for Volunteer and Nonprofit Leadership, which is helping to coordinate relief efforts in the valley.
  • Napa Sonoma Wine Guy
  • Napa Valley Bistro
  • Norman Rose Tavern
  • Oxbow Public Market - The market hall is open as a gathering place out of the smoke.
  • Oxbow Cheese and Wine Merchant - is open and making sandwiches for the first responders, as well as a limited menu until about 6 p.m.
  • R&D Kitchen
  • Ranch Market
  • Redd Wood
  • Siena
  • Tarla Bar + Grill
  • Torc
  • Trancas Steakhouse
  • Whole Foods - locations in Coddington, Sonoma, Petaluma and Napa are offering free water, coffee and snacks to first responders.
  • Velo Pizzeria
  • Verve Napa Valley