BBQ Restaurants in Sonoma

Select Local Merchants

The BBQ Spot transforms regular pork, beef, and chicken into a smorgasbord of Texas– and Memphis–style barbecue. Hardworking chefs meticulously prepare feasts through traditional Southern methods⎯slowly roasting each meaty slab over a smoky fire of hickory chips and rival-college football-team memorabilia. Succulent cuts of brisket peacefully share table space with St. Louis ribs as well as tender morsels of pulled pork. A menagerie of classic barbecue sides garnishes plates or sops up leftover sauce with portions of baked beans, tangy coleslaw, and wholesome cornbread. The friendly staff delivers the protein-rich cuisine amid homey, no-frills diner décor outfitted with red-, green-, and yellow-checkered floors and surrounded by earthy pale-yellow walls. Wood chairs and tables impart a natural feel to the aesthetic, and The BBQ Spot further enriches its relationship with local diners by providing catering services for weddings, parties, and corporate events, such as CEO firings.

3448 Santa Rosa Ave
Santa Rosa,
CA
US

After walking under the turquoise awning and past the brick façade of Abby's Grill, diners can dig into grilled seafood and pork marinated in the restaurant's secret sauce. The polished surfaces of wood tables gleam in the light streaming through the eatery's tall windows, which provide opportunities to watch passersby or attempt to intimidate parking meters with icy glares.

2320 San Pablo Ave
Pinole,
CA
US

Big Jim’s BBQ entrances diners with a menu of tempting contemporary and barbecue cuisine arranged by chef Jim Modesitt. Like the annual westward migration of wood-smoking grills, the sauce-slathered bill of fare unites gourmet California treats with rustic southern cooking traditions, pairing juicy pulled pork, chicken, ribs, and brisket with hearty risottos, traditional cornbreads and beans, assorted cheeses, and crostinis. As clients sup on the tasty bounty or enroll in courses to learn the dark arts of cookcraft from the kitchen’s professional chefs and caterers, rich flavors and aromas lavish the nose and palate with a sensory celebration of fine food.

454 Las Gallinas Ave
San Rafael,
CA
US

Spiced up by the saucy skills of chef Howie “Bulldog” Kleinberg, who was on Top Chef Miami, Bulldog Barbecue's menu features no-frills, North Carolina–style barbecue. Hearty options—such as the popular beef brisket ($18), shrimp and grits ($18), and baby back ribs ($15–$23), all of which come with Carolina slaw, cornbread, and your choice of side—satisfy stomachs with unmatched sass. Non-carnivores can focus on the selection of fresh salads or a smoked portobello burger with caramelized onions and balsamic mayo ($9). Unlike most restaurants 500 miles beneath the earth's surface, Bulldog Barbecue provides drink items, allowing guests to fight off dehydration with made-to-order lemonade ($2); a root-beer float ($4); or a choice of red wines, white wines, or bubblies.

601 Main St
Martinez,
CA
US

After spending years cooking around the country, and working under the tutelage of Chefs Dan Lewis and Charles Bailey, Leo V. Tocchini was excited to move to Windsor. After discovering that his new town didn’t boast the same high-quality, slow-roasted eats he loved most, Leo decided to open his own barbecue joint with a menu composed of family recipes he learned as a 10-year-old. Amidst grills full of patiently smoldering charcoal and pots simmering with Leo’s signature sauce, Jaded Toad BBQ & Grill was born.

Leo crafts the slow-roasted slabs of ribs, fried frog legs, and whole roasted chickens on his Louisiana-inspired menu from scratch each day, refusing to use shortcuts such as microwaves or robots trained to pull pork. He tops tables with saucy piles of meat in the dining room, front patio, or beer garden, which boasts 10 beers on tap and 16 additional bottled varieties, as well as multiple fire pits and picnic tables.

275 Windsor River Rd
Windsor,
CA
US

Today’s Groupon delivers a game-changing, pointier perspective on fast food. For $10, you get $22 worth of skewered chow and more at Asqew Grill. Asqew chefs skewer the basilisk of hunger with creative dishes that stimulate and satisfy anyone’s appetite at temperatures piping-hot, at speeds piping-fast, and with attitudes piping-pleasant.Follow @Groupon_Says on Twitter.

1607 Haight St
San Francisco,
CA
US