We were looking to find a Sebastopol restaurant to meet another couple before seeing The Shape of Water. We had been to most places on Tripadvisor's list of best restaurants and frankly none of them were that exciting. La Bodega stood out as having great Italian food plus it was midway between us and our friends. The reservation phone call was a bit off beat which I liked - guy asked if there was some special occasion where they could embarrass one of us at dinner. My wife's birthday was the previous week as was one of our friends so I said let's embarrass them. Turned out we were there during the local Restaurant Week so there were several prix fix items, one of which our friend had and it included a salad and dessert which we all shared. Otherwise the menu was an interesting mix of dishes with vegetarian, meat, and pasta dishes - all dishes were delicious! The setting is a bit funky but very pleasant and welcoming - you get your own dishes, silverware and water. There was one table with about 20 bottles of open wine and the hostess comes to each person to ask what sort of wine they want, then let us each taste several before making a selection. My wife and I both had a Cabernet Franc which was delicious. The owners are an Israeli woman and an Italian guy whose dad ran a well known eatery in San Francisco. Everyone was super nice and the chef came out to chat with each table - not sure if this always happens or if it had to do with Restaurant Week, but was fun. This place used to be a quirky sort of French restaurant that was hard to see and one we never tried, but this new iteration was a gem. Will definitely go back; highly recommend.
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