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“Best duck in a restaurant”
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Ranked #2 of 103 Restaurants in Healdsburg
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: American
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Reviewed 30 March 2018

The scallops are terrific and I had the duck for the first time. Wow! Moist, flavorful, absolutely terrific. My only problem with Valette is that it is really noisy. One big room, nothing to absorb the noise. Oh well, the food is so terrific, it is worth it.

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Reviewed 29 March 2018

I'm not usually a big fan of a chef's tasting menu, but friends encouraged me to try it here and I'm glad I did. A very special excellent meal.
There were so many highlights and we took the wine pairing which worked out great. DW doesn't drink reds, so they brought out various white wine's for her.
The best single dish as the Lemon Marinated Seared Swordfish with a Fava Leaf Salad. It was the most perfectly done and perfectly tended piece of swordfish I've ever had.
A close second was the Day Boat Scallop en Croute. Only problem there was only 1 scallop in the appetizer. It was so succulent and tender I wanted more. And, since we were a party of five we were all sharing tastes.
The Ahi Poke and an Olive Oil Poached Steelhead were also superb!
Service was spot on throughout the meal and dessert included not only a nice cheese plate but other sweets to share.
Not an inexpensive meal, but one of the best overall i I've experienced. in 40+ years of trying good restaurants around the world.

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Reviewed 22 March 2018

This is a great place to eat or to enjoy the bar. The chef produces delectable eats, nicely presented and simply delicious. We enjoyed the best pork chop in memory. It was juicy, tasty and thick. The appetizers we chose were beautifully presented and the portions were filling. We truly had a wonderful meal. We sat next to another couple and had great discussions about the meal and wines. The couple who we just met at the restaurant included a chef. Their take on the food was like ours. We will be back.

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Reviewed 22 March 2018 via mobile

We had a great meal at Valette. Decided on the chefs “ trust me”meal with wine pairings. We were amazed how each course ( we had 5, each of us had a different course) was EXACTLY what we liked, even though the only information they had was that one of us is allergic to melon. They must have a crystal ball attached to the register. Although not cheap, it is an unforgettable experience.

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Reviewed 20 March 2018

As local foodies, we had read quite a bit about Valette before booking our dinner during Sonoma County Restaurant Week. We couldn’t see the special $39 restaurant week dinner choices in advance, but figured at worst we’d just order off the menu. We ended up with one dinner from that menu (which would have cost about an extra $15 if ordered any other week) and one dinner was ordered ala carte from the standard menu, which sees changes regularly depending on the availability of fresh ingredients.

The appetizers, while small, were very good. A home made semolina pasta with broccoli rab pesto was perfectly prepared, with a great sauce, although neither of us are especially fond of the slight bitterness from the rab (which others might enjoy). A mushroom soup (special for the night) was very tasty and exceptionally well pureed – smooth as silk.

For entrees, a honey-brined pork porterhouse was very substantial, served on a bed of pickled red cabbage. The tenderloin side was juicy, but it only served to show how much the other side wasn't. A lot of meat, but nothing special . An olive oil poached steelhead was a small serving but it was cooked perfectly – very simple, focusing on the very flavorful trout rather than overwhelming it. The accompanying English pea relish was heavily peppered; very good dish.

A choice of two desserts was included in the restaurant week menu. We chose to just share that: a Meyer lemon olive oil cake with pistachio ice cream. The “cake” was tiny, as was the ice cream. We often share a single dessert because getting two would be too much – this dessert intended for one was much smaller than the halves we normally share in other high-end restaurants. We doubt the entire dish would fill two tablespoonful, and while the "cake" (more like a cookie) was tasty, the ice cream wasn't.

Other things of note: our server talked very quickly and always seemed to be in a very big rush. He was knowledgeable and answered questions, but it seemed as if he had better things to do. We ordered a side of baby vegetables to accompany the entrees, but it never showed up; it’s not clear whose fault that was, except that it shouldn't happen at this level.

The choice of wines by the glass was somewhat limited. We ended up sharing a glass of chardonnay with the appetizers and a glass of pinot noir with the mains. At $18 per glass, neither made much of an impression, but I will say that the pours were larger than we expected.

The place is exceptionally noisy. It’s not a large room, and it has hard surfaces everywhere --- it probably didn’t help that we were seated against a stone wall. It was impossible to have a conversation without shouting across the table. I cannot remember having that much trouble anywhere else.

Bottom line: it was nice to try another local restaurant, but we won’t recommend it to others or go back. In our experience, there are better dining experiences for $150 (and less) around wine country.

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