Valette was born from two brothers’ lifelong dream of creating a unique dining experience in our hometown of Healdsburg. Our goal is to provide a canvas for local farmers, winemakers and artisans to showcase their crafts.
344 Center Street, Healdsburg, CA
Open daily at 5:30 pm
The dream of Valette began nearly two decades ago between two brothers. While enjoying a glass of wine on their father's porch overlooking the beautiful Alexander Valley vineyards of Sonoma County, Dustin Valette and Aaron Garzini envisioned opening a restaurant together which would provide a canvas for Sonoma County farmers, winemakers and artisans to showcase their craft. The restaurant would be located in Healdsburg, the heart of Sonoma County – and the location where their great-grandfather operated bakeries. They would serve high quality, yet honest food; offer warm and impeccable service; and house a collection of boutique, small production wines. At the time, Aaron was establishing himself as a dynamic server and sommelier in Sonoma County and Dustin was in New York learning the culinary craft that would be his lifelong passion. They never lost sight of their dream. In 2015, Valette Restaurant opened its doors to the public, showcasing the brothers’ combined forty-seven years of restaurant experience and a deep dedication to Sonoma Country and its food and wine community.
CHEF DUSTIN VALETTE / CHEF OWNER
Chef Dustin Valette began his restaurant career at the age of thirteen washing dishes at Catelli’s in his hometown of Geyserville, California. Two years later he took an apprenticeship at Chateau Souverain, a Francis Ford Coppola Estate, where he worked under Executive Chef Martin Courtman, – beginning the twenty-plus year culinary journey toward his dream of opening a restaurant dedicated to showcasing the rich bounty and beautiful ingredients of his Sonoma County roots.
AARON GARZINI / GENERAL MANAGER
Aaron Garzini began his restaurant career at just 14 years of age in the kitchen of Catelli’s, a beloved restaurant in his hometown of Geyserville, California. A few years later, Aaron’s brother, Dustin Valette, would follow, starting his culinary career in the kitchen of the same restaurant. Those early years began a trajectory leading the two brothers back to their roots with extensive experience and honed talents. While the experience sparked Dustin’s passion to become a chef, Aaron set his sights on the front of the house.
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Valentine's Day at Valette
Romance is in the air at Valette on Valentine's Day, Chef Dustin Valette has created a 5-Course Tasting Menu in honor of this very special day.
Dinner is $85.00 per person plus tax and gratuity. An optional wine pairing menu will be offered for an additional $55.00 per person.
Reservations are available between 5:15pm and 9:30pm.
Please note that the regular dinner menu will not be offered this evening.
Valette requests a credit card number to hold this reservation. You may cancel up to 72 hours prior to your reservation or your credit card will be charged the full amount of the reservation. We take your credit card security very seriously.
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The wines that we make in California and the wines that inspire us to make wine.
"Our wine list represents the quality and diversity of California - with a special emphasis on Sonoma County - as well as wines from around the world that inspire us, pair with our food and are simply delicious! The wine list is designed with the ingredients and flavors of the menu in mind. This is a dynamic, evolving wine program built by our winemaking community."
To view the Cocktail menu, click below
To view the Wine menu, click below