Places to Dine in Sonoita

Sonoita, AZ is a rather small town, but it does have places to dine which are notable.  Here are some of them:

Vineyard Café

This place was recommended by Bernie and Karen of the Xanadu Ranch.  We had breakfast there on our way out of town, and the food was not only priced fair, but very tasty.  They will offer breakfast and lunch, or a brunch on Sundays.

Overland Trout Restaurant - We didn’t try this place, but we heard that the food was good.  This is what they say on their website:  “Chef Greg LaPrad brings a polished dining experience to the lush high-desert grasslands of Sonoita, poising this region as the Southwest’s prized up-and-coming culinary destination. Named after cowboy slang for bacon, the term “Overland Trout” was first seen in a newspaper published in 1887. Here, we celebrate the culinary heritage of Arizona’s borderlands with our terrain that boasts a rare agricultural bounty of regional indigenous ingredients alongside rich soil that feeds our neighboring vineyards. Overland Trout combines the treasured produce of Sonoita with its quality wine for an authentic and unforgettable dining experience.”

The Steak Out Restaurant and Saloon

 We choice this place to have dinner on our first night.  The ambiance is western with steaks and ribs cooked on a mesquite grill.  For over 50 years, this place has offered their customers a fun time and great food for affordable prices.  We had to pay a cover price of $5.00 because we didn’t have a reservation.  They sat us in the back room, on the other side of where the band was located.  Yes, they entertain you while you eat with a live band.  I had the beef ribs and they were so delicious.  On our way out, there is a small gift shop with local/handmade items.  We just couldn’t resist stopping in and checking out the merchandise.

The Café

We choice to have dinner at this place on our second night in Sonoita.  It was recommended by a bartender at one of the wineries.  The owner, Adam Puckle, was born at nearby Fort Huachuca and attended schools in Elgin and Patagonia.  With a culinary degree, he opened The Café in 2010 and wanted a place which was not only affordable, but offered mouthwatering food as well.  We found this place warm and inviting.  We had a wonderful dining experience there, and the fish was scrumptious.

Sonoita Chuckwagon Grill & Ice Cream Parlor

 Before hitting the wineries on our first full day in Sonoita, we choose this place to have breakfast.  Not only do they offer breakfast meals, but burger and sandwiches as well.  The food wasn’t bad, the service was a bit slow, but the scenery surround the place, was gorgeous!


  1. I'm getting hungry just reading this. Also... a cover price? I don't think I've ever seen a restaurant that had a cover price if you didn't have a reservation.

    1. I think it was because of the band, but not sure. We thought is was weird, but paid it because we were hungry.

  2. Awesome... looks like fun. I'd love to go on one of your adventures.

    1. If you ever come to Arizona, we will be happy to take you on an adventure to one of the many historic western/mining towns.

  3. Awesome... looks like fun. I'd love to go on one of your adventures.

  4. A nice overview of our restaurants. Next time include Patagonia where there are some good to excellent ones as well. Sorry you passed up Overland Trout. It is no more expensive than the Steak Out and offers a variety of great dishes prepared from local sources.

    1. Thanks for your comment. We will be returning to Sonoita for more wine tasting and will give the Overland Trout a try. Also, I am currently working on another AZ travel book and this part of Arizona will be in this book. I will be sure to include the places to dine in Patagonia as well,


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