Santa Rosa, California’s restaurant scene is diverse and delicious, reflecting the city’s rich agricultural heritage and vibrant culture. Many restaurants source their ingredients locally, resulting in fresh, delicious, and sustainable dishes. From farm-to-table cuisine to international fare, there’s something for everyone to enjoy in the city.

As the city offers both residents and visitors a thriving restaurant scene, the best restaurant contractors in Santa Rosa, listed below, ensure that all customers get to comfortably enjoy these dining establishments. These firms have each produced countless restaurants, cafes, and breweries, some of which are award-winning. The firms on this list were chosen based on their expertise, proven track records, and impressive portfolios.

Wright Contracting

3020 Dutton Ave, Santa Rosa, CA 95407

Established in 1953, Wright Contracting is a commercial general contracting company that has built a reputation for creating many of the North Bay’s most notable landmarks, including schools, hospitals, event centers, and wineries. It operates using a client-first approach, focused on providing them the absolute highest level of service. This has proven successful, leading some of the firm’s projects to be featured in publications like Architecture, Architectural Record, Sunset Magazine, Builder, and Wine Country.

Highlighted here is one notable project completed by Wright Contracting. For this project, the firm renovated Freemark Abbey Winery, a historic winery in St. Helena, California, to preserve its celebrated stone exterior while converting it into a modern winery production facility, hospitality center, and restaurant. The renovation included the installation of a structural steel framing system as part of a seismic retrofit, new wine education and tasting options, an expanded wine library, a restaurant and lounge, and a transformation of the original tasting room into a gallery. Its production facilities were updated as well.

GMH Builders

19150 Sonoma Hwy, Sonoma, CA 95476

GMH Builders offers a range of services, from tenant improvements and renovations to larger, more complex projects. Its clients include notable and emerging names from the healthcare, education, hospitality, winery, commercial, residential, and multi-family sectors. Completing these projects is the firm’s team of experienced professionals, some of whom are considered among the best in their field. This team provides clients with a detailed, systematic, and responsive approach, working closely with them to understand their unique needs and goals. This hands-on approach, along with the firm’s general dedication to excellence, has resulted in its projects being recognized and featured in the Napa Valley Register, Sonoma News, and North Bay Business Journal.

GMH Builders’ Taub Family Outpost project entailed a complete renovation of a two-story adobe-style stucco building in order to create a multi-faceted tasting room, retail market, full-service restaurant, and hidden cocktail bar. The space offers a curated selection of local and imported wines, as well as an ingredient-driven menu by Sonoma native Chef Trevor Anderson. The renovation included façade upgrades, interior renovations to support the market, restaurant, and lounge, and a reconfiguration of outdoor spaces to be conducive for social distancing. The result is a convivial bi-level space that provides an immersive experience in the heart of Sonoma’s historic town square.

Jim Murphy & Associates

64 Kenwood Ct, Suite B, Santa Rosa, CA 95407

Jim Murphy & Associates (JMA) was founded in 1987 to serve its clients with stewardship, genuinely listening to their needs and putting their best interests above their own. Jesse Malone and Steve Ronchelli manage the firm’s daily operations and oversee every residential, commercial, and winery project. They also lead the firm’s 40 employees, embodying its fundamental principles: integrity, honesty, and fairness. The team also values collaboration, careful attention to detail, and taking the time to understand clients’ needs. These priorities allow them to treat resources respectfully and approach each task with humility, resulting in a portfolio of stunning and diverse projects.

Nestled in the heart of Sonoma, California, Stewart Cellars spans about 5,350 square feet. It comprises three buildings: a café, a bookstore, and a wine tasting room. The winery is reminiscent of old stone abbeys and is adorned with extensive masonry, stained cedar siding, custom steel-framed windows and doors, and standing seam metal roofs. It has an elegant yet inviting atmosphere, creating a space where visitors can relax and enjoy the winery’s award-winning wines in a unique setting.

Facility Development Company

5329 Skylane Blvd, Santa Rosa, CA 95403

Facility Development Company (FDC) has been serving Livermore, Santa Rosa, Calistoga, Oakville, and the surrounding areas for more than four decades. It specializes in a variety of project types, including wineries, hospitality structures, commercial buildings, industrial facilities, restaurants and commercial kitchens, metal buildings, and self-storage spaces. Regardless of the project type, the firm is known for its meticulous attention to detail and its commitment to meeting and exceeding client expectations. Its principals and team are involved in every aspect of each project, from planning and design to construction and completion. This allows the firm to deliver projects on time, on budget, and with high quality and design integrity, which has given clients the confidence to rehire the firm for future construction projects.

B Cellars, a boutique winery in Napa Valley, California, produces approximately 10,000 cases of wine annually and showcases both the fine wines and the culture of Napa Valley. This winery therefore partnered with FDC to create a unique wine experience. The resulting state-of-the-art facility features a culinary center, tasting rooms, event lawns, market gardens, a wine cave, and a custom residence. 

CRC Builders

4171 Suisun Valley Rd., Suite L, Fairfield, CA 94534

In order to achieve its goal of perfection, CRC Builders combines a refined understanding of quality design with an unsparing attention to detail and an in-depth knowledge of building techniques. The firm believes that no detail is too small or insignificant to take the time to get right, whether it’s producing precise estimates, seeking out healthy and sustainable materials, or continuing to educate itself on the latest building techniques. The team also applies HARP—-the acronym for CRC Builders’ four core values: Humble Badass, Ascendant, Relentless Tenacity, and Passion to Deliver—-in every project it undertakes. These values guide the firm’s decisions in every aspect of its business.

Jim Pitcher, a construction industry veteran, started his journey in a cabinet shop at 16. He later completed the Carpenters Union apprenticeship program and established CRC Builders in 1994. He became a Certified Green Building Professional years after, aligning with his sustainability endeavors. Pitcher’s leadership has won him multiple awards, including the 2005 and 2006 Overall Excellence Award from the local National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI) chapter. With the motto of “Be like a postage stamp. Stick to one thing until you get there,” he embodies the dedication to quality work and customer satisfaction, making him a reliable professional in the construction industry.

Holly Construction, Inc.

73 Saint James Dr, Santa Rosa, CA 95403

Holly Construction, Inc. is a licensed general contractor that has served Santa Rosa, Sonoma County, and the North Bay area for over three decades. It specializes in both residential and specialty commercial services, including ground-up construction, remodeling, and additions. The firm is committed to providing the highest quality of service and craftsmanship, and believes the building process should be as easy and stress-free as possible. It is also passionate about giving back to the community, so it donates a portion of its profits to homeless and youth charities in Santa Rosa and Sonoma County.

Janver Holly, the founder and chairman, initiated the firm with a vision of building lasting and socially impactful structures, which has led Holly Construction to its esteemed position in the industry. However, as Holly retires, the leadership team remains strong. Cory McCormick, the CEO, brings over 20 years of construction experience, specializing in commercial buildings. McCormick is accompanied by Justin Hunter, the president, who brings expertise from his previous role in business development management.

JL Construction, Inc.

70 Stony Point Rd, Suite D, Santa Rosa, CA 95401

Founded in 1998, JL Construction specializes in public and private projects, including business and industrial complexes, retail spaces, hotels, multi-unit residential units, school facilities, civic and government buildings, and design-build projects. As one of the leading general contractors in Northern California, it has completed more than $300 million worth of education projects for public entities over the past three years. Even with this level of success, its team remains dedicated to keeping the client’s interests paramount while it continues to value growth. This results in an unparalleled work ethic, quality artistry, superior service, and the constant guarantee of client satisfaction.

JL Construction was heavily involved in building The Farm, a large, rustic-elegant restaurant that serves a blend of American, Italian, and Mediterranean cuisine. Its menu features seasonal ingredients, and the dishes are made with fresh, local produce. It also has a full bar, which serves a variety of cocktails, wines, and beers. The restaurant’s exterior is made of wood and stone, while the interior is decorated with natural materials such as wood, leather, and stone. It also has a large fireplace, which adds to the restaurant’s warm and inviting atmosphere.


  • Jake Gustafson

    Jake has served as Senior Editor at General Contractors and brings a wealth of experience rooted in his passion for building. Holding a degree in Construction Engineering Management from Oregon State University, he actively engaged in industry-related activities, including membership in the Associated General Contractors of America student chapter and participation in the Associated Schools in Construction student competition. Previously, Jake served as a project engineer for a prominent general contractor in Portland, where he played a pivotal role in various aspects of construction projects, from pre-construction to subcontractor management. His expertise extends to working on innovative projects, such as North America's largest CLT commercial building. Expertise: Commercial Construction, Commercial Remodeling, Home Design and Build Key Highlights: Editor at General Contractors, Project Engineer for Portland-based general contractor, Field Engineer for the largest CLT commercial building in North America Education: Oregon State University, Degree in Construction Engineering Management