The Lodge at Sonoma 1325 Broadway Sonoma , CA 95476

Wednesday -Sunday
5PM – 9PM

Happy Hour:
Wednesday -Sunday

Wit & Wisdom — Sonoma

Wit & Wisdom is Chef Michael Mina’s first venture into wine country dining and delivers Mina’s signature flair with a highly curated culinary experience perfect for any time of day. This charming wine country tavern offers Chef Mina’s award-winning California cuisine cooked in a hearth over, and of course, an enviable wine list, which recently earned a spot on The World’s Best Wine Lists 2022 by The World of Fine Wine magazine. Guests can choose from a delectable assortment of seafood straight from the Pacific, pasture-raised meats, wood-fired pizzas and handmade pasta, market vegetables and after-dinner indulgences such as the White Chocolate-Crème Fraiche Cake or Bohemian Creamery Cheese. 



02 / 20 / 2024
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Private Dining & Events

Dining Room: 74
Bar: 15
Lounge: 30
Patio: 46
Private Dining Room: 46

Local designers Wilson Ishihara designed the space to bring the concept of Wit & Wisdom to life in Wine County. The designers transformed the space into a modern eatery with touch points reminiscent of Jack London’s famed collection of stories. The restaurant also features an outdoor terrace offering al fresco dining and a bocce ball court.

Wit & Wisdom can host your event small or large and is also available for a full restaurant buyout.   For more information, please contact 707.931.3410 or [email protected]


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About Our Chef: Michael Mina

Born in Cairo, Egypt and raised in Ellensburg, Washington, Chef Michael Mina began his epicurean journey at the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, NY. During his formal schooling, he spent his weekends sharpening his skills with hands-on experience by working in Chef Charlie Palmer’s kitchen at the upscale Aureole in New York City. Early in his career, Chef Mina was presented with a rare and unique opportunity with Chef George Morrone when the duo were asked to develop a concept and create a menu for an upscale seafood restaurant in San Francisco – the city Chef Mina had always dreamed of calling home. 

Unfazed by the major earthquake that rocked the Bay Area on his second day in the city, Chef Mina went immediately to work under Chef Morrone’s direction. In his role as chef de cuisine, he dedicated himself to perfecting the complete dining experience by personally training the entire kitchen staff and refining the menu. In 1991, Chefs Mina and Morrone opened AQUA to rave reviews and national acclaim. Chef Mina served as AQUA’s executive chef from 1993 to 2002, during which time he was awarded Rising Star Chef of the Year (1997) and Best Chef: California (2002) by the James Beard Foundation Awards.  

Chef Mina’s culinary and business vision ultimately led to the founding of MINA Group, which now owns and operates more than 30 restaurants around the world. 

Throughout his illustrious career, he has been honored with numerous accolades including a Michelin star at MICHAEL MINA (2012-2018), James Beard Foundation’s “Who’s Who of Food & Beverage” inductee (2013), Gayot’s Restaurateur of the Year (2011), Bon Appétit’s Chef of the Year (2005), and more.  

Chef Mina and his collection of restaurants have been featured across national media outlets such as Bon Appétit, Food & Wine, Food Network, The Today Show, TIME, Robb Report, Travel + Leisure, and Wine Spectator. He has been a featured guest chef at the James Beard House on numerous occasions, has served as a judge on Hell’s Kitchen and Master Chef, and has cooked for three U.S. presidents: Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, and Barack Obama.

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