Locals know the Breakaway Cafe well, and visitors should know it too. This cafe/diner is one of Sonoma’s finest—great food, lovely setting and top-notch accessibility!
The Breakaway is aptly named. It’s a spacious and reasonably priced casual spot away from the bustle of the Plaza—light and bright with its skylights and windows.
This is no shopping center diner. My Niçoise Salad was one of the best I’ve ever had.
The Breakaway was originally known for its great breakfasts, but its reputation has now spread to weekend brunch, grass fed burgers, steaks, and margaritas—casual fine dining that will not disappoint.
Parking and Distance to Entry
The Breakaway Cafe is located in the Maxwell Village shopping center, which has a large parking lot. There are two handicap parking spaces right at the entrance, both with the no parking stripes to allow for a side entry ramp extension. If these spaces are taken there are other van accessible spots in the parking lot, though some distance away. The regular parking spaces are wide, with ample space to unload walkers.
Ease of Entry Into Restaurant
Entry is easy through two sets of lightweight double doors that take you through a spacious vestibule into the restaurant.
Ease of Getting to the Table
The restaurant is open and roomy. Every table is easily accessible from a wheelchair or scooter.
Comfort at Table
I often transfer from my scooter to regular seating, and that was easy here with plenty of space to maneuver. The cushiony banquette seat dropped me lower than I prefer, so next visit I opted for a chair that worked better for me.
Helpfulness of Staff
Meet Bob Rice, the owner of Breakaway Cafe and one of the nicest guys around! It’s clear that Bob cares about his patrons and is proud of its high standards of accessibility. And that goes for his staff too.
The restrooms are accessible, easy to use and thoughtfully appointed.
The Breakaway Cafe
19101 Sonoma Highway in the Maxwell Village Shopping Center
Breakfast, Weekend Brunch, Lunch, Dinner
No Reservations needed
Noise Level: Quiet, easy to have a conversation