Breakaway Cafe – Not Just For Locals

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 Ambiance

on the opposite side looking back to the entry

Spacious, open dining room.


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.




The Food

Nicoise Salad

Nicoise Salad with Grilled Yellow Fin Tuna

This is no shopping center diner. My Niçoise Salad was one of the best I’ve ever had.

La Bamba Bowl

La Bamba Bowl

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

from the entry

from the entry

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.


Gen and me








Helpfulness of Staff

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAMeet 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.





There is space to park the scooter away from the tables by the toy shelves—and yes, Breakaway Cafe is kid friendly.



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

Kid Friendly

No Reservations needed

Noise Level: Quiet, easy to have a conversation