Backyard is a seasonal, sustainable restaurant nestled in the small town of Forestville, California. We draw our inspiration from Sonoma County, with all of its amazing bounties; orchards, farms, ranchers, foragers and fisherman. Every fruit, vegetable and animal is grown, raised or line caught locally. We value community and the moral, ethical practices of sustainability — which shine through in every dish.

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Our menu features whole animal butchery from local ranchers, house made sausages, charcuterie and pasta, as well as vegetarian cuisine, local beer and wine, and delicious flatbreads. We do a family style fried chicken dinner every Thursday night. Friday and Saturday nights, you can enjoy the outside patio while listening to live, local music. Or stop by on your way to the Russian River and grab a picnic bag to go. 


With our style of rustic, California cuisine created with Mediterranean flare, in a West Sonoma County fashion, we are able to create seasonal menus that change daily as the lush bounties of our surroundings provide. Backyard's mission is to bring the experience of Sonoma County's backyard to your table.

CHEF DANIEL KEDAN and CHEF MARIANNA GARDENHIRE met at the Culinary Institute of America and the now husband/wife team have been sharing stories, recipes, and ideas for their passion of food, sustainability and community since.

During late spring of 2012, they decided it was time to take the "leap of faith" and open their own restaurant, where they call home, in Sonoma County. Having the good fortune of working locally over the past few years, they have individually, as well as together, built amazing foundations within the community.