La Gare French Restaurant is located in the heart of Santa Rosa’s historic railroad square, Sonoma Wine Country.
The restaurant opened in July 1979 by Swiss-born Marco and Gladys Praplan. Their children Jackie and Roger, have taken up the tradition of providing old world French classic cuisine, using fresh local ingredients, in a relaxed and warm atmosphere.
Always a favorite with the locals, La Gare still offers soup and salad with all entrees as well as table carte side service.
Voted most romantic restaurant year after year, La Gare has become the go-to place for birthday and anniversary celebrations.
Chef Roger Praplan graduated from U.C. Berkley as a premed in 1979. He served an apprenticeship at the respected Hotel Beau Rivage in Geneva and was awarded credentials in Annecy, France (CAP) certificate aptitude professional. He also worked at the Bonbonerie Pastry Shop in Crans Montana, Switzerland. In addition, Roger worked at Hotel Meridian in New York, the Saint Francis Yacht Club on the marina in San Francisco which also led to a 5-year stint at the dragons camp at the Bohemian Grove in Monte Rio.
Roger teaches courses in French cuisine, soups, stocks and classical sauces, butchery as an adjunct instructor for the last 18 years at Santa RosaJunior College, and is a member of the Gastronome Club of San Francisco. He also served as president of RARE- Restaurant Association of the Redwood Empire and as a member of the Harvest Fair Board for 6 years.
LA GARE RESTAURANT
208 WILSON ST,
Santa Rosa, CA 95401