La Gare French Restaurant is located in the heart of Sonoma Wine Country in Santa Rosa’s Historic Railroad Square District!

We were founded in July 1979 by Swiss-born Marco and Gladys Praplan. Their children Jackie and Roger have taken up the tradition of providing Classic French & European cuisine sourcing Fresh Local Ingredients presented in a Relaxed and Warm Atmosphere. We are proud to be Second-Generation Family Owned and Operated!

Always a Favorite with the Locals, La Gare offers Soup and Salad Included with All Entrees as well as Table-Side Service. Voted Most Romantic Restaurant in Sonoma County Year After Year, La Gare is certainly the Go-To Place for Celebrating All Occasions.

We have also been voted Best Dining Experience 2023 as well as Best Chef 2022 and 2023 by the Press Democrat, as well as Diner’s Choice for Best In Romance and Special Occasions on OpenTable 2022 and 2023!

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La Gare Restaurant

Santa Rosa, CA 95401
P: 707.528.4355



Chef Roger

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 AnnecyFrance (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 Rosa Junior 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.

He has been awarded Best Chef in Sonoma County by Press Democrat Readers in 2022 and 2023!

Santa Rosa, CA 95401

Open 7 nights a week 5pm – 9pm