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Having a Mimosa with your breakfast…

By: Sydney Wells
January 31, 2020

Café Mimosa located at 451 Rohnert Park Expressway in Rohnert Park is one of many breakfast and lunch establishments that can be found in Cotati and Rohnert Park. I’ve visited them a few times since they opened in 2019. They are open seven days a week from 7 a.m. until 3 p.m. 

The breakfast menu ranges from standard basic eggs and potatoes to omelets and pancakes along with biscuits & gravy. They also serve a variety of benedict type selections and Mexican style breakfast dishes to include a burrito, huevos rancheros and chilaquiles choice. Prices are reasonable ranging from $9 for French Toast to a top end of $14 for steak and eggs or a smoke salmon benedict. Sides such as bacon, ham or sausages are extra and range from two to four dollars. I enjoyed their basic breakfast during my last visit and my friend selected the biscuits and gravy plate. I’ve had the French Toast and an omelet in past visits. My friends and I agree that their food was good each time.

I haven’t visited them for a lunch meal yet, but I should. They have appetizers such as Boston Clam Chowder or other standards like onion rings, wings, or garlic fries.  They serve sandwiches ranging from $9-$12 that come with fries and a soup or salad. They also have available a burger, hot turkey dish, a roast beef plate, or fish & chips if you want something other than a sandwich meal. Of course, they serve a variety of mimosas but also have beer and wine available. I tried a blackberry mimosa during an earlier breakfast visit.

Opened less than a year, I wish Café Mimosa much success at this location. The restaurant business is tough, and many places don’t make it past a couple of years. The profit margin is slim and there’s lots of competition. At this 451 RP Expressway location I recall at least two other restaurants that closed or moved. In 2014-15 there was a Mexican restaurant called El Gallo Taqueria. There is a restaurant of the same name in Petaluma so perhaps they just moved locations. Before Café Mimosa, the breakfast and lunch diner at this location was called Skillet’s Diner. I think I visited it once. Food was just okay. That diner opened in 2016 and permanently closed in 2018. As a side note, another Café Mimosa is coming soon to Santa Rosa on College Avenue and Mendocino. I believe both locations are a family affair. If so, best of luck to both. I do enjoy a Mimosa with my breakfast on occasion.

While price point and good food are important, I think what I like best about the Café Mimosa in Rohnert Park is the service and atmosphere. They have indoor and outdoor seating. The wait staff is absolutely one of the best I’ve encountered in my journeys around Sonoma County. Frequent check ins, pleasant and caring. They can be busy at times, but waits are generally short in duration. Even when busy, my friends and I who like to meet and chat, never felt rushed to finish our meals. I have many breakfast locations in my rotation but if you haven’t tried Café Mimosa yet, I’d highly recommend you check them out. They might not replace your favorite breakfast location, but I think you’ll find a place for them in your rotation too.