Trying to track down a great place to eat in Sacramento isn’t difficult not because there are so few wonderful places to try, but because there are so many!
Though it may not have quite as many top-tier places to dine at as say, San Francisco, the restaurant culture here is as developed as any you’ll find in California (or anywhere else in the US), giving you the chance to really open up your palate and just go wild.
Hopefully we’re going to be able to shine a little bit of light on some of the better places to sit down for a meal, as well as a couple of little joints you’ll pop into for a bite and some fancier places for those special occasions.
What say we dive right in?
Casual dining spots to hit in Sacramento
Maggiano’s Little Italy
Routinely voted one of the best places to eat in all of Sacramento, you’re going to be able to get the most bang for your buck when you visit this Italian-American hotspot. The food here is fantastic, rustic, and authentic, and portions are, well, gigantic. It’s a must-visit spot if you’re into Italian food – and who isn’t?
No, it’s not the same Paesano’s as the one George was buying calzones from in Seinfeld, but it’s not bad, either. This is the kind of place you’ll want to go just about any weeknight – or on the weekend (though expect things to be a little busy). The pizza is solid, the calzones (yes, they have them) are top notch, and the pasta choices are just right.
This little pizza spot is so much more, especially if you’re after something a bit more authentic. This is very much NOT the same kind of food your mom used to make, but instead something fresh from Italy. The food here is pretty cheap, but the portions will fill you up – with more than enough left over to bring home.
Fine dining options in Sacramento
As far as restaurants in Sacramento go, you aren’t going to be finding any of them are better than this one. Effortlessly ranked the very best place to eat in all of Sacramento year after year, the food here is some of the best in California – all at a price point that won’t make you blush. There appears to be no parking, but that’s because a valet will take your car and retrieve it for you at the end of the night so that you don’t have to worry about doing anything but getting in to meet your reservation. Don’t be surprised if you bump into some of California’s rich and famous while dining here, including members of the Sacramento Kings.
If Biba is the best restaurant in all of Sacramento, The Waterboy would have to be considered the second best. Trendy food – easily the trendiest food in all of Sacramento – the menu was exciting, fun, and fresh. The prices aren’t bad, either!
Another big Italian favorite in Sacramento, this restaurant is the very place for special occasions. The service is top notch, restaurant is beautiful, and the food is good enough to write home about!
Can’t miss eating experiences when you’re in the area
Amazing food at an even more amazing price point, this is a modern kind of restaurant with food choices reaching across all different kinds of cuisine. You won’t have any trouble finding something to eat for everyone at your table when you visit this restaurant.
La Trattoria Bohemia
A little bit eclectic, a little bit wild, and a little bit mysterious, the meals that you’re going to have at this restaurant our meals that you aren’t ever going to forget. The chefs are always coming up with new mixes and matches, new dishes, and new flavor combinations that are going to completely transform the way that you think about eating out.
Strings Urban Kitchen
Considered one of the best-kept dining secrets in all of Sacramento, this restaurant has yet to hit the “radar” but a lot of people outside of Sacramento, which means that you’ll still have the opportunity to get one of the best meals in the city at prices that will have your jaw hitting the ground.
Hole in the wall establishments that are off the beaten path, but DEFINITELY worth the visit
Jamie’s Broadway Grille
Featured on The Food Network, this is a “off the wall” restaurant that every major city has and a restaurant that every major city tries to keep a secret from everyone else.
Mother Lode Bar & Deli
If you’re looking for amazing sandwiches, top-notch drinks, and some of the best bar food in the city, this is where you’re going to want to eat!
All of the above you cannot go wrong with in California’s capitol gem!