Ella Dining Room and Bar
Ella Dining Room and Bar

Ella Dining Room and Bar

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.elladiningroomandbar.com/
  • Phone: 9164433772x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Friday, 11:30am - 2:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday, 5:30 - 9:00pm; Friday - Saturday, 5:30pm - 10:00pm

    We are also open weekday mid-days with a limited menu & bar service. Our Happy Hour is Mon-Fri from 3-6pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Californian, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Ravin Patel
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: Zagat rated, Ella is Sacramento's most-lauded dining destination, with award-winning design and service, and clean, seasonal farm-to-table cuisine. Ella is perfect for all events, offering small and large party spaces, private dining, Chef's Tables and Cocktail Party space. See our OT reviews!
  • Private Party Contact: Nicole Desmond 9164433772x
  • Entertainment: Dine with us before the show and you can leave your car with our valet. This is a great way to avoid the long waits in the crowded parking garages at the theater.
  • Special Events: Ella specializes in Private and Banquet Dining for parties large and small. With a variety of dining options and spaces - from an audio visual equipped Private Room, to large semi-private spaces, a cocktail lounge, Chef Tables, a patio, and whole restaurant buyouts - we can meet your Private and Large Party specifications and exceed all your expectations with the best, freshest food and and most genuine service in Sacramento.

    Ella also puts on many Special Events throughout the year, from Winemaker Dinners to specialty Cocktail Tastings, and special Chefs Menus for holidays like Mother's Day, Valentine's Day and more. Make your next holiday or happening special at Ella.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 12th Street
  • Public Transit: Cathedral Square Lite Rail stop 100 yards. Bus stops one block in either direction from K Street.
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Parking is easy at Ella. We offer convenient valet parking just steps away from our front door. There is also ample street parking at night, and four public parking garages with in two blocks of Ella.

    Ella validates for city garages for cars parked after 5:00PM.

    Ella is located just one block from both the Sheraton and Hyatt Hotels. Leave your car at your hotel and you are just a few steps from Ella.
A word from Ella Dining Room and Bar
Located in America's Farm to Fork Capital. In the heart of Downtown, the family behind The Kitchen and Selland's Market Café brings you the region’s most relaxed and elegant destination, Ella Dining Room and Bar. Ella offers warm, welcoming ambiance in an inspiring space that evokes effortless European rustic luxury. The environment is modern yet timeless, dramatic yet comforting. Ella brings together the finest quality ingredients from this bountiful region to create authentic and honest fine food that nourishes body and soul. Chef and Owner Randall Selland and family invite you to savor the joys of friends, family, and great food and wine. Service is gracious and refined. Ella has signature handcrafted cocktails, an eclectic and impressive wine list, and a fresh seafood bar. WE specialize in Private Parties. Perfect for business lunches, celebration dinners, and everyday enjoyment. Walking distance from Convention Center, Capitol, theaters, and hotels.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNotable Wine List
Ella Dining Room and Bar reviews from OpenTable diners
267 reviews since July 2, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.6
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.5
    Noise LevelModerate
91% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (196)fit for foodies (192)notable wine list (123)romantic (116)good for groups (77)vibrant bar scene (74)hot spot (65)neighborhood gem (55)great for lunch (49)great for outdoor dining (22)late-night find (13)great for brunch (10)scenic view (5)kid-friendly (4)Show More
  • Amazing service and phenomenal food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 10/28/2014
    Ella continues to impress each and every time I go. From the amazing cocktails to the delicious food, Ella is consistently amazing. Our service this go around was particularly memorable. I can't wait to come back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome service
    Cole
    Dined on 10/27/2014
    Our server Lindsey was able to get us the last Ribeyes.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birthday Lunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/27/2014
    My friend and I had a lovely lunch. The food was delightful and served with great attention to details. The only minor complaints I might have had was I ended up sitting in a draft. There was no indication on the outside of the operating hours and I ended up standing outside for 10 minutes. I'm glad it was a lovely day. A little, tasteful brass plaque near the door would have been helpful. The sinks in the lady's room were very "interesting" but I'm afraid it took me a bit too long for my taste to figure out how they worked and only one was working--perhaps another small brass plaque for those of us with slower/aging brains.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very Good
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    We went to the Crest theater for a music concert. Ella is very convenient to the Crest Theater. We've eaten here before and had a good experience so we came back. Marked the food down a bit because the fish entree was served medium rare and we both agreed that it really needed to be medium well. Other than that we had a very good experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Has anyone seen our wait person?
    tizer
    Dined on 10/22/2014
    I asked my friend to recommend a great restaurant to celebrate a wedding anniversary. I told him we usually choose the Firehouse or Waterboy. He smirked and shook his head. "Ella" is all he said. So, we made a 6 o'clock reservation on a Wednesday. Long story, short version: great cocktails, lovely salads (the beet salad was not all that, however), unique and delicious sides, and a good steak. I ordered the 28-day aged rib eye. The meat was cooked to perfection. The truffle butter was unnecessary. The potatoes were supposed to be something like chips; but they were cold, hard, and greasy. My wife is vegetarian and enjoyed an array of side dishes--all great. We brought half the food home. SLOW service--it took 2-1/2 hours to eat.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always Excellent!
    HungryMomVIP
    Dined on 10/22/2014
    Jill is hands down the best waitress. She is almost a mind reader. And, Jane is one excellent pastry chef. The Tres Leche cake is beyond delicious.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • great food, great atmosphere
    luv2dine
    Dined on 10/21/2014
    We enjoyed our dinner at Ella. Everything from the atmosphere to the service and the food were exceptional. The only thing I can say that would make this restaurant even better is the host and host station. Upon entering the restaurant, it was not immediately clear where we were to go. When the host noticed us he did not greet us in the typical manner, "welcome to Ellas dining room and bar". Other than that, it was great and exceeded my expectations
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A favorite
    Melsmiles
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Love this place! Only "complaint" is the $25 corkage fee... Especially when you bring 3 bottles!!
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Cow and Cab!
    Terryl
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    The grilled beef tongue was truely remarkable, as was the braised oxtail over grits! The baby octopus and bean starter should not be missed. The service and dish timing was great. One of the must try's when you're in Sacramento.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Always consistent in all areas, from selection to delivery. Delicious.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Excellent, as usual
    RedSoxFan
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    Just 2 words: Brussel Sprouts. No matter what you order, get a side of these.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent dishes! Romantic evening.
    Zupastar
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    All of our dishes and drinks were excellent! Service was also great! I would recommend the bone marrow! This place is excellent for romantic evenings.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome food. Elegant ambience.
    tennistud
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    If you are a foodie, this is your place. Outstanding steak tartare. Stunningly succulent pork chop in wild rice. Topped by Taylor bourbon. Five star by any standard.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Absolutely Excellent
    Greeneyes
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    I've never had a bad meal here. I have been many times before, usually with colleagues when we're in time for business. This time I decided to take my husband for our anniversary. The braised beef tongue on special was great, and so were the scallops; my husband had the beet salad (excellent) and the oxtail - wonderful!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Perfect evening with friends
    dbs444413
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    From the spectacular cocktails to the delicious food, this was the perfect place to spend a long evening with special people!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Our "Go-to" Place for Occasions
    birthdayboy
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    This has been our birthday celebration restaurant since I moved to this area. Everything is just perfect at Ella and we love our visits. When we want to impress guests and show them high culture in Sacramento this is where we go.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Wonderful evening But.
    Mafrat
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    We love Ella. Always great service and feel so special when we dine the Ella Experience! My husband ordered the scallops he said were fabulous but not nearly enough food on his plate to satisfy him. Our group of 4 ordered two appetizers and 4 desserts. He still left hungry. I thought a few veggies or something else on his plate would have been much appreciated. He won't order those again or will eat before going to Ella.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointed on this night
    Wally
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Dinner was very average and expensive to boot. Had the $50 plus ribeye dry aged special that was quite tough and the piece was thin. Expected a special piece for that price. Good wine list and variety by the glass. My partner had the pork chop which was also very tough. The service was slow. Food fell far below expectations given the price.
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Elegant
    MariaR
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    Very elegant location. Great service and enjoyably paced meal. We didn't feel rushed at all, and just enjoyed each other's company.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Try the bone marrow..!
    Soares1207
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    If nothing else, go to Ella for a glass of wine and the bone marrow appetizer. It is absolutely delicious..! The food is very good and they have a great wine list. Good place to dine with a group or just dinner for two.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Over-priced
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    We eat out a lot in Napa and San Francisco; $90 for a porterhouse (30oz. for 2) with 2 small sides of cauliflower? Our bill was $300 with tip for 2... Good, just not a good value.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Exquisite experience
    Rcinsacca
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    Upon arriving early for our reservation we were greeted and seat by prompt friendly hosts. Our table was at a perfect window spot. Service/wait staff pleasantly attentive. Our shared salad and entrees appeared timely, colorfully, and delectable; we savored each bite as the salmon was buttery and pork chop tender, juicy, and tasty complimented with a delicious wild rice.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Deliciously fun!
    dessertlover1
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    Some friends took me out to Ella for my bachelorette night out last week. Good was amazing, ambience stunning, wait staff wonderful. Don't skip dessert at Ella...scrumptious and well presented food!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best friend's 60th birthday
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/29/2014
    The entire meal was spectacular. The only gripe I have is that at the end of that glorious meal I ordered coffee which was delicious but almost cold.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • edie
    Dined on 9/29/2014
    We were there to celebrate my son's birthday. As usual, were had been looking forward to the bone marrow for days. It did not disappoint! The three varieties of oysters were succulent and tasty in very different ways, especially with the mignonette. Both the pork chops and the scallops were cooked to perfection. The chop was extremely juicy and savory, but my husband would have preferred a polenta over the wild rice. The new lamb entree, however, was not as tasty as the pork chops and scallops. Our server, Brent, was very knowledgeable about the menu and wines. The sommelier even offered us a private tour of the wine cellar which we had to decline due to time constraints....maybe next time. There will definitely be a next time!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Our new special occasion Go-To
    happilymarried
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    My husband and I went to celebrate our 17th anniversary, and loved everything about our evening at Ella Dining Room! We ordered Oysters on the half shell as appetizers, the smoked trout as well as the beet salads, and enjoyed their popular fried chicken and scallops entree. We finished with Tres Leches and Pear Crostata for dessert. EVERYTHING was delicious, perfectly presented and prepared. We appreciated the staff's special touch of wishing us a happy anniversary several times throughout the meal--not only our server, but also the manager/host, and another server. Thoughtful touches made for a memorable dining experience. We will be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food and service
    Loren
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    We went for a Farm to Fork fixed price dinner with wine parings, and we ordered cocktails from the special drink menu. Our server was friendly and knowledgeable, and she responded right away when I asked her to slow down the meal courses because we weren't in a hurry. Everything was perfectly prepared and arrived at exactly the proper time. Definitely a fine dining evening - cocktails, meal, wine parings, service!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Spectacular!
    DateNightDiva
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Have always been a Selland's fan. Finally ate at Ella...What a gem! Food was fantastic and fresh. Service was attentive and friendly. Ambiance was just right (not too noisy and not too quiet). Had the Farm to Fork dinner...the salmon was the best I have ever eaten! I just enjoyed the whole experience. This has become my new favorite restaurant in Sacramento!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Phenomenal!!
    Fit4Food
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Came here for a romantic anniversary dinner and could not have had a better experience. Was during Farm to Table and did the prix fixe with the wine pairing and it was delicious. Portion sizes were perfect and everything complemented very well. I wish I could remember our waiters name because he was amazing. Overall a fantastic experience that made a special night even more special.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ella Maintains Quality
    RRLCC
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    After a hiatus in dining at Ella, we were very pleased that their food and service remain excellent. It is definitely one of the best restaurants in the Greater Sacramento area. Also, the valet parking was only $5 and very convenient. We will return soon....
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ella's
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    It was a great experience. The waitress that we had was very nice and patient. The food was good, as always. I was jealous at how perfectly the salmon was cooked. The top was delicate and super crispy while the inside was cooked just right. The pear tart was wonderful and the vanilla bean pavlova melted in your mouth. We were not rushed at any point, which is a rare experience, sadly enough. The only slight problem was that they kept asking is if me and my friend were celebrating something. Gave the following responses: Not celebrating anything. Celebrating a Wednesday. Celebrating eating out. Celebrating friendship. Celebrating because.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Go to other Sellands family places
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    I was very disappointed in Ella's versus the other Sellands Family restaurants. I feel that you are paying for location and decor over Quality/Quantity of food. Everything was good but I was not wowed and for the price there are better restaurants in Sacramento. I would recommend them for happy hour or drinks as the libations were the best part of our night. The oysters were also very good and fresh with good accompaniments. If you truly want a greta dining experience go to the Kitchen or take your money and go to Sellands Market in east sac. The food there is excellent and for what you'll spend at Ella's you can have a feast and a bottle of two of wine.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Amazing. Just amazing.
    IamMia
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    We went for the prix fixe menu, and were not disappointed. The food was fantastic! Perfect portion sizes, complex dishes, delicious tastes. It is also worth noting that our server was simply phenomenal as well. Never over bearing, always there when we needed him. The other staff (backwait?) were silent but perfectly timed, taking away used dishes, bring clean cutlery and the like. I cannot stress how impressed we were with every part of our dining experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Another great dinner
    Pinda
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    Participated in the Farm to Fork dinner at Ella's and had a wonderful meal. Very attentive waitstaff. We had the suggested wine pairing with our dinner, which I don't normally do, but the suggestions were spot on.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • alice waters would approve
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    farm to fork fabulous, the tomato salad with the devine lemon vinaigrette was to die for,my scallops were absolutely perfectas was the corn salsa they were resting on ,all in all a wonderful evening
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • great experience
    enjoyfood2014
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    The service at Ella was exceptional. We had to wait awhile to be seated even though we had reservations; however, we surprisingly accommodated with complimentary starters.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Exceptional
    hartjourneys
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    I love Ella but can't afford to go too often. During Farm-to-Fork week they had an exceptional prix fixe menu - 3 courses for $45. The flavors in each course were unique and tasty. They accommodated my gluten-free needs easily. Even though the noise level is moderate, the accoustics are so great it was easy for my 80 year old mother to hear the conversation. The service with Wilson was the best.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Can't complain
    SromeroVIP
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    The food and service was good, but it was way too loud. You couldn't really carry on a conversation across the table.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • sept 19th
    JeroenGerrese
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    another great experience with solid food quality and presentation and service! My only suggestion is once one arrives at 6.40 for a 6.45 reservation and there are enough open tables why direct us to the bar ......sometimes if a party is not complete I understand however for a reservation for 2x we prefer to have a cocktail at the table (bar was standing room only)...the hostess insisted we go to the bar! strange.....so I told her if we must go to the bar we go elsewhere so she directed us to our table....and not once said anything more...even the fond farewell was lacking!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • my experience
    Karlalg
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Awesome service but my food was salty. ..best tres leches dessert!
    Special Features:
    hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.