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: (916) 443-3772
  • 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
256 reviews since July 31, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.6
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.5
    Noise LevelModerate
93% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (195)fit for foodies (191)notable wine list (123)romantic (111)good for groups (82)vibrant bar scene (76)hot spot (72)neighborhood gem (47)great for lunch (46)great for outdoor dining (19)late-night find (12)great for brunch (11)scenic view (3)kid-friendly (2)Show More
  • Great food, great service, no stress environment.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 11/26/2014
    I mentioned Gluten free in my reservation & they paid attention to it & helped that person at our table with every selection. We didn't have to remind them! NICE!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Service
    mike
    Dined on 11/25/2014
    Probably the best food server I have had at any restaurant in a long time.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 11/25/2014
    The food was very good, although a little pricey. I think their happy hour menu is a better value for both drinks and food. I like their special menu items that change on a monthly basis. I will return, but probably for the happy hour selections.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • WONDERFUL DINING EXPERIENCE!
    1KTravelerVIP
    Dined on 11/22/2014
    We had a special occasion dinner at Ella. My guests were impressed with the sleek, classy decor, but were even more "wowed" by the delicious food and high quality service. The vegetable root salad with truffled almond puree was amazing, and the roast duck was also a standout. Wine pairings were spot on, and our server David could not have been better. Ella is a class act in Sacramento!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • ZuZu
    Dined on 11/22/2014
    The food, staff, and atmosphere are always impeccable at Ella's! This 'middle sister' of owner Randall Selland's three Sacramento retaurants always delivers a delicious meal. Whether the patrons are lively or subdued, this is a sophisticated, metropolitan setting, where you can count on feeling better when you leave, than when you enter...unless you've over-indulged!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 11/20/2014
    love the place. downgraded service only because the parking valet was nasty and inappropriate. I told the manager who responded appropriately. still to get five stars in every category all must be right on. this said, I would still call this one of the five restaurants all at the top of sacramento food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delightful
    Suzy
    Dined on 11/18/2014
    We thoroughly enjoyed a delightful dinner at Ella. We were treated like royalty by staff while the experience remained lighthearted and fun. Noise was not an issue.....a rarity for popular Sacramento restaurants, even though the restaurant was packed and vibrant. Oh, and did I mention the food? Superb.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ella's
    MasterChiefBill
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    A bit different from my last visit. This time we were seated int the more open area close to the bar. It was very noisy and the hsstle and bustle of service staff was a bit distracting. When we entered were a bit early for our 6:30 seating. The bar was full so we sat at one if the tall tables. We waited practically ten minutes before someone offered water but I had to flag down someone to order a cocktail.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • superb
    CochiseVIP
    Dined on 11/13/2014
    The dining experience was superb. Food is out of this world. Just moved to Sac 2 months ago and hands down this is the best restaurant I have eaten at since being here.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Luncheon3
    Dined on 11/13/2014
    The waiter was very attentive. We were waiting on additional member of our party and checked in once or twice but in no way was pushy. The food was incredible. Beet salad quite delicious. Hamburger and fries were very good. The non-alchoholic beverages were delicious.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, romantic, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Amazing
    AnnU
    Dined on 11/11/2014
    We have dined here numerous times and are never disappointed. I had the wild boar ragout it was amazing!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • A Birthday Celebration
    Integrity36
    Dined on 11/10/2014
    We were seated immediately and the waiter was knowledgeable of the menu. The wine list had our favorite wine and the food was outstanding. We tried the Brussels Sprouts as recommended by a previous patron and they lived up to the recommendation.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dinner
    Brian
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    I took my wife to Ella's for her birthday and it was exactly what we expected. The food was amazing and the restaurant is a very elegant.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful, As Always
    tkorch777
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    My husband and I are big fans of Ella Dining Room and chose to celebrate our anniversary here. Thank you again to the wonderful staff; and the food was fantastic, as always! Already looking forward to our next visit.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding
    Mochajean13
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    Special occasion of 60th wedding anniversary for my parents and 80th birthday for my father. We added an extra person last minute on a busy Saturday night. Ella's totally accommodated us and we had the BEST waiter ever! The food was fabulous and the service was excellent. I would highly recommend. We'll be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice Dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    Ella's is a very nice place for dinner! Worked great before the play.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Upscale Ella
    celpen
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    It was my first time going to Ella's. Loved this place! The staff was so helpful with recommendations for food and wine. The ambiance is downtown chic. Highly recommend for a night out or a relaxing meal after work.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, late-night find, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Bring the AMEX
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    Excellent fare and service wine etc. Its Wild Game month and they delivered some unusual and multi layered gastronomic treats. Wild boar cinghiale delicious. It is very expensive and worth a special visit. We were $135pp with a good wine 3 salads 2 entrees 2 appetizers and 2 shared desserts for 3 persons.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Out of Boar and pasta!
    Mtman
    Dined on 11/6/2014
    Dissapointed that you were out of Boar Raagout and Pasta by 7;30PM. Considering how far we traveled to this world renowned restaurant -
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very enjoyable
    sated
    Dined on 11/4/2014
    This was our second visit...it won't be our last. We all (four of us) had very, very good food and the service was superb. Professional, friendly and non-intrusive. Especially liked being able to talk with each other and not have the noise level make hearing one another difficult. The menu is diverse and interesting but not overwhelming. A thoroughly enjoyable evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Poor mgmt. ruins Ella dinner.
    aggiemack
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    Initial experience was prophetic: having driven 30+ miles for a special dinner, we were made to stand and wait for ten minutes because we had arrived 8 minutes early for our 6 pm reservation. Place only 25% occupied, 6 or 7 tables for two set up but empty in just the front room. We were advised that Ella preferred to seat and serve everyone in a given time slot at the same time. ?!? Waiter was pleasant, but kitchen seemed to work against him. Our apps. arrived BEFORE our wine. Then after those plates were cleared, we waited a full 25 minutes for our main courses. My husband was livid and not once did any of the staff seem to notice or care. With apps, mains, desserts and a mid priced wine, tab for two with parking and tip was $250, yikes.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • SACRAMENTO FINE DINING
    1KTravelerVIP
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    Ella represents a true fine dining experience in Sacramento, while maintaining a relaxed and fun atmosphere. The staff are highly professional and all very knowledgeable about food and beverage pairings. Standouts on this visit were the bone marrow and Salmon. I look forward to my next visit.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We had fun
    GeekyGal
    Dined on 10/29/2014
    Some friends and my husband and I met there for lunch. We came from Reno they came from Lodi. We had a three hour lunch just visiting, having fun, and enjoying the atmosphere the cocktails are great. Our food was good the only thing my husband and my friends has been had hamburgers and they weren't anything to speak of. And they had hoped for a gourmet hamburger. My friend and I had the flat iron steak which was very good I had the wedge salad which I enjoyed. My friend had the beet salad and he also enjoyed that. We had their homemade ice cream for dessert. All in all we had a great time our server, Lindsay was excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/28/2014
    Too noisy., and we were seated as far form the bar as possible.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Amazing service and phenomenal food
    Tpal020
    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
    highenddine
    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
    MushyFish
    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.
  • It was Ok
    SRiley
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    We went for our 11th wedding anniversary. The service was very good. However, we had friends who went the following night and were informed in detail about the Cows and Cabernet special. We were not. It might have changed my mind on what I ordered. I opted for the rib eye. It was fine. Nothing extravagant or negative either. The potatoes were a complete throw away. They were too thin and lacked flavor. My husband is vegetarian and the chef made gnocchi for him. He said it was amazing! Overall, the appetizer, salads entrées and dessert were fine, but not spectacular. Was it good enough for the price of the rib eye, no. Being part of the Selland's Family, I was hoping for a bit more. I would certainly go back to try happy hour.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Disappointed!!!
    FoodiesLuv2DineOut
    Dined on 10/22/2014
    Cows and Cabernet dinner. Ribeye was so overseasoned. potatoes where soggy from so much sauce on the plate, instead of being crisp! Been there a few other times, don't think will be going back very disappointed.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 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 2010VIP
    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