Mulvaney's B&L
Mulvaney's B&L

Mulvaney's B&L

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.mulvaneysbl.com/
  • Phone: (916) 441-6022
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Tuesday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:30pm; Dinner: Tuesday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
    The patio tables are not reflected here at the website, please call the restaurant to check availability
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Organic, American, Californian
  • Executive Chef: Patrick Mulvaney
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Beer, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: L st and Capitol Ave
  • Public Transit: Bus stop across the street.
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: There are also 13 spots available behind the building along the Rail Tracks. They can be accessed from the alley entrance on 19th street.
A word from Mulvaney's B&L
As an American restaurant, we focus on seasonal local products from our friends the farmers. Likewise, our modestly priced wine list emphasizes producers from the West. We are a small restaurant, if there is no availability here please call the restaurant to check.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Service
  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
  • Diners' Choice WinnerAmerican
Mulvaney's B&L reviews from OpenTable diners
111 reviews since July 23, 2014
Overall Rating4.6
  • Food4.6
    Service4.7
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelModerate
98% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (91)special occasion (83)neighborhood gem (59)great for outdoor dining (48)romantic (41)notable wine list (35)great for lunch (23)hot spot (23)good for groups (17)great for brunch (5)scenic view (5)vibrant bar scene (4)late-night find (4)kid-friendly (2)Show More
  • memorable evening
    alil
    Dined on 11/13/2014
    everything was first rate, from the greeting at the door to the personable server, the fantastic food, and ambiance! eager to return!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great farm to fork fare!
    Opsig
    Dined on 11/11/2014
    On October 24th, (2014), Patrick Mulvaney spoke at the CSUS Renaissance Society Friday Forum. We had heard about his restaurant for years, and his stories and discussion got us to finally eat there a couple of weeks later, for our 29th anniversary of the day we met. The food's all fine 'foodie' quality, with an obvious attention to local ingredients and good cooking. We had the 'Del Rio Arugula with Beet & Mandarin' salad and 'Thuringer Sausage & Rainbow Chard' soup as starters, and the 'Fish Stew over House Made Pappardelle' and 'Blackened Passmore Ranch Catfish' as entrees. Along with four glasses of wine, it all came to about $110 before tax and tip. Well worth it! We will certainly be coming back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Overall
    LunchGuestJan222014
    Dined on 11/6/2014
    Had a "business" dinner on 11-6-2014. Service was outstanding and the food was great. Only compliant is the food selection could be a little broader (but I understand they only serve what is local and fresh so I cannot really complain) and the décor could be renovated. All in all I will certainly go back and it's an A for sure especially for Sacramento.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding
    jimbothewary
    Dined on 11/6/2014
    My wife and I have had dinner here twice in the past two months. It has been outstanding both times. We will be eating here again, probably many times.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Favorite restaurant in Sac
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 11/4/2014
    I've been coming to Mulvaney's for several years now and it has never disappointed. The food, the atmosphere, and the service are always top-notch. I recommend them to everyone I can!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Birthday Spot
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    We took my mother here for her birthday and it was a wonderful experience. They provided menus that had "Happy Birthday!" Printed at the top. Great service and food, overall great time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best dining experience in Sac
    StacyinSac
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    We've always highly regarded Mulvaney's B & L add one of the best fine dining restaurants in Sacramento. This time we went for the presuppose of showing our out-of-town guests (also foodies) what the Sacramento dining scene was all about--the best we had to offer. Mulvaney's was it, without a doubt. We reserved the chef's table so we got to watch all the magic happen in the kitchen. I cannot day more about the quality of the food. Every single player was perfection--fresh, flavorful, inventive. The service was what really put it over the top for us. Or server Sara Jean was a master of fine food service. She knew every detail of the menu, had stellar recommendations, and she made us hand-stuffed blue cheese-stuffed olives for our martinis!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Service
    Ellen
    Dined on 10/30/2014
    They were incredibly attentive to our every need. Excellent to the point of having a menu that said Happy Birthday at the top for my boyfriend! The dining experience was very pleasant. I LOVED the smoked salmon appetizer but was less than thrilled with the main course and salad. Overall a very nice evening.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • special time with friends!
    Visitor
    Dined on 10/30/2014
    Staff was very polite and accommodating! Food was delicious ... hostess knew her drinks/wine/food! Never felt rushed!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love this place!
    Wannabechef
    Dined on 10/28/2014
    Worth every penny. We go for special occasions and splurge with yummy, cocktails, appetizers, starters and each, still order an entree and yummy dessert. All three times they typed out special menus for birthday guest and painted happy birthday on the desert cakes. Food is local, menus change daily and are seasonal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • foodie4
    luvtodine2
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    The service was great. The cocktails were fine. My husband and I both had the special abalone for appertizer, and it was perfect. The steak my husband had was good, but the colossal pork chop that I had was dry and tasteless except for the outermost grilled part. Dessert was good. Overall maybe between 3and half and 4 stars.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always A Treat
    Ally
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Delicious food made from local ingredients, super friendly service, terrific atmosphere (in an old fire house) all wrapped up in one. Try it now!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Always outstanding!
    SeniorfoodieVIP
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    My friend and I first requested the patio for a much anticipated birthday lunch. But the day was a little too cool for my friend so i requested to move inside. Since I have troule hearing in a crowded room I asked for the Dish Room. There was a moment's hesitation before our server said she would check on its availability. Next thing I knew she returned and said the Dish Room was ready for us. We had a delicious meal and a fun conversation while sitting and being served in quiet comfort. Our server was cheerful and accommodating, patient and helpful with our indecision,and checked with us regularly. Food was yummy! Outstanding dining experience!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Anytime I am in Sacramento for the evening I end up here first.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice Date Night
    engineergirl
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    We were looking for a farm to table spot with creative dishes for a nice dinner out. The food was good, but nothing show stopping. The kitchen was able to accommodate my request for a grain, dairy and soy free meal (paleo). My husband ordered the Ribeye which was served with kale, the plate was very blah looking and the kale taste like it had been roasted and then got soggy. He was relatively disappointed in the lack of flair with the dish. I had duck breast with mashed celery root and hericot verts. My food was good, the sear was nice, but the sauce left something to be desired. The price for the meal was average for what we received, but we'll likely not be returning to this restaurant.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Amazing
    Aevn
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    The food was incredible! The service was remarkable; our drinks were constantly filled in such a way that you didn't notice them filling them! I would highly recommend it and I intend on returning.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, late-night find, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lvgoodfood
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    We enjoyed a nice anniversary dinner here. The restaurant was very accommodating and provided us with a nice quiet table. We loved the tomatoes with pulled mozzarella and balsamic reduction. The fettuccine with house made pancetta was wonderful.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Just great!
    ALF74
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    A great birthday dinner! Even said happy birthday on the menus!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great place for a meeting.
    warmbreadsolveseverything
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    I loved Mulvaney's B&L because there wasn't loud music blaring and you can hear the other person talk which is a good thing to exchange ideas! Also, the bread was warm and delicious and the soup was creamy and satisfying.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • couldn't have been better
    MonseMire26
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    Clean, comfortable, quiet. Sat on patio for lunch. Gorgeous natural feeling space. Staff-very knowledgeable &helpful. Great recommendations. Attentive w/o being overwhelming or pushy to order. Lunch menu-nice selection. Prices incredibly fair, especially for such quality. Pulled mozzarella appetizer was even better than expected. Heirloom tomatoes-fresh and flavorful. Smoked salmon appetizer-best I've had anywhere. Excellently paired with Russian soda bread/butter, capers, finely chopped egg whites and yolks, red onion. Entrée-we split the duck burger. I loved this burger. Perfectly cooked, cheese and caramelized onions-excellent. No split plate charge. Good beer selection. Great experience, will most certainly return for lunch and dinner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great as always, but been better
    Lila
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    I love Mulvaney's and this was our 3rd visit. My fiancé and our friend got the steak. They said it was good, but "not $42 good". I had the Nicoise salad which was good, but again not my favorite dish there. All in all it was a good meal and we will definitely be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Read this review
    MrQuigs
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Great food and service. However, it was extremely noisy inside the restaurant. Maybe because it was a Friday evening. Next time I will try for a table on the outside patio.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • So wonderful
    Foodrus
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Amazing mozzarella and heirloom tomatoes to die for. Had Patrick's stew this time. Fall off the fork. You can't get more authentic locally sourced than the B and L. Can't wait to get back bext time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • WeezieMac
    WeezieMac
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    One of my favorite places in town. Have never been let down. Food and staff are wonderful.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Incredible everything
    brosephkaylor
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    Exceeded expectations on all fronts. Would highly reccomend to anyone visiting Sacramento or going out to dinner for a special occasion.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding
    Carlina
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    I took my boyfriend here for his birthday. From the bread with salted butter...to the wine...to the appetizer and the meal it was all outstanding! I recommend the lamb the pulled mozzarella appetizer and the lime pie for dessert.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • excellent service
    qnvision
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    Celebrate my anniversary here tonight. The food was excellent and was only top by the great service. Definitely a place to come again.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Favorite restaurant in town
    Broncobomb
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    What can I say? I love this place. The menu changes daily and Mulvaney's is at the forefront of Sacramento's "Farm To Fork" mantra. It's a fun, yet sophisticated environment. They encouraging trying anything and everything, so naturally we made a point to order 4 different entree's. None of them disappointed. They place a premium on service. The staff will seemingly jump out of your way when you are going to the bathroom, etc. And they are very friendly and informative.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pulled mozzarella
    Anni
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    The caprese salad with pulled mozzarella and heirloom tomatoes is unbelievably good...the cheese practically melts in your mouth. I came here for the pork chop and it never disappoints...tender, flavorful and enough for lunch the next day.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Wonderful service and food!
    Keith
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    I took a friend here a few nights ago for her birthday. The food was delicious and the server went way out of his way to make my friend's birthday special. Also, I enjoyed and appreciated the wonderful vegan plate the chef made up for me.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great for a blind date
    dermcoach1
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    Worried my date may not show, I was relieved to find hoe friendly Dan the bartender and other wait staff were. I had a clean, herbaceous gin concoction customized for me and watched from the bar the chef prepare something with Gooseberries fresh from the bush.y date showed up and treated me to an amazing culinary experience. I really love this place as it reminds me of my home in San Francisco.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Special Nights
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    Mulvaney's is perfect for special occasions. We celebrated our anniversary there. The newly printed menu wished us a happy anniversary, our server was especially attentive (although they always are), and they wrote Happy Anniversary in chocolate around the plate of our dessert. Caring, attentive, and great food - can't be beat!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Dinner was to celebrate my wife's birthday. The service and food were outstanding.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • AnnsieVIP
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    We love Mulvaney's. The food is just marvelous--imaginative and beautifully prepared. On a summer's day, enjoy the leafy patio. It's really a Sacramento gem.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Date night problem solved
    Ponyo
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    We're not from the area so we always get excited when we find a new go to spot. This place has it all delicious food great service low key ambiance. We will definitely be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • go for the burrata salad...
    frekwentdinerVIP
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    stay for the dessert. Mulvaney's is clearly the "in" spot. Very crowded but they do a good job managing the crowd. Of course, everything is fresh. I think their best entrees are their non-meat items, such as fish or fowl. Their bread and butter can't be beat, and the decor is really great.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Anniversary dinner
    DinnerVIP
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    A very memorable meal. Everything was outstanding and the service was second to none. Can't wait to go back some day.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Review & Advice
    Butters
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    My wife & I are foodies and often go into SF to hit the highly reviewed restaurants.Locally, Mulvaney's is our "go-to" restaurant for special occasions. We have tried MB&L enough to say the food & service can hold its own to almost any of the top end places in SF. It is consistent in its preparation, food and service. MB&L is part of Sacramento's list of places that can rival those in SF - thus saving 2 hours in driving and gas. As a side note & this is a touchy subject but for the life of me I can't understand why people bring infants into high end establishments. Other people are there celebrating special occasions & who may rarely get out. A crying child can ruin a evening for people. Get a babysitter or try a suitable family place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • best meal of my month
    photophil
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    It's rare that I visit one of the most highly rated restaurants in Sacramento, so it was with great anticipation that I booked a table for lunch at Mulvaney's B&L. The only thing I would change is that I wish I had more than an hour and a half to relax and enjoy the surroundings. Sure, one could easily be in and out in less time than that, but it was such a pleasure that I could have spent an entire afternoon just sipping coffee on the patio after enjoying a creative meal. I've had food from Mulvaney's before, but this was my first time there on a random day. I've heard it's just always that good. The service was great, from the moment I walked in the front door until I reluctantly left. My food was outstanding and so was my friend's order.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 50 Birthday
    Roseblum
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    First time, loved the place,food and server. FABULOUS
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate