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Ravenous Cafe

Ravenous Cafe Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.ravenouscafe.com
  • Phone: (916) 399-9309
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Tuesday - Friday: 11:00am - 2:00pm Brunch: Saturday: 10:00am - 2:00pm Dinner: Tuesday - Sunday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: European, French
  • Executive Chef: Roberto Laienz
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Beer, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: Ravenous Cafe is available for private party buy outs.
  • Private Party Contact: Wade Sawaya (916) 399-9309

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Pocket Drive
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Additional parking in the back
A word from Ravenous Cafe
Ravenous Cafe is a new American Bistro with the influences of French, Italian, Spanish and Portuguese cuisines. We offer fine dining in a relaxed atmosphere using only the freshest ingredients that are in season.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeighborhood Gem
Diner Reviews
  • "Our dinner and service was exceptional. Appetizers and fish trio excellent, as well as the desserts."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "We drove to the restaurant from the airport on our way to the Gold Country and we were certainly not disappointed. The shopping center location is undistinguished but the ambience is first rate and the food is truly inspired. None of our luncheon courses was lesss than spectacular and it is clear the owner puts great emphasis on farm to table fresh produce and vegetables. Even at 1:30 when we arrived the room was filled with regulars. The creative, but simple, and strikingly flavorful presentations reminded us of Chez Panisse many years ago. Julia Child would have been pleased with our lunch."
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "the owners attention to every detail made the difference of what could have been an upsetting birthday dinner. My filet was ordered as medium rare. what was brouht to my plate was medium. pink on it's way to brown with no juice. the owner noticed my expression and immedietly offered to bring me another filet. 10 minutes later i had a perfect filet with fresh sides. that's what i call AWESOME SERVICE"
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Portions and food were fantastic. All prepared as ordered. April and Wade are professional, yet personable and friendly. Makes for a nice, enjoyable dining experience."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "It was so nice to dine at Ravenous again! After 2 glasses of a recommended Sangiovese and starters consisting of paprika mussels and auteur mushrooms, we had a great Risotto topped off with the chocolate mousse...wonderful ambiance, company, and service was icing on the cake."
    Dined on 6/11/2014
  • "We were looking for someplace different for Saturday date night, went on Open Table and found Ravenous Cafe and are so glad we did. It's a small establishment but ambiance is top notch as is the service. My wife had the filet, I had the duck breast, we started off with the Mushroom Leek soup with Truffle Oil! Yum, Yum and YUM! Prepared to perfection in taste, portion and presentation! Even the ice water tasted good! Seriously, everything surpassed my expectations. My wife had a glass of the Clarksburg Chenin Blanc (smelled wonderful), she said it tasted wonderful. They have a small bar and I told her that if I drank, I would want to come here just to sit at their intimate bar (they serve dinner there as well)."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "My boyfriend and I recently discovered Ravenous Cafe through Open Table. We could not have asked for a better time. The food was incredible. We ordered appetizers/small plates, entrees, and dessert. Everything was delicious. The staff there were very friendly and attentive. It is a smaller place but they make the best out of the space they have. We truly had a great time and would highly recommend this place. I loved the ambiance and art on the walls. The place has fine dining food but allows you to be causal and comfortable. The only thing that I did not like was my meat being slightly overcooked. The flavors of the food were that good that it still deserves 5 Stars. "
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "We had felt in a rut, with the same handful of restaurants on our "go-to" list. We had heard about Ravenous but never tried it because it is a bit out if the way---and yet very much freeway-close. We had a lovely meal, good wine and just a very positive experience. The service was expert, friendly and prompt. We will be back!"
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "Current chef preparing wonderful dishes, using seasonal vegetables & fresh herbs. Beet salad starter a winner. Entrees are original & surprising!! Desserts also a +++. Very glad to have such a fine experience in the neighborhood. "
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "Limited seating, make reservations on weekend. Spectacular food and extraordinary service. One of our new and favorite discoveries."
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "Very good, but not worth the expense. Salmon was cooked perfectly, but bland in flavor. Beet salad was excellent."
    Dined on 5/15/2014
  • "You can always tell when a Chief puts their heart into a meal. The nightly special plate was exceptional. The service was responsive to all our desires. Thanks for a great evening."
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "We have been to the Ravenous Cafe on numerous occasions and they always have great food and fantastic service. Wade, the owner runs the front of the house and is very friendly and engaging."
    Dined on 5/1/2014
  • "Food was good, but not great. Question prior reviews. Definitely not worth the prices charged. Should not have to complain about under seasoned food. If you're looking for good fare for comparative prices then go to Mulvaney's and then Devine."
    Dined on 5/1/2014
  • " My friend is a VERY picky eater. But even she was able to enjoy a lovely brunch at Ravenous. We shared the beet salad as a starter. It was, as always, very good. It was fresh and light with the interesting addition of pomegranate seeds. She enjoyed the burger . I had a breakfast scramble with steak bites which were perfectly cooked and not overwhelmed with too much egg. Did I mention the hot bread and cold Mimosas? We don't usually get together for Saturday meals, but I'm sure there are more Ravenous brunches in our futures. "
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "Excellent food.......fair prices good wine list........."
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "Found Ravenous online. The food was absolutely fantastic. I tried my friends mussels and learned I love them! The sauce was so delish! Crab cakes were really yum and the Pinot Grigio was perfect! Service was very friendly and efficient. I live in NYC, but will look for an opportunity to her back soon."
    Dined on 4/17/2014
  • "If you're looking for the trifecta of excellent food, ambiance, and great service...this is your place. Roberto works magic in the kitchen while Wade and April make you feel at home. Thanks again and see you soon!"
    Dined on 4/17/2014
  • "Our first and most marvelous exerience with Ravenous Cafe was for a Saturday brunch. The restaurant size is small, but charmingly so. The setting is comfortable and tasteful, the reception of the owner/host most welcoming and enthusiatically warm. Add to all this the amazingly well-prepared, deliciously balanced and artistically presented food selections we chose from the very appealing menu, it all made for a most wonderful dining experience. I will be returning, and I will be telling my friends of this jewel!"
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "Excellent dinner & desert! Recommend reservations."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "If you want to experience fresh, high-quality, deliciously prepared food in an environment with service that is genuinely personable and a dining experience that makes you feel like you are visiting in an old friend's home, I highly recommend this place. The swordfish special was phenomenal and the attentive service of April and Wade was extraordinary! Great date restaurant. Romantic ambiance. They will make you feel like a million bucks, and you won't have to spend anywhere near that much as the food is a great value, too."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "Ravenous is one of my favorites. Wade is always there, welcoming people and taking good care of them. The food and wine are fantastic. It's a great place to either just drop in, or make a reservation for a special event."
    Dined on 4/3/2014
  • "My GF and I celebrated our 7 month 'anniversary' at RC this week. I had never been there so decided to try it. The food was absolutely wonderful and nicely prepared by Roberto the chef. We were attentively served by Wade (the owner) the whole evening. I suspect that for a Tuesday night we were a bit overdressed...most folks were there in jeans, etc. I found the pricing to be fair given the high quality of the food and good service...I definitely would consider it a neighborhood gem...if you are looking for a quiet out of the way place to eat, Ravenous Cafe is your place!"
    Dined on 3/25/2014
  • "We've been to Ravenous many times and they never disappoint. The food always meets and beats expectations. Wade, the owner, is a great guy. We are so happy that this restaurant is doing well since we don't want to lose it. Please support this restaurant and you won't regret it."
    Dined on 3/13/2014
  • "For really superb food and excellent service in or near Elk Grove, there are just two choices: Ravenous and Boulevard Bistro, and both of them can compete with the finest the greater Sacramento Area has to offer. If it's a special occasion, or you just deserve a really wonderful dinner for some reason, you must try Ravenous. I've eaten there five times over the last couple of years and every time it has been fantastic."
    Dined on 2/26/2014
  • "This is a gem, very small and quiet but the food is great. The owner Wade is also the server and he couldn't be friendlier."
    Dined on 2/18/2014
  • "A small casual restaurant that serves excellent food. The service is outstanding as always.. A restaurant that I can highly recommend!!!!"
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "Made a reservation through Open Table for this intimate local restaurant, and we were warmly welcomed when we arrived. It is a small place with a limited menu, but still a nice selection which included seafood, poultry, and beef dishes. We shared the Crab Cakes for an appetizer, they were excellent. My wife had the Salmon, a large portion which was very tasty; I had the Risotto with prawns, which was also perfectly cooked. Two dinner salads were just the right size, and their bread was absolutely fabulous. Service was prompt and attentive, and they had a good-sized wine list. Overall, a great evening out, we will be back."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "We had such a good time. The food was excellent. You and your staff are so ready to please and so personable. You have a small intimate atmosphere that allows a person to feel more like a guest than a diner."
    Dined on 2/11/2014
  • "Though I would have liked it if the menu had a few items priced in the teens, the food I had was very good. I took my elderly parents there for dinner on a Tuesday night. Of course, it was quiet on a Tuesday, which made it nice for them. Their appetites are not what they once were and my Mom was looking for a gourmet burger, much like the one on the lunch menu. The lowest priced item was the chicken at $22.00. I must say, however, it was very good. All in all, a good experience."
    Dined on 2/4/2014
  • "Went for lunch and the selection was difficult, we went with a local recommendation of the Steak and Prosciutto sandwich which was wonderful. The mixed greens salad with roasted pine nuts and feta cheese was topped with a very light dressing that added perfectly with the sandwich for a tasty lunch. I had a glass of Mumm's that made for a decadent lunch which was finished with a piece of cheesecake, not really the New York style but lighter, fresher tasting, and not too sweet, quite perfectly balanced, well, maybe a touch of lemon might have worked, but certainly was not necessary. The service prompt and attentive when needed. Wade did a great job of making certain everything was just right. Thanks to the chef for a great job."
    Dined on 1/23/2014
  • "Truly excellently prepared food in a modest setting. Prices are a bit expensive by Sacramento standards. This is not the place for a romantic evening out, as the lighting is bright and the decor is simple and somewhat dated. More appropriate for a nice family dinner."
    Dined on 10/29/2013
  • "Had heard great things about the restaurant and we were not disappointed. Wade the owner greeted us by name and gave us a choice of tables. The roasted beat salad was over the top and our entres were fabulous. We've made reservations for next week and taking our neighbors."
    Dined on 1/9/2014
  • "This was my first visit to this restaurant. The experience was delightful. Food was great. I will be back."
    Dined on 12/4/2013
  • "It was nice to revisit old friends, and the food was excellent! We started with the sautéed mushrooms and lentil soup with crab which were very tasty. For the main course we had the filet mignon with crab and the lamb chops, both well-prepared and so flavorful! We can't wait to dine here again!"
    Dined on 1/3/2014
  • "We wanted to try something new and were not disappointed! Every aspect of our meal was superb. The food was beautiful to look at; I had the Coq Au Vin, which was great, husband had the grilled swordfish over risotto, which was great, daughter had the beet salad, which she loved. We all shared the sauteed mushrooms and the Halloumi Cheese appetizer. They were both beautiful and tasty. The wine was fantastic too. Overall, a total 5 ! Highly recommended!"
    Dined on 12/28/2013
  • "Best mussels ever! Especially the sauce! Accolades given by our guests from D.C."
    Dined on 12/19/2013
  • "We love Ravenous! Wonderful food, Brunch on Saturday is AMAZING, Wade (the owner) is the sweetest guy, he greeted us, by name, the second time we went there! If the duck is on the menu...ORDERT IT!"
    Dined on 8/3/2013
  • "Such a wonderful experience! The food was delicious and the service was unreal! I felt like family even though it was my first time there. I can't wait to return and try more of the menu! I can't recomend this place enough!"
    Dined on 12/19/2013
  • "Tucked away in a small neighborhood shopping center in the "Pocket" area of Sacramento, you will find this wonderful gem. The bread comes out warm and toasty in an intimate space of less than 10 tables around you. Usually, there are 4-5 entrees featured each evening with two entrees (risotto and seafood) changes daily. While the entrees are exceptional, the "starters" are the real stars as they are easily shared and quality you would expect in a 5-Star restaurant. Unfortunately, I didn't try the desserts which looked amazing at both neighboring tables. One warning is to make reservations early if you can because it fills up fast. I've found a new favorite in Sacto!"
    Dined on 12/12/2013