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Ravenous Cafe

Ravenous Cafe Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.ravenouscafe.com
  • Email: wade@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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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
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Diner Reviews
  • "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
  • "I had mot been to this restaurant for several years and didn't realize it had changed hands two years ago, but it is still as wonderful as it always was, if not even better. It is quietly one of the best in the Sacramento area."
    Dined on 12/12/2013
  • "Enjoyed Christmas lunch with old friends. Food was great and presentation exceptional. Wade as usual is a one man band provided efficient and friendly service . One of our favorites."
    Dined on 12/12/2013
  • "Quaint venue with great food and excellent service"
    Dined on 12/5/2013
  • "My two sons and I enjoyed a charming, casual, but very tasty dinner at Ravenous. We chose the haloumi cheese bruschetta as our appetizer. Very nice. I chose the small dish of mussels as my entree. They were wonderful, there were plenty of them, and the broth screamed "butter some french bread and dunk--now! So I did just that. Both men had crabcakes which they enjoyed. My 'I always over order so I have something for my midnight snack son' also ordered the steak with risotto and a lovely cheesecske dessert. Most of that entree went home with him. I felt obligated to finish his cheesecake--yummy. It's lovely to have such a pleasant dining place here in the Pocket."
    Dined on 11/30/2013
  • "Dinner at Ravenous is always a pleasant experience. It is one of our favorite restaurants. Food is great, staff is always friendly and attentive, they greet us by name. I rated the ambience as good only because it is a small, intimate restaurant that does not have the glitz of a large place, but it is very comfortable."
    Dined on 11/16/2013
  • "The food was worth the wait! We had reservations and when we arrived the table wasn't ready yet. We were immediately acknowledged and invited to sit at the bar and were well cared for with wine tasting. Bread and appetizers til the table was ready. The Tamarind Duck was delectable, flavorful and moist...cooked to perfection. Those I dined with had the filet mignon, scallops risotto and lamb and all gave a thumbs up. The food is a bit on the pricey side, so be prepared for a hefty tab."
    Dined on 10/26/2013
  • "As always the food was wonderful. The scallops were cooked to perfection. I didn't even want to chew them, just let the bite rest on my tongue and melt away! The cinnamon used in the sauce for the lamb shank was an inspired and wonderful choice. Ravenous has always maintained the highest standards in their menu and our server,April, is always a breath of fresh air. Ravenous never disappoints!"
    Dined on 10/25/2013