Ravenous Cafe

Ravenous Cafe

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.ravenouscafe.com/
  • Phone: 9163999309
  • 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 9163999309

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 Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
Ravenous Cafe reviews from OpenTable diners
40 reviews since July 3, 2014
Overall Rating4.6
  • Food4.7
    Service4.6
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelQuiet
94% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (39)fit for foodies (31)special occasion (21)romantic (10)great for lunch (8)notable wine list (8)great for brunch (6)great for outdoor dining (4)late-night find (2)good for groups (1)kid-friendly (1)Show More
  • Awesome choice in the Pocket
    ducklover
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    We had some marvelous food and wine here. The duck breast was the standout in our meal. It was delicious, wonderfully medium rare, very flavorful without being gamey. It was not drowned with strongly flavored sauce, but moist and seasoned just enough to bring out the natural flavor. We sat in the window, very comfy, romantic corner bench. The inside of the restaurant is lovely, but after a while I noticed the yellow glare from the strip mall sodium light outside. All in all a very nice place for our special occasion and we will be back for another celebratory meal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointed
    Erne
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    I wanted to be wowed by this restaurant. It's very close to my home. It was a long wait to get a beverage, I asked for bread probably four times and finally got it just before dinner came. The grilled halloumi cheese plate that is raved about on yelp was not thrilling. The butternut squash purée soup was not only just warm, but had a thick floury taste. But most of all my ribeye dinner was only room temperature and I like my food piping hot! The meat and purple mashed potatoes and asparagus were tasty though.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Lovely treat.
    KC89
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    Solidly excellent food with a little creative twist, great ambiance despite deceiving strip mall-type location, conscientious and attentive service. Pricey enough to have my visiting mother take me, but perfect as a date spot, too. Plan to go back and become a regular.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing
    Beatbyagirl226
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    Dinner was delicious. Well timed delivery of wine, warm bread from oven, appetizer and dinner. Didn't feel rushed or ignored-great balance. We live in midtown and rarely leave the Grid, but this was good enough to coax me into the car for a return, really soon!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • very good
    Humble95
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    My wife and I have dined here three times now. The food is consistently good and the service is great. The prices are on the higher end for Sacramento but not outrageous, and I think priced right for the quality and experience. The owner, Wade, is involved and gives attention to all of the customers. The atmosphere is intimate and relaxing. We will be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Ravenous... A little known gem
    HoneysPot
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    My husband asked me to pick a restaurant for my birthday and I saw this one on open table. I like to find new to me restaurants and this was a wonderful pick. Soft jazz playing in the background contemporary art on the walls, and dishes to make the foodie fall in love. Lamb with pomegranate reduction and cow au vin blanc for me. The Appetizer was pork cheek with sweet potato... To die for. :) Service was phenomenal thank you April and Wade.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best Food in Sacramento
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    Food was amazing! Very memorable. Can't stop talking about it! Worth every penny!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always Fantastic!
    Raves4Ravenous
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Took a friend to Ravenous for lunch. I always get the shrimp and caprese salad, but this time I decided to try something new and i'm so glad I did. We ended up ordering and sharing the shrimp salad along with the smoked salmon & trout sandwich. OMG, it was to die for! It's my new favorite lunch choice. I'll probably say the same thing the next time I go and try something different. Everything at the Ravenous Cafe is so incredibly delicious. Kudos to the chef and the owner, Wade.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Wonderful!
    LivesNearby
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    Fresh food, nicely spiced, not overly salted or sweet. We loved this place. It was our first time, and we plan to go back. A few dishes of note: the spinach fig salad, the sauteed mushroom appetizer, the coq au vin entree... everything freshly prepared with a loving, careful touch. We recommend making reservations - the place is small.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good and pricey
    Lenny
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Menu is somewhat limited, especially for pickey eaters like my wife
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    Good personal service, adapts menu items to personal requests, always attentive and friendly.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    You'll feel like you've come home to family for a special meal at Ravenous, and you won't be disappointed. The menu offers something for everyone and a nice wine list, too. And save room for dessert!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Make Me Soup
    johnwb50
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    A famous chef's student asked if he could prove to his boss that he had learned his craft. The chef said: Make me soup. Every time I eat here the soup is fantastic. A hint that the rest to come is going to be the same. Wade and April is what makes this my go to place for dinner. No scenic view but the beefcake walking by to/from the gym in the center is not bad.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always a great experience
    LorettaVIP
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    The presentation and attention to detail is one of the best in the area.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • FANTASTIC! A REAL FIND.
    SeniorfoodieVIP
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    This was our first visit to Ravenous but it won't be the last. The salads were proportioned just right and we're interesting and flavorful. The crab cakes were exceptionall good. The side dishes with the lamb chops were delicious. So was the lamb but it would have even better If the gristle had been trimmed away and a more tender cut chosen by the chef. All in all a delicious meal!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very Enjoyable
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    Once again we had a delightful experience. The food is so fresh and wonderfully seasoned. Everything is beautifully presented and unusual combinations fig strawberry avocado spinach salad hit the spot. The owner is always so friendly and attentive.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 24 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 3, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.6
    • Food4.7
    • Ambiance4.3
    • Service4.5
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 157 reviews are from the Ravenous Cafe reviews archive.
  • family
    family
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    Our dinner and service was exceptional. Appetizers and fish trio excellent, as well as the desserts.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • AWESOME ATTENTION TO DETAIL
    12345678
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    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
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Exceptionally well prepared food..
    LuvgoodfoodVIP
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Gourment Lunchoen in Sacramento
    blissfield1949VIP
    Dined on 6/19/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ever reliable
    Rayneman
    Dined on 6/11/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • What A Find!
    MandM
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    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).
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Add Ravenous to Your List
    Likes2Eat
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Freshness!!!
    FINEDINER
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Enjoyable experience
    futureVSM
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Duck
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    Limited seating, make reservations on weekend. Spectacular food and extraordinary service. One of our new and favorite discoveries.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very good but ...
    ChuckVIP
    Dined on 5/15/2014
    Very good, but not worth the expense. Salmon was cooked perfectly, but bland in flavor. Beet salad was excellent.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding Food
    Mickey
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • ?!
    BomoVIP
    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.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Another great meal!!!
    NDChan
    Dined on 5/1/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Saturday brunch treat!
    CityMom
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Fit For Foodies, special occasion, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    Excellent food.......fair prices good wine list.........
    Special Features:
    Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Try the Ribe Rye if you can!
    Rayneman
    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!
    Special Features:
    Kid-Friendly, Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Romantic, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Delightful & delicious
    NYCfoodie
    Dined on 4/17/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Small & Intimate
    Excellent
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    Excellent dinner & desert! Recommend reservations.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • An excellent Sat brunch experience
    Appreciative
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, special occasion, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect DIning Experience!
    johnj922
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, kid-friendly, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best Local Restaurant Ever
    Cynthia
    Dined on 4/3/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Raving about Ravenous Cafe
    RogerH
    Dined on 3/25/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always Good
    Rellrog
    Dined on 3/13/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.