I love it here!
We have dined here twice in two weeks, and the first great experience was not a fluke—the second was as good or better. It was very busy for a Thursday evening, but the wait staff handled it with ease. An interesting note: we observed that about half of the diners brought their own wines with them. PlanB's wine list is not complex, and the wines are reasonably priced, but it is nice to know that your own selection (that is not on their wine list, please!) is welcome for a reasonable corkage. The soft-shell crab on the blackboard that evening was superb! Hope to have it again before it goes out of season.
5/15/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great Night Out
We have been here a couple times....each time we have had great food, wonderful service and a ton of fun. Just an overall great place to go.
The filet and the lamb are great.
5/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
Nothing like this in the area...
Amazing French food in Sacramento. This is a restaurant best saved for those special occasions. The food is a tad bit on the pricey side, but not the ridiculous $40-$80 plates you see at other highly-rated restaurants in the mid-valley. You definitely get more quality food for your money than at the vast majority of places in the area. We had the calamari as an appetizer, peppered rib-eye and prawns for our two entrees and a molten chocolate cake for dessert. First off, everything was delicious and not over-cooked. Second, our server was top of the line. I'm pretty sure we were served by the owner. Full course meal for two college students of this quality, $70. We didn't leave hungry. Highly recommended.
5/21/2013 4:00:00 PM
Best Mussels in Sacramento
Nice place for two, to sit at the bar (or a table) and enjoy a salad, bowl of mussels and glass of wine. Five or six preparations to choose from- all please the palate, especially Epice, having a bit of heat to it. Other noteworthy items include the gnocchi, lamb and seafood specials. And the best part, the restaurant is consistent with quality. Hip but mellow lounge music in the background just loud enough for enjoyment.
5/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
Friendly Little Restaurant
This is the second time I have eaten at Plan B2 and this time I had the mussels in the cream sauce. Loved them! Upscale decor, quiet enough so we could converse easily. Definitely recommended for a fine dining experience without the fuss.
5/24/2013 4:00:00 PM
Gem in Arden Oaks
Wonderful meal. Every course was excellent and we tried something from almost every category. Service was professional yet friendly, but never intrusive. We dined for three hours. Never rushed. Just one amazing course after the other. Good suggestions on wine pairings too.
6/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
My husband and I love going
My husband and I love going to Plan B. The food is always excellent, and the ambiance is quiet and comfortable. The decor is elegant, yet not stuffy. The service is personal, and the owners are always there to enhance the experience.
6/6/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great food and great wine list. I really like how the staff delicately explains each of the specials and what part of France the dish is from. The chocolate cake is to die for.
6/9/2013 4:00:00 PM
Don't be fooled by the spare menu
This is more toward the $$$ than $$, but worth the splurge anyway. I love that the chef utilize what's in season. They have almost as many chalkboard specials as dishes in print. Our Caesars were good and fresh, though no standout. The fish soup was rich in fish flavor (could be too fishy for some), but it was lukewarm. Duck confit was a little on the salty side, but when paired with a fruity wine it was delicious. I could have done with more sauce which had just a light touch of orange, not too heavy or sticky. The cherry dessert (didn't get the name) - a cross between a frangipane and flan - was heavenly. Service was friendly and attentive, yet laid-back. Very enjoyable dining.
6/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
Terrific local restaurant, we keep coming back. Have never had anything but an excellent meal, always nice surprises on the menu. The owners are very hands-on, always coming by, making suggestions.
6/15/2013 12:00:00 AM
A Bright Star!
Plan b continues to be a shining star in Sacramento's restaurant cast. Always interesting appetizers and specials, always delicious, and always varied in selection, designed according to season and freshness. Service is prompt, warm and personal. And prices are reasonable and appropriate. A real winner all around!
6/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
We went at opening time on Sunday Evening - waited on by the chef / owner and his wife. Very personal, attentive, and friendly. The mussels were excellent. The asparagus soup was the best we have ever experienced.
As others have said, pay attention to the blackboard specials. These include both entrees and appetizer selections.
We will definitely bring people back to support these fine people. Small space - big love.
6/22/2013 4:00:00 PM
The food and service was excellent.
The food and service was excellent. I highly recommend.
6/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
food was excellent, owners were attentive and friendly. menu a bit limited but understandable with quality of food. Certainly wasn't cheap.
6/27/2013 4:00:00 PM
I've been lucky enough to have fined in all kinds of restaurants all over the world and I've gotta say the service at Planb was right up there with great restaurants of the world. My girlfriend is French and this being only te 3rd time I've gone to a French restaurant away from France, they made us (especially her) feel right at home with by being very personable from the chef to the servers! There's of course the food which was great to say the least- I had the prawns & aged pepper steak (although they called it something else) and she had mussels and something else that I don't remember the name. I am picky with my restaurants but this might have been the best service I've ever received in a restaurant- and that says a lot!
6/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
French Flare-American Cuisine
Wonderful experience! Small Intimate Restaurant - Excellent Food & a welcoming attitude by Host & Staff.
I have been there twice & would definitely return.
The mussel were fantastic!! Rack of Lamb wonderful & last night & had a great Duck Confit with l'orange sauce.... Yum!!
7/5/2013 4:00:00 PM
Plan B Restaurant in Sacramento
This place is often a gem. Our most recent experience was compromised somewhat by a bar incident; nevertheless the food was great! The service was impeccable. I would highly recommend PLAN B.
7/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
Excellent as usual!
Plan B never fails to please. It is, IMHO, one of the best restaurants in Sacramento. It's a cozy French Bistro and a neighborhood favorite. If you've never been - GO! Service is excellent - professional and friendly. Family owned, you may find the owner or one of the family waiting on you. We recommend the mussels - a restaurant specialty. Check out the blackboard specials - something for every palatte. My favorites are the salads which are perfect before an entree or enjoy them as I do as an entree with an appetizer like the roasted tomato, chevre, basil tartelette. Oh and a glass of wine. Comfortable, yet just dressy enough to be special! Highly recommend!
7/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
CE FUT UN PLAISIR!!
Quality service,food surpassed my expectations. I will trust the waiter next time as he knew what I didn't. Impressive wine list and my friend loves a good martini.The host(she) recommended a brand from Sweden(?), big surprise for him. (claims to be a vodka expert, ha!) Started with the special appetizer, zucchini flower blossoms. Lightly battered delights filled with velvety cheese & spices drizzled w/a slight not sweet, not sour (is there a word?) citrus sauce. I had mussels. 6-7 choices! I had poulette, which was simply so good I might exchange one of my favorite children for. Ok, lie..no kids. Pancetta, thyme, celery with cream! Huge Wow Factor. Friend had highly recommended Plan B burger. What can I say w/ only 10 letters left? GO!!!!
7/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
Outstanding food and incredibly attentive, fun service with great suggestions -- a very top restaurant anywhere! A wonderful melange of traditional favorites with creative twists; unique wine and cocktail list. We take all of our out of town guests here, who unanimously give it rave reviews. Our go - to restaurant for everything from a week night dinner to special occasions. Faves include tartelettes, frisée salad, nantaise mussels & herb dusted fries, lamb, duck, rib-eye, and chocolate lava cake. Can't go wrong with anything on the menu!
7/31/2013 12:00:00 AM
Plan b is a winner
Walk in the door and you are welcomed immediately. The room is very sleek and modern in appearance. The wine list features many French wines which is unusual for California, but expected in a French bistro setting. I will go through the food course by course: soup - French onion, a house specialty and it is special; appetizer - an onion tartlette, loaded with deliciously flavored onions, melted mozzarella and topped with baby arugula on a flat pizza-like shell, delicious; my entrée - mussels nanteuse - deliciously and perfectly prepared mussels in a delightful cream sauce brimming over with flavor that had me using the better part of a baguette to sop up the sauce. The pommes frites were tasty and crispy, but not Belgian style. More later.
7/31/2013 5:00:00 PM
Back for round 2
This time I went with my girlfriend and ordered the onion tartlette, the mussels nanteuse and the lamb chops. The repeat on the first two dishes gave the same results as the first time: excellent cooking, presentation and flavors. The lamb chops are one of the restaurants specialities and my girlfriend not only loves lamb, but is somewhat of an expert on the flavor, that is, how well prepared lamb should taste. Plan b's lamb chops got the highest marks. The wine was good, but then again we went with the by-the-glass wine. I have recommended this restaurant to a number of friends.
8/1/2013 5:00:00 PM
Prepare for a dining experience
We love this restaurant when we have a special evening out. plan b is an event in and of itself and should be thought of that way. The service is excellent and paced for the meal. We try to sample something from every category - appetizers, their awesome "stix" offering (our fav is the shrimp stix), a salad (frisee and mache are our favorites) and of course the entrées. Franc provides personalized service, explaining preparation, recommending wine pairings and sometimes just catching up. We average a three hour evening when we dine here. We plan to spend three hours though and are never rushed. I am sure you can get in and out of there in under two hours but don't know why you would want to......
8/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
love this place
ive been here twice and both times its been phenomenal. every plate was delicious. the shrimp wrapped in prosciutto changed my life. lol. and im not a fan of prosciutto.
8/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
Terrific food from start (crispy fried stuffed squash blossoms) to finish (rack of lamb - perfectly rare). A friend and I shared these as well as the mussels with frites. We loved every bite and had no room for dessert. We also shared an excellent bottle of wine. Everything is served with French style, great attention to detail and beautiful presentation. This place is a charming and welcome addition to the Sacramento dining scene. I can't wait to go back.
8/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
Another super meal. We went
Another super meal. We went verrry Franch this time--tartlette, mussels mariniere, lapin a la provencale, cherry clafoutis. The host and staff are always warm and welcoming in the way that the French do so well. Much appreciated. I miss the webpage menu ticker though . . . . I like to look for their special preparations.
8/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
Charming little spot hidden
Charming little spot hidden in a shopping mall. Nicely prepared food, friendly staff and fair prices. Mussels with five different preparations, California and French touches, nice wine list. Worth a return visit.
9/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
So glad that I made it back to Plan B last week. I hadn't been there in a while and had forgotten how much I had enjoyed it before. The filet and sauce was excellent! And of course there mussels are always a hit. Our table had nothing but positive reviews on our food choices. Mache salad was the perfect starter. I will be back sooner rather than later!!
9/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
As always, Plan B should be
As always, Plan B should be Plan A. Good food, great service.
9/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
I had studied the menu and the reviews. Plan B hit on all cylinders! Our server Mimi was fantastic, she made our dining experience pleasurable. From the mussels, to the rack of lamb, everything was outstanding! We'll definitely be back, next time with friends.
9/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
PLAN A -MUST VISIT PLAN B AGAIN!!!!
To start, Franc and Mimi are very gracious hosts and treat everyone as if they are old friends. From the wlcoming hello to the departing goodbyes, Plan B is a treasure. The food is outstanding. Started with zucchini blossoms, then the mussels, cooked perfectly and finished with rack of lamb. The slight hint of mint oil augmented the lamb as opposed to overpower as many places do. Lamb was cooked to perfection and delicious.
Plan B is a fantastic dinining experience and should be shared by all!
9/25/2013 5:00:00 PM
A Total Gem!
i love this place so much. its worth the drive OUT of downtown. very excited for the new location =)
9/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
Plan B is a Gem
Plan B is a neighborhood gem. I dine here regularly, and am never disappointed. I brought friends from San Francisco to the restaurant, and they were surprised at the sophistication of the service, bar menu and menu, as well as the energy and vibrant scene. Like me, they thoroughly enjoyed the magic of this restaurant.
10/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
The food was excellent. I
The food was excellent. I got the rack of lamb special and it was cooked perfectly and very tender. The servers were not very attentive, as is typical of restaurants in France, but people who are accustomed to very attentive service might be taken aback by that. Overall, I had a very god experience and would go back for another special occasion, but it is a bit out of my price range for everyday dinners.
10/4/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great food; warm, friendly service
Love it here. Every dish is divine; owner is charming and helpful. Don't miss!
10/4/2013 12:00:00 AM
Excellent as always
We eat here with some regularity and we do so for a reason: great food, knowledgeable wait staff, and friendly people. This was another great meal with the excellence we have come to expect.
10/4/2013 12:00:00 AM
Diamond in the rough
I found this place online and thought the menu was appealing to me and wanted to avoid downtown where the foodies including myself normally go. I felt welcomed as soon as I walked in, everyone was very friendly and knowledgable about their menu.Their mussels are a dream! I was given permission to lick the plate before they even came out and I could definitely see why! The lamb beats out any lamb I have had including lamb from 4-5 star restaurants. Dessert was also a great way to end the night. I felt completely satisfied without having to be rolled out in a wheel barrel. What a great restaurant to have such great food, enjoyable staff, and a wonderful ambiance! I will definitely be back soon.
10/4/2013 12:00:00 AM
A little bit of France in Sacrament
Delicious food and very attentive service from the owner himself. If you closed the curtains and forgot that you are in a strip mall in Sacramento, you could be in France. Highly recommended!
10/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
I placed an order of flowers through open table where I made the reservation on and I called and left a message for a call back in regards to the flower delivery which the owner called me back with in 10 minutes and said that he will accept the flowers and they also reserved the best table. They even greeted us at the door by name which was amazing. The food was so amazing and the owner personally visited our table to talk with us. When we left after dinner the owner personally opened the door to us and appreciated our business and thanked us for coming to the restaurant. We have never eaten at plan b and it was so delicious and will definitely go back to experience the amazing food, ambiance with great service.
10/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
Three score and ten birthday treat
We started with venison carpaccio, sweet and melting microtomed rounds of venison. My wife then had the mussels Nantaise - a sauce of creme fraiche and aromatics, and I had a tartelette of fennel and leeks and white anchovies; both quite nice. She had the lamb chops, well grilled on the outside, yet tender and pink inside. I went with the filet with green peppercorns. A good sized filet, a tad salty, not many peppercorns, but very good beef. The cauliflower au gratin was a treat. I started with the house red, a Pays 'Oc blend, pleasant if a little soft (blame the merlot component), "Le Loup Dans La Bergerie" - the wolf in the sheepfold. We finished with an excellent ecommended Beaujolais. Great double espresso, too.
10/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
French Flair in Arden Town
We recently dined with friends at Plan b. The ambience was modern, but warm and inviting with dark accents and dim lighting. The restaurant was full and buzzing, which made for a fun atmosphere. Our server was knowledgeable and attentive, making several successful suggestions regarding wine and menu choices. We started with a generous portion of mussels nantaise to share, along with baguette. Trust me, these are not to be missed! Salads were lightly dressed with clean presentation. All entrees were perfectly cooked and presented beautifully. Our friends, also avid diners, in unanimous consensus, agreed that the gnocchi was in the rankings of some of the best we’ve ever enjoyed. Here's to fabulous French! This is my new go to favorite!
10/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
Good, but not as good as usual
This is one of our favorite restaurants, so we were a bit disappointed when it did not live up to our previous experiences. Service was slow, food was good but not as good as we have learned to expect. Must have been the night, so will have to give it another try.
10/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
Awesome Mussels and Gnocchi
We had a wonderful dinner. It was all so delicious, from the mussels, to the spinach and Caesar salads, to the veal and gnocchi. Then the yummy two desserts we ordered were excellent as well (Chocolate lava cake and Apple Tart Tatin). Mimi was our server, and she was excellent and so friendly. We really enjoyed her. This was our third time eating here, and we will be back for sure.
10/30/2013 5:00:00 PM
What a great evening!
The place has a glow about it, the whole staff oozed of chic and friendliness, and the food was terrific! My partner was so enamored with the herb roasted chicken that he tried to recreate it tonight. He was close, but you've got him beat. Thanks for a fun evening, we will be back!
11/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great French Fine
We didn't know what to expet when we went to Plan B. Starting with the mussels, we no longer had any doubts. They were plump and tasty. The rack of lamb was delicious. We shall certainly return
11/1/2013 5:00:00 PM
Tucked Away Gem
I didn't even know about this GEM tucked away behind other businesses. Very quiet and charming. Nice atmosphere. The food was great and the service was good. Hope to return soon. Thank You, Craig
11/8/2013 4:00:00 PM
Plan B has become our "special occasion" restaurant, although on this visit we took another couple with us. The staff are welcome and inviting; warm and friendly; sometimes formal and professional (which Americans may confuse with cold). The Filet Mignon, rare absolutely melted in your mouth. As did the gnocchi special. The Frisée salad with l'oeuf en brique is wonderful. The onion tartlet perfect.
11/8/2013 4:00:00 PM
WOW! I have been coming to
WOW! I have been coming to Sacramento for years to visit my daughter, and Biba has always been my top restaurant. Didn't know anything about Plan B, and the name didn't exactly sound enticing, but we were able to snag a table on short notice. The meal was better than outstanding---I would use exceptional. Service was more personalized and satisfying than we have had in ages. The Open Table reviews consistently recommended the gnocchi and it is superb. Can't wait for our next trip to Sac to go back here.
11/14/2013 4:00:00 PM
great hang out place
The place has a "welcome home feel". We have been their customers since they were first open in the pocket area. I most definitely recommended to everyone because I bring friends that have never been to this restaurant.
11/22/2013 4:00:00 PM
I took two out of town friends
I took two out of town friends to dinner at Plan B recently and they loved it! All of us loved the food, wine, and atmosphere. They talked about it to others also and highly recommended it. It has been one of my favorite restaurants for quite a while.
11/26/2013 4:00:00 PM