Brasserie Capitale

4.5
618 reviews
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French
Whether you’re in need of a quick bite and a café au lait or in the mood to enjoy an extended evening of dining and wining, when you come to Brasserie Capitale or our Café à Coté, you will enjoy the casual elegance that embodies the uniquely romantic French spirit referred to as le charme de la vie (“the charm of life.”).

By combining superior quality ingredients with flawless execution and a commitment to providing the exceptional guest experience, we are transforming the uniquely French concept of a traditional brasserie –a full service restaurant with an extended drink list –into Sacramento’s newest food and drink destination.

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ER
Palm Springs
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Always a great place to eat. Food and drinks are top notch. One of the best cocktail bars in town.

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CW
Sacramento
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Besides the person who called me asking me where I was and was clearly irritated, I told her that my party should be there any minute that they must have been running a few minutes late. My party said it was a nice place to meet for coffee and talk.

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OT
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Service took a long time. At first server was not friendly.

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OT
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was very good

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CG
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 4

We ate here before a Saturday night theater performance of Broadway Sacramento. The restaurant was packed, as one would expect, but the management was totally unprepared. If we had not had an excellent waitress, we may not have gotten out on time (or would have left before eating). But the food was excellent. So, we would recommend this restaurant, but not when there is an event downtown.

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TA
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 3

The food was excellent, as was the bartender where we had a drink before going to our table. However, once seated, the service (outside) was terrible. We had concert tickets for 8 p.m. We let the waiter know this. We did not finish dinner until 750. It took 10 to 15 minutes to get first drink and no one ever came to offer a second one, so we went to the bar to get them. The meal did not come until almost 730. We had to ask for bread. Ask for new silverware when ours was taken with salad plates. Waiter kept telling us that the busser should have been doing everything we asked for. He only 4 tables outside to wait on.

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MM
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The varied menu gives choices for every palate. We have been here twice and both times it was excellent. The cocktail and wine lists are also excellent. Our server was attentive. We will continue to return.

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YL
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Pricey but worth it! Great for dinner before the theater. Service was fast. Food and drinks were very tasty. Didn’t get the broadway show discount though. So make sure you ask for it.

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MK
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

We came at rush time and the kitchen got confused and put our order on hold for over an hour. Food was great though and we will be back.

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M
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The salmon with the roasted beets and Brussels sprouts was delicious!

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SM
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sacramento’s leading French brasserie lives up to its billing. The cocktails were interesting and very well made. The beef tartare first course was as good as any that I have had outside France. The duck in a chassis reduction was perfectly executed. The accompanying sides were equally well done. Creme brûlée for dessert was traditional but also very well done. Hopefully they will bring back escargots and the duck a l’orange. Service was skillful and unobtrusive.

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KS
New England
2 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was excellent as always. Server was very knowledgeable about food and wine. She made excellent wine recommendations. Owner came around to the tables to greet the guests and see how things were going. This was a nice touch. We are also appreciative that the restaurant supports and sponsors Alliance Française de Sacramento. We will be back again.

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GK
Sacramento
2 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The duck pate was mild and certainly a nice way to begin dinner. The onion soup was done to perfection with a nice hint of sweetness. Our scallops were some of the best ever and the plate was beautiful. The champagne and wine choices were nearly unlimited. Our waitress, Liz, was a pleasure. She not only poured well, but her pleasant attitude and constant smile made the evening delightful. I would recommend this restaurant to anyone wanting an elegant meal at a downtown location.

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FR
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Ordered the “plat du jour”. Absolutely outstanding. Can’t wait to return.

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OT
Sacramento
5 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Bring back the trout almondine!!!!

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H
Sacramento
30 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place for a business lunch. The food is consistently delicious and beautifully presented, the service is friendly and prompt, and you can converse without having to raise your voice.

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J
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food! Free parking downtown! Love it and will return!

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CL
Sacramento
37 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We had a reservation and were seated promptly. Our server was attentive but not intrusive. We ordered the beet salad to share, the filet and the special. Every dish was beautifully presented and tasted delicious. We had the profiteroles for dessert and they were by far the best deal on the menu. The restaurant was quite busy that evening and the noise level made conversation difficult. We may try it again a little later in the evening.

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d
Sacramento
3 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Everyone enjoyed their selections. The lox appetizer was terrific as was the chocolate mousse. I had the dayboat scallops and they were not really as advertised. they were not inside a puff pastry. they were on top of a puff pastry. they were not warm enough. they were a bit cold but you don't reheat scallops. the butternut squash puree was excellent. The wine was grossly overpriced as usual. The service was outstanding.

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OT
San Francisco
55 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good to excellent food and reliable service. Annoyingly, for months, their online menu does not accurately reflect the items on their restaurant menu - many times are not being served. Surely, a restaurant of this caliber can afford to keep their minus updated.

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h
San Francisco
41 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time there... perfect for a late afternoon lunch after the museum! Easy... martinis arrived promptly... stake tartar... French onion soup... all on point... service appropriate... we are easy ... no drama! Thanks.. I’m sure we will return in the future

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F
1 review
Dined on March 4, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Hospitality was on the cold side, service was fair but not great (waiter reached in front of guest to place a spoon next to his plate), main meal was disappointing, side vegetable was teaspoon size,.
Beautiful restaurant with lots of potential. My previous meals there were excellent, service was great.
What happened?

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BT
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was sensational. We started with the beef tar tar as our appetizer and it was super flavorful. Then we decided to mix it up and have dessert next, first item on the dessert menu cream brûlée’s.. To die for!!!!! For our main course I had the lamb, my date had the pork chop. Both items were spectacular. Presentation was flawless and service was amazing. Highly recommend for business or pleasure.

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N
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Food was excellent, if on the pricey side - atmosphere warm and inviting.
Service lacked: the hostess had an unfriendly demeanor of a porcupine.... and the waiter seems young/untrained - when serving a bottle of wine, he just opened it without letting us look at the label or taste first: and forgot to change out and supply additional utensils after courses......someone else had to come over and cover the miss.

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L
Sacramento
23 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Excellent location if you are going to the symphony. Some of the food was excellent. Some just average. Our waitress seemed stressed.

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OT
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The menu on their website was different than on the night. 3 items I wanted weren't available. Ambience and food didn't equal fine dining prices. Large wine and liquor menus.

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ML
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Brasserie Capitale is our favorite restaurant in Sacramento. We find every opportunity to dine there, and each time is a celebration.

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F
Sacramento
2 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 3

The worst service ever! My husband was so upset that we left after appetizers. We have been before and had no issues....

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MK
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

For some reason they did not have a record of our Open Table reservation and was unable to verify using the Open Table confirmation number when we called
But they kindly accommodated us anyways and gave us a table when we showed them the confirmation email on our phone upon arrival.

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B
Baltimore
141 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

We had a weird experience. On a cold weeknight when the joint was mostly empty, the hostess acknowledged out loud our request for “a quiet table,” and then seated us right next to a restaurant regular who chatted up everybody in the house and delivered long monologues about his business philosophy. Even our waiter hovered around him to listen and to sip a sample of his wine. On top of all this our French bistro pounded out a noisy soundtrack of ‘70s rockers like Fleetwood Mac and Abba. Put all that aside, though and the food was very good and the decor was nice. Would we go back? Not sure.

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RH
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A wonderful place for a special occasion. We started off with the deviled eggs, very nice and creamy. The mussels and french fries were lovely. I truly enjoyed the dinner and the setting!

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RT
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

A cozy warm environment, nothing pretentious. The food was good, but not great and pricey. Excellent wine selection and some interesting drinks, though we didn't try any and stuck to wine. But, there was some issue with the service. The waitress could not have been nicer, but possibly overextended and not supported. We were told that bread was coming but it took about 15 minutes. Same with water. 3/4's through the meal someone came around to fill up our water glasses.

They do have some "petites assiettes", small plates, like tapas, which looked interesting. Doubt if I will do dinner there again, but I might return for a drink and snack.

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HF
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Strongly recommended. Dinner on Valentine's Day. Attractive décor. Very competent hostess. Knowledgeable, responsive bartender. Excellent waitress. Deviled egg appetizer delicious. Soupe a la graitinee was almost too sweet but was warm and satisfying. Steak frite -- hanger steak perfectly cooked and béarnaise sauce understated as it should be. Salad with truffles superb, scallops (Saint Jacques style) perfectly done. All in all, a 10. (Reviewer is a hard grader by the way. Brasserie really is very special.)

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S
San Francisco
89 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

Classic case of not having dinner out on a holiday!! Valentine's day dinner..... restaurant over booked and we ended up eating at the bar after a half hour wait. Salmon dish not good.... suggest ordering steak and frites which I've had a few times before. Bar tenders were accommodating.

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JB
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 1ambience 1

Food was bad
Meat was tough
Lobster was so tiny piece
Had to wait 20 minutes ir more for our reservation
Had to go get our credit card
It was not returned

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NC
Sacramento
16 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 1

When we told the hostes that we needed to be seated next to one another, she laughed. Not a good start. We were showed a table that was probably 18 x 30, very small. Normally I have flowers sent to the restaurant ahead; glad that I did not this time as there would of been no room. The table tops are sheet metal. The noise is extremely high. It’s not the romantic place it is made out to be. The first bite of my salad was saturated in vinegar, the remainder had no dressing. The duck was ok, nothing more but the apple tart was good. Overall Not a nice Valentine dinner.

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D
Hawaii
5 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Super yummy food but a little noisy and wish they covered the tables in white or red for Valentines Day. But overall pretty good food and desserts!

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MN
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Thanks for hosting such a fine Valentines dinner. We both had an amazing time. And very reasonable too.

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DB
Central Coast
4 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Been there several times. It’s always lovely and the food is delicious.

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BM
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

For the price point, the food was under seasoned and the service was just ok.
Definitely not worth the $212 it cost for 2 of us. The drinks and wine were the best part of the experience.

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