Brasserie Capitale

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$31 to $50
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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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RS
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Enjoyed 4 course meal with 3 family members and all food and drinks were fabulous, service was great as was expected for this restaurant.

b
Los Angeles
175 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

My husband and I had a wonderful dinner at Brasserie Capitale on Friday. We shared a beet salad and rack of lamb entree, which were absolutely delicious. Wine by the glass was also very good. We skipped our usual dessert and coffee as we were going to Laughs Unlimited later that had a 2-item purchase requirement. Our waiter was friendly and accommodating. Overall a fine dining experience.

G
Sacramento
8 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall3food5service1ambience4

First to be seated in restaurant @ 5:00PM, prior to heading to concert. We waited for everything. People that were seated after us received their check prior to us. We love this place but if you are trying to make an appointment pick another eatery.

OT
Tahoe
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Ambience was pleasant but a bit crowded. The noise level was pleasantly low enabling a good conversation. The service was good despite the busy evening. Our main course was delayed which stressed out my husband who thought we might be late for our concert. The waiter was very apologetic and offered to pay for our dinner if it did not arrive in next two minutes. That was above and beyond. Thankfully the main course did arrive but my husbands duck was not cooked. He ate it anyway because we were in a hurry. My special crab raviolis we’re rich and flavorful but not extraordinary. Our first courses were excellent. The onion soup was excellent per my husband and I really enjoyed the arugula salad. Bread was warm and plentiful and wine superb. Overall a pleasant but mediocre experience. The service was the best part.

PS
Sacramento
4 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

I have been to Brasserie Capitale on multiple occasions. Unfortunately, the quality of food has seemed to have declined significantly since my last visit. The menu had changed, and it was much smaller with limited options. The service was average at best. The food that we did get was good, but not the quality I would have expected for the price, nor the quality that I have experienced here in the past. Maybe it was an off day, but I am hesitant about returning and spending that much for an average meal when there are so many other restaurants in the area that are just as good as Brasserie used to be

SK
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

My husband and I had a reservation for Valentines day. Everything we ordered off of the limited menu was phenomenal. Only concern: We both ordered pasta dishes, which I assume is mostly prepped in advance, we were there for close to an hour before our food was delivered.

Cocktails were divine!

JC
Sacramento
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall2food3service2ambience3

Valentine’s Day disappointment. Waiter could not get orders right and blamed my wife, not his hearing aide. Food server pretended very unbelievably to speak French and was all elbows. Mussels were under-cooked, tartare was sad and mediocre. We know Sacramento dining standards are low, but even so, this fell short. Two soups, two salads and four entrees made up the menu, which was not reflected in their current online menu. Fish, orange coated duck, or beef, take it or leave it. Not a lot to choose from. With no place else to go on a night we had reserved a month in advance, we made the best of it, unfortunately, for the last time :(

OT
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Nice Valentine’s Day date!

OT
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

I was excited to try this new place (that I had just heard of & recomended). The place was easy to find. Although we found out later that they had free parking, which would have been nice to know before we paid at another place. The restaurant had a good feel and our waiter was very attentive and knowledgeable. I would recommend the clams and the scallops.

OT
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect, definitely going back!

AK
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Wonderful French restaurant
Would definitely return

SM
Sacramento
11 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brasserie is always fantastic, which is why we keep returning.

R
Sacramento
18 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was amazing, the service spectacular. The only hiccup was the time that it took for the food to be served.

SC
Sacramento
27 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Think we caught them as shifts were changing as we ended up with a variety of wait staff. Otherwise, can't go wrong with the mussels.

A
Sacramento
2 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This weekend was our first time and we will definitely be back. Best French restaurant we have found in the area so far. The ambiance is great, nice and quiet. Service is spot on, very attentive but not in your face which we appreciate very much. Then the food, gravlax that melts in your mouth, onion soup with a broth that is so flavorful, trout that is cooked to perfection. Yes everything was good, cant wait to try other things on the menu.

SC
1 review
Dined on January 29, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The ambiance was nice, the service outstanding and the food delicious. If I had one question it would be to have a more reasonable wine selection. Maybe a house wine.

Overall extremely pleasant evening.

TB
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Good food and service, although not fast. My daughter chose this place for her 16th birthday family dinner. They served her dessert on a beautifully prepared plate and sang Happy birthday in French. She was delighted.

RA
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall2food3service2ambience3

I have been here twice. The first time they weren't very busy and my meal, the service and ambiance were fantastic but this time was very disappointing. They really seemed overwhelmed and hurried with regard to service and attention. It took a very long time to get our drinks, which were simple glasses of wine. And after being there an hour and having only been served our salad ( with no offer of freshly ground pepper ), I almost had to trip our waiter to find out where our entrees were. Miraculously they were ready, but mine was lukewarm and the side order of Brussels sprouts were forgotten. When I told the waiter that the food wasn't hot, his only response was that he would let the kitchen know. This was a special occasion but we had to rush through the main course to make it to our show and didn't have time to order dessert. No apologies were offered for the poor performance. Hard to recommend it based on my second experience.

OT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience3

Surprisingly busy Wednesday night. Kitchen seemed overwhelmed. Our server knew it was bad and compensated with a discount. Much appreciated. Food excellent.

TS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 20, 2020
Overall2food3service1ambience4

I was so disappointed with this experience. We came from Napa to try their restaurant week menu. There was an accident on the highway and we were 25 minutes late. We called when we were 15 minutes late and said we would be another 10. They chastised us on the phone, but said they could still accommodate. The host chastised us when we got there. Mind you, the restaurant was 1/2 full. We were a party of 5, another party of 6 there was dear friends and had the same appt time. They had asked if we could sit near each other when they arrived and they said no even though two large tables near them remained empty all night. But truly, the waiter made it a terrible experience. He chastised us for being late. He was willingly inattentive. I tried to get his attention so many times, 3 of those times I waived my arms as he walked right by because we really needed to request a couple things and he walked right by again and again. We work in wine and offered him a glass to taste. He refused saying he doesn't drink... unless a distributor comes, or unless there's a training, basically saying he does try wine, just won't try ours. He could have easily accepted a glass and said he couldn't taste it on the floor and dumped it to privately revel in his dislike for us.Desert took about 45 minutes to arrive. And we were were done with our 2 bites of the tiniest desert known to mankind immediately, yet we waited what seemed like an eternity for the check, about another 45 minutes. If he despised us so I wish he hadn't kept us captive. We left feeling bad overall about the experience. Oh yeah, and we were celebrating my birthday. The only saving grace for the hospitality was a bus boy(man) that assisted us several times when the waiter refused. I am extremely disappointed.

We dined across the street at Ella's Kitchen 3 nights before. Outstanding service, impressive food, absolutely loved everything about it, so this experience was that much more painfully lacking in comparison.

VP
San Diego
1 review
Dined on January 20, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Nice downtown eatery serving classic French Bistro food. Great craft cocktails coming out of their bar as well.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 20, 2020
Overall2food1service5ambience4

We came back to try the prefix menu since we enjoyed it two years ago. Waiter was nice! The restaurant week prefix menu this year was not the same as advertised online which felt like a trap. Desserts were tiny. Food was blah. Don’t think we will be coming back.

JJ
Sacramento
9 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2020
Overall2food1service3ambience3

Wanted to try somewhere new for Restaurant Week. How I regret this choice. The French onion soup was inedible- very poor flavor and unappealing. The salmon was decent, but the risotto was lacking. I can make a much tastier and creamier one at home. Dessert was ok, but portion was unacceptably small. Overall a big disappointment. Had hoped to find a decent Brasserie in Sacramento but I guess I’ll need to return to Yountville instead.

AT
1 review
Dined on January 20, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience3

Yes, we went because of Dine Downtown. Had not been there before and wanted to try something new. The Dine Downtown menu did not appeal to me so I asked for the tomato bisque and a specific salad. I spoke my request in French and the server asked me to repeat and point to the menu.

They were out of soup. Okay, just the salad then. I did end up ordering the pate a little bit later.

The salad was several leaves of butter lettuce, some pickled onions and a decent dressing.

Then we overheard the waiter telling another table that they DID have the tomato bisque and he would bring some out for her.

My companion did order from the dine downtown menu and he was not impressed with his options of French onion, beef borgionaisse (sp?) and a one-inch cube of chocolate mousse. Plus the server never brought the second drink he offered to fetch my companion.

So food? Okay. Price? We got what we paid for. Service? Could be improved. Ambiance? Not worth the time, money, or effort.

C
Sacramento
5 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Food was excellent. Waiter was great, but hostess was not personable the moment we walked up to check in, and even after we were seated.

AL
Sacramento
6 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Admittedly, we were there for Dine Downtown, but it was heartbreaking that with several hours on that evening, and two more days, the kitchen ran out of lamb. Otherwise, the food was delicious and everyone enjoyed their meals. Getting a couple of frites orders was great, and we will definitely go back, hopefully to enjoy the lamb entree! Service was wonderful, and we appreciate the special, fancy, not-cutesy, drink for the 14-year-old.

G
Sacramento
2 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

About the four time I've been The renditions of the classic french bistro classics were a bit too far removed from the traditional, and should have been noted as such. The boeuf bourguignon had a broth so light it resembled a pot au feu. It was a bit meek and lukewarm, and the soupe a l'oignon too salty. If you chose to go during dine downtown, note that you may be better off ordering off the menu. As is the practice, the portion sizes are not only scaled down (the dessert was 1" on a side) but the regular menu prices will often be less for larger portions of the same dishes.

C
Sacramento
325 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Wonderful downtown location very close to the Capitol, the Community Theater and the Memorial Auditorium. Very pleasant French bistro atmosphere. Our server was very nice, though the hostess could have been more pleasant. The food was very good. The French Onion soup was very well done. The salmon prepared in a curry sauce was delicious. Great choice for dinner prior to the theater.

MR
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Food was good. Chose this restaurant for restaurant week because of the online menu. The night we were there the menu was different. They accommodated us to a point but thought they could have done a better job when we voiced why we chose them in the first place.

C
Sacramento
33 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

My husband and I went for dinner during restaurant week. This was our first visit to this restaurant. I appreciated having free parking in the basement. My husband felt that the tables next to him were a little close, but I felt I had plenty of space on my side of the table. He ordered from the prix fixe menu, and chose the lamb shank, salad, and dessert. They were all good. I ordered off regular menu and ordered the trout, which was also good. Both dishes were nicely presented. The cocktails were good. Service was good.

Y
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Good food. Onion soup. Beef burguñon. Minuscule chocolate cake. All good. Ok service.

S
Sacramento
19 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall2food3service4ambience2

Was there for Dine Around Sacramento. Upscale restaurants participating have a 3 course menu for $40. We had the 3 courses, small bowl of onion soup, salmon with hardly any veggies and the smallest dessert I've ever seen. About 1 1/2 inches square & 1 1/2 inches high.

RG
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall4food3service3ambience4

I'm really disappointed. I have been wanting to go to the restaurant for awhile. I didn't like the service we received. I expected a more intimate experience but instead we had a bunch of wait staff running around us. Nobody refilled our glasses of water.

MS
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We visited during Dine Downtown. We had a nice evening with great food and wine!

KA
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

The Dine Downtown menu online was different than the menu at the restaurant. The food and our server were just okay. Nothing special.

K
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Went for Dine downtown. We were off to a rough start as we showed up early for drinks at the bar. The hostess was very crabby and insisted we sit at our table and have drinks there instead. The menu online was different than what was being served. Turns out they used last years menu so had to rethink my order. The salmon was delicious and ample. My friends had beef Bourgogne which was tasty. Our server was nice but didn’t seem to have much experience in “fine dining “. He made up for it with his wonderful personality. I did check out the regular menu and am interested in returning for another try.

m
Sacramento
9 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2020
Overall2food4service1ambience2

I decided to give BC a try during Dine Downtown week and went with two friends. One of them decided to not order from the DD menu, which seemed to throw the wait staff off. My friends first course came, but not for those ordering from the DD menu, then a second course came for my friend still nothing for those ordering from the DD menu. Then the main courses from the DD menu were delivered. At this point we made the staff aware of their error, they were very apologetic, took back the main courses delivered without first delivering the first course and after a while brought out the first course, then it took forever to get the main course.

The waiter was very apologetic, didn't charge my friend for the wine or cappuccino she ordered, but she wasn't the one who didn't get her meal in a timely fashion, which really annoyed me.

AM
Sacramento
2 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time at this restaurant.
The french onion soup was great as was everything else.

DB
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Food was perfect. Interior is lovely. Wait staff needs better training about wine list. Hostess was cold and a bit surly.

M
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience4

We visited for Dine Downtown and were disappointed that the menu advertised online did not match what was on the menu we were given when seated. The hostess was unapologetic. The food was well executed but the portions were small (I can only speak to what I saw being served for Dine Downtown in comparison to regular off the menu orders). We enjoy Dine Downtown every year and would not return to Brasserie Capitale for this event in the future.