Ella Dining Room and Bar

4.6
3954 reviews
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Contemporary American
Located in America's Farm to Fork Capital. In the heart of Downtown, the family behind The Kitchen and Selland's Market Café brings you the region’s most relaxed and elegant destination, Ella Dining Room and Bar. Ella offers warm, welcoming ambiance in an inspiring space that evokes effortless European rustic luxury. The environment is modern yet timeless, dramatic yet comforting. Ella brings together the finest quality ingredients from this bountiful region to create authentic and honest fine food that nourishes body and soul. Chef and Owner Randall Selland and family invite you to savor the joys of friends, family, and great food and wine. Service is gracious and refined. Ella has signature handcrafted cocktails, an eclectic and impressive wine list, and a fresh seafood bar. We specialize in Private Parties. Perfect for business lunches, celebration dinners, and everyday enjoyment. Walking distance from Convention Center, Capitol, theaters, and hotels.
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Sacramento
9 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful dinner with family - specialty of the month was Lamb- very good service

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OT
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

It was an amazing experience overall. I am a chef, so naturally I was particularly hard on the food and to my surprise it meet almost every single level of expectation. From the apps, entrees, desserts, and cocktails were amazing and they had enough kick not just a thimble of the good stuff. The service was exceptional. Overall ambience was exceptional, my wife really loved everything about it her birthday experience was everything she wanted.

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P
Sacramento
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service is amazing! The food was amazing and the seasonal options were spot on! Highly recommend!!

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KK
Sacramento
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Ella is consistently one of the best restaurants in town. I would go for the Steak Tartare, alone. We took our entire office for a tax day celebration and everything was wonderful. We especially enjoyed our server, Jeremy, who was so helpful and entertaining.

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CH
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place is “thee place” to dine, entertain or socialize! Great ambiance & is surprisingly quiet, which makes it all the better!
Took my wife for her birthday and it was so impressive to hear all the staff that crossed her path,recognize her.
Thank you for an amazing dining experience!

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Ella is my go to restaurant downtown. Always wonderful food, exceptional seasonal craft cocktails, service is incomparable in their attention to detail and understanding of their menu, far and away the best in the Sacramento region

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CL
Sacramento
46 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lamb carpaccio was absolutely amazing! Think slices of lamb served on some kind of soft cheese with steamed baby artichokes. Definitely want to get back and have once more before it disappears from the April menu. The asparagus was divine. Grilled and topped with chopped egg. My friend had the endive salad and said it was divine. Last, but not least, my Tito's dirty martini, served up, was perfection.

As always, the service was excellent. Always recommend Ella for fine dining! You can't miss!

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D
Phoenix
64 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 4

First time at this beautiful restaurant walking distance from our hotel in downtown Sacramento. We had a reservation and walked in about 20 min early to have a drink at the bar. The hostess came over after we had checked in and offered our table immediately. We said no thank you, we wanted to sit at the bar for a bit. Exactly at our check in time, she came back to seat us at table.

On a Friday evening in April ( 12th ) it wasn't packed but steady. We asked for a "booth like" table so that we could sit side by side and they were able to accommodate us right away. Unfortunately, we were seated not for from another couple that had their infant with them. We are not fans of small children or babies in a high end restaurant. Not everyone thinks it's cute.

After being seated for several minutes with no server approaching our table, I got up to ask the hostess if there was an issue tonight as we could go back to the bar. I guess a manager happened to be standing close by to make sure we got a server. When he arrived to our table shortly after, I asked him if he was 'weeded' tonight. ( a restaurant term meaning busy with too many tables ) He smiled and thought for a moment and said yes for a minute but it was all caught up now.

Apparently, he was not. It was far too long in between stops and intermittent service. The food was very good, but the wait time in between drinks and table checks was not. I would definitely go back, but would sit at the bar next time and stay there. We were not looking for a 2 hour meal that particular night.

$21 for a glass of rose champagne was overpriced. The tuna crudo appetizer had great flavor as well as presentation. The salmon dish was delightful. The cheese board was ok nothing special. We had no patience or room for dessert. The bar staff was knowledgeable and friendly. We would go back .

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SR
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

The ambiance was nice but the food was over priced $48.00 for a steak and that’s it though the steak was ok (had to send back since it was under cooked) not worth the money. Husband had lamb and was not impressed. Don’t think I would recommend to friends....

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JF
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent service / waiter.
Food / all dishes were perfectly prepared.
Their specialty cocktails are fantastic.

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DB
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My third time there. Always great food and great service. For the price, a 4th scallop would have made it a better value. Otherwise, just outstanding, as it has always been!

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OT
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 5

Steak was way over done

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CT
Des Moines
3 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Food was nicely presented and flavorful. The portion sizes seemed rather big. Vegetarian options were limited

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OT
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 5

Food was excellent as usual but it was the worst service I have ever had at Ella the waitress never came back to check how things were going and never came by to check if we wanted desert before we had to leave for the theater. I hope this is not how things are headed for one of Sacramento’s best restaurants

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HX
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always great food and service!

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P
Sacramento
16 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food and experience.

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k
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Seating arrangement does not provide much for privacy of conversations. Servings very generous. Food is very good- fresh seafood, locally sourced meat.

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RH
Sacramento
2 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Food was cold and service mediocre. It took 30 minutes for the food to arrive. Could see our entrees sitting under the heat lamp for at least 10-15 minutes. We arrived at 12:30 so after the main lunch rush. There are so many excellent restaurants downtown and next time we will skip Ella.

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KP
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Menu had fewer lunch type choices. Except for the hamburger there weren’t any sandwiches.

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PW
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We had an excellent lunch. Excellent service. We will be back.

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Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on April 2, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Nice location and good food. We hoped for a little more but overall happy. No real complaints, we just travel and eat often and this was a little underwhelming but our server Scott was awesome and the young lady Jayden was wonderful. We’d go back for the service alone. The gnocchi was on point and we will say their sauces were our favorite part.

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s
Sacramento
7 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

The food at Ella's remains outstanding.
The salmon I chose was the best I can remember having.
The Whiskey Sour also excellent.
My partner (from Southern California) found the ambience too "cold"
He perfers The Grange.

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Western NC
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience, food and wine list!

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Kansas City
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 2food 5service 1ambience 5

We ordered soup and didn’t get it. Our server forgot. Plus he wasn’t very attentive and we waited prolong periods of time in between him checking on us

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great time here! The food was really good! I was impressed. The service was amazing. The drinks were strong and tasted great. The only downfall was the dessert.. It was just ok. We got the carrot cake donuts.. They were Churros.

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JG
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As a first timer, my experience exceeded expectations. Very nice meal with outstanding service. Will definitely return.

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CA
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good food and service, however overpriced. Nice whiskey selection. Oh, and delicious oysters!!!

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MI
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Ell's is a very special place to have dinner & celebrate life's events.

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C
Sacramento
16 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Ella's is always a nice place to go for happy hour or special dinners. I have been a few times before. The wait staff was very good. However, the food was a bit better on previous visits.

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Allyson is great chef, kind an makes dinning at Ellas a fine exspierence.

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SM
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

2nd time at this restaurant.
Food was great
Service was fantastic
We stayed past closing time. Great memories

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Phoenix
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 5ambience 5

Steak was not cooked well and was tough.

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J
Sacramento
33 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Ella remains a star in Sacramento dining. Atmosphere, service and food are all outstanding. The beet salad, cheeseburger, asparagus, and drinks were absolute delicious.

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Sacramento
1 review
Dined on March 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great as usual!

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 19, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Our waiter provided great suggestions and descriptions of the specials and helped us order our apps, meal and wine. I wish he or other staff would have checked on us more often and they were not that busy

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

The salmon was delicious! Took my 9 year old for dinner. There was no kids menu but they gladly accommodated our requests 😊

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J
Sacramento
9 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

We've eaten here many times and the food was good as usual but the service was off. Entrees came out before we were done with the appetizer. Had to ask the person clearing away the entrees for another glass of wine as the waiter didn't check back with us. An off night. If anything the service tends to be slow whereas tonight it felt rushed.

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

Absolutely a wonderful first experience, will definitely be coming back

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

The food was spectacular. We had the wood fired beef tongue (braised for 24 hours) it was so tender and flavorful! We also had the scallops which were so tasty. The slivered almonds added a nice texture to the dish. Scott our server was so nice and attentive. Thanks for a wonderful night!

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

Impeccable service, food and drinks. The entire experience was one of the best we have ever had. Thank you!

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