Ella Dining Room and Bar

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$31 to $50
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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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OT
Sacramento
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a very nice and well organized dinner. I appreciated their attention and also how well they took care of us. The food was amazing and service superb. Highly recommended!

SW
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our party of five had a delightful experience at Ella's. Thank you very much.

OT
Sacramento
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Came here for the first time and it was absolutely amazing. Every bite was delicious and I would definitely recommend this to anyone. They accept reservations and are very accommodating. Valet out front was a plus

MP
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place for a nice dinner in downtown. Enjoyed a delicious meal with my fiance, one of the best we have had all year. Happy to have a place of this quality in Sac. Well-made cocktails, very flavorful dishes and both of the desserts we had were stellar. The sticky toffee pudding, to me, is a perfect dessert. Can't wait to go back!

B
Des Moines
14 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I just love this place whenever I get back to Sacramento. The staff is super friendly, happy to talk (or not) and are also knowledgeable on the menu, the wine, the food, and all that comes together to make it always a great evening. I can't recommend it enough!

DS
Sacramento
10 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Food and everything was great. However, it was my girlfriend’s birthday and they knew but did not do anything with desert.

KB
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Would definitely return for a date night or special occasion. I felt doted on the entire night, service was remarkable, our server had information about every item on the menu, and was familiar with the wine (which is impressive!). The have an ever changing menu with the season, something I personally enjoy so that I can return and have a new experience, however, the expectation of quality will still be there. We enjoyed the Brie for appetizer, tomato soup, Brussel sprouts, and salmon. Everything had great flavor and the presentation was on point.

h
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a great place for a special occasion. It is not inexpensive, but the food was outstanding. Their happy hour from 3-6 is very good and reasonable compared to the dinner prices.

JS
Los Angeles
25 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Great location, excellent selection of spirits, especially bourbons. Great extensive wine list. I felt the wine markup was kinda excessive. Server and sommelier were phenomenal. Everyone loved the Waygu tenderloin. I enjoyed the tomato soup and the lobster Mac. Appetizers were spot on. Very nice farm to table restaurant. Bring your wallet.

SR
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I wish I could remember our servers name--he's from Dallas and he was outstanding. The food was over the top. I had a business associate from Dallas who was visiting San Francisco and invited me to come to "the city" for really good food. I told him to come to Sacramento for "really good food". He was amazed by the presentation, the quality, the creativity and of course the taste of our meals. His impression of Ella---and of Sacramento---was radically different than when he arrived. Ella made me proud.

AD
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Overall, it was a great dinner! Great service, and the salad/ entrees were delicious. The wines and dessert weren't the best, but not bad either. We will be back!

OT
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Overall, food was ok this time. Had a friend with me that was Gluten free, butter free,soy free and dairy free sure to allergies.. She had a hard time finding options. Just an FYI, all salads are not always gluten free. But the waiter told us they were.

CH
San Joaquin
5 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time having lunch here. The restaurant had a great vibe. Menu selections looked tasty and made it difficult for us to decide. Finally settled on splitting a few dishes - lobster mac & cheese, french dip, and fried chicken. Each dish was delicious! Put server was friendly and accommodating. Thank you for a great dining experience!

OT
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food

DC
Sacramento
2 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife and I were there for our anniversary sitting between 2 other couples celebrating their anniversaries. Our server, Bryan, while remaining busy all evening, still made us feel like we were the only people that mattered in the entire restaurant. He was extraordinary. He made a few recommendations that were all happily accepted and every one was ultimately appreciated. When I requested that my steak be prepared a certain way, he explained that my request could not be fulfilled and he explained why. When I ordered the steak anyway, he came by immediately upon its arrival from the kitchen to determine if it was acceptable. Either he is ready for an Oscar, or he legitimately cared that I enjoyed my meal.
The food was amazing. The service was better

s
Los Angeles
331 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My first time dining here. Everything was exceptional. Food with unique and artful presentation and everything fresh. The service by Brian was exceptional too. I do not live in Sacramento or this would be my favorite restaurant. I will return next time in your city.

JH
Tahoe
13 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice dining experience. Excellent food and very professional service.

b
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great time at Ella. The food and the staff were great and the place has a great vibe. Excellent wine list too.

LC
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best dining experience yet in Sacramento after 20 years

MB
San Francisco
20 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Farm to table quality ingredients. Delicious food and nice ambiance.

SP
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was great and we enjoyed the atmosphere. The wait wasn’t bad either, we just got a drink at the bar while waiting for the table.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Menu was very limited, in terms of entrees. I think there were 5 or 6 only. Food has become too complex and lost its likability. Cannot figure out why restaurant didn’t have a simple chocolate based dessert either. I had a better recollection of the food from the prior times I’ve dined; honestly I think they are trying too hard to be creative and have regressed on their flavor.

P
Sacramento
4 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

I agree that is one of the top 10 restaurants in Sacramento. The place looks very trendy. Great food and presentation. Excellent service. Only thing needs improvement was the plate which was not hot enough. The restaurant was busy so I guess the food was not served right away.

LB
Sacramento
38 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was outstanding as usual. Wonderful cocktails and great atmosphere. Wine list could have a better variety, very Cabernet focused.

n
Sacramento
70 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Ella's has outstanding food and great service.
You do pay for this food and service, so I wouldn't call it a "great value", but it is an awesome special occasion option in Sacramento.

TM
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always enjoyable to go to Ella's food is unique and very tasty! You guys are the bomb!

EM
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a client dinner. The location, place, food and service were fantastic!

JH
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was outstanding! Our server had a thorough overview of the menu and in-depth knowledge on everything from liquor types/production to menu choices. This is a special restaurant that takes pride in everything from the linens to the hand-made soda in your cocktails. Would highly recommend.

LL
Denver
17 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Overall very good place to eat. Food was excellent. However the waiter was distracted and missed bringing out our first course.

LJ
Charlotte
16 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We were thrilled to find Ella on our first trip to Sacramento. Great food, great service

JC
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Ella is a favorite for it’s ambiance and service, if not for it’s uninspired food. While the classic steak tartare and popover remains excellent, the rest of the menu is fairly constant and mundane for the price. I wish for a more creative chef and more diverse seasonal menu. Until then, it will remain a restaurant for good experience, not great.

OT
Sacramento
8 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always awesome cocktails and service. Classy

OT
Denver
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great business meal

LV
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

We had reservations next to a group of girls. They were really loud. I didn’t like that much. I couldn’t converse with my spouse. Didn’t like that I had to sit right next to a huge curtain. Which was right up my shoulder And back. Other than that the service and the food was excellent!!!

F
Sacramento
38 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent as always. Our waiter really took care of us. Awesome experience.

ES
Austin
10 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Every dish was a standout in taste and presentation. Quiet ambience added to the enjoyment. Great service, too!

JH
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

One of the best meals ever. Food was spectacular. Service was a bit slow.

AK
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As usual, my dining experience was exception in every way. I look forward to my next visit.

F
Sacramento
38 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sean was awesome. Food was awesome. Great dinner as always at Ella.

t
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We came to Ella for our anniversary dinner and it exceeded our expectations. We brought our friends back the next night for an after dinner drink and Brian was excellent at the bar. We thank you!