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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TM
Sacramento
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had the salmon with black eyed peas. it was terrific and perfectly cooked.

HM
New York Area
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Ella's is a very nice place, but overpriced for what it is. Three oysters for $21, REALLY??
The mushroom soup was Ok, but at half a ladle for $12 not extraordinary.
The scallops were quite good in prep, taste and presentation.
Great service and nice environment, but not a good value compared to several other fine dining establishments in downtown Sacramento and I've been to many of them.

OT
Sacramento
7 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dinner was exceptional

AL
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful setting with great tasting food. Perfect for first dates, valentine's, or anniversaries.

S
Sacramento
18 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food4service3ambience2

Eaten at Ella many times, this was a disappointment. Valentines Prix Fixe menu. Requested a window, which there were plenty of, they put my wife and I at the most cramped two top in the restaurant, we both felt like we were in tight airline seats, no room at all, my chest was right against the table as was my wife's. Asked the waitress if we could move to one of the many other two tops with actual leg room by the windows and she pointed to the tall communal bar tables. No thanks. Food was great. We did ask for the steak to come medium well and waitress said she would have to ask the chef, we figured that's how we want it we should be able to get it like that. She came back and said he would do it. Steaks came out well done. Cramped table pretty much ruined the dinner, especially since it was over $300 (with only one added drink) for two. At that price I'd at least like to be comfortable, and truthfully I was miserable. I've had much better meals at Ella, but their price point is now fairly high, and for that I'd like, if not a memorable meal, at least one that isn't memorable for the wrong reasons. We don't get out as much as we used to (child, work, et al), and when we do we want to enjoy it, which we did not this outing.

PW
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

everything was a hit except the duck confit with consumme. wine pairings were fantastic. Server was charming and attentive.

KK
Sacramento
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Great meal and wonderful service for valentine celebration. My only complaint would be the lack of intimacy for the price. Lose a few tables to make the event more exclusive

GF
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing! The staff was knowledgeable and friendly. We love Ella!

GR
Vancouver
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was the right choice to celebrate our wedding anniversary on Valentine’s Day.
First time at Ella but certainly not our last for when we come to Sacto.

SM
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious as always and the service couldn't have been better. The valet parking makes it so easy to get to as well. Ella is our favorite Sacramento restaurant.

EA
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food and great atmosphere. Oysters and pearls are incredible. One of our favorite spots.

S
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A truly exceptional dining experience. From hostess to bartenders & servers, everyone was friendly, pricing exemplary service. The food preparation and presentation was top flight. Highly recommend Ella!

MC
Sacramento
3 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Since this is a Selland’s Family restaurant we were expecting a 5 star experience and they came through completely. Every aspect of the experience was superb from the valet parking, the greeting, the service, the beverages, the food. I focus on small things like the attention to the bread that is served. It was excellent by the way. The drink menu and wine list was extensive. The wine list had offerings from throughout the world so there is something for everyone’s preference. Since it is my birthday month we got 50% off any bottle and selected a wonderful French Sauvignon Blanc. David, our Server, was attentive and knowledgeable, congenial and efficient. Water glasses were filled without asking and extraneous plates and silverware were cleared. The food was prepared exactly as requested, arrived quickly, with great presentation. While the appetizer list was tempting we opted to save room for dessert. The ambiance was nice, the seating comfortable. The noise level was what I would expect for a high end restaurant and while we were there mid-week all the tables were full by the time we left. We were very pleased with the experience and recommend Ella’s if you are looking for that special place to enjoy the finest of meals.

DG
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Food was outstanding. Appetizers, soups and salads came right away. Had a bit of a wait for the main course but it was totally worth it.

KV
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

This is our favorite restaurant in Sacramento! The food is amazing every time. Service was slower than usual this time but still amazing food, drinks, environment, and experience.

SS
Seattle
6 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall2food5service1ambience2

I was heart broken about my birthday dinner at Ella this past weekend. I used to live in Sacramento and made the trip back from the Bay Area to specifically spend my birthday dinner at Ella with friends and family. I was excited for weeks. Especially since my husband had never been. We had a 6:30pm reservation for Saturday night. I was looking forward to ordering the tomahawk and all the appetizers and sides!!!!! Unfortunately they were sold out of the tomahawk (by 6:30 on a Saturday nights?!?!?!) and the waiter did not inform us until we were ready to order. So disappointment began there.

I will admit that I have super high standards for 5 star dining area service is a majority of that expectation. My uncle captured it best when he said that from the beginning the waiter made us feel as if we were inconvenient and sort of lucky to be served by him. Drinks took at least 30 minutes to refill, so consequently we only ordered two rounds in the three hours we were there which was a bummer. The food, when it finally came out, was excellent. However only half the table was served. 10 minutes later the other half of the table was served except for me. My pasta dish came out ANOTHER 10 minutes later. Unfortunately, as it was my birthday, no one in my party wanted to start eating until I was served so everyone’s food went cold. Oh...and no drink orders were taken. Again.

As we finally finished cold dinner and were ready for plates to be cleared, my order of Brussels sprouts appeared. I was just dint y then. In that first two hours I think we received service from our waiter a maximum of 4 times...4 appearances at our table. I finally asked for the manager.

Jason the manager was very nice and he did make corrections to the bill. However the service never did improve. Our waiter just became snotty and even slower with dessert and coffee. What should have been a fabulous evening was a major letdown.

OT
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience5

Tomahawk steak was over cooked. There was no more so we didn’t say anything.

TC
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Overall it was good. We enjoyed the food and whisky flight was great. The stuffs are friendly and knowledgeable

E
San Diego
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic service and food!

g
Portland
3 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I can only reiterate what has already been said. Beautiful place, lovely staff and exceptional food. Jill is an amazing server. I will now ask for her regularly. There are no negatives here. Love this place!!

j
Sacramento
5 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

They manage to balance warm, friendly service with an elevated cuisine!

OT
Houston
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and amazing food!

B
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

ELLA is my favorite restaurant in Sacramento. Never disappoints.

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PW
San Joaquin
11 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great meal and service , best steak I’ve had in quite a while

G
Sacramento
22 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2020
Overall3food1service1ambience2

Maybe because it was a Monday, but Ella was not as it used to be.
The selection is very limited, no specials, and the service was extremely slow.
We wanted to show the best Sacramento has to offer to our out of town guests, but it was just not a successful night.
Maybe next time?.

SM
Los Angeles
22 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience3

The kitchen is extremely slow and the food quality and taste has declined dramatically.

l
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great vibe and definitely high quality food. Worth checking out in Sacramento for a high end experience

SL
Sacramento
10 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great carbonara and service

OT
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on January 28, 2020
Overall3food3service1ambience4

Our appetizer was excellent. Drinks at the bar was delicious. The main course was good but a little salty. The only complaint I have is our lady server. She was great when we were her only table. Always coming by to check on us. BUT once our server had a few more tables added to her responsibility she seem over whim. We wanted to have another glass of wine but she never came by the table to check on us for more the 20mins. Wanted to order desserts as well but never got the chance. It was my wife birthday and she wanted to celebrate at Ella’s. It was both our first visit to Ella. I was a little disappointed especially with our service. I did not want to end my wife birthday night as a disappointment so we decided to go to Ruth Chris Steak House for dessert and more wine.

Respectfully,

Derek Saechao

CL
Sacramento
62 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ella never disappoints. Great food, excellent service. Never feel rushed. The crab Louie special was loaded with crab and delicious. My friend enjoyed her burger and, when asked, served the fries in a separate bowl for us all to enjoy. This is not an inexpensive place to dine, so come prepared, lunch for 3 without alcohol was $90 plus tip.

NT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Met Chef, enjoyed luncheon and Dirty Martini
Enjoyed the ambience, food and service

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall2food2service5ambience3

Food was subpar & way to pricey

t
Sacramento
7 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Amazing food and service! Stuart was an outstanding server! Beautiful atmosphere. We began with the bone marrow and roasted beet salad and then the Dungeness crab cioppino, the salmon, and the brussel sprouts. Loved the Zuzu's Petals cocktail and the whiskey flight. Great wine and spirits selection as well. Our only complaints were that they ran out of our first choice entree, the short ribs. Also, our table for two was quite small and sandwiched between two other tables. There was no privacy for conversation, and we could hear every word from both tables surrounding us. Also, they validate parking, but not for every garage. We recommend checking ahead to confirm they validate where you park, or doing valet (it is only $7). Overall, I give it 5 stars because the food, drinks, service, and decor were outstanding. It was our first time dining at Ella so we know next time will be even better!

OT
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waiter David was amazing and made our experience super! It was my best friends celebration and he help the night be extra special. Food was top notch!

OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall1food5service1ambience3

It was so sad. I absolutely love Ella and told my out of town aunt to have her birthday dinner there and then we had the worst service ever. So disappointing. A main entree that half the table wanted was all out by like 7pm (so early!) so we had to change our dinner and then it took an hour to get our salads and then another hour for the main course. Absolutely ridiculous. My aunt was very upset.

AY
Sacramento
18 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is one of our favorite restaurants in Sacramento. The food and service is always consistently excellent. This month they featured crab dishes and we enjoyed the crab and avocado with cavier on toast.

S
San Francisco
127 reviews