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Ella Dining Room and Bar, Sacramento, CA
Award-winning

Ella Dining Room and Bar

4.7
4.7
5173 Reviews
$31 to $50
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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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 20 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Contemporary American, Californian
  • Hours of operation
    Lunch Mon–Fri 11:30 am–2:00 pm Happy Hour Mon–Fri 3:00 pm–6:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (916) 443-3772
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Business Casual
  • Executive chef
    Dustin Harvey
  • Private party facilities
    Ella is Sacramento's most-lauded dining destination, with award-winning design and service, and clean, seasonal farm-to-table cuisine. Ella is perfect for all events, offering small and large party spaces, private dining, Chef's Tables and Cocktail Party space. See our OT reviews!
  • Private party contact
    Nicole Desmond: (916) 443-3772
  • Award-winning
    1. MICHELIN Plate 2022
  • Neighborhood
    Sacramento
  • Cross street
    12th Street (Corner of 12th and K Street)
  • Parking details
    Valet Parking is $12. Ample street parking at night, and 4 public parking garages within 2 blocks of Ella. Just blocks from Golden 1 Center, Convention Center, Community Center Theater, Crest Theater, Kimpton Sawyer Hotel, Hyatt Hotel, Sheraton Hotel, Citizen Hotel and Capitol.
  • Public transit
    Cathedral Square Lite Rail stop 100 yards. Bus stops one block in either direction from K Street.
  • Entertainment
    Dine with us before the show and you can leave your car with our valet. This is a great way to avoid the long waits in the crowded parking garages at the theater.
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 5,173 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Sacramento / Sacramento Valley

    Most Booked

  • Sacramento

    Most Booked

5,173 Reviews
  1. Sacman

    Sacramento

    21 reviews

    4.0

    21 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food. A little on the rich side. Nice ambiance.

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  2. MichaelJ

    Sacramento

    33 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    33 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Been dining at Ella at least 3x per year since it opened. We've never been disappointed... until now. While the food was outstanding as always, we were disappointed with staff, starting with being "greeted' by the hostess who offered no smile or hello. We requested a table as far away from the noisy happy hour folks around the bar due to one in our party (of 5) with a hearing impairment and she explained they could only accommodate large parties right next to the host station. Of course, 30 min later we noticed her and another putting together a table for 6 in the curtained and quieter room farther from the bar. With the noise, it was tough for the first hour to have a conversation at our table, Our server was gregarious and engaging but he forgot to deliver two cocktail and brought a glass of wine with the wrong course. I note for years Ella has madenthe best old-fashioned in town but not this time - subpar really for the cost. We also specifically asked our server that our children's main dish come when the adults' did; however, their food came more than 15 min prior. Finally it took forever to get our check and for the bill to be paid. We noticed our talkative server holding our bill for over 10 min as he chatted it up with a couple at an adjacent table (they looked overwhelmed). I want to acknowledged that the server's assistant was great; he was nice, kept our water glasses full and table well kept.

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  3. MichaelT

    Orlando

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food & HH was incredible. Will be back for sure. Should be communicated better that HH is only available on one side of the restaurant.

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  4. Guest1

    Sacramento

    17 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    17 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    WE have not been to Ella's in a two years. WE remembered it being Great. It was good, limited menu, it was jam packed for a Monday evening with an event. WE had three entree options, as they had run out of the other two. Service was slow because it was so busy. Food was very good and we will go back, but will take a later reservation that ours at 6:15 pm.

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  5. FrankW

    San Francisco

    10 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    10 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    The restaurant is very nice as are the staff, but the food was disappointing. The salad to start was excellent, but the steaks were not good and the dessert was ok. The steaks seemed boiled instead of grilled and lacked any life or flavor to them. Overall, this was a $100 meal they charged us $340 for. This was not a good value. Plus $35/glass of wine?…really?

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  6. SusanF

    Sacramento

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 7, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Didn’t have lamb dish that I wanted. On the menu but unavailable. Kale with steak dish was very bitter.

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  7. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Hands down, one of the top restaurants in the area

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  8. Kitchenfan

    San Francisco

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on May 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Creative and outstanding food, incredible and attentive service, and a wonderful environment for a special occasion. Honestly, there was nothing that could have been better.

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  9. AlisaH

    Sacramento

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 28, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food & service classy restaurant in downtown Sacramento 🎂🎉🌟

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  10. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My favorite Sacramento restaurant! Always exceeds expectations

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  11. NicoleE

    New York City

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on April 26, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Had a great experience for lunch celebrating a special occasion. Martini was exception and crab melt was great. Sat on the patio and while it was a bit noisy from the train, it’s a wonderful little outdoor space.

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  12. Eddie

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on April 26, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    Second time at Ella. Ordered the beets salad that was oh so delicious and the crispy fried chicken also good. Two issues 1. slow service: wanted to eat the protein with the salad which the server was informed of. However, there was a 15 minute if not more time difference between receiving the salad and the chicken. I could not wait on the chicken so started eating the salad which meant by the time the chicken arrived all I had left to eat was the chicken which was not cool. The goal was to have my veggies and protein together. 2. Ordered asparagus to accompany the chicken and it never arrived. Note, the server apologized profusely and even sent the manager over who also repeatedly apologized stating she sent the asparagus over to our table but inadvertently given to another table. To make up for the asparagus the manager offered dessert on the house which we accepted. My colleague chose the strawberry cake which was yummy and I had the plate with 2 macaroons , 2 pieces of chocolate and 2 pieces of a sugary….(can’t recall name) but it was good. Would I recommend Ella - absolutely with the caveat that sometimes you may encounter slower service when the restaurant is packed. This was on a Thursday evening around 6:30 p.m.

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  13. RobertF

    Sacramento

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 25, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Wonderful selection of starters and entries. But the staff is very friendly and professional especially Michael. Bourbon flights a great deal.

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  14. ChristopherG

    San Francisco

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on April 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Service was over the top. Brian was attentive, kept us at a great pace and made our date night fantastic. The plates were appropriate portions and the flavors were bright and consistent. It had been awhile since our last visit and it was well above our expectations.

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  15. TiffanyB

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 21, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We savored every bite and sip! We can't wait to go back and enjoy the ever changing menu.

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  16. KathleenG

    Sacramento

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful dishes, in taste and display! A great treat for our date night.

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  17. OpenTable Diner

    Hawaii

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The cocktails and wine list were great. The salads and entrees were delicious. The only maybe was the dessert. We had the apple crisp. It was a little dry, heavy on the cinnamon and could have been sweeter. This is of course my taste preference and I’m sure others would disagree. Other than that I was very impressed and will be excited to return.

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  18. JeanaH

    San Francisco

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on April 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful seasonality to the menu selection. Wait staff very good - no rush!

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  19. SteveS

    Sacramento

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 17, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Excellent service and very good food in a busy and increasingly active environment.

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  20. JohnJ

    San Francisco

    24 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on April 14, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always our go to place for special occasions over the years. The food is always well prepared and the service exceptional. The only complaint we have is the menu still looks the same, year after year. I feel like we keep ordering the same thing. Also, they’ve modified the bone marrow appetizer recipe; which wasn’t necessary. It was perfect before and now the flavor and texture are pretty average. They really need a menu refresh, maybe bring in someone from the outside to offer suggestions.

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  21. Gigi

    Sacramento

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on April 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Delicious food as always! One of our favorite restaurants.

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  22. Finn

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 14, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Food was salty…salmon was farmed from Australia too salty …risotto much to salty as we were underwhelmed…yet the fresh baked bread was tasty. One and done for us!

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  23. OpenTable Diner

    Central Coast

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I had lamb that was perfectly cooked followed by a panna cotta that was amazing. I can’t recommend it highly enough.

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  24. DonB

    Los Angeles

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Extraordinary Spring menu Loved the endive salad and pandecota

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  25. Tomaso

    Sacramento

    17 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on April 13, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always nice time. Skimpy almost non existent on polenta with the lamb. Seriously a main entree should come with something especially it it’s listed as such on the menu

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  26. Taisters

    Sacramento

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I had a beautiful time, per usual. Michael was great at assisting our fabulous evening. And, Shane was great as always. I love his customer service and the way he runs the restaurant. I will continue to come back to Ella’s.

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  27. noshockadvised

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on April 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Delicious and very fun meal at Ella in downtown Sac. One of the Selland Family of fine dining here in the city, our meal was delicious and creative with rich flavors and depth. Service was fantastic and very fitting for our birthday celebration. Ambiance was beautiful and warm/friendly/inviting, with decor that made you feel like you were in part of the preparation/development of the dishes. We were staying nearby so didn't need to worry about parking, but there are lots nearby that are pay-per-hour or valet if needed.

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  28. Patti

    Sacramento

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    From the time I called about our reservation until the valet returned with our car, the experience was fabulous. The service was smooth and unobtrusive. The food was (as always) delicious. A truly memorable evening!

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  29. OpenTable Diner

    Sacramento

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on April 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our server and food were outstanding as always! Every time we go to this restaurant before a show, they make every effort to get us out on time to make it to our engagement. It truly is one of the best restaurants in Sacramento. The food is consistently fantastic.

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  30. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    9 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on April 5, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    The server was just busy and was all over the place. She didn’t come to us for like 15 mins off and on. Overall food was good and ambience was nice. Just need to maybe have more servers so that the server is more attentive to you

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  31. Sharon

    Sacramento

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 2, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fantastic, as always! Food, service - everything was splendid. Definitely the best place for a special dinner.

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  32. OpenTable Diner

    Sacramento

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 31, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was AMAZING!!!!! Crispy lamb was Devine. The potatoes took me to heaven 🤤 I will definitely be back here again!!!! Our waiters were amazing.

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  33. OpenTable Diner

    Greater Boston

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on March 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Brought my daughter with me, and we had the most excellent server who helped pick out wine and recommended dishes. We felt comfortable, and the food, especially the Truffles Brioche, was SO good.

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  34. Fisco

    Sacramento

    142 reviews

    4.0

    142 reviews

    Dined on March 22, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Ella is a safe bet in downtown Sacramento. The food is always very tasty, simple and affordable, the menu changes regularely. The wine list is clever, some very good values but also haut de gamme if you wish to splurge (Romanée Conti, the entire range or Krug Clos du Mesnil for ex.) I had the king salmon, it was delicate and delicious. The cheese plate all american , cow and pasteurized, but hey: nobody is perfect! Dessert was the apple cobbler, just so good! The service is professional and efficient. There is a valet for your car, convenient!

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  35. Yogi

    New York City

    11 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on March 19, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    Extremely disappointed with this restaurant. Not very accommodating, ran out of the dish we wanted, hospitality was definitely lacking.

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  36. BlaineD

    Seattle

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 19, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    JAMES WAS A PHENOM OF A SERVER! WE'D GO BACK JUST FOR HIM!

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  37. MarkG

    New York City

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on March 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always consistently good food, drinks and service.

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  38. OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta Metro

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on March 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I appreciated how attentive our server was and the food was fantastic, as always.

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  39. KristinaR

    San Diego

    19 reviews

    4.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on March 16, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Waiter was awesome! I highly recommend the steak tartare. Very extensive drink menu, but a very limited dinner menu. There was not lamb, filet mignon, lobster options on menu. Basically salmon, pork chop or halibut. If you are going to enjoy cocktails, decent place- going for dinner- I would pass. I probably will not return.

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  40. allforgoodfoodandwine

    Sacramento

    29 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on March 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was amazing and service by Alek was extraordinary!

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FAQs

Ella Dining Room and Bar is rated 4.7 stars by 5173 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 20 times today
Google Map for Ella Dining Room and Bar

1131 K Street, Sacramento, CA 95814

Additional information

  • Award-winning
    1. MICHELIN Plate 2022
  • Cross street
    12th Street (Corner of 12th and K Street)
  • Neighborhood
    Sacramento
  • Hours of operation
    Lunch Mon–Fri 11:30 am–2:00 pm Happy Hour Mon–Fri 3:00 pm–6:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Contemporary American, Californian
  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Dress code
    Business Casual
  • Parking details
    Valet Parking is $12. Ample street parking at night, and 4 public parking garages within 2 blocks of Ella. Just blocks from Golden 1 Center, Convention Center, Community Center Theater, Crest Theater, Kimpton Sawyer Hotel, Hyatt Hotel, Sheraton Hotel, Citizen Hotel and Capitol.
  • Public transit
    Cathedral Square Lite Rail stop 100 yards. Bus stops one block in either direction from K Street.
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive chef
    Dustin Harvey
  • Entertainment
    Dine with us before the show and you can leave your car with our valet. This is a great way to avoid the long waits in the crowded parking garages at the theater.
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (916) 443-3772
  • Private party facilities
    Ella is Sacramento's most-lauded dining destination, with award-winning design and service, and clean, seasonal farm-to-table cuisine. Ella is perfect for all events, offering small and large party spaces, private dining, Chef's Tables and Cocktail Party space. See our OT reviews!
  • Private party contact
    Nicole Desmond: (916) 443-3772
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