Esquire Grill

4.5
708 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
With its elegant decor, seasonal menu, and well-trained staff, Esquire Grill is the ultimate in downtown Sacramento dining. Sip a cocktail in the bar or on the open-air patio. Clever takes on American cuisine are prepared using fresh, local ingredients, making Esquire Grill one of the best downtown Sacramento restaurants.
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Sacramento
8 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

A little to noisy. Hard to carry on a conversation! Excellent crab louie and halibut. Poor selection of beers on tap.

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Sacramento
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 2food 1service 5ambience 3

Our soup was lukewarm. The bowl held one cup or less soup. The soup was good. The waitress was very nice. Our opinion was poor of the food presentation.

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c
Sacramento
67 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have been here several times and have always had a great meal. We love the noise level is low so its easy to talk to our dinner companions.

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MD
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

The Esquire Grill is a true gem of a dining experience in an otherwise woefully wanting landscape of overpriced semiprecious stones. The menu offerings contain unique and unpretentious surprises such as Bucatini with Pancetta, English peas, farm egg, black pepper, and Parmesan or a side of sauteed spinach with caraway and shallots. Other offerings include Wagyu Beef Bavette Steak wrapped in a peppercorn crust, with au poivre sauce, grilled asparagus, and smashed Fingerling potatoes. Best of all there is an ample wine list with many fine offerings by the glass. Alas, the selections of single malt Scotch and Irish whiskeys is wanting but, alas, a perfect heaven of epicurean treasures is not possible. However, Esquire Grill gives an extraordinary effort at accomplishing such.

The decor, the attention to detail and the near impeccable and knowledgeable service contribute greatly to Chef Kurt Spitaro's spectacular creations.

This establishment is part of the Paragary Restaurant Group although it shares the same name as a dining surprise at Sacramento International Airport (SMF). More about that can be found elsewhere.

Prices are more than reasonable for the quality of the experience. They are at he upper edge of mid-range dining but still below "fine dining" extortion.

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RM
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect stop before attending an event at The Crest!

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s
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

My only issue was that even after telling our waitress we had a time constraint we were served with 10 minutes to eat.

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JH
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 3

the steak was raw not rare and the potatoes were runny. Spinach over cooked. Mushrooms like rubber.

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GD
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Had a great evening and Keith our waiter was excellent!

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TT
Denver
1 review
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great dining experience at Esquire grill. The whipped burrata and asparagus was so delicious. We had the steak which was excellent. The server, Amanda, was very knowledgeable and helpful when ordering. The banana cream pie was a banana cream pie lovers heaven. Too bad I was only one night in Sacramento. It would be a favorite to visit on a regular basis.

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JE
Sacramento
4 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Food was good and our waiter was very friendly , helpful and efficient! Great time!!!

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OT
Sacramento
9 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Another before the musical dinner at the Esquire. Attentive service, good food with a delicious appetizer of fried squid, asparagus and pea pods with a remoulade sauce. Luscious wagyu steak cooked to perfection. Deserts were standard but satisfying. Our to go place before the theater.

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OT
Sacramento
4 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went to dinner with a friend just before the show across the street. The food was outstanding the service above and beyond and the ambience was great. The Esquire grill is a wonderful restaurant and a great choice for your evening out.

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SW
Sacramento
73 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We split the poke appetizer, the pork chop and the dessert. More than enough for the 2 of us with food left over to bring home. The pork chop was tender and moist. The romesco sauce that came with the pork dish was very tasty.

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c
Sacramento
9 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Citrus salad a stunner. Petrale sole never fails to amaze. Great service, nice atmosphere!

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l
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on April 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Four of us had dinner at Esquire Grill. We were here in Sacramento for a conference. We were greated and welcomed when we walked in. Service was very attentive and worked with our dietary restrictions! Plenty of options and recommendations. Food was very tasty. The evening was very relaxing and we would definitely return.

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YC
San Francisco
22 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 1ambience 3

First the good news: My dining companion and I both ordered the Wagyu Bavette steaks. They were perfectly cooked and my change in side orders was handled well.
The OK news: the burrata and asparagus appetizer was short on burrata, although the asparagus was very good. The banana cream was tart was fine.
Now the bad news: our waiter was inattentive and there were long waits between courses. Since the restaurant was not too busy at the time, he had no excuse.
The valet parking was a nightmare: the text message system wasn't working and there was only one attendant.

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KB
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 3

Great service and delicious food. It was a bit noisy though.

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

We have been coming here for years especially during the Broadway season. Love that you have valet service and although this time it was better than our last visit it seems to have gotten slower and longer wait time on arrival than what we were accustomed to in past years.

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g
Sacramento
22 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service. Very timely as we were going to the theater. Very fresh salads. We go there every time we go to the theater.

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MK
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always enjoy going to this restaurant. Love Tom serving us too.

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OT
Sacramento
15 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great place to enjoy a conversation with friends and a delicious meal.

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JB
Sacramento
2 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was excellent. The Petrale was cooked to perfection, flakey and moist plus a good portion. My guest had the chicken salad and it was similar in rating. The service was excellent. Very attentive and refilled our beverages at the appropriate time.

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MS
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Service was wonderful and so was the food. The only negative is the amount of noise as the ceiling is high; but, not too bad.

Every time I have eaten there the waiters are wonderful and fast.

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c
1 review
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Service was excellent! Food was good, but servings could be smaller.

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P
Sacramento
7 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Really outstanding service. Most of the restaurant cleared out for a Community Center event at the same time, and wait staff and kitchen accommodated everyone beautifully.

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LH
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Very limited menu. I give it a chance each year but nothing has changed

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RH
Sacramento
3 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Jackson our waiter was Johnnie on the spot, taking care of our needs, keeping our water and wine glasses charged. Although they were out of the one special menu item I wanted, the Sole was excellent. The only negative thing about was the valet parking outside, unlike previous visits parking was not validated and there was quite a wait both dropping off and picking up.

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OT
Sacramento
2 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sat outside. Food was good and service was great!

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C
Sacramento
293 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great location close to the Community Theatre. Service very atuned to the theatre attendees. The Korean BBQ wings were tasty. The grilled half chicken was well prepared as well. Solid choice.

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D
Sacramento
30 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect evening. Wonderful food. Unobtrusive, but great service. No rush. Great evening.

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LA
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

We were seated at a booth which was covered with a plastic woven mat material. It was filthy. Sticky stuff , greasy stuff, crumbs. You don't even want to know what was underneath the mat....it looked like they never lift them to wash the tables. The server sent the busser to clean the table mat but at that point I was put off on the whole experience. We found the food to be ok, nothing special. I ordered a shrimp louie which turned out to be an iceberg wedge with some jumbo shrimp an egg and avocado. There are a lot of great places to dine in Sacramento now and we won't be going back to this one. Hopefully others have a better experience.

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d
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Absolutely love the place! It was our 2nd time there and want to just stay. Top line!

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

Jackson, our server, was 5 stars. Food excellent and great ambiance.

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LL
Sacramento
27 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Esquire Grill is always reliable and consistent with high quality of food and service.

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g
Sacramento
22 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

The four of us enjoyed a great meal. The service and food was excellent! Loved the apple crisp and gelato desserts.

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P
Central Coast
16 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love, love, love this place! Great lunch spot before the theater. Very accommodating to our timeframe and always have great specials to enjoy. Staff are exceptional. THANK YOU!

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MH
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Two in our party ordered the New Zealand salmon and while they said it was tasty it (and the mashed potato side) arrived barely warm at best. The head waiter made it right later with free dessert but given the higher than average prices and Esquire Grill reputation it was disappointing.

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KE
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was wonderful, the service was perfect, they even brought out a birthday dessert and took our bday pic.

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RS
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We last had a meal at Esquire Grill in August of 2007 at which time it was easily the best restaurant meal I had ever been served. This past Friday night, nearly 12 years later, they did it again. Now, Esquire Grill is responsible for the two best restaurant meals I have ever had! The obvious question is 'Why not go more often if it's that good?'...That's how much I detest downtown Sacramento and the predictable, obvious results of the city's political decisions.

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B
Sacramento
2 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Had a very nice meal with my daughter before the Symphony. The restaurant was not very busy as we were there early but we were able to carry on a great conversation without yelling, a very welcome situation. The food and service were top notch as well. A great evening.

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