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About Esquire Grill

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.

1213 K St.
Sacramento, CA 95814
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
American, Farm-to-table, Contemporary American

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Friday 11:30am - 2:00pm

Happy Hour: Monday - Friday 3:00pm - 6:00pm

Dinner: Monday - Thursday 5:00pm - 9:00pm, Friday 5:00pm - 9pm, Saturday 4:30pm - 9pm

Cross Street:
13th St.

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(916) 448-8900

Website:
http://www.esquiregrill.com/

Parking Details:
We offer valet parking Wednesday through Saturday beginning at 5:00 PM for $7.00.

We validate 1/2 off for the first two hours in the Esquire building.

Public Transit:
K Street Light Rail

Executive Chef:
Kurt Spataro

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
Thank you for choosing Esquire Grill.
Please let us know if you are attending a show or if you are celebrating a special occasion.
We look forward to serving you!

Specials

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Specials

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Details

Ring in the New Year with a special prix-fixe menu created by Chef Jonathan Kerksieck and the Esquire Grill team.

Esquire Grill Ratings and Reviews

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4.2

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.1

service

4.2

ambience

4.2

value

3.9

Noise

Moderate

85% would recommend it to a friend

Pre/post Theatre (29)
Special Occasion (25)
Good for a Date (23)
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Good for Birthdays (15)
Romantic (14)
Business Meals (13)
Good for Anniversaries (12)
Cozy (11)
Fit for Foodies (11)
Great for Outdoor Dining (10)
Casual (10)
Creative Cuisine (9)
Comfort Food (9)
Bar Seating (8)
Good for Groups (8)
Handcrafted Cocktails (8)
Local Ingredients (8)
Quiet Conversation (8)
Seasonal (8)
Great for Lunch (7)
Worth the Drive (7)
People Watching (6)
Notable Wine List (5)
Healthy (4)
Hot Spot (4)
Neighborhood Gem (4)
Vibrant Bar Scene (4)
Happy Hour (3)
Sunday Lunch (3)
Tasting Menu (3)
Vegan (3)
Authentic (2)
Organic (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Fun (1)
Late-night Find (1)
Quick Bite (1)
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·Dined on December 2, 2017

We love the Equire Grill. Great food, good service, friendly staff. A place where you can dine in comfort and actually have a conversation with the people you are with. Good for after work happy hour and a great after or before the show dining .

Tags: Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Romantic, Business Meals, Bar Seating
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vip
 (Sacramento)·Dined on November 29, 2017

Food was excellent. I had the tried and true Petrole Sole, a signature dish. Two had the ahi burgers and cleaned their plates, and one had the salmon special and, again, cleaned the plate. The apple crisp with vanilla gelato was fantastic. Service was a little slow for a lunch, especially long wait for desserts. But all in all, it was a good experience and I'll definitely return.

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 (Central Coast)·Dined on November 27, 2017

John usually loves the restaurant it is an institution in Sacramento. However he got really ill with the ahi tuna burger. He only ate about a 1/3 of it. He began to get stomach cramps walking from the restaurant to the office. Its about 3 blocks away. By the time he got here his eyes were red, his ears were red and burning and in about 20 minutes his entire face was red. He spent most of the next few hours in the bathroom. This has never happened before and he will no doubt come back . This was not what he expects from this restaurant,

Tags: Hot Spot, Business Meals
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 (Sacramento)·Dined on November 26, 2017

My husband and I came here to have dinner before seeing a show at the Sacramento Community Center. We requested Richard, as our previous dinner at the Esquire Grill was even more exceptional with his expert service. We started with a dozen delicious oysters, shared the Frisee and Endive salad with persimmons and pepitas, and after cocktails, enjoyed some delicious wine suggested by Richard. My husband had the King salmon special and I had the Petrale Sole. Richard's timing of the meal was perfect. We didn't feel rushed and easily made it to the show by 8pm.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Romantic, Local Ingredients, Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 22, 2017

Absolutely perfect from start to finish! Fantastic service and food - delightful experience

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 (Sacramento)·Dined on November 22, 2017

I appreciated the chef preparing a meal that was a good vegan option.

Tags: Comfort Food, Vegan, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (Sacramento)·Dined on November 19, 2017

Steak was subpar.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 19, 2017

So sorry some of the best items on a limited menu have been deleted. For instance the grilled artichoke, the prime rib, and a recent homemade pasta with beef that was delicious.

Tags: People Watching
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 (Sacramento)·Dined on November 19, 2017

Consistently excellent food and service. Ambiance is great. Love the petrale sole and ceaser salad. Knowledgeable staff and focus on providing a great experience in dining.

Tags: Cozy, Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails, Comfort Food, Worth the Drive
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 (Sacramento)·Dined on November 19, 2017

We always enjoy our Esquire dates. Nice to see our friends,
server Kristina and server Kevin. Service is always top notch as is the food. My wife and I split the rib steak dinner and it was done to perfection.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Local Ingredients, Notable Wine List, Cozy
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·Dined on November 19, 2017

Enjoyed a pre-theater dinner. Food and service were excellent. Great decor. Quiet enough for conversation.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Quiet Conversation, Pre/post Theatre
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 18, 2017

Most everyone's meal was very good in particular the pork chops. The NY steak was a bit substandard however. Steak a bit thin and left too untrimmed.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Romantic
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 (Sacramento)·Dined on November 18, 2017

Food was good. Service was pretty good. They took our picture for the birthday we were celebrating & gave us a copy. Nice touch. Couple problems with the bill... the subtotal was $1.50 more than the items actually cost. Make sure to double check your bill.

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 (Sacramento)·Dined on November 18, 2017

Our request for service that would accommodate a performance at the Crest Theater was perfect. The food was beautifully served promptly without a rushed feeling. The serving staff was perfect, moved along but never made us feel hurried or harried. This will be our go-to restaurant in downtown Sacramento for sure. The food was delicious and the presentation beautiful. The sauces and herb treatment were spectacular. We would definitely recommend this restaurant.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Cozy, Pre/post Theatre, Casual
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 (Sacramento)·Dined on November 12, 2017

It was very busy due to a show at the community center. The waiter was short (probably too busy) and made mistakes on our order. The steaks came and 2 were cold and one was the wrong one. The manager came over and had the food fixed, bought us each a drink, then the waiter was much more attentive.

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vip
 (Sacramento)·Dined on November 12, 2017

When the restaurant isn't crowded, or on New Year's Eve with a Prix Fix menu, there aren't any problems. Having said this, the last 2 times we have eaten here (within a 6 month period) has been less than pleasant...almost disastrous.

We scheduled 2 hours for dinner before Saturday night theater events. On both occasions, we were assured we would be out in time...and BARELY made it. For this last meal, water was served quickly, but it slowed down from that point on: orders taken 15 minutes in, soup/salad served 30 minutes in. At 1 1/2 hours in, the manager comes to tell one of our foursome that they are out of sole and asks him to select another entree (they are JUST putting our order in). We are served entrees with 15 minutes to curtain so we had to eat very quickly. The pork chop was only warm and overcooked. The steak was fatty. The risotto and salmon were fine.

No time for coffee and dessert, although we had planned on it.

The manager came to apologize and tried to expedite our bill. When we asked what happened, his response was "Things just didn't come together well tonight." Vague, non-responsive, no offers to comp given the rushing when we were finally served.

The previous experience was similar...delayed, then rushed out the door with no time for dessert. I'm not sure what has changed, but twice is enough for us. We will not return.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Great food but service felt rushed. Crowded due to theater night. Extremely noisy.

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·Dined on November 12, 2017

This was are 5th time at there, twice for lunch and 3 times for dinner, every visit was fantastic, the food and atmosphere was outstanding. its one of are favorite places in sacramento. and we will be back again

Tags: Casual, Pre/post Theatre, Great for Lunch, Good for a Date
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 11, 2017

The salmon tasted like it was cooked over propane. It had a distinct gas taste and smell. We were seated in the farthest corner of the restaurant and it was so dark I used my cell phone for light. First time here and it was a great location before the play but very disappointing

Tags: Bar Seating
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Had a 5 pm dinner reservation before an 8 pm show at the theater. Had drinks, a relaxing dinner and dessert. Had over an hour to walk around downtown before the show. Great service and meal. Will definitely be back. And they validated parking in the adjacent parking garage.

Tags: Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Cozy, Fit for Foodies, Casual, Bar Seating, Special Occasion
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·Dined on November 10, 2017

We have eaten here for our Broadway plays many times and it is always noise, but this time it was noise off the charts, and the meals were tasteless, and barely warm, took 3 requests to get bread and butter. Looking for new spots for future plays.

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·Dined on November 10, 2017

Had a wonderful early dinner after a matinee play. Service and meal were fabulous. Love this place, actually you can’t go wrong with any of the Paragary restaurants. We’ll be back again...and again.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Pre/post Theatre, Sunday Lunch, People Watching, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Worth the Drive, Good for Groups, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays
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vip
 (Sacramento)·Dined on November 9, 2017

We always enjoy going to Esquire Grill before going to the theatre. I especially love the Petrale Sole - so yummy!

Tags: Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Business Meals, Casual, Fun, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Sacramento)·Dined on November 9, 2017

All in all, Esquire is good but unfortunately our food was cold and had to be sent back. Next time was great.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion
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 (San Antonio)·Dined on November 9, 2017

Great food, accomidating for smaller appetites, great wine list, good service

Tags: Vegan, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Seasonal, Creative Cuisine, Pre/post Theatre
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·Dined on November 8, 2017

We were seated immediately, and our server was a gem! We were in and out in time for the theater across the street. My friend and I each had a wonderful salad, and decided to split an entree. The entree was split for us and serve beautifully. Plenty for both!

Tags: Afternoon Coffee, Bar Seating, Good for a Date, Happy Hour, Good for Birthdays, Hot Spot, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on November 6, 2017

Food was delicious but could use some healthier options, prepared without butter or easily prepared without butter - I had very few options without butter or cream as the preparations and marinades are done in advance,

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy
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·Dined on November 6, 2017

My husband and I dined at Esquire Grill for our anniversary before going to the Community Center Theater. Honestly, the service was horrid. After waiting in line for 8 minutes to be seated (we had a reservation), we were simply ignored for 15 more minutes before even being given a menu. Then, when I ordered the sole, that is when the waitress told me they were out of it! There was nothing special about this restaurant and it was pricey for what we got.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Groups
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 (Sacramento)·Dined on November 5, 2017

The food in generally very good but this night someone forgot to watch the amount of garlic they put in the spinach that accompanies the Pan Fried Petrale Sole. There was so much garlic that it had to be scooped out of the spinach before eaten.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Our 4 person party arrived for our reservation on time at 6 pm and were seated promptly. We had tickets for an 8 pm theater performance. It took 1 1/2 hours for our order to arrive. No appetizers were ordered just our meal. Portions were small and quite pricey $26 for less than a cup of vegetable rissoto; the other 3 meals were comparibly small for the price. The food was decent tasting ,not special at all. The only explanation about what had happened was a “we’re sorry “it took so long. We walked into the theater at the 3 minute warning that the show was starting. Not a relaxing pre theater meal!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Our meal was delicious. Our server, Richard, was great. We were going to the theatre after dinner. We gave our server our credit card at 7:30. We, like many others, finally went to the register because we feared that we would be late for the theatre. We were all anxious and frustrated that it was taking so long to take care of the bill. I was surprised that they weren’t prepared for that rush because it is most likely the case before every Community Center production.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Pre/post Theatre
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·Dined on November 4, 2017

Service was poor - two separate times they tried to deliver something we didn't order. Took 2 hours to get through our meal. On any other night that might be ok, but we had to get to a show.
Steak was below average - rib eye ordered medium well came out medium rare at best, and not enough time to send it back. Fish special tasted like frozen breaded fish sticks.

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 (Sacramento)·Dined on November 3, 2017

Our waiter was friendly, attentive but not intrusive. Food was excellent and our meal was enjoyable and relaxing. Love going here after the theater, letting the traffic clear out before heading home.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, People Watching, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Sacramento)·Dined on November 2, 2017

Due to traffic delays we were 45 mins. late. We called but whomever took the message failed to pass it on! We lost our table but sat at the bar which was fine for just two...not comfy for more than that, conversation-wise. The food was GREAT, service a bit slow but they were very busy and we had time...

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Organic, Vegan, Creative Cuisine, Good Vegetarian Options, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion, Good for Groups, People Watching, Business Meals, Disabled Access, Worth the Drive, Bar Seating, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Anniversaries, Healthy, Seasonal
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·Dined on November 2, 2017

We arrived at noon (our reservation time). Ordered drinks, then ordered off the menu. Our food did not arrive until 1:30 a full 1 1/2 hours later! We had told our waiter that we were attending a 2pm matinee at the Community Center Theatre directly across the way. We kept asking where our food was and were told 2 minutes. That was at 1pm and the food came 30 minutes later. We literally gulped down our food and then rushed to the theatre just in time to be seated--no time to read the program etc. etc. Fortunately the play was outstanding that almost made up for experience at the Esquire Grill. Not sure what was wrong as I had been there many times and had never had such poor service...can't really blame it on the waiter as he kept trying to keep us posted-had to be something in the kitchen.

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 (Sacramento)·Dined on November 2, 2017

Very disappointed. Haven't been there for awhile and it was not as good as in the past. Food was mediocre (NY Steak was very thin and cold) forgot to serve the vegetable, we had to ask - took our plate back and then returned with it with the veggie on a separate late. That is probably why steak was cold. The starters offered were different - nothing much to choose from; salads were not inviting. Entrees were limited. Definitely will check their menu out on line before we go again.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 1, 2017

Consistently good as usual. Gave me a nice booth for a business meeting, waitress was excellent and food was good. Appreciated the good service that was not interruptive.

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·Dined on October 28, 2017

Unfortunately this restaurant is just mediocre. The only plate that saved it from terrible was the oysters.

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vip
 (Sacramento)·Dined on October 28, 2017

An excellent dining experience.

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 (Sacramento)·Dined on October 26, 2017

Our place to eat before theater/ shows. Always good, convieniant parking and location.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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