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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!

Esquire Grill Ratings and Reviews

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4.3

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.3

service

4.4

ambience

4.3

value

4.0

Noise

Moderate

91% would recommend it to a friend

Pre/post Theatre (60)
Good for a Date (44)
Special Occasion (43)
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Good for Anniversaries (27)
Good for Birthdays (24)
Business Meals (22)
Fit for Foodies (22)
Romantic (21)
Worth the Drive (20)
Good for Groups (19)
Bar Seating (18)
Casual (17)
Creative Cuisine (17)
Cozy (15)
Local Ingredients (15)
Handcrafted Cocktails (14)
Hot Spot (14)
People Watching (14)
Great for Lunch (12)
Notable Wine List (12)
Seasonal (12)
Neighborhood Gem (11)
Comfort Food (10)
Vibrant Bar Scene (10)
Happy Hour (10)
Great for Outdoor Dining (9)
Quiet Conversation (9)
Authentic (6)
Fun (6)
Healthy (6)
Disabled Access (4)
Great Beer (4)
Late-night Find (4)
Sunday Lunch (3)
Tasting Menu (3)
Vegan (3)
Good Vegetarian Options (3)
Afternoon Coffee (2)
Scenic View (2)
Live Sports (1)
Organic (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Spicy (1)
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·Dined 2 days ago

The appetizer & entrees were delicious! But the sides that came with the entrees were odd choices & tiny. There were more stems than broccolini. And my date's farrow was watery. I've made farrow & that is wrong. Good thing we were there to enjoy ourselves no matter what because our waiter was so bad. We didn't even find out his name . He handed us our bill paper clipped to a review card (Classy!) and said he needed all the help he could get. I can't disagree with him. Not even a leather bill holder or tray! He never smiled either. I wanted to ask for a different section right off the bat. Such a contrast to the fabulous service we got at Ruth's Chris.

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 (Sacramento)·Dined 4 days ago

Excellent meal and time before Jesse Cook at Crest!!!

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Healthy
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·Dined 4 days ago

Great food & service! Reasonable wine markup. Thoroughly enjoyed our dinner!

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 (Sacramento)·Dined 4 days ago

Dinner before Giselle at Sacramento Ballet. We both had the winter squash soup -- very tasty -- and stuffed eggs that were nothing special. I had a pork chop: huge and perfectly cooked. Esquire Grill seems to scrimp on the veggies; what was on my plate was nowhere near a standard "serving." My friend tried the special: prosciutto-wrapped cod -- a weird choice for her and for the restaurant. Her comment: What was the point?
A final note: the coffee was awful.

Tags: Bar Seating, Pre/post Theatre
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vip
 (Sacramento)·Dined 4 days ago

Great lunchtime experience. Yummy food. Wonderful service!

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 (Sacramento)·Dined 4 days ago

Great food and service!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined 6 days ago

We made reservations on open table and the restaurant called to confirm and no mention was made of it being a fixed price menu with only 2 choices for Valentine’s Day at $75 per. Would have liked option of regular menu...

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 (Sacramento)·Dined 6 days ago

Valentines date. It was $75 per person no matter what you ordered that's what sucked :/ and their scallops my husband didn't like as well as the meat they brought in was very pink ( we don't enjoy showy red or pink) but over all it was good a bit pricey and loud!

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 (Sacramento)·Dined 6 days ago

Quantity of food appeared a little light, but i was pleasantly surprised. I will recommend it to others

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 (Sacramento)·Dined 6 days ago

Absolutely delectable and fabulous food! Great service; will definitely return again!!

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·Dined 7 days ago

The service was attentive and on spot.
The prime rib tough and tasteless. The over cooked and bitter.

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 (Sacramento)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Service and food were great. It was noisy when we arrived but after the theater attendees left, it was quiet. Later, more patrons arrived, but the level remained quiet and easy to hear those at our table.

Have eaten here before and would recommend again.

Tags: Casual, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion
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 (Sacramento)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Aa great time to go is before a show art the convention center,

Tags: Live Sports, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Fun, People Watching, Vibrant Bar Scene, Romantic, Tasting Menu, Comfort Food, Late-night Find, Hot Spot, Sunday Lunch, Great Beer, Good for Anniversaries, Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine, Great for Outdoor Dining, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Happy Hour, Fit for Foodies, Cozy, Good Vegetarian Options, Afternoon Coffee, Good for Groups, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Birthdays, Bar Seating, Quiet Conversation
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 (Sacramento)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Food was excellent, but our waiter was quite sarcastic and very slow.

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 (Sacramento)·Dined on February 10, 2018

This a first-class restaurant with a very profession and friendly staff. The food was enjoyed by everyone in my party. It's a perfect place to dine before attending a show at the Crest Theatre, just a couple of blocks down the street.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive
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vip
 (Orange County)·Dined on February 9, 2018

Always excellent in service & food!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 5, 2018

Absolutely the best steak I’ve had! Tremendous meal!

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Healthy, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive
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 (Sacramento)·Dined on February 3, 2018

The only real problem was that our servers mixed our meals up. We had different temps on our steaks but the same meal. I was not thinking about it and I ate my wife's steak. Not a big deal, just something for the servers to think about.

Tags: Comfort Food, People Watching, Good for Anniversaries, Pre/post Theatre, Seasonal, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Cozy, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Sacramento)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Kristina was an outstanding waitress and took care of all needs

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 (Sacramento)·Dined on February 3, 2018

The service and food were both excellent. Kurt Spataro is listed on the menu as the Executive Chef, Spataro was one of my favorite restaurants so I was thrilled to find him.

Tags: Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre, Romantic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date, Business Meals
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Excellent food and great suggestions from our waitress!

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 (Sacramento)·Dined on February 2, 2018

Good variety and excellent quality. Convenient to theatre and servers sensitive to showtimes. Only complaint is with noise level.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on February 2, 2018

Took app. 25-30 minutes to get our food and when it came it was cold so we had to get it reheated. When we were done we both used the restrooms and they were out of order due to flooding on the floor. Overall a very bad experience.

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 (Sacramento)·Dined on February 2, 2018

New Chef, new menu, several additions and specials. Great evening out with wife, daughter and her boyfriend. Our favorite restraunt and then catch a movie at the Esquire IMAX. Excellent food and wonderful evening. To top it off we had the best server in town. Always treated as family.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Creative Cuisine, Bar Seating, Great Beer, Local Ingredients, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups, Cozy, People Watching, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, Worth the Drive, Casual, Happy Hour, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion
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 (Sacramento)·Dined on February 1, 2018

We had cocktails which were good, while waiting for our table (we got there early). The service was very pleasant and efficient. I had a hamburger with choice of salad, fries or soup for $18 (I think that was about the price). It was very good: fresh bun, thick juicy patty, slice of tomato, fresh lettuce and red onion. Fries were a little bigger than shoestring, which I like. I couldn’t finish them. My friend had petrale sole, which she said was good. It was about $22. We were going to the theater which started at 8:00, and they got us through with plenty of time to spare (6:30 reservation).

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 (Sacramento)·Dined on February 1, 2018

My friends and I frequently go to Esquire Grill, and we have never been disappointed. The food is always so flavorful, and the servers are very knowledgeable. They've never steered us wrong with their recommendations or answering our questions about a dish. Esquire Grill is one of our favorite places.

Tags: Cozy, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Sacramento)·Dined on February 1, 2018

Always a favorite of ours when we attend Sacramento Community Theatre.

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion, Casual, Happy Hour
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·Dined on February 1, 2018

Excellent dinner. Waiter missed placing water and bread. Other than that very good.
Valet service was convenient but only one valet made confusion and delay dropping off and getting car .

Tags: Paleo Friendly, Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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 (Sacramento)·Dined on January 31, 2018

We really enjoyed the Esquire Grill. The service was very good, the food was delicious.
Only the noise level was high and the prices are somewhat expensive, but overall, it is a perfect place to eat before going to a concert at the Community Theater across the street.

Tags: Hot Spot, Creative Cuisine, Late-night Find
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 (Sacramento)·Dined on January 31, 2018

Great for pre-theater dinner. Close to theater and parking and good food.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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 (Sacramento)·Dined on January 31, 2018

Dinner service was slow, service was good, pasta very good, burger just average.

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 (Sacramento)·Dined on January 31, 2018

Kevin, our server, was excellent and so was the food.

Tags: Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date
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 (Sacramento)·Dined on January 30, 2018

Good food, excellent service. TOO loud for a couples conversation. Otherwise, a great place for a meal prior to the theater.

Tags: Bar Seating, Good for Anniversaries, Local Ingredients, Business Meals, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays
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 (San Joaquin)·Dined on January 30, 2018

Dinner was delicious, service was excellent and price was excellent for such a nice meal. The location is perfect for Theater events

Tags: Cozy
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 (Sacramento)·Dined on January 29, 2018

Everything was great except it was quite loud during the busy part of the evening. As the dining room slowed, it got better, but I had to raise my voice to have a conversation for much of the evening.

Otherwise excellent!

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vip
 (Sacramento)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Great food and excellent service as always!

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 (Sacramento)·Dined on January 27, 2018

I had forgotten how lovely a meal can be at Esquire Grill
Perfect location when attending the Symphony
Alas: customers often do not dress appropriately for this venue on a Saturday evening

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Notable Wine List, Pre/post Theatre, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Open table asked what the occasion was. We said birthday. Sort of assumed that would be relayed to restaurant. It wasn’t. Pasta was tough.

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 (Sacramento)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Our waitress, Kristina, is the best. She is attentive, friendly, knowledgeable and indeed, a very quality person. We enjoy seeing her whenever we dine at Esquire Grille. She is part of what keeps us coming back...

Tags: Comfort Food, Quiet Conversation, Local Ingredients, Good for a Date, Seasonal, Bar Seating, Fit for Foodies
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 (Sacramento)·Dined on January 26, 2018

This was our first visit to the Esquire Grille. We were looking for a nice late evening dinner, a quiet place, and this did not disappoint. Our food was delicious, the service was excellent, and the atmosphere was perfect for what we were looking for. We arrived around 8:15, were greeted and served by excellent staff and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. We will definitely visit there again soon.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries
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