Permanently Closed - Esquire Grill

4.6
721 Reviews
$30 and under
American

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This restaurant is permanently closed. 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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4.6based on recent ratings
4.5
food
4.6
service
4.5
ambience
4.2
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Noise · Moderate
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AnnB
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding service and the food was perfectly prepared and served. I will definitely eat there again.

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Janet
Sacramento
2 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

This is a perfect location for dining prior to going to the theatre. Location is the best and you can valet park the car until after the theatre all for $10; text that you are needing your car and it is waiting for you! Now to the restaurant. Bartender was quite engaging and we had a great conversation regarding vermouth in martinis! We were seated immediately and our waiter was attentive and offer suggestions for pairing our wine with our dinners. My partner had the sea bass which he said was good; but we both agreed that my petrale sole was wonderful! We will be back again!!

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OpenTable Diner
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The service and meal recommendations by Richard were excellent. The "Grills" signature dinner "Sole" and accompanying items were just outstanding. We plan to return in the near future.

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KathleenS
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall4food1service4ambience4

I did not like the food as I had a crab loiie salad and all it was 1/4 of head lettuce with a little crab. My salad did not come with the eggs and I had to ask for that. I did not like any of the dressings and there was only 2 to choose from. I was disappointed as the women I went with we had dinner a few weeks ago at another restaurant and I had a crab louie and it was amazing and I was expecting the same, especially for the price.

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VichiB
Sacramento
5 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

We were first seated in a very very small table looking at the back side of bar in a cornor. With reservation I wouldn't think you would do this. Asked to be moved and they said I would have to wait for another table to come available as I looked around several bigger tables were available.
Finally we were moved and the rest of the dinner was great. Waiter was very attentive.

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ErinB
1 review
Dined on May 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was very good. The service was perfect since we had a show at the community center that evening. The noise level wasn't too loud; it was easy to have a conversation and hear the person I was with.

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vipgolfgirl
Sacramento
30 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Date night going to the theater. Great food and service.

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vipJohn
Sacramento
15 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience3

We were very disappointed in the food this trip. Nothing seemed like it has been in the past. I had the sole, which I've always enjoyed, but it was dry, the coating was pebbly and it seemed deep fried. The spinach had mostly very long stems and the fingerling potatoes were unappealing. My grandson had a hamburger that was undercooked and the bun was totally dry. My husband also said that his Shrimp Louie was not nearly as good as usual. A very disappointing outing for a lot of money.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, service and atmosphere.

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OpenTable Diner
Sacramento
2 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience3

Beef tenderloin on special. Came toped with crab. Heads up, they cook on the medium rare side. It was Fantastic! The asparagus was unreal. I ALSO LOVE THEIR POKE APP!!! Headed to see Aladdin across the street after dinner.

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ShirleyC
Sacramento
8 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome experience. Great food and our waiter Keith was just amazing

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PatrickM
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Esquire Grill went out of their way to make our Sac State graduation celebration a wonderful evening. We appreciate all they did for us, especially since we are from the Bay Area and didn't know Sacramento well. It was a very rainy afternoon (in mid May?!) and our plans of walking downtown and taking pictures outside were altered. We arrived early and soggy wet before the restaurant was officially open. The staff went out of their way to make sure we were taken care of by coordinating with another restaurant's bar to accommodate us until their restaurant was open. We were blown away by their kindness! How many restaurants would do that?!!! (Also a big thanks to Brasserie Capitale's staff for opening the bar to us. The cocktails were fabulous and you gave us such a warm reception!) The food and service at Esquire Grill was wonderful. It was a night to remember. We were even given a group picture. They made our night - great food, wonderful atmosphere and great staff. We will visit again and highly recommend Esquire Grill and Brasserie Capitale! You make Sacramento proud and made our visit outstanding. You get a "Stingers Up" from a very happy Sac State family!

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OpenTable Diner
Sacramento
2 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall4food3service3ambience3

Esquire Grill is just ok. The service is polite but slow. The food is also just ok for the price.

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vipbatman
Sacramento
13 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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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Satisfied
Sacramento
2 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2019
Overall2food1service5ambience3

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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vipchaslin
Sacramento
95 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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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MichaelD
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

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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RMRMRM2018
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect stop before attending an event at The Crest!

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sing4supper
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

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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JessicaH
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall2food1service4ambience3

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

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GaryD
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Had a great evening and Keith our waiter was excellent!

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TamoraT
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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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JudyE
Sacramento
5 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

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

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OpenTable Diner
Sacramento
9 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

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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OpenTable Diner
Sacramento
7 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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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vipSuzeW
Sacramento
77 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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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ccypher
Sacramento
15 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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viplori
San Francisco
20 reviews
Dined on April 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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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vipYoloCat
San Francisco
22 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall4food4service1ambience3

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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KarenB
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall3food5service5ambience3

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

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MoMc
Sacramento
2 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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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vipgolfgirl
Sacramento
30 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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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MarshaK
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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viplorelle
Sacramento
17 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

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

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JohnB
Sacramento
2 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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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MargaretS
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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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cybunna
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

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

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Paige
Sacramento
8 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

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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LacianH
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

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

RH
RichardH
Sacramento
4 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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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