About Frank Fat's

Frank Fat's Restaurant located one block away from the State Capitol at 806 L street in Downtown Sacramento, has proudly served the Sacramento Community since 1939. Frank Fat's takes pride in continuing to serve the finest Chinese cuisine from the four provinces of China (Peking, Szechuan, Canton, Shanghai) and Hong Kong in a superbly decorated surrounding with warm, friendly and cheerful service.

806 L Street
Sacramento, CA 95814
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Chinese, Asian, Pan-Asian

Hours of Operation:
Frank Fat's will be closed Easter Sunday

Monday - Thursday: 11:00am - 9:30pm

Friday: 11:00am - 10:00pm

Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm

Sunday: 4:00pm - 9:30pm

Martini Hour - Monday - Friday: 3:00pm - 5:00pm

Cross Street:
8th

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(916) 442-7092

Website:
http://www.frankfats.com/

Catering:
Please e-mail us at ffbanquets@fatsrestaurants.com or call 916-442-7092 for details.

Parking Details:
There is a private parking lot with a garage attendent, available next door at 812 L Street.

Executive Chef:
Mike Lim

Private Party Facilities:
Please contact the restaurant for details.

Private Party Contact:
Crisa Triplet: (916) 442-7092

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
Please e-mail us at ffbanquets@fatsrestaurants.com or call 916-442-7092 for details.

Frank Fat's Ratings and Reviews

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4.6

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.7

service

4.6

ambience

4.5

value

4.4

Noise

Moderate

96% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (53)
Good for a Date (43)
Good for Birthdays (41)
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Worth the Drive (38)
Good for Anniversaries (37)
Creative Cuisine (33)
Authentic (32)
Good for Groups (30)
Pre/post Theatre (29)
Business Meals (28)
Fit for Foodies (28)
Neighborhood Gem (24)
Bar Seating (22)
Cozy (21)
Casual (20)
Quiet Conversation (20)
Good Vegetarian Options (18)
Handcrafted Cocktails (17)
Romantic (17)
Fun (15)
Happy Hour (13)
Great for Lunch (13)
Spicy (11)
Vibrant Bar Scene (11)
Comfort Food (9)
Tasting Menu (8)
Healthy (8)
Hot Spot (7)
Disabled Access (6)
Local Ingredients (5)
People Watching (5)
Kid-friendly (4)
Notable Wine List (4)
Quick Bite (3)
Sunday Lunch (3)
Great for Brunch (2)
Paleo Friendly (2)
Seasonal (2)
Vegan (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Great Beer (1)
Scenic View (1)
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 (Wilmington)·Dined on November 15, 2017

I worked in area over 20 yrs ago and used to take clients to this well known and upscale restaurant. The Fat family has long established roots in the area with several eating establishments. All very good !

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·Dined on November 12, 2017

I have never had a bad meal at Frank Fat's. My grandparent ate there years ago when my grandfather worked on I-5 early in their marriage they returned for their 50th wedding anniversary. That party was 27 years ago! The food is still amazing!

Tags: Casual, Romantic, Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Good Vegetarian Options, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre, Authentic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Fun space, great service undercut by food. Potstickers came out lukewarm, orange chicken was gluey.

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 (Sacramento)·Dined on November 8, 2017

My sister and I enjoyed the privacy of a wonderful and quiet booth before the theater.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Vibrant Bar Scene, Pre/post Theatre
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 7, 2017

What a meal! Our party of 5 shared the daily special meal with an appetizer, four entrees, and banana cream pie for dessert. The dishes change, and all of ours were fantastic or better. Honestly, this is the greatest Chinese food ever.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Vibrant Bar Scene, Business Meals, Worth the Drive, Bar Seating, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Sacramento)·Dined on November 7, 2017

Our party was small but the food and service was outstanding! Always great food at this location. We accidentally broke a glass and our server didn’t hesitate to move all of us so we would make sure there wasn’t any glass in our food or plates. We had a special request for no garlic and there wasn’t a problem at all. Thank you for your delicious meal and excellent service!!

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Handcrafted Cocktails, Healthy, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Happy Hour, Business Meals
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·Dined on November 5, 2017

It was our first time and we loved it! We will be going back for sure!

Tags: Scenic View, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies, Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Bar Seating
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 (Seattle)·Dined on October 29, 2017

Frank Fat was great Chinese cuisine at reasonable prices. The duck was delicious and we had the Kung Pao Triple Crown as well which was the best Kung Pao i've ever had (shrimp, chicken and beef). Try the pork dumplings for starters, they're a Frank Fat's specialty and you don't want to miss it. Good and attentive service also, we'd come back anytime we're in Sacramento!

Tags: Comfort Food, Good for a Date
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·Dined on October 26, 2017

Quaint, authentic, friendly with a bountiful menu. And delicious Asian food. What more could anyone ask for? Convenient to Golden One Arena and downtown.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for Groups, Romantic, Hot Spot, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Business Meals, Healthy, Fun, Cozy, Quiet Conversation, Authentic, Worth the Drive
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Exceptional food, exceptional service! If you are in Sacramento, this place is a "must try". The price you pay is worth it!

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 (Sacramento)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Another enjoyable night with “old” friends from Seattle. They enjoyed the ambiance and fine food. I enjoyed the service provided us by Conrad from start to finish. He remained attuned to our needs and great at assisting in our dinner selections. Thank you Frank Fats and Conrad for another 5 star evening.

Tags: Business Meals, Special Occasion, Disabled Access, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Tasting Menu, Fun, Good for Groups, Pre/post Theatre, Casual, Worth the Drive
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Great food. Great staff. Visited many years ago and quality remains. Wish I lived here! Sooooo good.

Tags: Cozy, Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Sacramento)·Dined on October 20, 2017

I've been going to Frank Fat's for more than 30 years and it's always consistently great. Never disappoints, although it can be very noisy if you don't get a booth.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Pre/post Theatre, Authentic, Special Occasion
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 17, 2017

Enjoyed the combo appetizer and 3 main courses to share; the signature noodle dish, signature beef dish and orange chicken. All were very good quality ingredients, a bit pricey for Chinese and they charge for rice but overall very good.

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 (Sacramento)·Dined on October 16, 2017

We opted for the power lunch specials, fresh, delicious and great value. We sat in a booth and were able to converse without having to raise our voices. The service was attentive without being intrusive.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 15, 2017

I lived in china for 2 years and this is by far the best "chinese" food that I have had. The staff is great. The food is equally as good if not better. Not oily like some food. Well balanced, delish cuisine that I would love to eat any day of the week at any time. Do yourself a favor and eat here!

Tags: Cozy, Comfort Food, Business Meals, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups
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 (San Diego)·Dined on October 15, 2017

As always, great food. We are regular guests, and keep going back. Ken, the manager, is wonderful.
Valet Parking, though, has increased since the new arena has opened... now $7.00.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on October 15, 2017

The taste was amazing but it was all cold. We had Yong Sheu Fried Rice & Mongolian Beef. Our waiter didn't return for about 5-7 minutes so we ate anyway. The taste was so good, just lacked "heat". When the waiter did show up he offered to get more of the fried rice but said we should have let him know about the beef before we started eating it (?). Still had half an order left.
Anyway...then desert was incredible! Chocolate cream pie, it was "to die for" and the fresh "hot" coffee that it came with, delicious. Well be back, but we'll be quick to point out a lack of heat in the food. Please note though, the taste of all the food was amazing.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Cozy
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 13, 2017

Blast out of the past! Loved it! The interior is cool and the brandy fried chicken delish!

Tags: Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Spicy, Bar Seating
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 (Sacramento)·Dined on October 11, 2017

As always, Frank Fats delivered excellent and original dishes at reasonable prices. Service was prompt and efficient, waiter was helpful in suggesting entries, friendly and attentive.

Tags: Special Occasion, Casual, Healthy, Business Meals, Quiet Conversation, Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on October 10, 2017

As always, the food was amazing. The entire staff was extremely friendly. Absolutely and treat and one of my favorite places

Tags: Worth the Drive, Pre/post Theatre, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Fun, Handcrafted Cocktails, Romantic, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Kid-friendly, Bar Seating, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Authentic
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vip
 (Atlantic City)·Dined on October 10, 2017

We are from the East Coast and didn’t know what to expect. This was one of the Best meals the 4 of us have ever had. Great place and will definitely gonthe next time we are back in town!

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vip
 (Sacramento)·Dined on October 8, 2017

We were to sit in a booth...even though it was next to kitchen...noise level was much better than sitting in main dining area...my brother said best Chinese food ever.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on October 7, 2017

You can tell the food is very fresh. I really liked the Shrimp Walnut dish. The food wasn’t that seasoned as much as I’m used to, so maybe my tastebuds were a little off. It just wasn’t what I had expected.

Tags: Happy Hour
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 (Dallas)·Dined on October 3, 2017

I brought my DAD here who loves fried rice. He couldn't believe how great the Young Shew rice was! Thumbs up! He was impressed with everything we ordered, and he's from New Orleans where the food is AMAZING!

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Cozy, Authentic, Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 3, 2017

Every time we return to this iconic Sacramento gem of a restaurant I wonder why we don't go more often. The food is delicious, the surroundings pleasing and quiet, the wait staff superb.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Business Meals, Authentic, Worth the Drive
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 29, 2017

Such a cool place. Loved the Asian retro feel. It's the kind of place that I would love to come back to, and sit at the bar, while sipping on martinis, and watching the Sacramento crowd coming and going. The honey walnut shrimp was like having dessert, super yummy but I felt a little guilty after eating eat lol. We didn't really enjoy the fried chicken that much because it was mostly dark meat and extremely salty. Probably would have enjoyed it more if there was breast meat as well. But the banana cream pie is to die, a must try! We'll definitely be back to try some of the other dishes that might fit my taste more. I recommend trying this place out because if it's history and the cool vibe... oh and the banana cream pie!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 25, 2017

Frank Fat's has been around a LONG time and its reputation is well earned. Our party of 6 included two elementary age children and we celebrated a family birthday. The Fat's Anniversary Special is on which we love but several of us also ordered off the menu. We all enjoyed the Pot Stickers, Hong Kong Chow Mein, the duck appetizer, the Orange Beef, the Lamb Curry and the Immigrant Beef. The children got shorter chopsticks to use which was fun for them. We finished off with the classic winner - banana cream pie. The children had ice cream sundaes. I would order all these dishes again. If you tend to order the same thing each time, branch out and try a new dish or two. You can't miss at Frank Fat's. Also, our server was very efficient and helpful. We all had a fun!

Tags: Kid-friendly, Bar Seating, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Notable Wine List, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine
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 (Sacramento)·Dined on September 24, 2017

We were welcomed upon our arrival and continued to have wonderful attention and friendly service. The food was delicious and the atmosphere was both fun and elegant.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Kid-friendly, Good for Birthdays, Business Meals, Good for Groups, Sunday Lunch, Special Occasion
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·Dined on September 24, 2017

The food and service was great. Actually really good. Two thumbs up but if you make a reservation be sure to ask wear they are gonna seat you. I made reservations for my daughter's 15th b-day they sat us next to the bar ,next to ,two really drunk guys talking about how there wives are horrible and they had to beat them. . Really horrible conversation to over hear on daughter's birthday

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Great for Brunch, Fit for Foodies, Healthy, Gluten Free Options, Fun, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Paleo Friendly
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·Dined on September 24, 2017

Excellent food and service. Orange chicken is done just right- like no other

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Pre/post Theatre, Cozy, Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Healthy, Special Occasion, Bar Seating, Worth the Drive
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 (Sacramento)·Dined on September 23, 2017

Went for their anniversary menu. I like eating here when they make the choices, its always the best of what they do. Love the honey walnut shrimp, ny steak, and salad with sesame dressing. 5 dishes and dessert for$ 32 is a bargain. I like sitting in a booth in the back.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Romantic, Bar Seating, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Cozy
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vip
 (Sacramento)·Dined on September 17, 2017

We love Frank Fat's! The drinks, the food and the service is the best! Saturday night we took guests for a special birthday......and they felt very special with all the attention that we got! If we could get there once a week, we'd go!

Tags: Happy Hour, Fun, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, People Watching, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Good Vegetarian Options, Neighborhood Gem, Seasonal, Local Ingredients, Good for Groups, Cozy, Spicy, Disabled Access, Bar Seating, Handcrafted Cocktails, Hot Spot, Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Business Meals, Casual, Vibrant Bar Scene, Pre/post Theatre, Great for Lunch, Comfort Food
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 (Sacramento)·Dined on September 17, 2017

I have been eating at Frank Fat's for 48 years and have never had a less than spectacular meal.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, People Watching, Spicy, Good for a Date, Cozy, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive
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·Dined on September 16, 2017

Great meal, great drinks, great service, with great friends!

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vip
 (Sacramento)·Dined on September 14, 2017

The food was excellent, BUT... We were celebrating our son's birthday and as the room filled, the sound level was intolerable. I like to enjoy the company of our party (4) without having to yell above the noise... (we were seated in the middle section of the restaurant.)

I will not return if Frank Fat's does not do something about the noise level in their restaurant!
I should have asked to be seated in a booth in the back of the restaurant. Our reservation was for 5:30PM on September 13th.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (San Diego)·Dined on September 6, 2017

I am a frequent guest at Frank Fats, and have been for many years.
When I am in town, it is a must go.
Beest honey walnut prawns ever!!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Authentic, Pre/post Theatre, Fit for Foodies, Business Meals
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vip
 (München)·Dined on September 4, 2017

We were very interested in this restaurant after hearing about its history and its place in Sacramento food history. However, it did not live up to its reputation. Service was very slow. The food was very routine Chinese fare you can get in many restaurants at half the price. Nothing special. I would not recommend this place based upon our experience.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 3, 2017

The food and service is always excellent. I have never had a bad meal at this restaurant. We had the Anniversary dinner which is a special they run from time to time. It is a set menu at a very good price. Plenty of delicious food, which included Frank's New York steak, honey walnut prawns and banana cream pie for dessert.

Tags: Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Pre/post Theatre, Handcrafted Cocktails, Bar Seating
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·Dined on September 2, 2017

Delicious food. A little tight around the bar area, but it was entertaining watching the waiters maneuver around people without spilling anything

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Creative Cuisine
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