The Best Bars for Foodies in Sacramento

The OpenTable Team

California's capital city of Sacramento has a rich culture and history paired with countless things to do. Old Sacramento forms the epicenter of visitor activity, with glistening river views, abundant eateries and historical museums, including the popular California State Railroad Museum. History buffs love the downtown area with Capitol Park and Sutter’s Fort, while families with young children have fun visiting the Sacramento Zoo and Fairytale Town. The city also hosts a thriving art scene - you can see local works at The Crocker Art Museum and modern pieces at the Verge Center for the Arts. Make sure to check out live music events and concerts, like the Sacramento Music Festival, Concerts in the Park and the many venues around town. In case you didn't know, Sacramento has earned the title of Farm to Fork Capital of the Country! Not only does Sacramento have international and contemporary American food, but the city also boasts a lively nightlife. But where are the smartest, savviest locals going out? Welcome to the Tastemaker Lists. If you’re looking for a place to go for a cocktail or two while in town, check out our Tastemaker List of where to find the best bars in Sacramento.

Restaurants:The Jungle Bird, Empress Tavern, Foundation Restaurant and Bar
Price Range:$$ - $$$
Cuisines:Polynesian, American
Neighborhoods:Midtown, Sacramento

The Jungle Bird

$$$$·Polynesian·
Midtown
239 reviews
  • Handcrafted Cocktails
  • Fun
  • Good for a Date
The Jungle Bird is a tropical escape right in the heart of Midtown Sacramento! This is the perfect spot for anyone who needs an island vacation without leaving the city. Inspired bRead more
92% recommended
Vibrant Bar Scene in Sacramento / Sacramento Valley

Empress Tavern

$$$$·American·
Sacramento
1,191 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Pre/post Theatre
  • Fit for Foodies
Empress Tavern is without a doubt one of the best bars in Sacramento for fabulous food, drinks and fun. Situated in the basement of the historic Crest Theatre in the heart of downtRead more
83% recommended
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Foundation Restaurant and Bar

$$$$·American·
Sacramento
331 reviews
  • Business Meals
  • Casual
  • Good for a Date
Foundation Restaurant and Bar is a contemporary American eatery with an amazing bar imported from San Francisco! Located on L Street, this polished eatery occupies the former site Read more
83% recommended
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Capitol Garage

$$$$·Fusion / Eclectic·
Sacramento
1,033 reviews
  • Great for Brunch
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Great for Lunch
Capitol Garage, located at the corner of 15th and K, is within walking distance of the capitol, convention center and Sacramento community theater. A midtown icon for over 19 yearsRead more
92% recommended
Great for Brunch in Sacramento / Sacramento Valley
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Back Bistro

$$$$·Bistro·
Folsom
264 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Anniversaries
Newly relocated to the Palladio after serving Folsom for 10 years, the Back Bistro is a favorite of both locals and visitors. Featuring casual fine dining, an elegant ambiance and Read more
88% recommended
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Public House Downtown

$$$$·American·
Sacramento
122 reviews
  • Casual
  • Bar Seating
  • Fun
The Public House Downtown is a great venue for sports and entertainment enthusiast. Their current offerings include 60 beers on tap and a large, American-inspired menu. The bar areRead more
100% recommended
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Paul Martin's American Grill - Roseville

$$$$·American·
Roseville
4,461 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Good for Anniversaries
The Paul Martin of Paul Martin’s American Grill is actually Paul Fleming, co-founder of P.F. Chang’s and Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse! This restaurant concept is all about the commitRead more
94% recommended
American in Sacramento
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Iron Horse Tavern - Sacramento

$$$$·American·
Sacramento
122 reviews
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Great for Brunch
  • Casual
Iron Horse Tavern, located on 15th Street, is the latest bar and restaurant to offer more urbane sophistication on the revived former railway stretch south of midtown. It’s a fun aRead more
91% recommended
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Zocalo Midtown

$$$$·Regional Mexican·
Sacramento
1,427 reviews
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Great for Lunch
  • Good for a Date
Zocalo, located on Capitol Avenue in Midtown, is a fantastic place for great Mexican food and drinks. It is kid-friendly and great for families, groups and celebrating big occasionRead more
88% recommended
Hot Spot in Sacramento / Sacramento Valley
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Station 16

$$$$·Seafood·
Sacramento
300 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Birthdays
  • Good for Anniversaries
For an awesome, locally-owned bar with excellent seafood and great drinks, check out Station 16 in Midtown. The setting features modern industrial decor, a fresh raw oyster bar, a Read more
82% recommended
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Hook and Ladder Manufacturing Company

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Sacramento
535 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
  • Casual
Hook and Ladder Manufacturing Company, located in a historic space on S Street and 17th, focuses their menu on the bountiful harvest California has to offer and on proud SacramentoRead more
93% recommended
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Canon

$$$$·American·
Sacramento
965 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Fit for Foodies
Canon, located on 34th Street, is one of the coolest new restaurant and bar options in town. Tucked away from the downtown bustle, the cool space features deep tones contrasting wiRead more
95% recommended
Fit for Foodies in Sacramento / Sacramento Valley
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Ella Dining Room and Bar

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Sacramento
4,338 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Romantic
Ella Dining Room and Bar is hands-down one of the best bars in Sacramento! A downtown institution, they serve New American, farm-to-fork cuisine for lunch, dinner and happy hour, wRead more
92% recommended
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Midgley's Public House

$$$$·American·
Stockton
887 reviews
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
For deliciously creative cuisine and a wonderful setting for drinks, check out Midgeley’s Public House! Located in Lincoln Center in Stockton, it’s a restaurant from “Top Chef” MicRead more
92% recommended
American in Sacramento / Sacramento Valley
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Echo & Rig Steakhouse & Butcher Shop - Sacramento

$$$$·Steakhouse·
Sacramento
1,019 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries
Echo and Rig Steakhouse, located on J Street, is a new concept in steakhouses. They put a unique nose-to-tail spin on the traditional steakhouse, allowing diners to indulge in the Read more
91% recommended
Steakhouse in Sacramento / Sacramento Valley
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Market Tavern Stockton

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Stockton
1,319 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Great for Lunch
Market Tavern, located on Lincoln Center in Stockton, features farm-fresh ingredients across all menu items and a super laid-back place to drink and dine. The menu includes delicioRead more
93% recommended
Great for Brunch in Sacramento / Sacramento Valley
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Cafeteria 15L

$$$$·Comfort Food·
Sacramento
2,969 reviews
  • Good for Groups
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Fit for Foodies
Cafeteria 15L is a casual dining spot for delicious Comfort and Contemporary Californian cuisine with a classic flair. Designed by the same folks who did The Park and Mix Downtown,Read more
94% recommended
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Scott's Seafood on the River

$$$$·Seafood·
Sacramento
4,452 reviews
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Special Occasion
  • Scenic View
Opened in 2008, Scott’s Seafood on the River features the freshest of seafood flown in or delivered daily from around the world. The staff is warm and knowledgeable and the atmosphRead more
93% recommended
Scenic View in Sacramento / Sacramento Valley
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Punch Bowl Social - Sacramento - Permanently Closed

$$$$·American·
Sacramento
379 reviews
  • Fun
  • Good for Birthdays
  • Casual
Punch Bowl Social, located on J Street in the heart of downtown, combines a southern-inspired scratch kitchen, craft beverage program and entertainment in a highly curated designedRead more
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Bubbles & Birds - Permanently Closed

$$$$·Contemporary Southern·
Lodi
97 reviews
  • Great for Brunch
  • Good for Birthdays
  • Sunday Lunch
Bubbles n’ Birds is a celebration of Champagne & Chicken. They feature free-range chicken dishes paired with sparkling wines from around the world, making it a fantastic place for Read more
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