The Best Cheap Eats in Sacramento

The OpenTable Team

Sacramento is famous as a pioneer of farm-to-table cuisine, a characteristic that's not incompatible with budget-friendly fare. Locals and visiting foodies who are looking for the best cheap eats in Sacramento are delighted to discover that there are affordable options across the city with no need to compromise on quality or creativity. From Midtown to Old Town and as far as neighboring cities like Folsom and Roseville, there are some excellent, often award-winning restaurants offering fantastic food for a steal. But where do the smartest, most experienced diners eat out in Sac when they want to save a few bucks? Welcome to our Tastemakers List. We compiled data covering thousands of restaurants to find the very best according to OpenTable's savviest eaters. The following Sacramento gems come highly recommended and earn bonus points for their reasonable prices. For those seeking a great deal on a casual meal or fine dining experience alike, we suggest booking a table at one of these restaurants.

Restaurants:Foundation Restaurant and Bar, Back Bistro, The Izakaya
Price Range:$$ - $$
Cuisines:American, Bistro, Japanese
Neighborhoods:Sacramento, Folsom

Foundation Restaurant and Bar

$$$$·American·
Sacramento
331 reviews
  • Bar Seating
  • Business Meals
  • Casual
Foundation Restaurant and Bar offers solid proof that the best cheap eats in Sacramento can often coincide with a real sense of refinement. The neighborhood eatery has upscale-casuRead more
83% recommended
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Back Bistro

$$$$·Bistro·
Folsom
264 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Anniversaries
With its wraparound wine bar, a wall of wine as a centerpiece and master sommelier (and co-owner) Jeff Back at the helm, Back Bistro in Folsom is certainly an enticing venue for wiRead more
88% recommended
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The Izakaya

$$$$·Japanese·
Sacramento
34 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Great for Lunch
  • Good for Groups
Locals know the Izakaya as one of the best places in the city for ramen, sushi and Japanese small plates. With very reasonable prices, it definitely offers some of the best cheap eRead more
93% recommended
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Public House Downtown

$$$$·American·
Sacramento
122 reviews
  • Bar Seating
  • Casual
  • Fun
A downtown gastropub is usually a safe bet for diners seeking cheap eats and a friendly atmosphere, and Public House delivers both. Along with some 60 beers on tap, Public House prRead more
100% recommended
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Cafeteria 15L

$$$$·Comfort Food·
Sacramento
2,969 reviews
  • Good for Groups
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Fit for Foodies
Modernized American comfort food is the signature of Cafeteria 15L, a rustic chic eatery in Sacramento with two patios. It’s open for lunch, dinner, late-night dining and a popularRead more
94% recommended
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Capitol Garage

$$$$·Fusion / Eclectic·
Sacramento
1,034 reviews
  • Great for Brunch
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Great for Lunch
For vegetarians and vegans, Capitol Garage offers some of the best cheap eats in Sacramento. Its menu includes meat dishes as well, with something for every appetite on the eclectiRead more
93% recommended
Great for Brunch in Sacramento / Sacramento Valley
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The Jungle Bird

$$$$·Polynesian·
Midtown
241 reviews
  • Handcrafted Cocktails
  • Good for a Date
  • Fun
Tiki drinks galore, super-kitsch décor and Polynesian plus pan-Asian cuisine are the signatures of The Jungle Bird in the heart of Midtown Sacramento. Choose a seat within the rainRead more
92% recommended
Vibrant Bar Scene in Sacramento / Sacramento Valley

Magpie Cafe

$$$$·American·
Sacramento
170 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Handcrafted Cocktails
  • Creative Cuisine
Magpie Café is a trendy farm-to-table spot in Midtown specializing in elevated, produce-forward comfort food at a reasonable price point. The kitchen uses sustainable local ingrediRead more
86% recommended
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Iron Horse Tavern - Sacramento

$$$$·American·
Sacramento
122 reviews
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Great for Brunch
  • Casual
In a Midtown brick building with an industrial-chic makeover inspired by the city’s railroad heritage, Iron Horse Tavern presents some of the best cheap eats in Sacramento. ReasonaRead more
91% recommended
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Station 16

$$$$·Seafood·
Sacramento
300 reviews
  • Good for Birthdays
  • Good for a Date
  • Happy Hour
Station 16 is one of the most popular restaurants in Sacramento for seafood. The sleek and modern venue is filled with light and includes an oyster bar as well as an expansive patiRead more
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Malabar American Cooking

$$$$·American·
Sacramento
316 reviews
  • Comfort Food
  • Good for a Date
  • Romantic
Malabar American Cooking specializes in new American cuisine, with room on its menus for certified Angus steaks and fresh seafood dishes plus plenty of vegetarian and vegan optionsRead more
100% recommended
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Midgley's Public House

$$$$·American·
Stockton
895 reviews
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
Midgley’s Public House in Stockton is the brainchild of chef Michael Midgley, who notably competed on television’s “Top Chef,” won “Cut Throat Kitchen” and appeared as a judge on “Read more
92% recommended
American in Sacramento / Sacramento Valley

Range Kitchen & Tap

$$$$·American·
Roseville
289 reviews
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Neighborhood Gem
Roseville’s Range Kitchen & Tap crafts rustic American cuisine from locally sourced ingredients in a warm and welcoming setting. Its lunch and dinner menus change frequently to incRead more
100% recommended
Best Overall 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 comprises a farm-to-table restaurant, bakery and grab-and-go market all under one roof in Stockton. The kitchen’s wood-burning oven turns out Neapolitan-style pizzas Read more
93% recommended
Great for Brunch in Sacramento / Sacramento Valley
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Cliff House of Folsom Brewhouse Grille

$$$$·Grill·
Folsom
269 reviews
  • Scenic View
  • Good for a Date
  • Romantic
Craft brews on tap, classic American fare on the menu and a casual atmosphere characterize Cliff House of Folsom Brewhouse Grill. The restaurant offers reasonably priced appetizersRead more
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Zocalo Midtown

$$$$·Regional Mexican·
Sacramento
1,434 reviews
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Great for Lunch
  • Special Occasion
The Zocalo restaurant in Midtown Sacramento is one of three in the region. All are famous among locals for presenting authentic Mexican cuisine and amazing margaritas, but the MidtRead more
87% recommended
Hot Spot in Sacramento / Sacramento Valley
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Red Lantern – Thunder Valley Casino Resort

$$$$·Chinese·
Lincoln
550 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Groups
  • Good for a Date
Red Lantern is a modern and affordable Chinese restaurant inside Thunder Valley Casino Resort, just northeast of Sacramento. The 21-plus venue offers dinner and happy hour (4 to 7 Read more
91% recommended
Most Booked in Sacramento / Sacramento Valley

Rio City Café - Sacramento

$$$$·Californian·
Sacramento
1,068 reviews
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Scenic View
  • Great for Lunch
Rio City Café claims one of the most glorious settings in Sacramento, in Old Town right on the riverfront with views of the historic Tower Bridge. The restaurant has earned many acRead more
96% recommended
Great for Brunch in Sacramento / Sacramento Valley
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Canon

$$$$·American·
Sacramento
965 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Fit for Foodies
Everything on the menu at Canon, from granita-topped oysters and farm-fresh salads to a whole grilled chicken, is designed for sharing. It’s an approach that allows diners to experRead more
95% recommended
Fit for Foodies 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 is a mid-sized national chain of entertainment venue/eateries with a popular location in Sacramento. The concept brings together top-notch bar food and craft beveRead more
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