The Best Restaurants in Sacramento, According to our Tastemakers

The OpenTable Team

Sacramento boomed after the California Gold Rush of the 1850s and hasn't slowed down since. In the capital of California, chefs highlight the region's food bounty with an emphasis on farm to fork and locally sourced, seasonal ingredients. Farmer's markets pop up in parks and streets any day of the week. In Sacramento, foodies can show off their smarts of the top spots to eat. But where are the smartest, savviest diners eating out? Turn to OpenTable's Tastemakers List filled with the best restaurants in Sacramento. International cuisines all have their place, and seasonal ingredients appear in both modern and traditional ways. Book a table, and get ready to taste the best restaurants in Sacramento.

Restaurants:Magpie Cafe, Frank Fat's, Empress Tavern
Price Range:$$ - $$$
Cuisines:American, Chinese
Neighborhoods:Sacramento

Magpie Cafe

$$$$·American·
Sacramento
170 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Handcrafted Cocktails
Magpie Cafe has impressed diners with its farm to fork fare since 2005. It moved to its current Midtown location in 2015. Diners at Magpie Cafe come into a space with a modern, indRead more
85% recommended
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Frank Fat's

$$$$·Chinese·
Sacramento
1,717 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Good for Birthdays
Frank Fat’s is a Downtown icon that sits near the state Capitol and dates back to 1939. Due to its location, it often hosts hungry legislators and their staff out for lunch and dinRead more
100% recommended
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Empress Tavern

$$$$·American·
Sacramento
1,191 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Hot Spot
Empress Tavern first opened in 2015. It pays homage to the Empress Theatre, the original name for nearby Crest Theatre. Its location beneath the theatre makes the restaurant seem lRead more
82% recommended
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Paragary's

$$$$·Farm-to-table·
Sacramento
1,721 reviews
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
This hip Midtown staple first opened its doors in 1983. The interior is bright and airy, with crown molding and attractive black and white tiles. Diners step into cozy warmth in thRead more
95% recommended
Best Ambiance in Sacramento / Sacramento Valley
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Seasons 52 - Sacramento

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Arden Fair
2,612 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
  • Good for Anniversaries
Seasons 52 sets itself apart for following a micro-seasonal menu rotation. Here, diners often find that the menu changes by the month. In some cases, it changes each week if a specRead more
94% recommended
Healthy in Sacramento / Sacramento Valley

Allora

$$$$·Seafood·
Sacramento
971 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
  • Fit for Foodies
This fine Italian dining establishment opened in East Sacramento in 2018. This restaurant impresses with a ceiling-high wine tower and hanging pendant lights. Tasteful yet comfy grRead more
97% recommended
Best Food in Sacramento / Sacramento Valley
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Brasserie Capitale

$$$$·French·
Sacramento
823 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
Brasserie Capitale opened in Downtown in 2015. It brings authentic French cuisine to the Sacramento Valley. This space has a bold interior with red booths, tin ceilings, Parisian lRead more
96% recommended
Fit for Foodies in Sacramento / Sacramento Valley

Zinfandel Grille - Sacramento

$$$$·American·
Sacramento
2,059 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
Zinfandel Grille is a Sacramento favorite that first opened in the late 1990s. It features American cuisine from local sources wherever possible. This restaurant along Fair Oaks BlRead more
95% recommended
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Diplomat Steakhouse

$$$$·Steakhouse·
Sacramento
117 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Romantic
This high-end establishment has an ideal front row view of the state Capitol. It welcomes diners with its elegant furnishings and a warm color scheme. Also, diners can ask for coatRead more
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Public House Downtown

$$$$·American·
Sacramento
122 reviews
  • Bar Seating
  • Fun
  • Casual
The Firestone Public House straddles Downtown and Midtown in a 1920s building that retains art deco details. This is an industrial chic space with casual foods, beer, cocktails, moRead more
100% recommended
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Grange

$$$$·Californian·
Sacramento
3,129 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion
  • Notable Wine List
Grange sits at the base of the historic Citizen Hotel. From this location, it offers upscale dining sourced from seasonal ingredients. This Downtown restaurant opened in 2008 at thRead more
93% recommended
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Hook and Ladder Manufacturing Company

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Sacramento
535 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
  • Casual
Hook & Ladder chose to skip the Downtown core and look south of Midtown. They found their perfect location in the industrial area of Richmond Grove. This area fit with their visionRead more
92% recommended
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The Izakaya

$$$$·Japanese·
Sacramento
34 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Great for Lunch
  • Good for Groups
This South Land Park ramen and Japanese pub impresses with flavor and design. These two skills bring in long-time fans from across the region. The ambiance inside is inviting, withRead more
93% recommended
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Zocalo Midtown

$$$$·Regional Mexican·
Sacramento
1,436 reviews
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Great for Lunch
  • Special Occasion
First opened in 2003, Zocalo brings authentic Mexican fare to Midtown. The restaurant took over a 1920s building full of art deco details. Their goal was to turn the former industrRead more
87% recommended
Hot Spot in Sacramento / Sacramento Valley

Cafeteria 15L

$$$$·Comfort Food·
Sacramento
2,969 reviews
  • Good for Groups
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Fit for Foodies
Cafeteria 15L has a prime location in the Park Complex across from State Capitol Park. This farm-fresh restaurant first opened in 2010 with a menu of upscale comfort food. Diners sRead more
94% recommended
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Piatti - Sacramento

$$$$·Italian·
Sacramento
1,264 reviews
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Great for Lunch
  • Special Occasion
Fair Oaks Blvd is home to Piatti Ristorante & Bar, a local staple since the early 1990s. This inviting space has an open-concept kitchen and a relaxed color scheme. Large windows lRead more
97% recommended
Best Food in Sacramento / Sacramento Valley

Plan B - ARDEN TOWN

$$$$·French·
Sacramento
263 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
This Arden Town restaurant showcases a dinner menu full of southern French fare. It focuses first on fish, meats, and seafood. Plan B also serves up fresh tartelettes and various FRead more
100% recommended
Best Food in Sacramento / Sacramento Valley
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Localis

$$$$·Californian·
Sacramento
1,048 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
  • Creative Cuisine
As its name suggests, Localis is a restaurant devoted to local fare. This hip Midtown restaurant first opened its doors in 2015. It has a variety of seasonal menus full of peak flaRead more
96% recommended
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Dawson's Steakhouse

$$$$·Steakhouse·
Sacramento
999 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Romantic
  • Special Occasion
Dawson’s Steakhouse is a Downtown restaurant found within the Hyatt Regency hotel. It first opened in 1988 and continues to draw in returning diners. Local steaks, seafood, and CalRead more
90% recommended
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Taylor's Kitchen

$$$$·American·
Sacramento
592 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries
This Land Park upscale restaurant crafts a creative seasonal menu. Taylor’s Kitchen first opened in 2009 next to its namesake, Taylor’s Market. The warm interior welcomes diners wiRead more
93% recommended
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