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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 list of the 20 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
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Magpie Cafe

$$$$·American·
Sacramento
125 reviews
  • Local Ingredients
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Fit for Foodies
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
97% recommended
Great for Brunch in Sacramento / Sacramento Valley

Frank Fat's

$$$$·Chinese·
Sacramento
1,610 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Authentic
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
95% recommended

Empress Tavern

$$$$·American·
Sacramento
1,126 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
  • Handcrafted Cocktails
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
93% recommended
Vibrant Bar Scene in Sacramento / Sacramento Valley

Paragary's

$$$$·Farm-to-table·
Sacramento
1,362 reviews
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Good for a Date
  • 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
96% recommended
Best Ambiance in Sacramento / Sacramento Valley

Seasons 52 - Sacramento

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Arden Fair
2,432 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Quiet Conversation
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
92% recommended
Most Booked in Sacramento / Sacramento Valley

Allora

$$$$·Seafood·
Sacramento
734 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Notable Wine List
  • Creative Cuisine
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 Overall in Sacramento / Sacramento Valley
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Brasserie Capitale

$$$$·French·
Sacramento
711 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Romantic
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
93% recommended

Zinfandel Grille - Sacramento

$$$$·Californian·
Sacramento
1,888 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
  • Neighborhood Gem
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
96% recommended
Californian in Sacramento / Sacramento Valley

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
113 reviews
  • Bar Seating
  • Casual
  • Live Sports
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
86% recommended
Kid Friendly in Sacramento / Sacramento Valley
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Grange

$$$$·Californian·
Sacramento
3,129 reviews
  • Business Meals
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
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
97% recommended
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Hook and Ladder Manufacturing Company

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Sacramento
462 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Handcrafted Cocktails
  • Creative Cuisine
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
97% recommended
Healthy in Sacramento / Sacramento Valley

The Izakaya

$$$$·Japanese·
Sacramento
29 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

Zocalo Midtown

$$$$·Regional Mexican·
Sacramento
1,098 reviews
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Good for Groups
  • Fun
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
92% recommended
Hot Spot in Sacramento / Sacramento Valley

Cafeteria 15L

$$$$·Comfort Food·
Sacramento
2,968 reviews
  • Casual
  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Groups
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
97% recommended
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Piatti - Sacramento

$$$$·Italian·
Sacramento
1,097 reviews
  • Good for Birthdays
  • Good for a Date
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
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
Italian in Sacramento / Sacramento Valley

Plan B - ARDEN TOWN

$$$$·French·
Sacramento
209 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Quiet Conversation
  • Special Occasion
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
83% recommended
Neighborhood Gem in Sacramento / Sacramento Valley
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Localis

$$$$·Californian·
Sacramento
981 reviews
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Special Occasion
  • Local Ingredients
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
86% recommended
Fit for Foodies in Sacramento / Sacramento Valley
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Dawson's - Hyatt Regency Sacramento

$$$$·Steakhouse·
Sacramento
942 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Good for a Date
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
95% recommended
Notable Wine List in Sacramento / Sacramento Valley

Taylor's Kitchen

$$$$·American·
Sacramento
562 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Good for a Date
  • Local Ingredients
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
92% recommended
Neighborhood Gem in Sacramento / Sacramento Valley
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