The Most Fun Restaurants in Sacramento

The OpenTable Team

While people may flock to the city for all the fun restaurants in Sacramento, settlers in the 1850s showed up for the gold. This influx of people from around the world created one of the most diverse culinary scenes in the world, and that tradition lives on to this day in the area’s best eateries. Those who covet fresh food will gravitate toward the ‘farm to fork’ movement, which started here in 1849. The trend has grown consistently since the city’s first 'Whole Food' Festival in the 1870s. Evolving ramen, Cali-Baja style, and Filipino fare have also become staples, and this shows just how diverse the gastronomic scene has remained. But which restaurants do the savviest foodies visit to find good fun and food? Welcome to Tastemaker 20. We’ve gathered data from tens of thousands of eateries around the world – all to find where OpenTable’s most devoted culinary connoisseurs like to enjoy a meal. Check out these fun restaurants in Sacramento and book a spot before they’re full!

Restaurants:Localis, The Kitchen Restaurant, Allora
Price Range:$$$ - $$$$
Cuisines:Californian, Contemporary American, Seafood
Neighborhoods:Sacramento

Localis

$$$$·Californian·
Sacramento
1,048 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
  • Creative Cuisine
Its distinction as a Michelin Plate restaurant means Localis already stands out among its contemporaries. When exciting events such as public markets, wine tastings, live music andRead more
97% recommended
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The Kitchen Restaurant

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Sacramento
984 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Notable Wine List
  • Creative Cuisine
Those who want their dinner to be more of a performance will adore The Kitchen Restaurant. Guests are able to walk right through the open kitchens and even have a chat with chefs wRead more
100% recommended
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Allora

$$$$·Seafood·
Sacramento
971 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
  • Fit for Foodies
The private wine club, Italian inspired cocktails and option for communal seating are only small parts of what designate Allora as a fun restaurant in Sacramento. The decor – rangiRead more
97% recommended
Best Food in Sacramento / Sacramento Valley
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Canon

$$$$·American·
Sacramento
966 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Fit for Foodies
Seasonal menus, shareable plates and unique décor have helped Canon live up to the anticipation that locals had prior to its opening. Those who want the experience of a fun restaurRead more
95% recommended
Fit for Foodies in Sacramento / Sacramento Valley
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Hawks

$$$$·Californian·
Granite Bay
2,978 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
  • Fit for Foodies
Some of the most fun restaurants in Sacramento have multiple concepts, and that's certainly the case for Hawks. The Public House is a gastropub style bar and restaurant, but ProvisRead more
98% recommended
Best Overall in Sacramento / Sacramento Valley

Fabian's Italian Bistro

$$$$·Italian·
Fair Oaks
595 reviews
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Special Occasion
Not only is Fabian’s Italian Bistro one of the more fun restaurants in Sacramento, it was also recognized as the best eatery in the city for two straight years. Tasting Tuesday andRead more
98% recommended
Best Ambiance in Sacramento / Sacramento Valley
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Osteria Fasulo

$$$$·Italian·
Davis
966 reviews
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
When the atmosphere of a fun restaurant in Sacramento is combined with contemporary and authentic Italian dishes, the result is Osteria Fasulo. The eatery is family-owned, and theyRead more
98% recommended
Best Overall in Sacramento / Sacramento Valley
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The Jungle Bird

$$$$·Polynesian·
Midtown
243 reviews
  • Handcrafted Cocktails
  • Good for a Date
  • Fun
For individuals whose idea of excitement is a tropical paradise, The Jungle Bird is the fun restaurant in Sacramento that cannot be missed. Tiki statues, tribal masks, paintings ofRead more
92% recommended
Vibrant Bar Scene in Sacramento / Sacramento Valley
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Back Bistro

$$$$·Bistro·
Folsom
264 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Anniversaries
Any eatery that’s served the city since 2008 has had plenty of time to become one of the fun restaurants in Sacramento, and Back Bistro accomplished this while remaining true to thRead more
88% recommended
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Sheldon Inn Restaurant & Bar

$$$$·American·
Elk Grove
1,236 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Neighborhood Gem
Serving the city for over three decades and housed in an over century-old building, Sheldon Inn Restaurant and Bar is nothing if not classic. The luxurious chandeliers, fine art, oRead more
98% recommended
Best Service in Sacramento / Sacramento Valley
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Aioli Bodega Espanola

$$$$·Spanish·
Sacramento
1,394 reviews
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Tapas
  • Good for a Date
With a promise to transport guests to Andalusia, Aioli Bodega Espanola consistently delivers on its word and is always listed as one of the fun restaurants in Sacramento. The menu Read more
91% recommended
Notable Wine List in Sacramento / Sacramento Valley

Grand Island Mansion

$$$$·American·
Walnut Grove
487 reviews
  • Great for Brunch
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
The sprawling estate of the Grand Island Mansion is historic and located among the Sacramento River delta region. The building is in the style of the Italian Renaissance, but the SRead more
92% recommended
Best Overall in Sacramento / Sacramento Valley
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Iron Horse Tavern - Sacramento

$$$$·American·
Sacramento
122 reviews
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Great for Brunch
  • Casual
The historic nature of Iron Horse Tavern combined with its appeal to urbane sophistication explain why it's one of the most photographed eateries in the city. They’ve maintained thRead more
91% recommended
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Taylor's Kitchen

$$$$·American·
Sacramento
592 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries
Located between Curtis Park and Land Park sits one of the city's best kept culinary secrets – Taylor's Kitchen. This neighborhood eatery maintains its distinction as one of the mosRead more
93% recommended
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Capitol Garage

$$$$·Fusion / Eclectic·
Sacramento
1,034 reviews
  • Great for Brunch
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Great for Lunch
Geeks Who Drink trivia, Capitol Friday's with a live deejay, Dinner and a Drag Shows and even murder mysteries all make Capitol Garage one of the most fun restaurants in SacramentoRead more
93% recommended
Great for Brunch in Sacramento / Sacramento Valley
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Zocalo - University Village

$$$$·Regional Mexican·
Sacramento
735 reviews
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Great for Lunch
  • Neighborhood Gem
Promising both an upscale and casual experience, Zocalo at University Village continues the brand's reputation as a fun restaurant in Sacramento that was earned at the Roseville anRead more
95% recommended
Outdoor Dining in Sacramento / Sacramento Valley

Frank Fat's

$$$$·Chinese·
Sacramento
1,717 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Good for Birthdays
Serving the area since 1939, Frank Fat’s has had a long time to become one of the most fun restaurants in Sacramento. They’ve accomplished this by consistently transporting their gRead more
97% recommended
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Bubbles & Birds - Permanently Closed

$$$$·Contemporary Southern·
Lodi
97 reviews
  • Great for Brunch
  • Good for Birthdays
  • Sunday Lunch
Lovers of luxurious lighting, fine art, vintage décor and chic environments can’t miss out on Bubbles & Birds. This fun restaurant in Sacramento boasts a healthy love of all thingsRead more
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Kitchen428 Restaurant

$$$$·American·
Woodland
554 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Neighborhood Gem
Situated on the ground floor of the Jackson Building is Kitchen428 - an eatery famous for its car shows, holiday celebrations, lounge and annual pig roast. Even while being so succRead more
95% recommended
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Biba Restaurant

$$$$·Italian·
Sacramento
2,617 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Good for a Date
The 600,000 cookbooks sold by Biba Restaurant’s owner are typically enough to attract locals and tourists alike. Guests recognize her skill in all its glory when they try the houseRead more
94% recommended
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