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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
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Localis

$$$$·Californian·
Sacramento
984 reviews
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Local Ingredients
  • Special Occasion
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
85% recommended
Fit for Foodies in Sacramento / Sacramento Valley

The Kitchen Restaurant

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Sacramento
972 reviews
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries
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
91% recommended
Best Overall in Sacramento / Sacramento Valley
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Allora

$$$$·Seafood·
Sacramento
736 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Creative Cuisine
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
96% recommended
Best Overall in Sacramento / Sacramento Valley

Bubbles & Birds

$$$$·Contemporary Southern·
Lodi
77 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Great for Brunch
  • Special Occasion
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
89% recommended
Great for Brunch in Sacramento / Sacramento Valley

Canon

$$$$·American·
Sacramento
724 reviews
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion
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

Hawks

$$$$·Californian·
Granite Bay
2,710 reviews
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
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
96% recommended
Best Overall in Sacramento / Sacramento Valley

Fabian's Italian Bistro

$$$$·Italian·
Fair Oaks
177 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Good for a Date
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
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
96% recommended
Great for Brunch in Sacramento / Sacramento Valley

Osteria Fasulo

$$$$·Italian·
Davis
856 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
94% recommended
Best Overall in Sacramento / Sacramento Valley

The Jungle Bird

$$$$·Polynesian·
Midtown
149 reviews
  • Fun
  • Handcrafted Cocktails
  • Bar Seating
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
93% recommended
Best Value in Sacramento / Sacramento Valley

Back Bistro

$$$$·Californian·
Folsom
216 reviews
  • Happy Hour
  • Pre/post Theatre
  • Good for a Date
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
92% recommended
Californian in Sacramento / Sacramento Valley

Sheldon Inn Restaurant & Bar

$$$$·American·
Elk Grove
907 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Anniversaries
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
97% recommended
American in Sacramento / Sacramento Valley

Aioli Bodega Espanola

$$$$·Spanish·
Sacramento
1,197 reviews
  • Tapas
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
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
94% recommended
Romantic in Sacramento

Grand Island Mansion

$$$$·American·
Walnut Grove
403 reviews
  • Great for Brunch
  • Worth the Drive
  • Special Occasion
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
97% recommended
Best Overall in Sacramento / Sacramento Valley
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Iron Horse Tavern - Sacramento

$$$$·American·
Sacramento
119 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Bar Seating
  • Happy Hour
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
Neighborhood Gem in Sacramento / Sacramento Valley
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Taylor's Kitchen

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

$$$$·Fusion / Eclectic·
Sacramento
1,001 reviews
  • Great for Brunch
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Casual
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
Great for Brunch in Sacramento / Sacramento Valley
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Kitchen428 Restaurant

$$$$·American·
Woodland
531 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
  • Great for Lunch
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
93% recommended
Great for Lunch in Sacramento / Sacramento Valley

Zocalo - University Village

$$$$·Regional Mexican·
Sacramento
480 reviews
  • Good for Groups
  • Casual
  • Happy Hour
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
94% recommended
Kid Friendly in Sacramento / Sacramento Valley

Frank Fat's

$$$$·Chinese·
Sacramento
1,614 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Authentic
  • Good for a Date
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
95% recommended

Biba Restaurant

$$$$·Italian·
Sacramento
2,525 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Anniversaries
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
97% recommended
Best Overall in Sacramento / Sacramento Valley
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