Cafe Vinoteca - Sacramento

4.1
321 Reviews
$30 and under
Italian
Vinoteca offers fresh, high quality, Italian influenced cuisine in an inviting and casual atmosphere with emphasis on distinguished personalized service. Complimented with specialty wines, decadent desserts, craft cocktails and a premium full bar, Vinoteca makes for a memorable dining experience.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
What 321 people are saying
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3.9
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MicheleF
Sacramento
4 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

There was a large young crowd who were very noisy during the first half of our meal. This was my only complaint. The food was quite good, the service was excellent. I had the clams and linguine. The sauce was brothy, light, and good, not creamy like one often gets, but it was yummy and flavorful.
I was quite pleased.

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vipLouiseK
San Francisco
40 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2021
Overall2food2service4ambience1

Food was very mediocre, took forever to get it. Not much taste. We asked to substitute pasta for mash potatoes on one dish and without letting us know charged us $5 for the substitute. One person ordered a salad with steak and they charged an extra $24 for the 4 ounces of meat! We gave our credit card and without letting us know (again) they tacked on another $10 for using a credit card instead of cash. Total rip off. We will not be going back to this restaurant.

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ShelleyE
Tahoe
2 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Good lunch!

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OpenTable Diner
Sacramento
3 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our dinners were amazing! I ordered the Pasta Verde with chicken and my husband had the Shrimp Linguine! So good! Loved the wine selection and great service! We also loved the added art to the decor!

So good!!!!

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OpenTable Diner
Sacramento
7 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Haven’t been in awhile so decided to visit. Early Saturday dinner (5:00), lasagna was excellent and service was fantastic. Will go again soon.

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NoeC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 10, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Cute little Italian spot in Sacramento, great food. Fairly small cute restaurant with great service from staff. Only detail that lowered my score for this spot is - I requested no dairy in my meal and the steak definitely had an arugula in the sauce. Besides this, all was well.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Sacramento
3 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2021
Overall1food1service3ambience1

The food took forever and it wasn’t even good. Overpriced.

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GayP
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience3

The service was excellent. the pasta dishes were very good but the side dishes with turkey were not so good. I have had wonderful dishes at Cafe Vinoteca before and will try again but will consider only Italian dishes, their special menu item.

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JDB2018
San Francisco
27 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Returned after a prolonged absence. We were surprised to see that the interior of the restaurant had changed. Black tablecloths and waterfall mirrors just didn't make the restaurant seem as friendly as I remembered it. Menu items were just OK, nothing to actually recommend.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience2

The food was not hot, in fact it was cool. The crepe on the cannelloni was tough, I used a steak knife to cut it and the filling tasted ok but had a lot of shredded carrots. My husband’s carbonara was also cool and he ate only 1/4 because he didn’t care for the flavor of the bacon and thin sauce.
The service was attentive but inexperienced. We have eaten here many times before and loved it but something has changed.

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DebiM
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was fantastic and our server was exceptional! Definitely will be returning soon.

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vipNonickname
Sacramento
111 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2021
Overall3food3service1ambience2

The food was OK but the service was terrible. The place was dead but we still waited to be approached upon being seated. Salads did not all come out together no cracked pepper we had to practically tackle someone, and not our waitress she was nowhere to be found, to get pepper. Entrees arrived before everyone was done with salads no room on table for all the plates. Very poor won’t return any time soon.

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RichardH
Sacramento
6 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff was very friendly and welcoming from the moment we walked in the door. We had the calamari with pickle appetizer and really enjoyed the pickles with the tartar and cocktail sauce provided. The Clam Fettuccini and pan seared scallops were excellent as well.

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viplauralee
Sacramento
13 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2021
Overall2food2service5ambience3

We had two orders of salmon with couscous - the salmon was excellent - the couscous was off.
Our husbands both wanted cannelloni - they were out of it. It was 5:30...!
They ordered carbonara instead - worst carbonara ever - overcooked pasta and no flavor and DRY.
The grilled romaine was good as usual.
We have never had this kind of meal there and so we'll call this a one-off.

What was notable though was the fact that the aircon was out on a 96 degree day and the staff rose to the occassion, seating people in the foyer where it was a bit cooler - tolerable for dinner and being cheerful and upbeat despite the unfortunate turn of events.
We will give it another try someday and we devoutly hope the food resumes its customary level of excellence.

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vipLauren
Sacramento
51 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Delicious food as usual. Friendly service…a pleasant dining experience.

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JessicaG
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Came to celebrate sister’s birthday. Food was excellent and our server was wonderful. Just a few of the dishes we ordered which were excellent.

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ShelleyM
Palm Springs
6 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience2

This used to be one of our favorite local spots years ago, but with different owners over the years it has not maintained the quality of food, service or ambiance. Looks a little down and out now and the menu is much smaller. Service was slow and uninterested in us and the food was just ok. Needs a major face lift and some personable service for us to come back.

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ChrisO
Sacramento
13 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Excellent food and friendly service

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Cathy
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and fabulous service. Our server, Maggie was terrific!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Sacramento
5 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

This place is excellent. It is laid back, the staff is very nice, and the food is delicious!

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Carusopmg
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

I continue to think Cafe Vinoteca has the best Italian food in Sacramento, but last night the noise level was too high.

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OpenTable Diner
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience3

We have been going to Cafe Vinoteca for years and it has been one of our go- to Italian restaurants. We haven’t been in over a year due to the pandemic. We went recently and what a disappointment! The food tasted terrible, was overcooked and was poorly presented. The restaurant was extremely loud, made worse by the clearly inexperienced wait staff who were shouting to be heard above the din. Worse was the indifferent waiter we had. He asked how the food was and we indicated it was disappointing and he said and did nothing. We told him this was for a birthday celebration and there was so song, not even a simple cup of ice cream with a candle. Not even a smile and a Happy Birthday. Complete indifference. We were embarrassed to have brought our friends there. After many years of meals there, we will never go again!

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OpenTable Diner
Hawaii
4 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Had a wonderful dinner! We will be back!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Central Coast
3 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2021
Overall1food1service4ambience1

Food was awful

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Bill
Sacramento
3 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall1food1service2ambience1

We requested outdoor dining, so we arrive on time and park just outside the restaurant. We walk with masks into the reception/bar lounge with a full crowd of people not wearing masks. We exit side door and are escorted to our table, which was against the outside wall of the restaurant, facing fair Oaks Blvd. and Watt Ave. A continuous line of cars raced by in both directions while the traffic lite was green, but they all screached to a halt when the light turned red. This went on approximately every 5 to 8 minutes while we ate dinner. My food consisted of some warmed-up veal with packaged gravy, and with a pile of baroquely and mashed potatoes for I think over 35 dollars. Granted the salad was ok. O yea, the waiter charged us for a bottle of wine when I only ordered a glass. We requested the bill be corrected and the service was slow.

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vipRosevillefoodie22
Sacramento
13 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience2

Mother’s Day dinner here was just ok. The eggplant appetizer was tiny and cold. We ordered the scallops, veal and NY steak. All were just ok. Nothing memorable or worth the special occasion

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viprichstew1
Sacramento
34 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall1food1service4ambience3

Dinner was horrible! They burned my wife’s chicken parmigiana TWICE! Neither serving was eatable!

However, the service was very good. Just couldn’t eat the food when we got it,

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vipOpenTable Diner
Sacramento
3 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience2

We have been here many times and it’s usually fine, but in this instance it was not. They were understaffed, so service took forever. Our order was incorrect, but never rectified after twice bringing it to the server’s attention. The food was just so so, and they never came back to check on if we were ok, needed more drinks, or anything. And it was so incredibly loud, we couldn’t have a conversation. We will think twice before going back.

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SusanB
Sacramento
30 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience4

The host and server were amazing! We had the bruschetta appetizer, it was tasty and I love their bread dip!

I had the fried eggplant with spaghetti. It was fine, but I’ll be going back to the gnocchi next time. My husband had the steak. The risotto cakes and meat were fantastic! The broccoli was cold.

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Jack
Sacramento
30 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall2food4service4ambience1

The food was really good but there were too little space between the tables for social distancing and the noice level was so high that we could not talk.

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traviss
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on April 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. My wife and I will definitely be back!!

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vipJPJP
San Francisco
23 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food drink prices and service. Will be back!

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Roca
San Francisco
50 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2021
Overall3food2service5ambience4

Will be back but I'll order something else. Service was fantastic! Friendly, fast, cheerful, and easy going. The lasagna was very meaty in a meatloaf kind of way. Odd.

Bar is not large and in the dining room. Seems to be an older set of folks there.

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OpenTable Diner
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Had the scallops with the mushroom risotto. It was delicious. Their wine list was great and reasonable. Service was good. Would dine here again.

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vipMercuryRising
Los Angeles
33 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience2

We are vegetarian so maybe the meat dishes are better, but I wouldn’t be back for the lack of quality and options for a vegetarian. The arugula salad was black and limp on the bottom - not edible obviously old.

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OpenTable Diner
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Valentine’s Day

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DiningDave
Sacramento
4 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience2

We went for Valentine's Day dinner. There was no indication when I made the reservation that there was a special, limited menu. One of the plates had two hairs on it. The Chilean sea bass was delicious, but the portion was equal to that of an appetizer for a cost of approx. $45. The mixed drinks from the bar were mediocre at best.

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vipLisaK
San Francisco
26 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was delicious!! Service was great as always. True neighborhood gem

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erniem
Sacramento
7 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

food is always delicious here..it was a pleasant surprise that the restaurant was opened for indoor dinning....safety protocols fully met...

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TimR
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food and service!

FAQs

Cafe Vinoteca - Sacramento does offer delivery in partnership with Uber Eats. Cafe Vinoteca - Sacramento also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (916) 487-1331.

Cafe Vinoteca - Sacramento is rated 4.1 stars by 321 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.