Fabian's Italian Bistro

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159 Reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
Voted Best Italian Restaurant in Sacramento two years in a row! Fabian's Italian Bistro serves locally sourced ingredients crafted into classic Italian dinners, lunches and brunches. On the weekend, you can enjoy brunch with smoked salmon benedict, chicken fried steak or even eggs in the hole. At dinner or lunch service, take a peek at the special wine and cocktail menu, which is filled with both local and imported options.

Fabian’s Italian Bistro is worth checking out any day, but if you happen to be in the neighborhood on Tuesday or Wednesday, you’re in for a treat. Tasting Tuesday dinners include an ever-changing special tasting menu, where you can try smoked pork, scallops, pork tenderloin, polenta, squid ink spaghetti and more. Wednesdays at Fabian’s Italian Bistro feature select house favorite wines for half price.
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OT
Sacramento
8 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time dining at Fabian's, I was very happy with the service and food!

FD
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Wonderful and friendly staff. Excellent food at a fair price

BN
Sacramento
13 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a great place to visit, especially when the weather cooperates and we get to enjoy some patio dining.

BK
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Rissotto was very good. Veal Picata could have been more tender.
Is there a happy hour? "House wine was quite expensive". Drinks, dinner and tip totaled $137.00 making it an expensive evening for two.

RS
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 5

Cute place but mediocre food. Price was high for quality of the food

TN
Sacramento
5 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Brunch was good! The special omelette of the day was a big hit. Food is always good! Excellent waitress and manager.

They need to fix the ceiling...when you glance up or across room, you see black plastic liner... cheap and ugly.

K
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Service was slow. Food was awesome. Lights are oddly bright, noticeably weird.

LL
Sacramento
24 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 3

My husband & I had a great dinner at Fabian’s Bistro.
We started with cocktails I had their tasty chicken meatballs with a curly pasta, which was cooked al dente! The service was very nice, friendly. Other employees also greeted us during the dinner. We will definitely return again for another culinary experience!
I like the patio setting. Next time if the temperature is ok, we will sit outdoors. The interior lighting could be improved by softer lighting. The hard scapes like walls, tables need a touch of warm decor in my opinion since the table tops are bare. I like the background music.

J
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very nice. Food was excellent. Service was on point. Thank you. I turned 43 today.

DU
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is Fair Oaks best kept secret! Amazing food, service and setting. I like how they have a different menu about every 3-4 months, I have yet to have something that I didn't absolutely love.

KC
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

Two of us ordered the pork chops and they were amazing. We all had a Caesar salad and it was very good and very nice size. I however ordered shrimp to go on top of my Caesar salad, and I was surprised only four came and they were quite small. So I requested additional order. My sister ordered the seafood Bolognese and she said the fish was wonderful, however the Bolognese wasn’t that great. The vegetables were much chunkier than traditional Bolognese. But all in all we enjoyed ourselves and will return.

TJ
Sacramento
11 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My favorite place to dine when I want an intimate conversation. Food is delicious. Service is great. No rushing to get us out. Truly a delightful dining experience.

OT
Sacramento
2 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious risotto. Romantic place. We love their patio!

SC
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We very much enjoyed our dinner at Fabian's on our 50th wedding anniversary. The food was excellent and the service was on point. We look forward to returning soon.

C
New Mexico
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service, excellent pasta, sit outside if you can. Thanks to a fine , locally owned, family run restaurant.

DC
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabian's never disappoints; the food is always wonderful, the service is always top-notch, and this time we dined on the patio which made the evening perfect.

OT
Sacramento
3 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous as always. Fabian’s is a jewel of Fair Oaks 💙

J
Orange County
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

The first time we dined at Fabian’s I was completely won over by the charming ambiance on their patio and we really enjoyed it. That was about a year ago. Since then, they’ve changed their menu. My main complaint is the limited choices on the menu. Also, didn’t care for the bread/dipping sauce. The waitress seemed quite busy and we didn’t have great service from her. The food was good, but not great (except the calamari- delicious!). There are so many excellent restaurants in this area, and quite a few Italian, that I enjoy more. Fabian’s will have to improve their menu selections and service to woo my business- despite the charming patio.

GK
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good food, excellent service, and very knowledgeable staff with menu and drink selections

LE
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great outdoor seating, service and food.
We had a wonderful evening!

S
Sacramento
27 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is the best brunch in town. Sitting under the trees, enjoying the summer breeze, knowing the food is consistently wonderful! Service is sophisticated and timely. Bartender is friendly and talented. What more could you ask for?

T
Sacramento
8 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is one of our favorite places to go. The service is excellent as is the food.

MS
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Enjoyed the outside patio dining! Food was excellent and service great. We were not rushed and enjoyed the food and time we spent at Fabian!

C
Sacramento
31 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The special was ahi and it was delicious! We always enjoy the fresh bread with dipping sauce. The service was great.

OT
Sacramento
5 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We are regulars at Fabian’s due to the seasonally delicious dishes and great, friendly service. Their lovely landscaped patio creates an oasis of calm in Fair Oaks during spring through fall.

OT
San Francisco
28 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Second time there and an even better experience. Really outstanding dishes - beautiful presentation/plating, and just wonderful all around. Great service too.

D
Sacramento
4 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Brunch w/ family and friends. Always a great menu & bottomless mimosas/bloody Mary’s

FK
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was great and the service was outstanding. The server was informative, friendly and was always there when we needed something. We will definitely be going back.

J
Sacramento
7 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

A lovely quiet place for lunch. Nice drinks.

p
Sacramento
9 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We requested outdoor seating since 4 out of 5 of us thought it would be comfortable. (It wasn't, although I tried not to complain...just too hot, even under those beautiful trees!) We had super good service from the young ladies doing lunch service. They were both exemplary! We're sad that the Salmon BLT still isn't back on the menu, nor is the Fair Oaks lunch special. Four shared a bottle of the Wine Wednesday special and loved it, and my margarita was really good. Tried the pork tenderlion sandwich and it was okay, but the Heirloom Tomato Gazpacho was delcious. It was a birthday lunch so we all shared a lovely tiramisu and the birthday girl had the gelato with a candle. We came at opening and stayed until after 1pm. It was a wonderful occasion. Thank you for being there. We're all retired from Macy*s and celebrate all our birthday lunches at Fabian's.

J
Sacramento
11 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Good food and beverages. Allows the guest to choose seating outside or inside.

F
Sacramento
12 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Surprised at a couple food items which I will not order next time. Usually everything is perfect.

C
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My family loves eggs benedict and fabian's has three types to choose from for brunch. Everything is absolutely fresh and delicious. You can't beat the quality or the service.

OT
Sacramento
3 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience

JD
Sacramento
4 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is definitely a hidden gem. Restaurant has an outdoor seating area under cover of full trees, very nice. Our server and assistant (Jenny and Drew) took great care of us and were very friendly. The Brunch selection was good and the food was delicious (Crab Cake Benedict, Polenta and Eggs). The bottomless mimosas were fabulous and were truly bottomless (thanks again to Drew and Jenny). My daughter's family joined us and said they routinely come here for a romantic dinner. We will be coming back to try that too!

OT
Sacramento
2 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, service, and ambiance. Menu offers an amazing balance of classic and modern Italian dishes. Order the bread and try their homemade dipping sauce!

G
Sacramento
3 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Yummy food, nice atmospheres, great service, you can actually have a conversation! Would go again....

k
Sacramento
38 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a gem of a restaurant tucked away in Fair Oaks. We love the option for indoor or outdoor seating. Both areas areas are very nice. The food is always good and the staff was great.

DM
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is excellent. Chef Tom is excellent and puts his own take on different dishes. The wait staff is very attentive and friendly. Their Tuesday night tastings are phenomenal. If you want to, you can also eat outside. Fabian's is my go to place for good Italian food.

JS
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Everyone enjoyed their meal. The polenta fries were delicious. The only thing I did not like was in the dish I had (papperadelle), the shrimp was overcooked And it tasted like it was probably frozen shrimp not fresh.The lobster wasn’t really very good. It was a lot of money for a kind of disappointing dish. This disappointment however was an exception. I am usually very pleased with everything I order at this restaurant

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