Fabian's Italian Bistro

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166 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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LT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Excellent food! Friendly knowledge servers! One of our favorite spots.

JW
Sacramento
5 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of my favorite restaurants of all time. Always a must-visit when I’m in town.

DD
Sacramento
3 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Very nice time. Chased out after lunch hour was over. Never expected that! No worries, we'll be back to be chased out again.

SO
San Francisco
23 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Wonderful GEM in Fair Oaks. Not easy to find a restaurant in that area that isn't a chain. We celebrated my mom's 70th birthday there. Had a 1pm reservation - place closes at 2pm and I worried they might rush us out but that was not the case at all. Staff is extraordinarily lovely.

C
Sacramento
31 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We took some friends to Fabian’s that had never been there. They were very surprised to learn that there was such a wonderful restaurant in their neighborhood . The short ribs were wonderful! Fabian’s never disappoints .

D
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have been going to Fabians since they opened. They just get better and better every time we go there.

4
San Diego
18 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a hidden gem!
Not sure I want to give this the best review because it's such a nice little secret but I was told by my Mom that it's nice to share so here goes! This was such a pleasant surprise! We visited Italy last year and loved all the food and our dinner proved that this chef / owner know what they are doing. The food was all fantastic and on Tuesdays they offer a wonderful tasting menu / wine pairing at a very reasonable price. We sat outside on the patio underneath the tree which is lit up with twinkling lights and it was so beautiful. It was nice too because so many restaurants now are so loud (now I do sound like my Mom) and this was quaint and quiet. What a lovely experience - we will be back … again, and again, and again!

OT
Sacramento
8 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

FD
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Wonderful and friendly staff. Excellent food at a fair price

BN
Sacramento
13 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall4food4service5ambience3

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
Overall3food2service3ambience5

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

TN
Sacramento
5 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

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
Overall4food5service4ambience4

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

LL
Sacramento
26 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience3

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

DU
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall3food3service5ambience5

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious risotto. Romantic place. We love their patio!

SC
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

J
Orange County
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience5

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

LE
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

S
Sacramento
27 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
32 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall4food4service5ambience4

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

FK
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall4food4service5ambience4

A lovely quiet place for lunch. Nice drinks.

p
Sacramento
9 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

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
12 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

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

F
Sacramento
12 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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