Fabian's Italian Bistro

4.7
1043 Reviews
$30 and under
Italian
Voted Best Italian Restaurant in Sacramento! Fabian's Italian Bistro serves locally sourced ingredients crafted into classic Italian dinners, lunches and brunches. On the weekend, you can enjoy brunch with classic eggs benedict, avocado toast or even the "chef's mess". 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, plus they allow you to bring your own bottle with no corkage.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 1043 people are saying
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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 17 hours ago
Overall5food4service5ambience4

The staff is excellent; polite, knowledgeable and checked on us at all the right times. We enjoy the ever changing appetizer menu and staple dinner items. Lovely little date night spot or casual dining.

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Sancerrely
Phoenix
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So wonderful! Staff was attentive and friendly. Food was absolutely amazing. I can’t wait to bring more friends and family to dine here again. Bravo!

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GerryS
Sacramento
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had a lovely meal. Everyone enjoyed the food, and the atmosphere was pleasant. We're looking forward to our next experience at Fabians.

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Bridge
Sacramento
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A beautiful, quaint restaurant with fantastic food and cocktails.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Sacramento
13 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience3

The service was above average. The food was quite rustic between fine doing and casual. The prices were quite high for the caliber of what was received. A local hangout type. The bar and alcohol sales appear to be an attraction. Was expecting more based on prior reviews. Salads were ok. Crab cakes were very poor; should’ve been warm but served cold and consistency and taste like tuna fish. I had short rib which was satisfactory and guest had salmon which was tiny portion but larger side accompanying. The dessert cannoli was hard as a rock and not delicate. I had two different beers which were very bitter. Gust had wine which was standard. Guest liked capuchins but they did not have low fat milk. Was new restaurant to us but likely won’t be back.

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Barbara
Sacramento
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent friendly service and the food is delicious! My favorite neighborhood restaurant.

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VictoriaK
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on January 20, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

For lovely ambiance, service, and food, I truly recommend Fabian's.

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Jose
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2022
Overall3food5service5ambience5

We have always loved this place but haven't been in some time due to Covid. We were disappointed to learn they no longer offer the famous bread dip but when the meal came there was almost no pasta in my dish but a ton in my wife's. When the bill came we saw that we had been charged for bread, which was never mentioned or stated anywhere. The most expensive steak houses dont do that. This all made for a disappointing experience.

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MikeT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

very relaxed ambience, efficient yet not overbearing service, very good cocktails, and tasty and well presented salads and entrees. Still at the top of their game after all these years.... yes we still remember when you walked in to find a deli case to order from. Haaaaa. What a pleasant change in decor.

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KandaceM
1 review
Dined on January 14, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always excellent service and a life saver during the pandemic to have such a wonderful local restaurant. Febian's is our go to at least twice a month!
Kandace & John

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BarbaraZ
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2022
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Anniversary

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guya
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food, raviolis, crab cakes,& chocolate moose was outstanding.

JB
JBT1
Sacramento
19 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2022
Overall1food2service2ambience4

We’ve been coming to Fabian’s since it opened. The food and service was always good and prices reasonable.

Last night we felt like we stepped into the Twilight Zone. The prices were sky high, but that alone did not put us off. Gone was the complementary bread and dipping sauce, to be replaced by tasteless – doughy lumps of commercial bakery bread and a thin slice of butter. They actually had the nerve to charge $6 for this stale bread. A dinner salad is now $13?! We ordered one to split and were told if it was split in the kitchen there would be and additional charge. Huh?

Our entrees were dropped off without the offer of parmesan cheese, which was provided when we tracked down our waiter. Never once were we asked how our meal was. I ordered the Bolognese which was barely warm, my husband had the special pappardelle. It was okay but certainly not worth coming back for. We each had a glass of house wine – for this meal our bill was just under $97.00.

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OpenTable Diner
Sacramento
5 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2022
Overall4food5service5ambience4

The food and service was excellent however $25 for wine corkage in the Sacramento area is outrageous!

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MaryLouP
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed a post holiday birthday celebration and were not disappointed!

LR
LindyR
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great brunch, excellent service staff and a comfortable atmosphere.

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WILLYW
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on January 7, 2022
Overall4food5service5ambience3

The food was very good, but the portions were small. The service was good and the staff was nice.

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lukel
1 review
Dined on January 7, 2022
Overall4food2service3ambience3

My salmon was overcooked and was served with burnt cauliflower and some kind of shredded greens. My friend ordered scallops which were good but only 2 of them. This for $107. Used to be favorite restaurant. Not now.

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Joyce
Sacramento
5 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great birthday lunch. Everything was excellent especially food and service

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BobK
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nothing but a positive feeling during my stay. Excellent lunch.

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vipTonyC
Sacramento
16 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Top shelf cuisine, great vibe, super friendly people and service, highly recommended

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OpenTable Diner
Sacramento
4 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent dinner accompanied by tasty wines and great service.

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TonyC
Sacramento
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was exceptional and the service was outstanding for our early New Year's Eve dinner!

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ShauDa
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really enjoy everything! Service, drinks and food is absolutely amazing….especially lately

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AnnP
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is the fourth time we have been here in 3 months. It is our new favorite sacramento restaurant. The best part...the service. Great waitresses and conscientious support staff. Hard to find such good service these days. Food and drinks are consistently great.

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SusanE
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience3

The food and service was perfect. The prices are a bit too much. I've never been to another restaurant where you were charged extra for a basket of bread and butter. When you're charging the kind of prices they charge, they can afford to include bread and butter.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Central Coast
6 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Christmas Eve

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OpenTable Diner
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love Fabian’s

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OpenTable Diner
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Old friends getting together for a Holiday brunch. We used to go to dinner to celebrate the holidays but we’re old and can’t stay up that late. Been doing it over 30 years. Fabians is one of our favorite restaurants. Brunch was great. Love the Bloody Mary.

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carmenroberts
Sacramento
2 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabian's is the best restaurant around ... amazing food, service and atmosphere.

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LisaD
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food and service on Friday night and for Sunday brunch today. Thank you!

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vipLynda
Sacramento
13 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The chef’s specials are always amazing. Brought my girlfriend for her first visit. We started with Caesar salad and then the fennel crusted halibut with corn purée that was amazing. The soup of the day was potatoes leek. I ordered two bowls to go for the next day. Thank you Becky. Great evening as always. Superb Covid protocols.

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WendyW
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful! Service and good exceptional. I highly recommend!

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JeanieC
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Strip malls often have the best hidden gems when it comes to restaurants. Fabian's falls into this category. Small and quiet with an intimate bar and fantastic food.

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luv2eat
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Meatballs and pork belly appetizers were awesome. Great cocktails!
My ravioli was a bit dry but still tasty.
We will be back.

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Heather
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Office Holiday Party Luncheon- Absolutely perfect place to celebrate with great food and excellent service!

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Vassar
1 review
Dined on December 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dinner was fantastic - the Smoked Rosemary Gimlet was delicious. Food was great, as always, came out quickly and piping hot. We have never had a meal at Fabian's that we didn't thoroughly enjoy. Service was spot on - never had to wait long at all for a refill or another round, but our server was not constantly in our face (which is appreciated so much). Looking forward to going back!

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Jimv
1 review
Dined on December 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Fabian's Bistro is an excellent "Special Occasion" dining experience.

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MikeT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

From the excellent cocktails to the tasty lobster ravioli and oso buco the meal was perfect. Efficient and knowledgeable wait staff, and a comfortable environment. Been coming here 11 years. Hope for 11 more.

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vipBobo
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I have always had a great meal and great service here! And we love their outdoor seating.

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You can order delivery directly from Fabian's Italian Bistro using the Order Online button. Fabian's Italian Bistro also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (916) 536-9891.

Fabian's Italian Bistro is rated 4.7 stars by 1043 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.

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