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Fabian's Italian Bistro, Fair Oaks, CA

Fabian's Italian Bistro

4.8
4.8
1240 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.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 26 times today

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Italian

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Sat, Sun 10:00 am–2:00 pm Lunch Wed–Fri 11:30 am–2:00 pm Dinner Wed, Thu 5:00 pm–8:30 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Sun 5:00 pm–8:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (916) 536-9891

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Neighborhood

    Fair Oaks

  • Cross street

    Madison Avenue

  • Parking details

    Private Lot

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch

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What 1,240 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.8Ambience
  • 4.5Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Sacramento / Sacramento Valley

    Best Overall

  • Sacramento / Sacramento Valley

    Best Service

  • Sacramento / Sacramento Valley

    Best Ambiance

  • Sacramento / Sacramento Valley

    Best Value

  • Sacramento / Sacramento Valley

    Great for Brunch

  • Sacramento / Sacramento Valley

    Neighborhood Gem

  • Sacramento / Sacramento Valley

    Outdoor Dining

  • Sacramento / Sacramento Valley

    Italian

  • Sacramento

    Best Overall

  • Sacramento

    Best Food

  • Sacramento

    Best Service

  • Sacramento

    Best Ambiance

  • Sacramento

    Best Value

  • Sacramento

    Great for Brunch

  • Sacramento

    Great for Lunch

  • Sacramento

    Neighborhood Gem

  • Sacramento

    Outdoor Dining

  • Sacramento

    Italian

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  1. M

    Marilyn

    Sacramento

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Fabian's is a wonderful restaurant with a lovely out door dining patio. The food is consistently good and if they have specials, you can count on it being delicious.
  2. JP

    JudiP

    Sacramento

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Whenever I think of a relaxing , fun and food to enjoy. I turn to Fabians. The help are there for you & seem to always make you feel important.
  3. DM

    DougM

    New England

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, attentive staff. Worth a visit for lunch, dinner, or special occasion!
  4. CL

    CindyL

    Sacramento

    102 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    102 reviews

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    They've revamped the menu, adding some new things, sadly eliminating some (my go to meal was the Carpaccio), but still excellent. We all started with cocktails. My Manhattan was delicious. Then onto caesar salads, which were also delicious. My main course was the short rib served with goat cheese polenta. Our server highly recommended it and I wasn't disappointed. AMAZING! Definitely on the rich side, but I ate every bit. My friends each had the pesto pasta with shrimp and gobbled every bit of their dinner. No dessert. Service was excellent.
  5. KS

    KarenS

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always enjoy going there, especially for lunch on the patio… a little warm at this time of year, but still so pleasant!!
  6. MK

    MargaretK

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always a delight to dine on Fabian’s patio! The beautiful foliage, market lights, delicious food preparations and attentive service from Lena and other staff make it an inviting venue and special event, even on the warmest days.
  7. G

    Good

    Sacramento

    38 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    38 reviews

    Dined on July 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely lunch on the patio with friends. Cobb salad was perfect and so was the service.
  8. d

    dlo52

    Sacramento

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 28, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Good food , service and price. Zero corkage on Wednesdays great idea
  9. WO

    WayneO

    Sacramento

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on July 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent as always. We ate on the wonderful patio. Wait staff so attentive and helpful. Food delicious and plentiful,
  10. T

    Thursday

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 25, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience5
    The service and food was slow. But loved the ambiance.
  11. MH

    MissiH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food and service!!! We have never had a bad experience at Fabian’s!! Thank you all for letting me celebrate my 50th birthday with my family!!
  12. DR

    DebR

    Sacramento

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I love this place. Dining in their outdoor courtyard is perfect. Great cocktails and food.
  13. S

    Sacman

    Sacramento

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    This is a great place to go with friends for dinner.
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Sacramento

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food & drinks were excellent. Perfect place to celebrate my sister’s birthday.
  15. G

    Grinch

    Sacramento

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best dining experience in recent memory. Excellent salmon and scampi. We dined outdoors, even though the temperature 'outside' was 100. The combination of shade and misters made it quite comfortable. We'll be BACK!
  16. t

    tiffanyk

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Local restaurant with local folks. Solid offerings although I miss their calamari!
  17. HL

    HollyL

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall3food2service5ambience4
    Focaccia is not ever in a dense loaf. Ever. It was dry and dense. Italian loaf maybe. Not focaccia. It kind of ruined the meal. I don’t think I’ll be coming back. Seems petty, but there are tons of other food options.
  18. DC

    DarciC

    Sacramento

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a fabulous meal, with a wonderful server on their beautiful patio. In spite of the heat wave, they had numerous misters that kept the area quite comfortable.
  19. JB

    JamesB

    Sacramento

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great neighborhood spot. Excellent food and superb deserts. Good friendly, wait staff. Very nice outdoor area.
  20. HG

    1HppyGirl

    Sacramento

    22 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on July 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great evening!! Hostess was conscious of seating us away from screaming children as we were on a date night. The service was amazing, food was fabulous and pace of the evening was perfect!!
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Joaquin

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Birthday dinner
  22. C

    Cathie

    Sacramento

    24 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on July 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and service
  23. m

    meee

    Sacramento

    98 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    98 reviews

    Dined on July 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    what a wonderful find...outside patio area is magnificent and there are misters for the heat relief! i had the ravioli and it was outstanding. glad to discover Fabians
  24. L

    Lori

    Sacramento

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very enjoyable meal! We celebrated a birthday celebration and everything was perfect! Erin was our server and she was excellent and very attentive! Our entire group had a great time! We will definitely be back!
  25. d

    dlo52

    Sacramento

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great service. Table had short ribs and salmon that were excellent. Regular customers.
  26. LV

    LVentura

    Los Angeles

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on July 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fabian's outside patio is a fantastic environment for lunch with friends. It's relaxing and inviting.
  27. ME

    MrsE

    San Joaquin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We have been coming to this restaurant for many years and it never disappoints the food is absolutely delicious and we love the atmosphere.
  28. KB

    KBM10

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 10, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    We sat in the patio on a 100+ degree day, but with cover and misters it was still pleasant. The food was good and tasty. It was a Sunday so we only had the brunch menu. Plan to return for a lunch item. Plate servings are moderate, but plenty. Not like the overstuffed servings a lot of restaurants provide. Prices are good. Staff was friendly. At least in the American sense, not sure why they call it an Italian bistro. Overall, a pleasant experience.
  29. TF

    TomF

    San Francisco

    10 reviews

    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on July 10, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    Good service Good food although a bit pricy Good wine list
  30. CB

    CynthiaB

    Sacramento

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food, good service and pleasant surroundings contributed to an enjoyable evening out.
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Central Coast

    10 reviews

    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on July 3, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    Excellent food, very polite but rather slow service. All in all, a nice brunch on a lovely day.
  32. RA

    RobertA

    Sacramento

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 3, 2022

    overall2food1service4ambience5
    Something has changed in the kitchen. Normally outstanding fare has degraded to plates that have to be returned to the kitchen due to very poor execution. When paying nearly $40 for meals ala carte, you should get what you ordered. Maybe it was a bad evening in the kitchen. I want to believe that in all honesty. We'll go back again to be certain. :-(
  33. P

    Paulettew

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely restaurant inside and out. Full bar with signature cocktails. Great wine list and a one page menu and specials for the evening. One of the best pieces of halibut I've ever tried, juicy with a great sauce. My husband raved about the spaghetti!
  34. LA

    LindaA

    Sacramento

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fabian’s is such a cute little place to dine. Their outside patio is like sitting in a Fairy garden. The staff are nice and attentive (not pushy). The food is good and reasonably priced.
  35. K

    Kaye

    Sacramento

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 29, 2022

    overall1food2service1ambience4
    The problem we faced was primarily in customer service. The staff was unwilling to help our group of eight senior women decipher the bill and the tax and gratuity in a fair manner due to refusing to provide individual checks. The staff was less then friendly towards us as well despite being the only ones there eating. This is a beautiful restaurant but not a friendly one which means we will give our business to the many other local restaurants and bistros.
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was honestly amazing.
  37. LP

    LindaP

    Sacramento

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on June 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    For a hot evening, dinner out on Fabians lovely patio was perfect. The added bonus was the overhead mist-ers that keep everyone cool.
  38. SC

    SCrow

    Sacramento

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 27, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience5
    We made a reservation via OpenTable and arrived on time. We waited at the host stand for a couple of minutes. The stand is located right outside and slightly behind the restaurant door. The door open really quickly and i jumped back, to not get hit by it, out comes the hostess. She walked behind the stand and asked, "Can I help you?", not, how can I help you. Seemed strange. I advised we had a reservation for 7pm. She asked, "What is your name?", I provided it and she said, "Do you still want to sit inside only?", I answered yes, it was still about 100 degrees outside. She came around behind us, and stated, "Right this way" and opened the door and walked into the restaurant. My husband and I both lunged for the door as I was walking through so it didn't smack me in the face. She seated us and walked away. We were brought water and the waitress came by and offered the evening special. We ordered drinks from the bar and an appetizer. About 15 minutes later a woman stopped by and apologized for the wait on the drinks and offered to pay for the appetizer. Food came out and was overall fine, nothing notably great about it particularly, flavor profiles were a bit bland. The server was very nice and engaging, the back wait staff was friendly and on-point, it was nice that they comped the appetizer without us even mentioning or complaining about the wait. But the experience with the hostess and the lack luster food will have us choosing other local options for future date nights.
  39. JF

    JohnF

    Sacramento

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service. Staff was very attentive and the food is really good as well. The French toast is delicious and definitely a good sharing item.
  40. GY

    GinnyY

    Sacramento

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on June 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful, as always.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
  • 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

FAQs

Fabian's Italian Bistro does offer delivery in partnership with Chow Now. 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 4.8 stars by 1240 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 26 times today
Google Map for Fabian's Italian Bistro

11755 Fair Oaks Blvd, Fair Oaks, CA 95628

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Madison Avenue

  • Neighborhood

    Fair Oaks

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Sat, Sun 10:00 am–2:00 pm Lunch Wed–Fri 11:30 am–2:00 pm Dinner Wed, Thu 5:00 pm–8:30 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Sun 5:00 pm–8:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Italian

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Parking details

    Private Lot

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch

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