Hook and Ladder Manufacturing Company

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363 reviews
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Contemporary American
Hook and Ladder Manufacturing Co. represents the bountiful harvest California has to offer and the proud Sacramento history we continue to shape today. We love our city, and we love our state.

While looking into Sacramento’s past, we found that the Industrial Revolution was a fundamental time of change in the region. Steam boats pumped up and down the Sacramento River, and the Nation’s first Transcontinental Railroad was nearing completion. This period of bustling commerce and innovation helped lay the foundation of our city. During the year of 1850, a series of fires destroyed much of the city of Sacramento. A volunteer group, “The Mutual Hook and Ladder Company,” assembled to help rebuild and prevent future disasters.

We aim to rejuvenate the historic space at 17th & S streets by celebrating this time of industry and growth. Our goal is to build upon our city commerce and contribute to Sacramento’s future.
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San Francisco
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 4

We had a large party and our server was very slow. The food was tasty and the ambience was pleasant. Great cocktails.

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BP
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Waitress was awesome, food was delicious, and timing was fantastic.

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C
Sacramento
16 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Great vegan menu and bar, perfect for special for special occasions.

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SH
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We came the night before Valentine's Day. The service was impeccable and the food was out of this world. The flavors were incredible! We had all small plates: olives, pork belly, shrimp, sausage and Brussels sprouts. Will definitely come back!

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

Outstanding food and service.

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E
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food and comfortable/pretty ambiance. Prices are doable and the food is worth it. Brunch was delicious!

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CG
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

Our meal here was totally fine (it was good - just not memorably good). I don't think we'll be back.

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 2

I made a reservation for my BFF birthday and even told them on the phone. Not once did anyone do anything about her special day. Why have that as an option AND ask me? I didn’t say anything because I kept waiting. I ordered the brick chicken which had a wilted salad under it on top of garbanzo bean pureee. The chicken was ok, the salad was awful, purée-had no flavor. She had the pork this time with whole garbanzo beans. I see what ya did there. Mix up the menu guys. Service was utilitarian. Over the whole “pallet” ambiance. Most likely won’t return. Mostly because the food was so underwhelming.

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T
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

Food was mediocre as was the service...was very disappointed and will not return. We waited a very long time for our appetizers and main course...some of the main dishes were luke warm at best. It was very over priced for the servings and quality.

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JM
Sacramento
12 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Good lunch spot with many healthy options.

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RD
Tampa
3 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server was knowledgeable and friendly. Her recommendations were spot on. The cocktails were delicious. The food was terrific, well-seasoned and perfect portion size. Garlic shrimp—out of this world. Chocolate tart, oh my!

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JG
Calgary
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 4

Asked to get up and leave because they had other reservations.

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San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

First time, great time. Out for Dine Downtown Sac. Good value we thought. They have a Makers Mark that is bottled and labeled just for them, very nice bourbon. Good wine paired with our dish.

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CC
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We have been there twice. Both time I have had the octopus and the pork belly. Both are excellent. a very fun place for dinner before an event. The clams and linguine were great as was the New York cooked rare. We will going thee again!

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l
Sacramento
9 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Hook and Ladder is a fun, casual, place with very good farm to table food. I had the spaghetti squash with pesto and broccolini which was well seasoned. and my husband had the three course restaurant week special of Serrano ham and olives, catalan sausage with white beans and a chocolate tart with coffee brittle. He ate and loved every bite!

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FT
Sacramento
42 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The five of us had a very nice lunch here and the food and service were perfect. The servers were great and enjoyed the time here on a cold afternoon.

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BB
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 2

Four of us went to Hook and Ladder on a Saturday evening during the Dine Downtown Sacramento event. None of us had ever been there before. Our reservation was for 8:00 and we arrived a couple of minutes early. The hostess informed us that our table wasn't ready, and suggested we wait in the seats along the wall near her station. Fifteen to twenty minutes later we were seated. Our waitress was friendly but inept. She didn't know anything about the Dine Downtown program, even though we had received the menu for it. We all ordered the prix fixe dinner, as well as a couple of appetizers. Our appetizers never arrived, and our waitress, who we rarely saw, didn't know they had not been delivered until we told her. By then, three of us had received our first course, and finally had to flag down a different server to ask him to check on the missing dish, which took another five to ten minutes to arrive. Overall the food was very good, but the music was so loud we almost could not carry on a conversation. And the service, well, we won't be back.

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AR
Sacramento
4 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Went for a dual birthday celebration, during “dine downtown” week. First, no one acknowledged the birthday people. Secondly, the food was just average. Given we ordered off the prix fix menu, I expected the dishes to be some of their best. They were pretty tasteless- with the exception of the sausage. All that said, loved the music, and I suspect the patio season in warmer weather would be fun.

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NC
San Francisco
32 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was the first time having brunch here—Loved it!! Eggs Benedict was amazing! Was visiting with a friend and our server was friendly, professional yet gave us space to chat! As always, I like the vibe and atmosphere of Hook & Ladder.

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KB
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Very enjoyable. Good food. Cocktails are inventive and excellent. However I did not care for the Bloody Mary.

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LG
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious brunch. The bread is from a great bakery and the sausage homemade. Friendly waitress and host. Very generous portions. Definitely would go back.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Neat little place and great place to meet up with friends. I will definitely go again.

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Sacramento
5 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

The service was a bit slow. The bartenders seemed a bit overwhelmed.

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New Orleans
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 3

Service was way too slow and not because it was crowded when we were there, it just seemed like the waiter was distracted most of the time, omelet had a weird texture and was very dry, as if it had been overcooked or sat a while before being served. Complimentary birthday dessert was a nice gezture.

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NC
San Francisco
33 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful experience at Hook & Ladder. Our server, Trevor gave great service and was very professional. My partner and I ordered the Octopus appetizer, which was the best we’ve had! We had been craving the burgers here—they’re so good!

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San Joaquin
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Friends from Texas

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S
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Great service and quality food. Our group enjoyed the ambiance. Parking is limited.

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

Waiting time for drinks and food was ridiculous. 40 minutes wait to get our first drinks!.

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JG
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dinner for six Friday night, Impossible burger and fries. So good fun place, loved it.

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TS
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 3

Had a birthday dinner party here. Was able to be seated right away. Only con is the table was right near the front door. The food was good but would like to have seen more selections for dinner. I will definitely come back.

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KA
1 review
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We loved Hook and Ladder and it was perfect for our Sunday brunch. Tastefully designed, a great bar, unique decor, very hip! Loved it and can't wait to go back!

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KS
Yosemite
4 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Everything was done very well, service, type of food, accommodating our needs, however the food was not hot. We had ordered lamb chops & some type of beef, both of which was the special and the dishes were delivered just warm. For this type of eating establishment, I am surprised. I think I had read a similar complaint on another review but thought maybe that was a fluke. Its a basic thing to turn out hot food, so hopefully they will get this taken care of.

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AJ
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

We met for a business lunch before another meeting. Our reservation wasn’t necessary. We ordered kale and chicken salad and fish and chips to share both. We finished every bit of the fish and chips but only ate about a third of the salad. The salad was muddled with too much going on. Service was good until the end and I had to track down the bill.

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V
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Fantastic plates and ingredients. Temperature could have been hotter on 3 of our 4 dishes but still great dining experience. Good cocktails with legit pour of alcohol.

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d
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went for date night; our first visit. Food was great and service was wonderful! We’ll be going back.

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OT
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service, excellent food!!

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OT
Central Coast
3 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I really liked this restaurant. I went here for my birthday dinner. My husband and I split the Porterhouse for two. The only downside is that you are really just paying for the meat. There weren’t enough vegetables and potatoes. The meat was seasoned well and cooked great. The waitress was fabulous and the overall ambiance was great. I will definitely come back again!

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h
Sacramento
27 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Food good as usual. Kitchen a bit slow even though not crowded. It happens occasionally.

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SJ
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went for our anniversary and I had mentioned that in the online comments when reserving a table. When we arrived, our host surprised us with champagne and a "happy anniversary!" greeting. It was completely unexpected and an amazingly thoughtful personalization. We will go back again (and again).

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EG
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 4

The food is fantastic. However, the service is terrible. Not only are the wait staff unorganized and unprofessional, there is an hint of "you are just lucky to be here at such a cool place" from the bartenders. I waited at a nearly empty bar (4 other people) for almost 15 minutes before she came to ask for my order. In that time, she chatted it up with other customers, cleaned glasses and folded napkins. It seemed that the customers that had a handle-bar mustache and a porkpie hat, got better service. I will let the "in" crowd go to H&L and I will take my business to Mulvaneys, Ella and Allora in the future.

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