Magpie Cafe

4.7
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146 Reviews
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$30 and under
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American
Please note that Magpie is always available for walk in dining.

First starting off as a catering company, Magpie has grown into a busy little restaurant in Downtown Sacramento. Since 2005, Magpie has had the focus to serve farm to table fare that reflects the values of life in California’s Central Valley.

“At Magpie, we are more committed than ever to our mission of celebrating what makes our city and region special, and contributing to it by making seasonal, farm-to-table food in Sacramento.”

Specials

Happy Time All Day

It's Happy Time all day on Thursdays. Drink specials and small plates open to close.

Terms and Conditions:

Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: September 13, 2019

Ends: September 14, 2118

Availability: Thu 11:00AM-9:00PM

What 146 People Are Saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
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4.8
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HE
San Francisco
33 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Made a reservation at 4:30p, but they had recently changed their hours to open at 5p. Owner Janel was gracious enough to let me in while staff was setting up for service. Behind the bar, Carmen immediately took my drink order and told me the specials of the day. Had the Wolf Ranch Quail which was incredible. Fantastic service and meal. Highly recommended.

1
Sacramento
69 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Very good eats at this place. One thing they could improve is the selection of wine by glass, limited to only one red and white. Contrast that with a number of draft beers available. Otherwise, a good spot to go.

OT
Sacramento
3 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Trying to make good choices for the new year so the scallop special with cauliflower purée and romanesco sounded good. Can’t believe I paid $34 for less than an appetizer! 3 scallops which were heavily salted, maybe a tablespoon of purée, and 4 tiny pieces of romanesco. My drink-Breezy-was good. Daughter just got the cream brûlée which was nothing special for $9.
Lots of great restaurants in Sac but not planning to return to Magpies.

LB
Los Angeles
17 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went to Magpie’s for a business dinner. Made a last minute reservation for a Friday night. Was seated promptly and got helpful advise on parking from the hostess. Ordered crab and avocado salad which was delicious. Had salmon and squash which was equally good. Although wine menu is very limited, the restaurant had opened a couple of off menu choices which were nice additions. I had the Barolo. Overall a great experience. I would definitely go back for business or with my family and friends.

GM
Sacramento
4 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent menu choices to share in a nice atmosphere.

A
Sacramento
9 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is our most favorite place to eat in Sacramento!

AG
New York Area
31 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall3food4service5ambience4

Great place for drinks and appetizers. Dinner prices quite high. Children’s options consisted of only grilled cheese or pasta with cheese. Good for couples though

JW
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely New Year’s Day brunch. Food and drinks were perfect.

BA
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Took my girlfriend here for dinner and we loved it.

C
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice choices on the menu including either breakfast or lunch. Food delightfully served and delicious.

P
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have been eating at Magpie since it opened. The quality of food, service and ambiance has remained as good as the day it opened! For vegans, vegetarians, pescatarians, omnivores, not to mention wine drinkers, it does not get any better. The meaning of farm to fork is very real at Magpie!

a
Sacramento
5 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is becoming one of our favorite spots. The has never disappointed and the service is always good, BUT our waiter Kyle (I hope I spelled his name right) was over the top great. Thank you Kyle your service was even better then the food and the food was GREAT!!!

BC
Sacramento
13 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Great presentation of very good food. Great menu and very fresh. Really enjoyed my first time there.

RS
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great location and atmosphere with creative healthy cuisine. Fantastic for networking and meeting friends.

AM
Sacramento
2 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this cozy, farm-to-fork restaurant. While the menu may not be as broad as other restaurants, the food is filling, and the presentation is a simple work of art. Be prepared to look for parking, but that's typical of a midtown restaurant.

Y
Philadelphia
110 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

This place continues to be one of my favorite restaurants in Sac. Duck gnocchi was to die for, and the salad and pork belly appetizers we got were also amazing. Well priced for the quality, taste and portions. The one shortcoming was that the bar got quite backed up and my friend’s second drink didn’t arrive until we were basically paying the bill (30 mins later) and we had to leave for another engagement, but they were able to take it back and remove it from the check which we appreciated. We will be back!

d
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our first time at Magpie Cafe and it was wonderful. It was hard to choose a dish. Every dish that passed our table for someone else was so tempting. I decided on the hamburger and I was not disappointed. It was amazing! I will go back to try some other dishes!

ML
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazingly good food! Every dish was special. Maybe the best burger ever.

M
Sacramento
50 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service!
My favorite restaurant in Sacramento.

MP
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Our server was wonderful. Portions generous, but some highs and lows on the dish preparations. Overall a very nice experience and we will surely be back.

PW
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Food and service were both top notch. Far exceeding our expectations. It was our first time there and we will definitely be back!

OT
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

We've been going to Magpie for years now and have watched it slowly decline. Used to be some of the best food in Sacramento but seems to be struggling a bit to maintain the consistency it used to have in terms of food, selections, and service. Hope it makes a comeback because it really used to be great.

AT
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Waitress was very nice. Burger was okay, could’ve used more flavor. Fries seemed overcooked and chewy. Blueberry mint soda was good. Mimosa was alright, very small amount. Overall an okay experience, would maybe return and order something different.

LE
Sacramento
16 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Magpie never disappoints.

There are real chefs here, cooking fresh food—including vegetables!—with a menu that offers variety for any taste. Even a lunch standby like a BLT is special: thick-cut bacon cooked to order, oven roasted tomatoes in the winter and heirloom tomatoes in the summer, watercress instead of soggy lettuce, and caper aioli, all served on a good baguette. French fries or a generous salad on the side.

And service is warm and friendly, whether you are a regular or first-timer.

f
Sacramento
19 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food at Magpie is always outstanding. Must have the house made ice cream sandwich. Flavors change with the seasons and they are always delicious!

B
Sacramento
17 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Such. Great. Food.

LT
Sacramento
10 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My Birthday at the Cafe was delightful all around.

MM
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience5

My only disappointment with the menu was limited gluten free. I misunderstood a menu item description and the server made no effort whatsoever to accommodate. When I say server, it appeared to be someone from the kitchen who served our food and was not helpful at all.

a
Sacramento
19 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Great Location, Great Food, Great Staff. A weekend gem.

PR
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had a large group for brunch, many places don't take reservations, so it was nice to be able to use Open Table and make a reservation on-line for 10 people. The food was delicious, there was something for everyone, including the picky eaters. The savory bread pudding is to die for. Service was great, prompt and friendly.

OT
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall2food3service2ambience4

The waitresses were nice but forgot about us for a bit, left our drinks sitting on the bar for a while. The Bloody Mary's had one wrinkled up green in each while online I could see they have more veggies. My diet soda was flat. My crab and avacado salad was flavorless and had shell bits in it. A person in our party did not like the breakfast skillet saying the beans weren't good.

SS
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Superb in all respects: service, food, ambiance................,............,........,...............

a
Sacramento
2 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was innovative and outstanding. The service was spot on.

d
Chicago
28 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

We just relocated here from Chicago and magpie has become our “go to” place. I’m generally not one to order a burger when I go out to eat but I was in the mood for one and I can honestly say this was one of the best I’ve ever had. We also had the chicken -it’s designed to serve two but could easily have served three-also outstanding. The soup was also wonderful- almost like a salad of wonderful cooked veggies in a delicious broth . I’m all about simple food done well and magpie gets this completely. My compliments to the chefs for a job well done

P
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Magpie never disappoints. The food is delicious, seasonal, and creative without being too fussy. Everything is always perfectly cooked. Save room for a cookie after your meal!

GI
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Good spot to find interesting and unusual food combinations and a very good wine list. by the glass. Service was outstanding. Will go back with some regularity.

CO
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

We have been to Magpie several times but not to this new location. It was a lovely evening so when they asked if we like to sit in or out we chose to sit outside. The street is so busy I wouldn’t do that again.

The Fried Squash appetizer, pork belly small plate and Beet panzanella salad were terrific. I had the Clams and Fries. Great flavor but the dish was not hot. The other entree was their salmon offering which was very bizarre. The salmon was cooked nicely but is divided into small pieces. This is the description from the menu: PAN ROASTED ORA KING SALMON, SUGAR SNAP PEAS, ENGLISH PEAS, AVOCADO, PICKLES, SHEEP YOGURT CREMA, HERBS. It was simply weird. Avocado and pickles didn’t work in this dish. This was the main reason along with the lukewarm clam broth I gave it a four star rating.

DL
Portland
3 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

A great lunch! The food was generous, healthy, and delicious. The service was attentive and friendly without being intrusive.

GQ
Sacramento
17 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was outstanding, sat at the bar, talked with staff and fellow patrons. Excellent cocktail menu and overall relaxing place with a great vibe.

OT
Houston
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I celebrated are wedding anniversary for dinner and we had such an incredible experience. It was easy to change our time reservation, our server was so nice, and the food was excellent. I’d highly recommend it and if I lived in the area I’d go many more times!