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Willow, Sacramento, CA
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Willow

4.2
4.2
279 Reviews
$30 and under
Italian
For Chef Russell, food can be a very intimate experience that can make you relive a core memory, or even create a new one, and being able to do that for someone is one of his greatest experiences.

This dining room is where we reunite and gather to celebrate, relax, and share good food.

Our cuisine is inspired by the Southern Italian and Mediterranean Sea regions, with a focus on house-made pastas, seafood, and game proteins.

Our dining room is an extension of our hospitality.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 7 times today

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Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Italian, Breakfast, Californian
  • Hours of operation
    Breakfast Mon–Fri 7:00 am–11:00 am Sat, Sun 8:00 am–2:00 pm Lunch Wed–Fri 12:00 pm–2:30 pm Bar Daily 3:00 pm–10:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (916) 938-8001
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Cash not accepted, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Business Casual
  • Executive chef
    Russell Middleton
  • Private party facilities
    We have a private dining room that can host up to 14 guests and we can make accommodations for larger parties. Please inquire about about hosting your next private event with us via our website.
  • Neighborhood
    Midtown
  • Cross street
    4th and J Street
  • Parking details
    Public Lot
  • Public transit
    We have two public parking lots located within just 1 block of Willow. Located @ 3rd street, Underneath I-5. The second lot is the DOCO parking lots. Ample space in both lots. We also offer valet parking for $10 per hour up to $40.
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Private Room, Vegan, Wine

What 279 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.2
4.2 based on recent ratings
  • 4.2Food
  • 4.4Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 3.7Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Sacramento / Sacramento Valley

    Most Booked 1000-Point Tables

  • Sacramento

    Most Booked 1000-Point Tables

279 Reviews
  1. CeCe

    Greater Boston

    14 reviews

    3.0

    14 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 2
    High expectations that were not met. Service was good and the food was mostly disappointing. The starters or “shareables” did not make sense. The prosciutto appetizer was too heavy with the bread rolls and seemed more like something for a brunch. The gnocchi was very good. The other entrees all had some issue. The dessert was very good.

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  2. dallasa

    Sacramento

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Manager was accommodating since we where late to our reservation and the server was amazing

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  3. TJ423

    Sacramento

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Let me start off with the positives. Service was good, the staff was friendly and accommodating. The ambience is lovely, I really liked the decor. Wine list was ok. My complaint was that almost every bottle they sell was at least $100. We all know that there are great wines that are a lot cheaper. The one down side of this place was the entrees. They were underwhelming. We started off with the prosciutto, really enjoyed this. The prosciutto was good. The little bit burrata that was on the plate did leave me wondering if they knew what burrata is. Overall all it’s a good started and I would order this again. Entrees we had the Bistecca, Branzino, and Campanella. Everything was ok. The Bistecca was not very warm. Branzino was bland and underwhelming. The Campanella was also meh, it tasted like store bought pesto. The shining star of this meal was the shareable side of Sea Charcoal Potatoes, lol. Get the potatoes they are delicious. All in all it was ok and I won’t be rushing back. The food is flavorless and overpriced. But the ambience and service is great. I won’t be rushing back.

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  4. OpenTable Diner

    Sacramento

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 19, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Loved this place but I got to say the food was definitely hit and miss. The gnocchi was extremely flavorful but there was only like 5 gnocchis. The bruschetta was good really good but I wouldn’t call it bruschetta. It had goat cheese figs and some tomato. I would definitely order again. Then we got the duck pasta, it was not that good. We got the pork loin it was very dry. The drinks were also very good but the selection of dessert was subpar.

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  5. brianp

    Sacramento

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    This is my second time there. The first was not too long after it opened and at that time I was disappointed. Last night the meal was excellent. Italian food with flair and embellished flavors.

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  6. Limtong

    San Francisco

    23 reviews

    3.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    Overall a “meh” experience. But in fairness that may have been because we had higher expectations. Biba this is not. And nearby Il Fornaio need not worry. The arancini appetizer was good, but it should have been described as a fried cheese ball. The pappardelle had no taste save for the sour cherry tomatoes. The New York steak was excellent, but please don’t cut it up when we say we are going to share it without asking us first. And please don’t tell us you can’t serve us an appetizer first, followed by pasta and then the entree because you have to turn the table. (I thought this was an Italian restaurant.) I realize it’s Valentine’s Day but you just added “rush” to the meal, cost the restaurant money and helped to achieve a “meh” review. This is not high-end dining. More Italian pub. I wish them the best but likely a one and done experience for us.

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  7. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The pasta was phenomenally delicious. The ambiance of the restaurant is a combination of modern and elegant. My waiter was Gaby and she was amazing! I will be back.

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  8. Dreamystar

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Long wait time for a pre-dinner cocktail. I love Branzino but it came bone in. My first bite was oh no as I had to find every little bone and pull it out of my mouth. Not pretty. My husbands streak was cooked perfectly.

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  9. TheaterDiner

    Sacramento

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful food and very attentive staff. Would dine here again.

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  10. ChrisC

    Sacramento

    9 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    The service was impeccable and the ambiance was chic and cozy, making the dining experience enticing and enjoyable - if only the food would have matched. The sword fish was bitter, fishy and tasted old. I only had two bites and started feeling a bit queasy. The duck pasta was underwhelming, with a tomato sauce reminiscent of the canned variety with no added garlic or aromatics. It was a sad display. I’ve heard good things about this place, so maybe it was just an off night. But I was rather disappointed by the overall experience.

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  11. Martie

    Sacramento

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our experience was amazing. The food was absolutely delicious and our server, Joseph gave us incredible service. We never had to ask for anything. Definitely will be visiting again.

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  12. cyndym

    Sacramento

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Bar is great, bartenders great, server informative, beautiful place. Food was just ok.. sadly.

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  13. RodLee

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on February 9, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great place. Food was good and service stellar. It was a little expensive and definitely a place that we’ll only visit for special occasions.

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  14. OpenTable Diner

    Sacramento

    7 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on February 8, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 2
    Waiter was condescending and dismissive when I complained about the bones in the sea bass. I love sea bass and know that they have boness but there was no deboning. Every bite had multiple bones and was inedible. Offered a complimentary drink or ice cream. Ridiculous. Told me 3 times he could offer that. Said no. Bill arrived and no accommodation on a $400 bill. Lack of customer service and an unwillingness to take the fish off the bill. Then kept telling me the bill was ready with 20 gratuity added. Poor service. Unresponsive to customer feedback and complaint. Take a pass. I'm a Hilton honors and will not even stay at hotel due to service. When we tried to pay cash said they would not accept cash. I mumbled that I would that to the review and he said, what did you say? Waiter was disrespectful, rude and not atune to customer service. Avoid Willow.

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  15. Steve

    Sacramento

    188 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    188 reviews

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Overall a good experience but with some minor issues that management could easily rectify. The food, particularly the pasta (gnocchi and paccheri) were great. The swordfish was moist and nicely crisped on the outside, and blistered shishito peppers were crispy. The service was friendly but with some oversights (no plates, no serving spoons...). Wine list was OK, but rather limited. The minor complaints were that they ran out of branzino, which was the main reason for going; they charged $2 & $3 for extra parmigiana and hot sauce (really, for $30 and $40 dishes?); and there is valet parking but it is not comp'ed with dinner; and even though they take reservations to 9:45, the bar closes at 10:00 on Saturday (does that make sense?).

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  16. OpenTable Diner

    Sacramento

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a wonderful server named Zach, he was very nice and accommodating. Everyone’s food tasted great, and was full of flavor; however, the food I ordered it was a special I believe it was called Menzulla (don’t think I spelled it right) it was extremely bland and had no flavor to it all. I was very disappointed in it. It tasted over cooked and no flavoring added to. That being said, the cocktails were wonderful and tastesty, I loved the ambiance of the restaurant. I would go back again knowing that other plates of food were great.

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  17. KarlB

    Sacramento

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on January 26, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was great as well as the presentation. Our waiter was exemplary. We really appreciated his professionalism and knowledge of the menu.

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  18. LindaH

    Chicago

    20 reviews

    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on January 21, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We were seated almost immediately. The waiter was excellent. Everything from the drinks to the dessert was well prepared. The service was appropriate. Not too fast and not too slow. Gave us time to savor out food. The music and other conversations did not make it difficult to have conversations.

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  19. OpenTable Diner

    Portland

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 16, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    We dined as part of too dine downtown. It was a pre-fix menu, and food was very good. Attentive servers checked in often, but time lapse to get second course was disappointing, especially for a small salad. It was over 25 minutes between coarse one (burrata toast) and the salad. Overall great option, just seemed like something was wrong with the timing.

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  20. FireworksFun

    Sacramento

    21 reviews

    4.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on January 16, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was good, nice ambience. The bartender needs to learn how to make proper drinks. A whiskey sour is not whiskey with sour mix. And the whiskey shaken with egg whites hasn’t been popular since the 1950s. They need to go to Frank Fat’s to learn how to make a proper whiskey sour.

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  21. StevenC

    Sacramento

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on January 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Beautifully decorated restaurant with excellently made delicious food. Definitely a gem downtown!

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  22. JenninOhio

    Cleveland

    5 reviews

    2.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 14, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    The food was really a big let down. The buratta toasts were the best part. Our pasta was not cooked at all. This was not al dente - it was just barely cooked and we couldn’t eat it. We asked if the swordfish was a thick cut and were told it was an inch or bigger. It was barely 1/2” tough and overcooked. Ugh. Waiter tried hard and was personable but we waited throughout the evening for wine refills and food.

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  23. SharB

    Sacramento

    11 reviews

    3.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on January 13, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Beautiful restaurant, the swivel chairs were unexpectedly comfortable. Great service and the location is very convenient. We really enjoyed the cocktails, well balanced and delicious! The food fella little flat overall. We participated in the dine downtown menu; burrata toast was delicious and textures were satisfying, the salad was a bit boring, and the short rib tagliatelle was very underwhelming and lacked any noticeable pieces of short rib. I would go back for cocktails!

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  24. MARKH

    Sacramento

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 2, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Very decent food but somewhat overpriced. A very simple high-end dining place, a bit hard to justify the price, but cool if you want to try something different than the typical "comfort food" Italian and bit more high end. Service was absolutely excellent though. Staff is top notch and gave detailed suggestions. We didn't go for the truffle upgrade, but they sold it really well, and if you're into that, defiantly give this place a try.

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  25. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I love the ambiance of this restaurant. I visited here before and was pleased with the food and service, so I was excited to experience the New Year’s 7 course dinner. It started off well, the lobster bisque was creamy and flavorful. The celery purée with scallops was heavenly and left me wanting more. I was excited about the gnocchi but was immediately disappointed, it lacked flavor. It was just a ball of flavorless mush. The tortellini pasta was super thick and amateurish. It hid the flavor of the delicious flavor it encompassed. The inside of the tortellini was absolutely delightful. The stake was good and the olive oil cake for dessert was a nice treat. At $155 per person and $70 wine pairing I expected a little more perfection, especially with the pasta. It makes me wonder if they were short staff, or if they just didn’t plan well. Either way I still like this place and plan on visiting in the future.

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  26. EmilG

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 31, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The is the best new restaurant in Sacramento, hands down. It soars above the rest.

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  27. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 30, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing experience! Great service and great food! 🥰

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  28. Paul

    Sacramento

    4 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 30, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    I keep returning to Willow in the hope that it finds itself. However, unfortunately, it never seems to catch its stride. The kitchen doesn’t have the creative, consistent flare that the ambience suggests that it wants to. I think I’m done returning. I’ve tried and tried. It just doesn’t click.

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  29. Roberta

    Seattle

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on December 24, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Gabby was our fantastic server. The ambience was absolutely fantastic. I like the diversity of the menu including the wine list. The food was great and we can’t wait to go back.

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  30. Honest

    Sacramento

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 24, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Lovely experience! Jordan was fantastic with service and the food and drinks were amazing. For a special evening, it was just lovely.

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  31. OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 23, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great service however the food was mediocre and a bit pricey.

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  32. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 23, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great service. We got there before the kings game and they made sure we were in and out on time.

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  33. Saturn

    Sacramento

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on December 22, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was really good. We tried 4 dishes that my husband and I shared and every dish was good. Service is good. We had a nice anniversary dinner.

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  34. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 16, 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    The food was awful. Pasta was rubbery. Chicken was dry. Did not finish it at all. So disappointing. We were really looking forward to this. Spending over $100 and leaving hungry was not fun.

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  35. OpenTable Diner

    Sacramento

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 11, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was luke warm. One server for entire restaurant

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  36. OpenTable Diner

    Sacramento

    7 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on December 10, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Most food that came out was lukewarm - arancini was cold in the middle (only three were served to a four-top; may want to rethink that) and the duck ragu was warm at best. Soup was very good and the cocktails on point. Overall, pretty average.

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  37. ChristianV

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 10, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The ambience and service was amazing. However, the food was subpar, it was lacking flavor and was overpriced

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  38. FoodGeek

    Sacramento

    8 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on December 9, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Food was good, service was middling. The hostess clearly didn’t think we were hipster enough for a decent table. First the put us closest to the front door, and it was a chilly night, so when we objected the put us right next to a large, loud party. Felt Like the hostess was trying to hide us because we were a couple of old ladies.

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  39. JoeB

    Sacramento

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 8, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 1
    This lunch was a celebration lunch for our COO and team of Regional Directors. I was not in attendance, but it was reported that the doors to the restaurant were locked, and they had to wait to be let in. They also reported that the entire restaurant was empty which gave it an eerie feeling. They reported that staff looked confused about their presence, and they thought maybe the restaurant was closed. All reported that the food was good, but the overall experience just weird.

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  40. Sara

    Los Angeles

    16 reviews

    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on December 6, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Had a great girls night dinner with friends. Our server Jordan was attentive and also gave us ample time and space to catch up with each other. The food was delicious and I will definitely come back again.

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FAQs

Willow offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (916) 938-8001.

Willow is rated 4.2 stars by 279 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 7 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Willow

1006 4th St, Sacramento, CA 95814-3303

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross street
    4th and J Street
  • Neighborhood
    Midtown
  • Hours of operation
    Breakfast Mon–Fri 7:00 am–11:00 am Sat, Sun 8:00 am–2:00 pm Lunch Wed–Fri 12:00 pm–2:30 pm Bar Daily 3:00 pm–10:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Italian, Breakfast, Californian
  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Dress code
    Business Casual
  • Parking details
    Public Lot
  • Public transit
    We have two public parking lots located within just 1 block of Willow. Located @ 3rd street, Underneath I-5. The second lot is the DOCO parking lots. Ample space in both lots. We also offer valet parking for $10 per hour up to $40.
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Cash not accepted, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive chef
    Russell Middleton
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Private Room, Vegan, Wine
  • Phone number
    (916) 938-8001
  • Private party facilities
    We have a private dining room that can host up to 14 guests and we can make accommodations for larger parties. Please inquire about about hosting your next private event with us via our website.
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