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Updated June 05, 2024

Looking for the best restaurants that are fit for foodies in Sacramento / Sacramento Valley? You’re in the right place. Each month, OpenTable analyzes nearly 2 million global diner reviews from the past four months. We sort the results by location and category to help you discover new favorite restaurants. It's a great partnership: you reserve, eat, and review. We listen...and deliver the results for all to benefit. Enjoy!

A photo of Star Lounge at Hyatt House Sacramento restaurant
4.9
4.9 (128)
$31 to $50
American
Midtown
About the restaurant
The historic building of the Star Lounge was a social gathering ground for almost one hundred years. Our Midtown Sacramento Lounge carries on the tradition of being a community incubator of creativity, an oasis of thought, and a great place to unwind. A place for all to come together and celebrate the arts, music, food, and a great cocktail. We use traditional local ingredients, authentically prepared, in a historic upscale inspired setting.
Top review
JeffHvip
Dined 4 days ago
Love Love Love this place. We are becoming regulars and the food, the cocktails, the room, the staff, the valet, the proximity to Harlows and Starlight Lounge for after dinner shows make this place a no brainer.
A photo of Omakase Por Favor restaurant
4.9
4.9 (190)
$50 and over
Seafood
Lincoln
About the restaurant
Literally translating to "Trust The Chef Please", Omakase Por Favor is a new restaurant in Lincoln, CA. We combine the best of coastal Mexican cuisine and the Japanese Omakase dining experience. We offer signature oysters, ceviches, and fresh seasonal seafood along with vegetables and produce from local farms and suppliers. Join us for lunch for a quick bite from our à la carte menu, or make your reservation for dinner where you can experience a culinary journey in our omakase menu and leave all of the decision-making to our expert chefs. We also offer private dinners and events. Visit our website or contact us to learn more.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 1 day ago
Date night we tried this for first time after reading about it and learning about Chef. Sooooo amazing. Such interesting flavors and combinations of flavors. We did chef meal along with oysters on half shell. Everything was flavorful, creatively done and served timed perfectly. What a surprise! Hubby and I both felt like we were in another city, somewhere hip and full of culture. Great service, great food and upscale experience. Wonderful special occasion experience! Can’t wait to go back.
A photo of Allora restaurant
4.8
4.8 (2473)
$50 and over
Seafood
Sacramento
About the restaurant
A Michelin recognized, modern Italian seafood restaurant in the heart of East Sacramento. Allora offers a 4 course dining experience. Advanced Sommelier Elizabeth-Rose Mandalou and Executive Chef Deneb Williams invite you to enjoy this modern approach to dining; encompassing the best of Sacramento produce with new and classic Italian cuisine. Expert culinary craftsmanship showcasing fresh seafood & handmade pasta are creatively paired with a one-of-a-kind Italian inspired wine list and Italian-centric bar. Allora is a pause in the conversation; a moment between moments... Enjoy yours.
* 23% service charge
*Please note our cancellation and no-show policy
*Dining with children under 8 is not permitted, all guests require a reserved seat and audible devices are not allowed in the dining room.
*Please include any special occasions with names of guests of honor
*Please include any dietary restrictions/allergies you may have
Top review
KerryP
Dined 4 days ago
Outstanding preparations - always something new or re-interpreted. Most professional service in Sacramento. Best place to come talk food prep and wine.
A photo of Hikari Sushi & Omakase restaurant
4.8
4.8 (146)
$50 and over
Sushi
Davis
About the restaurant
Please be advised. Friday and Saturday's dinner service is Exclusive Omakase experience only. Omakase chef tasting menu is $175 Per Person (price does NOT include beverage and gratuity). Each section will take 120 minutes. (4:30pm to 6:30, 7:30 to 9:30)
For all parties, 100% of cost per person + tax will be charged at the time of booking. Cancellations made within 48 hours prior to the reservation date will not be refunded. Cancellations made before the 72-hour time period will be refunded 50% of total cost per person + tax.

Reduction in the number of guests in the party are subject to cancellation charge.
Please be on time to enjoy all the courses. Please let us know if you have any dietary restrictions.
Omakase means a meal consisting of dishes selected by the chef.
Chef will create some courses with seasonal, and best available ingredients.

Please call Hikari (530) 564-4356 to request Tuesday to Thursday night dinner. Walk-ins are welcome during the weekday Mini Omakase service.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on May 25, 2024
The best Japanese food I've ever had. Tons of fish I've never eaten before, an amazing 22 course meal of meticulously crafted dishes, and a delightful sake pairing to boot.
A photo of Canon restaurant
4.7
4.7 (1952)
$31 to $50
American
Sacramento
About the restaurant
Michelin Guide rated neighborhood restaurant with creative and shareable cuisine and a year-round patio.

"With a clear vision, a striking aesthetic and distinctive, mouthwatering flavors, Canon restaurant in East Sacramento is a stellar and welcome addition to the city’s dining scene." - 4-Stars, Sacramento Bee

"Find the convivial Canon sequestered away from the downtown bustle. This cool space that contrasts deep tones against bright whites is enveloped by the aromatic smell of smoke, so it’s no surprise that the house is packed most nights. Chef Brad Cecchi is the culinary mastermind and his menu is pivoted around playful small plates." - Michelin Guide

Canon is committed to a healthy and productive workplace. A 4% service fee is added to dine-in bills to help cover the cost of employee health and wellness benefits and to provide a kitchen equity stipend to our back-of-house staff.
Top review
MarianneJ
Dined 2 days ago
Our favorite restaurant! We took out of town guests visiting from London and they loved it. Canon is the best!
A photo of MidiCi Neapolitan Pizza - Sacramento restaurant
4.7
4.7 (114)
$30 and under
Italian
Sacramento
About the restaurant
Enjoy wood-fired Neapolitan pizza, appetizers, salads, and desserts made with fresh, natural and mostly non-GMO ingredients in our open kitchen. Sit under the tree or at the bar with a glass of wine, local craft beer, or one of our signature cocktails. We bring friends together in a warm, upbeat atmosphere. MidiCi pizza. It’s an experience.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on May 13, 2024
We made a reservation for Mother’s Day and we wanted to get in earlier. The hostess was nice and they were able to accommodate. When we arrived, they were attentive, service was great and we enjoyed the food.
A photo of Dragon Beaux restaurant
4.7
4.7 (142)
$30 and under
Chinese
Elk Grove
About the restaurant
If you would like to bring in cake/ or cupcakes brought in from outside Sky River, there will be a cutting fee of 5$ per person.
If dessert is bought from the bakery or any eatery inside the casino, there will be no cake fee! Thank you :)

And all person(s) to dine in have to be 21 years of age.

All parties have a 2 hour maximum dining time!
Top review
JosephP
Dined 4 days ago
Very nice restaurant with designs, and well arranged food.
A photo of Seasons - Davis restaurant
4.6
4.6 (1527)
$31 to $50
Farm-to-table
Davis
About the restaurant
Located in the heart of downtown Davis, within walking distance to shops, theaters, and museums and only 5 minutes from the Mondavi Performing Arts Center.


Seasons serves Californian cuisine with Middle Eastern influences curated by Executive Chef Yekaterina Balagian. High quality, local foods are prepared simply and the menu reflects the seasons. Guests may dine at the full bar, private dining room or outdoor patio which features both heaters and misters depending on the season.

Seasons is the perfect location to stop and enjoy dinner!!!
Top review
PamfromDavisvip
Dined 4 days ago
The chef changes the menu depending on what is in season and she does not disappoint. The new mushroom dish was divine. Always love the pickled root veggies and this time we tried the blistered shishito peppers with aioli that were excellent. The dessert - a crumb cake with berries was delicious.
A photo of La Huaca Peruvian Cuisine restaurant
4.4
4.4 (462)
$30 and under
Peruvian
Roseville
About the restaurant
The initial melting of the culinary tradition of ancient Perú with Spanish cuisine, evolved through immigration and influences of French, Italian, Asian and African people, who modified their traditional cuisines with ingredients available in peruvian geography only. The result: Peruvian Gastronomy, the most diverse in the world. Welcome to the world of peruvian cuisine. Welcome to a whole new adventure.
Top review
Teresa22
Dined on May 29, 2024
The food and service are very good, and the atmosphere is pleasant and appealing
A photo of Punch Bowl Social - Sacramento restaurant
3.7
3.7 (85)
$30 and under
American
Sacramento
About the restaurant
Punch Bowl Social, Proud Hosts of the Unexpected, brings people together for one-of-a-kind food, fun, first-rate hospitality, and entertainment. Scratch kitchens, craft cocktails, social gaming, DJs, and live music in eclectic and creatively designed spaces provide the perfect setting for exceptional experiences. Whether you’re looking to have a fabulous night out with friends or want to host an unforgettable event, Punch Bowl Social has got it covered.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 4 days ago
Had a late dinner to celebrate daughter’s graduation. Food was good but service needs some improvement. It’s not busy and the wait for food and drinks is too long. I guess they’re short staffed.
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