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Diners' Choice: Hot spot restaurants in Sacramento / Sacramento Valley

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Updated May 05, 2024

Looking for restaurants that are the best hot spots 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 Zocalo Midtown restaurant
4.7
4.7 (2696)
$30 and under
Mexican
Sacramento
About the restaurant
Kid and walk-in friendly, great for groups, and a celebration destination known for its fine Mexican cuisine, happy hour, and craft cocktails—Zocalo has been a staple of the Midtown and Sacramento dining scene for over twelve years. Offered in a beautifully refurbished 1920s automobile dealership decorated with original artwork from Tlaquepaque, Mexico—Zocalo’s warm hospitality, fresh regional Mexican food, private dining, and commitment to customer service are designed to transform the ordinary act of eating into an extraordinary and memorable experience.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 1 day ago
Amazing food and ambience. We had a large party celebrating a special event. We enjoyed our experience at Zocolo! Especially love the mole.
A photo of Friar Tuck's Restaurant & Bar restaurant
4.6
4.6 (596)
$31 to $50
American
Nevada City
About the restaurant
Friar Tuck’s on the corner of Pine & Commercial Street in Nevada City’s Historic District has been a festive dining and lounge experience since 1973. Friar Tuck’s features a warm, unique atmosphere with friendly staff, an extensive steak, seafood and fondue menu, award winning wine list, classic cocktails and live music 7 nights a week Friar Tuck’s was created in the winter of 1973. It is one of the first wine bars in Northern California and is honored to have received the Award of Excellence from Wine Spectator magazine for the past 15 years running. Live music, seven nights a week is also a huge part of Friar Tuck’s. Friar Tuck’s is proud to be one of the oldest privately and family owned restaurants in California and now the Paige Family have become the new Proprietors to preserve this landmark tradition in the heart of Nevada City. Please come and create your own personal experience as many of our 40 plus year customers have done.
Top review
OpenTable Dinervip
Dined on May 13, 2024
Great spot for dinner! The nightly live music is lovely and the owner Ken is onsite ensuring all is perfect! We enjoyed the food and beverage immensely!
A photo of Q1227 Restaurant restaurant
4.6
4.6 (2623)
$50 and over
Comfort Food
Roseville
About the restaurant
Q1227 Restaurant is trailblazing a new genre we're calling California Comfort Food. Our entrees are designed from California's freshest ingredients, embodied with bold, succulent flavors. Chef Q embraced his native Florida roots and have created dishes that are wrapped in California's fresh fruit and vegetables. Some house favorites are our Q1227 Chicken Fried Lobster Bites, our Roasted Vegetable Flatbread, our phenomenal Grilled Seafood Platter and finishing the night off with our Bourbon Street Bread Pudding.

Q1227 Restaurant offers three dining areas; inside, covered patio and extended patio. Upon your arrival you can request your preference and we will do all possible to accommodate. However, accommodations are based on first come, first serve.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 4 days ago
The food is delicious. The service was excellent. The entire experience was wonderful.
A photo of P.F. Chang's - Roseville restaurant
4.5
4.5 (216)
$30 and under
Chinese
Roseville
About the restaurant
We are an Asian & Chinese restaurant offering dine-in, takeout, to-go, delivery, and catering. Make a reservation online to dine in. Order Asian and Chinese food delivery, takeout, and catering online or through the P.F. Chang's mobile app. Let us cater the perfect feast for you - corporate office catering menus are also available. P.F. Chang's offers a variety of signature Asian, Thai, Korean, Japanese, Mongolian, and Chinese food dishes including Chicken Lettuce Wraps, Chicken Pad Thai, Signature Lo Mein, Fried Rice, Mongolian Beef, Chang's Spicy Chicken, and Pork and Shrimp Dumplings. Order online for sushi delivery and takeout. Many gluten-free and vegetarian menu items are available. Try our seasonal cocktails and seasonal menu items.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on May 12, 2024
Great Mother’s Day after church experience! So glad we used Open Table to book our reservations. The communication and follow texts were much appreciated!
A photo of Polanco Cantina restaurant
4.5
4.5 (304)
$30 and under
Mexican
Sacramento
About the restaurant
Polanco Cantina is a festive, contemporary Mexican restaurant and bar. Serving Mexican-inspired familiar favorites and celebrating the bounty of central California, Polanco is located in Downtown Commons, overlooking the Golden One Center.

Polanco Cantina, turns into a Late Night Lounge on Friday and Saturday nights from 11:00pm-1:45am, Cover Charge Applies

Top review
Steph
Dined on May 14, 2024
Make this place your local favorite!! My 10th visit (at least) and every time the wait staff is fantastic, the food is hot and timely and the atmosphere is fun. Great place to grab a bite and a drink before a game or concert. Reservations may be tough at times but well worth the planning to place them early. Thank you Polanco and Oscar!!
A photo of Rock & Brews - Rolling Hills Casino & Resort restaurant
4.5
4.5 (373)
$30 and under
American
Corning
About the restaurant
Welcome to Rock & Brews, where the unifying force of rock ‘n’ roll music and the burgeoning craft beer movement meet the American bar and restaurant. We are an energized dining and entertainment concept offering affordable, high-quality classic American food. We have a broad selection of local and international craft beer options, and we immerse our guests in a casual rock ‘n’ roll experience unlike any other.
Rock & Brews is taking thrills to the next level. Rock your taste buds with delicious cuisine fit for rock stars while enjoying craft beers from around the world. Immerse yourself in the ultimate rock ‘n’ roll dining experience.
Located inside the Rolling Hills Casino, Rock & Brews offers guests a broad menu of classic American food with a twist. Rock your appetite, rock your mind, and rock your world at the one and only Rock & Brews Restaurant.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on May 12, 2024
Food was good, service attentive and very friendly
A photo of Pink Martini California Kitchen & Cocktails restaurant
4.5
4.5 (84)
$30 and under
Californian
Rocklin
About the restaurant
Good Vibes Only! Join us for our award winning Happy Hour, Dinner or dessert. Sip on craft cocktails while enjoying our beautiful patio. Happy Hour 5 days a week 3-6pm. Live music indoors Friday & Saturday 6-10pm. The perfect spot to gather your tribe & celebrate any occasion or enjoy date night with loved ones. Walk ins welcome & reservations suggested.
Top review
fitnessismevip
Dined 1 day ago
Great spot! Came for dinner before the show at Thunder Valley Casino! Every thing was great..the drinks, the food, the service, the music---definitely recommend!
A photo of Hard Rock Cafe - Sacramento restaurant
4.4
4.4 (86)
$31 to $50
American
Sacramento
About the restaurant
Hard Rock Cafe is the casual eatery version of the classic Hard Rock restaurant. These versions of the Hard Rock restaurant are for those who need a quick bite or don't want to have a full sit-down dinner. The idea for the restaurant came when Hard Rock owners were searching for a good fast burger and didn't like their options between current fast-food chains. Hard Rock Cafe's menu is all about classic American fare. There are plenty of great appetizers, but hungry guests should try the Classic Nachos, with the option to add Guacamole, Grilled Chicken or Grilled Steak. The entrées are delicious, but this menu was built around crafting great burgers and Hard Rock has several recipes. One of the most popular is the Original Legendary Burger. This is an in house made burger with Applewood bacon, cheddar cheese, crispy onion rings, leaf lettuce and vine-ripened tomato, served with our signature steak sauce on the side.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 6 days ago
Food here is Great! Getting harder and harder to find a HRC as many have shut down which is a sad event. I highly recommend the Three-Cheese & Roma Tomato Flatbread it’s just out of this world! All the burger are great I had the smash Swiss mushroom burger so juicy that it was a bloody mess and so much fun to eat! Sadly they discontinued their Signature Steak Sauce that will truly be missed.
A photo of House of Oliver Restaurant & Wine Lounge restaurant
4.2
4.2 (366)
$31 to $50
American
Roseville
About the restaurant
Classy has never felt so comfortable. House of Oliver is an upscale wine lounge & restaurant serving the Roseville, Rocklin & Granite Bay communities.
Enjoy a full bar, craft cocktails, extensive whiskey list and delicious House made foods from scratch.
Live music 3 times a week, daily specials, cozy and inviting atmosphere.
Large classy patio. Dogs welcome.
Fun and flirty!

Top review
AlanC
Dined on Apr 13, 2024
House of Oliver is a wonderful intimate experience, with lots of romantic ambiance!
A photo of JUNIOR Restaurant and Lounge restaurant
4.1
4.1 (111)
$30 and under
Continental
Roseville
About the restaurant
NOW OPEN! Come and tantalize your tastebuds with our global menu full of different flavors that the whole family will enjoy! Choose to sit at our bar or communal hightop table for a top shelf cocktail or lounge on the patio under the neon lights laughing the night away with friends! We are a new and exciting restaurant that is brining flavors from our owners favorite places around the world here to Sacramento! Call us now or book online!
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 2 days ago
Our group ate outside on the patio and we had a fabulous time. The entire staff was friendly, helpful and accommodating. Our server Jenny G. was outstanding. She read our table just right and gave us space to enjoy our meal and conversation but was available. The only reason I gave the food 4 stars is that I loved my caesar chicken salad but I never discussed my tablemates food with them. They ate everything so that counts.
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