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The 10 Best Restaurants In Downtown Sacramento
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The 10 Best Restaurants In Downtown Sacramento

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Updated: 9 February 2017
Downtown Sacramento is the central business district of Sacramento, California. There are countless points of interest downtown including the California State Capitol building, the Westfield Downtown Plaza, and Sacramento City Hall. Another reason why this area of Sacramento is so popular is the abundance of good restaurants. In the mood for Chinese, Italian, American, French or Japanese cuisine? Check out our list of the ten best restaurants in the area.
Chicory Salad, Poached Egg, Lardons | © Larry Conlin/Flickr
Chicory Salad, Poached Egg, Lardons | © Larry Conlin/Flickr

Magpie

Restaurant, American, $$$
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Magpie

Magpie is located in the heart of Sacramento’s downtown. This restaurant is quiet and inviting and provides a relaxing ambiance. They offer a brunch, lunch, and dinner menu, each containing tasty meals from savory bread pudding to grilled turkey sandwiches and T-bone Pork Chops. They also feature a daily Happy Time menu with more meal and drink deals. Another perk of this spot is its lengthy wine, beer, and spirits list, which makes Magpie a great place to go with friends or coworkers for after work drinks.

Address & telephone number: 1601 16th St, Sacramento, CA +1 916-452-7594

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Sun:
8:00 am - 3:00 pm
Tue:
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Wed:
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Thu:
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Fri:
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Sat:
8:00 am - 10:00 pm

Mikuni Japanese Restaurant & Sushi Bar

Bar, Restaurant, Sushi, Japanese, $$$
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Sushi
Sushi | © aprilandrandy/Flickr

Mikuni Japanese Restaurant & Sushi Bar

Mikuni’s is located inside the beautiful and historic East End Lofts building downtown. The restaurant is lively and full of foods that incorporate flavors of New York and San Francisco in Japanese cuisine. The restaurant is decorated with vibrant artworks such as beautiful images of female Japanese warriors. In addition to the bright lights, bold colors, and much energy in the air, the restaurant features three sushi bars, a drinks bar and multiple flat-screen TVs. Mikuni’s serves great food in a great environment.

Address & telephone number: 1530 J St #150, Sacramento, CA +1 916-447-2112

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Sun:
12:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Mon:
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Tue:
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Wed:
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Thu:
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Fri:
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Sat:
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm

Morton's The Steakhouse

Restaurant, Steakhouse
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Porterhouse Steak
Porterhouse Steak | © Yuichi Sakuraba/Flickr

Morton’s The Steakhouse

Morton’s has used the same suppliers for their prime beef and other meat since the restaurant opened. They say they offer ‘The Best Steak…Anywhere,‘ and they mean it. Their steaks are delicious and possess a unique flavor that can’t be found anywhere else. Their tasty recipes and cooking tips can be found in Morton’s Steak Bible and Morton’s The Cookbook for those who want to enjoy the same exquisite dishes at home. In addition to their fresh steaks, Morton’s also serves fresh seafood. This restaurant has won multiple awards for its great tasting food, wine list and genuine hospitality.

Address & telephone number: 285 J St, Sacramento, CA +1 619-696-3369

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Sun:
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Mon:
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Tue:
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Wed:
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Thu:
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Fri:
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Sat:
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Porterhouse Steak | © Yuichi Sakuraba/Flickr
Porterhouse Steak | © Yuichi Sakuraba/Flickr

Esquire Grill

Cocktail Bar, Diner, Restaurant, Steakhouse, American, $$$
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Esquire Grill

Esquire Grill is the winner of Diner’s Choice 2015 Award. This restaurant has friendly staff, an elegant décor and a seasonal menu. American dishes are prepared using fresh and local ingredients. Esquire Grill is a place for the whole family with its lunch, dinner, and children’s menu. The restaurant also offers great dessert options and happy hour five days a week. Their wine and cocktail list is another feature you don’t want to miss out on.

Address & telephone number: 1213 K St, Sacramento, CA +1 916-448-8900

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Mon:
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Tue:
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Wed:
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Thu:
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Fri:
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Sat:
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Café Bernardo

Cafe, American, $$$
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Cafe Bernardo
Cafe Bernardo | © Robert Couse-Baker/Flickr

Café Bernardo

Café Bernardo is the best place to go to experience the European tradition of cafe dining. It offers a comfortable setting with fresh, quality food at a reasonable price. Their menu changes with the seasons, serving a variety of soups, salads, sandwiches, burgers, fresh fish, steak, and chicken. Bernardo prepares dishes with local, high-quality ingredients including seasonal meat, fat free oils, 100% pure maple syrup, and dairy products free from growth hormones, making their food not only delicious but also healthy.

Address & telephone number: 1000 K St, Sacramento, CA +1 916-446-9800

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Frank Fat's

Restaurant, Chinese, $$$
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Frank Fat’s

At Frank Fat’s their mission is to treat their guests like family, adhere to the ‘Fat Family Motto of Good Food,’ and invite guests to create their own ‘Fat’s Experience.’ Their lunch and dinner menus are promising, serving tasty appetizers, soups, salad, chicken, duck, pork, beef, rice, noodles, seafood, and fresh vegetables. Frank Fat’s also offers banquet menus for in-house cocktail parties, luncheons and dinners. The restaurant has an extensive drink menu with specialty drinks.

Address & telephone number: 806 L St, Sacramento, CA +1 916-442-7092

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Sun:
4:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Mon:
11:00 am - 9:30 pm
Tue:
11:00 am - 9:30 pm
Wed:
11:00 am - 9:30 pm
Thu:
11:00 am - 9:30 pm
Fri:
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Sat:
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Ella Dining Room & Bar

Bar, Restaurant, American, French, Contemporary, $$$
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Chicken Salad
Chicken Salad | © Larry Conlin/Flickr

Ella Dining Room & Bar

This restaurant has been thriving for over 20 years now, as the Selland Family stays committed to bringing fresh and tasty meals to their customers. They promote local and sustainable farmers and ranchers, and they keep creating innovative dishes that honor their family’s cooking tradition. Their American and French-style foods include seafood, steak, pasta, fresh salads, and a cold seafood bar with shrimp, oysters, and more. They also offer handcrafted artisan cocktails, an award winning wine list, and home-made desserts. Ella Dining Room and Bar is an elegant restaurant with a warm and inviting setting that everyone will love.

Address & telephone number: 1131 K St, Sacramento, CA +1 916-443-3772

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Mon:
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Tue:
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Wed:
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Thu:
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Fri:
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Sat:
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Chicken Salad | © Larry Conlin/Flickr
Chicken Salad | © Larry Conlin/Flickr

Bangkok@12 Thai Restaurant

Restaurant, Thai, Vegetarian, $$$
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Bangkok@12 Thai Restaurant

Bangkok@12 Thai Restaurant is a simple restaurant that stays true to its origins serving authentic Thai food. They pride themselves on providing great value to customers and on catering to each of their needs. The restaurant serves a variety of meals from appetizers, salads, and stir fry to curry, seafood, and BBQ. Their Bangkok Specialties include Mango Curry, Spicy Lemongrass, and Samui Salmon. They also offer a vegetarian menu and a dessert list.

Address & telephone number: 900 12th St, Sacramento, CA +1 916-443-5588

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Sun:
11:00 am - 9:30 pm
Mon:
11:00 am - 9:30 pm
Tue:
11:00 am - 9:30 pm
Wed:
11:00 am - 9:30 pm
Thu:
11:00 am - 9:30 pm
Fri:
11:00 am - 9:30 pm
Sat:
11:00 am - 9:30 pm
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Il Fornaio

Il Fornaio is an elegant restaurant in downtown Sacramento which features private and semi-private dining spaces. They offer a wide range of award winning Italian food dishes in their menu. In addition to their delicious lunch, dinner, and dessert menus they provide guests with a gluten-free and children’s menu. Il Fornaio has something on their menu for everyone, making this the perfect spot for all your family and friends. This restaurant has great food and great staff that will work to create a memorable experience.

Address & telephone number: 400 Capitol Mall, Sacramento, CA +1 916-446-4100

Mother

Restaurant, Vegetarian, $$$
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Mother

Mother is a vegetarian restaurant which offers great meatless meals served by their loving staff. Their food is inspired by Southern American cooking. Each meal, from the Garlic Potatoes and Smoked Cheddar Biscuits to the Chile Verde with Roasted Potato, is served fresh and reasonably priced. Mother not only offers tasty vegetarian meals but it also has an upbeat atmosphere; moreover the interior of the restaurant is lined with wonderful art.

Address & telephone number: 1023 K St, Sacramento, CA +1 916-594-9812

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Mon:
11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Tue:
11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Tue:
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Wed:
11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Wed:
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Thu:
11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Thu:
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Fri:
11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Fri:
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Sat:
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm