The Best Breakfast And Brunch Spots In Old Sacramento, Sacramento

Old Sacramento
Old Sacramento | © TravelingOtter/Flickr
Edgar Catasus

This 28-acre National Historic Landmark District has lots of things to see and do, including world-renowned museums and excellent entertainment and shopping. Start the day off right by eating a hearty breakfast at one of the restaurants below.

Old Sacramento

1. Rio City Cafe

Cafe, Restaurant, American

Located in the heart of historic Old Sacramento, Rio City Cafe has the privilege of overlooking some of the city’s most emblematic sights. The name of the cafe derives from the Sacramento River that runs through the spacious outdoor patio offering views of the Tower Bridge and the pyramid-like Ziggurat building. The ambiance of the cafe is rustic-casual, with its open-air setting and housing in a building that was made to look like a steamship warehouse from the late 1800’s.

2. The Firehouse Restaurant

Diner, Restaurant, American, Vegetarian, Vegan

Steak tartare
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The Firehouse Restaurant is an upscale and elegant fine-dining experience where hand-crafted cocktails meet locally farmed ingredients for one succulent brunch foray. Built inside the historic building of the Sacramento No. 3 firehouse of 1853, the unique setting honors the rich history that makes the city so unique today. In fact, this restaurant was the first to be restored and designated a historical landmark in the Old Sacramento district.

3. Strings Urban Kitchen

Bar, Restaurant, American

Strings Urban Kitchen is an Italian restaurant that counts a full bar and a wine room. Even though the menu is mainly Italian, they do offer standard American brunch food too. There’s comfortable seating inside and an outdoor patio where customers can enjoy the gentle Californian breeze.

4. Waterfront Cafe

Cafe, American, Coffee, Tea , Fast Food, Vegetarian

The Waterfront Cafe is located in the exclusive CalSTRS building, which means it enjoys a delightful view of the river front. The food here is made fresh daily and the traditional breakfasts are elevated by the presence of a full grill option. The menu is full of options ready to satisfy even the most discerning of customers, while patrons can relax on the outdoor seating area with a refreshing drink while taking in all of Sacramento’s best sights.

5. Fox & Goose Public House

Pub, Bar, American, Wine, Beer, Fast Food, Vegetarian

The Fox & Goose Public House is placed inside what used to be the Fuller Paint and Glass Company, which gives it the distinct look of a brick building from the early 1900’s. As the name fittingly indicates, Fox & Goose has a varied and ample menu offering traditional English dishes along with traditional American-style food.

6. Pilothouse Restaurant

Diner, Restaurant, American

The Pilothouse is a one-of-kind restaurant. This upscale-casual restaurant sits aboard a docked riverboat, meaning its patrons get a true feel of the city surrounding them. The restaurant is open from breakfast to diner and offers classic American food along with some great tasting coffee. Order the delicious eggs Benedict while enjoying a privileged view of the water.

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