After living in Sacramento now for a year, we’ve been eating our way down the restaurant list. These 20 best restaurants in Sacramento, California have become our go-to’s for dine-in or takeout. Sacramento, California has a wonderful food scene, which every year has grown as the city keeps changing. You have access to a diverse selection of cuisine here.

20 Best Restaurants in Sacramento, California

There are a few things I love about dining in Sacramento. There is such a wide range from amazing fried chicken to world-class sushi. We tend to stick to our favorites but have been branching out over the last few months. A lot of these Sacramento restaurants are in the heart of downtown, so even if you’re passing by the region, you can quickly stop in for a bite.

With many neighborhoods, from Old Sacramento to Midtown, these are the best restaurants in Sacramento to check out for your next meal out. It is so important for us to support local restaurants, I hope you will do the same.

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20 Best Restaurants in Sacramento, California


How to Support Our Local Sacramento Restaurants

One of the best ways to support restaurants is by ordering direct from the restaurant itself. When using a third-party app, they lose a percentage of the sale. So when possible, I recommend ordering direct and picking up.

A few other ways to support is by purchasing gift cards as gifts, leaving a positive review, and sharing the love on social.

We are so fortunate to have wonderful food in Sacramento, let’s keep them here.


1. Kru Sushi

This was one of my first introductions in the Sacramento restaurant scene and I was so excited that Kru is here. It’s our go-to for sushi in the city, definitely an upscale experience. They have a wonderful happy hour as well when the dining room is open.

So sometimes we will pop in just for that or do take-out as well when we want to be at home. You can order online in the morning and pick it up conveniently at their restaurant. Our favorite rolls to get from Kru are the Spicy Liz and the Tesla Roll.

Available for outdoor dine-in and curbside pickup.
Address: 3135 Folsom Blvd, Sacramento, CA 95816

2. Pangea Bier Garden

I may be biased since Pangea is down the street from our house, but this is our favorite fried chicken sandwich in the city. I’ve gone through almost the entire menu in the last year and every single dish has been amazing. This is where I bring all of my out of town guests for a meal.

We sometimes even grab it to-go. Right now, they have an amazing outdoor patio set up for the year to enjoy for dine-in.

Available for outdoor dine-in and curbside pickup.
Address: 2743 Franklin Blvd, Sacramento, CA 95818

20 Best Restaurants in Sacramento, California
image via Masullo

3. Masullo Pizza

Over in Land Park is our favorite thin-crust pizza. Masullo serves up some incredible pizza fresh out of their oven. Our guilty pleasure on the weekend is picking up two pizzas here.

I love the Elisa pizza and be sure to check out their wine menu which often has a weekly discount! This year, they opened up their patio as well so you can dine-in at Masullo.

Available for outdoor dine-in and curbside pickup.
Address: 2711 Riverside Blvd, Sacramento, CA 95818

4. Localis

In Midtown, Localis is one of the best upscale dining experiences in the city. Their wine bar sits overlooking the open kitchen which is one of my favorite parts of dining here. The food is really fresh and focused on locally sourced items here in California.

Right now they’re offering a wonderful takeaway testing menu for you to enjoy at home.

Available for curbside pickup.
Address: 2031 S St, Sacramento, CA 95811

5. Canon

One of the few restaurants we haven’t been to is Canon. All of our friends have been and really love their diverse menu, so this is first on our list to dine at. They’re known as a neighborhood tavern in East Sacramento that is refined.

Some of the highlights on the menu include grilled whole chicken and their smoked beef cheeks. They have a very spacious patio to enjoy your meal. Come for dinner throughout the week and brunch on the weekend.

Available for dine-in and curbside pickup.
Address: 1719 34th St, Sacramento, CA 95816

20 Best Restaurants in Sacramento, California
image via The Kitchen

6. The Kitchen Restaurant

Arguably one of the best restaurants in Sacramento, The Kitchen is the only one in the area to have been awarded a Michelin-star. The menu is prix fixe and changes seasonally.

Be sure to check directly for when it is open.

Address:  2225 Hurley Way, Sacramento, CA 95825

7. Kodaiko Ramen & Bar

Right in Downtown, Kodaiko opened up this last year and serves our favorite ramen. We love a rich broth, and their bowls of ramen do not disappoint.

They focus on sourcing quality ingredients here which is a big part of why their menu is incredible. My favorite ramen on the menu is the Tonkotsu for $15. It has a rich three-day pork broth as the base and topped with arugula, chives, pork belly chashu, and a ajitama egg.

Available for dine-in, delivery, and curbside pickup.
Address: 718 K St, Sacramento, CA 95814

8. Magpie Cafe

Near Capitol Park, we’ve been going to Magpie Cafe on and off for years. It’s a Sacramento classic and a solid bite for farm to fork eats. Their menu does change, and it’s a great portrayal of the wonderful ingredients here locally.

You can eat outdoors on the patio and there is delivery and pickup available.

Available for dine-in, delivery, and curbside pickup.
Address: 1601 16th St, Sacramento, CA 95814

9. Tower Cafe

It took me forever to get to this cafe mostly since the line is always so long, be sure to go mid-week. So once I made it, I understood why everyone loves this brunch spot. French toast is a must.

Be sure to check directly for when it is open.

Address: 1518 Broadway, Sacramento, CA 95818

10. South

If fried chicken is your thing, come here for the dinner plate served with biscuits and collard greens. One of our favorites for southern classics. We have been coming here this whole year and ordering to-go food. It’s one of our Friday night go-to’s.

Available for dine-in and curbside pickup.
Address: 2005 11th St, Sacramento, CA 95818

11. Fox & Goose Public House

The public house is a classic over near R Street Corridor, known for being a traditional English pub. They are open all day and offer classic English dishes for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. If you like bangers and mash, definitely order that here.

Available for dine-in and curbside pickup.
Address: 1001 R St, Sacramento, CA 95811

12. Happy Takeout

This is our secret, go-to Chinese takeout joint. I’m embarrassed to admit how many times we have ordered here. It’s just SO GOOD. It’s small and they only do to-go or delivery.

We order pretty much the same thing every time. Chicken chow mein, beef + green beans, the orange chicken (the best!!), and every once in a while, the fried rice.

The portions are huge, so two dishes could be two meals for two people.

Available for delivery and curbside pickup.
Address: 3201 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Sacramento, CA 95817

13. Binchoyaki Izakaya Dining

This Japanese restaurant serves up classic dishes from Japan and they’re well known for their spicy tuna on crispy rice. We’ve eaten here a few times over this last year and almost always get the spicy tuna on crispy rice personally.

They have other modern Japanese style barbecue dishes as well. Their charcoal grill gives an incredible flavor to their food.

Available for delivery and curbside pickup.
Address: 2226 10th St, Sacramento, CA 95818

20 Best Restaurants in Sacramento, California

14. Beast + Bounty

One of the trendier restaurants to open up in Sacramento is Beast + Bounty. Their menu is seasonal with fresh eats, also featuring great wine at night and coffee at brunch. I personally love their brunch pizza (a must-order).

They have opened this great back patio area to enjoy their food at the restaurant or you can order to go.

Available for dine-in and curbside pickup.
Address: 2226 10th St, Sacramento, CA 95818

15. Pushkin’s Bakery

The food at Pushkin’s is some of our favorites on the weekend for their breakfast sandwiches and baked goods. The line can get long but it is well worth the wait.

They do gluten-free and dairy-free baked goods. We will often order desserts for family gatherings here.

Available for delivery and curbside pickup.
Address: 1820 29th St, Sacramento, CA 95816

16. Gunther’s Ice Cream

I had to include this classic ice cream spot. Gunther’s has been here for years and I love their fruit freezes. We can walk here from the house, which proves to be problematic.

You can order ahead of time online which I strongly suggest.

Available for delivery and curbside pickup.
Address: 2801 Franklin Blvd, Sacramento, CA 95818

17. Hawk’s Public House

This chic gastropub serves American classics and has a great happy hour. We’ve eaten here a few times with friends over the years. For to-go food, they have menus available for lunch, brunch, and dinner.

You can also check out their artisanal shop to get local products.

Available for dine-in and curbside pickup.
Address: 1525 Alhambra Blvd, Sacramento, CA 95816

18. Frank Fat’s

Over by the Convention Center, Frank Fat’s is one of the oldest restaurants in Sacramento. It is Chinese cuisine and it’s also a solid option for delivery here in the city. You can place an order online or directly.

Available for delivery and curbside pickup.
Address: 806 L St, Sacramento, CA 95814

19. The Coconut on T

This our favorite for Thai food. We come here more often than not. We always order the Drunken Noodles and Green curry. Of course, I order my on serving of cheese wontons too.

It’s a great restaurant, it does get busy so I recommend ordering in advance if possible.

Available for dine-in and curbside pickup.
Address: 1110 T St, Sacramento, CA 95811

image via Saigon Alley

20. Saigon Alley Kitchen + Bar

One of the newer restaurants this year that opened up is Saigon Alley. It is a Vietnamese spot that has classic dishes and great pho.

They are open for lunch and dinner.

Available for dine-in, delivery, and curbside pickup.
Address: 1801 L St #70, Sacramento, CA 95811


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3 Comments

  1. hi! i like your blog – great travel tips and pics, thank you!! we also live in sacramento – your list of restaurants is spot on. if you have not yet been to Allora in East Sac, it is a can’t-miss spot and one of our favorites.

  2. Oragami Grill on Folsom.
    Hopefully they will get their Chefs Counter running again..6 seats only but chefs cook for you! Excellent. Great Ramen too!
    Chef/owners are wonderful people too.

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