A Downtown Sacramento restaurant institution and premier dining destination, Ella Dining Room & Bar serves New American, farm-to-fork cuisine for lunch, dinner and happy hour, featuring entrées of seafood, steaks and pastas, small plates, salads, fresh oysters and traditional caviar service. Ella also features an award-winning wine list as well as seasonal and classic hand-crafted cocktails at its renowned bar.
This venerable Chinese food restaurant in the heart of downtown is a true testament to the American dream. The founder of the eponymous eatery immigrated to America from China in 1919 at age 16 with no money or identification and managed to open one of the city’s most iconic restaurants a mere 20 years later. Frank Fat’s is now the anchor Sacramento restaurant of the four establishments in the Fat Family Restaurant Group
If Downtown Sacramento has a geographic heart, it would be Cesar Chavez Plaza, located across from the city’s historic city hall and site of a weekly farmers market. La Cosecha is a festive and welcoming place to linger, eat and drink indoors or outdoors on the plaza. The walk-up taco bar, operated by Ernesto Delgado—who also runs Mayahuel on K Street and Mesa Mercado in Carmichael—features a deep selection of tacos and more.
“An experience for the senses” is a promise fulfilled at Tequila Museo Mayahuel, commonly referred to as Mayahuel. This inspiring place succeeds with an impressive environment of colorful sculptures and murals, authentic home-cooked recipes and astonishing selections of tequila.
On a quiet stretch of 11th Street in the Southside Park neighborhood, a little bistro combines two modern trends in neighborhood dining: unaffected casualness and back-to-basics cooking. The owners are N’Gina and Ian Kavookjian, and they base their menu and restaurant’s philosophy on timeless traditions of Southern cooking.