where to eat drink – sacramento city guide

Sacramento City Guide: Where to Eat + Drink

13 January

This past November marked three years that we’ve been living in Sacramento which at times is still hard to believe, but it’s starting to feel more and more like home.  True, I was slow to accept living here at first and ran off to San Francisco any chance I could but this last year I was singing a different tune… and it’s pretty hard not to admit that this is a great city to raise a family in.  Low key vibe, down-to-earth community, so much good food (at the heart of farm-to-fork!), and a whole lot of nature around for those outdoorsy adventures.  We’re equally as close to Tahoe as we are wine country–two of my favorite spots–and again, just a quick drive to the Bay.  (Can you tell I’m putting the hard sell on for my SF girlfriends who are contemplating a move?)

I still have a number of places I want to eat at and admittedly I don’t get out of my East Sacramento / Midtown bubble too often, but since I’ve had a number of you ask for my Sacramento recommendations I thought I’d share where I spend most of my time eating, drinking and hanging.  Plus with the three day weekend coming up and I know so many of you make that drive from the Bay to Tahoe–I thought this might come in handy for any mid-way pit stops.

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Where to get your caffeine fix:

Temple – Best coffee in town.  I even have Blue Bottle fanatics swear Temple is better.  I frequent both the original S location and the newer K location equally.  Both can be tricky to find an empty table at but that’s one bonus about being up early with a baby–beating the morning rush.

The Mill – Clean minimalist vibe.  The owners Nick and Ilah are just the sweetest and have cultivated such an inviting and low key atmosphere.  I used to walk to The Mill from our old Midtown apartment and so this was the first local coffee shop that made me miss my neighborhood spot in New York a whole lot less.  I swear once you have a comforting coffee shop you love going to and the barista knows you by name, any city starts to feel like home.

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Where we eat:


Masullo – This Land Park neighborhood gem is our go-to for low key date nights.  While they’re known for their thin crust pizza, I always ask about the pasta special as well.  As a pasta lover it never disappoints!  Plus their seasonal salads always hit the spot.

One Speed – Our East Sac neighborhood gem.  Even if you’re not craving pizza the menu has a little bit of everything… and it’s all good.


Kru + Lou’s – Both are the best rolls in town in my opinion.  Lou’s offers more of a small neighborhood gem vibe while Kru is great for date night and heading out with the girls.

Sandwich | Salad:

Juno’s – I pretty much always order the kale salad (and add avocado)… and my guy always orders the sandwich special.  We’re regulars and love that we can walk here.  Don’t go for atmosphere–go for the food.

Magpie – Magpie has become another regular spot that I gravitate towards when in the mood for a healthy salad / lunch option.  Also a big fan of heading here for brunch.



La Venadita



Fancier Date Night:

Ella + Mulvaney’s – if I feel like dressing up a bit.  Also Ella is a good date spot to just grab a drink at the bar.


South – When you’re craving fried chicken or mac n’ cheese.  Obviously!


Shoki – We’re big ramen fans over here and Shoki is our go-to for takeout (we prefer to take it out over dining in as it’s small and often crowded).  Always, always add an egg to your bowl.

Obo + Selland’s – I think everyone in Sacramento is a fan of their takeout options.  Selland’s dinner special for two and a bottle of wine for $25–you just can’t beat it.  Both are also great for casual, quick lunches and dinners in.

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The Look |  Isabel Marant Jacket (similar).  Hoodie (also loving + the colors this hoodie comes in).  AMO Jeans.  Gucci Loafers.

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Where to grab a drink:

Block Butcher Bar – When in the mood for a cocktail I love the dark and moody vibe

Low Brau + Hook & Ladder – great for groups and to bring the out-of-towners

The Press + Ella – for a classier evening / glass of wine

Federalist Public House + Fieldwork – when craving a beer

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Photography | Melissa Fuller

  • I’ll have to try some of these places next time I’m in town. Love Cafeteria 15L for brunch!

    Liz @ ShoppingMyCloset.com

  • Awwww I’m missing all these places (and you!) xx

    Great list!!

    • Alicia Lund

      @kelly_ann_burns:disqus AW missing you! So many more changes since you left!

  • This makes me miss Sacramento! I went to school in Davis, and these seasonal photos make me miss the seasons!


    • Alicia Lund

      @bybreannamarie:disqus aw love Davis! Yes the seasons are one of the best parts about living in Northern CA.

  • camorose

    Ahhhh! I grew up in Sacramento and it’s changed so much (for the better) in the last few years. I still struggle with whether I could ever move back, but I have to admit–this post sent me straight to Trulia to look at homes in East Sac 🙂 Hope to catch up next time I’m in town!

    • Alicia Lund

      @camorose:disqus I agree, growing up in Chico I visited Sacramento often but never thought I would ever live here (and still didn’t want to when we first moved here)… but I’m happy to call this city home now.

  • Kristin

    I love the cozy and laid-back vibes of your photos! Seriously so cool!



    • Alicia Lund

      aw thank you!

  • Amanda De La Mater

    I love this. I grew up in East Sacramento and hadn’t been back in quite awhile until Thanksgiving. I left saying “Since when did Sac get cool?!” The breweries! The restaurants! My husband and I are now planning on moving back and I can’t wait!

    • Alicia Lund

      @amandadelamater:disqus aw I know it’s changed so much already in just the few years I’ve lived here. And there are many more exciting developments in the works.

  • Love this post! My grandparents live in Sacramento so I visit about once a year and had no idea there were all these cool places to eat/drink/see! Definitely bookmarking this for my next trip out there.

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