15 New Sacramento Area Restaurants You Have to Try in 2019
Year after year, the culinary options in the Sacramento region continue to grow as the city increases in popularity. From fast casual counter-serve restaurants to elegant farm-to-fork eateries, there are plenty of new restaurants in Sacramento worth venturing to. Take a look at some of the newest culinary concepts we are most excited about and add them to your bucket list for 2019!
We took a look inside Beast + Bounty in the fall of 2018, shortly after they had opened. This gorgeous eatery is situated in the ICE Blocks, a vibrant mixed-use retail/residential space in Midtown. Beast + Bounty offers an abundance of vegetable-forward dishes and hearty meat-centric options to please carnivores and herbivores alike. In their words, “gone are the days of choosing where to eat because of what you eat.” The interior of Beast + Bounty is just as inspiring as their menu. The minimalist, modern and slightly Art Deco space features blush, hunter green and gold details, herringbone white oak floors, lots of lush terracotta planters filled with greenery, sleek black marble countertops, and soaring ceilings with exposed wood beams.
Situated south of the city in the Pocket neighborhood, Cacio is a new Italian restaurant from Jonathan and Katie Kerksieck, who have worked in a variety of Sacramento’s finest hotels and restaurants, including Biba, Piatti and Masque Ristorante. Cacio was born from their love for Italian cuisine and all things wine and craft beer. This laid-back and community-oriented restaurant is a pleasant place to gather and indulge.
Photos Courtesy of La Crosta Pizza Bar
La Crosta Pizza Bar is the newest venture from the folks behind the beloved Midtown cheese bar, The Rind. This new restaurant in West Sacramento is focused on all things pizza and Italian flatbread sandwiches, which of course involves lots of cheese. Choose from a variety of apps, soups, salads, piadinas (flatbreads), pizzas, Italian entrees and desserts. The brick-laden interior of La Crosta offers a cozy and inviting retreat for guests to savor the variety of options on the menu.
Simply stepping inside The Bank is an experience in and of itself. Housed in a 102-year-old bank building, The Bank is a culinary concourse in downtown Sacramento with a handful of eateries, a coffee shop, cocktail bars, a beer “vault” and several event spaces. While many of the tenants in The Bank are no stranger to the city, Poke Bros is a brand new eatery. Build your own poke bowls at this casual and modern spot, or opt for a comforting miso soup, spam musubi or a sushi roll. Learn more about The Bank, downtown Sacramento’s new culinary concourse.
Sample modern London-inspired dishes at this cosmopolitan eatery in the heart of downtown Sacramento. Deriving personal inspiration from Chef Ridgeway’s roots in London, Camden Spit & Ladder showcases the pristine ingredients of the surrounding region with its bold design, bustling bar scene, and prime private dining facilities. Menu highlights include the spit-roasted meat dishes, such as the organic half roast chicken and the double cut rack of pork. The stunning interior creates the perfect setting for date night or a fun night out with friends or family.
Photo Courtesy of Mendocino Farms
Mendocino Farms is a chef-driven, farm-to-table restaurant chain serving a delicious array of sandwiches and salads made with premium, locally sourced ingredients. Since 2005, the restaurant has been a favorite in Southern California, and has since expanded to Northern California with four new locations in the Bay Area. Most recently, Mendocino Farms opened a new location at the Ice Blocks in Midtown! This is a particularly exciting opening for the team, as co-founder Mario Del Pero grew up in the Sacramento area, originally hailing from Yuba City. This feels like a homecoming for Del Pero, who attributes the inspiration for the restaurant concept to the farm-to-fork atmosphere of the Sacramento region.
This unique and long-anticipated concept has finally arrived in Sacramento! At Tiger, guests pluck their craft beverages and New American eats off wheeled carts, dim sum style. This is an excellent setup for those hoping to dine quickly, as a server arrives within minutes of your arrival with small, shareable plates and a selection of wine, beer, and craft cocktails. Add in some neon, graffiti, and exciting music, and you may just experience a sensory overload — but that is completely on purpose!
At each of its two (and soon-to-be three!) locations in the area, Mas Taco Bar is serving up delicious and downright unique tacos. Mas Taco Bar aims to showcase tastes from around the globe through their untraditional tacos ranging from pork belly to duck confit and Korean fried chicken to fried oysters, just to name a few. Plus, choose from a selection of appetizers, “not tacos,” bowls and desserts. The drink menu includes a variety of specialty margaritas and craft cocktails handmade with fresh ingredients, plus an array of beers and more than 50 tequilas. Visit Mas Taco Bar near the heart of the city or in Arden-Arcade, and keep an eye out for the newest location coming soon to Palladio in Folsom!
Photo Courtesy of Drake’s BARN
Drake’s Brewing Company presents this brand new outdoor concept — the perfect place to spend a sunny day. Drake’s BARN is a landmark 2-acre community gathering spot, featuring food, beverages, and entertainment, in West Sacramento’s Bridge District. Order pizza from the full-service PizzaSmith Restaurant or Santa Maria-style tri-tip sandwiches from the YO?LO! Truck. Choose from over 25 beers on tap, wine, or cocktails, and lounge in the 400-seat beer garden and bar complete with fire pits. Plus, you can often hear live music coming from one of the three stages! The venue will continue to evolve with added amenities throughout the year — so stay tuned for all the excitement coming to Drake’s BARN in 2019.
This new addition to Elk Grove has quickly been established as a favorite in the community. The chefs at Miyabi present a modern interpretation of classic Japanese dishes using only high-quality fresh ingredients. The restaurant focuses on sushi, served in a variety of styles, from sashimi platters to decadent baked rolls. Plus, choose from a variety of additional dishes, including bento boxes, ramen, udon, and donburi — all available for dine-in or take-out.
Nestled in the El Dorado Hills Town Center, Osteria Moto is an intricately designed restaurant in El Dorado Hills resembling a traditional Italian osteria. The menu reflects a less complicated “grass roots” approach to Italian country food, enhanced by the rich agriculture of Northern California. Osteria Moto emphasizes the joy of eating seasonally, simply and well. Not to mention, the space — filled with alder, limestone, Douglas Fir, leather and brass — is absolutely stunning.
Photo Courtesy of Callista Polhemus via Origami Asian Grill
Origami draws inspiration from Japanese, Chinese, Korean, Vietnamese, and Thai cultures to create a unique modern Asian fusion concept. This fast casual spot in East Sacramento serves a variety of innovative dishes, including ramen, rice bowls, sandwiches, and salads made with your choice of protein. Through utilizing local ingredients at their peak of quality and flavor, this laid-back yet refined eatery proves that affordable food can still be healthful, hyper-seasonal, and progressive.
In the space that previously hosted Amaro, Takata-ya is a wonderful counter-serve eatery with a comfortable interior. The casual yet refined Japanese concept is perfect for both an on-the-go pick-up or a sit-down experience. But either way, you’ll order at the counter from the menu with plenty of teriyaki plates, combinations, noodle plates, curry rice, salads, sushi, sashimi and more. Don’t miss happy hour at Takata-ya Mondays through Saturdays from 3–6 p.m.!
Situated in the middle of the action in downtown, The Grid is keenly focused on Sacramento cuisine. The menu reflects the chef’s personal interpretation of classic dishes found throughout the downtown grid, including burgers, chicken, steaks, seafood and more. A standout is the local beef burger topped with cheddar cheese, caramelized onion, bacon and house aioli on a brioche bun.
Photo Courtesy of Aniko Kiezel via The Other Side by Track 7 Brewing
From the talented brewers at Track 7 Brewing comes this exciting culinary concept. Take a step into The Other Side, a rotisserie-centric, fast casual eatery focused on real food, craft beer, and intuitive service. The hearty menu perfectly complements the flavorful beers brewed just down the road at Track 7. The minimalist feel of this interior provides an inspiring space to enjoy a burger and a refreshing brew.
What new restaurants in Sacramento are you most excited about? Let us know in the comments below!