Restaurants in Rancho Cordova

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In 1913, the Sheepherder Bar & Grille’s building on Folsom Boulevard was known as the Citrus Inn, and the hoteliers supplemented their income selling produce in front of the building. A 2006 renovation restored the hotel to glory with beautiful wooden rafters, three grand fireplaces, and solid stone columns, creating a refined, rustic vibe. The food has gotten an upgrade since then, too. Guests can enjoy tender prime rib from Niman Ranch or burgers with Boar's Head bacon, traditional shepherd’s pie, or wild-caught salmon with dill-infused tartar sauce. The double-cut pork chop comes drenched in red wine sauce and apple-cinnamon butter, and the meatloaf sports a coat of house-made Jack Daniels barbecue sauce. Later, head over to the Citrus Bar (named in honor of the original establishment) for an after-dinner drink and staring contest. Guests arriving on Friday nights will find live music wafting through the restaurant, and a happy hour held from 3–7 p.m. invites diners to kick dinner off in style.

11275 Folsom Blvd
Rancho Cordova,
CA
US

The flavors of the Mediterranean and India infuse the selections on Cafe Nirvana's otherwise typical cafe menu of deli sandwiches and salads. A specialty sandwich laced with spicy tandoori chicken and pepper jack cheese gives tastebuds a kick with little cumin-covered spurs, while strips of gyro meat cool off with housemade tzatziki sauce. On the roster of coffee drinks, chai is crafted from a special house recipe, rich with the scent of Indian spices and brewed fresh daily.

3039 Kilgore Rd
Rancho Cordova,
CA
US

Imagine Affairs revitalizes the classic murder-mystery template with current-day touches: Scenarios reference the modern nightclub in which the audience and actors gather, and cases are cracked by CSI-style cops, not Holmesian detectives or omniscient robots. Meanwhile, the actors leaven the dire situation with doses of improv comedy and audience interaction, which lets guests become as entangled in plot twists as they want.

12401 Folsom Boulevard
Rancho Cordova,
CA
US

A trio of Buddha statues gazes calmly at the entrance to Little Buddha Thai Bistro, as if awaiting the arrival of enlightenment. But before 6 p.m. on weeknights or 7 p.m. on Saturdays, it's restaurant patrons who arrive instead, taking seats at dark wood tables within the eatery's pale gray walls. In the kitchen, main-dish morsels of chicken or beef simmer in coconut milk or sizzle as they're stir-fried in a wok. Appetizers such as skewered satay arrive to prime palates. And in the dining room, thai wraps—stuffed with a choice of fillings such as shrimp and sweet coconut rice—echo the cylindrical shape of hanging lamps and warp pipes used for day trips to Bangkok.

3334 Mather Field Rd
Rancho Cordova,
CA
US

Urban Dog and Sausage serves up encased meats armed with innovative flair and premium ingredients. The menu stars Vienna Beef–brand sausages, flown in from Chicago, that range from the aptly named Chicago Dog with all the fixins ($3.69) to the breakfast-breaking Brunch Dog, a freshly grilled frankfurter topped with fried egg, smoked bacon, and yellow mustard ($3.79). For patrons who prefer to sate their juicy, carnal cravings sans link, Urban boasts a single burger option, Royale with Cheese ($4.09), and for those who crave sans carnal cravings, the Nhot Dog, a meatless frank dressed with grilled onions and yellow mustard ($3.19) is offered. On the sausage end, Urban outputs The Govna, a beer bratwurst covered in dusseldorf brown mustard, with a choice of grilled onions or sauerkraut ($4.19), and which pairs properly with sides including coleslaw, potato salad, or chili ($1.49 each), or the diner's signature urban fries ($2.49 for a shareable size).

3332 Matherfield Rd.
Rancho Cordova,
CA
US

A Casino Event's poker professionals foster an evening chock-full of chips with a three-hour card-flipping fiesta in the comfort of the customer's own abode. Defibrillate lackluster cocktail parties with one professional blackjack table and one felt-topped poker plateau. An experienced dealer accompanies the casino accouterments to instruct budding card sharks and prevent high-profile heists by ragtag bands of playing-card collectors. Hold 'em enthusiasts of any age can attend, so hustle up a multigenerational hodgepodge of players to plant paws on included casino chips and play money. An entourage of A Casino Event employees set up the felt-topped fixtures for each soiree, leaving hosts free to mingle or slip spare aces up their sleeves. For an additional fee, enlist the aide of a highly trained bartender to murkify memories and bolster late-morning breakfast reviews of the bash.

11366 Amalgam Way
Rancho Cordova,
CA
US