Food & Drink in Sacramento

$10 for $20 Worth of American Cuisine at Starlite Lounge

Starlite Lounge

Midtown

Charmingly kitschy lounge plays host to late-night parties throughout the week, with live DJs and a menu of sharable appetizers

$20 $10

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$30 for $50 Worth of French Cuisine at Bistro Michel

Bistro Michel

Downtown

Chefs craft elevated cuisine using fresh, local ingredients and French cooking techniques, such as duck liver mousseline and trout almondine

$50 $30

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$10 for $20 Worth of Sushi and Chinese Food at Lotus Fusion

Lotus Fusion

Natomas Corporate Center

20 specialty sushi rolls, such as the super veggie with fried yams, and Chinese entrees that include chow mein and bbq pork fried rice

$20 $10

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Sacramento Traditional Jazz Society Presents Jazz Sunday at Elks Lodge #6, November 9–April 12 at Noon (Up to 50% Off)

Sacramento Traditional Jazz Society presents Jazz Sunday

Elks Lodge #6

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Explore three stages of simultaneous music, including an open-to-all jam session; upcoming acts include Dan Barrett and Duke Heitger

$30 $15

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$85 for a Murder-Mystery Dinner Show and Mugs for Two from Dinner Detective Sacramento ($161.60 Value)

Dinner Detective Sacramento

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel

Dinner party descends into wacky madness as an interactive murder mystery unfolds; improv actors play detectives and suspects

$161.60 $85

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SnowBomb Ski & Snowboard Festival for One, Two, or Four with Lift Tickets on November 15 or 16 (Up to 59% Off)

SnowBomb Ski & Snowboard Festival- Sacramento

CAL EXPO

Get access to lift tickets, a huge gear sale with discounts exceeding 75% off, and season pass deals to some of the largest ski resorts

$25 $11

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$12 for $20 Worth of Food at Vientos Mexican Cocina (40% Off)

Vientos Mexican Cocina

Greenhaven area of Sacramento

Authentic Mexican tacos, burritos, and entrees served in rustic dining room.

$20 $12

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Standup Comedy at Sacramento Punch Line (Up to 76% Off)

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Sacramento Punch Line

Nationally touring comedians headline Thursdays, Fridays, and Sundays, including Steve Byrne, Shaun Latham and Fortune Feimster

$74 $18

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Japanese Dinner or Lunch at Nishiki Sushi (Up to 40% Off)

Nishiki Sushi

Midtown

More than three dozen specialty rolls share the menu with classic sashimi and nigiri and Japanese comfort foods

$20 $12

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Food, Drink, or Karaoke Rental, Two-Hour Karaoke-Room Rental, or Two-Hour VIP Room Rental at SKY KTV (Up to 52% Off)

SKY KTV

Sacramento

Inside intimate lounge, revelers unleash their inner pop star during private karaoke sessions

$30 $15

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$13 for One Groupon, Good for $25 Worth of Thai Food at Tuk Tuk Restaurant

Tuk Tuk Restaurant

Raley's Shopping Center

Thai street foods including curry, wok-fried pork with fresh garlic and white pepper, and Thai-style barbecued chicken

$25 $13

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$6.99 for Two Dozen Mini Donuts from Danny's Mini Donuts ($12 Value)

Danny's Mini Donuts

Old Sacramento

Hot, made-to-order mini donuts with chocolate, powdered sugar, or cinnamon

$12 $6.99

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Pizzeria Cuisine at Rico’s Italian Pizza (47% Off). Two Options Available.

Rico's Italian Pizza

Sacramento

Pizzas crowned with fresh cheese, canadian bacon, peppers, olives, and linguiça served alongside hot wings, lasagna, and baked sandwiches

$30 $16

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Mexican Dinner or Lunch at Vallejo’s (Up to 50% Off)

Vallejo's

Multiple Locations

Mexican cuisine served at the business-casual 11th Street location or in the remodeled early-1920s building of the 4th Street location

$15 $7.49

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$15 for $25 Worth of Casual American Food at Logan's Roadhouse - Sacramento

Logan's Roadhouse

Multiple Locations

Wood-grilled steaks and fried cheese and bacon burgers, washed down by Roadhouse tea made with Ole Smoky Tennessee White Lightning Moonshine

$25 $15

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$13 for $20 Worth of Sushi at Ju Hachi by Taka

Ju Hachi by Taka

Central Sacramento

Classically trained sushi chef devises beef teriyaki, salmon-skin rolls, albacore sashimi with jalapeño, and ponzu

$20 $13

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Wood-Fired Pizza for Takeout, Dine-In, or Catering at Cafe Napoli (Up to 50% Off). Five Options Available.

Cafe Napoli

Arden - Arcade

Wood-fired ovens bake crispy pizzas with all manner of toppings; other Italian classics include spaghetti and meatballs and chicken parm

$20 $11

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Italian Brunch for Two or Four at Pronto (Up to 43% Off)

Pronto

Midtown

Salami scrambles and eggs benedict with prosciutto and homemade hollandaise put an Italian spin on brunch

$20 $11.50

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Wine and Small Plates for Two or Four at Revolution Wines (Up to 51% Off)

Revolution Wines

Central Sacramento

Urban winery pours out glasses of artisan red and white wines that are paired with small artisan plates of seasonal bistro fare

$40 $20

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When Capital Public Radio reporter Elaine Corn visited Kathmandu Kitchen in 2009, she spoke to two servers—Paritosh and Rosy—who explained the nuances of their native Nepalese cuisine. A small yet diverse country, Nepal draws from distinct culinary influences: Tibet and China to the north and India along the south. As such, diners viewing Kathmandu Kitchen’s menu for the first time are greeted with a cross section of its varied cuisine, which includes Tibetan-style pan-fried noodles, tandoor-cooked chicken tikka masala, and fiery curries seasoned with cumin and garlic. The uninitiated are the lucky ones; Rosy explains that having first-time visitors to the restaurant is one of her favorite things. “If I find a person coming for the first time in this restaurant, I’ll be the happiest person at that moment. Because we feel it’s really important that people from America are valuing us, too, through our food.” Tables clad in white linens and a mural of the Himalayas surround Nepal’s beloved regional dishes, which coalesce perfectly in the form of thali, a tray filled with a harmonious blend of dumplings, flatbread, and lentils crowned with a main course.

Kathmandu Kitchen’s wide spectrum of aromatic and authentic vegetarian, chicken, lamb, and seafood entrees pleases just about every palate. The eatery has earned recognition from a host of local sources, including spots on the Top Five Best Indian restaurants list by CityVoter and the Top 100 list by Local Eats.

1728 Broadway
Sacramento,
CA
US

Rivers Edge Cafe aims to put a spin on the traditional, Americana-steeped diner by creating a casual neighborhood eatery that serves slightly more imaginative versions of otherwise familiar comfort foods. Tempting diners with the opportunity to enjoy three meals a day, the chefs begin each morning by cooking a number of breakfast staples. Buttermilk pancakes and country fried steak are classics, but they also cook omelets using three farm-fresh eggs and everything from artichoke hearts and kalamata olives to smoked salmon and capers. They even update the traditional side of hash browns by creating a version stuffed with bacon, sour cream, and cheddar cheese. As the sun begins to set, the cafe serves its selection of hearty, home-style dinner entrees, including housemade meatloaf flavored with garlic, onions, and green bell peppers, and penne pasta tossed with crisp vegetables, shrimp, and a balsamic glaze.

Much like its menu, Rivers Edge Cafe's dining room exudes a decidedly casual vibe that is more reminiscent of a bistro than a diner. Gleaming wooden tables and low-backed booths fill the dark floors, which still manage to catch the light streaming through the walls of floor-to-ceiling windows. Tulip-shaped pendant lamps hang above a few of the tables, but, as night falls, the ceiling fans' lights help keep the space illuminated as they lazily spin above patrons' heads and keep guests cool as they sip on one of the available craft beers or wines imported from the future.

8740 La Riviera Dr
Sacramento,
CA
US

What started as a hobby for Biba Caggiano became a culinary career when she relocated to Sacramento with her family in 1969. During the move, she brought along a practiced knowledge of Old World cuisine, which she gleaned from her mother while growing up in the Italian region of Emilia-Romagna. After teaching a handful of classes at a local cooking school, she began fully dedicating herself to gastronomic pursuits, publishing cookbooks of her signature recipes, studying culinary traditions throughout Italy, and hosting an internationally syndicated cooking show, Biba's Italian Kitchen.

She opened Biba Restaurant in 1986, devising a menu of authentic Italian cuisine that changes seasonally, much like a snowman’s ability to survive. Her chefs blanch homemade pastas, pan-roast sea bass, and braise veal shanks for an osso buco alla milanese that Frommer's proclaimed as "excellent." With a commitment to freshness, Biba sources her ingredients from local farmers and producers, including Del Rio Botanical and Ports Seafood.

The menus brim with refined dishes, and the décor to "make [diners] feel instantly at home." In addition to its yellow walls, the recently renovated main dining room, according to the Sacramento Press, features hand-painted Italian silk sconces and crema marfil marble.

2801 Capitol Ave
Sacramento,
CA
US

Choosing a seat is the first step at 3 Fires Lounge. The jet-black bar stools give patrons the best views of the room's 52-inch, high-definition televisions. The high-top tables line a window that gazes directly out onto Capitol Park. Additionally, the space features oversized couches that invite guests to sink into their helium-filled cushions. All three of these options are available within the trendy, lounge, which was recently remodeled to have a more colorful atmosphere with more seating, beers on draught, and comfortable new patio furniture. CBS Sacramento praised the space's casual vibe and low-key ambiance, placing 3 Fires Lounge on its list of the Best Hotel Bars in Sacramento.

Although glasses of wine, pints of beer, and rounds of cocktails are all readily available for patrons hoping to relax with a drink in hand, 3 Fires Lounge also tempts diners with a menu of hearty international cooking. While the chefs incorporate recipes from across the globe, their main source of inspiration is the bounty of seasonal, locally sourced produce that is so readily available. Using these Californian ingredients, the team creates hummus with vegetables and baked pita chips, crab cake sandwiches served on sourdough bread with melted white cheddar, and grilled flatbreads topped with everything from caramelized onions, mushrooms, and goat cheese to pulled pork and honey-chipotle barbecue sauce.

1501 L St
Sacramento,
CA
US

For the most part, Gatsby's Diner looks nothing like the Japanese restaurant it replaced. Jazz Age art now covers the walls, and tunes by Cab Calloway and Tommy Dorsey complete a laid-back mood. But founders Chuck Caplener and Jared Nuttall kept one detail from the building's past: the teppanyaki grills in the middle of the dining room. That's where Gatsby's cooks sear the burgers that Sactown Magazine praised as "perfect." What draws out such admiration? Seasoned beef and seasonal fixings such as fire-roasted jalapenos and house-made barbecue sauce.

Back in the kitchen, the culinary team crafts more complex dishes—dishes that hooked the attention of Guy Fieri on the Food Network's Diners, Drive-ins and Dives. The bone-in pork chops, for instance, take flavor from a vanilla-bean brine before soaking up coffee-bean smoke. And this complexity runs throughout the diner's signature dishes: house-made meatloaf smothered in red-wine mushroom gravy, par-boiled beets sandwiched into sliders. To accompany these riffs on American comfort food, cooks hand-spin three milkshake flavors one at a time in order to keep their embarrassing third arms hidden.

2598 Alta Arden Expy
Sacramento,
CA
US

As a high-school student working at a local pizzeria, John Schnatter often pondered how he would do things differently if he owned such a business himself. After graduating from college in 1983, he got his chance, knocking down the broom closet in his father’s tavern to create his own pizza-delivery business. Since then Papa John’s Pizza has grown to 3,500 restaurants in 50 states and 29 countries. At each location, cooks cover the signature hand-tossed crusts, made with high-protein flour and clear, filtered water, with tomato sauce from vine-ripened California tomatoes, then pile on locally sourced ingredients such as green peppers and onions. The emphasis on fresh ingredients extends to the 100% mozzarella cheese, beef, and pork, which are never artificially inflated with fillers or undeserved compliments.

In addition to delivering pizzas, Papa John’s reaches out to the community with charity involvement, including partnering with the Boy Scouts of America and Junior Achievement to teach US students about entrepreneurship and the best method of capturing a wild roma tomato.

2440 Fulton Ave
Sacramento,
CA
US