If you’ve only got one night in Sacramento, where should you eat? To know where to go, you need to know the best restaurants in Sacramento, a diverse collection of eateries serving a number of different cuisines. We humbly submit our favorite spots to try when you’re in California’s capital:
One of Sacramento’s best Mexican restaurants, Mayahuel also considers itself a museum of Mexican history, focused on its production of tequila. Owner Ernesto Delgado says, “Tequila is the birth of this place ... it's everything, it's almost the mission statement of Mayahuel." Naturally, there is an abundance of tequila and mezcal for you to try inside Mayahuel’s vibrantly colorful dining room and bar. Whatever you choose, be sure to stay one extra dish and grab some churros for dessert.
See what actual customers say about Mayahuel:
“Excellent customer service, beautiful decors, amazing crafted drinks, and flavorful food! Definitely a new favorite place.” - Alan A.
“Been here plenty of times, this Groupon is a steal! You get great food at an amazing price. By far, this place has the best tacos I have ever had. Go here, you won't be disappointed.” - Israel D.
“My favorite place! Best drinks, service and food in town. Never disappointed. Took a friend for her first time and picked up dinner for her husband, they were both impressed and loved the food. Thanks Mayahuel for another delicious dinner!” - Alissa S.
With a number of Asian communities in Sacramento, It’s no surprise that the city is packed with some of the West Coast’s best Japanese and Chinese cuisine. For a taste, try one of these spots:
Donuts don’t get much fresher than Danny’s Mini Donuts, a local favorite in Old Sacramento. Danny makes these donuts “hot on the spot,” and its website cheekily states “they may burn your fingers, but they will melt in your mouth!” And since they’re smaller than the average donut, you won’t feel so guilty ordering a half-dozen (or a baker’s dozen).
See what actual customers say about Danny’s Mini Donuts:
“Danny is always friendly and his donuts are hot and fresh. I've never had a dozen that counts less than 13. Everyone in my office is delighted when I bring mini-donuts to a meeting!” - Teri B.
“Pleasant experience. The guy running the shop was very friendly. Purchase was smooth and it was kind of fun to watch the donuts cook ... The donuts are delicious. Used them as dessert the same night of purchase. ... And they're still yummy the next day.” - Melanie A.
“Get it HOT and Fresh! Made while you wait. Bite size, which is PERFECT as you take a walk and tour the sights and sounds of Old Sacramento!” - Masataka B.
Running short on time, but still want a serious meal? If you’re looking for something pretty quick, here are three restaurants that won’t take up several hours.
See what actual customers say about Flaming Grill Cafe:
“Service was the best I've ever experienced, waitress and bus person so eager to answer our questions and explain the menu options. The burgers were delicious and the sides generous.” - Helen D.
“Very good food, and a great selection of both burgers and beers. And a place that knows how to cook a rare burger the right way. Very happy with experience.” - Talina L.
“We've been twice now, both times so yummy! Friendly service, too. We've tried the gator bites, smokehouse, jalapeño jack, blue cheese burger, and chorizo fries. We've tried the bison, elk, and wild boar. All great!” - Rhonda H.