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Where Chefs Eat: Local Recommendations in Sacramento

December Edition: 12/21/21

Do you want to know the best restaurants in Sacramento? We did, so we asked our local Foodom Chef Community to give their favorite restaurants and dishes in the Greater Sacramento area. We’ll keep updating this list with the best local food, so be sure to bookmark this post!

Hint: Click on any underlined section to navigate to our featured chef’s & restaurant’s website!

Chef Daniel Ruiz’s Best Restaurants & Bakery

Plan B Restaurant

555 La Sierra Dr.
Sacramento, CA 95864
(916) 483-3000

Source: Plan B

Serving some of the most delicious French food in Sacramento. The dishes speak for themselves.

Favorite dishes:

  • Mussels Mariniere – A white wine steamed fresh mussel seafood plate with herb butter wine sauce
  • Fennel-leek tartelettes – topped with anchovies and goat cheese

Zinfandel Grille

2384 Fair Oaks Blvd
Sacramento, CA 95825
(916) 485-7100

Zinfandel Grille has been a local staple for over 20 years. They feature several scrumptious and simply amazing dishes!

Favorite dishes:

  • They’re known for their mustard chicken dish, good for lunch or dinner and so tasty.
  • Breaded chicken breast with Dijon mustard and panko bread crumbs, the chicken is baked in a brown butter until crispy. Served with mashed potatoes, a tomato bacon zucchini spinach salad and topped with a lemon aioli.

La Esperanza Bakery

5044 Franklin Blvd
Sacramento, CA 95820
(916) 455-0215

Source: La Esperanza

Founded in October of 1969, Salvador Plasencia had hopes of “creating a community filled with love, unity, and pan dulce”. La Esperanza is a market connected with a bakery specializing in fresh pastries, cakes, and breads, connected to a small store and restaurant. They also serve fresh burritos with a variety of meats and Mexican dishes.

Favorite dish: Carne Asada Burrito. It’s a classic Hispanic favorite, served with rice beans and steak. Also love the handmade tamales!

Chef Nicolai Lipscomb's Best Restauraunts

Canon East Sacramento

1719 34th Street
Sacramento, CA 95816
(916) 469-2433

Creative shared plates served with cocktails, beer & wine in a sleek, wood-accented space. If you’re looking for the best variety in your cuisine, this is your place.

Favorite dish: any of the small plates are amazing!

Aioli Bodega Espanola

1800 L Street
Sacramento, CA 95811
(916) 447-9440

Source: OpenTable

Cheery eatery with outdoor seats serving tapas, paella & other Spanish fare, plus a large wine and cocktail list. 

Favorite dish: Delightful Spanish cocktails

Chef Syd Bailey's Best Restaurants

Aji Japanese Bistro

4361 Town Center Blvd. Suite 111
El Dorado Hills, CA 95762
(916) 941-9181

Source: Yelp

Stylish bar & restaurant crafting modern takes on traditional Japanese fare, plus housemade fresh cocktails.

Favorite Dish: Kalbi Tacos

Mezcalito Oaxacan Cuisine

5065 Pacific St.
Rocklin, CA 95677
(916) 701-4772

Source: TripAdvisor

Mezcalito brings authentic flavors from Oaxaca, which is best known for the land of 7 moles.

Favorite dish: Cochinita Pibil

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Chef Jen Stone’s Best Local Food

Blaze Pizza

10325 Fairway Dr.
Roseville, CA 95678

Source: Blaze Pizza

Quite possibly the best pizza chain, fresh made-from-scratch pizza dough. Healthful, artisanal ingredients on the assembly line. You decide the toppings. Blazing hot oven + dedicated pizzasmith + 180 seconds = fast-fired, perfectly crisp perfection.

Favorite dish: Make your own pizza. The options are unlimited!

Sunflower Drive-In

10344 Fair Oaks Blvd
Fair Oaks, CA 95628
(916) 967-4331

Source: Foodways

No-frills counter offering vegetarian comfort grub, including nut burgers, burritos & sandwiches. A true staple of Fair Oaks casual dining.

Favorite dish: Nutburger

Loving Hut

8355 Elk Grove Blvd
Elk Grove, CA 95758
(916) 478-9590

All dishes made with the freshest premium vegan ingredients. Organic ingredients are used when available. No MSG, No Dairy, No Eggs and Non-GMO.

Favorite dish: Mongolian Wonder with Chow Mein

Chef Ryan Montgomery's Best Restaurants


1112 Second Street
Sacramento, CA 95814
(916) 442-4772

Source: America's Cuisine

The best restaurant in Old Sacramento. You’ll experience an inventive approach to intimate dining that fuses sophistication with everyday excellence in the heart of Old Sacramento. Enjoy the region’s most extensive wine collection and an unparalleled, locally-sourced menu presented in an inviting, classic atmosphere.

Favorite dish: Sea Bass with Puffed Rice

Sutter Street Steakhouse

604 Sutter Street
Folsom, CA 95630
(916) 351-9100

Featuring U.S.D.A. Prime Cuts of Beef, Fresh Seafood, a full-service bar, and an extensive wine list. Providing fine dining in historic Folsom, Sutter Street Steakhouse takes pride in harmonizing personalized, comfortable service with the finest quality foods.

Favorite dish: Mole Ribeye


4359 Town Center Blvd #116
El Dorado Hills, CA 95762
(916) 934-0790

Contemporary, seasonal New American cuisine, wine & cocktails in a hip space with a patio. One of the most enjoyable dining experiences in El Dorado Hills.

Favorite dish: Duck Landasie

The Independent

629 Main Street
Placerville, CA 95667
(530) 344-7645

Source: OpenTable

Looking for some of the best Placerville has to offer? The Independent features New American plates & clever cocktails presented in rustic-chic surrounds with a patio & fire pit. 

Favorite dish: Molasses Brined Pork Chop

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