Best Lunch in Sacramento

Best Lunch in Sacramento

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Several places in downtown, midtown and East Sacramento are especially well-suited for a midday pick-me-up, giving you crucial energy to visit Sacramento’s many museums, historical sites and cultural attractions. Better yet, lunch places rarely exist for solely this one meal and some of the best spots also serve brunch or extend operations into nighttime with great menus that can flexibly accommodate whatever schedule you’re on.

Feature photo: Courtesy of Ella Dining Room and Bar

Sacramento Lunch

Beast + Bounty

1701 R Street, Sacramento


Beast + Bounty is just as attractive for vegetarians as those looking for roasted protein. Lunch shines in this modern stylish spot, where owners and chefs bring expertise from popular restaurants elsewhere in Midtown to create Beast + Bounty’s mouthwatering kale and Brussels sprout charred steak salads, brunch Benedict pizzas, marinated lunch bowls and smoked sandwiches. Guests will also appreciate the outdoor eating patio and bocce ball court outside the building’s exposed historic brick wall made from remains of a much older building in this historic R Street location.


Cafeteria 15L

1116 15th Street, Sacramento


Named after the intersection it occupies, Cafeteria 15L’s beloved urban brunch and shared lunch-dinner menu brings comfort food to Capitol Park. Courtyard patios, an indoor lounge, a large public space and private dining rooms at Cafeteria 15L are all ideal settings for reliably delicious salads, perfect cooked pastas, sandwiches and classic fried chicken.


Ella Dining Room and Bar

1131 K Street, Sacramento


Operated by the locally acclaimed Selland restaurant family, Ella offers Michelin-recognized fare in downtown Sacramento. French cheeseboards and Italian carbonara as well as fried half chickens and whole chilled lobster are fixtures in this sophisticated yet inviting space. Seating arrangements can flexibly host small and large groups across Ella’s different dining rooms, lounge, separate banquet and board rooms. A climate-controlled, beautifully decorated patio looking out to the proximal Sacramento Convention Center and lively K Street is not to be missed.


OBO’ Italian Table and Bar

3145 Folsom Boulevard, Sacramento


OBO’ Italian Table and Bar is the Selland family’s manifestation of Italian-inspired, California produced casual dining. Wood-fired pizza, a sandwich deli, regionally-gathered greens salads, warm or chilled Italian pastas are ordered at the counter which accommodates quick midday grab and go bites, while indoor and patio seating with a full bar will make dining in a comfortable experience. Natural lighting showcases the interior eating room and shaded outdoor patio facing East Sacramento’s lively Folsom Boulevard.

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