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Weekend lunch in Sacramento [moved from San Francisco board]

We'll be meeting our chef/daughter in Sacramento for lunch over Memorial Day weekend. Any suggestions? A lot of places, Biba and The Waterboy don't serve lunch on weekends. Would like something with outside dining if possible.
Thanks for the help!

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  1. I think we can help if you narrow things down a bit. Neighborhood? Cuisine? You mention Biba & Waterboy, are you looking for high-end stuff?

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    1. re: Sacto_Damkier

      Not necessarily high end but good food, obviously is a must, with a relaxing atmosphere. We want to be able to stay and visit awhile. Pretty flexible on the cuisine. We're traveling from Nevada City and they're traveling from Napa so some place mid-way, closer to downtown would be best. Met at Lucca for lunch over the holidays and loved the atmosphere but found the food to be lacking.
      Appreciate any ideas.

      1. re: ncwoman

        The Sacramento Jazz Festival will make most places very crowded, especially near the event centers. One place that I enjoy with outside dining is Bridges on the River. They are right on the Sacramento river, northwest of downtown near I-80. Their food is very good and this is a great time of year to be outside in Sacramento. They serve a mean brunch on Sundays.

        http://www.bridgesontheriver.net/

        1. re: Sacto_Damkier

          Bridges on the River looks great. I think we'll give it try. Tower Cafe looks like a good choice too but being on the water is too tempting. Thanks so much for all the help, I'll report back.

          1. re: Sacto_Damkier

            What is the freeway noise like at this spot? I have some idea of where it is at, but looking on the map seems like it is very close to 80. Is the freeway up high enough to not be too loud or unpleasant for outside dining? thanks

            1. re: KatMom

              There is some noise from I-80 - usually the occasional engine brake noise from the trucks or tire squeal - but I have never found it overwhelming. It is much more like dining on a city street. I am used to the urban sounds so it is no big deal for me.

      2. You might try the Riverside Clubhouse, just south of US50 (and Broadway) on Riverside. By the owners of the Bistro 33s, but with a nice enclosed patio. Its very popular during the weekend lunch.
        For atmosphere on the weekends, there are always the curb-side dining options(though not all of them provide table service) at the corners of L/Capital (Zocalo, Dragonfly, Paesano's, etc). If you stop there, I recommend lingering over a sampling of wines at 58 Degrees and Holding.

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        1. re: Gur

          Tapa the World might just be the place you are looking for. Outdoor, patio and inside dinng. Great food to linger over, small plates, tapas...Great sangia and two incredible beers on tap.....http://www.tapatheworld.com/Lunch.html

          1. re: bennyboy1

            Thanks for the input. Riverside Clubhouse sounds like the right atmosphere. Now the daughter is interested in doing brunch. Thoughts?

            1. re: ncwoman

              For brunch, check out the Tower Cafe at 1518 Broadway near Land Park Drive. They serve a tasty French toast.

              FYI, Memorial Day week-end in Sacramento means the annual Jazz Festival. This year there will be 100 bands in 30 venues. Restaurants tend to be crowded. So bring plenty of patience!

              1. re: ncwoman

                The Hyatt has a fantastic buffet type brunch. Pricey, but well worth the money. Prime rib, lots of seafood, omlette station, inventive recipies,

          2. All the following suggestions are great but I would suggest Brew it Up on 801 14th street or corner of 14th and H street downtown Sacramento. The food is great and the atmosphere is very nice with great staff. If you might be having a large party here is the phone number (916) 441-3000.Hope that your visit is as good as the food you choose.