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It's 2008 - Roseville dining?

We'll be down that way in a couple of days. Cuisine style is open. We're all pretty flexible, and want to sit around and catch up on the past 18 months or so. What's new? What's good?
What should we avoid at all costs?

Thanks in advance!

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  1. For clarification, are you looking for a place that can hold 18 for dinner in a quiet atmosphere? Many places have banquet facilities that are separate from the (usually) noisy dining rooms in Roseville. Also, how much are you willing to spend? If possible, please choose a cuisine style since that is a better way to get recommendations.

    I have heard good things about Crush 29, but I have not eaten there. Roseville is full of chains of all shapes and sizes. I always like Il Fornaio, and they have very good private dining facilities.

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    1. re: Sacto_Damkier

      I'm sorry...I should have been a lot more clear. We shall be three...perhaps 4, usually only 3 though. We'd like a nice place with really good food, we shy away from chains usually, and an atmosphere that lets us chat and where we won't get shoved out the door as soon as we've finished our entrees!

      1. re: NoCAFoodie

        I second the idea of Il Fornaio. If you request a table in the room that is closest to their patio, the tables are nicely spaced apart and you will be able to settle in for a relaxed time. It is a bit sad that it is located at the Roseville Galleria, but it is easy to leave that atmosphere behind once you are inside the restaurant. While Il Fornaio is a chain, I really don't think of it that way. They have a monthly regional menu so there is usually something new to try. A friend and I go there a couple of times a year to catch up. Then we'll wander over to Crate & Barrel or Williams-Sonoma where one or both of us has something we need or want to get.

        If you've already been to Il Fornaio, another suggestion is La Provence, which is nicely away from the malls and mall parking lot atmosphere. I think the food is a bit uneven, compared to Il Fornaio, but overall good and the space is very nice. In the winter, my favorite location for 3-4 people to sit would be on the edge of the main room, again nearest the windows and patio. Next to La Provence is Capitol Cellars, a wine store that is worth checking out.

        1. re: NoCAFoodie

          Sorry about that, I confused 18 months with 18 people! 3-4 is no problem. Nice place with really good food is still somewhat vague, but I would concur with Hawks below in Granite Bay. I have found Roseville to be Chain Central, but there are probably some hidden gems.

      2. I'd recommend Hawks - I've been there twice and it's been pretty good both times. It's in Granite Bay, not too far (maybe 10 mins) from Roseville.

        Here's the webiste so that you can check out the menu.

        5530 Douglas Blvd, Granite Bay, CA 95746

        1. Carmelita's...Riverside Blvd, old Roseville. Great mexican (especially the chicken dishes). Nice, family owned.

          Granitos (Granite Bay) a great Italian place. Menu changes daily. Teeny Weeny place, seats about 20. The Chef, Lester, is a hoot. he may seem like an asshole to the unitiated, but he is really just putting on act. And he is one hell of a chef.

          Next door is lakeside liquors. Fri and Sat wine tastings. Different wines every week. On Douglas east of Auburn Folsom road.

          Fins (Sierra College and Douglas). Old school, fish house. Fresh fish, small place.

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            1. re: bennyboy1

              I second Fins Market & Grill for simple, excellent fish.

              Fins Market & Grill
              8680 Sierra College Blvd Ste 195, Roseville, CA 95661

              1. re: bennyboy1

                I third Fins, but have to disagree with Carmelita's. Maybe I'm ordering the wrong stuff, but every meal I've had there has been heavy and greasy and left me feeling unpleasant. On Riverside, I prefer the Roseville Tortilla Factory, but it's a grocery / taqueria / tortilleria -- not really a place to hang around and socialize.

                1. re: bennyboy1

                  I found Granitos to be nice but did not consider it a good value for the money. It seemed pretty pricey but the food was good with friendly service. Since the place is very small on a busy night it would not be the place to linger while others are waiting to be seated.

                  1. re: hungerpains

                    Outside of weekend nights (and even then really) the place doesn't get that buy anymore.Los of competition round those parts now....

                2. One more. For breakfast or lunch or even dinner try Brookfields. Right by the water park on I80. Much better than Denny's or any other diner style place. MUCH BETTER. More money but the food is really good and fresh with some interesting menu choices.

                  1. Hey thanks!
                    This gives us a lot of options and thoughts to pursue! You folks are the BEST!

                    1. I live within walking distance of La Provence and eat there quite often. With the recent opening of the park next to La Provence we utilize the dog leash parks and bike trails during the weekends and stop in for their "graffeo" (not sure of the spelling) coffee, espresso, and fresh french cookies. Last time I was in they added some local producer's cheese and olive oils into their deli. It's a beautiful place that reminds me the french cafe's in Provence.

                      I am a "foodie", I enjoy good, fresh, regional ingredients prepared with passion. I definately recommend that you follow the Mike Dunne articles in the Sacramento Bee and enjoy his reviews and blogs. I can see why he has consistently given La Provence a top 10 rating in Sacramento. The heirloom tomatoes are actually heirloom and in their proper season! The dishes I enjoy the most are the gnocci, rack of lamb, and the foie when they have it. I' also enjoy Hawks and Taste, but La Provence has that extra touch. Masque and Crush 29 were pretty disappointing. Il Fornaio is nice but the mall construction is awful and it's "behind" the mall? As long as I remember Ruth Chris, Il Foranio and Piatti are all chains and purchase their food like a chain going into a meal, they're not bad. Piatti is more reasonably priced but given it's location, drive the extra 5 minutes to Hawks.

                      I've attended a couple of wine dinners at La Provence, Cakebread, Jordan and Silver Oak to be specific and had a magical time. The food was to die for and the pairings amazing. The wine list has a great selection of french and foothill wines.

                      It hasn't always been perfect but when we've asked for a manager they greeted us warmly and quickly resolved any issue we had. If I had a criticism it's that they can be too busy and too loud at peak times, but their recent addition of oil paintings on the walls has seemed to help.

                      I've dined at La Provence when they've lit outdoor fire pits with real wood and we were able to go out and take our desserts and coffee outside and interact with other guests doing the same.I've actually seen them have small garden weddings at sunset during spring and fall. It is truly a romantic place that my wife and I enjoy.

                      1. Granitos - I heard Lester passed away. Might want to avoid this place.

                        Hawks is great
                        Also new and getting good reviews is Paul Martin's American Bistro
                        reservations needed for both