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The VP of the company is taking us to a business dinner in downtown/midtown Sac, and I would like some recs. He "trusts" me to choose some place good because I am a foodie (?), but I am wary of taking us somewhere too pricey on the company dime, yet at the same time I know he wants something nice. I thought Mason's a hair pricey. Thoughts? Thanks in advance!

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  1. The Waterboy or Biba is your place. Not as pricey as Mason's. The food at both is excellent, with Biba being the "classier" of the two.

    Neither is a steak and potatoes place though, the cooking is very inventive.

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    1. re: bennyboy1

      I absolutely love Waterboy, it is my ultimate favorite Sacramento restaurant. However, I am looking for someplace that has entrees in the 15-22 range rather than $10 higher. I am thinking perhaps Spataro or Piatti...but I was hoping someone would jump in with something I hadn't thought of.

    2. Biba!
      2801 Capitol Ave
      Sacramento, CA 95816
      Phone: (916) 455-2422

      The Kitchen
      2225 Hurley Way
      Sacramento, CA 95825
      Phone: (916) 568-7171

      Paragary's
      1401 28th St (@ N Street)
      Sacramento, CA 95816
      Phone: (916) 457-5737

      The Firehouse
      1112 Second St (@ K Street)
      Sacramento, CA 95814
      Phone: (916) 442-4772

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      1. re: santabarbarian

        If OP is concerned about spending the company's dime, The Kitchen would be highly inappropriate. Besides, it takes months to make a reservation.

        1. re: PeterL

          totally forgot about chop. i like it and it is conveniently located and not a chain. thanks peter.

        2. Based on your price point, I would recommend Spataro. All the other recommendations may be too expensive - very good places, just not $15-22 plate dinners. The interior and clientele are also appropriate for a business dinner.

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          Spataro
          1415 L Street, Sacramento, CA 95814