Eating out in Downtown Sacramento--Visiting from NY
I am going to to Sacramento next week and was looking for food suggestions. I am staying at the Marriott on River Plaza Drive and won't have a car. So I am looking for restaurants downtown or a reasonable taxi ride from the Marriott.
Also, if you could tell me if cabs are easy to get when one is downtown?
This hotel in not in downtown Sacramento, rather it is in the Natomas area north of the Sacramento River next to the levee. This is an area of business parks and offices. There are several restaurants right across the levee within walking distance. Crawdad’s Cantina actually floats on the river and is casual fun. You can probably get a cab, but I suggest you don’t want to go downtown proper at night to eat. The better restaurants are near midtown, Old Sac and other areas.
I haven't cabbed for several years, but at that time it was necessary to telephone for a cab request. Perhaps someone has more recent experience than I do. Certainly if you're out in Natomas rather than downtown, you will need to telphone for a cab to get to midtown. Many places can be reached by walking once you're there.
The links posted by BN1 cover things pretty well. I agree you want to head for midtown. I saw The Waterboy recommended, and Mulvaney's, both good choices. I don't remember if Ella was listed, but want to suggest it, as well as Kru and Mason's. Ella and Mason's are upscale California cuisine. Kru is japanese, not just sushi and not entirely fusion. Usually quite good and a nice occasional change from sushi-only places.
1131 K St
Sacramento, CA 95814
2516 J St
Sacramento, CA 95816
1116 15th St
Sacramento, CA 95814
Tuk Tuk is a great thai restaurant in the Natomas area. Also Bella Bru for breakfast or lunch in Natomas.
A car is necessary to explore Sacramento. Our cabs are really designed to get people to and from the airport, or home after a night out drinking. There are no cab lines at the suburban hotels - which the Marriott in Natomas is - so you will have to call a cab (and wait) at the hotel and the restaurant. They are pricy too, so a daily RT cab ride will cost almost as much as a rental car!
That said, there are lots of options in both urban and suburban Sacramento. The Waterboy in midtown Sacramento is usually regarded as one of the best overall restaurants. I would highly recommend a tri-tip sandwich from the Buckhorn Grill as a special experience in Sacramento. Tuk Tuk and the Flying Pig BBQ are close to the Marriott and are excellent Thai and BBQ places - even in the suburban jungle.
Also, a car will elt you explore the wonderful Cantonese restaurants south of Downtown. New Canton has excellent dim sum; New Hong Kong Wok and New Lai Wah along Freeport Blvd are some of the best places that may rival (or beat) NY places.
You should also try some Mexican out here. My personal favorite is Tres Hermanas in midtown with excellent mole and chile verde, but nearly everything is very good. There are also numerous taquerias around that are worth the drive. The La Favorita chain is my favorite. If possible, make sure to hit a Farmers Market while in town.
Enjoy your time here!
2416 K St, Sacramento, CA 95816
2000 Capitol Avenue, Sacramento, CA 95814
1801 L St, Sacramento, CA 95811
Tuk Tuk Restaurant
4630 Natomas Blvd Ste 150, Sacramento, CA 95835
New Canton Restaurant
2523 Broadway, Sacramento, CA 95818
Flying Pig BBQ
3620 N Freeway Blvd # 315, Sacramento, CA
New Hong Kong Wok
5019 Freeport Blvd, Sacramento, CA 95822
Lai Wah Restaurant
5912 Freeport Blvd, Sacramento, CA 95822