Sacramento downtown/midtown expense account
+1 on both. Waterboy is contemporary Cal-Mediterranean; Biba is old-school Northern Italian. Mulvaney's is another great option - straight-up innovative California cuisine. That's the top tier, food-wise.
Ella has good food, but is more of a "scene" - nice craft cocktails, and perfect if your clients are young and good-looking. If they're a little more staid you can't go wrong with Morton's. Boring, but about the best of what it is. The Firehouse, Chops, The Broiler, or Esquire Grill are also good options for meat-and-potatoes type meals.
2801 Capitol Avenue, Sacramento, CA 95816
2000 Capitol Avenue, Sacramento, CA 95814
Chops Steaks Seafood & Bar
1117 11th Street, Sacramento, CA 95814
Ella Dining Room & Bar
1131 K Street, Sacramento, CA 95814
Mulvaney's B & L
1215 19th Street, Sacramento, CA 95814
1213 K St., Sacramento, CA 95814
1112 2nd St, Sacramento, CA 95814
1201 K St Ste 100, Sacramento, CA 95814
Morton's The Steakhouse - Sacramento
621 Capitol Mall, Sacramento, CA 95814
I was in Sacramento on business the week before last and ate at Grange 3 times (1 lunch, 2 dinners). It was excellent. I can particularly recommend the guinea fowl and the risotto with butternut squash. Ryan, at the bar, makes a righteous Woodford Reserve Manhattan (and I am one who doesn't believe in doing bad things to good Bourbon, so I don't say that lightly). Service was just perfect for entertaining clients---they were knowledgable, competent and hospitable without the whole fakey-friendy thing. I wish it were in my hometown!
926 J Street, Sacramento, CA 95814