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Jambuba Oct 31, 2011 04:07 PM

Just moved to the burbs of Sacramento and have yet to go to any restaurants in downtown/midtown area except Tres Hermanas (very good btw). Later this month my wife and I are going to go for a nice dinner out. From everything I have read I have narrowed it down to a couple places. Would love input;

Ella Dining Room and Bar
The WaterBoy
Tuli Bistro
The Press Bistro and Bar

Thanks!

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Tres Hermanas
2416 K St, Sacramento, CA 95816

Ella Dining Room & Bar
1131 K Street, Sacramento, CA 95814

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  1. PeterL RE: Jambuba Oct 31, 2011 08:43 PM

    The Waterboy is one of the best in Sac.

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    Waterboy Restaurant
    2000 Capitol Avenue, Sacramento, CA 95814

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      Tripeler RE: PeterL Oct 31, 2011 08:51 PM

      +1 for Waterboy for both great food and good service.

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      Waterboy Restaurant
      2000 Capitol Avenue, Sacramento, CA 95814

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      toncasmo RE: Jambuba Nov 1, 2011 08:54 AM

      ella is very good food...but service can be very rude in my opinion.
      we went to press for tapas and liked it very much; have had freinds that had regular dinner there and didn't care for it
      tuli bistro is good, but tiny...

      1. septocaine_queen RE: Jambuba Nov 1, 2011 06:01 PM

        My favorites are Tuli bistro and Magpie Cafe. I actually like them better than Waterboy. For small plates, I would recommend Press Bistro. I do like Ella, but haven't been there since they changed chefs. Spataro was solid. Other places that are spoken highly of are Firehouse, Biba's. I didn't like Grange at all. Lots to try out. Good luck.

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        Biba Restaurant
        2801 Capitol Avenue, Sacramento, CA 95816

        Spataro
        1415 L Street, Sacramento, CA 95814

        Waterboy Restaurant
        2000 Capitol Avenue, Sacramento, CA 95814

        Grange Restaurant
        926 J Street, Sacramento, CA 95814

        Firehouse Restaurant
        1112 2nd St, Sacramento, CA 95814

        Bistro Tuli
        2031 S St, Sacramento, CA 95811

        Magpie Cafe
        1409 R St #102, Sacramento, CA 95811

        Press Bistro
        1809 Capitol Ave, Sacramento, CA 95811

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          melly RE: Jambuba Nov 2, 2011 10:40 PM

          The first three for sure. We enjoy Spataro's very much too. Biba's....of course. Get the Sweetbreads at The Waterboy. Mulvaney's is another fabulous choice!!!

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          Spataro
          1415 L Street, Sacramento, CA 95814

          Waterboy Restaurant
          2000 Capitol Avenue, Sacramento, CA 95814

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            Jambuba RE: melly Nov 3, 2011 09:20 PM

            Thanks y'all! We moved here from Lubbock, TX (chain capitol of the world) so it is nice to have good local restaurants again!

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            J.Dish RE: Jambuba Nov 6, 2011 11:17 PM

            I've eaten at Ella, Waterboy, and Mulvaney's, and would rate them in that order. Ella had oysters, which scores major points. Girlfriend was introduced to affogato at Waterboy, and I love their highchairs.

            I applied at Tuli and got a really good vibe there, apparently the chef used to work at Bouchon. I understand they recently opened a new joint, if I end up in Sacramento I will certainly try to get in there.

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            Waterboy Restaurant
            2000 Capitol Avenue, Sacramento, CA 95814

            Bouchon
            9 W Victoria St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101

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              toncasmo RE: J.Dish Nov 7, 2011 08:09 AM

              Tuli's new place is RESTAURANT THIR13EN
              different menu but very good
              in a nice old building too...13th & H

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                khelvan RE: J.Dish Dec 25, 2011 04:52 AM

                I actually preferred Mulvaney's the most out of all three, but I do agree that they are all worthy choices. The nice part about Mulvaney's is its extremely reasonable lunch prices.

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                toncasmo RE: Jambuba Jan 2, 2012 01:26 PM

                i actualy like all these places so i'm not a good one to answer but we recenty had dinner at the press for first time and it was very good. we've gone to many "special"dinners at ella and always good

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                  Jambuba RE: toncasmo Jan 2, 2012 05:43 PM

                  I thought I had posted a review of our dinner, but apparently I did not! My apologies!

                  We ended up going to The Waterboy. It was very good. Not amazing, but good none the less. Alas they have changed their menu since we ate there so I can't post reviews of exactly what we ate. The meal was very good, but the desert was very disappointing. We got the Apple Crostada. Honestly the Pepperidge Farm Apple Turnovers are better.

                  Fun little restaurant though, with a good atmosphere.

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