The 22 Best Farm-to-Table Restaurants in the Sacramento Area (Updated)
Note: This post was updated in May 2017 to incorporate new additions.
With Sacramento’s farm-fresh superiority as the nation’s farm-to-fork capital, it’s only right that you enjoy a meal at one of the best farm-to-table restaurants in the area. To cut out the guessing game, we harvested 22 of our favorite restaurants with an emphasis on incorporating local ingredients from regional farmers.
Take a seat at one of these tables to support local farmers and enjoy the fruits of their labor!
1. The Chef’s Table
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The menu at The Chef’s Table in Rocklin is constantly changing, which is a testament to their dedication to adapting the freshest selection from local farms. The Chef’s Table believes in using “local ingredients, carefully handled, lovingly prepared and joyfully served to you for your culinary enjoyment.” And they do just that! Don’t believe us? Take a look at the huge group of people waiting to be seated on any given day — and avoid being added to their number by making an online reservation.
2. Ella Dining Room & Bar
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Ella Dining Room & Bar offers an elegant and romantic culinary experience in the heart of downtown Sacramento. Their educated menu proves their dedication to promoting local and sustainable growers, farmers, ranchers and artisans. Whether you’re stopping by for lunch, dinner, or their weekday happy hour from 3–6 p.m., you’ll be impressed by the fresh and flavorful quality of your dishes and drinks.
3. Farmer’s Kitchen Cafe
The Farmer’s Kitchen Cafe is nestled within Natural Food Works, a natural grocery store in Davis. This nature-focused cafe offers a simple menu packed with healthy ingredients from local sources. Start with their Bioregional Salad, featuring everything local and organic growing in the area at that very moment, including mixed lettuces, local asparagus, organic red onions, organic strawberries, kiwi, organic apples, organic apples and much more!
4. The Farm Table
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Head to The Farm Table in Placerville where you’ll find an ever-changing menu focused on the farmstead arts of preservation and whole harvest cookery. After you sit down with an exceptional meal, you can even take home some housemade sausages and charcuterie, pickled seasonal vegetables, preserves and condiments, picnic provisions, and local and imported beer and wine, from their in-house market.
5. Farmhaus Fresh
Take a seat out on Farmhaus Fresh’s amazing outdoor patio and enjoy a plate comprised of farm-fresh ingredients. Check out their Farm Bowl with chicken, black beans, brown rice, cabbage, asparagus, carrot, black olive, radish, cilantro, avocado, fennel and chipotle sauce! This Granite Bay gem is simply a charming and high-quality farm-to-fork restaurant. Sample a couple of plates and some drinks during their happy hour Tuesdays through Saturdays from 3–5 p.m.
6. Federalist Public House & Beer Garden
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Federalist Public House & Beer Garden is a unique artisan pizza spot serving local brews and a menu with an intense farm-to-fork emphasis. Their interior is as inventive as their pies, as the building is made out of shipping containers and includes a bocce court for diners to enjoy before, during or after their meal. Visit this laid-back atmosphere with long wooden tables and enjoy one of their creations, like The Capitol with crushed tomato, mozzarella, cremini mushrooms, pancetta and oregano.
7. Formoli’s Bistro
Make a reservation by calling 916-448-5699
Formoli’s Bistro sources their New American food from local California farmers and strives to create unique menus including fresh seasonal ingredients. Their menu also incorporates European influences, drawing inspiration from France, Spain and Italy. Don’t miss their happy hour happening Tuesdays through Fridays from 5–7 p.m. and Sundays from 11:30 a.m.–2 p.m., where you can sample some of their small plates and sip on a cocktail, glass of wine, or beer!
8. Grange Restaurant and Bar
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Tucked inside The Citizen Hotel in downtown Sacramento lies the beloved Grange Restaurant and Bar, serving dishes comprised of ingredients straight from farms in Sacramento and Yolo Counties. Don’t miss Grange’s “Pastured & Raised Entrees,” such as their Grilled Squash Sandwich featuring balsamic aioli, cherry tomato jam, and mozzarella on ciabatta, served with salt and pepper chips.
9. Hock Farm Craft & Provisions
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Hock Farm Craft & Provisions was named after the historic Sutter Hock Farm, which was the first large-scale agricultural settlement in Northern California. This modern restaurant pays homage to the farm’s rich history, and aims to further the farm-to-fork movement in the present day with their constantly changing menus. Get the freshest of the fresh by asking about the daily pizza, which will feature that day’s selection of seasonal ingredients.
10. Hook & Ladder Manufacturing Co.
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Hook & Ladder Manufacturing Co. celebrates both the bountiful harvest of the state of California and the rich history of Sacramento. After one look at their sophisticated menus and refreshing interior, it’s quite clear that Hook & Ladder embraces local farms, ranches, breweries and wineries in both their kitchen and their bar. Start things off with their light Green Goddess Hummus and a handcrafted cocktail and enjoy a warm afternoon on Hook & Ladder’s outdoor patio!
11. The Kitchen Restaurant
Believe it or not, the founders of The Kitchen Restaurant were among the first to emphasize farm-to-fork dining in the Sacramento region when they opened for business over 20 years ago. And what a revolution they helped start! Ever since, The Kitchen has been building relationships with and supporting local farmers, growers, ranchers and artisans through the way they’ve done business. With several national awards under their belt, including the AAA Five Diamond Award five years in a row, this is the ultimate destination for farm-fresh fine dining in the city.
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Localis has an inspiring focus on hyper-seasonal food, filled with big flavors, and served in their welcoming atmosphere. This Midtown gem uses only ingredients at the height of expression, complemented by unique flavors and amazing proteins. This is the perfect destination for vegans, vegetarians, pescatarians and omnivores alike! Complement your meal with one of their wines from their artfully curated selection, and ask their staff to assist you with the perfect pairing.
13. Lola’s Lounge
Make a reservation by calling 916-685-5652
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Lola’s Lounge in Elk Grove is a celebration of Latin cuisine, featuring Spanish, Cuban and Puerto Rican fare in their fine casual atmosphere. With a rotating menu reflecting the ever-changing cultures in Latin America, Lola’s incorporates as many local products as possible. Take a seat at this “de finca a mesa” — or farm-to-table — restaurant.
14. Magpie Cafe
Keep things fresh with a plate of seasonal and local fare from Magpie Cafe. This creative, industrial dining destination features New American eats, exceptional wine, and craft beer. Magpie will continually keep you on your toes, as their menus change on a regular basis, depending on what’s most fresh at the time. But one thing remains — their ability to bring a wonderful farm-fresh meal to the table.
15. Metro Kitchen + Drinkery
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Whether you want a simple cold-pressed juice or an entire meal, Metro Kitchen + Drinkery is the place to go. They serve seasonal breakfast, lunch and evening menus in addition to their cold-pressed juices, coffee and bar drinks. As can be expected at a shop with fresh juices, Metro Kitchen + Drinkery uses local, sustainable and organic ingredients from farmers they know and partners they believe in. Complement your fresh meal with one of their Metro Juices bursting with flavor and some major health benefits.
Mother is a vegetarian restaurant that celebrates all the wonderful produce that grows in the Sacramento valley. Their menu is bursting with (meatless) flavor, inspired by Southern American cooking through and through. Try their Farro & Peach & Burrata Salad with arugula and lemon pepper for a refreshing start to your meal!
17. Mulvaney’s B & L
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Relax on Mulvaney’s B & L amazing outdoor patio and enjoy exceptional food, drinks and service at this fine dining restaurant. Mulvaney’s relationship with their food and where it comes from is the driving force of the way they do business, which means their menus change on a daily basis to reflect an emphasis on seasonality. As Chef Patrick Mulvaney says, “Whatever comes in the front door goes on your plate.” With the restaurant’s local focus, this is great news.
18. The Red Rabbit
Make a reservation by calling 916-706-2275 (for parties of 8 or more)
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The Red Rabbit has a hyper-focus on local ingredients, from their artisan cocktails to their farm-to-table food, and everything in between. Try something different with their vegan mushroom curry, made with mushrooms, fingerling potatoes, stewed tomatoes, coconut milk, onions, garlic, ginger, curry, peas and tri-color organic quinoa. This exceptional eatery offers an eclectic and inviting atmosphere located in the heart of activity in Midtown.
Make a reservation here or by calling 916-942-9599
TableVine provides an oasis in the city — with their vineyard decor, amazing wine selection and incredibly fresh menu — located near the activity of downtown on the south side of Capitol Park. Their menu is subject to change daily, but you’ll always find sophistication and ingredients straight from the farm. Be sure to pair your selection with one of their incredible wines!
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Ten22 invites you to “Eat Differently” at their eatery in the heart of Old Sacramento offering award-winning cuisine and high-quality brews. Their New American menu features locally sourced ingredients from trusted regional farmers, and their bottled beers and 24 beers on tap are constantly changing to provide variety and intrigue. Explore new flavors at Ten22, as you relax on their amazing outdoor patio or inside their welcoming interior.
21. The Waterboy
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The Waterboy believes that “a great meal lets the ingredients shine through.” And they provide meal after meal of incredible quality, incorporating beautiful ingredients treated thoughtfully and utilized in their prime. Whether you’re stopping by for a light lunch, dinner with a glass of wine, or a round of specialty cocktails, you’ll be satisfied with their incredible cuisine drawing from the flavors of southern France and northern Italy.
22. Selland’s Market Cafe
Selland’s Market Cafe is part of the powerhouse restaurant group, Selland Family Restaurants. Selland’s is dedicated to procuring the finest ingredients available to create real, honest food using family recipes. Their diverse menu covers a variety of subjects — including pizzas, sandwiches, sides, salads, baked goods, and much more. This is the perfect on-the-go stop for local, sustainable and farm-fresh fare.
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