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Go-To Restaurants in Sacramento and Placer County: Family-Owned and Community-Supported Gems

Updated: May 6


Hidden Food Gems in Sacramento and Placer County
Hidden Food Gems Restaurants in Sacramento and Placer County

Always on the search for good eating? Here are local recommended hidden gems Restaurants in Sacramento and Placer County! Let's Share the Love with the Family Owned and Community Supported Eateries!


AUBURN ---------------------------------

Garden of Eat'n - Auburn

Old Town Pizza - Auborn

Restaurant Josephine - Auburn

Twin Dragon - Auburn


CARMICHAEL -----------------------------

El Palmar Mexican Restaurant - Carmichael

Mark & Monica's Family Pizza - Carmichael


CITRUS HEIGHTS -----------------------

Charlies Cafe - Citrus Heights

The Couch Sports Lounge - Citrus Heights

Crepes & Burgers - Citrus Heights

Dos Rios Taqueria = Citrus Heights

Extreme Hummus - Citrus Heights - Greek

Panchito’s Mexican - Citrus Heights


FAIR OAKS ----------------------------------

Del’s Pizza - Fair Oaks

Fabian's Italian Bistro & Bar - Fair Oaks

Pitch and Fiddle Fair Oaks

Rim's Deli - Fair Oaks

Tug Boat - Fair Oaks


FOLSOM -------------------------------

Back Bistro - Folsom

Curry Bowl - Folsom

Manderes - Folsom

Visconti's Ristorante - Folsom - Itallian


GRANITE BAY --------------------------

Dominick's Italian Market & Deli - Granite Bay

Vaiano Trattoria - Granite Bay - Italian


LOOMIS -----------------------------

Green Elephant - Loomis

La Fogata - Loomis

LBB Gastropub & Smokehouse - Loomis

Loomis Basin Smokehouse - Loomis

Loomis Chinese Restaurant - Loomis

Reds' Bistro - Loomis

Taylor's - Loomis


LINCOLN ---------------------

Buonarroti Ristorante - Lincoln

Karen's Cafe - Lincoln

Old Town Pizza - Lincoln

Orchid Thai Cuisine - Lincoln

Rebel Hen Cafe - Lincoln

Rum Thai Bistro - Lincoln

Siino's - Lincoln

Sterling Cafe - Lincoln

Via Roma Pizzeria - Lincoln


NEWCASTLE --------------------------

La Fornaretta - Newcastle

Newcastle Pizzeria - Newcastle


NORTH HIGHLANDS --------------------

Pattaya Cafe Thai Cuisine - North Highlands


ORANGEVALE ---------------------------

Kolbeh | Kabob Restaurant - Orangevale

La Placita - Orangevale



Rancho Cordova ------------------------

10423 Folsom Blvd, Rancho Cordova, CA 95670


3581 Mather Field Rd suite B, Rancho Cordova, CA 95670

Come in for some delicious bbq from 12-7 Closed Mondays and Fridays

Next door to the VA hospital and across from Matherfield sports complex.

Take the 50 hwy towards Tahoe to the Matherfield exit 15. Turn away from Folsom Blvd and go straight for a few minutes. Pass the shopping complex on your right and veer to the right in the fork in the road we are on the left side across from the big park in your right.

3581 Matherfield road Suite B Rancho Cordova ca 95760

$10 special from 2-3

Catering available daily

Open every day except Mondays and Fridays

Closed Mondays and Fridays to feed the unhoused and less fortunate.


2121 Golden Centre Ln STE 10, Rancho Cordova, CA 95670

We have also owned and operated Pizzeria Classico in Historic Folsom since 1985. We are a family-owned business that is deeply involved in and supports surrounding communities. Through the years we have donated to countless schools, churches,

and organizations. The friendships we have encountered and embraced are priceless. Our current and past employees have had the pleasure to know and help achieve their goals, as they have helped us with our goals. It is our passion and commitment that drive us to constantly improve.


12303 Folsom Blvd, Rancho Cordova, CA 95742

Lobster House, Bar, and Catering



RIO LINDA ------------------------

912 Oak Ln, Rio Linda, CA 95673



ROCKLIN ------------------------

Bangkok Thai - Rocklin

The Chef's Table - Rocklin

China Villa - Rocklin

Granite Rock Grill - Rocklin

Izumi | Japanese Restaurant - Rocklin

Kathrin’s Biergarten in Rocklin

Marios Early Toast - Rocklin/Roseville

Mezcalito Oaxacan Cuisine - Rocklin

Milo's Greek Food - Rocklin

Pho Cali - Rocklin

Prime Wok Express - Rocklin - Chinese

Primos - Rocklin

The Curry Leaves - North & South Indian, Indo-Chinese - Rocklin

Tokyo Dori - Rocklin

Venita Rhea's - Rocklin

Via Roma Pizzeria con Cucina - Rocklin

Wally’s Cafe' Lebanese food - Rocklin

Window Box Cafe - Rocklin



ROSEVILLE ------------------------

Better Foods Deli Inc - Roseville

900 Douglas Blvd, Roseville, CA 95678

A deli that serves good food to good friends

No Website


406 Vernon St, Roseville, CA 95678


199 Cirby Way # 1, Roseville, CA 95678

A butcher shop with a Hispanic focus


1485 Eureka Rd, Roseville, CA 95661

Serving fresh waffle cones and chicken, Cluck N Cone is your go-to for the ultimate hand-held meal.


5080 Foothills Blvd Suite 5, Roseville, CA 95747

Innovation, freshness, and a true love of what it is to make a delectable pizza are things Flour Dust is excited to bring to Roseville’s table.


9050 Fairway Dr #165, Roseville, CA 95678

Classic American breakfast & lunch eats are served in a contemporary booth & counter/bar setup.


1228 Galleria Blvd #130, Roseville, CA 95678

Made-to-order salads & sandwiches turned out in a comfortable cafe with a mac and cheese bar.


316 Vernon St, Roseville, CA 95678

Sports on, twenty-three beer taps with classics and crafts, a full bar with creative craft mixed drinks, live music, and most importantly, great, fresh food.


3992 Douglas Blvd #140, Roseville, CA 95661

Upscale wine bar offering cheese & charcuterie boards & pairing plates, plus live music.


2320 Pleasant Grove Blvd, Roseville, CA 95747

A great place to eat and drink while sitting on a large patio taking in the sunshine, playing games, and enjoying friends and family. A place where customer service is second nature and the staff knows people's names and their usual orders. A neighborhood place to call their own, on the West Side.


110 Diamond Creek Pl #100, Roseville, CA 95747

Romantic, upscale option offering seasonal, area-sourced Southern French fare & cocktails.


135 Sunrise Ave, Roseville, CA 95661

Laid-back destination providing generous plates of classic Mexican fare & cocktails in unfussy digs.


Mandango's Sports Bar & Grill - Roseville

106 N Sunrise Ave, Roseville, CA 95661

Laid-back joint offering pizza & pub grub favorites, a full bar, TVs for sports & a patio.

No Website


1605 Douglas Blvd, Roseville, CA 95661

Informal eatery with a lunch buffet offering Indian food favorites & many vegetarian options.


Mercado Loco #2 - Roseville

201 Sunrise Ave Ste A, Roseville, CA 95661

No Website


10007 Foothills Blvd Suite 180, Roseville, CA 95747

Traditional Italian dishes, with a modern take on American cuisine, locavore, and the bounty of fresh ingredients available in the Northern California area paired with craft brewery with a wide range of beer styles and exceptional quality, not to mention a few award-winning beers.


240 Vernon St, Roseville, CA 95678

Laid-back, wood-clad brewery offering seasonal pub snacks & entrees, plus artisanal beers on tap.


711 Pleasant Grove Blvd Suite 160, Roseville, CA 95678


1805 Cirby Way #12, Roseville, CA 95661

Casual Mexican eatery with delivery service specializing in creative & classic tacos.


308 Washington Blvd, Roseville, CA 95678

Longtime standby serving burgers, chicken-fried steak, grilled cheese & shakes with outdoor seats.


120 Church St, Roseville, CA 95678

Sandwiches & salads share the menu with pizza at this public spot with wine & a rotating beer list.


916 Pleasant Grove Blvd #150, Roseville, CA 95678

The simple, strip-mall setting for pho, noodles, curries & other Vietnamese favorites with smoothies.


9050 Fairway Dr. Suite 105, Roseville, CA 95678


Porter's House of Draft - Roseville - Woodcreek Plaza

7456 Foothills Blvd #8, Roseville, CA 95747

No Website


1465 Eureka Rd Suite 100, Roseville, CA 95661

Understated venue dishing up sandwiches, seafood & meat plates, plus desserts, wine & patio seating.


604 Church St, Roseville, CA 95678


1470 Eureka Rd #110, Roseville, CA 95661

A family-owned mainstay with old-world decor providing Thai classics, plus vegan & vegetarian options.


901 Sunrise Ave # A2, Roseville, CA 95661


9213 Sierra College Blvd #160, Roseville, CA 95661


1426 Blue Oaks Blvd #100, Roseville, CA 95747


1000 Sunrise Ave #4a, Roseville, CA 95661


221 Vernon St, Roseville, CA 95678

Cozy Italian restaurant & bar specializing in artisanal wood-fired pizza, panini, and cocktails.


7451 Foothills Blvd, Roseville, CA 95747



SACRAMENTO ------------------------

CF Cheng Chinese Cuisine - Sacramento- Natomas

2063 Arena Blvd, Sacramento, CA 95834

No Website


4216 Franklin Blvd, Sacramento, CA 95820

Ample, cheery family-owned eatery with a bar & plates of Mexican classics such as enchiladas.


1901 16th St, Sacramento, CA 95811

Vibrant Mexican eatery offering classic plates & margaritas in a spacious venue with patio seating.

7419 Laguna Blvd #180, Elk Grove, CA 95758

Relaxed Chinese restaurant serving various dumplings, noodle soups & rice dishes, plus beer & wine.


1215 19th St, Sacramento, CA 95811

Refined eatery plating seasonal New American fare in a converted firehouse or on the garden patio.


2743 Franklin Blvd, Sacramento, CA 95818

The convivial tavern is known for its ever-changing selection of craft beer, plus elevated bar food.


1830 J St, Sacramento, CA 95811

Traditional Thai dishes include curries & seafood in this spare, bright eatery with beer & wine.


7753 Roseville Rd a, Sacramento, CA 95842

Casual Italian eatery serving specialty pizzas, pasta & other Italian standards, plus wine & beer.


4391 Gateway Park Blvd #650, Sacramento, CA 95834

The Breakfast Spot


1115 21st Street, Sacramento, CA 95811

Hot Chicken


So many good places to check out in our local area! These were recommended by locals for locals. Join me in supporting family-owned and community-supported restaurants! Schedule your meetings here or have regular family outings trying all these great places!


* With so many recommendations, I will be updating this resource regularly!

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