Elk Grove’s restaurant scene is as wonderfully diverse as the people who live here. Though the choices might be overwhelming, searching out these mom and pop gems is always worth it! Here are 20 Elk Grove restaurants that are favorites among locals:
8941 Elk Grove Blvd., Elk Grove CA 95624
Boulevard Bistro may look like an adorable house, but inside you will find the delectable offerings of Chef Brett and his daughter, Candice, the general manager who also does pastries. Using fresh, local ingredients, their team puts out some of the best fine dining meals in Elk Grove.
Fish & Things Poke Bar
7423 Laguna Blvd. #300, Elk Grove CA 95758
Fish & Things is a poke bar where guests can build their own bowl to their liking. Patrons can select the base for their bowl, choose from an array of raw and cooked proteins, add some of the house-made sauces, and a variety of toppings. They also offer items from the kitchen such as sushi rolls, tacos, and teriyaki.
7423 Laguna Blvd. #100, Elk Grove CA 95758
India Oven offers flavorful dishes and an elegant ambiance that extends out to their patio. Order some of their house-made bread so not one drop of delectable curry is left behind.
Journey to the Dumpling
7419 Laguna Blvd. #180, Elk Grove CA 95758
Journey to the Dumpling showcases the beautiful art of handmade Chinese dumplings and buns. Bamboo steamers of freshly, hand-folded dumplings arrive at your table still steaming. You can pair them with hand-pulled noodle soups or a variety of stir fry noodles or rice, but don’t forget to leave room for dessert because their egg tarts are the perfect ending to a lovely meal.
Kotteri Ramen Bar
9015 Bruceville Rd., Elk Grove CA 95758
Kotteri Ramen Bar specializes in authentic Japanese ramen. Rich broth and fresh noodles are paired with a variety of toppings to make comforting and hearty meals. They even have cute illustrations to show you how to eat ramen!
8517 Elk Grove Blvd., Elk Grove CA 95624
MacQue’s is the place to go if you’re looking for BBQ! Their mouth-watering, smoked meats and house-made sausages and links pair perfectly with all the scrumptious side dishes like the mac and cheese. They also bottle and sell their BBQ sauce.
8525 Bond Rd., Elk Grove CA 95624
Mikuni’s is synonymous with sushi in the Sacramento area. They offer an extensive menu of sushi and exciting rolls, along with soups and hot food from the kitchen such as teriyaki and chicken katsu. They also have gluten-free, vegetarian, and a lighter menu featuring items 500 calories or less.
Old Town Pizza and Tap House
9677 Elk Grove Florin Rd., Elk Grove CA 95624
Old Town Pizza and Taphouse has the most amazing pizza and a wide, rotating beer selection. The pizzas are generously topped with ingredients on their hand-stretched pizza dough. Come hungry because their loaded fries and tots are not to be missed!
Oz Korean BBQ
2605 Riparian Dr., Elk Grove CA 95757
Oz Korean BBQ is the place to go when you’re looking for an interactive dining experience. They offer an array of prepared and marinated proteins that guests can grill right at their tables! This fun and engaging meal will leave you stuffed to the brim with their all you can eat options!
8519 Bond Rd. #101, Elk Grove CA 95624
Paesanos does a fresh take on pizzas, pastas, and salads. While you can find traditional items like Bolognese and Carbonara, dishes like Pork Fusilli with soy ginger pork and habañero pesto or Fuji Apple and Gorgonzola Pizza speak to the adventurous eaters in your group. Look out for their seasonal offerings!
Palermo Ristorante Italiano
9632 Emerald Oak Dr., Suite L, Elk Grove CA 95624
Palermo Ristorante Italiano is a family-owned and operated Italian restaurant that has been around for 30 years. Their motto is “Just like a meal from Nonna’s cucina (grandma’s kitchen)!” They are most known for their 12-layer lasagna that’s as big as your head.
Plaza del Sol
8523 Elk Grove Blvd., Elk Grove CA 95624
Plaza del Sol is a long-standing favorite for fans of Mexican food. They have flavorful and hearty plates. The build your own combo is perfect for trying out their options, and if you like spice, make sure you ask for the spicy green sauce.
Rao Thai Eatery
5650 Whitelock Pkwy #110, Elk Grove CA 95757
Rao Thai Eatery offers a variety of Thai dishes that are not as commonly seen. In addition to the usual Pad Thai and Tom Yum, they offer unique dishes from different regions of Thailand. Dishes like Kao Soi, a Northern Thai, creamy curry soup, or Crying Tiger, slow grilled spicy steak, are must-try items along with their innovative takes on slushies (such as basil pineapple) and Thai tea floats.
9635 E Stockton Blvd., Elk Grove CA 95624
S.E.A. Bowl is one of the first restaurants to bring Cambodian and Laos food to the area. Owner, Mora, shares her beloved family recipes in large comforting bowls of soups and plates of noodles, while immersing you in music and art from South East Asia. Don’t forget to order some of their tasty appetizers and pair them with a locally made Asian Brother’s Brewing Co beer.
9655 Elk Grove Florin Rd. #3, Elk Grove CA 95624
S.E.A. Hut is Sea Bowl’s sister restaurant. Run by a daughter/father team, S.E.A. Hut offers a variety of South East Asian snacks and quick bites, along with boba tea drinks, Gunther’s Ice Cream, and real fruit freezes. Their sandwiches and boxes are a favorite for those looking a quick and delicious meal.
9000 Grant Line Rd., Elk Grove CA 95624
Sheldon Inn is a favorite of all those who enjoy outdoor dining. Their large and lovely patio is the perfect place to enjoy their exquisitely plated food and a glass of wine or cocktails from their full bar. Some nights they even offer live music.
Swish 54 Japanese Fondue
8835 Sheldon Rd. #120, Elk Grove CA 95624
Swish 54 Japanese Fondue is a fun dining experience where guests can select their broths and a variety of items like meat, noodles, and vegetables to cook in the pot at their table. The interactive cooking is a great activity as well as a delicious meal!
Todo Un Poco
9080 Laguna Main St., Elk Grove CA 95758
Todo Un Poco is truly a bit of everything, as the name says. Owner, Marie, pulls culinary inspiration from Mexico, Italy, Spain, India, and more while using local produce from Elk Grove and the Delta as much as possible. Her dishes are as bright and bold as the artwork adorning the walls of her restaurant.
The Waffle Experience
8351 Elk Grove Blvd. #100, Elk Grove CA 95758
The Waffle Experience is the spot if you’re looking for brunch! With an assortment of savory and sweet waffle offerings, the menu has something for everyone. “Praise the Lard” is a fan favorite along with the “Loaded Bloody Mary.”
Yoshi Japanese Restaurant
9174 Franklin Blvd., Elk Grove CA 95758
Yoshi is a quaint, Japanese restaurant hidden away in the back of a parking lot. The owners are very sweet and have been praised for their restaurant’s authenticity. They offer sushi, bento boxes, rice bowls as well as harder to find dishes like Japanese Curry and udon.