The city of West Sacramento in California is located just across the Sacramento River from the city of Sacramento. West Sacramento is home to the Sacramento River Cats, the AAA affiliate of the San Francisco Giants, who you can see play at Raley Field. Although a little less well-known, West Sacramento is also home to a cluster of restaurants, bars, and breweries that are beloved by locals and visitors alike. You, too, can experience the best restaurants in West Sacramento right now. Take a look at our favorites to see which you’d like to go to first!
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Burger joint known for its Johnny Cash Burger
319 6th St | West Sacramento | broderickroadhouse.com
Born in a food truck, this burger joint serves burgers and other comfort food the old-fashioned way, using only the highest quality ingredients. Their Johnny Cash Burger is a favorite, a burger topped with white cheddar, applewood-smoked bacon, house-pickled sweet peppers, fried onion crisps, and house-made BBQ sauce. But their menu also caters to vegans and vegetarians so everyone can enjoy Broderick’s. Enjoy local beer, comfort food, and great vibes here at Broderick’s.
“El Charro Burger with extra crispy garlic fries. You can not go wrong with this order! I love the dive bar feel of this place and the rock music. Easily the best hamburger joint in all of the Sacramento/West Sacramento area.” - Yelp Review
Authentic Chinese cuisine
2105 Town Center Plz | West Sacramento | yelp.com/biz/eastside-chef-west-sacramento
Many believe this is the best Chinese restaurant in West Sacramento. They serve authentic Mandarin and Cantonese cuisine, including Chow Mein, General Tso’s Chicken, and Pork Fried Rice. The plates are large, so come hungry! Locals love the combo plates, so be sure to check those out as well.
“My very favorite Chinese restaurant in California. Authentic delicious Mandarin and Cantonese cuisine. A couple of recommendations would be the pepper steak, fried rice and the coconut shrimp. They also have a chow fun so good.” - Yelp Review
Authentic Indian cuisine
1223 Merkley Ave | West Sacramento | poojaindiangrill.com
Pooja offers over 100 traditional Indian dishes made using hand-selected fresh, high quality Indian ingredients. They offer many vegetarian and vegan-friendly dishes as well as dishes prepared in the traditional Tandoor - cooking at high heat in a clay oven. Some of our favorites are Yellow Daal, Chana Masala, and Chicken Makhani or “Butter Chicken.” They are more than happy to prepare your meal exactly the way you like - mild, medium, or hot – or anywhere in between. Be sure to get some Naan with your meal!
Laotian and Thai cuisine in cozy surroundings
1001 Jefferson Blvd | West Sacramento | linktr.ee/vientianewsac
From spicy soups to pan-fried noodles, this restaurant has every Laotian and Thai dish you can think of. Whether you plan on sticking with the ever-popular Pad Thai or trying something new like Tom Kha Gai, a hot and sour soup with chicken, coconut milk, chili paste, mushrooms, lemongrass, cilantro, kaffir lime leaves, and lime, you are sure to enjoy it. Be sure to check out their desserts, drinks, and cocktails for fun additions to your meal. A Tipsy Tea with Thai tea, soju, lime, and milk is sure to make your night even better!
“This restaurant is such a gem! If you're into Laotian food that is full of packed flavors and spices, this is the place. I am glad I tried out this place because it's difficult to find a restaurant of this quality around the area.” - Yelp Review
Local burger chain
317 3rd St | West Sacramento | burgersnbrew.com
We thought we should bring another burger place to your attention, because you can never have too many on your radar. Burgers and Brew is a local chain that’s been around since 2007. All burgers are 1/2 pound all-natural Niman Ranch beef with no antibiotics or hormones served on a sesame bun with mayo, lettuce, onions, side of pickles and your choice of french fries or a spring mix salad, but there are 25 different kinds of burgers with different toppings and sauces to choose from. Be sure to get the Gladiator fries to split with the table, roasted garlic fries topped with grilled chicken, feta, and parmesan cheese and covered in Caesar dressing.
“We always find the right beer for him and cider for me here. We always have great service. The food has never disappointed me. Gladiator fries are FIRE. We're not in town often, but when we are, this is where we come for consistent greatness.” - Yelp Review
Old school diner
4025 Lake Rd | West Sacramento | eppieswestsac.com
This old school, family friendly diner has been serving American classics to the West Sacramento community for over 40 years. Open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, you can come any time of day for some classic American diner food, which you can enjoy inside at diner booths or outside on their patio. Check out their weekly dinner specials, Meatloaf on Wednesdays, Ribs on Thursdays, and Prime Rib on Fridays to be sure you get a bang for your buck.
“I was pleasantly surprised at this little diner and plan to return. My lovely waitress kept my coffee full without me ever asking and she gave me choices of where to sit to keep me comfortable. I appreciate the little details and this place paid attention to them.” - Yelp Review
Familiar Thai dishes
715 Harbor Pointe Pl | West Sacramento | manaaothaisac.com
Manaao boasts a menu of authentic Thai cuisine, including your favorite Thai dishes like Pad Thai and Pad See Ew. They just moved into a bigger space, so it’s a great place to host your next night out with friends or come in with your whole family. Look out for when they have Mango Curry with Salmon back on their specials menu, and be sure to stop in for their lunch special for some great deals!
“This Thai restaurant is incredible! I don't even know where to begin… The food, so so so delicious. I think this will be my new go-to Thai restaurant and I wish I had photos to share, but I dived right in.” - Yelp Review
Pizza chain where you can build your own pizza
771 Ikea Ct | West Sacramento | modpizza.com
MOD Pizza is the original “super fast pizza joint,” or, one of the first places where you can get build-your-own, over the counter pizza. It’s a chain, but artisan style pizza served hot and quick is not something you come by every day. We love that you can start with the size you want and build from there, choosing different sauces, cheese, dressing, meat, and veggies from an array of over 30 toppings. They recommend topping off your pie with strips and a drink for a delicious, complete meal.
“This has got to be my new go to place for pizza! The service is friendly and the food is amazing. How can you beat somewhere where you can create your own style of pizza and not be charged crazy prices for multiple toppings.” - Yelp Review
All-you-can-eat sushi spot
805 Harbor Blvd | West Sacramento | rakurestaurant.com
Raku has been serving all-you-can-eat sushi at an affordable price in West Sacramento since 2008. They not only offer a large selection of signature and traditional rolls, but each roll is made fresh to order. In addition to sushi, Raku offers yummy appetizers like iso soup and gyoza as well as small plates like Teriyaki Chicken. They also have a variety of Japanese beers, sake, and other non-alcoholic beverages to pair with your meal. We especially love the variety of Veggie Sushi Rolls. Get the Peacock with inari and red and green cucumber!
“I LOVE THIS PLACE! Raku used to be one of the sushi restaurants in my rotation during my college days but now it's one of the last standing AYCE sushi buffets I know of that had stood against the test of time post-covid.” - Yelp Review
Old school Italian fare
2525 Jefferson Blvd | West Sacramento | theclubpheasant.com
Family-owned and operated since 1935, this is one Italian restaurant in the West Sacramento area you want to support. Many of the original recipes from 85 years ago are still served to today. The House Made Ravioli with your choice of beef and vegetable or cheese and vegetable and the House Made Ravioli and Spaghetti Combination are two local favorites. While the Club Pheasant Special, fresh ground beef patty with American cheese and topped with ravioli is a dish we are dying to try! If you don’t start off with something fried for an appetizer, you’re doing it wrong. There’s Fried Ravioli, Fried Zucchini, Fried Chicken Strips, Onion Rings, and Fried Calamari. Pick your poison!
“So many years at least 40-45 going here and having the steak sandwiches. Made from filet best cut of meat and their garlic rolls delicious. I love the fried raviolis appetizers and the ravioli dinners their sauce is to die for!!!” - Yelp Review
No-frills neighborhood Chinese cuisine
829 Jefferson Blvd | West Sacramento | peace-cuisine.com
Locals love this no-frills Chinese restaurant that specializes mainly in Cantonese and American style Chinese food. Head chef and owner, Eric Kuang, is a master of Cantonese and American Chinese cuisine, and he not only offers a menu chock-full of Chinese American favorites, but he also offers off-menu dishes with some notice required ahead of time. From Orange Chicken and Broccoli Beef to Salty Fish and Chicken Fried Rice and the Peace Cuisine Special Vermicelli, you can enjoy your go-to order or try something new. There are even some delicious vegan and vegetarian options like Spicy Eggplant and Mapo Tofu (we can’t get enough Mapo Tofu!). Stop in during lunch for their lunch special where you can enjoy your favorite plates for as little as $8.95.
“Fast, excellent food. Personally I think their version of "General Chicken" is probably the best in town. Very reasonable prices, large portions, everything is made to order and ready in minutes in my experience. Really I can't think of anything I've had there I didn't like.” - Yelp Review
If you live in West Sacramento, you are lucky enough to have anything ranging from authentic Cantonese cuisine to over the counter build-your-own pizza right outside your door. If you’re visiting, perhaps for a Sacramento River Cats game at Raley Field, you can find just about anything you’re craving after the game in West Sacramento. Whether you stop at Eppie’s for a relaxed brunch or Club Pheasant for a fancy dinner, we applaud you for taking advantage of the spectacular food scene in West Sacramento!
Did we miss any of your favorite West Sacramento restaurants? Let us know below in the comments!