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Pancake Circus

American, Cafe, Diner
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2101 Broadway, Sacramento, CA 95818-2535
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6:00 am - 3:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 6:00 am - 3:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Breakfast, Seating

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  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
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  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
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Pancakes in old school setting

Well, the pancakes are amazing...and the décor is straight out of the early 1970s. Not terribly inventive, but sometimes you just want a good old fashioned stack of pancakes and this is the place.

4 of 5 starsReviewed September 1, 2015
Barbara B
Good for:
  • Dining on a budget
  • Families with children
  • Local cuisine
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English first
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26 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015

Well, the pancakes are amazing...and the décor is straight out of the early 1970s. Not terribly inventive, but sometimes you just want a good old fashioned stack of pancakes and this is the place.

Thank Barbara B
Galt, California, United States
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9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014

went in on saturday morning and we were seated right away. it took a few minutes for waitress to come introduce herself and grab our drinks. she took our order right away and we got our food fairly quick. we had the breakfast menu, pancakes, eggs, omelets, country potatoes, sausages, bacon, which tasted like any other diner breakfast. we used... More 

Thank jadescyco
Sacramento, California
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34 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

Old fashioned good food. Great pancakes, coffee, crisp bacon and great service. Try their specials, made fresh every day and so is their soup. Open for breakfast and lunch, till 3 PM only.

Thank Cathleen C
Sacramento, California
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115 reviews
70 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 80 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

Who hasn't been to Pancake Circus especially if you live in the mid-downtown area? The décor (Décor? Hmmmm?) hasn't changed in sixty years which is comprised of a mostly circus motif with a scary amount of clowns. Don't come near here if you have Coulrophobia! If you have a hunger for full plates of regular guy breakfast Americana, come here.... More 

Thank RunningInGrace
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29 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2013 via mobile

This place is a hidden gem in Sacramento. The service was awesome and the food was incredibly good. We came on a busy Sunday morning and it was worth the wait. I recommend this place to anyone.

Thank fishn4me
San Diego, California
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342 reviews
158 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 86 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2013

I'm ok with old and nostalgia, but not dirty, dusty and icky. The restrooms were awful. The server was extremely pleasant and efficient, though and the food was ample and freshly made, but was heavy and tasteless. I had a living social and I have to say this is the only time I have ever used one that was greeted... More 

Thank ElaineG29
Sacramento, California
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56 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2013

Pancake Circus takes me back 50 years to a time before the onslaught of fast food that all but wiped every other place like it in the city. It is a solid, honest restaurant. I don't understand the criticisms. The reasonably priced meals are tasty and service was terrific. An early closing time probably keeps costs down and ensures everyone... More 

Thank 32999B2012
Sacramento, Ca
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21 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2013

The food is awful. The service is awful. The coffee is awful. Keep going to McDonald's down the street.

Thank PabloFreedom
Stinson Beach, California
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17 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2012

There is really not much to making great pancakes and waffles, especially when that is what you call your place. SOOOO bad, never again. People, ingredients do count!! and your food is not that inexpensive, spend some on quality ingredients.

Thank ddwilson
Bullhead City, Arizona
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220 reviews
154 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 126 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2012

breakfast is very good and the lunch is also good always busy . the down fall is they close at 3 pm.

1 Thank Rusty S

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 2101 Broadway, Sacramento, CA 95818-2535
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Sacramento
  • Phone Number: 916-452-3322

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 20
  • Cuisine: American, Cafe, Diner

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Dining on a budget, Families with children, Local cuisine


Open Hours
6:00 am - 3:00 pm
6:00 am - 3:00 pm
6:00 am - 3:00 pm
6:00 am - 3:00 pm
6:00 am - 3:00 pm
6:00 am - 3:00 pm
6:00 am - 3:00 pm

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?