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“Where public policy gets served over easy”

Ella Dining Room & Bar
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Ranked #11 of 2,050 Restaurants in Sacramento
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $31 - $50
Cuisines: American
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Good for: Large groups, Special occasions, Business meetings, Bar scene, Romantic
Dining options: Late Night, Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: 12th Street
Transit: Cathedral Square Lite Rail stop 100 yards. Bus stops one block in either direction from K Street.
Description: In the heart of Downtown, the family behind The Kitchen and Selland's Market Café brings you the region’s most relaxed and elegant destination, Ella Dining Room and Bar. Ella offers warm, welcoming ambiance in an inspiring space that evokes effortless European rustic luxury. Our design team from Amsterdam has created an environment that is modern yet timeless, dramatic yet comforting. Ella brings together the finest quality local farm to fork ingredients from this bountiful region to create authentic and honest fine food that nourishes body and soul. Chef and Owner Randall Selland and family invite you to savor the joys of friends, family, and great food and wine. Service is gracious and refined. Ella has signature handcrafted cocktails, an eclectic and impressive wine list, and a fresh seafood bar. We specialize in Private Parties. Perfect for business lunches, celebration dinners, and everyday enjoyment. Walking distance from Convention Center, Capitol, theaters, and hotels. Located in America''s Farm to Fork Capital, Sacramento, in the city's "The Kay" District.
Reviewed November 8, 2012

For longtime Sacramento residents, Ella's Dining Room and Bar labors under the burden of its more illustrious past. When Ella's first opened it starred a master chef whose work was extraordinary, ambitious, inventive and utterly delicious. He has since moved on to the varsity of Northern California cuisine, cooking in the Napa Wine Country. His successor at Ella's put hamburgers on the lunch menu.

Ella's remains a very handsome restaurant that delivers first-rate, attentive service. Nestled within a block of the State Capitol and both of the best downtown hotels, it does a steady business with lobbyists and their visiting clients. This is expense account cooking, fancy but not memorable. It's good but you wouldn't come into town off the freeway just to eat here. It's not even one of the best restaurants in Sacramento. Cooking around the Capitol tends to be pretty bland and Ella's is no exception. I have a theory that's because bland and familiar food is easier to digest for a clientele that probably drinks more than they should. .

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Reviewed October 26, 2012

Trendy? Yes. Affordable delicous food? Yes. I can look past the seating and billion yards of fabric. Excellent happy hour, homemade gin AND tonic, great chef, good service.

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Reviewed October 10, 2012

Great monthly specials. Able to enjoy a delicious prix fix with a partner and got to try double the options. Everything was delicious; cocktails amazing as well.

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Reviewed October 7, 2012

I wandered in as a single diner one evening because it was walking distance from the Hyatt. I was seated at the bar, which was fine because I like to watch cocktails being made. I liked it so much I went back again 2 nights later! The tri-tip with chimichuri was outstanding, as was the ratatouille with farm egg. I would order the beignets and deconstructed bread pudding again. They make their own tonic water for their specialty gin and tonic, and they have items on the cocktail menu that are creative and well done. The atmosphere is upscale but approachable and energetic. Talking with some local foodies at the bar I learned that Ella is one of Sacramento's best, and I can see why.

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Reviewed September 30, 2012

It begins with excellent staff. the atmosphere is lovely and matches the food presentation. That would be enough but the food is even better.

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