Heading out to support one of Sacramento’s sports teams or catching a televised game and looking for a place to grab a bite to eat beforehand? Lucky for local residents, there is a wide selection of dining options for sports fans looking to eat out. Whether you are looking for a nicer, sit-down restaurant or searching for the ideal sports bar to eat and watch the game, check out one of these Sacramento-area spots before you head out to the next big game.
7042 Folsom Blvd.
Sacramento, CA 95826
Bisla’s Sacramento is a favorite amongst Sacramento locals. Located near CSUS, it’s a popular college hangout. This sports bar has been consistently rated as a locals’ favorite and features a great menu with happy hour and daily specials that make it a perfect spot to grab a bite to eat and then catch the game. Bisla’s offers a varied menu with appetizers, salads, sandwiches and pizzas, but it’s the burgers that most fans agree are the “must-try” menu items.
2525 Jefferson Blvd.
West Sacramento, CA 95691
If you happen to be headed to a River Cats game and are looking to do something a bit more upscale, check out Club Pheasant, an iconic spot in West Sacramento. There is a happy hour from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. and it has the full dinner menu starting at 5 p.m. Get there for happy hour, enjoy a nice dinner and then head off just in time to catch a 7 p.m. game. Be sure to try Club Pheasant’s fried ravioli – one of its signature dishes!
Players Sports Pub & Grill
4060 Sunrise Blvd.
Fair Oaks, CA 95628
With over 30 televisions and food served until 1 a.m., Players Sports Pub & Grill is the spot to watch games almost around the clock. And don’t expect just run-of-the-mill bar food either — Players’ menu includes a 16-ounce bone-in rib eye and over 1.5 pounds of honey-smoked ribs. With the 36 HD TVs, three big screens and 11 satellites, it is pretty much a guarantee that Players will have whatever game you are hoping to see and if not, it can switch one of the TVs over for you.
Sleep Train Arena – Skyline Restaurant
1 Sports Parkway
Sacramento, CA 95834
During the Sacramento Kings season, consider dining directly at the Sleep Train Arena. If you haven’t heard of the Skyline Restaurant, it’s the venue’s higher-end dining establishment that caters to sports fans who want a sit-down meal onsite. It is typically a buffet-style menu with some rotating dishes, depending on the day. And be sure to check out its wine list – some impressive local offerings are available.
5301 Power Inn Road
Sacramento, CA 95820
Any list of pre-game eats would be incomplete without mentioning the beloved Squeeze Inn burger joint. For those headed to a game at Sac State, it’s a ritual for many fans to stop by the Squeeze Inn for a ‘squeeze with cheese’ and its famous cheese skirt. You might recognize it after the already popular eatery achieved international recognition thanks to a feature on Food Network’s “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives” with Guy Fieri. The Squeeze Inn has now branched out from its original location and fans can now get a squeeze with cheese all over greater Sacramento — including Roseville, West Sacramento and Midtown. And sports fans coming in from other areas for a Sacramento game – try the locations in Galt, Tracy, Vacaville and even Napa.
Erin De Santiago is a freelance travel and food/wine writer and photographer from Sacramento, California. She is a regional membership coordinator for the International Food, Wine & Travel Writers Association (IFWTWA) and writes for a number of publications in addition to publishing her own blogs. She has traveled to over 40 countries on five continents in search of the best food and wine around the globe. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.