Looking for a romantic venue for a special dinner out? No need to drive all the way to the city and brave traffic to take your special someone out for a dinner they won’t forget. Sacramento’s dining scene continues to evolve, while longtime neighborhood fixtures maintain a stronghold, providing excellent food, service and ambiance. If you’re looking to plan a romantic evening out, try reservations at one of Sacramento’s most romantic restaurants.
The Firehouse Restaurant
1112 2nd Street
Sacramento, CA 95814
(916) 442-4772
www.firehouseoldsac.com

The Firehouse Restaurant is located in the historic section of Old Sacramento. As its name suggests, the building was once the fire station for the city of Sacramento in the mid-1800s. As time passed, the location evolved into what is now one of Sacramento’s most cherished restaurants. The structure has been refitted with an elegant courtyard and is beautifully landscaped. When it reopened as the Firehouse Restaurant in 1960, it was decorated with beautiful Victorian artwork and elaborate antiques. The restaurant is listed by the Old Sacramento Community as one of the places to visit to feel what Old Sacramento was really like.

Not surprisingly, The Firehouse has hosted weddings, engagement dinners and other special romantic events. It boasts an impressive wine cellar of over 20,000 bottles in addition to serving up some of the city’s best food.

Biba Restaurant 
2801 Capitol Avenue
Sacramento, CA 95816
(916) 455-2422
www.biba-restaurant.com

Biba restaurant was started by Biba Caggiano, a native of Bologna, Italy. She moved to the US with her husband and the family eventually settled in Sacramento. Biba wanted to share authentic Italian cuisine, and coming from the gastronomical capital of Italy, nothing but the best would suffice for her. Biba’s doors opened in 1986, and her passion for authentic, rustic Italian cuisine is unmistakable. Elegant dining without being ostentatious, food that is absolutely made with love and great service are what help Biba remain one of Sacramento’s most romantic restaurants.

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Mulvaney’s at B&L
1215 19th Street
Sacramento, CA 95811
(916) 441-6022
www.mulvaneysbl.com

Housed in an 1893 firehouse, Mulvaney’s Building & Loan is a quaint and elegant restaurant that seats around 50 guests. There is a more intimate dining space that holds 10, while Sacramento’s warmer months make the outdoor garden tables perfect for summer romance. Its old-world charm and innovative menu from chef-owner Patrick Mulvaney definitely set the stage for romance in downtown Sacramento. Mulvaney sources all of his ingredients locally and his menu changes daily based on availability. His motto is to provide hand-crafted new American cuisine while showcasing our relationship with food and the importance of where it comes from.

Ella Dining Room 
1131 K Street
Sacramento, CA 95814
(916) 443-3772
www.elladiningroomandbar.com

In its 20-plus years of operation, Ella Dining Room has always made it a priority to have fresh produce from the local markets in the area. The presentation in the restaurant is elegant and modern, yet simplistic. Ella’s interior features a lot of beautiful woodwork and a light and airy feeling that brings richness to the atmosphere. Ella offers elegant meal presentations with bold, exquisite flavors. It has a private dining room for a more personalized and intimate dining experience as well if you’re looking to add even more romance to your special night.

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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.
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