Slow Food Sacramento is proud to recognize the following restaurants with our Snail of Approval. This award is given to restaurants that best exemplify the Slow Food principles of good, clean, fair food. These restaurants vary in their menu offerings, but as a whole they plan their menus around seasonal, local, and organically grown foods to the greatest extent possible. Many of these restaurants purchase produce and meat directly from local farmers. All have a strong commitment to high quality food grown and harvested in a sustainable manner.
Sacramento area restaurants currently receiving a Snail of Approval are presented below. For further information, including hours and menus, please follow the link to the individual restaurant website.
Look for the Snail of Approval decal on designated restaurants when dining out in Sacramento. Be sure to let the restaurant management know that you value their commitment to Slow Food principles.
28941 Elk Grove Blvd, Old Town Elk Grove 95624 • (916) 685-2220 • BoulevardBistro Website
The menu focuses on nose-to-tail cuisine, using seasonal, local, sustainable ingredients.
Midtown • 28th & Capitol • (916) 443-1180 • Midtown website
R15 • 15th & R • (916) 930-9191 • R15 website
Pavilions • 515 Pavilions Ln, Sacramento 95825 • (916) 922-2870 • Pavilions website
Since opening in 1993, Cafe Bernardo has served Sacramentans comforting, quality food utilizing the highest quality ingredients and practices.
1500 K Street, Sacramento 95814 • (916) 444-3633 • capitolgarage.com
Locally sourced menu options, including vegetarian, vegan and gluten free.
Centro Cocina Mexicana
2730 J Street, Sacramento 95816 • (916) 442-2552 • visit website
Centro Cocina Mexicana was founded on the idea of providing authentic, regional Mexican food in a fun, festive atmosphere.
Ella Dining Room and Bar
1131 K St, Sacramento 95814 • (916) 443-3772 • elladiningroomandbar.com
Ella Dining Room and Bar is part of The Selland Family of Restaurants, and it embodies their philosophy of serving quality food that is from local sources whenever possible with honest hospitality
1213 K Street, Sacramento 95814 • (916) 448-8900 • Esquire website
Esquire Grill serves classic American cuisine, with a modern twist. Menu highlights include natural Angus steaks, sustainably raised pork, local oysters, hand-crafted pastas, and free-range chicken.
3839 J St. Sacramento, CA 95816 • (916) 448-5699 • formolisbistro.com
Formoli’s Bistro prides itself on providing fresh and unique menu items that incorporate locally grown produce, locally raised meat and other local products to prepare each dish with heart.
926 J Street, Sacramento 95814 • (916) 492-4450 • grangesacramento.com
Grange’s menu showcases market-driven bounties selected from farms throughout the golden state and is best described as simple, seasonal, and soulful. With an authentic American brasserie style, Grange celebrates California with straightforward entrees, rustic artisan breads, and an all-California wine list.
Hook & Ladder Manufacturing Co.
1630 S Street, Sacramento, CA 95811 • (916) 442-4885 • hookandladder916.com
Hook & Ladder Manufacturing Co. is named after the volunteer-run Mutual Hook & Ladder Co. formed in 1850 – the first fire company in the state.
1627 16th Street, Sacramento 95814 • (916) 444-3000 • hotitalian.net
HOT ITALIAN strives to use local and organic ingredients with a menu that changes seasonally to reflect nature’s cycle to make its salads, pizza and calzone, as well as its gelato and sorbetto by Naia that is organic and made of seasonally selected ingredients.
3675 J St, Sacramento 95816 • (916) 456-4522 • junoskitchen.com
This small café in East Sacramento on J Street has captured a big idea in food: keep it simple using high-quality ingredients procured locally and seasonally.
1217 21st Street, Sacramento, 95811 • (916) 440-0401 • kuprosbistro.com
Set in a beautifully restored midtown Craftsman building, Kupros prides itself on providing seasonal, house-made offerings throughout the year, changing its menu to use foods at their peak of freshness and flavor.
601 Munroe St, Sacramento, CA 95825 • (916) 486-4891 • lemon grass website
Lemon Grass Restaurant offers a casual fine dining experience, for lunch and dinner, in an atmosphere that’s quaint, cozy and inviting.
1615 J Street, Sacramento 95814 • (916) 669-5300 • luccarestaurant.com
Lucca offers a California-Mediterranean influenced menu emphasizing seasonal ingredients in a beautifully repurposed historic building.
1409 R St #102, Sacramento 95811 • (916) 452-7594 • magpiecafe.com
Magpie Café offers food and menus inspired by the fresh, high-quality ingredients available to us seasonally, with an emphasis on those from the Central Valley and Northern California. The Café offers baked goods, sandwiches, salad and soup for lunch and full service dining in the evenings.
2711 Riverside Blvd, Sacramento, CA 95818 • (916) 443-8929 • masullopizza.com
Historically speaking, pizza is still a relatively new phenomenon, having had its origins as a street food in Naples, Italy, about 200 years ago.
1023 K St, Sacramento, CA 95814 • (916) 594-9812 • mothersacramento.com
Mother is a restaurant offering great food that just so happens to be meatless. Mother has distinguished itself as offering delicious, seasonal, and innovative food.
1215 19th Street, Sacramento, CA 95811 • (916) 441-6022 • mulvaneysbl.com
Mulvaney’s Building & Loan is an American restaurant, banquet hall, and offsite catering company.
4818 Folsom Blvd., Sacramento, CA 95819 • (916) 706-1748 • onespeedpizza.com
OneSpeed Pizza is a neighborhood pizza joint in the heart of East Sacramento brought to you by Rick Mahan, Chef and owner of Waterboy Restaurant.
Paragary’s Bar and Oven
1401 28th Street, Sacramento, CA 95816 • (916) 457-5737 • paragarys.com
Paragary’s Bar and Oven was a pioneer in utilizing local, seasonal ingredients when it first opened in 1983, spurring the now prevalent “locavore” trend in the Sacramento dining scene.
PMB at the Sheraton (formerly Morgan’s)
1230 J Street, Sacramento, CA 95814 • (916) 341-4100 • PMB Sheraton website
This is a farm-to-table restaurant with a passion for seasonality and locally grown ingredients. They are committed to educating the community and they are a stop on the Local Roots food tours.
Revolution Wines Bistro
2831 S Street, Sacramento 95816 • (916) 444-7711 • rwwinery.com
Revolution Wines Bistro sports menu changes that synchronize with the seasons and local availability, utilizing purchases from local farms and markets.
2381 Fair Oaks Blvd., Sacramento, CA 95825 • (916) 489-2000 • roxyrestaurantandbar.com
Here at Roxy, our focus is on using as many locally raised and naturally healthy food products as possible.
Sacramento Natural Foods Co-op Deli
1900 Alhambra Blvd., Sacramento, CA 95816 • (916) 455-2667 • sacfoodcoop.com
Our purpose is to provide our community with seasonal, local, organic food that is wholesome, delicious and made fresh in our kitchen daily.
Selland’s Market Café
5340 H Street, Sacramento, CA 95819 • (916) 736-3333 • sellands.com
Open since 2001, Selland’s Market Café is a neighborhood gathering place serving handcrafted foods made with love by the Selland Family.
Shoki Ramen House
R Street: 1201 R Street, Sacramento, CA 95811 • (916) 441-0011 • shokiramenhouse.com 24th Street: 2530 21st Street, Sacramento, CA 95811 • (916) 454-2411 shokiramenhouse.com
Shoki Ramen House is not your usual corner ramen place. At both their locations (24th Street and R Street) the emphasis is on locally grown and organic produce, including organic eggs, tofu and soymilk as well as grass-fed Angus beef.
2924 Freeport Blvd., Sacramento, CA 95818 • (916) 443-5154 • taylorsmarket.com
Both Taylor’s Market and Taylor’s Kitchen are committed to the fundamentals of the Slow Food Movement.
Thai Basil Restaurant
2431 J Street, Sacramento, CA 95816 • (916) 442-7690 • thaibasilrestaurant.com
Thai Basil Restaurant offers authentic Thai food made from fresh, local ingredients using traditional methods of cooking passed along from their original founder.
2225 Hurley Way, Sacramento, CA 95825 • (916) 568-7171 • thekitchenrestaurant.com
Chefs at The Kitchen serve a 6-course prix fixe menu to 50 guests each night for their one-seating, seasonal Chef’s Demonstration Dinners that are prepared before your eyes in a kind of theater-in-the-round. The ingredients are the best and freshest available and almost all local, and the chefs prepare their amazing, all-you-can-eat feasts with humor, excitement and a passion for real food, great wines, and unsurpassed hospitality.
The Press Bistro
1809 Capitol Ave, Sacramento, CA 95811 • (916) 444-2566 • thepressbistro.com
The Press Bistro takes its cue from French Bistros and Italian Trattorias, making everything on their menu in-house, including stocks, sauces, pastas, bread and more.
2000 Capitol Avenue, Sacramento, CA 95811 • (916) 498-9891 • waterboyrestaurant.com
We’re a cozy restaurant in Midtown Sacramento providing really great service and cooking delicious food since 1996.
Yellowbill Cafe & Bakery
1425 14th Street, Suite C, Sacramento 95814 • (916) 668-7514 • yellowbill.com
Yellowbill offers fresh-baked goods daily, using high-quality, seasonal and local ingredients.