(Last Updated 7/21/2023) Description and review of Beast and Bounty, a Midtown Sacramento restaurant catering to both carnivores and vegetarians/vegans. NEW: See UPDATES below.
Friends recently invited me to join them for a weekday dinner at Beast and Bounty. Beast and Bounty is located in the Ice Blocks Complex on the R Street Corridor. The restaurant is housed in a building that, prior to being extensively overhauled, had been home to an old Orchard Supply Company store.
Beast and Bounty opened this past summer, and this was the first time I dined there. The concept behind Beast and Bounty is to offer a venue where both carnivores and vegetarians/vegans can dine. The restaurant is owned by the same folks who own the popular Lowbrau and Block Butcher Bar, both of which are housed in the MARRS building on 20th Street.
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As is my custom, I went on-line beforehand to look over the menu. I find it helpful to have a general idea of the options available in advance of dining at a new (to me) restaurant. “Taken aback” describes my first reaction to the “Starter” menu as Bread & Butter (Parker House Rolls, House Cultured Butter, Smoked Sea Salt) ($10) caught my eye.
Looking over the entire menu eased my first reaction a bit – the salads ($9-$11) and the “All Day” menu (ramen, pizza, burger) ($17-$18) are more reasonably priced options, as are the various vegetable dishes (a half-order ranges in price from $9 to $12).
I was greeted immediately upon entering Beast and Bounty, and as my friends were already seated I was shown to our table. My friends already had beverages, so I ordered the same – a glass of Matchbook Chardonnay ($9).
The décor of the restaurant is very attractive. Attention to detail was obvious everywhere I looked – from the live plants hanging from the high ceilings to the elegant gold-tone silverware.
To start, one friend ordered the Persimmon Salad (persimmon, jicama, Fresno chili, lime vinaigrette, macadamia nut, herbs) ($11) – which was greatly relished. I took a taste of her salad, but unfortunately my fork speared both a piece of jicama and Fresno chili. It was spicy hot – too hot for me! I was glad to have a glass of water readily available.
For dinner one friend ordered the Beast Burger, without the bun (house grind, brioche, American cheese, ash onions, B+B sauce, dill coins, butter lettuce) ($18), and the other two of us decided to share the Half Chicken From The Hearth (chicken, cilantro salsa verde, winter succotash) ($28).
The Beast Burger patty was said to be very tasty, and my friend and I both greatly enjoyed the chicken. The chicken was moist and the cilantro salsa verde added a nice touch.
We ordered two desserts as the dessert menu looked interesting. One friend ordered the Milk Chocolate Pudding (orange blossom, hazelnut, Kaffir lime leaf ice cream) ($10). Two of us decided to share the Cranberry Creampuff (lemon curd, poached cranberries, butterscotch, lavender mint) ($10). Both desserts were excellent – a treat for both the eye and taste buds.
We all enjoyed the meal and were impressed with the service, but agreed that Beast and Bounty could best be described as “pricey”.
Later, when I woke up in the middle of the night because I was hungry, I regretted not ordering a salad or the $10 Parker House rolls to accompany my meal. Note: I asked our server how many Parker House rolls were included in an order – the answer – four.
To sum up, I don’t expect that I will be dining at Beast and Bounty often, but next time I do I plan to be a bit more strategic in what I order – the pizza ($15-$18) looked good.
See related blog post: Annual Sacramento Restaurant Review Recap (2018)
(7/21/2023) The 2023 Michelin Guide has named Beast and Bounty a Sacramento “recommended” restaurant. Congrats Beast and Bounty!
(8/27/2020) COVID-19 Update. Beast and Bounty is offering expanded outdoor dining. Pizza, small bites and salads will be on tap. Order at the outdoor kiosk and dine on the 4,000 (+/-) square-foot outdoor family and dog friendly patio.
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Beast and Bounty Snapshot (as of 7/21/2023):
- 1701 R Street, Sacramento, CA
- (916) 244-4016
- Closed Mondays
- Brunch: Saturday & Sunday (10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.)
- Lunch: Tuesday – Friday (11:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.)
- Dinner: Tuesday – Thursday (5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.); Friday & Saturday (5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.); Sunday (5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.)
- Outdoor patio
- Street Parking
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