Description and review of the Esquire Grill, located on K Street across from the Sacramento Convention Center and the nearby Community Center Theater.
I recently met a friend at the Esquire Grill prior to a theatrical performance at the Community Center Theater. I have patronized the establishment numerous times over the years, enjoying lunch, dinner and Happy Hour. No single instance comes to mind where I was disappointed in either the service or the food.
The Esquire Grill is an attractive upscale restaurant/bar featuring dark wood and large windows looking out onto K Street. The large outdoor patio is a great place to people watch while enjoying lunch or dinner on a nice summer day or evening.
The Esquire Grill is part of the Paragary Restaurant Group which includes: Paragary’s, Centro Cocina Mexicana, R 15, and Café Bernardo (at the Pavilions Shopping Center and on the R Street Corridor).
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Prior to retirement my office was located in the Esquire Building, making the Esquire Grill a convenient place to meet friends for a drink at the end of the day.
The plan that evening was to meet and catch a bite at the bar prior to the show. I have always found the staff at the Esquire Grill to be excellent, including the bartenders. Danny in particular is a favorite.
I arrived late so the on-street metered parking spaces were free and I secured a nearby parking space on I Street. While walking towards the restaurant I also noticed available parking spaces on J Street, but I had opted not to drive around checking out availability prior to parking.
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By the time I arrived my friend had already enjoyed a drink and an order of the Happy Hour brussel sprouts. Unfortunately, as I was running late, I had missed Happy Hour.
I ordered a glass of Chalk Hill Chardonnay ($10), and the Mac & Cheese ($11) as I was in the mood for something rich and cheesy. The Esquire Grill Mac & Cheese never disappoints!
It was not long before I was served, and we had ample time prior to making our way across the street. Dining at the bar is always a great option if you are running short on time and/or have not made a reservation in advance.
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Esquire Grill Snapshot:
- 1213 K Street, Sacramento, CA 95814
- (916) 448-8900
- Closed Sunday (with exceptions); Lunch: Monday – Friday (11:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.); Dinner: Monday – Friday (5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.) & Saturday (4:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.) Note: A limited menu is available Monday – Friday (2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.)
- Happy Hour: Monday – Friday (3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.)
- Outdoor patio
- Parking: Esquire Grill validation for the Esquire Building Parking Garage and street parking
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