Description and review of juju kitchen & cocktails, a family-owned small plate and craft cocktails bar/restaurant located in Downtown Sacramento.
juju kitchen & cocktails opened June, 2022, in the space formerly occupied by Three Fires in the Residence Inn by Marriott. The interior has been transformed, and it is now chic, modern and more spacious.
juju kitchen & cocktails is the handiwork of husband and wife team Chef David and Kelly English. Many Sacramentans will recall that Chef David closed The Press Bistro, his popular Midtown Sacramento bar and restaurant, in 2019.
See related blog post: The Press Bistro
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Six of us met at juju kitchen & cocktails on a Friday evening prior to the theatre. It was the first time there for most, if not all of us.
Members of the group ordered a variety of beverages, including some of the craft cocktails for which juju kitchen & cocktails is known. The cocktail menu includes “House” Cocktails for $14, a low alcohol cocktail for $11, and two alcohol free cocktails for $9.
“Classic” cocktails on the menu range from $13 to $14, assorted beers are $8, and wines by the glass range from $10 to $15.
Our group unfortunately missed Happy Hour, which runs from 4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday thru Saturday.
During Happy Hour one can take advantage of $2 off of:
- Small plates
- House cocktails
- Wines by the glass
There is also a daily “cocktail of the day” for $10, and well sprits can be had for $8.
Between the six of us that evening we ordered a variety of small plates including:
- Fried brussels sprouts ($7)
- Meatballs, marinara ($9)
- Roasted cauliflower ($7)
- Butternut squash and parmesan arancini ($8)
- Hummus, grilled pita ($7)
The meatballs were said to be “ok” i.e., nothing special. On the other hand, the brussels sprouts and roasted cauliflower received high marks. Favorable comments were also made about the arancini and hummus with pita.
To Sum Up
To sum up, the shareable small plates are just that i.e., the portions are small. If you are hungry, you may be better served by ordering one of the “large plates”. The menu that evening offered four different large plates, each for $18.
In short, I plan to return to juju kitchen & cocktails to try their other offerings, but as of right now my intent is to return when I can take advantage of Happy Hour pricing.
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juju kitchen & cocktails Snapshot:
- 501 L Street, Sacramento, CA 95814 (Residence Inn by Marriott Sacramento Downtown at Capitol Park)
- No Phone/No Reservations/Open Seating
- Days/Hours: Closed Sunday – Monday; Tuesday to Saturday (4:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.)
- Happy Hour: Tuesday – Saturday (4:00 p.n. to 5:30 p.m.)
- Vegetarian/Gluten-free Friendly
- Outdoor Patio
- Street Parking
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