(Updated 2/9/2020) Description and review of Magpie Cafe, located at 16th & P Streets in Downtown Sacramento.
The highly regarded Magpie Café is always a solid – and delicious – choice for lunch, dinner or weekend brunch.
Yes, it does get crowded, but there is significantly more seating inside and out on the patio than at the previous R Street location. Ed Roehr and Janel Inouye have definitely made their mark on the Sacramento restaurant scene since Magpie Café debuted in 2009.
I suggested lunch at Magpie Café to a friend recently, and I was delighted to learn that she had not yet dined there. It is always a pleasure to “introduce” someone to a restaurant you are sure they will enjoy.
The restaurant was not crowded, perhaps because it was a Monday and the Legislature was on summer break. We were in no particular hurry, and enjoyed both our lunch and catching up.
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We both found ourselves watching as one appetizing dish after another was served to diners in our near vicinity. If you have been to Magpie Café, I am sure you will agree that the presentation of the food whets the appetite.
We decided on the lemon chicken salad, the Banh Mi, and a carrot cake cookie (to share). I suggested the carrot cake cookie as I had recently read that the Dali Lama had greatly enjoyed this particular dessert – with good reason it turns out.
We both greatly enjoyed our lunch at Magpie Cafe. To sum up, I look forward to returning soon to try some of their other specialties.
Walking over to Magpie Café I had mentioned to my friend that it was reported in the media that the Dalai Lama has a sweet tooth and that he had recently enjoyed two of Magpie’s popular carrot cake cookies (a cookie sandwich with cream cheese frosting in the middle).
Magpie Café was chosen to prepare lunch for the Dalai Lama, the Tibetan spiritual leader, when he was in town. He was here to address a joint session of the State Legislature in mid-June. His speech covered topics such as gun control, the environment and the need for more compassion.
The lunch for the Dalai Lama was held at the Leland Stanford Mansion, a State Historic Park. While the Leland Stanford Mansion is open to the public as a museum, it also serves at the state’s official reception center for leaders from around the world.
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Magpie Cafe Snapshot (updated 2/9/2020):
- 1601 16th Street, Sacramento, CA 95814
- (916) 452-7594
- Hours: Closed Monday; Tuesday (5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.); Wednesday – Thursday (11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.); Friday (11:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.); Saturday (9:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.); Sunday (9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.)
- Outdoor patio
- Parking: Public garage on R Street between 15th and 16th Streets; metered street parking
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