(UPDATED 2/26/2017) Saddle Rock shut its doors last night. Restaurateur Chris Jarosz said that the closure was to allow him to focus his attention on upcoming projects – including three new Broderick Roadhouse locations.
The “new” Saddle Rock is located at 18th and L Streets in Midtown Sacramento amid a variety of popular restaurants. I say “new” because Saddle Rock is named after the original Saddle Rock eatery which operated in Old Sacramento for over a hundred years. The original Saddle Rock closed in 1995.
I recently met a friend at Saddle Rock for dinner prior to going to the theatre. A large event was taking place nearby, and finding a parking spot on the street was next to impossible. After driving around looking for a spot to no avail, I headed to the nearby State parking garage at 17th & L Streets. Tip: On weekends you can park there at a flat $2 rate, $5 on Second Saturday.
Both of us enjoyed a glass of wine while we looked over the menu in the upstairs dining room. The Saddle Rock menu is very interesting – a blend of old-time and new dishes. While we were pondering our choices I made note of the various dishes being served to the diners in our vicinity. Everything looked very good.
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My friend decided on the Beef Wellington ($26) and I settled on the Gum San Chop Suey with Soba Noodles ($16) to which I added beef ($6). Chicken was the other option offered. All in all I thought the menu a bit pricey.
The Beef Wellington was thoroughly enjoyed, and I liked my Gum San Chop Suey. It was full of vegetables that were done just right, as was the beef. However, I did find the flavor of the predominant spice – ginger – a bit overwhelming. I would have enjoyed the dish a lot more if it were not so heavily seasoned
The wait staff was helpful and professional. As we were going to the theatre and on a time schedule, we asked for the bill to be brought at the same time as our food was served. Good thing we did – due to the difficulty parking we were a bit behind schedule.
The interior of the Saddle Rock (previously Capital Dime) is nicely done and attractive, but the second floor dining room suffers from the same problem as Capital Dime – it is excessively noisy. We had great difficulty trying to carry on a conversation.
If you are going to dine at Saddle Rock I suggest that you consider dining outside if that is an option. The restaurant does not appear to have a website – but it does have a Facebook page.
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