Description and review of dinner at TableVine, a “New American” restaurant located in Downtown Sacramento on 14th Street.
A friend and I recently enjoyed dinner at TableVine prior attending a theatre performance at the Community Center Theater. It was a last minute decision to patronize TableVine, so we had not made reservations.
The first thing I looked for when we entered the restaurant was Prince, the beagle owned by owner-chef Dan Sneed. His bed in the foyer was empty. When I inquired a bit later our server told me that Prince was at home that evening.
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We were happy to be immediately greeted and seated, as we were running a bit late. Two people already seated in the main dining room were the only other patrons in the restaurant the whole time we were there.
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The first order of business was a glass of wine. We each ordered the Sobon Estates Old Vine Zinfandel (Amador County) ($7). It is a very tasty wine if you like Old Vine Zinfandel – which I do. Note: TableVine has an extensive wine list.
When we ordered the wine we also ordered dinner and asked for the bill – letting our accommodating and helpful server know our schedule that evening.
For the appetizer we ordered the Fried Brussel Sprouts ($9) to share. When it came to the main course we both ordered the Wiener Schnitzel vom Schwein (breaded pork cutlet with warm German potato salad and lemon caper butter ($18).
We seldom order the same dish, but my friend loves the TableVine Wiener Schnitzel and could not resist, while I was looking forward to trying it for the first time.
Dan Sneed, the owner-chef, delivered the Brussel Sprouts to our table. The ample portion was beautifully plated, and they were delicious! Alas, I neglected to take a picture as I was hungry and immediately helped myself – thus regretfully ruining the opportunity to take a photo.
Shortly after we finished the Brussel Sprouts, Sneed delivered the entrée to the table, and our server brought the bill for us to pay at our convenience. The lightly-breaded Wiener Schnitzel did not disappoint, and the warm German potato salad made with fresh herbs was a taste treat.
We did not ask Sneed how the restaurant was doing, but we were both concerned as we left for the short walk to the theater. There is obviously a lot of competition nowadays for restaurant patrons in Downtown Sacramento, and TableVine is a bit out of the way and perhaps easily overlooked as a result. Hopefully it was just an “off” night, as I would be dismayed to learn that TableVine had closed its doors.
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- 1501 14th Street, Sacramento, CA 95814
- (916) 942-9599
- Hours: Lunch: Monday – Friday (11:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.); Dinner: Monday – Saturday (5:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.); Closed Sunday
- Street Parking
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