(Last UPDATED 11/9/2023) Description and review of TableVine, a “New American” restaurant located in Downtown Sacramento on 14th Street. NEW: See TableVine Revisited #3 below.
A friend and I recently enjoyed dining at TableVine prior attending a theatre performance at the Community Center Theater. It was a last minute decision, 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.
See related blog post: TableVine – Sacramento Restaurants
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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TableVine Revisited #2
(5/23/2022) Seven of us recently dined at TableVine prior to attending the B Street Theatre. We had reservations, and once all of our party were there we were seated in the main dining room. TableVine is now serving an all-day menu. Because of limited seating, TableVine is asking patrons to call for same day reservations or to reserve a table for parties of 4 or more.
Everyone started with a beverage as we looked over the menu. Our waiter was both friendly, attentive and most efficient. We were very well taken care of that evening.
Our group ordered a variety of the dishes on the Spring menu, all of which were enjoyed. Several ordered one of the TableVine mainstays – the German Schnitzel Vom Schweinefilet (breaded pork cutlet with preserved Meyer lemon butter sauce, mashed potato, minted peas) ($22).
The Garden Vegetable Indian Vindaloo with Basmati Rice (eggplant, cauliflower, zucchini, potato, garden peas, tomato, onion) ($21) caught my eye, and I decided to try something new after checking with our server as to the level of “heat”. The dish was very tasty and not too hot.
Towards the end of our meal Prince made an appearance, making a trip around the dining room to check everything out before returning to his bed. I had been wondering about him but had refrained from asking as I was afraid that he may have passed in the time since my last visit. I was glad to see that he was alive and well – and keeping an eye on things as usual!
TableVine Revisited #3
(11/19/2023) A friend and I enjoyed a wonderful meal on a recent Tuesday prior to the theatre. I had called for reservations that same day, and they were able to accommodate us – although our reservation was a bit earlier than I had planned. The small dining room did, however, fill up midway through our meal which we were glad to see.
We each ordered a glass of wine – Chardonnay ($9) for me and Tempranillo ($8) for my friend. For dinner my friend ordered the Moroccan Braised Beef Short Ribs (with prunes, carrots, broccoli and couscous) ($25). My choice that evening was the Roasted Autumn Squash Risotto with pumpkin seeds ($23).
We both enjoyed our meals. The beef short ribs were very tender and the dish was expertly seasoned. My risotto was exceptional – creamy and flavorful.
Although we were both comfortably full we managed to share a maple crusted Creme Brulé ($10) to finish off the meal.
As usual the service was friendly and efficient. Chef Sneed made a point, as always, of serving each table one of the courses ordered – a very nice touch.
A sad note: I inquired after Prince, and our server shared that he had passed the Saturday before. He was 13. For more about Prince, including a photo, click on: TableVine – Sacramento Restaurants
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TableVine Snapshot (updated 11/9/2023):
- 1501 14th Street, Sacramento, CA 95814
- (916) 942-9599
- Hours: Lunch: Monday – Friday (lunch service starting at 11:30 a.m.); Dinner: Monday – Saturday (dinner service starting at 5:30 p.m.); Closed Sunday
- All Day Menu
- Call for same day reservations or for parties 4+
- Outdoor patio
- Street Parking
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