(Last UPDATED 10/31/2018) Description and review of TableVine, located in Downtown Sacramento on the “other” (south) side of the State Capitol Building. The previous tenant of the building was Bistro Michel. Going way back – I remember when it was Virga’s!
Six of us visited TableVine on a recent Saturday evening prior to the theatre. We had made reservations in advance for 6:00 p.m. as our theatre tickets were for a 9:00 p.m. performance. We had tried to make last-minute reservations once previously, for a larger group, but TableVine was unable to accommodate our group at that time.
I was impressed by the food, the ambiance and the service. The owner-chef is Dan Sneed who, among other things, previously owned Pearl on the River.
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As it turns out, my friend and I were the last of our party to arrive. There was no one manning the station in the entryway other than a cute beagle that was cuddled in his bed. We headed left to the dining room and found that our party had just ordered drinks.
After looking over the Spring Dinner Menu each of us finally settled upon our main course. We decided to start with the Selection of Artisan Cheeses, Seasonal Garnish, and Toasted Baguette ($13). Sipping our drinks of choice and nibbling on cheese and baguettes was a nice way to start the evening.
I ordered the Sautéed Mussels with Spring Onion, Zucchini, Thai Green Curry, and Basmati Rice ($18). The presentation was beautiful, and the dish was tasty.
Others in our party ordered the Deep Fried Half Chicken, Belgium Style Twice Fried Fries, Chimichurri ($18) with a side order of minted peas; Risotto, Asparagus, Peas, Spinach, Squash, Spring Onion, Orange Butter ($17); Spring Garden Vegetable Thai Red Curry with Basmati Rice ($17); and, two ordered the Weiner Schnitzel vom Schwein (Breaded Pork Cutlet) Preserved Meyer Lemon Butter Sauce, Minted Peas and Mashed Golden Potato ($18).
The only dish that disappointed was the Deep Fried Half Chicken. It had been overcooked and was dry. The side dish of minted peas and the chimichurri however was declared to be tasty. The Wiener Schnitzel, in particular, received rave reviews.
While we were dining the TableVine beagle (I neglected to ask his name) wandered through the room and then wandered out. He did not bother anyone nor was he looking for attention – he was just checking things out.
To finish up we shared two desserts which allowed us to each have a bite or two.
Our waiter had taken very good care of us, and he was most pleasant and helpful. He was agreeable when we inquired about separate checks – something that is always appreciated.
To Sum Up
I will certainly be returning to TableVine. The wine country décor is simple and attractive, the restaurant both cozy and cute. Most importantly, I felt the prices were reasonable.
Next time I meet a friend for lunch downtown I am definitely going to suggest we go to TableVine. The Spring Professional’s Lunch Menu has many (but not all) of the same dishes available at lunch for $10!
(10/31/2018) During a recent visit to TableVine I remembered to inquire about the beagle’s name. It is Prince. So now, when you enter TableVine and Prince is on his bed in the foyer you can greet him by name (if he is not asleep)!
- 1501 14th Street, Sacramento, CA 95814
- (916) 942-9599
- Hours: Closed Sunday; Lunch: Monday – Friday (11:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.); Dinner: Monday – Saturday (5:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.)
- Street parking
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