First time at this restaurant and we
had a wonderful experience! You get what you pay for. Very high quality from the bread and salad to the steaks through dessert. The portions are large which is great for leftovers the next day.
Our service was very friendly, attentive, and timely. The place is beautiful with the large fireplace in the main dining room. Definitely a great place for a romantic dinner for two. If you are looking for an excellent meal, great service, and a night out with or without kids. Sheepherders is a perfect place. We will be making this a regular stop.
My husband, brother, mother and myself
went to Sheepherders May 26. We had 7:15 p.m. reservations.
The waitress arrives to the table and asks to bring us drinks. At that time I told her I checked into Facebook so we'd also like our appetizer. I asked her what was good and she suggested a couple of things. She took the drink order while we figured out what we wanted as appetizers and comes back to let us know that the "free" appetizer was bruschetta. So we ordered the bruschetta as well as mussels and Thai Chicken Lettuce wraps. She comes back 10 minutes later saying the appetizers will be right up and she takes our dinner order.
When ordering prime rib, she asked how I like it. I asked what their (Sheepherder's) medium is. She said it was "standard". I told her that didn't tell me anything and she said red in the middle and pink on the outside. I told her their medium was perfect for me.
Our appetizers arrived 10-15 minutes later. The mussels on top of the bowl were cold. The broth was warm as were the mussels in the broth. Although the mussels were overcooked, they were tasty. There was no "bone" bowl delivered to our table to put the empty shells into.
Literally (and I am not exaggerating) two minutes after the appetizers arrived, our dinners arrived. My brother had not even had time to wrap the chicken into one piece of lettuce. We pushed aside the appetizers because we did not want to eat our dinners when they were cold. Ended up sending the mussels back, they weren't worth eating anyway.
My brother's prime rib was done as he liked it, medium well. My mother's dinner looked delicious. (Fish & Chips) My husband's pizza looked good, though it was lukewarm. We asked for extra cheese for the pizza and the busboy brought out two ramekins, one with dried red chili pepper and parmesan cheese. There was no spoon to dispense the peppers or cheese.
My prime rib was over done and was sent back. I sat at that table for 10-15 minutes without my food. The waitress came to check on the rest of the table and said my prime rib would be right up.
After a while, the waitress came out and knelt by me and said that she was told there was no more prime rib. The reason I was given the over done prime rib was because it was the last piece. The waitress was very apologetic and sympathetic, offering to get me anything I wanted. I could do nothing but laugh. I could not believe what was happening.
So, I ended up not eating because by this time, the rest of my party was nearly through eating. To "compensate" us for the comedy of errors, the appetizers and drinks were comped and we only paid for the three meals eaten by my brother, mom and husband.
The mix-up with the prime rib was not the waitress's fault. She should not have been made to come out to my table to apologize and explain that there was a banquet and another large group of people and that is why I was sent a well done piece of prime rib rather than being told straight up that there was only two pieces left and neither was medium The chef or manager should have come out and apologized to me.
As we were sitting there looking around, we noticed the busboys cleaning dirty tables of their dishes, washing dirty tables with dish rags, shaking patron's hands and then setting the table with clean setups and glassware and plates without going to wash their hands.
We were staying at a hotel next to this restaurant and suffice it to say, they have been informed of this experience.
New Ownership. All of the reviews currently on Citysearch are reviewing the older ownership and restaurant. In 2009 the restaurant changed hands. The food, atmosphere and service are excellent. Go for the food, especially the prime rib/french dip that they are known for. Keep coming back for the service you receive and the friends you will make. There is also an awesome happy hour.
Great atmosphere, so-so service.
The Sheepherder Inn's long refurbishment is worth the wait. The remodeled building has all of the charm of the old building, but with a new, rustic-but-elegant feel.
Our group had very mixed reactions to different entrees: mahi-mahi was excellent; steaks not so great; all portions rather small; so-called prime rib sliced so thin that it could pass for lunch meat. Baked potatoes on menu, but no longer served. And the waiter rather dismissively acted as if we should have known that they didn't serve baked potatoes.
And you might want to bring your own butter to go with the bread if your group finds that one small pad of butter isn't enough for eight slices. Finally, a half a dozen requests for butter over about 20 minutes brings a second small pad.
But the place has great potential. Our advice: wait a few months for them to work out the kinks in the service. Then give it a try.
The food was outstanding. The service was pretty good. Short wait for dinner. VERY good with our son. Drinks are over priced for the size but are still good.
Looking forward to going back very soon.
Terrible service. I have to admit the ambiance was very nice, they did a nice job renovating. About 10 ladies and I went to Sheepherders for a retirement party, sat in the bar area. Our server was very slow and never checked to see how we where doing. We ordered drinks, for a double Grey Goose they charged $16, $3 for club soda. The food was not good. The calamari was soggy. And to top it off they charged an 18% gratuity. We where sitting in the bar area, and we got terrible service. I don?t mind paying for good service, but this was not good. I will never go to Sheepherders again.
Dissapointed. I was so sad when Sheepherders closed....it was my favorite restaurant. My family and I use to go there all the time for birthdays and get togethers. About a month ago my family and I went there for my grandmothers birthday. This was our first time going there since it had closed, so we were very excited. As soon as walked into the restaurant my excitement quickly went away. I could not believe how bad they F'd UP such a unique, historical landmark to make it look just like every other boring upscale restaurant in the Sacramento area. If my family wanted to go to a modern restaurant they would have picked from the many carbon copied restaurants available downtown. What a dissapointment....historical charm is what made it different, and different is good. Now there is nothing special about it. Sad. The food is nothing special either. It's 1-800-BORING! The food tasted bland and was way overpriced. My whole family and I will never go back. I hope business fails so that another owner who actually cares about historical charm can take over and bring back this once unique beauty.
Sorry to say, not the same. What a disappointment our visit was - we decided to try the "new" Sheepherders with much anticipation & excitement, as it had been years since we were there. We did not like the new menu or the food when it came. Mashed potatos had no flavor or seasonings (although they were supposed to be garlic) & meat tasted left over from previous day. Bread was good, but butter looked & tasted like margarine. In addition, we sat at a booth where there were ants crawling up the wall - one entered my bread plate & walked around. When we pointed this out, they said they were aware of it. Yuk! We will go back if/when they return to the "old" Sheepherders.
Excellent Customer Service. My husband and I planned his mother's 70th birthday party at the Sheepherder's Inn. We received excellent customer service from beginning to end. The event coordinator was pleasant and very helpful with suggestions. The servers were very accomodating, outgoing, and on top of everything. The food was served for about 40 people and it was prepared perfectly. Everyone raved about the food and the service. My mother-in-law was very pleased and commented on how the food was so good and also the service. I would recommend this place for anyone that is planning an event. You will not be sorry.
Sparkling gem in Sacramento. I am surprised to see any comments with poor service ratings. I have been there multiple times since January for dinner and lunch, bills ranging from $30 - $220. I would bring anyone here, any time. The food is fabulous, the service is wonderful. The bar is a little slow on busy nights but that is how it goes when the bar is as packed as the SHI. The 22oz Porterhouse might be the best steak we have ever had and the Bouliabaise is to die for.
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