My Favorite!!! The Best Restaurant in Sacramento!!. Moxie is my absolute favorite place to go for a nice dinner. i've been a customer since they opened up here in town in the mid-late 90's and have made it a special place to go for my birthday, a family celebration or a romantic dinner with my husband. The food is consistently excellent, the portions are more than generous, the presentation is always lovely, the variety and selection is wonderful. Through my work, I have the opportunity to dine at the best (and not so best) restaurants in town, and I think that Moxie is by far the most enjoyable place to dine. The overall experience is always wonderful. The owners, Adam and Bill, are one of a kind (as a team of owners) and will bring a unique experience to your meal...the environment is quaint, unassuming and relaxed. I have never been disappointed after leaving Moxie and always want to go back for more. I have only one complaint about this establishment....that they're not open for lunch! Maybe someday they will be again...I hope they do!!!
want to add to above review!. First time was this last news years eve. It was fabulous! 2nd time on my birthday in Jan. it was fabulous!! 3rd time just this last weekend I took out of town people it was fabulous!!! It is our new favorite place. excellent food and amount of food for the money. great atmosphere. the whole experience is more like entertainment then "just going out for dinner". The out of town people that I took absolutely loved it said it was the highlight of their trip to Sac. They've eaten all over the country and out of the country and said it was one of their best experiences! Some good friends of ours took their whole family there last night and couldn't say enough about it. My friend said the lamb was the very best she's ever had. I don't know whats going on with the couple of bad reviews I read below, when there are only a couple bad reviews among the great reviews, I have to think it's something wrong with reviewers!!!!
IF You ONLY Have One Night In Sacramento Dine Here!!!. This was among the five best dining experiences I have had in 40 years of world travel. If you are near then you owe it to yourself to go and enjoy the evening. I have NEVER posted a review before and probably won't again. THIS WAS SPECIAL. If you like lamb you must have the tenderloin if on the special list.
Repeated great experiences. I have ben to Moxie 4 times, and they have been among the top dining experiences of my life. My husband still favors Biba, but I think Moxie has great food, great character and atmosphere. We usually eat on the early side (5:30-6:30), so have never had a too-busy, overcrowded experience. One time they let us come in and have a glass of wine at 5pm because we had a show to go to, and they didn't open until 5:30. It was a wonderful touch. The photos on the walls add to the experience for anyone into photography.
Great Food and alot of fun..
I brought my wife here after looking online for something different than the typical place. The Moxie was a pleasant find that hides in a different but safe part of town and is behind a little red door (I think it was red).
I like most first timers was thrown by the Menu because this place is not about the Menu... it is about the specials. They are fun to hear because everything is a special, from the apetizers to the main dish to the deserts... It was just great. The service was fantastic and I felt like I was part of the neighborhood being taken in and treated special by my uncle Lou from New York who owns a restraunt. -- In reality I have no uncle Lou from NY-- but for a moment it felt like I did.
We went early on Wednesday evening and did not have reservations so I do think it is possible to get in if you go early. It filled up before we left.
Definately give this place a shot. I did read the bad reviews and I think that they just caught the place on bad day. Too bad.
Funky atmosphere, service and food.. Moxie is dark and dingy, it smells funny inside with bad ventilation and the music was tacky and too loud. The food was alright. For all this place is hyped up to be, it isn't very good. I went with 4 other friends that share the same sentiments. For a much nicer experience check out Biba, Aoili Bodega, or The Waterboy. Remeber, this is the opinion of 5 people and we are comparing Moxie with the likes of the above mentioned restaurants and excellent dining opportunities in Berkeley, Oakland and San Francisco. I do have high food standards. My point is not to bash Moxie, but for me the truth is it's not good. That's that, take my word or don't, it's just my opinion! Happy eating!
An absolutely terrible experience. We had a Friday night reservation for two at 7:30 pm (set up several days in advance) and were not seated until around 8:10. Meanwhile, several parties who came in after us, that that wait staff seemed to know by name, were seated well before us. Once seated it was another 15 minutes or so before anyone took interest in getting an order from us (though we had about 45-55 minutes to review the menu at that point).
The waiter (one of the owners, a middle-aged man with a mustache) seemed distracted and annoyed by the time he got to us. He incoherently rambled off a long list of specials, stopping several times in the middle to engage others in conversation, and at never looked at us while talking. I had a hard time following any of what he was saying, and my girlfriend, who is slightly hard of hearing, had an especially hard time because she generally needs people to look at her while they talk(not stare, but a civilized degree of attentiveness would be plenty).
Such things happen on busy nights i suppose, but the final straw was with regards to their reputation for "custom" orders. This mantra is spouted in their menu and was reiterated by the owner, that any reasonable request given what they have on hand can be done, no problem. My girlfriend's request was simple enough, on the scallops and prawns with pasta special, hold the prawns and use a spinach cream sauce (which must have on hand because its listed on one of their regular menu dishes). Despite the repeated mantra, he then informed us that tonight was not the night for crazy requests, made a huge deal of how difficult we were being, and when she said nevermind on the sauce request, he told her she needed to calm down.
We're both among the younger in the crowd there (both 23) and they seemed to have no interest in attending to us at all. If you appear under 40, don't bother. We walked out on account of the rudeness; thank you Moxie for a ruined evening.
Moxie has, for many years, been our favorite Sacramento restaurant. Our family has been going to Moxie for many years, since it opened. It is everything a restaurant should be: great and diverse food, superb service and wonderful, "bistro" atmosphere. Adam and Bill, the owners, have become friends over the years. From the moment you walk in, you're made to feel you're a special guest. One of the highlights is hearing the servers' verbal recitation of the numerous "specials." (Specials is really a misnomer, since the written menu is short and sweet; while what's listed there is all very good, the number of specials--appetizers and main courses alike--available on any given evening dwarfs the menu listings, and should be the focus of your attention.) While we normally go with family and friends, I've also done several business lunches and dinners at Moxie over the years. Invariably, my work colleagues are hooked, and often wind up as steady customers themselves. In short, it's all VERY good!
Great Customer Service. We dined at Moxie for a business holiday dinner and it was fabulous. The 2 men that run the place are awsome and informed! It couldn't have been more pleasant. The menu is just the beginning. There are so many specials and if what you want isn't included, they will make what you want! The wine was great and the atmosphere cozy. Even though the restaurant was filled with people, we felt that we had privacy and intimacy at our table and were able to converse easily. The prices were entirely reasonable for what you recieve! What a great experience, will be back, that is for sure!
Absolutely beautiful. Greeted and seated by someone who knows what service is all about.I was visiting a friend in Sacramento and Moxie was refered by one of her friends so we gave it a shot.The ambiance is set perfectlty for taking out in my case a special lady.The wine we ordered unlike anyhthng I've tried before.I ordered the Filet Mignon from our waiters mental menu that was nothing short of impressive,he read through it forward and backwards adding a flare of style unmatched by any restaraunt I've ever been to.I recomend this place to any and everyone.Beautiful setting,perfectly hidden in the neighborhood,A truly unique dining experience and between my company,the service and the food...worth every pennie I spent.
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