2232 Fair Oaks Blvd, Sacramento, CA | Directions 9582538.574315 -121.412785
Neighborhoods: Central Sacramento, Sierra Oaks
Sacramento's Best Restaurant – Bandera is still the Gold Standard.
We arrived at 6:45 for 7:00 pm reservations and were sat immediately and the house was packed. I asked the server for a recommendation because I usually have the Ribeye but I wasn't that hungry. My server recommended the cheeseburger which came with their coleslaw( I could write a review on just the cole slaw if I had space) and I was pleased to see her recommend something so modest in price: 15 bucks. It was the best cheeseburger ever, if you could even call it that! It was more like a cheeseburger inspired sandwich masterpiece. We brought our own wine and with appetizers and tip my wife and I walked out for 54 bucks. I BTW have never seen or had anything but the most friendly service no matter who helped me even when they're full. THANKS BANDERA!!!
Please never again make me listen to people compare this place to Ruth's Chris. RC has fallen a lot and is not even on the same radar as Bandera.
Great restaurant! – I don't know where these negative reviews are coming from. We arrived at 5:30pm on Saturday. The restaurant was 2/3's full. By 6:00pm, they had a waiting list. Everyone I've spoken to since has had good Everything was wonderful. The service, the food, the ambience. The best dinner I've had in Sacramento. The French Dip, the mashed potatoes, the corn bread, all great. They poured a generous glass of wine. I can't wait to go back.
Order the corn bread or the grilled artichoke appetizer or the hot queso cheese dip. Ever appetizer there is fab.
I had the BBQ Pork Tenderloin it was delicious. So was the Rotisserie Chicken I had the first time I went to Bandera's. Oh Yeah, The Oreo Ice Cream Sandwich is the best.
What's with the little table cleaners?????? – What a truly godawful place, and excuse the blasphemy, but sometimes it has its uses. Overpriced would be a vast understatement for this restaurant. I echo so many here, with the paramount complaint being the stratospheric prices. Reprehensible, and shame on this place!!! What sealed it for me were the servers (this place must be a commune, no one server!) with their little scraper things to flash across the paper table covering to herd food onto, I think, the floor (done so adeptly and swiftly, I couldn't tell!). How phony and hoidy toidy and excuse my French!!!!! And that, I suppose, is supposed to make up for the obscene prices. What a cheat of a joint, belied by its exterior which advertises American food, as if it's reasonably priced and/or even good. This place's fourteen to twenty five dollar entries could have been better prepared at the Baker's Square next door. What a place, and again, it should be ashamed.
PRETENTIOUSLY Expensive! – What a ripoff of the first caliber, horrifically pretentious, with a menu of nearly no selections that made you feel trapped and desperate to choose something cheaper (which wasn't there!). Trapped is right: sure, my two teenage sons and I could have walked out, and in retrospect should have. We were in the area from out of town for a sleep study for one of my sons, and thought, ok, good, solid American food (as it advertises itself). We were in a dungeon after that. The menus have to be slanted to catch sparse rays of light to be read, and then what a proverbial ticket shock. Wow! I didn't want to complain or whine to my boys, so we persevered. I even ordered two appetizers. Get this: a plate with fewer than twelve chips with two little piles of dip for five bucks, and that was the cheapest thing on the menu. Whoops, a mistake: the sodas were THREE DOLLARS AND TWENTY FIVE CENTS each! Pretentiousness permeated the place, and I walked out nearly one hundred dollars lighter (yes, I tipped at the prevailing rate: I at least at some honor). A RIPOFF. The food was anything (or worse) you could pick up at any restaurant for far fewer bucks. Why isn't there a choice here for NO STARS? And the Angela Somebody here whose headline review for this restaurant raves about it: what universe do you live in?
Bad Attitude Hostess, Below Average Food for Price, Good Table Service – I feel sorry for the waitress we had because she did such a fantastic job. Unfortunately, the rest of the service is poor. This place is simply not nice enough to have the attitude I was confronted with last night. And, the cell phone policy is a joke. Bandera, get over yourself. Serve the paying customer, not your stuck up employees or supposed image.
Not worth the money – SO its right across from Ruth's Chris, which has held its good name to me. I decided to try it out, and had a steak with the usual. Prices were unreasonable and it was just ...typical meat, not even aged or any flavor. I disliked the hostess and waitresses that were rude and non-attentive. Food was so-so. Portions were skimpy and wished I was across the street. Also, waiting was unbearable, I don't understand why people still go to this place.
Excellent Service - Amazing Food - Relaxing Atmosphere – Bandera has been a favorite dinner spot for our household for the past couple of years. The food is consistant and flavorful and the wait staff works as a team to give us the best possible experience. We generally start at the bar for Martinis and love to see the same bartenders time after time. Although its not the most comfortable restaurant for a large group or kids thoes negatives are big pluses for the couples like us who like to be able to go out to eat and be relaxed without clusters of people and noisy children. This is the best date spot in town! The atmosphere is dark and comforting and all seating is candle lit booths and they are very comfortable. We are never dissapointed! Prepare to wait for your table on Thursdays as its a very "singles" hang out night.
Very rude service – We had the worst service I've had in a long time at this restaurant. I'm not hard to please or picky, and was a server myself for years. Our waiter was not the problem, and the food was decent. The hostess was so rude it was unbelievable. Four of us arrived on time for our reservation and was told we would not be seated until all six of our party had arrived. If we knew it was their policy to not seat parties until all arrived we would not have chosen the place, as we knew two people were coming later. There was no place to wait at the bar and she told us we could wait outside (it was raining). The hostess never smiled, and came across as very rude. We then had two people more show up than the reservation was for, admittedly a problem but their response was unacceptable. The hostess said, "there is no table in the restaurant that seats eight, so two of your party will have to stand at the front of the restaurant until a table becomes available, then sit separately." We had already been sitting for 15 minutes and had ordered our food and drinks. Our appetizer came for desert, and only then were we told there was a delay because the first one was burned. No one who worked there was friendly. There are a lot of good restaurants in Sacramento--there's no reason to go here.
Very Mediocre – The crowd was sparse, so I didn't have any issues with waiting for a table, but the hostess still chose to sit me in the most isolated corner of the restaurant, next to the restrooms. Even though I requested a table for one, I couldn't quite understand why I was sat in the farthest corner of the restaurant, next to the restrooms. I, a mid-20s Asian male, was still dressed in my work clothes, sans the coat and tie that I left in the car. So I didn't understand why I would need to be so far removed from the rest of the patrons, but I held my tongue since I was too tired.
My waitress seemed cheerful enough as she announced the special and took my order -- prime rib and a pint of Sierra -- but she didn't quite mention her name until the end, almost as if serving me would be an afterthought. After checking/swiping my ID, she brought it back and told me that my order would be out shortly. While stuffing the ID back into my wallet, I contemplated what kind of a tip I would have given her if she noticed it was my birthday during the 5 minutes she had it in her possession. Oh well, that's not the kind of service you expect out of a place you pay $40 for a meal. Although I must complement the Mexican cooks who noticed me several minutes before my waitress did when I requested another pint.
The meal came out in all its simplicity. A fair portion of meat and a lumpy scoop of mashed potatoes. There was really nothing special about the prime rib, so if I was pressed to say a single good thing about it.. it would have to be, "It wasn't bad." The potatoes on the other hand were simply bad. While might have gone for the undercooked/watery mashed potatoes angle, it simply didn't match very well with the food, and even left me feeling a little sick.
I usually hesitate to give anything less than a 7, but Citysearch says "average" is a 5, so I'd say Bandera as a whole, is a 6 because of its decor. Otherwise, the food is around a 4.5 on a "taste to cost" scale.
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