Sacramento and the Gold Country Restaurants

American, Italian, and Mexican are common Gold Country fare, but chefs also prepare ambitious European, French, and contemporary regional cuisine that mixes California ingredients with international preparations. Grass Valley's meat- and vegetable-stuffed pasties, introduced by 19th-century gold miners from Cornwall, are one of the region's more unusual treats.

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  • 1. Allez

    $$ | French

    The tale of how the couple running this spot for to-go or dine-in French food came to be husband and wife says all one needs to know about their...Read More

  • 2. Canon

    $$$ | Modern American

    Farmhouse meets semi-industrial open-kitchen chic at this light-filled restaurant whose executive chef found success in the Midwest and the...Read More

  • 3. JoMa's Artisan Ice Cream

    $ | American

    The smell of waffle cones will direct you to this town treasure whose Portuguese-Swiss namesake has been making ice cream since she was a young...Read More

  • 4. Aria Bakery & Espresso Cafe

    $ | Bakery

    For a place as small as it is, this bakery-café produces a staggering array of sweet and savory pastries, sandwiches, salads, and desserts you...Read More

  • 5. Cafeteria 15L

    $$ | Downtown | American

    The exposed brick, reclaimed wood, mismatched chairs, and natural light streaming through large-paned windows of this easygoing comfort-food...Read More

  • 6. Charles Street Dinner House

    $$$ | American

    Centrally located Charles Street, its rustic decor heavy on the wood and Old West adornments, at once evokes gold-rush days and the 1980s, when...Read More

  • 7. Cousin Jack Pasties

    $ | British

    Meat- and vegetable-stuffed pasties are a taste of the region's history, having come across the Atlantic with Cornish miners and their families...Read More

  • 8. Gold Dust Pizza

    $$ | Pizza

    Zesty pies like the Miner Moe's BBQ Chicken, with red onions, pineapple, bacon, and cheese, make this casual spot a few steps off Main Street...Read More

  • 9. Grass Valley Pasty Co.

    $ | British

    Eat like a 19th-century Cornish miner at this modest restaurant serving home-baked pasties, flaky on the outside with moist and flavorful meat...Read More

  • 10. Heyday Cafe

    $$ | American

    Inside an exposed-brick 1857 former assay office where miners exchanged gold nuggets for the coin of the realm, the Heyday is a happy haven...Read More

  • 11. Kneading Dough Bakery

    $ | American

    Breakfast entrées, soups, soufflés, and sandwiches are on the menu at this beloved spot for pastries, tarts, coffee cakes, scones, cookies,...Read More

  • 12. Rob's Place

    $$ | American

    Comfort food crafted with care and served by solicitous staffers makes a trip to this low-slung restaurant on downtown's edge a pleasure whether...Read More

  • 13. Sina's Backroads Cafe

    $ | American

    Homemade lunches and breakfasts served with warmth and good cheer are the trademarks of this restaurant and coffee shop in Sutter Creek's historic...Read More

  • 14. Sushi in the Raw

    $$$ | Japanese

    Landlocked Nevada City might seem like an odd place for a sushi haven, but this brick-walled restaurant with an open kitchen consistently ranks...Read More

  • 15. The Cozmic Cafe

    $ | Vegetarian

    Crowds come for healthful wraps, burritos, sandwiches, salads, and the like, including vegan and vegetarian options. Portions are big, prices...Read More

  • 16. Totem Coffee

    $ | Café

    The best spot in the historic district to relax over coffee and espresso drinks—or sip tea, kombucha, and sometimes hot chocolate—sources its...Read More

  • 17. Valentina's Organic Bistro & Bakery

    $ | American

    The emphasis is on wellness and organic non–genetically modified ingredients at this wide-windowed, simply decorated roadside restaurant, whose...Read More

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