Sacramentans love to eat outside, but even with more than 250 days of sunshine per year there are days when they retreat inside and find a cozy seat by the fire. Restaurants throughout the city feature inviting interiors for those winter days, and we’ve got a list of six that will have you covered and warm.
Located in the heart of one of Midtown’s most vibrant blocks, The Red Rabbit features craft cocktails and farm-to-fork fare. The stylish yet cozy interior is complemented by two fireplaces – one on the covered back patio between two fountains and the other at the front of the building, giving warmth to patrons both inside and on the front patio. 2718 J St. (916) 706-2275.
Lucca features a host of farm-to-fork dishes served with free-range, humanely raised beef from Lucky Dog Ranch just blocks from the Sacramento Convention Center and Memorial Auditorium. Great for everything from group dining to an intimate dinner for two, Lucca has a fireplace for added atmosphere and warmth in the colder months. 1615 J St. (916) 669-5300
Chef Oliver Ridgeway hand-selects farm-fresh produce for the night’s specials at this restaurant located on the ground floor of The Citizen Hotel. High ceilings, elegant décor and an upstairs dining section all give Grange an atmosphere that lives up to the quality of the food. A wall of windows lets diners enjoy the warmth while feeling connected to the city. 926 J St. (916) 492-4450
Sit down inside this Midtown restaurant, order a pitcher of sangria and check out a great selection of Spanish favorites as a guitarist plays a nice melody. Classics tapas such as patatas bravas and mussels can be ordered a la carte, and full meals are available. Heaters on the patio and a warm interior make it a great spot for winter dining. 2115 J St. (916) 442-4353
This popular Italian eatery in the upscale Pavilions shopping center has been recently revamped to feature an exhibition kitchen in conjunction with its rustic, seasonally inspired menu. The interior is light and bright, and the attractive patio is heated. 571 Pavilions Lane (916) 649-8885