About Cafeteria 15L

1116 15th St
Sacramento, CA 95814
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Cafeteria 15L is Sacramento's premier comfort and eclectic urban restaurant offering American comfort cuisine with a classic flair. Designed by the designers of The Park and Mix Downtown, Cafeteria 15L features 2 outdoor patios. The use of reclaimed woods, industrial light fixtures, and an array of mixed and matched chairs create and atmosphere both whimsical and cozy.

Traditional dishes are created with a twist to evoke the nostalgia and comfort of a home-cooked meal. Open for lunches, dinners, and late night weekend dining. Cafeteria 15L’s menu items feature farm to table fresh homespun creations.

Join us for our Happy Hour every Monday through Friday, 4pm to 7pm. Cocktail specials and discounts on small plates. Available in the bar, lounge and patio only.

Every Monday is MONDAY's UNCORKED. All bottles of wine 1/2 off or free corkage.

Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Comfort Food, Contemporary American, Californian

Hours of Operation:
Sat/Sun Brunch 9:00am - 3:00pm, Lunch M-F 11:30am - 2pm, Dinner M-Thur 5-9:30pm, Fri/Sat 4-11pm, Sun 4-8p

Cross Street:
15th St & L Street

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(916) 492-1960

Website:
http://www.cafeteria15l.com/

Entertainment:
Cafeteria 15L is located in The Park Complex - Featuring The Park Ultra Lounge - Sacramento's premier nightclub and lounge. Top DJs from around the country spin at this Sacramento hot spot. Diners may enter the nightclub free of cover by spending $15 in food (beverages not included). Ask your server for details.

Parking Details:
Valet is available and located on 15th between K and L Street. Owned and operated by Neumann Enterprises. $5 plus tip.

Executive Chef:
Christian Palmos

Private Party Facilities:
Cafeteria 15L's Private Dining Room is the ideal setting for business meetings, cocktail receptions, rehearsal dinners and any other occasion requiring a warm intimate environment and memorable cuisine. The facility comfortably accommodates 35-40 seated guests. The Ultra Lounge, a more magnificent space accommodates up to 100-seated guests and as many as 300+ for cocktail parties. The Private Dining Room flows with the chic urban design of the restaurant but has the ability to become a private and exclusive space.

Private Party Contact:
Diane Lally: (916) 442-8855x

Additional:
Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Dancing, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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4.3

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4.2

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4.2

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Moderate

92% would recommend it to a friend

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food5
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Went for their brunch on Saturday. Our t ...

Dined 3 days ago

Went for their brunch on Saturday. Our table had chicken & waffles, spinach omelette with a side of bacon, truffle tator tots, hot Bloody Mary, bottomless mimosas. Everything was very good, especially their smoked thick cut bacon. Chicken was flavored perfect with an awesome crunch. Service was great. Will go back for sure.

food4
ambience4
service3
value4

Brunch

Dined 3 days ago

We were a party of 12 and everyone enjoyed their food. The bottomless mimosas were definitely worth the price.

Tags: great for brunch, good for groups, great for lunch
food4
ambience4
service5
value4

New spot for a local!

Dined 4 days ago

I live in Yuba City and was interested in this place after reading a Sac Bee review. Had brunch here in March and then suggested it to a Sacramento friend. Enjoyed a nice lunch there on Friday (although they did not have the roasted turkey sandwich🙁). Very good service by a super nice waitress! Will be back again!

Tags: great for brunch, great for lunch
food4
ambience4
service3

Mixed berry pancakes were huge!!! Defini ...

vip
Dined on April 23, 2016

Mixed berry pancakes were huge!!! Definitely a 2 person or more meal! Great bloody Mary's!!

food4
ambience4
service3
value3

Great food as usual

Dined on April 23, 2016

Frequent Cafeteria 15L customer. Great food as always, good service. Great ambience downtown.

Tags: great for brunch, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, hot spot
food3
ambience2
service2

Different servers brought us our food. I ...

Dined on April 18, 2016

Different servers brought us our food. It took over 20 minutes and from four different servers before we all received our orders. Very loud and food ranged from great to lousy.

food5
ambience3
service5
value5

Went to the Broadway Series on Sunday, g ...

Dined on April 17, 2016

Went to the Broadway Series on Sunday, great for brunch especially enjoyed the unlimited Mimosas.

Tags: great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
food3
ambience5
service1
value3

Too busy to pay attention on a Sunday morning.

Dined on April 17, 2016

Cafeteria 15L was outstanding several months ago -- the morning after my daughter's wedding. The staff went above and beyond to serve 24 people. The food was good, the table location was fantastic, and the wait staff was outstanding. When the family decided to get together for brunch for my daughter's birthday, I pushed for Cafeteria 15L because I could make a reservation AND we had a great experience months age. This time with a party of eight, the service was lousy. We got a table outside (the weather was nice) but slow service, no silverware (waited too long after our food was served) slow to no refills on coffee and drinks. We asked for separate checks, for one couple, which the waiter had no problem with. When we got home, I scanned the receipt which my husband had taken care of, and realized that we paid for all the meals! The other couple paid their check as well! I'll give Cafeteria one more chance because of the reservation system and the menu.

Tags: great for outdoor dining
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Great beginning

Dined on April 15, 2016

Went before the show at the sac community center and it set just the right mood. We ate on the patio which was a little less noisy and the waiter was just the right degree between efficient and relaxed so that we didn't feel rushed but weren't worried about getting to the show on time. Food was great as always and abundant.

Tags: great for outdoor dining
food4
ambience4
service5
value4

One of our favorite restaurants.

Dined on April 15, 2016

Tried the chicken and waffles for the first time. Tasty combination! I've never been disappointed with Cafeteria 15L no matter what meal I select. Servers are attentive and knowledgeable. Will be back.

Tags: good for groups
food4
ambience4
service4
value4

Never Disappoints

Dined on April 15, 2016

Cafeteria 15L is our 'go-to' restaurant downtown when we attend the Broadway Shows. It is located right next to the Sacramento Community Theater. So you only park once. The food is always wonderful. I enjoyed the shrimp pasta. A light sauce, and just the right amount. Although I do wish some of the restaurants in Downtown had more 'Vegetarian or Fish' options. Not vegetarian by choice, but for health, and usually you are lucky to find one or maybe two options to choose from, unless you want salad, again.

Tags: good for groups, neighborhood gem
food4
ambience3
service4
value4

AFTER THE PLAY

Dined on April 15, 2016

We go there after seeing a play at the Community Center because it usually makes it easier to find parking (valet), we can count on good food and a 10% discount on our meals if we present our play tickets.

Tags: fit for foodies, special occasion
food1
ambience3
service4
value1

We've been to C-16 many times, without ...

Dined on April 14, 2016

We've been to C-16 many times, without any issues. However, this occasion, we were not quite as lucky. Two of us ordered the Chicken and Waffles. While the waffle was very good, the chicken was way over cooked and dried out. I have a very hard time swallowing dry food, and the chicken was sticking in my throat. Even the crust was dark, hard, and tasteless. Another one of our party had the steak, which she said was very tough. The forth person in our group had a beautiful salad, that was both aesthetically pleasing and tasteful. I guess we all will have to order salads our next visit!!

Tags: great for outdoor dining, notable wine list
food4
ambience1
service4
value3

Food good....but the seating was AWFUL!

Dined on April 14, 2016

Have eaten here on several occasions...have always liked the food. No different on this trip. Made reservations several days in advance for 4 people. Originally needed a table for 6 people...but online they said there was no availability. So I made a reservation for 4 and another reservation for 2, under different names. Unfortunately one couple couldn't make it so I cancelled the reservation for 2. When the four of us arrived on time, we were seated at a table that had bench and banquette (against the wall with pillows for our backs). Unfortunately the one person that took the bench had nothing for his back. We were not asked if this was okay....we aren't young hipsters, who like this type of seating....but being good sports didn;t say anything. That was a BIG mistake! While the food was good, they need to reevaluate their seating! On a side note...the table was big enough for all 6 of us, had the other couple been able to join ....so why did they say there was no availability...when clearly there was room and I was even able to make 2 reservations totaling 6??? Doesn't make sense to me.

food4
ambience3
service5

This was our second time to visit for br ...

Dined on April 10, 2016

This was our second time to visit for brunch. I really like the atmosphere,food and service that is why I drive from Vacaville. Our server this time was outstanding he kept our bottomless mimosas constantly filled. I had the Southern Benedict which was very good. I love Cafeteria 15L's biscuits. They give you a lot of potatoes. The only thing I did not like about my dish was the homemade sausage was too spicy for me but my husband loves their sausage. There were 4 of us dining and we all enjoyed our food. We will always come here when we are in the mood for brunch

food5
ambience5
service5
value4

Cafeteria 15L - great food, very fast service.

Dined on April 6, 2016

Had a wonderful experience at the Cafeteria 15L to celebrate a couple birthdays. The restaurant staff were very accommodating, extremely courteous and we were amazed at how fast our food came out from the kitchen. Everybody loved the food they ordered which ranged from the Salmon Salad to the Cafeteria Burger with Bleu Cheese.

Tags: fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Great as usual

Dined on April 3, 2016

I have been here over a dozen times and it never gets old for me. I'm the type who usually stays within the 1-2 dishes because they do it REALLY well. This time I had the chicken and waffles, which was delicious as usual. Went here for friends birthday and had a good time. My only complaint was mother nature. Outdoor seating isn't too ideal when you have wisterias falling into your food and in the height of allergy season. But they were nice enough to accommodate use to more appropriate seating... and the allergies... well they can't really control that. All-in-all great brunch with friends and great setting for it. Do note that it CAN get pretty noisy since its in the middle of downtown and it is also a bar. But its not as bad as Firestone down the street.

Tags: great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
food4
ambience4
service4
value4

Food was great! Great service!

Dined on April 3, 2016

Came here with a group of six for dinner and sat outside. They have a lounge area which is great for drinks, and then tables if you want to sit for dinner. A few of us ordered the chicken and waffles for dinner and it was fantastic, but one plate was enough for two people! The truffle tater tots for an appetizer were amazing, and so were the cocktails! I'd definitely recommend to anyone!

Tags: great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
food4
ambience5
service3

Great place. They took a large group. Se ...

Dined on April 2, 2016

Great place. They took a large group. Service was slow, but that's understandable for brunch

food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Brunch

Dined on April 2, 2016

This place is my favorite brunch place. Amber is the best waitress!!

Tags: great for brunch, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot
food4
ambience4
service3

Food was delicious. Service was slow. ...

Dined on March 27, 2016

Food was delicious. Service was slow. The hostess noticed and asked the waiter to attend us. I enjoy the environment. It's what keep me coming.

food5
ambience5
service5

Everyone was great and super friendly. I ...

Dined on March 27, 2016

Everyone was great and super friendly. I'm already planning my next trip back (:

food3
ambience4
service3
value4

Easter Brunch

Dined on March 27, 2016

I went there with a party of 5 for Easter Brunch. I had the Florentine Benedict and two people in my party had the burger. My Benedict was really good but the others though that the burgers weren't that good. Service was ok. I like the ambiance and that it is connected to The Park. I also like the location.

Tags: hot spot
food5
ambience4
service2
value3

The food is always on point at Cafeteria ...

Dined on March 27, 2016

The food is always on point at Cafeteria 15L. We'll drive from Roseville just for their chicken and waffles. And the bottomless mimosas always are a crowd pleaser!!! Service is generally very good. Easter Sunday was a bit disappointing, but understand the large crowds.

Tags: great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Relaxed

Dined on March 27, 2016

Relaxing, enjoyable. Food was delicious, waitress was very attentive . We had a group of six, and we enjoyed ourselves. Will be making reservations for Mother's Day.

Tags: great for brunch, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
food3
ambience4
service3

Great ambiance and decor.

Dined on March 26, 2016

Great ambiance and decor.

food3
ambience4
service3
value3

Great environment

Dined on March 25, 2016

I like the environment, the food, and the service. The beet salad is my favorite, and the burger is excellent.

Tags: great for brunch, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, vibrant bar scene
food3
ambience4
service2
value2

Cafeteria 15L has a great interior desig ...

Dined on March 22, 2016

Cafeteria 15L has a great interior design with a patio that's very popular, (making it difficult to get seating outside on any nice day), though it's well worth it if you like to be outdoors for lunch. They have valet parking that costs a flat $5.00 for all Cafeteria 15L patrons, or you can take your chances with street and metered parking. The food is decent, though it wasn't anything that I would write home about. My sandwich was very dry, and it fell apart after I bit into it, though the bread and turkey were very tasty, again nothing to write home about. I also had the French onion Soup, and that was very good,( I would recommend it to anyone who is a fan of cheese) and I might write home about that, if anything. The service was fair, our server never came by to ask if we needed refills of our drinks, though she was very polite, we seemed to be serviced by committee and not the original server who had taken our orders. I say try it and see what you think. I'm far from a food snob, or calling myself a "Foodie", though I do like my food and they may have had an off day. I'm willing to give it another go myself because I truly enjoyed my French Onion Soup, and the atmosphere and décor were great so they did score points, though I feel they were only at 50% with myself and my companion. Maybe next time they'll hit on all cylinders.

Tags: good for groups, great for outdoor dining
food5
ambience5
service5

Awesome place!!!!! Josh was great

Dined on March 20, 2016

Awesome place!!!!! Josh was great

food5
ambience4
service5
value5

Excellent

Dined on March 20, 2016

Excellent Restaurant and I would highly recommend it to anyone. The food was great

Tags: great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
food4
ambience4
service4
value4

Will return

Dined on March 20, 2016

Place is a bit noisy, so if you're looking for a quiet place...look elsewhere. Food was good for most of us. One had ordered a pasta dish that was pretty oily. Service was good. Their Mac n cheese is yummy as are the tater tots! We will definitely be back.

Tags: kid-friendly, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch
food4
ambience4
service5
value4

yummmmm

Dined on March 19, 2016

Our server was amazing, the food was fantastic, and not once did we have to ask for a refill on the bottomless mimosas.

Tags: great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Great Food! Great Fun! What more can you ask???

Dined on March 19, 2016

Had a great time at Cafeteria 15L! Great Food! Great Fun! Nice people all around! Outside dining was wonderful!!!! the waiter was fantastic! Thanks for a great night out!!!!

Tags: good for groups, great for outdoor dining
food3
ambience3
service2
value3

This restaurant has not found its sweet spot.

vip
Dined on March 18, 2016

This restaurant is not consistent. Last time it was great, this time not so great. For a party of 5, two entrees were brought without fulfilling diners' requests, i.e. Chicken Caesar arrived instead of prawns. which were ordered. Eventually arriving, the prawns were over salted and way too peppered. I wish I had a better report for this place, as it is right next to the major live theater in town. Virtually no follow up after service - they didn't come back to fill water. Server showed up to see how things were when we were almost finished, even after sending two dishes back because they were wrong. Two dishes got really good reviews - corned beef special and pork chop. Meat loaf entree was okay but nothing special. Hope they take the criticism to heart and that they get it together.

Tags: hot spot
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

GJBMSRD

Dined on March 17, 2016

Four of us went to lunch prior to a theater engagement. We all agreed it was the best Reuben Sandwich we've ever had!. I was tempted to go back and get another for dinner. The service was excellent. A great improvement over the two prior evening experiences I had had at this restaurant last year. We were seated at our reservation time and greeted in a friendly, courteous manner. The only problem we encountered (almost) was Valet parking. I had called the day before and explained that we wanted to Valet and pick up the car after the performance. I was told that would be ok... When we drove up the Valet said no theater parking. I explained I had been told differently, gave him "something extra" and we were able to Valet park.

Tags: great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for lunch
food4
ambience4
service4
value4

Nice patio

Dined on March 17, 2016

Enjoyed the patio here. Not vegetarian friendly as there was only a salad and appetizer Mac and cheese on the menu.

Tags: good for groups
food3
ambience3
service3
value3

Average for Dinner

Dined on March 16, 2016

Went to dinner here before a show at the Community Center and got right in with reservations. I had a turkey burger with a salad that tasted good, but was nothing exceptional. My dinner companions also had burgers with tater tots. Again, tasty, but nothing exceptional. The group ordered two desserts to share, and they were definitely sub-par. One was a s'mores that was nothing more than 6 marshmallows that were softened under a broiler with a couple of graham crackers stuck around the crock it was in and a few chocolate squares; the other a blond brownie with vanilla ice cream that was semi-warm and very dry. Don't bother with the desserts. I complained to the server and the manager ended up not charging us. I would have rather had decent desserts.

Tags: kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Great Experience

Dined on March 16, 2016

Firsr time for us to go there. Such a cool atmosphere. Food was great and we had the best server named Karen! My 17 year old wants to go back there for his birthday. A definite must go to place when going to the theater.

Tags: good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
food5
ambience4
service4
value4

best choice

Dined on March 14, 2016

Went right from the theater on a rainy day. Great location, service and food. Enjoyed everything.

Tags: fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
food5
ambience5
service3
value4

love this place!

Dined on March 14, 2016

Love the Mac and cheese and truffle tater totes!!!

Tags: fit for foodies, good for groups, scenic view, neighborhood gem

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