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Client Restaurant Guide: Sacramento

If your business travel takes you to the capital of California, you'll benefit from more than just proximity to some of the most important buildings in the state. Thanks to the city's growing culinary scene, many restaurants are designed to accommodate your business meeting in Sacramento. Whether you're working out a government contract or closing a deal with a private client, these are some of the best places to have a productive working lunch or dinner:

The Waterboy

If your client has a refined palate, have your working lunch or dinner at The Waterboy. This local favorite has been around since 1996, and its food is inspired by the flavors of Southern France and Northern Italy. The restaurant also has an impressive wine list, making it a great option for a dinner meeting. Courses are moderately priced, but the plates are artistic and business attire is appropriate. The Waterboy is conveniently located in Midtown. Read their Yelp reviews here. Make a reservation here.

Grange Restaurant & Bar

Do you need to hold a meeting in a vegetarian-friendly restaurant? Grange Restaurant & Bar is a farm-to-table eatery that gets a variety of organic ingredients from three local farms. Not only can you feed your healthy-minded client while you meet at this restaurant, but its small private dining room can accommodate up to 20 people should you need to dine while discussing sensitive matters. This restaurant is also in The Citizen Hotel, so if you need a dining option conveniently located inside a hotel, it is a great go-to. Read their Yelp reviews here. Make a reservation here.

Ella Dining Room & Bar

This modern restaurant is just a short walk from the California State Capitol and the Sacramento Convention Center, and it is an excellent place to host a happy hour with your client. If a strategy session over drinks and steak tartar is in order, the Ella Dining Room & Bar is the right place to stop in the downtown area. An impressive assortment of handcrafted cocktails and fine wines are also on the menu. Read their Yelp reviews here. Make reservations here.

The Firehouse Restaurant

Holding a business meeting at restaurants in Sacramento has many advantages, including the ability to take in some fresh air while you negotiate. The Firehouse Restaurant is named for its location in a historic former firehouse, but it also happens to be known for its phenomenal outdoor space. If your meeting party is large and you need some privacy, you can also rent out one of the Wine Cellar Rooms. Read their Yelp reviews here. Make reservations here.

The Melting Pot

If you want your client meeting in Sacramento to be fairly casual, The Melting Pot is an ideal location. This come-as-you-are dining spot is known for its cheese fondue, but you can also find sweet options and inventive cocktails here. The inexpensive fare and lighthearted atmosphere encourage conversation and keep things from getting stuffy while you discuss business matters or enjoy personal banter. Read their Yelp reviews here. Make reservations here.

Follow the Food Scene in Sacramento

If you want to keep up with the food scene in SacTown in between business trips or find out what's on trend when you land, check in with these Sacramento food experts on social media:

@naturallyella on Instagram

@sacfarm2fork on Instagram

@visitsacramento on Instagram

@sacfoodtours on Twitter

@sactownfood on Twitter

Where do you like to take clients out to eat in Sacramento? Share your best business-friendly restaurant recommendations in the comments below.