Dining Guide

Empress Tavern

  • American

Essential Information

1013 K St.
Sacramento, CA 95814

This venture from the group behind the acclaimed neighboring vegetarian restaurant Mother repurposes 7,600 square feet beneath the Crest Theatre as a singular destination for meat lovers, beer geeks, oenophiles, cocktail mavens and every type in between. Chef and co-owner Michael Thiemann’s self-described “American carvery” offers dishes ranging from comforting favorites like a double-patty burger with mortadella (which won the 2017 Sacramento Burger Battle); organic chicken, roasted to a golden crispiness and accompanied by chimichurri sauce and potatoes; and fried chicken and beef cheek stroganoff. Vegetarians will love the mac and cheese and seasonal salads. As you descend down Empress’ barely lit stairway entrance (watch your step) and into the barrel-vaulted, brick-ceilinged space, the atmosphere evokes a subterranean speakeasy, and its creative bar program plays the part nicely.

Additional Information

Neighborhood: Downtown

Average Entrée Price: above $20


Website: https://www.empresstavern.com