Dressed to impress, with taste-buds craving something exquisite...when I'm looking for a big night out with the Mrs., these are the places I consider:
BIBA; 2801 Capitol Ave.
Biba is still the best....a legend. It's my families favorite restaurant and they live in New England! My job interview dinner in January, 1988 was here. I had Veal Bolognese. I go at least once a year with my parents and wife to have a fantastic italian dinner. The calamari is the best anywhere. With all the new eateries in the region..and downtown...it's a challenge for Biba to draw upscale diners. No matter, she's still tops.
FIREHOUSE; Old Sacramento.
It's the oldest fine dining spot in Sacramento and a hidden gem for those who haven't done this one. Pure class. Make sure you leave room for dessert...and a beverage later at the nearby "Back Door" lounge which is located...well...out the back door of the Firehouse. This is a huge Valentine's night spot.
ENOTRIA; 1431 Del Paso Blvd.
Not exactly the location you'd expect to find the best overall restaurant in greater Sacramento (per Sac Bee 2012) but it's way cool inside and well worth the trip down campy Del Paso Blvd. Attention to detail on the food, service and an out of control wine list.
FRANK FATS; 806 L St, Sacramento.
I've enjoyed the brandy fried chicken at Frank's many times. I ran into the late Frank Fat himself there in the late 80's and he said to me "how's the weather gonna be tomorrow?". He must've confused me with Bette Vasquez. Many laws were written there on a cocktail napkin after many cocktails.
MOXIE; 2028 H. St.
You'd never know what was on the inside of this place by looking at the outside. A great, fun dining experenice thanks to owners Bill and Adam. If it's not on the menu, they'll make it for you. Great wines and limited seating make this a romantic night.