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Formoli’s Bistro

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3839 J St, Sacramento, CA 95816
+1 916-448-5699
11:30 - 14:30
17:00 - 22:00
Closed now
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Sun 17:00 - 21:00
Tue - Sun 11:30 - 14:30
Tue - Thu 17:00 - 21:30
Fri 17:00 - 22:00
Sat 17:30 - 22:00
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Fair Oaks, California
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459 reviews
349 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 110 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

It's just a lovely place to spend a few hours, with super service and excellent food, halfway between CSUS and downtown Sacramento. We visited with friends of ours tonight, celebrating the wife's 75th birthday. Julie K did a great job of making us feel special from start to finish. Three of us had the salmon (I totally forgot to try... More 

Thank kcdenman
Nevada City
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124 reviews
90 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 February 2017 via mobile

The groupon for flatbread of the day with 2 glasses of wine is perfect for lunch before matinee theater. Basically the flatbread is free, and the Pinot noir is top notch.

Thank RobbNevadaCity
Level Contributor
3 reviews
Reviewed 22 June 2016 via mobile

Outstanding meal and service! I love when chefs put their spin on traditional food. I would definitely recommend this to my friends.

Thank Deborah N
Sacramento, California
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285 reviews
189 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 March 2016

Very much enjoyed a lunch on a busy Tuesday. the service was good, food excellent. ambience nice but not fancy

Thank S D
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 14 December 2015

Make sure you sit at the bar and watch the food being made! The staff will get just as excited as you get about the thoughtful ingredients and precise presentation. They also know their wine! I am often fussy about my diet restrictions but they are eager to please and make whatever you want however you want it (of course... More 

Thank Jim L
Sacramento, California
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92 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 October 2015

This visit started out terrific: the servers were not as intimidating as before, the chintzy metal bread buckets were gone (as was the lousy bread), the Lamb Slider ($14) we noticed on the ever-changing menu was absolutely fabulous (so tasty in fact we re-ordered) and the calamari ($12) was perfectly done except the portion offered obviously was for one person,... More 

Thank InsiemeSempre
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18 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 October 2015

Ate here a few months ago at the bar, and it was great! The bartender suggested a delicious Zin and the food was plentiful and delicious. We went last month or so...August or September...it was like a different place...our service was poor...fake courtesy from our disappearing waitress, and had to wait for something as simple as salt. The food was... More 

Thank Salsera411
Sacramento, California
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52 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 October 2015

Atmosphere and service are outstanding. Have eaten there 6 times over past 18 months and food met or exceeded expectations of quality, flavor and presentation.

Thank erw49
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366 reviews
88 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 112 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 October 2015

I had lunch with my family here. They have an interesting menu. I ordered a salmon salad. The salmon was undercooked/almost raw. The waitress was quite nice about taking it back to the kitchen and re-doing it. The salad was good. Their apple crumb dessert was delicious.

1 Thank bobca1947
San Francisco Peninsula
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270 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 172 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 September 2015 via mobile

Restaurant looks stylish & has outdoor seating (dogs!) Service attentive & friendly. Poke small plate not so good (and was taken off my bill without when I said it wasn't so great). Salmon entree was good, crisp outside, tender & moist inside. Bread offered but it was dry. It was served w olive oil, no balsamic available. Setting, service &... More 

Thank lsmkw

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$7 - US$30
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Reservations
Open Hours
17:00 - 21:00
11:30 - 14:30
11:30 - 14:30
17:00 - 21:30
11:30 - 14:30
17:00 - 21:30
11:30 - 14:30
17:00 - 21:30
11:30 - 14:30
17:00 - 22:00
11:30 - 14:30
17:30 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 3839 J St, Sacramento, CA 95816
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Sacramento
  • Phone Number: +1 916-448-5699

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?