Sacramento is nothing if not specifically descriptive with its neighborhood names, Midtown nestled squarely between, you guessed it, downtown Sacramento’s urban core and East Sacramento’s residential expanse. But there are gems to be found here nestled among the largely residential streets that feed off of the center of Sacramento’s energy. Much of the action runs along J Street, but of course, in true dive bar and diner fashion, our selections are typically found a little farther off the beaten path.
In addition to some of the more rustic, affordable selections below, Midtown plays home to some of Sacramento’s more interesting restaurants, including Mexican staple Tres Hermanas and slightly more upscale (and Michelin-adjacent) Zocalo. Because the neighborhood is so close to downtown, some renovation can be seen in pockets here, namely for our purposes within Zebra Club
, a once straightforward dive that has been reimagined as a gastropub of sorts.
Regardless, Midtown Sacramento is one of the more pleasant parts of the city to tours, making the selections below well worth the maze-like path they carve through the area.