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​Rancho Cordova is packed with great restaurants to choose from, so we narrowed down the list to help you decide where to eat on your day or night out.

Please note, due to the Coronavirus quarantine, hours at establishments may change. We are working diligently to keep hours, deals and offered services up to date. However, we encourage you to call ahead!

Including large chains, 'mom and pop' restaurants, and regional options, this all-inclusive list should guide you to the restaurant you're searching for. Now when you pay a visit to Rancho Cordova, you'll know where to find the city's best grub.

These special selections were chosen for their distinguished menus and positive reputations among locals and visitors. We know you'll love them just as much as we do.

1. FAMOUS BURGER

We had to start with Famous Burger. Located off Zinfandel Dr., this family-owned burger joint has every burger imaginable for wonderfully reasonable prices. Listed as National Geographic's no. 5 best burger joint in the U.S., do we need to explain why they earned a #1 spot on our list?

2. RUDY'S HIDEAWAY LOBSTERHOUSE

Truly a hidden gem, Rudy's Hideaway can be hard to spot just off Hazel Ave. This independently-owned lobsterhouse has been around for decades, and the old-fashioned vibe has kept customers loyal. If you're not sold yet, Rudy's received TripAdvisor's Certificate of Excellence for its outstanding reputation. Obviously, Rudy's specialty is lobster!

3. SAMURAI SUSHI

The Sacramento area is saturated with sushi restaurants, but Samurai Sushi has remained at the top of Rancho Cordova's list since its opening in 1998. But the real reason we have chosen Samurai Sushi as one of the best restaurants in Rancho Cordova is for its consistency. Whether you're grabbing a quick lunch or bringing the whole family for dinner, we recommend ordering their California Roll.

4. IL FORNO CLASSICO

We couldn't leave Il Forno Classico off the list. Let us start off with a PSA: II Forno is not your every day restaurant. With prices on the higher side, this specialty Italian restaurant is more of a fine dining experience. Although the menu items hold their own, Il Forno's wine selection is the most extensive in the region. With its own wine cellar room, Il Forno offers a choice of 600 different wines at any given time.

5. FORMAGGIO TAVERNA & PATIO

Sometimes you don't even need to leave your hotel for the best plates in Rancho Cordova. If you're already at the Sacramento/Rancho Cordova Marriott, Formaggio Taverna & Patio is nestled inside this four-diamond property and offers breakfast, brunch, lunch, dinner, happy hour, private events and paint nights! The RCTT staff recommends the Formaggio Salad out on the patio for the perfect lunch fare.

6. CASA RAMOS

We've found that most visitors don't expect much from Casa Ramos until they step inside. With a few locations in California, Casa Ramos is known best for its authentic Mexican cuisine. Even though Casa Ramos has menu options for kids, vegetarians, and even has heart-healthy options, what really sticks out is the customer service and warm environment.

7. BROOKFIELDS RESTAURANT

Located within walking distance of several of Rancho Cordova's top hotels, Brooksfields is TripAdvisor's no. 1 restaurant in Rancho Cordova. With their All-American menu style, Brookfields has a range of options, but its atmosphere is really what draws in visitors. If you're planning on eating here, we recommend dropping in for breakfast. For an added plus, Brooksfields also has gluten-free offerings from breakfast through dinner.

8. MINTS EURO ASIAN CUISINE

If you've never had a craving for Vietnamese food before, Mints Euro Asian Cuisine puts quality Vietnamese food on the map here in Rancho Cordova. Mints has been a finalist for Best Vietnamese in the KCRA 3 A-List on more than one occasion, and is known for offering healthy dishes made with fresh ingredients.

9. THE OLD SPAGHETTI FACTORY

What's more fun for the family than dinner at The Old Spaghetti Factory? If you're looking for a quick sit-down meal, we recommend checking out OSF. Family owned since 1969, The Old Spaghetti Factory offers all your favorite Italian dishes and even has gluten-free options. We recommend getting reservations in the cable car for the full experience! (Closed until further notice due to COVID 19 concerns)

10. POKÉ CUBE

BYOB: Build Your Own Bowl on 3161 Zinfandel in Rancho Cordova. Poké, pronounced "po-kay" isn't just the latest raw fish trend, it's especially delicious at Poké Cube. Be creative with your bowl or embrace a more traditional Hawaiian approach. (Closed until further notice due to COVID 19 concerns)

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