About Foundation Restaurant and Bar
A contemporary American eatery with a great bar imported from San Francisco. The Foundation R & B features an array of American and imported whiskeys, vodkas, gins, tequilas and cordials with emphasis on classic America cuisine with California flair.
American, Comfort Food, Californian
Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 4:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Wednesday: 4:00pm - 9:00pm, Thursday - Saturday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm
4th & L Street
$30 and under
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
We specialize in weddings, office parties, BBQ's, open house events and more. We offer full beverage service including wine, beer and spirits.
Validated parking on 5th & L.
Close proximity to all major bus stations, light rail and hotels.
Private Party Facilities:
Our banquet room seats up to 50 of your guests. We do not charge banquet room fee for parties of 35 or more.*
Private Party Contact:
Matt Sin: 9163219522
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Private Room, Takeout, Wine
Foundation Restaurant and Bar Ratings and Reviews
Good food, decent vibe. We both had the Gorgonzola Burger which was excellent. She had the salad, I had the fried. Both side choices were great.
Good staff... we were originally seated in a nice booth, only to find that the large group in the same room was ridiculously loud. Our server was happy to move us into the other room, which was overall louder, but didn't have the outbursts of yelling that the big group was producing. Of course, loud people are not Foundation's fault. Too bad, that booth would've been more romantic and fun, and easier to talk in.
I was disappointed that they advertise a ...
I was disappointed that they advertise appetizers at half off until 6:30 pm. and confirmed it with the waiter before ordering. When we received the bill and questioned the charges only 1 of the 4 were half off. I looked at the regular menu and even that one was only a few dollars off, not half.
Second time was even better than the first
Hubby and I came here for an early Valentine's Day dinner. Foundation offered a good looking pre-fixe menu for Valentine's but we decided against it. We started with the Parmesan artichokes. So good. Nice and flavorful with a little crunch from breadcrumbs. I had the steak Oscar and my husband had the short rib stroganoff. He ended up having food envy of my steak. It was cooked to a perfect medium rare and the toast points were a perfect addition. My husband loved the stroganoff. Can't wait to come back and try more dinner options.
It's all about the company....
I found the food good and the service was good as we were attended to regularly. My friends did not care for the restaurant. They felt that the server could have actually tried the food and made recommendations. It would seem that she really hadn't tried anything on the menu and talked disparagingly about some of the menu items. (In her defense not everyone loves the same thing and not everyone has money/time to go out to eat.) Having dinner with a couple of former servers and excellent cooks, in their own right, this did not go over well....
We were seated right on time with our re ...
We were seated right on time with our reservation. The noise level was a little loud due to the speaker right above the booth. Loved the 3 course/ $35 option for the event & all the offerings were delicious: especially the artichoke starter & the main course of salmon oscar. The service was not exceptional. No name given, wrong food brought out at one point & he couldn't seem to keep track of who had what ( there were only three of us so not a large party) which resulted in plates being set down in front of the wrong person throughout the three courses. Got kind of funny but I'm used to a little more retention at restaurants of this level. Overall good experience & we will be coming back to try other dishes!
Lousy service. We were ignored. Took forever to get coffee. My husband had eaten his entire dessert before it even arrived. The mushroom pasta had three mushrooms in it. We didn't see the waiter for quite a while so it was hard to get his attention to complain. He said something under his breath about the "guys in the kitchen screwing up"!
Received no discount for the terrible entree. We couldn't find him to get our check so we could get out of there. Took about ten minutes.
Nope. Won't go there again.
good but not great
Salmon was end cut and thin - which resulted in overcooked fish. Tasty but small portions. Hamburger was ordered medium rare- medium and it arrived medium well done. For someone who really appreciates medium rare; it was a disappointment. Fries were thin, unfortunately, they were limp rather than crisp. Maybe a few skinny onion rings mixed in w/ fries would be interesting - but hot would have helped. We could have just experienced a "miss" and will be back to try another evening.
Great food, service could be improved
Ate on Friday, January 9 for dine downtown. First course, wine and food came out on time and was tasty. Wife had artichoke, I had beet salad. Both were very tasty.
Waiter came by about 25 minutes later saying our main course will be right out. Meanwhile, he served 2 other tables that arrived at least 10 minutes later than us with the same exact entrees first. He came back 10 minutes later and said our courses will be right out. He didn't offer any explanation, bread, or an appetizer while we waited. I prefer people to be honest. If the kitchen misplaced our order, dropped the food on the floor, another waiter took our order, etc then just say so. No need to lie and say our food is coming right up when it's not. I don't go to restaurants to be lied to, I can cook at home. Anyhow, the food arrived about 7-8 minutes later. The salmon I had was good, but a little well done. After waiting almost 40 minutes was not going to send it back. My wife had the steak. Very good, cooked to medium rare perfection with minimal seasoning so u could taste the meat. That's how we like it.
Dessert came out. Chocolate creme de pot was good, a little salty. I had pound cake very good.
Bill came and waiter forgot to give us a discount because we ordered a bottle of wine. Had to send check back. He fixed, we paid and left.
The steak and salad were good enough to return, but the service fell short.
The polenta cheese balls were absolutely ...
The polenta cheese balls were absolutely wonderful! The food was good however the short ribs needed more time in the pressure cooker and I wouldn't put a potato with seared tuna. Jasmine rice would be more appropriate. Service was fantastic!
As for the noise level: the music playing didn't fit the location and was a bit loud.
The Brentwood corn bisque was the best p ...
The Brentwood corn bisque was the best part of the meal. Unfortunately, the grilled artichoke was not adequately grilled, without any lemon, and overly coated with cheese. The pork tenderloin with apple risotto and goat cheese crisps was very disappointing. It was undersalted dry tasteless meat paired with risotto that had barely any apple flavor and certainly not moist. The crisps turned out to be one big lump of over-battered fried cheese. None of the three items paired together at all. My taste buds were begging for a fruity compote or sauce. Baby back ribs were meaty, juicy and plentiful, but overly sauced. Service was adequate, but we felt nearly forgotten at the end, though we let the server know we had Theater tickets well in advance. Disappointing second visit.
Delicious short ribs and amazing mashed potatoes with only 2 carrots and topped by parsnips intended to be crispy, but so hard to chew they almost seemed stale (I'm sure they weren't). Gorgonzola burger fantastic. Frito misto calamari was great, mostly missing in action the red onions and leeks. Fish tacos were disappointing, couldn't taste fish, not sure why -- too much breading or just not enough fish. All beautifully plated. Hoping for bigger, more varied dessert list. New Year's Eve menu looked amazing, love the artwork by front door. Will be back for another try and hope mozzarella will be back on app list. Wonderful service!
Worst dining experience in Sac
I took my husband here for his birthday. When we walked in the first thing we noticed was that the restaurant smelled like fish (not fresh). The bartender had to come out from the bar to seat us. He helped to get us water otherwise it was a good 20 minutes before the waiter came to check on us. The flatbread tasted like the dough was from Pillsbury. The meatloaf was dry and the skirt steak was tough (not a good cut). The only good part of the meal was the wine that we brought with us! The wine list was sad. We have been to almost every restaurant in Sacramento, but had not checked this place out. We will not be going again. I'm glad we brought some good wine or my husband's birthday dinner would have been completely ruined.
Great drinks, great eats
A relatively new place, but one I'd like to see stock around. Foundation has fantastic mixed drinks (lychee martini was great!) and innovative food choices that keeps things interesting. My only wish is that it was closer to midtown.
Needs some consistency
Service was attentive and friendly. We started with the Frito Misto which was missing the fennel, but the calamari was cooked perfectly. The Steamed Black Mussels were on the small side, but tender. Unfortunately the broth was extremely salty and we were not able to enjoy that. The black bean chili came steaming hot while New England Clam Chowder came more on the lukewarm side, rather than hot. We shared the Vietnamese grilled prawn salad. It was not as the menu stated it. It should have had more matchstick carrots and zucchini. There was no cilantro, no mint, and needed more lime juice. Love the grilled prawns. Definitely more of a happy hour place.
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