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Fols-yum: A Guide to Dining in Folsom

12/19/2023 | By Johnny Cash Trail| Folsom Community

If you're visiting Folsom for the first time or just curious about the best places to eat in the city, this is your one-stop shop. No matter what you're feeling, from breakfast to dinner or breakfast for dinner, we have you covered. Check out our guide below for the full list of must-eat places you have to check out while walking around Folsom. 


As the most important meal of the day, you want to make sure that they get it right! From chicken n' waffles to classic crepes and coffees, none of these places will steer you the wrong way. 

Back Bistro (Palladio)


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Nestled next to the Palladio Cinemas, Back Bistro beckons all foodies to enjoy their refreshing brunch menu. If you're looking for a more comforting start to your day, order their Loco Moco - steamy rice topped with shredded short ribs, gravy, and fried eggs. If you're looking for something classic and sweet, their Brioche French Toast will be right up your alley. Covered in pure maple syrup, powdered sugar, and, of course, a side of bacon, you can't go wrong. 

Mimosa House

As the name might suggest, this place knows a thing or two about the go-to breakfast cocktail. With over 100 different variations of mimosas under more than eight different categories, you're bound to find the flute for you. Even if you can't decide, they also have their mimosa flights where you can enjoy three different flavors you may be eyeing. To absorb some of that champagne, you can try one of their specials like the California-style French donut - “Toasties,” or dive into their local staple omelet, The Folsom, which includes almost everything but the lake itself. The menu also features several vegetarian options with plenty of seating inside and out. 

Scott's Seafood Roadhouse (Sutter St.)

With great lighting, decor, and staff, Scott's brunch game will leave you impressed. With a focus on freshness, you can start your morning with a dozen raw oysters served with house cocktail sauce and a cilantro lime mignonette. Or if you're feeling a little bit ‘shellfish,' you can also take a stab at their Three-Egg Fresh Dungeness Crab Omelet covered in a double-boiled Hollandaise sauce. If you want to move inland, you can finish brunch with their Créme Brulee French Toast as a sweet treat. 


After taking a walk around the Johnny Cash Trail or a day by Lake Folsom, you may be in search of some lunch to hit the spot. Luckily, you don't have to search long before you find these places below. Get your maps ready and appetites open. 

Out of Bounds Brewery

If you're hunting for more Folsom-themed dishes, head to Out of Bounds. Here, you can grab some Folsom Lake Tacos with carnitas or chicken topped with a Mojo Slaw and chipotle crema. Or you can pay tribute to the Man in Black himself and order the Prison Blues burger delectably made with a brisket short rib patty, bacon, blue cheese, and a red wine aioli. Plus, if you're looking for a way to spend your Tuesday nights, you can join them for their trivia nights every Tuesday at 7 PM. They have prizes for the top 3 teams and welcome people of all ages!

Sutter Smokehouse


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Located in the historic Folsom Hotel (est. 1885), this place has been smoking meats and serving patrons longer than almost all the restaurants on this list combined. They have the classics, including everything from classic burgers, ribs, and tri-tip to taco Tuesdays weekly! Folsom Hotel also hosts tons of different events all throughout the year, so even if you can't make it to a taco Tuesday, there are plenty of times to join and enjoy the night with the Folsom Community. 

House of Mules

As Folsom's newest restaurant and spin-off of the already popular Kick N Mule in Sacramento, House of Mules is hitting the ground running with their 25+ variations of Moscow Mules. They have fun new takes on classic bar food and complimentary chips and salsa while you're scanning the menu (and, of course, picking your mule). According to staff, their top 3 favorite variations of mules are the island breeze, jalepeño twister, and passionate. In terms of food, their chili is perfect for the winter, or you can opt for the Mule Burger, which never disappoints. Whether you're stopping by for Monday night football or a bite to eat after hiking, you'll become a regular in no time.


It's hard to narrow down Folsom's dinner experiences to just a top 3, but once you visit these places, you'll see they've earned their spots. From steakhouses to Italian, you can fine-dine yourself across Folsom. 

Sutter Street Steakhouse

With almost every review mentioning their world-class service, rest assured you'll be taken care of when you sit down. The multi-award-winning restaurant features U.S.D.A. prime cuts of beef, fresh seafood, a full-service bar, and a long list of wines to choose from. You can't go wrong with the New York Strip steak paired with garlic mashed potatoes. If you want to step away from the beef, their macadamia-crusted mahi mahi is also a fantastic pinch hitter. 

Il Forno Classico

As a family business that has built, owned, and operated over 14 restaurants around the Bay Area and beyond since 1981, the Litteral family are experts when it comes to great service and dining. While you peruse their 600+ wine labels, you can enjoy the “most addictive bread,” as voted by Sacramento Magazine. But don't get too full – save room for their Chicken Piccata with amazing lemon and chardonnay notes, or you can take a stab at their Naughty Pasta, a fun twist on spaghetti bolognese. However, if you're looking for something fresh and new, they update their menu every week with specials. 

Flame and Fire Steakhouse

At Flame and Fire, you will enjoy various cuts of meat cooked over an open flame pit, and the meat is carved right at the table for you. They have everything, including beef, pork, chicken, and lamb, all to be carved until you can't possibly have another slice – and then you'll have one more. To end your evening, you can enjoy their F&F Espresso Martini, boosted with fresh espresso, vodka, Licor 43, and a fantastic salted cream foam.

There are so many places to enjoy in Folsom, but this list can help narrow down your search no matter what time of day it is. Whether you're fresh off your Johnny Cash Trail walk or strolling around Sutter Street Downtown, there is no limit to the amazing experiences foodies are bound to enjoy around Folsom.