Best Lunch Spots Near Sacramento’s Jury Duty

Best Lunch Spots Near Sacramento’s Jury Duty

You’ve been called for jury duty. Your dream of being let off the list by lunch hasn’t quite worked out. The judge just called for the lunch recess. What now? Check out the restaurants below for great food within walking distance of the courthouse, and treat yourself to some of Sacramento’s finest lunch choices.
Kabul Kabob
729 J Street
Sacramento, CA 95814
(916) 444-9044

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Credit: Kabul Kabob/Facebook

This downtown lunch favorite, owned by Hemayat Sawez, is within easy walking distance of the courthouse. Daily buffet starts at 11 a.m. and is perfect for a tasteful and delicious lunch. Vegetarian dishes are well represented on the menu. If you’ve never had Afghan cuisine, this is the place to go to. You’ll leave with a smile on your face, your wallet will thank you and you will be able to face the afternoon sitting in the jury pool.

Capitol Garage
1500 K Street
Sacramento, CA 95814
(916) 444-3633


This place really did used to be a garage. It’s a fantastic spot with a lot of good eclectic art and vibe. Lunch here is always a good bet and the coffee drinks are superb. The prices are reasonable, service is pretty quick and delicious is the only way to describe what arrives on your plate. The menu is wide ranging and will satisfy just about all foodie needs. Walking here is the smart thing to do, and it’s easily done from the courthouse.

Vines Cafe Hyatt Regency
1209 L Street
Sacramento, CA 95814



Want to sit comfortably, enjoy great service and pretend you aren’t on jury duty? Head over the Hyatt’s Vines Cafe. A great buffet is a fine way to get your food quickly. Order off the menu too, which is seasonal and very good. Soups made on site are particularly good. You’ll be able to walk here, have a very nice lunch and get back to court before the judge does.Related: 2014’s Best New Restaurants In Sacramento

Esquire Grill 
1213 K Street
Sacramento, CA 95814
(916) 448-8900

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(credit: Paragary Restaurant Group)

Walking here is possible, you’ll just need to hustle a bit. The Esquire is a Sacramento legend, part of Randy Paragary’s stable of restaurants. Very well prepared food, knowledgeable servers and a fine ambiance make this a favorite spot in downtown. It’s best if you check out the lunch menu before you go, as it is extensive and simply making a choice could take some time. This place is always good. Who knows, you just may meet the judge here too.

Chita’s Mexican Grill
2019 Q Street
Sacramento, CA 95814
(916) 930-0951


Chita’s has a great lunch menu that’s easy on your wallet and up to the task of making your taste buds happy. Hurry on your way as it can be crowded at this popular little spot. If you’d like good, plentiful Mexican food to keep yourself fueled for the afternoon at the court, you’ll be glad you came here. Vegetarians will be happy with the menu. The quality and quantity are superb. Keep an eye on your watch though. You might want to linger a bit here, and the judge doesn’t like anyone coming in late, even if you bring him a take-out dish.Related: Best Sandwiches In Sacramento

Charles Ferris is a freelance writer who has lived in the Sierra, halfway between Sacramento and Lake Tahoe, for the last 37 years. In 2010 he retired from teaching after 36 years . He and his wife hike, kayak, cross country ski, snow shoe, ride mountain bikes and road bikes, year round. His work can be found at