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Best of Patch: Where is Fair Oaks' Best Fine Dining?

Support your favorite restaurant by voting for them here and reviewing them in our business directory.

Some of Fair Oaks' finest dining establishments are squaring off in Fair Oaks Patch's first "Best of" 2012 contests.

We'll use the term "fine dining" loosely, as Fair Oaks is home to a number of truly unique and delicious places to enjoy a special night out. Further, you're less than likely to have to worry about a dress code either. These are the kinds of restaurants one might go to celebrate a special occasion, whether that be with your special someone, some good friends and/or the entire family.

We kick off the first in the series of features asking readers to share their thoughts on and experiences with Fair Oaks fine dining.

Here's a list compiled from our directory of local businesses which is based partly on reader-posted reviews and ratings, but if we're leaving any off, please let us know in the comments. Readers can help their favorite restaurant win by rating it, reviewing it and voting for it in our poll.

Voting in the poll below is open until 9 a.m. Friday. Ties will be broken by whichever business has the most positive comments in the section below. We will announce the winner at noon Friday.

So tell us what makes your favorite fine dining restaurant in town the best. And don't forget to tell us in the comments below why.

Because this poll is not scientific, it is not the sole consideration in choosing a winner. The winner will be determined by the Patch editor, based on poll results and reviews on Patch Places. Please vote only once per survey, per Patch.

Dennis February 27, 2012 at 07:55 PM
Mikuni's is far and above the best restaurant in Fair Oaks! I have been going there since it opened in 1987. Taro's customer service and personality are infectious to all sushi chefs working there. I have never had a bad service experience there.
Joshua Staab (Editor) February 28, 2012 at 01:00 AM
Don't forget to rate and review the business in our local business directory, Dennis! Every bit of input helps your favorite restaurant win. http://patch.com/L-fYDX
Frank Daradont February 29, 2012 at 05:21 PM
Since making the shift to full table service, Fabian's has become quite possibly the best restaurant in all of Sacramento, not just Fair Oaks, and I usually dine there on a weekly basis. It has a creative, yet still very authentic Italian menu that doesn't stray too far from the classics. And the lasagne is divine. Looking forward to brunch returning with Easter. Brunch + table service + the patio = awesome.
Patrick Bergin February 29, 2012 at 08:19 PM
This is a no brainer for three reasons because Fabian’s is in many ways the best new restaurant in the Fair Oaks area. First, it is neatly tucked within the Almond Orchard shopping center at Madison Ave and Fair Oaks Blvd -- a location that has been devoid of good dining for years. Second, the restaurant space is comfortable, yet contemporary. This is not a classic red and white table cloth joint but Fabian’s offers diners a warm welcome with its vintage photos of the restaurant’s namesake, lively music, glowing table top candles and flowers, all underneath a high vaulted ceiling. Third, the Sacramento area has attracted more than its share of great new restaurants in recent years, and the bar for good Italian food has been raised by a number of elegant dining spots. Yet Fabian’s ever evolving approach to its dining room appeal; its menu and specials; and superb wine/beer selection is nothing but down right FEISTY. The proprietors have managed, without any pretension, to hold their own against the likes of Piatti, Maranello or Il Forno Classico. This is also thanks, in part, to Chef Tom’s wonderful creations in the kitchen. And now that they offer table service, the owners have really stepped up the competition.
Joshua Staab (Editor) February 29, 2012 at 08:48 PM
Patrick, what a great review! Be sure to leave them a comment and a rating on their listing page. You can find that here: http://patch.com/L-r6gT
katie Regan March 01, 2012 at 01:01 AM
fabian's has really brought a truly "cut above' restaurant to our fair oaks. excellent everything without being pretentious. thanks.
Idell James March 01, 2012 at 04:21 PM
Idell James Fabian's is like the movie "As Good As It Gets." Love it! My fabe I mean fave restaurant in Fair Oaks.

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