If you love food, El Dorado County is the place to be. From Mom and Pop restaurants to amazing breweries to organic bistros, there is something for every taste. If you’re planning your next night out, allow us to make a few dining recommendations!

The Argonaut Farm to Fork Cafe

331 State Hwy 49 Coloma, CA 95613

To enter the Argonaut is to enter a piece of history. This family-owned restaurant is located in the Historic Schulze House, built in 1916. With daisy-clad tables and a front counter graced with fresh pie, it has a rustic ambiance that makes customers feel right at home. If you’re all about organic food, you will love the Argonaut! Their menu features organic food made with locally grown ingredients from El Dorado County and Sacramento. If you have specific dietary needs, there are a variety of vegetarian and gluten-free options available. If you love Apple Hill apples, we have to recommend their Apple Spice Gelato; it is amazing! If you’d like something a little more filling, go for the squash soup or their organic smoked turkey sandwich and pair it with a glass of fresh-squeezed juice. When healthy food is that delicious, you will walk out knowing you’ll be back soon.

Pizza Bene

423 Main Street, Placerville, CA 95667

Established in 2014, Pizza Bene is more than your average pizza parlor. Ben Butler opened his restaurant in hopes of bringing authentic Napoletano pizza to Placerville, and he has succeeded. Pizza Bene takes Italian to a whole new level with quality, fresh ingredients. Ben Butler takes his pizza seriously, playing a role in every process of the food preparation, from the noodles he makes by hand to the homemade dough made from particular imported flour to the garlic he roasts every morning. They even have a 5-star pastry chef in charge of making enticing desserts such as homemade gelato. Every detail is planned to perfection, including their pizza oven. It isn’t just any brick oven; its bricks are made from the lava fields of Mt. Vesuvius. How’s that for quality? If you’re trying Pizza Bene for the first time, go for their specialty: Margherita Napoletana. It’s a decadent pizza featuring tomato sauce, salt, mozzarella, fresh basil, and virgin olive oil. For locally made wine and gourmet pizza, Pizza Bene is the place to be.

Smith Flat House Restaurant, Placerville, CA

Smith Flat House

2021 Smith Flat Road, Placerville, CA 95667

Gourmet fare in a former gold mine? Only in El Dorado County will you discover carefully prepared farm to table cuisine in such a historical setting. Smith Flat House’s Cellar contains an entrance to a real gold mine and the Powder Room wasn’t for that kind of powder – it’s where they stored the blasting powder for the mine. Their menu boasts everything from interesting salads like their Deconstructed Caesar to signature entrees like their braised Muscovy duck and filet mignon. It’s a great place to sample local wines, as they feature only El Dorado County area wineries… even their house wines are local! Smith Flat House also serves brunch and lunch on the weekends. Pro tip: try the chicken and waffles.