Where to eat between Santa Cruz and Sacramento

This food trip itinerary gives you restaurant recommendations for places to eat over 5 days. Starting from Santa Cruz, you can leave at 10:50 am and drive for about 10 minutes to the first stop.

235 Mt Hermon Rd
Scotts Valley, CA
(831) 440-9040
$$
  947 reviews
Japanese restaurants, Sushi
11am to 9pm
Day 1. Arrive at 11:00 am. Eat for about 2 hours. Then drive for about 20 minutes.
14550 Big Basin Way
Saratoga, CA
(408) 867-3332
$$$$
  2276 reviews
Fondue, French restaurants, Seafood restaurants
4pm to 9pm
Arrive at 1:20 pm. Explore the area for about 2½ hours. Double check the opening time of 4:00 pm. Eat for about 2½ hours. Stay overnight. The next day, leave at 10:50 am. Then drive for about 10 minutes.
3540 Homestead Rd
Santa Clara, CA
(408) 772-2310
$$
  5646 reviews
11am to 2pm
Day 2. Arrive at 11:00 am. Eat for about an hour. Then drive for about 20 minutes.
1628 Hostetter Rd
San Jose, CA
(408) 477-2773
$$
  7421 reviews
Barbeque, Korean restaurants
10:30am to 11:30pm
Arrive at 12:20 pm. Eat for about 2 hours. Then drive for about 10 minutes.
224 N Abel St
Milpitas, CA
(408) 263-1472
$$
  3390 reviews
Japanese restaurants, Sushi
5pm to 8pm
Arrive at 2:20 pm. Explore the area for about 2½ hours. Double check the opening time of 5:00 pm. Eat for about 2 hours. Then drive for about 20 minutes.
5325 Mowry Ave
Fremont, CA
(510) 797-3188
$$
  2533 reviews
American restaurants (Traditional)
6am to 10pm
Arrive at 7:20 pm. Eat for about 2 hours. Stay overnight. The next day, leave at 9:40 am. Then drive for about 20 minutes.
1350 Stoneridge Mall Rd
Pleasanton, CA
(925) 463-1311
$$
  2147 reviews
Desserts, American restaurants (New style)
10am to 11pm
Day 3. Arrive at 10:00 am. Eat for about 2 hours. Then drive for about 10 minutes.
4805 Hacienda Dr
Dublin, CA
(925) 361-3690
$$
Arrive at 12:10 pm. Eat for about 2 hours. Then drive for about 10 minutes.
7467 Village Pkwy
Dublin, CA
(925) 828-6000
$$
  1356 reviews
Desserts, Ice Cream & Frozen Yogurt
11:30am to 9pm
Arrive at 2:10 pm. Eat for about an hour. Then drive for about 30 minutes.
3565 Mt Diablo Blvd
Lafayette, CA
(925) 299-8700
$$$
Arrive at 3:40 pm. Wait for about 20 minutes. Double check the opening time of 4:00 pm. Eat for about 2 hours. Then drive for about 5 minutes.
3600 Mt Diablo Blvd
Lafayette, CA
(925) 299-0500
$$
  714 reviews
Pizza
11:30am to 9pm
Arrive at 6:00 pm. Eat for about 2 hours. Stay overnight. The next day, leave at 7:00 am. Then drive for about 30 minutes.
107 Red Top Rd
Fairfield, CA
(707) 863-9781
$
  61 reviews
Burgers, Fast Food
might be open 24 hours
Day 4. Arrive at 7:30 am. Eat for about 2 hours. Then drive for about 20 minutes.
1420 Travis Blvd
Fairfield, CA
(707) 759-9100
$$
Arrive at 9:50 am. Eat for about 2 hours. Then drive for about 10 minutes.
5350 One Lake Dr
Fairfield, CA
(707) 246-5687
  4 reviews
Coffee & Tea
Arrive at 12:00 pm. Eat for about an hour. Then drive for about 20 minutes.
7781 Locke Rd
Vacaville, CA
(707) 624-0831
  2 reviews
Arrive at 1:20 pm. Eat for about an hour. Then drive for about 20 minutes.
250 Dorset Ct
Dixon, CA
(707) 678-5518
$$$
Arrive at 2:40 pm. Wait for about 20 minutes. Double check the opening time of 3:00 pm. Eat for about 2½ hours. Then drive for about 20 minutes.
403 3rd St
Davis, CA
(530) 750-3600
$$
  2159 reviews
Burgers
11am to 10pm
Arrive at 5:50 pm. Eat for about 2 hours. Stay overnight. Spend the next morning visiting local attractions and leave at 11:30 am. Then drive for about 5 minutes.
301 B St
Davis, CA
(530) 758-2855
$
  1223 reviews
Mediterranean food
11:30am to 7:30pm
Day 5. Arrive at 11:30 am. Eat for about 2 hours. Then drive for about 20 minutes.
1110 T St
Sacramento, CA
(916) 822-4665
$$
  1944 reviews
Thai restaurants, Vegan
11:30am to 9pm
Arrive at 1:50 pm. Eat for about 2 hours. Then drive for about 5 minutes.

Reach your destination in Sacramento around 4:00 pm after eating at 19 restaurants over 5 days. If you were to drive nonstop, it would take about 2½ hours driving roughly 146 miles straight to Sacramento. Looking for more restaurants? You can choose a category below if you want to do an entire road trip full of Japanese restaurants, Sushi, Fondue, French restaurants, Seafood restaurants, Barbeque, or more. Enjoy the journey!

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