High Hand Conservatory

  • American, California

Essential Information

3790 Taylor Road
Loomis, CA


2010 Best of Sacramento Winner - Best Grounds

Offering one of the most stunning dining locations in the greater Sacramento area, High Hand Cafe proudly showcases products sourced from many of Placer County’s small farms. Situated on a historic fruit-packing corridor in Loomis, the cafe is snuggled up against the gorgeous High Hand Nursery in an all-glass atrium filled with potted magnolia trees and vibrant tulips. Sun-flooded and airy, the High Hand Cafe serves wholesome, earnest food devoid of fanciful garnishes or esoteric ingredients. This is simple, belly-pleasing fare, from the fresh albacore tuna melt and spinach salad (with local Asian pears and toasted hazelnuts) to the wood-fired oven pizzas (try the chicken with fresh basil pesto pizza) and the rotisserie pork loin with organic chard and rosemary mashed potatoes. At lunch, sandwiches seem to be the most popular menu items, and range from a fresh roasted turkey with cranberry cream cheese (sold out by noon the day we visited) to a slow-roasted barbecue pork sandwich. Salads are bountiful (don’t miss the white bean salad with grilled prawns) and the housemade soups are also a big seller. If you dine in the evening, you may be lucky enough to get a seat at the outdoor brick oven, where you can sip a glass of wine while watching the chef cook pizzas. High Hand gets packed quickly—Loomis residents have embraced this cafe with fervor, so be sure to make reservations when you can. And do make time before or after your meal to stroll through the High Hand nursery, surely the most fetching and strikingly designed nursery in Placer County. Wind chimes tinkle in the breeze, a tabby nursery cat licks his paws as he curiously observes the visitors, tall trees provide delicious shade on hot days, and there’s even a koi pond with darting, jewel-like fish that will fascinate your kids. High Hand Cafe (and Nursery) are well worth the trip to Loomis from just about anywhere in the Sacramento region. * Note: The café also has a to-go area, where you can run in and quickly order many of the menu items to take home. — Kira O'Donnell

Insider tip: High Hand offers brunch on Saturdays and Sundays. You’ll enjoy the kitchen’s eggs Benedict, High Hand huevos rancheros and blueberry cornmeal pancakes.

Reservations: Recommended for dinner; Lunch reservations are for parties of 8 or more only

Payment methods: Mastercard and Visa only

Alcohol: Beer and wine

Corkage fee: $10

Hours: Wednesday–Thursday: 10 a.m.–3 p.m. lunch only
Friday: 10 a.m.–3 p.m. lunch; Dinner 5:30 p.m.–“whenever everyone is seated.”
Saturday: 9 a.m.–3 p.m. brunch/lunch; Dinner 5:30 p.m.–“whenever everyone is seated.”
Sunday: 9 a.m.–3 p.m. brunch/lunch only

Additional Information

Price Range: Moderate

2010 Best of Sacramento Winner: Editors' Pick

Special Features:
Brunch - Weekend
Good for Groups
Hot Spot
Kids' Menu
Outdoor Dining

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