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niman ranch prime rib slow roasted served with garlic mashed potatoes, seasonal vegetables, au jus & creamy horseradish
I would not recommend this restaurant to anyone. The meals are overpriced. The service is lackluster. But most grievous of all is the inconsistent food quality. Not every meal was poor. I ate the special for the evening, the sirloin strip. It was well prepared. Another party had the prime rib and the meat was properly cooked. However, they had requested that the vegetable be changed if possible. The waiter said that the vegetables could be replaced if desired. The meal arrived with the original vegetables and asparagus thrown haphazardly on top. Of course the restaurant added another charge for the asparagus. Another party had the gluten free selection from the menu which was a breast of chicken. The chicken was obviously frozen and had been there for quite some time. The chicken was poorly cooked, freezer burnt, and gray. The dish was supposed to be served with roasted potatoes which were not included.
We had reservations for dinner so we were seated right away. Service was ok, a little slow at times, but we weren't in a hurry so it was fine. She was definitely friendly and engaging-discussed the dishes and favorites. The food was delicious. We had the prime rib and the spicy angel hair with tomato and bacon. I found the dessert menu a little unimaginative, just chocolate cake and cheese cake, I love to try the unique desserts that many midtown restaurants offer. Our first time here, we had a Groupon, we will be back. Just wish they were open Sundays so we could stop on our way back from Tahoe.
I've been to happy hour before so I was quite disappointed with their dinner service. I expected more for the prices.
The service was slow. I was told it was going to be 15 minutes before we were seated. It took almost 30. When the hostess took us in the dining room, I mentally counted about 6 empty tables for 4. We sat down and ordered appetizers. It took almost 30 minutes to get those and then about 30 minutes after that to get our entrees. I asked for a box since I didn't finish mine. 15 minutes later it arrived. Total time for dinner: 2 1/2 hours.
The food wasn't too great either. Everyone at our table said their main was OK but not great.
I had the prime rib and I though it was pretty flavorless. Has the kitchen ever heard of salt and pepper? It was served with creamy horseradish and au jus. The horseradish was mixed with so much mayo, it just totally muted any flavor it might add. It was also served with mashed potatoes and steamed veggies. The veggies made me feel like a kid again; I skipped them. They were drenched in butter.
One of the other reviews mentions that if your hungry, don't go here. I wish I took that to heart. Flavorless, mediocre food, and slow service will make me skip this place next time for anything but happy hour.
So this review is based on two trips here. First trip would have been 0 stars, This trip would have been 2.5, so going with 2. I just don't get this place. It is sort of an awkward scene, I just can't place my finger on it. The décor is odd.. I got the feeling a lot of older folks must come here. Not that that's a bad thing. The service is always kind of off. I mean, they try, they really try, maybe too hard.
My first trip the food was awful. Rib eye was way over cooked and I've purchased higher quality cuts at local grocers. Very under seasoned as well.. heard of salt? Lamb shank was gamey and overcooked. Stick to the bone overcooked. Veggies were hard and not seasoned. The waiter argued with the chefs as they brought out a horrible looking prime rib that we didn't order, that was actually funny. The brownie sundae was clearly a boxed brownie mix and low quality ice cream.
Second trip I made sure the prime rib was going to be med-rare, the waitress assured me it was. It was and was OK. I've had better at casino buffets which is sad considering this cost $29. The lobster pot pie was actually really good. I'd say the highlight of the place.
Waaaaay overpriced for the quality. Happy hour does look ok though, at least for pricing.
I think this is our go to place in Rancho Cordova. My coworkers and I are out here basically every 3 months - maybe even less for an audit we have out here with a pretty big company. We stay in the Marriott down the street so this is just somewhere else so we don't have to eat at the hotel restaurant daily.
I think both times I've come I've gotten the salmon. Very well cooked and nicely done. The men I go with always get the prime rib and this time around I also got the mac n cheese. Now mac n cheese is my comfort food and it just didn't feel that way. I don't know why, but I just didn't really like it very much. Drinks were decent, if not pricy.
The atmosphere is great. TVs everywhere to watch various games. Great decor and feels clean.
Just kind of average since food out in Rancho Cordova just can't compare to SF. Not bad, but not great either.
(2-Start = prime rib)
I ...should... write... this... like... the... way... I... had... to... chew... the... rubbery... connective... tissue... in... their... steak... but... I... don't... want... to... be... a... sadist... like... that.
You know the saying "you never forget your first?" Well the same can be said about almost all forms of hyperboles of anything; your last, the fasters, the slowest, the best, and of course, the worse. Unfortunately for me, I will not be forgetting the Sheepherder's Prime Rib anytime soon because it's by-frucking-far the worse P.R. I've ever had (and this goes for ALL levels of restaurants from the Denny's to the Ruth's Chris of the world). In hind sight, I really should'da taken a picture of the dark blob on my plate now that I think about it, so that you would know exactly what I was talking about, but you know why I didn't? Have you ever gotten that supper, supper low downer feeling from being so emotionally beaten-down or disappointed that you don't even want to make another once of effort or care? Well after...neah- WHILE the plate was being placed on my table I was already beginning to feel like this. Before I heard the clinking of the plate against their wooden table, the disappointment was already setting in and I was filled with the anticipation of what I KNEW to be a shitty piece of prime rib... I could'da cried, I was so pissed.... "WHO THE FRUCK MADE BY PRIME-FRUCKING-RIB WELL-F'in-DONE! " I was screaming to myself.
It was at this point that I simply gave a quiet sight and suppressed all urges to say anything negative to the waitress since a) they can't do anything about OVER-cooking, and b) it wasn't her fault, why does she have to hear about it. "Send it back for another one or get something else" you say?... what are you nuts?!?!? My policy with restaurants is to NEVER have them handle anymore of your food or drinks after you've complained... and since I was still hungry, I just sucked it up.
I wish to God now that I could have found an ounce of care left somewhere in my body to muster up the energy to snap a shot of that BROWN-AS-HELL piece of prime rib so that you get the idea of what I'm talking about... you know the quintessential picture of a Prime Rib that you see everywhere? The one that nearly every restaurant uses, where it's nice and pink on the inside but no blood on the plate, where the only brown/black is on the outer rim of the steak? The one that even these guys use in THEIR FRUCKING P.R. PICTURE?!?! Well THAT'S how I like it too, medium-frucking-rare!!! And what did they bring me? Well-fruck'n-done...
OK so after a couple of deep sighs and a few temple massages later I was able to suppressed my disappointment far enough down to where I can now start eating, I eventually get to this piece of cartilage that was ... well you know what cartilage can be like...( I'm getting frucking too tired of reliving this frucking restaurant experience now that I don't even want to type this review anymore).
I mean, I'm not being prissy here by complaining about cartilage in a piece of meat K?... Everyone knows that there CAN be cartilage in certain meat cuts (I'd argue that it probably naturally occurs in ALL cuts)... it's just that how the HELL has all the other F'n restaurants been able to avoid serving it to their customer (especially in PRIME-F'n-RIB)??? I've NEVER had "chewy" as an issue with P.R... I've had "too fatty," "over done," "too bloody," and even "too big"... but NEVER have I had "chewy" as a complaint until now... this is definitely the "FIRST." So that really makes it two hyperboles doesn't it... The "Worse" and the "First." Way to go "Sheepherder!!" ... a rugged sounding restaurant that doesn't know how to FRUCKING MAKE PRIME RIB!!! I'm STILL shaking my head!
Almost left due there being no host / hostess at the door. The couple in front of us had waited nearly 5 minutes as well. The staff seemed to think it was better to have the hostess helping servers while diners walked out the front door.
Once seated the server (Ryan)!came over quickly and was helpful in snagging my wife the last serving of prime rib. The bread was really good and the whiskey sour was a classic.
If you are not familiar with a properly cooked lamb shank then this is the place to try it . You can use this as the measure by which to measure all others . Cooked slowly in its own juices and served in a complementing gravy it was great. My wife's prime rib was just the right size for her to have all she wanted and still have some left for me!
They never could seem to get the AC right and our candle was so small it was consumed before the entrees , however the food does give them some room for errors in other areas.
I would come back for lunch but not for a evening , to me a dinner out is as much about the Experience as it is the food , and we never quite recovered from our first impressions
First, I have to say I never had been here before the remodel and change of ownership. I heard the place used to be great.
But when my wife and I went a few weeks ago it wasn't great. It wasn't good, it was O.K. at best.
We started with the crab cakes, they were quite mushy and bland.
For entrees, my wife ordered prime rib with garlic mashed. I ordered the biggest steak they have to offer with scalloped potatoes.
My wife's steak was acceptable, cooked correctly and served warm. She said the garlic mashed was O.K. I tasted the potatoes and agreed, just O.K.
My steak was actually very good, cooked just right and served hot. The biggest issue I had was I was not served scalloped potatoes but instead was served some sort of "red potato/parmesan mess with chunks of green bell pepper. I tried two bites and couldn't gag down any more. Worst potato dish I ever had. And to top it off, when I inquired why I had not received the potato dish I ordered the server stated my wife and I had received old menus. Really? When I ordered my meal I stated "The big steak with the scalloped potatoes". Why didn't the server inform me at that time?
Later, I heard a man speaking to the folks at the table behind ours, turns out it was a owner/manger or something. When I complained to him about the potato dish he stated the kitchen just can't cook that dish correctly so they changed it to the stuff I was served. In the end we felt the quality of food, poor service, and lack of concern from the management added up to just an O.K. dining experience.
First time to the restaurant and I got a good impression w/ the decoration n the food. It's good for both casual and formal dining. We ordered sweet potato fries, calamari, grilled salmon and prime ribs. I especially love the ribs for it's full flavor and tenderness. Will try their happy hour in the future.
Oh, Sheepherder, where do I even start with you?
When you walk in, you'll be pretty amazed at the beautiful dining area, with its impressively high ceilings, chandeliers, etc. I was pleasantly surprised and ready to expect great things.
The server was more than helpful and friendly to us, which started things off great. Then, the food started coming, and that was when it all started to go downhill.
Asian lettuce wraps - sure, i'm asian, so it might be unfair, but i'm am American Asian, so i think i have plenty right to just say, these were not tasty at all. they were quite spicy, and had way too much vinegar or something in them. the chicken in them was dry, and it really just needed some good old hoisin sauce and stir fried chicken.
Roasted Assorted Nuts - YUM. i gulped down those wraps and started to eat nuts and hoped that everything to follow would be as great as those yummy cashew, almond mix. Must have been because they can't do anything else but straight American food.
Lobster Pot Pie - looked great, but the taste was way way too rich. The lobster was rubbery from being overcooked, and the cream had way too much cream cheese or something so you didn't want to take more than 3 bites. Also, there was a slightly burnt taste throughout the sauce, probably because the skillet had remnants of burnt food on it.
Prime rib - nothing special, not bad though. Props for that.
Fish and chips - the fish was okay, but not matching with the price points for sure. The coleslaw that came with it, just like the asian lettuce wrap, was no good. They try too hard with the spices and vinegar, methinks.
THEN, now comes the entertainment. I get that you want to have live entertainment, but do you really want to make it into a karaoke bar? there was a group of asian people in the back singing...and i would have preferred soft elevator music to them FOR SURE.
The New York Steak and my wife's Prime Rib were spot on. The server/busboy was exceptional as well. My only and biggest complaint was the waiter. We saw him for our order and when he brought the check. We had to almost help ourselves to water and bread. Would have understood had they been busy but it was a slow night -:(. This is one area they could probably take a few pointers from Cattlemans.
Review Update as of 3/17/2013
My wife and I were contacted by Al, one of the owners of the Sheephearders. He wanted to get some additional feedback about our experience and invited us back to try the restaurant again. He said they have been working hard to adjust the menu and had made some changes to the kitchen staff.
We went back and found that things have improved quite a bit. The ribeye was thicker and better cooked, what a huge improvement over my previous visit. The warm salted nut appetizer was awesome, and the services was spot on. My two biggest complaints from my original 2 star review have been addressed. I'm increasing the rating to 4 stars. While not perfect, everything was better. With a little fine tuning, I think that the Sheephearders can definitely align their service, food, and pricing. I'll definitely try them again.
I think it should be said that being contacted through Yelp by Al, one of the owners, was impressive. He took the time to read the reviews and then reached out to get additional feedback. His effort was worth an additional star and pushed my rating to 4 stars. I really got the impression from him that his goal it to make the Sheephearders an awesome place to go and to address all the concerns noted by me as well as other reviewers. Without question he's made some big improvements. I'm looking forward to trying the place again in another month or two and see if it's improved even more.
For the price, this place just doesn't quite make it. I've gone to the Sheephearder Bar and Grill for almost ten years starting way back when it was a dive. When it re-opened a few years ago with new owners and a remodel I had high hopes. They just can't seem to get the menu/food right. The décor and ambiance is very good. The place feels comfortable and the live entertainment is a nice touch.
My wife and I went there again this week. We were told that they had updated the menu and had a new executive chef. (Promoted from within) Half the food was great and the other half was so so. I would have gone higher on my rating but the quality of the food compared to the price was way off. We had two dinners, one additional side dish, three glasses of wine, and an iced tea. The total with 15% tip was about $140. When spending over $100 for two of us, I usually expect everything to be really good. It wasn't.
The prime rib special was excellent. The ribeye was fair. It was a bit overcooked and a bit thin. We also tried the brussel sprouts side dish. These were under done and lacked flavor.
The service was also a bit under par. When we arrived the host stand was unattended. We waited several minutes for someone to come and help us. Our server was very friendly and helpful but at times was slow to bring food out. For a restaurant of this caliber the experience should flow well. Waiting close to five minutes after being seated to take a drink order is an eternity in restaurant time.
It seems that they are trying to improve but are a bit hit or miss. It needs to be cheaper or the food and service needs to go up a notch.
Ate at this restaurant for the first time last night...the menu was really nice with quite an assortment of foods. The service started out great, our waitress was very attentive, answered all my questions, made a substitute for me (allergic to dairy) and then things started going down hill. The salad was good and quite large. My halibut was delicious with the butternut squash gnocchi...pretty darn delicious. My husband ordered the Prime Rib special, that was marginal, it was slightly cold and very chewy, not tender at all. It seemed that it was cooked earlier, cut and then thrown on the grill to warm it up. His mashed potatoes were only warm, not hot, so maybe the food sat there for a long time, I know we did....there were only 2 of us and we were there for just over 2 hours. We would have been happy to be there for 1 hour. We were patiently WAITING all night. We ordered the chocolate ganache cake - that was not genache, it was chocolate cake with frosting and was quite disappointing. It looked like a hockey puck. We had our credit card out and ready when the waitress finally brought our bill. I left to get the car while my husband paid the bill. Unbeknownst to him at the time, the waitress had added in an 18% Large Party Gratuity of $13.46, he gave her another tip for $15.81. When we got home I looked at the bill and saw that they had included a tip and asked my husband about it...of course, he said, he didn't see that they had done that...how can they consider 2 people a large party? I called the restaurant from home to complain about the 18% gratuity being added into our receipt and only received a recorded message. I left my name and telephone number and as of this morning have not been contacted. So that waitress got a $29.27 tip for a $74.75 dinner bill...not cool!!!
I'm beginning to come to a conclusion that the area around Sacramento is a food desert for anything above 3 stars. Sheepheder is a good example. Everything was ok but nothing worth a revisit. Good clam chowder, an average piece of prime rib, an ok wine selection. It seems to be catering to the great American average, which it does.
I keep searching in Sac!
My husband and I had dinner there last Friday for the first time. The place has a great ambiance and the service was above average. The special was prime-rib with steamed veggies and mash potatoes and I had the baked chicken and garlic mash potato. So, we usually order different dishes and split them thus having a taste of both. We both agreed the prime-rib was tougher than the last prime-rib we've had however the baked chicken with garlic mash potato was exceptionally delish. Can't say we will venture this way anytime soon as there is a place that we often go to on Fridays with exceptional prime-rib that practically melts in your mouth and awesome garlic fried chicken --- and that folks is another review.
This place is centrally located for me and a few of my friends in the Citrus Heights/Orangevale area, so I would go here again if we wanted to meet up outside of downtown area for drinks and/or food.
I've been here for dinner and happy hour. It's a bit of a pricier place for dinner, but pretty classy and great for a date night. I had the prime rib, which was pretty much amazing just because I love meat so much. It doesn't compare to prime rib you can get in the bay, but it's one of the best I've had in Sac.
Happy hour was pretty good because prices are reasonable. My friend and I had two drinks each and shared two appetizers between the two of us for less than $15/person. Not too shabby. The food was just typical of happy hour type of food though (fried calamari, onion rings, etc)
The service was pretty good. We were sitting at the bar and the bartender/server kept us company and told funny jokes.
If possible, I'd have given it a 3.5 star rating, but rounded up because the service and the people who provided it were very nice.
I had the prime rib which was great. The veggies that came with it were very good. I didn't like the garlic mashed potatoes -- too much, too pasty. I had a side order of sauteed spinach which was very nice.
The kids menu had the best chicken strips I've ever seen -- real pieces of chicken that they seemed bread and fry themselves. Dare I say "homemade" chicken strips?
Surprisingly, the creme brule was excellent. Very light.
The ambience is very nice, inside an old inn. The service was excellent. The value was good.
At first glimpse when walking in, I thought the sit down portion of the restaurant was closed because the only visible customers were in the bar. (note: It was our first visit so we were unaware of the seating in the back). In any case my husband had to go look for the hostess who popped out shortly after and took us to our table. Our waiter took a bit longer than I think he should have but was pleasant so that was good. He took our drink/dinner order (since we waited long enough we had decided on our selections). The two waters and a coke took about 10 mins to arrive. The restaurant wasn't packed but had a good crowd. After ordering we were expecting bread to arrive because we saw bread on other tables, later realizing bread came AFTER the food. *side note: While checking out our surroundings there was a couple that left and stopped at our table to tell us "We noticed you were looking around and wanted to let you know we've been here for 2 hrs and have waited long enough for our check so we're leaving. If they want us to pay, they can bring the check to our car." Wow, that was bold to come up to us and brazen to leave an establishment without paying. Moving on..about 10 mins later the manager came up to our table and said she'd been watching us and was concerned there may be a problem. I said there wasn't but was wondering how much longer the food would take (since it had been 30 mins since ordering) and let her know of our "visitors" earlier. (I think that's why she came out) She said our food was in the "window" and should be out shortly, she apologized for the wait and dessert was on her. (She's the tattooed bartender referenced in a previous yelp who is also a manager). She was very pleasant and apologetic. Well, it wasn't our food in the window because our food came out about 10 mins later. This is where the FOUR stars comes in...The food was AWESOME! My husband had the prime rib w/mashers and veggies and my daughter and I had the fish and chips. The fish were in pieces that we could handle not ginormous servings and the batter was light and crispy. Garlic fries weren't too shabby either. The prime rib was really good as well. For dessert, it was the brownie sundae and Bananas foster cheesecake. YUM! I'd give the place 5 stars but the wait between drinks and food was too long and when you have customers waiting for their meals, bread should be brought to the table right after orders being taken not after the mgr comes up realizing we're hungry.. They brought us bread but after about 25 mins. We'll go back I'm sure, but will plan according to our wait time not when we are so hungry.