After enjoying one of the many hiking destinations or wineries in Amador County, it’ll be time for another incredible experience that that will excite your taste buds.

We put together a list of five restaurants that will hit the spot each and every time.



Let’s start our culinary exploration with a unique eatery called Pearl’s.

It’s a specialty cafe tucked away on Route 88 in Pioneer.

The restaurateurs, inspired by the comfort of their childhood dinners, created a warm and inviting establishment.

Good homemade food continues to inspire Pearl’s, which serves a health-conscious menu of the vegetarian variety.

The gourmet café’s menu spans breakfast and lunch. Patrons can enjoy breakfast burritos with black beans, omelets, McPearl’s biscuit sandwich and other breakfast staples like waffles or French toast. For lunch, the café offers paninis, veggie burgers, soups and sandwiches.

Another childhood memory the owners recall is the sweet desserts. Pearl’s menu reflects that sentiment with daily fresh-baked goods like cinnamon rolls, pies, cakes, granola, muffins, cupcakes and cookies.


Union Inn+Pub

Located in Volcano, this place has a menu exploding with goodness.

The setting places you within a hotel that was built in 1880 by French Canadians. It was restored in 2000 as a family-owned restaurant and four-bedroom bed and breakfast in the heart of California’s Gold Country.

Visitors enjoy a seasonal menu along with the restaurant’s specials and staples.

The menu includes some mouth-watering entrees, including pork tenderloin, which comes with yam mash, corn on the cobb, summer beans, crispy leeks and herb butter.

Other highlights:

  • Fried chicken with smoked macaroni and cheese, bread crumb and arugula
  • Steak and prawns with parmesan-crusted squash, heirloom tomato, fingerling potato, capers and herbs
  • Union Bolognese with beef sausage, parmesan and garlic sourdough

You can order from their variety of salads, burgers and snacks, too.

View the full menu here and prepare for your mouth to water.


Element Kitchen and Drinks

Get into your element at this sleek restaurant in Sutter Creek.

Element is located at the Hanford House Inn and is the perfect way to start your day with its offering of creative breakfast and brunch dishes.

Visitors can rise and shine to innovative foods with recognizable comfort within a lively and casual atmosphere.

Items include an egg benedict with house-made citrus hollandaise sauce, buttermilk cakes, strawberry field waffles, summer fried tomatoes, omelets, Allen Ranchero with al pastor pork and “Pan of Gold,” which is grilled challah bread dipped in a special batter, topped with fruit and whipped cream.

The restaurant promises a globally influenced menu along with a memorable morning meal.



Welcome to Main Street in Plymouth, where you’ll encounter one of the best dining experiences around at Taste.

The restaurant receives recognition from all corners, including regional newspapers, specialty blogs and the New York Times. It was also named Amador Ledger-Dispatch’s best fine dining restaurant and received the Wine Spectator Award of Excellence.

Taste believes in healthy, flavorful, seasonal meals and its menu is frequently updated.

Here’s a sampling of the menu: Beeler Farms pork chop, Creekstone Farms filet mignon, sea scallops, New York Steak, duck, lamb, halibut and so much more.

From its smaller plate lineup, visitors can enjoy a cheese plate, corn soup, salads and other attractive appetizers like mushroom cigars and Point Reyes Toma.


Rose Buds Café

This eatery bills itself as the place to meet and eat!

The family-run establishment includes a vintage cafe and tea room, both excellent conservation starters before the real talker: the food.

The menu features a blend of homemade techniques and family recipes. Ingredients for the dishes are locally sourced, too.

Here are some highlights from the breakfast and lunch menus: breakfast ciabattas, scrambles, baked beans, lunch ciabattas, including mozzarella, chicken breast, brie and triple-decker sandwiches.

Rose Bud’s also has an extensive tea menu and a menu for kids, including a mini breakfast, mini lunch and other small-sized favorites.