Organic Food & Drink Sacramento

Locally & Sustainably Sourced with Love


Don’t Miss Out!

From now until Dec. 25, The parking meters directly surrounding the cafe are free after 4:30pm on weekdays & free on weekends.

Now is a perfect time to bring the family downtown to join us for dinner!

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729 J St.

Sacramento, CA 95814


(916) 970-5545


Located in the heart of downtown Sacramento (just one block from the Golden 1 Center), Backbone Cafe is an organic cafe dedicated to bringing you only the highest quality human fuel


We are committed to bringing you only the highest quality human fuel, allowing for maximum human performance. We are strong believers that no one diet suits everyone, which is why we offer an array of organic whole food options to fit a wide variety of dietary needs. We neglect no specific diets, nor do we praise any one diet over others. 

We use whole food, organic ingredients from only the purest sources and you will be pleased to find a hearty selection of vegan, gluten-free, low sugar, & paleo options on our menu. All of our produce comes from organic farms & our animal products come from only the most properly fed & humanely raised animals available to Northern California (we offer Grass-Fed, Free-Range & Wild animal products only). From health tonic smoothies & vegan dishes to bone broths by the cup, we have something for you here!

  • All produce is organic, unless otherwise stated

  • All meats are grass-fed, free-range, or wild

  • All vegetables & grains are cooked dry using minimally processed avocado oil & virgin coconut oil

  • All of our sauces, dressings, aioli, coconut milk, nut milk & nut butters are created in-house from scratch 

  • All nuts have been sprouted & dehydrated to minimize toxins and maximize the bio-availability of nutrients


  • Soy

  • Refined Sugars

  • MSG

  • Peanuts

  • Problematic vegetable oils (canola oil, etc.)



We aim to create an environment where our customers feel comfortable enough to take the time to talk, meet each other, & discuss new ideas that can help excel Sacramento into something truly special.

You’ll find prayer flags in our hallway containing multiple theories & philosophies from different times and cultures, which still hold value today. You'll also find a floor-t0-ceiling wall mural depicting the powerful psilocybin mushrooms & Caapi Vines used to brew Ayahuasca (both of which are making their way into the public knowledge for their amazing potential in human growth). Even our logo (which you’ll see painted on the exterior of the cafe) contains hidden symbolism representing the kind of beacon we aim to send out to our Sacramento community.

We'd like to invite you to come in for whichever reason you wish. Eat, drink, read, draw, collaborate, or just hang out and see where we can take Sacramento together!


We promise to keep working, learning & experimenting to bring fun & effective new ideas directly to your table



PHOTO Gallery


MEDIA Gallery


Backbone Cafe Featured In Comstock’s Magazine

SF Eater Names Backbone Cafe The #5 Most Essential Place To Dine & Drink In Sacramento

Downtown Sac's Small Biz Spotlight Featuring Backbone Cafe

PureWow Partners with Yelp to Name Backbone Cafe As One Of The "22 Most Keto-Friendly Restaurants In America

Sac Foodies Features Backbone Cafe

Sactown Magazine Features Backbone Cafe AS One Of The "Great New Places To Eat In 2018"

SN&R (Sacramento News & Review) Features Backbone Cafe

The Sacramento Bee Features Backbone Cafe

SubMerge Magazine Features Backbone Cafe

Sacramento Magazine Features Backbone Cafe

Sactown Magazine Features Backbone Cafe

Sactown Magazine Features Backbone Cafe


Need a space to host your work, birthday, holiday, Celebration Of Life, or other gathering? The cafe is available for special events! We offer a variety of catered menu options to suit a wide array of diets.

Please use the form below to submit a request for event pricing & details for your event. We'd love to be a part of your special day to help make your catered event a huge hit!

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We host events in the cafe! (delivery fee may apply to food/beverages delivered outside of the cafe)
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Backbone Cafe Gift Cards Available For Purchase

Need a gift idea? 

The cafe sells gift cards!

Can't decide what to get your friends, family, or coworkers for their birthday or for the holidays? Show them you care by giving them the gift of a Backbone Cafe gift card!

Gift cards can be purchased in any amount & are reloadable. You can even purchase electronic gift cards, which will be emailed directly to your recipient. Hassle-free gift giving, just the way it should be.


Upcoming Events


Joey Woolston - Owner, Kitchen Manager

Tomas Woolston - Owner, Cafe Manager

Matthew Woolston - Owner

Yvette Woolston - Owner


Backbone Cafe opened in Dec. 2017 and is located in downtown Sacramento, one block from the Golden 1 Center.

Since then, the cafe has gained a loyal following from citizens all over the Sacramento area & beyond.


The cafe is owned by the Woolston family of Sacramento. The Woolstons have been in the restaurant business for over 30 years, first introducing themselves to the Sacramento scene when Matt & Yvette opened The Supper Club on Del Paso Blvd in 2002. An acclaimed seven-course fine dining restaurant, The Supper Club also served as a wine distribution & catering company known and loved by Sacramento diners & wine lovers alike. Brothers Joey & Tomas, only small children at the time, gained their early work knowledge of the restaurant business there.


In 2009, Matt & Yvette opened Matteo’s Pizza & Bistro in the Arden area where Joey & Tomas began their first official work in the restaurant business. In 2012, The Supper Club moved out of its' Del Paso Blvd location and continued on as a catering company run out of The Crocker Art Museum in Sacramento.


Joey & Tomas, both now experienced in the restaurant business, chose different paths throughout the industry. Tomas chose to excel in the Front of The House, while Joey chose the Back of House & kitchen. Tomas started as a dishwasher & table busser, eventually working his way up to management at all of the family's businesses. Joey began as a dishwasher & prep cook and worked his way up to Private Event Caterer, Kitchen Manager, and Chef.  


In September 2016, Joey sustained a 30 ft. fall at Burning Man, fracturing his body in multiple places, including 2 fractures of his spine. As a result of his injuries, Joey received a large spinal fusion surgery, a long antibiotic cycle, premature surgical hardware removal, and 2 body braces that resulted in 9 months of atrophy. He was told he would no longer be able to continue his athletic pursuits in Thai Kickboxing & Mixed Martial Arts. With a difficult road to recovery ahead & a large gap of intensity missing from his combat sports, Joey chose to redirect his focus towards the same direction of health & wellness he had been so passionate about before. He was now on a new path as a business entrepreneur and creating Backbone Cafe was the obvious next step for him to take.


Tomas, also passionate in health & wellness, was excited for the new project & eager to take on the role of Cafe Manager for Backbone Cafe. Joey, at home in a body brace for the year, had all the time he needed to design a well balanced menu for all health conscious and traditional foodies alike. 


In December 2017, the Woolston family opened up Backbone Café on J Street in Sacramento, CA. Now up and running, You’ll find both Joey & Tomas operating the café together on any day you decide to stop in.


While we continue our paths towards health & wellness, we hope you choose to join us!

Contact Us

(916) 970-5545

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