This entry refers to a departed business — a business that has closed or left town. All information here is for historical reference only.


Update: As of 2012, the Midtown Village Café has moved into this space.

1827 I Street
Mon. - Sat. 7am to 7pm-ish
Sunday 8am to 7pm-ish
(916) 443-6133
Spring 2005
Payment Method
Cash, Credit

Butch and Nellie's is a small coffee shop located at the corner of 19th and I streets. Gay owned and operated, it serves as a local meeting spot for Lavender Heights. Besides coffee drinks and smoothies, Butch and Nellie's serves a variety of food, such as ham and cheese croissants, scones, sandwiches and soups. Don't miss their amazing desserts, including gelato and made-from-scratch whole pies and cakes. Board and card games, such as chess, backgammon and cribbage, are available to play on the premises. Wireless internet access is available with purchase.

Butch and Nellie's also doubles as an art gallery during the Sacramento Second Saturday art walk, with local art displayed on the walls (which remain there during regular business hours as well).

Butch and Nellie's is proud to be independently owned, and one ironically can see Starbucks a block away from the sidewalk patio. Their mini-flyer states they are "Just one block from the Ordinary."


2007-06-06 10:13:03   The absolute best Chai in Sacramento is served here. I know it comes from a can, but damn is it good. Try it with soy. —BretB

2007-08-09 19:25:47   I discovered Butch-N-Nellie's last night and loved it. It's cozy but spacious, and the food is really good. The mini butter cookies shaped like dog biscuits that they serve with gelato melt in your mouth. I wanted to order just a bag of those! —robinlaughlin

2007-11-04 11:15:49   This is a cafe I would visit more often, because it's clear that there's plenty of really good effort put into it. I've only been here twice, though, because both times the staff was so unfriendly that I don't want to return. Maybe I just caught them on bad days...? —Cali4niaRags

2008-06-16 01:58:25   This is it. This is the real deal. Three visits. Three pleasant experiences. The coffee here was roasted perfectly. The shots were well balanced. The music was varied. The space is simple and comfortable.

As a man who has lived all over these great United States (including some superb coffee towns), roasts coffee, and is generally a pain in the ass about food...this is a national-class coffee house. Great stuff, enjoy it! —BrianDilkes

2009-02-16 10:05:58   My boyfriend LOVED the chai he ordered here, and my latte was pretty good. The jive here is really cool— bright colors, lots of space, high ceilings, and a bunch of games to play while you hang out. We'll definitely return when we're in the area. —jess&will