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Ernesto's Mexican Food
Ernesto's Mexican Food

Ernesto's Mexican Food Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://ErnestosMexicanFood.com
  • Phone: (916) 441-5850
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: M-F 11:00am-5:00pm
    Lunch: Sa-Su 2:00pm-5:00pm
    Dinner: M-Th 5:00pm-10:00pm
    Dinner: F-Sa 5:00pm-12:00am
    Dinner: Su 5:00pm-10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Mexican, Regional Mexican, Mexican / Southwestern
  • Executive Chef: Jose Carrillo
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine Bar
  • Entertainment: Live Mariachi Music every Thursday and Special Events. Please view our Event Page for more information or call the restaurant for details.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 16th and S Street
  • Public Transit: Light Rail on 16th St. and R St
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Parking available on the side of 16th St. and 17 St.
A word from Ernesto's Mexican Food
Since 1991, Ernesto"s Mexican Food has proudly served Midtown Sacramento as it's #1 choice for Best Mexican Food. By using only the freshest ingredients, our chefs work diligently to ensure the authentic Mexican flavors our customers desire while simultaneously keeping their well-being in mind. Ernesto's offers a range of award-winning dishes the whole family can enjoy, including it's Signature Carnitas, Vegetarian options and "Great Margaritas". From it's colorful artwork to the rhythm of the salsa music that pulsates throughout the restaurant; Ernesto's has offered a beautiful display of true Mexican culture. We are honored to have had the chance to share the past 21 years with the Sacramento Community and we look forward to many more. The Ernesto's family wants to thank everyone for its many years of success!Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerKid Friendly
  • Diners' Choice WinnerOutdoor Dining
Diner Reviews
  • "My siblings and I chose your restaurant to take my mom to dinner for her birthday because we saw that you had mariachis. We had no wait time to be seated. Our table was ready for us and our waiter was very attentive, friendly and fast. He made our visit an excellent experience. All orders were taken correctly and the evening was very enjoyable for our mom, which was the main reason for our visit."
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "Cadillac Margaritas are the best we have had in California! Service was slow this time as they were having credit card machine troubles. Been there over 10 times and its still our favorite."
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "I have heard so many wonderful things about Ernesto's. While the food was good, the service left a lot to be desired. There were multiple missing items, meat served to a vegetarian, and long waits. We had an early dinner, but still found ourselves rushing out of there to get to a show. Our reserved table was not ready for us. Then we ended up with lopsided tables. I found it difficult to hear even the person sitting next to me as the overall noise in the restaurant was deafening. The server was very nice, but seemed to be very disorganized."
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "My kids and grandson were visiting from out of town and wanted to try a restaurant we'd never been to before. We were happy with our choice. An early dinner in the bar was perfect for our active 14-month old grandson because it was loud and active, like him. Food was good. Everyone enjoyed their meals. We will definitely go back again."
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "Ernesto's easily accomodated our party of 14 & made my daughter's 21st birthday party memorable. The staff was friendly and attentive - and the food was wonderful. Our family had a great time!"
    Dined on 8/4/2014
  • "Adequate at best. Everything was bland and sort of flavorless, even the salsa. I kept hoping to find a highlight but never did. The restuarant is pleasant inside and the service is okay but the noise level removes any points they get for atmosphere. All and all not worth a second trip."
    Dined on 7/29/2014
  • "I will start with the good. My margarita was excellent. My wife said her food was good but not great. My carne Asada burrito was ok. The negatives: they charge extra if you want more than one bowl of chips an salsa, also none of their salsas are hotter than medium even if you ask for their "hot" salsa. I do love heat, so I ordered 6 fresh jalapenos grilled. I received 3. I asked my waiter where the rest were and he laughed and said they were big ones. I finished the 3 with half my burrito left. I cannot recommend this restaurant to anyone."
    Dined on 7/28/2014
  • "I was dining at Ernesto's ten years ago, and it was popular then and it has become even more popular now. Lack of air conditioning, loud, very loud, cannot hear any conversation at my table. To busy for our waiter, he keeps us waiting for 15 minutes after we finished our meals. We had to ask the receptionist for take out boxes, and the bus boy for the check. Very disappointed, and the food is over prices."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "We are from Texas and Ernesto's is by far our favorite place to go!"
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "Sat outside at Ernestos for my 50+ birthday celebration. There were 6 in our group. We had reservations and our outside table was ready and waiting upon our arrival. I must say the service was excellent and the food yummy. They even brought me a dessert with a sparkler in it while singing Happy Birthday. It was a warm evening and they kept our waters/ice tea's filled at all times. The only negative was that at times there were several flies pestering us. Outside of that it was a perfect evening. Thank you Ernesto's!"
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "I love to return to Sacto. and visit some of my favorite places! Ernesto's is always on my list!! Love the food and Love the Vibe!!"
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "Try the Cadillac as it is great..........Chile Relleno is really good too. Never had a bad meal here. A little hard to find a place to park but its worth it."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "I don't thing black beans should be served automatically. They are awful and everyone left them on the plates."
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "A really good find in Sacramento. It has everything for everyone. I met my roommates face to face for the first time here. Two of us are vegetarian while the other is not. It made it really easy to eat at Ernesto's with their menus that have a designated list for vegetarians. In addition, the service was impeccable. I'm a huge fan of the chips and dips and refills that are complimentary. Really affordable restaurant in addition to unbeatable service."
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "We love Ernesto's! Great food, service and atmosphere."
    Dined on 6/30/2014
  • "My group and I were disappointed that the Mexican food was so Americanized and bland. Even the salsa had very little spice and flavor."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Disappointing. My family and I planned and reserved a fun night listening to mariachi band. My daughter specifically asked for a table so we could enjoy the band. They let her know that they walk around to all the tables. We drove an hour to see the band (there are several fabulous Mexican restaurants in our area, but no band). Unfortunately we were sitting outside and we never saw the band. We let the hostess and the manager know how disappointed we were. We let them know it was very clear we wanted to see the band. They both didn't seem to care. I don't think they care if we ever return. This was supposed to be a special event for my family. We left not liking the way they handled the misunderstanding."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "I loved the quality and taste of the food at this restaurant. I also liked the decorations throughout the place and the option to sit outside. Service was outstanding and I would recommend this restaurant to all my friends. One suggestion is to turn the music down somewhat as it was difficult to hear the conversation at our table."
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "Thus far I have had their Veracruz Shrimp, Cowboy Shrimp, and Shrimp Chimichangas. All three had amazing taste and texture. Atmosphere is good, both indoors and out. The sidewalk area is cozy and on a very tree shaded street in downtown. The service is good. On Fathers' Day there was no receptionist at the front podium, thus we waited for around 5 minutes for someone to appear. Nevertheless, once the hostess appeared, we were taken immediately to our reserved table which had been held open for us even though the restaurant was crowded. Best Mexican food in Sacramento in my opinion."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "I travel here for business occasionally and always look forward to stopping by Ernesto's for the best Mexican food anywhere! Food and drinks are always excellent. Noise level is low enough to actually carry on a conversation. Great food, great service and great price!"
    Dined on 6/5/2014
  • "Had a great dinner, Mariachi friday is a great idea! Plan to be in soon. Our waiter Sergio was awesome!"
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "Went to Ernesto's for lunch. Service was average. Our server didn't make sure we had salsa for our tacos, etc. when the food was delivered. 20 minutes later he came back and asked how everything was at which time we asked for some salsa. My steak quesadilla was a thick tortilla with steak in it and nothing else. So plain. Our tacos didn't have any salsa and no quac.... Oh well. "
    Dined on 5/21/2014
  • "We were a party of ten and enjoyed great food and service. We didn't have to wait a moment to have water, chips or salsa refilled, the staff was attentive and friendly. The food was excellent and our whole party, even the kids and picky eaters, were satisfied. Can't wait to go back! "
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "We brought our family for an early Mother's Day, and they really enjoyed your restaurant. Super service, and I enjoyed the carnation and free dessert!"
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "We live in Washington State and only get to Sacramento about 4 times a year. Ernesto's is ALWAYS our first stop and sometimes we make more than one stop. Sure wish we had something like Ernesto's up here where we live (near Olympia but alas we do not). So until next time I will try and make it last. Thanks for finally taking reservations. Love, love, love, Ernesto's!"
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "Went for Cinco de Mayo. Got a nice seat on the patio. Server was Sergio. Food was excellent. Carne Asada was delicious and compared well with the same dish I've had in Mexico itself. Ceviche was likewise perfect. Portions were large and prices reasonable."
    Dined on 5/5/2014
  • "Ernestos, an old time favorite, keeps getting better. Terrific service, food, ambiance. Fri Marchichi night is fun!"
    Dined on 4/25/2014
  • "I was meeting a friend in a location where access to transportation and work would be a plus and, I found it!"
    Dined on 4/23/2014
  • "A fun place to celebrate a birthday. The service was very accommodating. I asked the server to turn down the music, and he did so right away which I don't often find in other places. The Margarita was excellent! You can bring your own cake, without extra service fee."
    Dined on 4/7/2014
  • "Great dining experience. Food was very good but the restaurant is very loud with music Not the place to go if your looking for a quiet dinner :)"
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "Ernesto's food is very good in a not-authentic-but-delicious-anyway style. The guacamole is full of real avocado and generously served. Service is above average (they were slow to recognize when we were done and ready to leave that evening). Seating isn't bad, even outside on the busy street, However, the noise level is beyond the top of any acceptable scale. It was difficult, if not impossible, to hear the conversation at our table for two. And this table was at the back, fairly removed from the main dining area. By the end of our meal, my head was throbbing with the noise."
    Dined on 3/6/2014
  • "We hadn't been in years, and were all set to be disappointed just because things usually don't get better with time, but were very pleasantly suprised that they were just as good, if not better, than we remembered! The food was delicious, our drinks were top-notch, the service outstanding! It made us feel so bad that we haven't been more often over the years. LOVE this place!"
    Dined on 3/2/2014
  • "We had company in town and chose Ernesto's. The service was great, the food was good, and the atmosphere was lively and friendly."
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "The service was great for the big group that we had. Overall, great restaurant!"
    Dined on 2/25/2014
  • "My fiance said yes when I proposed here so I love the place."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Well, where to start? Valentines Day, maybe the busiest night for any restaurant but it did not seem that way for my wife and I. Many people where waiting outside for 45 minutes or so and even though we arrived 15 minutes early, they seated us immediately. The staff was friendly and accommodating and the food very good. Oh, did I say the prices of all entrees very reasonable. We will definitely go back to Ernestos."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "We had reservations for Valentine's Day and the restaurant was busy. Our server took our order quickly and our food came out too quickly- in about 10 minutes. It was bland and uninspiring."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "As much as I liked the food at that Ernesto's. It took a at least 10 minutes for our server to acknowledges us. I realize they are busy, but I think he could have done better, specially because he kept going to the tables next to us."
    Dined on 1/31/2014
  • "It was great night they gave our group great service. Great place for a birthday get together ."
    Dined on 1/21/2014
  • "Ourservers were very attenive to our every needs. They responded with professionalism and friendliness. I recommend this place to anyone desiring a great neighborhood restaurant. I have visited this establishment on very times for lunch and dinnner, the service and foood is always great."
    Dined on 1/21/2014