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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
  • Email: info@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 WinnerGood for Groups
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Lunch
  • Diners' Choice WinnerHot Spot
Diner Reviews
  • "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 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
  • "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
  • "The service was great for the big group that we had. Overall, great restaurant!"
    Dined on 2/25/2014
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "Good food and prices but the service was poor. We had to wait for several things and every time we asked for something the server was unpleasant. Even had to go to the bar to order a drink at one point and waited a long time for the bar tender. Restaurant wasn't very busy so there really was no excuse for it."
    Dined on 1/11/2014
  • "This was our first time eating at Ernesto's. We drove 30 minutes to eat there. The food was delicious and the service excellent. My husband really enjoyed his blended margarita. Will definitely come back."
    Dined on 1/11/2014
  • "outstanding food and service, as usual, but noise level was tooooooooooooo high. definitely need to schedule different day of week.not"
    Dined on 1/4/2014
  • "WE ENJOY GOING AFTER SEEING OUR BROADWAY SERIES SHOWS. IT'S VERY CLOSE AND EASY FOR US TO GET OUT OF SACRAMENTO AFTER DINING."
    Dined on 12/29/2013
  • "This was our first time at Ernesto's. The 3 of us had Veracruz Shrimp, Cowboy Shrimp, and Shrimp Chimichanga. All 3 were unique with flavorings you would not find in an average Mexican restaurant. For delicious flavors you won't find at a run of the mill cantina, try Ernesto's. We had to drive into town from out in the country, but for this place, we'll be back!"
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "We all ate here for dinner, hadn't been here for many Years. The food,drinks and service was very good for a busy New Years Eve night."
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "We had dinner here with our family on New Years Eve. Since we had reservations, our table was waiting for us. We had excellent service and the food was wonderful. We got in and out quickly, although we were not rushed. It was a very nice evening."
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "Ernesto's is a really charming spot and servers seem eager to please. However, we found the restaurant to be overly air conditioned on the winter day we visited, extremely noisy, high volume fiesta music and even higher volume guests. We were a fairly large and lively group ourselves, but could not hear our own conversations at all over the music or neighboring table which was over-the-top loud. The salsa is strange, in consistency and super bland flavor, this was a detriment to the food experience. Our server never returned to refill water glasses. All this said, we did really like the atmosphere there, it's a cute place, and the pomegranite margarita was excellent."
    Dined on 12/28/2013
  • "We had a party of 15. Most of our pastry arrived early and we were seated right away. 5 others in our party came 1/2 hour late and our server was so gracious! You guys made our grandchildren's baptism very special by being so kind. Thank you. We will come again. We will recommend you to our friends. The food and service were a definite 10!"
    Dined on 11/17/2013
  • "I love the food here. My boyfriend and I always choose Ernestos for special outings, it's our fave!"
    Dined on 11/16/2013
  • "We love Ernesto's. The food is consistent and good. We always bring guests and family and enjoy their Top-shelf Margaritas too. The food is nicely prepared and always tasty. This is not a fancy restaurant but the design of the building and interior is high end. It can be quite noisy on busy weekend evenings. We actually liked this when our kids were small since crabby kids really could not be heard by other diners since the noise level covers those crabby sounds. While not a great reason to visit a restaurant, we have never found the level of noise to be intrusive. Conversations still were easily made with our fellow diners and guests. We will always look forward to visiting Ernesto's and always get a great meal."
    Dined on 11/10/2013
  • "I had read reviews that this place had some spicy food. Boy were those reviews wrong because this was the blandest Mexican food I have ever had. My chili colorado was supposed to be sirloin in chili sauce when in fact it was roast in tomato sauce. I can only assume they switched meats to save $, but it tastes horrid. My wife's carne asada was lacking any seasoning at all. Even she felt the food was lacking in any flavors or spice and she can not even stand to look at a jalapeno our she gets lit up. Our server even laughed when we asked about the spice and said the food is bland so people don't complain. Even after we said something and sent back food no one offered to fix the problem or anything. Really poor service."
    Dined on 10/19/2013
  • "I had been to Ernesto's a few years ago and had a really nice dining experience as it was my sisters birthday and i had planned a surprise dinner for her with about 15 of her friends. This past Thursday was a totally different dining experience. Horrible service, had to flag down our server for ordering, drinks, additional place settings, water, etc.... I had ordered the Taco Salad with chicken and it was very tough; I didn't finish it. I had also mentioned that it was my sisters birthday, as I had written in the comments when booking the reservation as well as telling our server, (when I saw him that is), but no special attention for my sis. no singing and no little birthday surprise dessert or anything! I will not dine there again."
    Dined on 10/10/2013
  • "Mariachi band was way too loud and seemed to focus on a table of 3 ladies right by us. Could not even talk to table mates. Fish taco was OK but nothing spectacular. Churro dessert was very plain - packaged churros with 3 scoops of ice cream. I could have made it better at home."
    Dined on 10/10/2013