Zinfandel Grille - Sacramento
Zinfandel Grille - Sacramento

Zinfandel Grille - Sacramento

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://zinfandelgrille.com/
  • Phone: (916) 485-7100
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 4:00pm; Dinner: Sunday - Monday: 4:00pm - 9:00pm, Tuesday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Californian, Mediterranean
  • Executive Chef: Cerilo Hernandez
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: Offsite catering is available please call (916) 485-7100 to inquire.
  • Entertainment: Live Jazz music every Friday and Saturday from 7:30pm to 10:30pm.
  • Special Events: Please contact our Event Coordinator (Janet Walker) for more information.
    She could be reached at 916-485-7100

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Howe & Fulton
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Private lots located behind and to the side of the restaurant.
A word from Zinfandel Grille - Sacramento
The Zinfandel Grille, Sacramento has been a local tradition for more than 20 years. Our upscale restaurant provides a unique dining experience while remaining comfortable and casual. The style of our food from our house-made pasta and wood-fired pizza to our grilled Kobe and rustic meatloaf pairs well with our array of Zinfandel wines. The cuisine ranges from California fresh to hearty Mediterranean. Our chefs selects only the best and freshest ingredients and we change our menu seasonally.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Lunch
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeigborhood Gem
  • Diners' Choice WinnerCalifornian
Zinfandel Grille - Sacramento reviews from OpenTable diners
138 reviews since August 1, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.3
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
95% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (77)special occasion (68)fit for foodies (54)great for lunch (48)good for groups (41)romantic (30)vibrant bar scene (22)notable wine list (21)great for brunch (16)great for outdoor dining (15)hot spot (9)late-night find (7)kid-friendly (5)scenic view (3)Show More
  • Loved by locals for good reason
    mjb6
    Dined on 11/21/2014
    Consistent, high-quality food, reasonably priced in a semi-formal, but comfortable setting. Tends to get busy if not seated early which can affect timely service. But, the great food, comfortable setting, and live light-background jazz makes it easy to stay long and enjoy company. Definitely a place for simple celebrations over a good meal.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Been here many times, service and food is good
    Dssac
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    Recommend go late for dinner after 8pm then there are tables and less crowded. Every dis we order is excellent and service is wonderful. Good wine list.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Food, Good Service, Good Music
    LivingwithInterest
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    As long time patrons of Zinfandel's, our expectations are always high and we are rarely disappointed. Open Table (OT) makes reservations easy and Zinfandel's staff make using OT simple. FOOD. Our server knew the menu and answered questions easily and made several suggestions which turned out to be excellent choices. The fettuccine with shrimp and chicken special was an excellent suggestion. SERVICE. The servers and table support staff work as a team and that is always evident, our table never wanted for bread, butter, and olive oil or refreshed water. Zinfandel's food is consistently wonderful and the staff understand customer service and that is why we enjoy returning again and again. MUSIC. Music is the most difficult part of any party but Zinfandel's hosts great musicians whose sounds are a great addition to a lovely dining experience. The sound level of the music was just loud enough and did not intrude in our conversation.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great place
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    Our party had a wonderful evening. Our server was fantastic and we had a great time! Will be back again in the future.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Surprisingly great appetizer
    RJB3VIP
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    Since we arrived a bit early for our dinner reservation, we opted for a drink at the bar and, on a whim, I chose onion rings as an appetizer. They were very thin rings with a very light, yet flavorful, panko-type "crust." They disappeared quickly and still left plenty of room for dinner. Hubby had the pasta special--it was loaded with chunks of chicken, bacon, asparagus and other goodies. I opted for the seafood fettucine--fantastic! We both brought home enough for the next day's lunch. This is definitely a cannot miss place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Reliable food,service & atmosphere
    Nonickname
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    We have been here many times and the food and service are consistently very good. They maintain the restaurant very nice as well it does not look or feel dated. There was a 3 piece band the night we were there which made conversation at the table strained but we had a very pleasant evening. The menu has something for everyone.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Too noisy.
    Robert
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    I've dined here many times, and looked forward to our recent dinner with friends. Unfortunately, our party of 6 was seated at a corner table in a large room (not the main dining room) that was set up for a couple of very large parties, and there was a table next to ours that had a bunch of folks who made so much noise we couldn't carry on a conversation across the table. This was a Saturday night, typically crowded, we are told, but if we go again for dinner with our friends we are going to insist on being seated in the main dining room, away from noisy crowds. The food & service, were, as usual, very good.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Another Excellent Dining Experience
    LivingwithInterest
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    Using Open Table for reservations, when we arrived, our table was ready and we were seated in our preferred area. [Thank you Zinfandel!] Hostess was inviting, the wait staff were attentive, and the food all arrived hot and prepared nicely. The wine selection is good and fairly priced. The Apple Crisp and fresh coffee were the perfect end to a lovely dinner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food and service
    DougP
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    Zinfandel Grille is my favorite fine dining restaurant in Sacramento. The menu is varied, the food is delicious, and the service is generally quite good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best steak ever!
    sing4supper
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    We had a small group and the staff did a great job keeping our water glasses full. The food was terrific, especially the salmon and the steak. Both melted in my mouth. The chocolate lava cake was excellent as well.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A Never Miss Dinner Destination
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    We have enjoyed many lunches and dinners at Zinfandel Grill. Always a friendly and attentive wait staff. We love the varied entree selections and the prices are certainly affordable. A favorite is the seafood linquini with alfredo sauce. Wine by the glass selections are adequate and appreciated. For lunch the salad selections are perfect for a lighter entree.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice evening with friends
    Mabel
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    Food is always good at Zilnfandel. I can always count on a good meal at Zinfandel Grille. The service is always good to excellent. Happy hour is very fun, and the music on the weekends is nice.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very good food
    anonymousVIP
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    The Kobe steak was quite good. My mustard chicken was not as crusty and crisp as usual. But we still like it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent!!!
    Amona
    Dined on 9/29/2014
    ZGrille is consistently excellent. I brought friends from AZ and WA to this dinner, and they all thoroughly enjoyed the good food! Highly recommended!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Service
    grayVIP
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    We had a very nice meal with great service from the wait staff and even the guy who brought us the bread and water. Will go back.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Anniversary Dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    My husband and I tried Zinfandel Grille for our first wedding anniversary. We were very pleased with the setting, we had a clear view of the TV(for football Sunday). We noticed it gets very busy, which is a good thing! The food was more than what we expected. I chose this place just for the menu itself and when we actually got our food we indulged. From the appetizer, dinner entree' to the dessert, all of it was amazing. Definitely one of the best meals we've ever had! I would recommend this restaurant to my friends and family and we will be coming back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • busy place
    samsaid
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Restaurant was very crowded and servers were very busy, so service was somewhat slow on this Saturday night.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pretty average
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    I was visiting a friend and she suggested this place. The hosts were very nice and we were early so we sat at the bar for a drink. The bartender was standing in front of us but yelling to another customer a few seats down. Not very pleasant. Service at the table was good. She had the swordfish special and liked it. I had the Asian chicken salad which was pretty bland. I also had the basil pesto pizza which was good but not great. We split a piece of cheesecake that the server suggested but I thought was only average. NOthing bad here, just not great.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • always consistent good food
    anonymousVIP
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    the chicken mustard is always delicious..the caesar salad was dry,,they forgot to put the dressing or not enough, had to ask for more.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • It's been here all along!
    Darsun
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    I live two blocks from this restaurant but just hadn't been in a long time. Very sad as it is a jem. I wrote it off as expensive. But the reality is there are many price points on the menu and the food is solid. The service was wonderful and the place was packed on a Saturday night.i'll be back soon. Try the Kobe steak salad at $16.00.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • All was great
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    The food was fresh and fabulous. Presentation was superb. Service just perfective; attentive but not overbearing.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Kobe salad - wonderful
    LovesTheCaliforniaReds
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Enjoyed the Kobe beef salad - a must try; maybe for dinner next with one of your better Cali-Reds. DR
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First Time Impression
    CADMan
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    Booked Reservation for special occasion lunch. We were seated right away. Nice atmosphere, comfortable. Menu, a little old school, I had the Mustard Chicken, cooked to perfection, served on top of a wilted spinach salad (not a fan) and a large portion of mashed potatoes (mildly loose). Wait staff was attentive and pleasant. Prompt service and the food was delivered piping hot. My companion ordered the Peperoni Pizza, which he was warned came with mushrooms and olives (not pointed out on the menu). No sweetener for my tea on the table. Bread and herbed olive oil as an appetizer (would have preferred something a little more fresh). Priced in the soft upper range of lunch $15-18. per plate. Overall good experience, will definitely try again.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • good live music
    GuyGoodday
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    and not so loud ! I could talk with my wife ! Good food too and ...wine! Nice birthday dinner!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • HiccupDandy
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Very Good WE love it. The food is great, The staff is friendly, just a great place to have a enjoyable meal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    I ordered the Linguine. The serving was very small for the price. The clams were about the size of a nickel and only 3 shrimp. The price was $23.00 and should have been about half that. The bread was delicious and actually the best part of the meal. I mentioned a birthday at our table and they brought the desert menu. Thinking it was free, we ordered the cheesecake. Unfortunately, we were charged another $7.50. Most restaurants give a free desert for a birthday! The main restaurant has everyone sitting in one big room which is not private and very noisy. The women's bathroom was horrible. The stalls are so small and toilets too low to the ground. With the high prices you are charging, you should put some money back into this!
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Consistently Very Good
    LivingwithInterest
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    As a long time diner at Zinfandel's, I return again and again. The service is great regardless of where I sit. The wait staff understand the menu and can make excellent recommendations. The menu offers a wide selection, the food is consistently very good and prepared to request. On the weekends, Zinfandel's has live music that does not interrupt your evening. Thank you Zinfandel.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Suburban Gem
    lHeidiHiker
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Zinfandel Grille is a great place in suburban Sacramento, that distinguishes itself from the typical chain restaurants found in suburbia. The food is reasonably priced, the wine list, while not extensive, offers sufficient variety and price range for the novice to the expert. They have vegetarian options, and gladly make substitutions to suite your dietary preferences. The service is prompt, courteous, and friendly. Reservations are not required, but I recommend them during the weekends. I usually dine here early, but on the weekends live music is featured starting at 7pm. Dress is casual, but you could come here dressed semi-formally and be comfortable either way. By all means check this place out. You'll be a regular
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • So so food
    GimmeMas
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Everything was great, service, scene and staff . . but the food was only fair and we expected more. The menu looked and sounded great, but the two items we tasted were only so, so. I did notice an elderly crowd, not sure if the food was a bit bland for that reason, but the best critic is you, so check it out yourself. Too many other choices that deliver on taste.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Z Grille great as usual
    RJB3VIP
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    As usual, the three of us who try to dine out monthly, had a great food experience, but service was a bit "sloppy." Asked twice for butter and finally had to stop a passing busboy to get some. Although the third member of out party was late, seems we were a but pushed to order quickly.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Steak
    CaroleVIP
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    We went for dinner and each of had the Z Fillet which was great. Great service. When we asked if salad could be substituted for the potatoes we received a very nice small salad, no extra charge. We eat there often and always get a great meal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Always excellent
    Cakris78
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    Recently did a small birthday celebration and was very pleased with all aspects if the experience. Delicious perfectly prepared food! The filet was to due for and being a Big Morton's The Steakhouse fan everyone at the table was shocked when I said the filet at Zinfandel Grille was far better. Extremely tender and fantastic flavor.. Can't wait to come back and find again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Business Lunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    Atmosphere was good for my business lunch. I got the Ruben and it was really good, not too heavy. I would have appreciated being checked on after the bill was paid, filling up waters, etc.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fab Meatloaf
    teoteoVIP
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    I have to admit the Meatloaf was excellent. The meat was moist and juicy and the taste was fabulous.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Cute place
    foodieandwinesnobVIP
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Well, the food was o.k., great Jazz music! we liked that. We'll return for the music.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • FAVORITE PLACE, PERIOD!
    JCB95608
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Service: OUTSTANDING, Food: SUPER OUTSTANDING... By far, Zinfandel Grille is mine and Michael's favorite restaurant. Doesn't matter if we're celebrating a birthday, anniversary, or just want to grab dinner at the bar and listen to jazz on a Friday night, Zinfandel Grille has our vote. We always know that no matter what we have, the quality will be there. This is our place, every server is trained for exceptional service, and they make you feel welcomed from the time you walk through the door. Can't think of a better place to have fun and just enjoy an evening out.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great place to dine
    LorettaVIP
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Love dining on Friday & Saturday night with the musicans, nice easy listening music.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • never miss
    OuiniVIP
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    returned to use birthday coupon and, as always, met with great service and predictably very good food with interesting choices of special menu items..will return on a regular basis. comfortable setting if a bit noisy near the bar. Occasionally have music from group that seems to be a generation or two behind on selections but that does not detract from the enjoyable experience at the restaurant
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delicious food, great service
    DecemberGirl05
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    We both had their special of angel hair pasta with prawns and scallops. It was delicious. Our server was great. We will definitely be back.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love this place.
    LocalYokel
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Great place for after B Street. Everyone's food was great although the current version of the pork chop was not as good as previous versions. Good service.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 98 ratings-only reviews submitted since August 1, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.2
    • Food4.3
    • Ambiance4.1
    • Service4.4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 617 reviews are from the Zinfandel Grille - Sacramento reviews archive.