Centro Cocina Mexicana

4.5
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$30 and under
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Regional Mexican
A staple in the Sacramento dining scene for over 25 years, Centro Cocina Mexicana offers the most authentic regional Mexican cuisine in Sacramento in a festive and colorful atmosphere. Located on the corner of 28th & J Streets, Centro has remained one of the best Mexican restaurants in the region due to its commitment to using local products and house made ingredients. The craft bar with an extensive list of tequilas, (300 and counting) infusions, and margaritas served by the friendly, energetic staff creates a truly unique restaurant experience.
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4.5based on recent ratings
4.6
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4.4
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4.4
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4.3
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77% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OT
Sacramento
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic crab enchiladas & delicious Margaritas!

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DB
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of my favorite spots to eat. The guacamole is always amazing and the special that night, the crab enchiladas and crab tacos were exceptional.

H
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Mediocre. Not great, not horrible. Honestly not worth the price.

M
Sacramento
13 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall3food2service3ambience3

We chose this restaurant because January was "crab" month. The crab tacos had very little crab. The crab salad was then substituted. There was more crab in the salad but there was way too much dressing. The crab enchiladas were good. The noise level was extremely high, even in the back room.

SD
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Crab salad was good but too salty. Chicken mole was very good. Chips very good also, light & fresh

OT
Sacramento
2 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall2food4service1ambience5

The waiter was very inconsiderate

TW
Sacramento
6 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This is not your typical Mexican restaurant. The culinary quality surpasses most of the varieties of "South of the Border" restaurants I've experienced. The use of spices and care with preparation made for a delightful experience. Our server, Alexis, was more than just a waitress. In fact, she acted as an ambassador for the restaurant, exuding enthusiasm for the establishment and offering descriptive advice on entrees that she made our choices easy. In addition, she was very helpful and knowledgeable about or dietary restrictions, gladly offering variations. It was truly a night to remember!

OT
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall1food3service1ambience1

Long wait even though we had a reservation. Had to sit in bar with child.

l
San Francisco
35 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best carnitas! Great place for every day dining or for group celebrations. This is our go to place for our annual holiday get together.

J
Sacramento
5 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food and drinks with wonderful flavor that you can tell is made fresh. Our waitress had a great personality and was very on top of things.

SC
Sacramento
24 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Christmas tamales were exceptional and not to be missed!!!! Unfortunately, event though we were there early (4:45pm), the service was spotty and slow. One of our meals was missed and came after the rest of us had nearly finished. The adjustment on the bill was nice, but still not called for.

OT
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a delicious lunch. Our server was outstanding. I don’t remember ever having such exceptional service. Our server was Asher G.
He was outstanding.

OT
Sacramento
13 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Partick is a great waiter! Food was wonderful as always!

DT
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Very good meal, a little noisy and the service providers were understaffed.

C
Sacramento
13 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

My only complaint was that the hostess did not check me in properly, so I got a "nastygram" from Open Table asserting that I had been a no-show. I called the restaurant and after a little confusion on their end, it was fixed. Note to self: ALWAYS verify that the host/ess checks off the reservation.