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Centro Cocina Mexicana, Sacramento, CA

Centro Cocina Mexicana

4.5
4.5
207 Reviews
$30 and under
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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2 people

9:00 PM


Order delivery or takeout

Other options

  • Order online

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Mexican, Regional Mexican

  • Hours of operation

    Happy Hour Mon–Fri 3:00 pm–5:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 3:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 3:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (916) 442-2552

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Kurt Spataro

  • Private party facilities

    Centro offers a back room that accommodates up to 30 guests sit down in multiple table configurations. For cocktail parties, the room accommodates up to 50 guests. There are private dining menus as well as customized menus available. Please contact pmt.megan@paragarys.com for more information.

  • Neighborhood

    Sacramento

  • Cross street

    28th

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Dog Friendly, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wi-Fi available, Wine

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What 207 people are saying

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Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Sacramento / Sacramento Valley

    Mexican

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Our friends were an hour late, but the staff was great about it. We ate and our friends ordered when they got there. The food was awesome. The sweet potato tamale side was our favorite. Sat outside, which was occasionally noisy but enjoyable as the weather was great.
  2. T

    Tmurph

    San Francisco

    23 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on May 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food and service, our favorite Friday night dinner restaurant.
  3. j

    jen123

    Sacramento

    7 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on May 23, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    Service was great. Food needs a little more flavor. Chicken was bland. Guac was very tasty.
  4. a

    aliyahs

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 16, 2022

    overall2food1service1ambience3
    the service was alright and definitely would not come back
  5. T

    Tmurph

    San Francisco

    23 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on May 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent service, food and the best Margaritas in California.
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 9, 2022

    overall2food4service2ambience4
    Waitress had great service and food was delicious but it took over an hour to receive appetizers. One appetizer was forgotten but waitress removed charge. Main dish took about 20-30 min after to receive.
  7. JU

    JoanneU

    Sacramento

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 9, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    This was my second time eating here and the food was very good. Their guacamole is the best. I also love their Margarita infusions. This visit was Mother's Day and it was very crowded but bring that the service was fast and efficient.
  8. C

    Chris

    Sacramento

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Even slammed on Mothers Day the meal was amazing as usual
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Sacramento

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience5
    Food is delicious. It was disappointing that we booked a reservation and we still had to wait 30mins to get a table after we saw few party's arrive with no reservation and get a table before us. Other than that everything was good.
  10. l

    lollyc

    Sacramento

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience4
    Great for drinks and appetizers. Entrees...not so much. Quesadilla more like hard, deep fried empanadas and fish in taco had a strange taste. Should have asked what kind of fish. Service was very good.
  11. LL

    LuLuB

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 22, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Great food, atmosphere and excellent staff
  12. DM

    DeniseM

    Cincinnati

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 19, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience4
    Sat outside - so noise level much better than inside
  13. AZ

    AlephZen

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 17, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Fantastic. Great food and the people have been reliably friendly and on the ball. A definite go-to for Mexican --- in a state where that cuisine is obviously a strong suit. Easy recommendation.
  14. RG

    RobinG

    Sacramento

    89 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    89 reviews

    Dined on April 13, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Everything was terrific.
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great experience, great food!
  16. MD

    MarchDiners

    Sacramento

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on April 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We really enjoyed the delicious food and we were provided with great service. The seating, booth, was comfortable and we really enjoyed our time out.
  17. S

    Sactokaren

    Sacramento

    99 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    99 reviews

    Dined on April 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    April is shrimp month, so I had the Shrimp Diabla. It came with rice, asparagus, and avocado slices. I was delicious and filling. I brought half of it home. Since it was National Burrito day, one of my friends ordered the two burrito dinner. He had chorizo and carnitas. He cleaned his plate. My other friend ordered a margarita and the taquito appetizer. Our server was attentive without hovering. He gladly offered us separate checks.
  18. R

    Racecat777

    Sacramento

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on April 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always awesome at Centro! Richard, our server was phenomenal as he was sooo attentive! We will be back!
  19. JD

    JoshD

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great service and the food was amazing. We are vegetarian and found great variety from appetizers to entrees. Had to leave for a show so no time for dessert as they were busy but they all sounded great.
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Sacramento

    9 reviews

    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on March 27, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Kaitlyn was our server and she did a good job.
  21. TS

    TomSacto

    Sacramento

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on March 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    If you want good Mexican food and a great selection of margaritas this is the place. Also, very friendly staff.
  22. TJ

    TheJohnsons

    Sacramento

    11 reviews

    3.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on March 25, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience2
    Real mixed bag. A couple very good dishes, an okay dish and a fail. Sangria was not sangria and was disappointing. Beer and wine list had something for everyone. Service was stretched thin but did pretty good. Annoying Mexican music was too loud for table conversation.
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent server and food! Thank you.
  24. SJ

    SusanJ

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We love Centro! Great food & service & vibe:)
  25. J

    Jeffreyb

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 16, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    A relaxing meal. Great mole on top of stuffed plantains. Excellent churros for dessert.
  26. M

    Maureen

    Tahoe

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 8, 2022

    overall5food5service3ambience5
    We can INHALE the chips and salsa! We can’t help ourselves! We crave it and we each want our OWN bowl of salsa and our own bowl of chips! Great food but when we ask for our own little bowl of salsa, don’t say YES and then not bring it. Charge us if you think we asked for too much! Food was delicious, as always!
  27. CS

    ChuckS

    Columbus

    14 reviews

    4.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on March 5, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    The staff is very friendly and attentive.
  28. HT

    HelenT

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Such friendly service and the food and drinks were excellent!
  29. M

    Maureen

    Tahoe

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This place is amazing The best guacamole and salsas/chips We always get too full on them!! All 5 stars except.. when you miss happy hour (3-5), you miss out on some appetizers NOT available on regular menu or in the dining room This is sad! We love their happy hour food!
  30. S

    Steve

    Sacramento

    152 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    152 reviews

    Dined on February 24, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    A fun restaurant. The monthly Dungeness crab specials were good, especially the tacos. Good beer on tap. Great service, unhurried even though it was past closing time.
  31. DL

    DavidL

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I always like hosting my friends here when they come to town and they always love it.
  32. HR

    HelenR

    Sacramento

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 23, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience3
    The hostess was very friendly and hard working, cleaning off a table for us right away. Waiter was very friendly and accommodating. It was a bit too loud for my taste. I did not like only green salsa option with the chips. I did not like white rice with the beans. But I am very picky about Mexican cuisine and felt the food was bland though not unpalatable, just not my taste.
  33. TM

    TanyaM

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 23, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience4
    The Salsa was delicious. The anticipated Crab enchiladas were just ok. They were meaty, but Not as flavorful as expected. I also would have preferred Mexican rice versus the steam rice option only. The entree also quite pricey!
  34. SC

    SacCeeMac

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Lured by the promise of Dunguness crab in dishes to celebrate February, my group of 3 enjoyed all the three specials on offer: crab salad, crab tacos and crab enchiladas. I had the salad and loved the presentation and flavors. My guests found the tacos especially good. A good local beer and margarita with a fruit infusion balanced the dishes. Although the mango-berry-and-something-else colored the beverage a gorgeous pink, the flavor was nearly unnoticeable; it still was a delicious lime-forward margarita with a modest half rim of salt (perfect for me). Service was excellent and our food arrived quickly. The chips and two salsas were very good, especially the tomatillo green salsa. We’ll definitely return!
  35. DO

    DONNYV

    Sacramento

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always a great time. Food was awesome. Love the salsa!
  36. A

    Alex

    Exclusive

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 16, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience3
    It was a birthday treat but it wasn’t acknowledged
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Sacramento

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Would definitely return. Great service, good food.
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Sacramento

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2022

    overall3food3service1ambience1
    It was Valentine’s Day so everyone was rubbing around like crazy. Service was horrible but the food came out great.
  39. S

    Speak916

    San Francisco

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 14, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience2
    We were seated outside. The heaters weren't working. There was an electrician working on them. It was Valentine's day and there was a special menu for that. We were given the menus however the waiter said the specials weren't available until 5:00. The food was pretty good and the drinks were great. It was a very forgettable meal and experience, especially for Valentine's day.
  40. DD

    DanielD

    Tahoe

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The quality of the food and service is always excellent. We brought our Brother and Sister In-Law last night for the first time and they raved about the quality of the food.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Centro Cocina Mexicana using the Order Online button. Centro Cocina Mexicana also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (916) 442-2552.

Centro Cocina Mexicana is rated 4.5 stars by 207 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

9:00 PM


Order delivery or takeout

Other options

  • Order online
Google Map for Centro Cocina Mexicana

2730 J St Sacramento, CA 95816-4314

Additional information

  • Cross street

    28th

  • Neighborhood

    Sacramento

  • Hours of operation

    Happy Hour Mon–Fri 3:00 pm–5:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 3:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 3:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Mexican, Regional Mexican

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Kurt Spataro

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Dog Friendly, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wi-Fi available, Wine

  • Phone number

    (916) 442-2552

  • Private party facilities

    Centro offers a back room that accommodates up to 30 guests sit down in multiple table configurations. For cocktail parties, the room accommodates up to 50 guests. There are private dining menus as well as customized menus available. Please contact pmt.megan@paragarys.com for more information.

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