Cicada Cantina - Elk Grove

3.9
25 Reviews
$30 and under
Mexican
Cicada Cantina is a Mexican restaurant located in Elk Grove, California that serves Unique, Authentic and Innovative Mexican cuisine with a Twist! This restaurant offers casual, family friendly dining in an upbeat atmosphere with a full service bar and pet friendly patios.
This restaurant specializes in preparing authentically marinated, slow cooked meats and house-made sauces utilizing fresh ingredients daily. Cicada Cantina serves traditional Mexican favorites as well as Signature dishes all prepared and made in-house.
This restaurant also offers an impressive drink menu featuring a variety of Margaritas, Hand-crafted cocktails, wine and extensive Tequila bar.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 25 people are saying
Overall ratings and reviews
Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
3.9based on recent ratings
3.8
food
4.1
service
4.0
ambience
3.5
value
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85% of people would recommend it to a friend
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RMac
Sacramento
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

If you want something better than Chevy’s, go to Cicada Cantina!!

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HenryA
Central Coast
5 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dinner to watch football game with.. Excellent as always !!

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vipDangerousDiner
Sacramento
27 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

My wife and I decided to try a new Mexican restaurant in Elk Grove. Cicada Cantina is pretty good and we'll return again.

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OpenTable Diner
Columbus
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was excellent and the services was even better! I’ll definitely be coming back soon!

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PamB
Phoenix
3 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience3

The food was very good and flavorful. The service was a little slow, but friendly.

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Rboo
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience4

Wait for taking order long, zero salt and very sparse on citrus in guacamole, Order a whole different guacamole then ordered ( waiter didn’t bother to write anything down) waiter didn’t give salt after asking had to ask another staff member, and cherry on top food made me and my mom sick.

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MaryK
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Food was delicious. Chairs are uncomfortable especially with my somewhat broad bottom. Friendly server. Dog friendliness was appreciated.

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MonicaR
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, drinks and friendly staff. I have already told several people that it is a must if you live in Elk Grove or the surrounding area.

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Goodfood
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great service, and great atmosphere! Loved the roll up doors.

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TimS
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great food and drinks at this Cantina style restaurant.

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DanielW
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience2

I first went a while back for dinner with my wife. It was awsome. Food was hot and fresh. Empanadas where out of this world. Our next venture was last sunday for brunch. It was a bit underwhelming. Empanadas where really greasy definitely did not have the fresh made taste as the first time. I has the cicada bennidect which came almost cold. Luke warm at best. Flavor was good. Patatos had the same problem. I will go back for a nother try. I strike it up as covid chaos. I hope thats what happened. It would be a shame for this place to let stabdards slip. Elk grove needs good eateries like this.

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BrendaN
Sacramento
10 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Food was good and chips and salsas are excellent. I also love the flavored ice teas.

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DianeD
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Really good food and service. We ate outside in an enclosed patio area. They are doing every thing they can to keep everyone safe. I would go back again for sure!

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BravoMama
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience3

What a shame....we were really looking forward to a good Mexican Restaurant in Elk Grove. The outside dining was not full or busy and they made a mistake on 2 of our 3 plates. Cocktails were NOT good, definitely need a more experienced bartender. I don't think we will go back, so my answer is no, I do not recommend their food. Ambiance was good, because we were out to enjoy ourselves and it was a beautiful evening.

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BrianC
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Great food and service. I suggest everyone give this place a try. I can't wait until they open inside dinning.

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OpenTable Diner
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience with outside seating

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davidh
Sacramento
13 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good food and presentation. Server did a great job considering the outdoor circumstances.

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Unhappy
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2020
Overall2food1service2ambience1

I ordered the sampler plate, and was told they didn't have wings - although it was on the menu.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Sacramento
3 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience3

The food was excellent and they have a great outdoor seating area. Our server however, she might as well have not been wearing a mask because it was off of her nose and off of half of her mouth every time she came to the table. It was upsetting! She personally comes in close contact with everybody that she serves and she should be wearing a full face mask! The Excuse of it keeps falling down does not work! She should have a mask that fits properly!! I hope that this will be taken care of when we go back.

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Mangorita
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, lots of options including vegetarian style. Great drinks. Excellent service. We love this place, great addition to Elk Grove that was sorely lacking in quality Mexican sit-down restaurants.

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kimk
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Because of state guidelines, we had to eat outside, which was fine with us. Our waiter was extremely friendly and helpful. The food was ok, a little pricey in my opinion. The drinks, however, were fantastic. Those were definitely worth the money. We will try them again to see if we have better luck with the food.

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BETTEH
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience3

First and foremost, even their house margarita was good. Top Shelf Margarita was even better.

My husband's plate had to be sent back because it was barely warm, let alone hot. And the sauce on the enchilada and refried beans looked as though they'd been setting around too long. It was replaced with a fresh plate. It tasted OK.

My Mexican Paella was better but for the price I would have liked to see more shrimp and chicken rather than being over loaded with chorizo. Again, the dish was OK.

The waiters run their butts off as the place is busy and all seating is outside. They're doing the best they can. Everyone, please be kind to the staff. They earn every penny they make.

I will go back and try the Street Tacos and have another of the yummy margaritas! Maybe it was just a stressful night for the staff.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2020
Overall2food4service1ambience3

Even with reservations it took a long time to be seated. Took forever for someone to come and give us drinks and take our order. Good food bit on the pricey side.

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TodB
Sacramento
2 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience4

Service was slow, and it took an inordinately long amount of time to get our cocktails. Food was good overall but not outstanding. Pork loin was overcooked and tough.

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Mangorita
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Seated with reservation. Food and service excellent. Recommended restaurant to friends and neighbors.

FAQs

Cicada Cantina - Elk Grove does offer delivery in partnership with Postmates. Cicada Cantina - Elk Grove also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (916) 684-8978.

Cicada Cantina - Elk Grove is rated 3.9 stars by 25 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.