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Polanco Cantina, Sacramento, CA

Polanco Cantina

4.5
4.5
305 Reviews
$30 and under
Mexican
Polanco Cantina is a festive, contemporary Mexican restaurant and bar. Serving Mexican-inspired familiar favorites and celebrating the bounty of central California, Polanco is located in Downtown Commons, overlooking the Golden One Center.

Polanco Cantina, turns into a Late Night Lounge on Friday and Saturday nights from 11:00pm-1:45am, Cover Charge Applies

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 4 times today

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Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Mexican, Cocktail Bar, Contemporary Latin
  • Hours of operation
    Brunch Sat, Sun 10:00 am–2:00 pm Lunch Mon–Fri 11:00 am–3:00 pm Dinner Daily 3:00 pm–10:00 pm Happy Hour Mon–Fri 3:00 pm–5:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (916) 536-7250
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Smart Casual
  • Executive chef
    John Morales
  • Neighborhood
    Sacramento
  • Cross street
    5th Street
  • Parking details
    Free Parking - We validate at Central DOCO Parking lot for up to 90 minutes. Located underneath the Century Theater, east of 5th street.
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wine

What 305 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Sacramento / Sacramento Valley

    Hot spot

  • Sacramento / Sacramento Valley

    Great for outdoor dining

  • Sacramento / Sacramento Valley

    Great for scenic views

  • Sacramento / Sacramento Valley

    Lively

  • Sacramento

    Hot spot

  • Sacramento

    Great for outdoor dining

  • Sacramento

    Great for scenic views

  • Sacramento

    Lively

305 Reviews
  1. ThomasF

    Philadelphia

    21 reviews

    4.0

    21 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Great food great environment. Service was quick and music was good too.

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  2. Gathbxfgj

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on May 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Had a fairly large party (11) in attendance for the Sac State graduation at Golden 1 and everyone felt very well taken care of. The food was great, the service was even better (thanks Dustin!) and the Paloma’s were off the chart. Thanks for making this special event even better!

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  3. Steph

    New York City

    20 reviews

    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on May 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Make this place your local favorite!! My 10th visit (at least) and every time the wait staff is fantastic, the food is hot and timely and the atmosphere is fun. Great place to grab a bite and a drink before a game or concert. Reservations may be tough at times but well worth the planning to place them early. Thank you Polanco and Oscar!!

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  4. OpenTable Diner

    Sacramento

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on May 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Delicious. Colorful. Attentive service. Great vibe.

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  5. OpenTable Diner

    Sacramento

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 5, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Received very good service and great food! Can’t wait to go back :)

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  6. OpenTable Diner

    Sacramento

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 4, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    Waiter messed up the check split, and charged a full tab on one card.

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  7. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    12 reviews

    2.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on April 28, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Just really bad food and incredibly overpriced. Kicking myself cause I knew I shouldn’t have taken my family here. But was hoping it was more like Puesto, and would at least be good. Chicken enchiladas were mushy and came in a tiny plate with rice and beans - both of which lacked flavor. Kids menu is really bad. Nothing really for pre-teens unless they want cut chicken and rice.

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  8. OpenTable Diner

    Sacramento

    2 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 21, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Chips/ salsa and 2 meals (no drinks) $83 with tax and tip.

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  9. OpenTable Diner

    Sacramento

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 16, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    I always enjoy coming here and I did come in on a playoff game which I was surprised. They had no happy hour and they also had a limited menu which surprised me because during all the other Kings games it’s not like this but all in all I still enjoy it, and definitely will be back

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  10. jferdie

    Sacramento

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on April 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Try the avocado tacos, they are delicious and does not disappoint. I ores two and that was plenty. Comes with a side of black beans that are equally good.

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  11. OpenTable Diner

    Sacramento

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great customer service, great vibe, fun space, great food. Simple as that 👌. Also…their Flan is 🔥🔥🔥

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  12. OpenTable Diner

    Sacramento

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on April 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    All was great! Make sure to make a reservation when there is an event at the arena.

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  13. Gabriela

    Sacramento

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great service, great ambience, and better food & drinks!

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  14. BoldDuo

    Sacramento

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on April 4, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    I finally got into this very popular spot, thanks to advance reservations. The service and food was excellent and plentiful. Me and my guest both had the Poblanco Quesadilla (one carnitas, the other chicken). Absolutely delicious.

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  15. NikkoH

    Sacramento

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A wonderful experience. Would recommend this place to my friends and family. Definitely coming here again.

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  16. OpenTable Diner

    Sacramento

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The most delicious tacos I’ve ever had. So far I have tried the shrimp tacos and the Panko avocado tacos.

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  17. DaisyH

    Sacramento

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Service was Great! Table had nice simple presentation, drinks were delicious and food was flavorful

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  18. OpenTable Diner

    Sacramento

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Came on a Saturday night with my mom and husband and toddler. We had a 530 reservation. It was verrry busy but we got seated immediately at a window table with a nice view of DOCO. The server Zoey was fabulous! The chips and salsa are to die for - the best! We ordered margeritas and entrees. Everything was amazing - the camarones borachos, chicken tortilla soup, and chicken mole enchiladas. Delicious!!!! Then we had flan. It was excellent as well. The whole dinner was a success and everyone left happy.

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  19. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 9, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    Had higher expectations. Cold food. Staff tried hard. Great chips and salsa.

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  20. OpenTable Diner

    Sacramento

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on March 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Excellent food well prepared and presented and good strong margaritas sooo good! Tacos Camarones was my favorite- every one agreed the shrimp was dried perfectly and so delicious, we tasted each other’s food for a full experience. The huge fish tacos were fried perfectly, enchiladas verde was good with a lot of chicken the Birria Quesadilla had a lot of meat and delicious but it was so huge. every thing was fresh guac and crunchy delicious chips with good hot salsa too. Our server was always attentive and made great recommendations. This place is in a great location and has a laidback vibe so perfect for a pregame or preconcert at G1. Also right next to many other places to hang out and have fun. We all left with food it was so much to eat and reasonable in pricing for a location like DOCO

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  21. OpenTable Diner

    Sacramento

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It was great from start to finish! The staff was very friendly and our food was amazing!

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  22. DustinS

    Sacramento

    25 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on February 29, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    I usually come here for lunch so I can't speak to the dinner atmosphere. I have been several times and the service and food are always top notch. The portions are huge and the food is delicious and different. Never too busy if you get there early. One of my go-to spots.

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  23. Lizbet

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 23, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Service with Justin was fun, efficient and helpful. Sat outside and enjoyed the downtown vibe. Food was yummy and drinks were margarita perfect! Chicken enchiladas and shrimp tacos were recommended and for a reason. Licked the plates clean!

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  24. StvCSp

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It’s pricey but it’s really a great spot, would definitely recommend

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  25. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food and vibes, I forget our servers name but he was fantastic as well. We’ll definitely be back!

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  26. AlanJ

    Sacramento

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 12, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 2
    Made the reservation over a week in advance. Got stuck in a back corner. I hostess was condescending and unhelpful. Second visit there with the same results as the first when the place first opened. Plenty of time for them to get on track now. Will probably not be coming back. Food is great. Ambiance and service are not good for the prices charged. Zocalo same vibe better decor and much better service.

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  27. OpenTable Diner

    Tahoe

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Party of 10 prior to PBR at G1. Had reservations, which I recommend. Was seated within 5 mins of arriving. The service was awesome considering how busy they were on a Saturday night. Food was really unique and a different twist. I had the Mole Enchiladas and I will go back just for these. Will he back in the near future.

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  28. OpenTable Diner

    Sacramento

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Awesome place. High energy staff. My waiter was #1

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  29. RobleyL

    Sacramento

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 29, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was fantastic and the service was stellar. We will definitely be coming back again. Thank you!

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  30. BonnieD

    New York City

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 28, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Loved the patio. The menu was very limited. It would be nice to have some more simple items (burritos, enchiladas, nachos, etc.).

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  31. OpenTable Diner

    Sacramento

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 23, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our server Chelsea was awesome! My family came down for the foothills for a game and all they wanted was Polanco. Thank you for adding to a wonderful evening.

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  32. EcwSr

    San Francisco

    75 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    75 reviews

    Dined on January 22, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Food was excellent, good drinks and Zoe our server was great!

    1 person found this helpful

  33. BryanD

    Sacramento

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We made reservations before the Kings as me and my family are from out of town and everything went according to plan. Food was amazing and the restaurant was right across from the Arena. Great views of Downtown Sacramento as well. Amazing experience

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  34. Feedmenow

    Sacramento

    26 reviews

    5.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on January 2, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Quesabirria tacos were delicious! Guacamole and chips fresh. Excellent service

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  35. WendyL

    San Francisco

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 30, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was sub par and way overpriced considering. The waiter was great and that is about it.

    1 person found this helpful

  36. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 30, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent service from my hostess and amazing food.

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  37. ShaunaT

    Sacramento

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 19, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    My only complaint is that I can’t find the digital receipt, which is problematic.

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  38. KPSs

    Sacramento

    18 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on December 16, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    We’re seated at our table waited about 20 minutes before I had to get up and ask the hostess if if we had a server. She came over. She was very good and very helpful. Her service was great. I thought the food was average at best. drinks were average at best probably would not go back. Great location fun ambience maybe we just had a bad night 

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  39. DinoSF

    Sacramento

    17 reviews

    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on December 14, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Terrific business lunch. A little loud for business, but also energetic and festive. Service was really solid and authentic (and included holiday costumes) and the food hit the spot - comforting and tasty. Great location and views. Looking forward to going back again soon.

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  40. KelliH

    Exclusive

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 13, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our server was Cole. He was FANTASTIC! The food was so good and we’re excited to come back!

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FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Polanco Cantina using the Order Online button. Polanco Cantina also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (916) 536-7250.

Polanco Cantina is rated 4.5 stars by 305 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 4 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Polanco Cantina

414 K St Ste 240, Sacramento, CA 95814

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross street
    5th Street
  • Neighborhood
    Sacramento
  • Hours of operation
    Brunch Sat, Sun 10:00 am–2:00 pm Lunch Mon–Fri 11:00 am–3:00 pm Dinner Daily 3:00 pm–10:00 pm Happy Hour Mon–Fri 3:00 pm–5:00 pm
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Mexican, Cocktail Bar, Contemporary Latin
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress code
    Smart Casual
  • Parking details
    Free Parking - We validate at Central DOCO Parking lot for up to 90 minutes. Located underneath the Century Theater, east of 5th street.
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive chef
    John Morales
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wine
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