Polanco Cantina

4.6
63 Reviews
$30 and under
Mexican
Polanco 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.

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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
  • Contactless payment available
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 63 people are saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
4.5
food
4.7
service
4.7
ambience
4.3
value
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89% of people would recommend it to a friend
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AnaG
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall2food5service1ambience3

The service was terrible. I feel like they need more servers, or not to sit people where it is inconvenient for service.

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vipSteveM
Sacramento
19 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great balcony dining outside above DOCO with a view

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NathanC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Hostess who seated us was great, Wait Staff was great!

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OpenTable Diner
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on March 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Will write more later, but have to say we were VERY impressed! Nice atmosphere, great service, and amazing food.

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LolitaU
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service! We had the place to ourselves at 12:30pm for a retirement/birthday lunch. I highly recommend this place.

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OpenTable Diner
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great casual ambiance!! The food was amazing!!!!

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AthenaM
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place. Service is great, atmosphere is awesome and food is amazing

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NICHOLEJ
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience4

The food was a disappointment, hopefully after the pandemic ends it will improve or this place will go out of business..

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful place and the service was amazing , will be back again

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vipjwm1952
Sacramento
48 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Nice dinner out near Golden One Arena. Will be great when events are back. Will also be fun to do this with DOCO al Fresco dining

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2021
Overall3food3service1ambience5

Our service was terrible! The waitress barely checked on our table and was very forgetful.

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NKMB
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience4

When I arrived at the front desk, hostess was on the phone made ZERO eye contact and proceeded to be on the telephone for about 10 minutes. At which time, there was a line out the door of people waiting to check in... didn’t phase her a bit. Finally, someone from the bar came up front and seated us.

After being seated, 15 minutes for a waitress to stop by at the table, finally she came and placed drink orders and chips and salsa to start ( they’re NOT complimentary here) you have to buy them. We never got them after asking.... TWICE!

Food came out and it was underwhelming, mole sauce needed salt, bland and flat. In the verde chicken enchiladas, the chicken was shredded too n big chunks, dry and difficult to eat because it just rolled off the fork and the chicken is NOT SEASONED, it’s kind of gross if you open the enchilada to look at the filling...

Although the ambience of the patio is nice overlooking DOCO and the downtown skyline, it’s ridiculously overpriced for the quality and service of the food. This place will not survive if they don’t step up their service and quality of food game! Would come back for drinks at happy hour, but would skip the meal for sure.

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Chels
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice staff, gave recommendations and everything. Food and drinks were both very good, loved the patio heaters. There was an event going on below and the music was kind of, not what I’d personally listen to, but that’s all a part of being downtown.

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OpenTable Diner
Sacramento
4 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious, staff super friendly

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Friendly staff

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EsmeraldaA
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious, the service was very polite and fun and quite quick as well.

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LexA
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on February 25, 2021
Overall3food2service2ambience4

When we first arrived for our reservation, we weren’t acknowledged for a while. Then when we were finally acknowledged, the phone rang and we had to wait for the guy to take a phone order before seating us. Our reservation was for outdoor seating and we were sat inside. The food wasn’t great at all. The menu they provided to us was not the same as the menu online. The first time my order came out, it was wrong. Although the server was very nice (can’t remember her name), the overall experience wasn’t great. Probably won’t ever be back.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Central Coast
7 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Quick stop in Sac and this was the first thing I saw when opening the app. So glad we went. Food, service and ambiance was amazing. Patio seating ( with heaters) gives a nice view. This will definitely be a spot we come back too. They will validate parking bring your ticket garage is the one after the Macys garage. Best server.. Damian

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MarthaG
Sacramento
5 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

We were on the patio, last table on the east side. No sun. No heaters. Shady! Very chilly!

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SilviaS
Sacramento
3 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Had the Mexican cornbread and steak hash. Both were tasty. A bit pricey.

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LaToyaJ
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Amazing food and great ambience! Definitely pricey, but worth it.

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KatherineO
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

They offered outdoor dining for Valentine's Day. We enjoyed it very much. The restaurant is beautiful, culturally decorated with lot's of color, lighting, and art. The food was delicious, the portions generous and the Margaritas were great. The service was on point; professional, efficient and friendly. We look forward to our next visti.

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vipFeedmenow
Sacramento
16 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was just

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OpenTable Diner
Sacramento
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely loved the experience!!! 🙂🙂

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Valentines Day brunch. Food was great. The queso fun dodo was awesome. We had the carnitas plate and it was plentiful and cooked to perfection. Great experience and sitting with a view was awesome. Highly recommend and plan to return.

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LQuin
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service and food was perfect. great open air dining with enough cover and heat supplied that it was as good as being in doors. Great experience every time I go.

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Stephanie
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful experience. We came with our kids for an early dinner. The restaurant was lively and fun. The outdoor eating area was kept plenty warm, even in the middle of winter. Couldn't have asked for more.

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Zanel
Dallas
4 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

There was a whole lot of waiting, but the GM/owner recognized it without us saying a word and brought over shots. Food was good, though I have food allergies and my notes were pretty much ignored. I got the sense this was a covid reopening issue and not a typical restaurant issue.

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Salserita
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My friend and I had lots to catch up on. We were there for over 3 hours. After the check came, we were ignored for the moat part, BUT no one asked us to leave nor made us feel unwelcome.

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ulti04
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife and I love this place. The food is always satisfying and the plates are very generous. Our waiter was on top of it and checked on us at least once after something was dropped off at our table. We will always recommend this place.

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Sophia
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience5

Great location, but the food quality is not worth the price.

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BriannaA
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Olivia, our server was amazing! Super sweet and super accommodating. Definitely going to be returning!

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Lini
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Came here right after restrictions were lifted in CA and sat on the patio. Lots of heaters and a fire going so we were cozy even in February. I had a spicy margarita (or two!), ceviche, wings, fish tacos, and the steak dinner. Everything was delicious. The ceviche seems to have had a salsa verde on top so if you’re looking for a more traditional Peruvian style you might receive something you weren’t expecting.

Service was nice and everything was done well. A mariachi band came and people started dancing near their tables. Loads of fun.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 29, 2021
Overall4food3service3ambience5

it was ok good wasn’t good and drinks were alright definitely not my favorite mexico spot to eat but it’s Hard to find a good mexican restaurant that’s also has good food

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CathyM
1 review
Dined on January 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Outdoor dining set up was good even on a chilly night. Plenty of spacing and heating elements. We enjoyed avocado tacos and pollo pibil tacos, and LOVED the crispy brussels sprouts appetizer! Minor quibble is charging $3 for chips and salsa at dinner.

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NoelleW
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love this place and look for any excuse to make the drive!

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leticiaP
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience2

There were bugs in my drink, they ran out of ice cream for kids meal. Service took too long. They don’t provide anything for birthdays.. and the got my sons order wrong. Spent $100 for food I could have gotten from a lunch truck

Polanco Cantina
Responded on January 19, 2021

Hi Leticia, I'm sorry to hear that your visit was less than perfect, especially for a birthday celebration. Like many restaurants, we just reopened for dining last week, and it sounds like that was shown in your service. No matter the circumstance, that is not the experience we strive to create. I hope you will give us another chance to prove that. I will message you to get more information about the errors in your order and do my best to correct them.

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MarthaG
Sacramento
6 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Polanco never disappoints! Too bad our dumb governor is making it hard for restaurants to stay afloat, but Polanco has an outdoor fireplace and heaters!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Service was incredible

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vipBillC
Sacramento
23 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Polanco has done a great job during covid. Their outdoor space is really comfortable with a good amount of heaters. The service was excellent

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 4.6 stars by 63 OpenTable diners.

Polanco Cantina does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://polancocantina.com/gift-cards/.

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.