Zocalo Midtown

4.6
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$30 and under
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Regional Mexican
Kid and walk-in friendly, great for groups, and a celebration destination known for its fine Mexican cuisine, happy hour, and craft cocktails—Zocalo has been a staple of the Midtown and Sacramento dining scene for over twelve years. Offered in a beautifully refurbished 1920s automobile dealership decorated with original artwork from Tlaquepaque, Mexico—Zocalo’s warm hospitality, fresh regional Mexican food, private dining, and commitment to customer service are designed to transform the ordinary act of eating into an extraordinary and memorable experience.
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Menu: 4 course meal with a complimentary cocktail. Prices and times:4-5:15, $50/person; from 5:30-8:45, $65/person; and from 9:00-beyond, $55/person. An 18% service fee applies, and any cancellation after 2/12 will result in a $75 fee. All Reservations will be held to 1hr 15min time frame.

Friday, February 14, 2020

What 1144 People Are Saying
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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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CD
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very pleasant atmosphere, great food, reasonable price

OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

bday:) great! Epic awesome!!!

OT
Sacramento
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food4service1ambience2

Really loud bar like atmosphere. Bad service from plate/meal server.

KC
Sacramento
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great atmosphere. Friendly, attentive service. Tasty food.

C
Los Angeles
35 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My new favorite is the Blackberry Margarita!!!!

OT
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service, would highly recommend it. Definitely make reservations though cause it gets really busy.

OT
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent and delicious Mexican food! Guacamole very tasty and fresh!

PW
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Outstanding food and service. Restaurant was noisy enough that it was hard to hear one another speaking some of the time in our group of 4. This was at the dinner rush though so easily forgiven. Great location for taking a walk around midtown after a great meal too. Excellent margaritas!

JR
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Accidentally got to restaurant in time for happy hour. Good ale toon including drinks. Delicious!

M
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2020
Overall2food2service1ambience4

Our first time at Zocalo with a party of 5 and we were disappointed. The waitress was slow and did not appear to be attentive. We were served coffee and tea, but no spoons. The table needed sugar and it took over five minutes to have it placed on our table, by then our beverages were lukewarm. The pozole was lukewarm and needed to be reheated. We never received spoons. The food was adequate but not as tasty as it could have been. Overall we were not impressed and will not return.

However, we did dine at the Howe location on the Cinco de Mayo last year and it was the opposite experience.

C
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Food amazing, service ehh. No where to really stand waiting for your table (even tho we had a reservation). We felt as if we were rushed to kick us out to make room for the next table.

RO
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

The worst part of the restaurant is its noise lever. What you have in the check off list as "energetic" I would rate "unbearable" --at least 78 decibels inside the restaurant. We were about to leave because of the noise level when the hostess suggested outside, which indeed was quieter. There were outdoor heaters and the temperature was comfortable although this is January. The noise level inside would have stifled any meaningful conversation.

DF
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of my favorite places downtown. Beautiful building decorated amazingly with great service!

O
Sacramento
10 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Zocalo never ceases to please me in every way. The staff is very courteous, hospitable and pleasane. The food is exquisite. The service is always superb!. It's always a pleasurable experience going there.

E
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience3

We took a friend from out of town to dinner. When we walked in the door the noise was overwhelming. Even though the evening was on the cold side we opted for outdoor seating. With the heaters on it was warm enough and we could converse without shouting. Even with the noise Zocalo is worth the trouble because the food is excellent reasonably priced and the service is always good and the servers are happy and helpful.

LF
Tahoe
4 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall3food4service4ambience4

I Love Zocalo, but the noise level on a friday night makes it nearly impossible to have a conversation at a table bigger than 2 people.

JH
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2020
Overall5food5service3ambience4

Really good food here! It's pretty noisy and the service getting the check was a tad slow, but food was out promptly.

MA
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Beautiful rooms, great service. Food was great!

VM
Sacramento
2 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall3food5service5ambience3

The food and service is good however it’s very loud! I enjoy background music but everyone seem to be yelling because the was so music and our group really couldn’t enjoy a conversation during dinner. I would recommend lowering the music and not dimming the lights so much. I like to see my food.

D
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server was exceptional! Baja Fish tacos and Enchilada was very good. Cant wait to go back at Zocalo’s

LN
Sacramento
14 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We were pleasantly surprised by Zocalo Midtown - everything was really delicious! We had eaten at their East Sac location some months ago and felt it was so-so, hence our surprise at the quality of the food at the midtown location. We had the guacamole appetizer served with a warm bean dip (that was REALLY yummy) and a very good salsa; the guac was good too. My partner had enchiladas mole, and we both thought the mole was out of this world. The chicken in the enchiladas was tender. I had the salmon "bol" (bowl), which is more of a salad but wonderful and healthy (included baby kale, brown rice, whole beans, etc). The room is a bit noisy on a Friday night but we were able to carry on a conversation. Definitely recommend this place.

MR
Sacramento
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall3food5service3ambience3

While food and service was good (and I know it was new year's eve), the mariachi band was so loud that we could not hear each other talk for the majority of our dinner. We could have done without the band or perhaps the band not parked right next to our table for over 30 minutes.

OT
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was great! We celebrated my boyfriend’s birthday with his friends from out of town and they were impressed with our choice!

OT
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Son’s 21st birthday! Thanks for making him feel special

MR
Orange County
6 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience4

Our server seemed to be in a bad mood

OT
Sacramento
3 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went on a dinner date with someone here and had a great time eating the burritos and drinking some margaritas.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

The music volume was overboard for an early Sunday meal. The food and people were great though!

OT
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place, great food, glad we made a reservation!

VA
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food! I always enjoy coming to this restaurant.

OT
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Holiday family gathering

RL
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love this restaurant! We always eat here when we visit Sacramento. The food and margaritas are outstanding, and the staff is always friendly and accommodating! The restaurant is also very pretty and was festively decorated for the Holidays.

RA
Sacramento
2 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

The food and service were very good. It is loud in the restaurant, but not to the level where you can't hear each other. Also, all the dishes we ordered had a bit of bite. I am not sure if there is anything on their menu that is mild, but we had 5 different dishes and each seemed to have some type of pepper in it. Overall, this was a good experience.

S
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience5

Server had us (party of 17) and two other tables (6 and 4). Long period of time in between being able to order a drink and receive it. He was nice and as efficient as possible. Food came out like warm and some even cold. Should have had two servers working on such a large group. Even the order taking was a long process for just none person. Overall I would 100% recommend for smaller groups. We were also sitting by the host stand so every time the door opened cold air blasted us. Had to keep my winter coat on for entire visit.

OT
Sacramento
5 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It’s the perfect setting for our annual post-shopping Christmas dinner! The decorations are beautiful and the festive atmosphere is a treat!

OT
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrated wife’s birthday.

OT
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall4food5service2ambience2

I was proposing to my partner and the service was okay. But it was too noisy. Could have ask for a room.

MB
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience3

The restaurant was very loud with club like music playing on a Thursday night at 7pm. The food was good, but personally you can get better at a local taqueria for half of the price.

OT
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and customer service has always been amazing.

OT
Sacramento
4 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food here is always super delicious! It's quite loud in there but the ambience is beautiful!

OT
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2019
Overall2food3service1ambience1

Service was sloppy and slow. The noise level was off the charts. We were very disappointed.

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