Zocalo Midtown

4.6
855 reviews
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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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TD
Sacramento
10 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome experience!

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LD
Sacramento
3 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food and service.

Loud Inside so if you want more relaxed atmosphere, recommend sitting outside

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JI
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 1

I love Zocalo and eat there often. I don’t know what it is about me but the hostesses never want to seat me in a decent spot and I usually have to ask for a different table. Last night I wish I’d been more assertive. I was seated with my companion outside in the very last table next to a gate and about 30 propane bottles beside my table. Oddly the waiter couldn’t get the heater next our table started. Requested water and straws numerous times from two different people before they came through. Really disappointing night.

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NB
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Celebrated my son's 23rd birthday with the family. I could not have picked a better restaurant. Great service and food amid a lively atmosphere. Trendy spot with lots of windows and a uspcale crowd. We will definately return.

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything is always wonderful here.
Love the ambiance and food.

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R
Sacramento
9 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and atmosphere! Service was awesome. Perfect location.

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S
Washington DC
31 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

When my group scheduled their trip to Sacramento it was quickly said that we had to make a return trip to Zocalo. A few of our group of 8 had not been and questioned the enthusiasm expressed by the returning folks. We arrived minutes before our reservation and promptly seated. Our waiter was prompt and responsive throughout our dinner. The various plates, carnitas, shrimp diablo, burrito, and tacos were all plentiful and excellent. A great experience and we will be back.

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LA
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 5

The mole had no high note and came with black beans and rice which I dont like. The sangria was too dry for me. The salsa and beans were way too hot for me. Atmosphere was nice, but wont be back.

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HT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

It’s one of my favorite Mexican restaurants in town. The food is amazing & authentic. It’s loud and sitting near the bar was crowded with over flow from bar.

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B
Sacramento
6 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

The food and drinks are very good. Perhaps, Zocalo could think of offering more diverse menu items?

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EG
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was great. We’d definitely go back. Food was delicious, service was excellent.

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PS
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We've had two large parties recently celebrate events here. Both experiences have been good.

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C
Seattle
16 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great time and excellent food! We were first given bar seating but didn’t realize it was communal. We were accommodated to be seated at a table in the dining area and all was wonderful!

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OT
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Good food and fast service but it was so loud that it was difficult to have a conversation.

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JH
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Been going here for years! Love the food and service. A bit noisy but that's ok. We'll be back.

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I went there to celebrate 12 years from our first date. The restaurant is beautiful, the service was great and a lot of delicious food. I had the blackberry margarita that was amazing. I gave this place a 4 star because the noise level was beyond our level of comfort. There is no sound absorbing material and the conversations from all the customers don't make this place for a intimate dinner setting. Next time we will sit at the bar, have a simple lunch and cocktail to escape the summer heat.

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V
Sacramento
3 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a pleasure and the food is always great!

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OT
Sacramento
3 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a great time enjoying their happy hour. Our waitress was outstanding, which definitely made our visit enjoyable.

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TV
Los Angeles
22 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

beautiful restaurant, good food and great service. Even better is happy hour 7 days/week.

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A
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was a pleasant experience. The service was great, the food was excellent. The margarita was so so.

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EH
San Antonio
2 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 2ambience 5

Friends birthday!

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G
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Great food, great service & great. Definitely recommend the drinks!

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OT
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went out for a nice dinner tonight here and the food was amazing tasted so good I had the mole enchiladas! It had a lot of flavor compared to the other zocalo’s definitely coming back more often!

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GD
Sacramento
4 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Lovely restaurant with great food and service.
Lively and loud.

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RA
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 5

Didnt get sat till 30 min after our reservation then felt rushed to order.

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GP
1 review
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 5

Food is so yumny. This time around the server was not pleasant. She was like a robot. Never smiled. Love this restaurant.

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SW
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always, Zocalo was Fantastic. They are a solid, can’t miss downtown jewel.

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OT
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Great margaritas and guacamole. Felt a bit rushed. The place was Packed. Ample amount of food- (we shared an entree) but it arrived warm- almost room temperature . Disappointing. Service was average but our waiter was nice. Will not go back unless I’m in the mood for loud.

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OT
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Blackberry margaritas are amazing!!

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S
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 1ambience 5

The food was excellent, restaurant is beautiful but the server was horrible.

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S
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and drinks! Food came quick and the restaurant itself was a good vibe

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TM
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food, service and ambiance were excellent. Looking forward to dining outside when the weather warms up.

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PP
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

This was my 8th visit to Zocalo Midtown, but my family's first visit. You can tell when a 15 year old and 17 year old barely talk during their meal that I did something write. They loved the food. So, do I. Appreciate the server and wait staff providing both a lot of water and refilling the chips. There was a big bridal shower and they were quite noisy, but once the staff closed their curtain and isolated that group, it was easier to hear.

I have 7 business trips in Sacramento between now and late June. I will probably bring just myself on my next visit to Zocalo Midtown. What a gem of a restaurant!

Thanks. Keep up the good work.

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K
New England
2 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

My husband and I waited to go out for Valentines Day til the weekend. Zocalo was packed! So it was good we made a reservation. It was also very loud and a little hard to read the menus with the low light. We liked the action but it was a bit hard to hear each other and my husband had to pull a candle over to read the menu. But those are minor details. Diego took great care of us giving us recommendations and being attentive but not overbearing. We don’t go out much so we appreciate that. The food was so good. The guacamole was so fresh. And my fish tacos were divine. I asked for fresh juice margaritas and they were perfect. We would recommend this place to anyone who wants a date but might like a little more action happening around them. Or if you are single because the bar was poppin!

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h
Sacramento
7 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Food and service is exemplary. The noise level is very high but it has always been that way.

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NR
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was our second time here. We drove from Modesto but it was totally worth it!

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L
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a long time not visiting Zocalo, Very good service, day after valentines the restaurant was packed when we arrived but we had a reservation, and this help a lot. the food was in good taste and the drinks in a perfect flavor.

Thanks.

☆☆☆☆☆

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SV
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Great first time at Zocalo, will definitely be coming back. It was date night, and although it was very loud, we were lucky enough to be seated in a spot where we didn't have to scream at each other from across the table. I think many people behind us were not so lucky. The music wasn't too loud, but lowering it might have eased the situation. I just don't think the acoustics are the best. Great food, great service, great ambiance! Highly recommend, besides the noise level!

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RO
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Great but very noisy, could barely have a convo with my guests

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OT
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food, drinks, and service.

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