Zocalo Midtown

4.6
792 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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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Regional Mexican
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Hours of operation
Sun – Mon: 11:00 AM – 9:00 PM

Tues – Thu: 11:00 AM – 10:00 PM

Fri – Sat: 11:00 AM – 11:00 PM (Bar open late)

Happy Hour: Mon - Sun 3:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Brunch: Sat - Sun 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Lunch: Mon - Fri 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Dinner: Mon 4:00 PM - 9:00 PM, Tue - Thur 4:OO PM - 10:00 PM, Fri 4:00 PM - 11:00 PM, Sat 2:00 PM - 11:00 PM, Sun 2:00 PM - 9:00 PM
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Phone number
(916) 441-0303
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Ryan Rose
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Catering
Zocalo does not cater, but does offer an assortment of takeout party trays at zocalosacramento.com. After clicking on "Midtown," click "Menu" and then "Party Trays."
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Cross street
18th Street
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Parking details
Valet is $8.00. There is also street-side parking available in the area.
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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Zocalo features a four-course menu in a candle lit atmosphere with a hand-crafted cocktail at the following prices/times: 4-5:15, $45 per person; from 5:30-8:45, $60 per person; from 9:00-beyond, $45 per person. An 18% service fee applies. Any cancellation after 2/12 results in a $50 fee.

Thursday, February 14, 2019

What 792 People Are Saying
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AG
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 5

I always love the food and usually the service too. We visited for happy hour on Sunday and the gal we had as our server was less than pleasant. If she would have at least smiled that would have made a huge difference.

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RG
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Great place every time. Very good food, and very good service. Fun place to bring friends. Also they are always very accommodating. Overall a great experience.

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KS
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 2

We are somewhat up in years. My wife and I sensed the waitress did not give us as much attention as she did to the young crowd around us. We tried to make a connection but it was clear we were not here favorite people. Had to ask for things as other wait staff persons passed by.

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JM
Sacramento
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, very unique. Service was great. I really liked the chips with the black bean and salsa served as we were seated.

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OT
Phoenix
6 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Overall, Zocalo is a good place to grab a nice meal with friends and family. The ambience is light and airy. The portions are generous and flavorful. I would’ve paid less for half size portions if I could or combo plates. The cilantro rice though can be overpowering for some. The service can be delayed in terms of water refills or pacing but nothing too terrible as there are delicious chips and salsa to munch on as you watch a game on the bar TVs.

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Sacramento
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went on a first date. Reservation was perfect, showed up 10 minutes early and table was ready, with a reserved sign as well. We received complimentary hot chocolate(very well crafted), which was very welcoming on that cold/rainy night. Our waitress was amazing and excellent attention to detail.

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L
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Made a request for a booth or out of the way table for our date night, and they made it happen. I know that's not always possible, but I totally appreciate that they could accommodate us. Loved the extra touch of a Mexican hot chocolate shot as we were starting to look over the menu. Food was delicious and our server was very on top of things. Zocalo is not a quiet place to slink into a corner. It's lively and the crowd is busy having fun and enjoying their food. We definitely did that.

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TS
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 5

Water was never refilled, couldn’t get a hold of our waitress for at least 20 minutes, no straws were available.
Food was good, mojitos barely had any alcohol.

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JK
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love the salmon, rice, beans, dip,! Actually love all of it. This is a great place to have dinner with my adult grandkids!

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AB
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and wonderful atmosphere !! We love the service and the surroundings !!

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CA
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this place! Always friendly service and food is delicious too!

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

Great service, great food and great price for an Awesome experience!

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JP
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

I didn't think it would be so crazy on NYE! The noise was a bit much where we could not conversate. HOWEVER! The service was great and the food was fantastic. We'll be back again on a less busy night!

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GU
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Server was great. Front desk a little confused. It was New Years Eve but at 6:45 they should have at a better flow.

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KH
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Staff was excellent at accommodating me for a special occasion and was very focused on making my evening a great one which is rare to see these days but greatly appreciated.

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AB
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great atmosphere, great food and excellent Margaritas!

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great way to celebrate your bday with your close friends!

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CF
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Interesting, fresh versions of Mexican standards, lovely warm atmosphere, relaxed and efficient service. Lots of comfortable seating indoors and out. Drink and dinner menus were varied but not overcrowded. Prices aligned perfectly with quality.

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MR
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 2

Zocalo is one of my favorite restaurants, however i am so dissatisfied with my visit yesterday for brunch. It seems as though a lot of the staff was very “relaxed” and non challant about the service to their guests. Our server hardly came to check on us and we were constantly having to ask other workers for anything. The check took extremely long to receive as well. We also weren’t given the corn bread like all the other tables were and the chips, Salsa and beans were not nearly as tasty as they have been in the past.

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D
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Second time coming here. I made a reservation for the wrong day by mistake, and they managed to seat us anyways. I would have understood if they didn’t, but it was VERY much appreaciated, and I had to take the time to leave a review. Food and service was great as usual. If you like carnitas, this place is a must try.

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h
Sacramento
4 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

always the food is consistently good. It is a beautiful restaurant and the service is always very good. it is a noisy restaurant on the weekends so I would not recommend it for a romantic evening.

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We originally made a reservation to sit outdoors but it ended up being a bit chilly that day so we requested to sit inside. The staff was very quick to accommodate us. Our server was fenomenal, always checking if we needed anything despite the busy brunch crowd. The food was great, it was a good mix of traditional Mexican dishes and some more Americanized options as well. It’s hard to get that combination down and they do a great job. The only little thing was I’m not sure the prices fit what you get but that’s excepted from any place around this location so it’s no biggie. Will definitely be coming back with the family soon.

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TH
Denver
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We arrived early for our reservation and they seated us right away. Every dish was loved by its recipient and shared emphatically with others because "you have to try this" Chile relleno, carnitas, and the cochinita pibil was literally the most ridiculous dish ever ordered and in the most amazing way. Everyone at the table was speechless when they tasted the salty sweet goodness of the pork shoulder and the pickled onion was a perfect touch. The camarones a la diabla was a huge portion of spicy, but light fair that made me want more. All of this was washed down with the Cadillac margarita that never disappoints.

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W
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, out of the box mexican food, and the service was also great.

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RT
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 4ambience 2

We had dinner reservations for 14 and they placed us next to the front door so half our party was cold the whole time. Not a pleasant holiday meal.

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Food was great, service was great until the last 15 mins - we had to wait 15 mins for the check...which was very weird. Other than that, it was good.

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CR
Sacramento
7 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had lunch with my wife's brother who came over from the Cal Vet Home in Yountville to watch the Home's Musical Group perform at the State Capitol Building. Lunch was terrific and the service and ambiance was perfect......Made for a terrific family visit. Thanks.

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 1

Very over crowded, people had to squeeze to walk,
You can tell the Waiter was over his day and wanted to go home

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LE
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was good. The pastel 3 leches is not like the original but still is a good dessert same with carnitas.

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PJ
Sacramento
6 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Tasty food, excellent service. Near Sacramento's theaters in a lively part of town.

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JS
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The ambiance and the food were terrific. Plus the holiday decorations really make this place spectacular. I cannot wait to be back!

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DM
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 2

The food was okay, but the music was so loud it was difficult to hear the conversation going on at our table and the service was terribly slow so not a good lunch spot.

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E
Sacramento
5 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Super wonderful- staff is great and the food is delicious. It is my go-to when my family is in town.

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KT
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Second year going for the office holiday lunch. The space is beautifully decorated for Christmas and the food was really good. Service was great. Street parking at lunch can really suck but use the valet and you don’t have to worry.

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VN
1 review
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

The host told us that we only had an hour since they were busy. That was weird since I had never heard that from any other restaurant before. My husband order the three taco dish and it came with red cabbage, now who puts red cabbage in tacos??????. The parking also was pretty bad. I am not coming back . We went to celebrate our anniversary but this restaurant spoiled it

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OT
Sacramento
4 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Matt, our server, was outstanding & made sure we had everything that we needed.

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 5

The restaurant itself is beautiful, server was prompt and nice! Overall food was alright, many of us in the large party felt the same way. Food was overpriced for the quality of it.

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T
1 review
Dined on December 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great experience for our holiday gathering. The food was amazing and the service was excellent. I highly recommend eating here.

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San Joaquin
2 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My mother-in-law requested to eat here for her birthday. We love this place and our 1 1/2 drive here is worth it!! Food is delicious and consistent every visit! And margaritas on point!

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CH
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food is delicious ! Great atmosphere! Great service!!
Beautiful Christmas Decorations!!
Love this place!!

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