Zocalo - University Village

4.4
1223 Reviews
$30 and under
Regional Mexican
Family friendly, great for groups, and a celebration destination known for its fine Mexican cuisine, happy hour, craft cocktails, and to-go—Zocalo UV opened up in the newly renovated University Village shopping center in January of 2018 based on the success of its Midtown and Roseville locations. Offered in a upscale yet casual setting with original artwork from Tlaquepaque, Mexico and a spacious patio—Zocalo’s warm hospitality, fresh regional Mexican food, and commitment to customer service are designed to transform the ordinary act of eating into an extraordinary and memorable experience.
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  • valentine's day menu 4-4:45 pm

    Feb 14, 2022 only

    Zocalo will be offering a four course candle lit dinner with a handcrafted cocktail per guest for all of our indoor reservations. Our Valentines Day menu will start at 4pm and will run till closing. We do keep all reservations to 1 hour and 30 minutes from their reservation start time. Our prices vary throughout the night so please check back to see updated pricing for that evening.
  • valentine's day menu 5-8:30pm

    Feb 14, 2022 only

    Zocalo will be offering a four course candle lit dinner with a handcrafted cocktail per guest for all of our indoor reservations. Our Valentines Day menu will start at 4pm and will run till closing. We do keep all reservations to 1 hour and 30 minutes from their reservation start time. Our prices vary throughout the night so please check back to see updated pricing for that evening.
  • valentine's day menu 8:45-10pm

    Feb 14, 2022 only

    Zocalo will be offering a four course candle lit dinner with a handcrafted cocktail per guest for all of our indoor reservations. Our Valentines Day menu will start at 4pm and will run till closing. We do keep all reservations to 1 hour and 30 minutes from their reservation start time. Our prices vary throughout the night so please check back to see updated pricing for that evening.

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 1223 people are saying
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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 16 hours ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great service and very good food. The interior is nice and the bar is gorgeous!

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MikeA
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The online reservation system was easy to use and very helpful. We liked the option of requesting outdoor dining. The foo is always enjoyable and for the last several visits, the wait staff, especially our waiter was very helpful in helping and patient in showing us how to navigate the online menu. We'll be back!

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great night. Great food.

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Romo23
Birmingham
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience5

It's difficult to enjoy the entire meal ordering at the table from your phone. My drinks, appetizer, soup and meal all were served at the same time. We ordered our desert, but the check was at our table. The desert wasn't included. We had our waiter look at my phone to confirm our desert order. We definitely understand the lack of servers and keep the everyone safe. Your food is awesome. Could you pause between the courses so the customers can enjoy the whole experience?

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MarciaS
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2022
Overall2food3service1ambience3

I hate the toast app. Very impersonal and suggested higher tips than I've ever seen and they didn't even take my order!

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2022
Overall2food1service4ambience3

Seems like the kitchen staff didn’t feel like making signature dishes worth the price. Meat was cool and tough. So we’re the chips. Paid too much for what we got and we aren’t ones to shy away from paying for good food. I feel like the waiter was put in a bad position of having to serve substandard food. Also, I don’t like having to spend time on my phone ordering food when We’re trying to connect with our loved ones by going out to be served. I think the online ordering system needs to go.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2022
Overall4food5service3ambience3

Food was excellent. Half service because they use Toast. So you do all the ordering and pay on your phone. They just run the food to you.Not what I expect from a full service restaurant. It’s a bar and pretty noisy. But the food was worth it

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DeniseD
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2022
Overall1food2service1ambience1

Horrible service. Ordering from your phone required and makes the experience ridiculous. Numerous mistakes. Double charged for their error for drinks which we didn’t even get until the end of the meal. Food was cold but it wasn’t even our order. Similar to ours and they forced us to take it even tho we knew it wasn’t our food. In order to get help we had to call the restaurant from our table while seated inside the restaurant and ask for someone to come by our table. Servers ignore being asked for help. Steer clear. This place is a disaster.

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StanT
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Staff and service very helpful

SO
SueO
1 review
Dined on January 14, 2022
Overall4food5service4ambience4

The food was great. Ordered a picture of Margaritas, was disappointed, the Margaritas were weak and watered down.

KC
KarenC
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have always had exceptional service at Zocalo, great food AND never felt "rushed". This is my "go to place"!!!!!!

CH
vipCorrenaH
Sacramento
5 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2022
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Overall, the food is OK these days. Ceviche needed more salt. Corn tortillas were undercooked. Cilantro white rice was over seasoned. Might have just caught them on a bad night. In the past food has been excellent.

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VALERIEW
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2022
Overall3food5service4ambience3

Great until a homeless guy walked in and went straight to the restrooms. Although we were a good 10 plus feet away the most awful smell from the homeless man coming in/out ruined our appetites and the evening. All management did was apologize.

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Kevin
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience4

You won't be disappointed. This is where my fiancé and I always go to celebrate a special occasion. The food is always good and the portions isn't something to complain about. I will always love this restaurant and will continue to come back. My favorite dishes are the Arrachera and the Cochinita Pibil plates. Their house blend tortillas is literally to die for.

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NanC
Sacramento
4 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2022
Overall4food4service5ambience5

It's a beautiful restaurant. Overall, the food was great. Only issue was that on all of our plates, the black beans were not warm.

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OpenTable Diner
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2022
Overall4food5service2ambience5

Ordering from your phone hinders the Overall dinning experience and is difficult for older clientele.

Though our server was super kind, we didn’t see her much.
I miss the old dinning experience. I prefer a server to take my order, bring out the food, check in, then drop the check.

Ordering and paying off your phone kills the vibe.

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KellyG
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2022
Overall3food5service1ambience5

I love Zocolos but the service was extremely slow. Very frustrating because we order with the app, taking a portion of the work away from the server. We had a problem with the app and no one to come and help us. I finally flagged down Mia who ended up being super apologetic and helpful. I never did see our waiter again. One suggestion is if it is a busy night, leave is the water to refill ourselves. Other than that the restaurant has a great ambience and great food and cocktails.

JS
JudyS
Tahoe
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server was awesome! Very friendly, attentive. Food great as usual. Only negative was that we were unable to get the blood orange margarita. Just have to go back again soon!

JC
JasCo
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2022
Overall3food4service4ambience4

Good was good, though they were missing a dish because it wasn’t ready yet. The Blackberry Margarita was also lacking alcohol. It tasted like blackberry purée, weakest out of all the times I had there. Just felt like they underestimated how slow and little alcohol they would have left after celebrating New Year's. Hopefully it was a one off

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AnnieL
Sacramento
3 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The shrimp tacos and the Baja fish tacos were amazing. The cocktails wer3 great as well. Easy parking, comfortable and roomy table for 8.

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious, the service was rapid and top notch, they had mariachi which was awesome, and the night couldn’t have been more perfect. For 2 parents with 4 kids who don’t get out often this was a well deserved night out and a great experience all around.

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gerardoq
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall4food3service3ambience4

I order arrachera plate it was good .
My wife ordered queso fundido and she didn't like it. We had queso fundido at another restaurant it was way better.
Service was slow .

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Cel246
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had dinner at Zocalo UV on December 31st. The food was great, the restaurant was very clean and had beautiful light fixtures. I thought it would be impersonal as orders have to be made online; however, servers were still very attentive and came around often to make sure we didn’t need anything. I definitely recommend this place.

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ElkGroveDiner
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Zocalos never disappoints with their AMAZING entrees & drinks… And the staff is always friendly!!! However the new order through your phone 👎🏻

JR
JasmineR
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waitress was the best and the food was exceptional! A great New Years Dinner!

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NancyP
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service! We will definitely return!

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TammiP
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience4

It’s unfortunate that the dining option is to order on an app. Our “waitress” had to be asked by us where our drinks were after our food arrived. We ate and she never returned to offer refills. We also were not offered chips and salsa/bean dip which we noticed others received. I am not sure if I will return. Staff was friendly, just not attentive:

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vipsacshrink
Sacramento
62 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

outdoor heaters work quite well. Indoors was too crowded given situation with Covid. Food portions are quite large.

LJ
LauraJ
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We love Zócalo‘s but a lot of the items on the menu are in Spanish. We went with what we know: salmon or taco salad.

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Henry
Sacramento
10 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Best guacamole in town! But chicken tacos wet and soggy. Also, the order on your phone thing results in poor service. No one cares. While it made sense in key days of covid, No other restaurant still does that.

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vipPattyP
Sacramento
7 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We absolutely love the staff and service at Zocolo’s UV! Kudos to Kiki, Ariana, Renee, Kimberly, Carlos, John, and Anton. I don’t mean to miss anyone, so if I didn’t mention you, you’re definitely included in our thanks. A special call out for Eric who trained this incredible staff! When we go there we are always treated like royalty and we enjoy chatting with each and everyone . We wish everyone at Zocolo’s a blessed and Merry Christmas!

KD
KarenD
Sacramento
11 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food, wonderful drinks, and excellent service! Restaurant interior is beautiful and spacious.

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cjtigers
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

The ambience is nice, the food is good, but the ordering process is too complicated. They are trying to have guests order and pay with your phone. It was a lil challenging.

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OpenTable Diner
Sacramento
3 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience4

Pros Great food and ambiance. Cons music is way too loud and had to talk extreme loud to hear.

MW
MarleyW
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2021
Overall2food4service2ambience2

We had to ask the server to turn on the heaters 3 times, each time he said “I’ll work on it”. By the time we had to go find a manager to ask again the manager replied “they’re not on? They should already be on” which meant the server never asked her to have them turned on. It was nearly impossible to get a refill on chips and salsa. The server told us that the margarita pitcher made 4 drinks. When we got our pitcher, the entire thing was filled completely to the top with ice and it only poured 3 shallow margaritas. Not super impressed with this location.

JA
JenniferA
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience2

The service was horrible. No assigned server to a table. We had to ask for water and napkins several times. When I asked one of the servers to clear some of plates and glasses from the table he had an attitude. I recommend Chili's over Zocalo's any day.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thank you for the phenomenal service!

MD
vipMariaD
Central Coast
3 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great time. There were 9 of us gals. The food came out super fast and it was delicious.

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience4

They have the QR codes on the table and you order from that menu from your phone. We had a big group so it was unclear if all the orders would be coming out of the kitchen at the same time or different times. The mobile ordering did have a option to merge all table orders together, but overall it was confusing. Probably not the best for bigger groups since we wanted everyone to get their food at the same time. Also if part of your group already placed their order and you are waiting for the other half if you wait too long the mobile order automatically puts in the first orders. So we had to ask our server if she could ask the kitchen staff to bring out all the orders at the same time.

That was the only downside. Food was delicious and there was lots of it.

M
Manlin
Sacramento
3 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great food with nicely made drinks. Staff very helpful and informative. Happy hour menu is the best.

FAQs

Zocalo - University Village offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (916) 252-0303.

Zocalo - University Village is rated 4.4 stars by 1223 OpenTable diners.

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.