Zocalo - University Village

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$30 and under
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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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OT
Sacramento
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

Food quality was very disappointing. Service was ok.

EY
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Service was slow, perhaps table assignments imbalanced. Appeared an attempt to hide overcooked/crisp carnitas beneath the produce in a burrito bowl. Disappointing.

CF
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a great experience! We went for a work lunch and were happy with everything. The food was delicious and the staff was great. We will definitely come back.

TW
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is one of my favorite places to eat. The prices are reasonable and the location is great. The staff is helpful and efficient. The food is delicious and drinks are so tasty.

DG
Sacramento
2 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have been coming her for our lunch meeting. Everyone is always accommodating and nice. It is a wonderful atmosphere and great food!

JC
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

Tuesday nite after Labor Day, not crowded. John excellent server, very attentive. 2 of us had the chille relent, not impressed 5he chille was crunchy obviously underdone, very ho- hum. Same with the salmo n bowls , underwhelming, we’ll give it another try, like the location and the space. Margaritas really good, a little too pricey.

F
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Decor very cool, food delicious and fresh with great service!

OT
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were seated right away. The blackberry margaritas are my new favorite. Mole enchiladas were exquisite. Service was great!

DL
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

We enjoyed the service and our meal, however the noise volume was so loud that our party could not have a conversation without talking loudly and asking each other to repeat what we said. We couldn’t wait to leave.

K
Sacramento
4 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Guest visiting from Egypt

L
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our whole group had a great time and those that were first timers really enjoyed themselves.
thank you

MT
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

The proportions are large and excellently prepared. The tacos looked amazing, but I enjoyed the Pepita Salad with chicken. I’ve already recommended this location as it is much quieter than the downtown restaurant.

MK
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Stunning design, wide open spaces, several seating style options - it was great! Food was very good, service was good. The only odd thing is that the sink for the bathroom is located just outside of the bathroom. Will definitely go there again.

D
Sacramento
11 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food delicious and service great. I love their cilantro rice! We had the chicken enchiladas and carnitas plate. Loved it. Only issue was the restaurant is a bit loud and the music was almost night club like.

TY
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was really good and the margarita was my favorite

OT
Sacramento
12 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved being outside. Much less noise!

EG
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

delicious food.
order taking can be slow but meals come out FAST. drinks are slower to arrive. parking is ok on weekdays, but VERY crowded weekends.

OT
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good food and the witness was excellent.

OT
Sacramento
2 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My family enjoys going there, our favorite Mexican restaurant!

TA
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

The food and service were very good. One person in our party is gluten free (not at all by choice, it's a medical condition). I asked about the chips and was told they were corn but were prepared in a shared fryer. I stated that then were not gluten free. She said "oh, it's just a little bit so it's ok". Well, I wasn't asking for advice and it's very much not ok. She should be careful with that type of advice! I appreciate that the menu stated clearly that corn tortillas were available on request.

MN
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fancy Mexican restaurant. Great food and service. Loud. Almost like going to a club. I enjoyed it!

e
Sacramento
2 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Zocalo is our go-to restaurant when we want delicious food in a fun, lively environment. The staff is always friendly. Once you are seated, the wait time between ordering and eating isn’t long at all.

SA
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

Extremely loud! Difficult to carry on a conversation. Took forever to be waited on. Server thought we paid but we didn’t. Could have left without paying our bill, but we didn’t. Cold food! Will not return.. oh! And parking was a nightmare. took 15 minutes to find .

OT
Sacramento
3 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always , we enjoy the food that we order !

J
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Not very crowded, waiter delivered food but we waited quite some time to just get the tortillas for the tacos, received sauce, beans, rice and meat but waited a long time for the tortillas

NL
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had a lovely time at happy hour at an after-work get together.

S
Sacramento
6 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

We took my brother there for his birthday. The place was very busy for 1 pm on a Wed and pretty noisy as the carpeting was minimal. The food was a level above most Mexican restaurants. There was a mix up with my brother’s order and the manager comped his meal. By 2 the noise level had reduced enough so we stayed and finished the pitcher of blackberry margaritas. Yum!

D
Sacramento
5 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 4

Im sure there are better servers..my only real issue.

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

Their food is not good, I expect some real Mexican food but places were they give you rice and beans with your food is not REAL Mexican food.

OT
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a wonderful date night with my beautiful wife. We had great food and drinks. Music was playing and had us grooving in our seats.

E
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service is always friendly, attentive, and professional. The food is always delicious consistently. It is a great restaurant to any occasions. My family and I love this restaurant and have been there many times.

K
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Our waiter, Davit, was good and the food was great. Celebrated my birthday low key and had a nice evening. Thanks

ES
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on July 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always, my favorite lunch is the carnitas tacos. Can never go wrong with this dish. Everyone in our group was very happy with what they ordered. Inside is too noisy so we opted to sit outside. It wasn't a real hot day so that worked well. The music was a bit loud but, overall, it was great.

OT
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

Food was very good.

K
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The ceviche is my favorite dish of all Sacramento restaurants!! Great happy hour! Gorgeous restaurant!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love love love!

ZA
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome-everything. Great food, drinks are amazing, staff is knowledgeable and friendly. Vibe and atmosphere is fun for any occasion

j
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

My friend and I met for happy hour. We both really enjoyed blackberry margaritas, ceviche, quesadillas and tostadas that were all on the happy hour menu. It was a very hot evening and we chose to sit inside in the air conditioning. Service was great! My only complaint was that it was very noisy. I think next time I go, I will either go earlier or on a cooler evening when we can sit outside.

d
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Food was unbelievable! Restaurant was so pretty and service was good also!

EN
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went for our sons' birthdays. We all enjoyed our meals and the Zocalo team made it extra special with the sparklers on the desserts. It was very sweet how many team members came by and wished them a happy 5th birthday. :)

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