Zocalo - University Village

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$30 and under
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Regional Mexican

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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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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 520 People Are Saying
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EH
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Zocalo has the most delicious menu, the food is so fresh and inventive! The staff were delightful and our server took the time to serve up our birthday girl’s cake (with sparklers on it nonetheless!). We went on a Saturday night and be prepared for very loud music over the speakers. That was the only downfall, we had to speak super loud to talk to one another.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was amazing, as usual! We get the same thing every time. The guacamole is delish as well as the taco cazuleas. My husband gets the grilled skirt steak with the grilled portabella mushroom. The kids mix it up with items from the kids menu and they’re always happy. We love coming here.

JM
San Diego
7 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Young restaurant, staff seemed overwhelmed and unable to fulfill orders on a busy Saturday night. Would not recommend.

OT
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great time and the service was fantastic!!

c
Sacramento
83 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We always try to go during Happy Hour and order from the HH menu...lots of variety and great prices. It can get a little noisy so try and get a table off to the side or outside (they have heat lamps) unless you like loud music!

JB
Sacramento
5 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent experience.

OT
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our favorite!!!

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OT
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall3food1service3ambience3

Tonight was a disappointment. We have always loved going to Zocalo, downtown and the location at Howe Avenue. Tonight was a birthday dinner. Two of the people at our table ordered the salmon, both of them came out cold… The rice was cold, the beans were cold, the fish was moderately cold. We asked for warmer dishes and replacement for one of the dishes came out and it was just as cold as the original. We did speak with manager and those two dishes were taken off of our bill, which was very nice but unfortunately it was not what we were expecting for our annual special occasion at Zocolo tonight.

The reason I am sending this feedback is because we are Folsom residents, and I really hope that the kitchen at the upcoming Folsom location is conscious about food temperature, there are many choices in Folsom and attention to detail and food temperature is important.

L
Sacramento
6 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Waiter was superb! Service was prompt & w/a smile at all times. The atmosphere & food was awesome! Had the Salmon bowl👌delicious🙌🏼will definitely go back☝️

BH
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall3food1service5ambience3

This is the first time I have been disappointed with Zocalo. My husband and I were both served the wrong food. The service was great and he did accommodate our bill to reflect the issues. While this one trip overall left me disappointed, I will still be back for the fish tacos.

SG
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was exceptional, despite being a very busy restaurant. The management at Zocalo know what they are doing and we were more than pleased with the service and food!

M
Sacramento
10 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place to have a New Year's Eve dinner. Very festive, great food, incredibly friendly service. It was a lot of fun!

RF
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience4

Food mixed. Nice service. Great vibe.

R
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We reserved late on New Year’s Eve. Patio dining was all that was available. It was warm with heaters and service was excellent.

OT
Sacramento
8 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall2food4service2ambience2

The ceviche was amazing, but small portions. The service was ok, we kept having to ask for more water. Overall pretty good chips, salsa and entree.

SD
Sacramento
3 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food! Huge portions and plenty to share. Chips and salsa are freshly made and extremely tasty and delicious. We enjoyed our brunch / lunch. Will definitely come back for dinner soon! Thank you!

OT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Made reservations and was seated right away. Drink order took a while for delivery. Had to request a coffee carafe because the main server never came back to refill; had to request a refill from the food runner, who turned was a more attentive server than the actual server. Overall, food was fabulous, and ambiance was gorgeous.

j
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a pleasant evening to enjoy out daughter's birthday. The personal where friendly and our waiter/server very accommodating too! When they brought out the Birthday cake in the end and they sang too. However my younger daughter ordered choro's for desert it never came, she was hoping to eat that delicious treat, that was the only hic-up for the evening. They were not on the bill so no worries.

OT
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Waited 20 minutes with a reservation. Waited again once seated. However it really was okay cause everyone was so nice.

AM
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall3food5service2ambience4

I made a rest for 5 plus a high chair and we were sat at a table for 4. So instead of giving us a larger table they put chairs on the ends. It was very cramped. The service was extremely slow. We were seated for 30 minutes before someone took our order. The drinks came very slow also. She said the bartender was very busy, but it was 5:00. It was not even very busy yet. I have been here many times and have always had great service and great experiences.

LD
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food! Fast service. Great atmosphere. Big portions.

O
Sacramento
105 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Zocalo has an inviting happy hour menu for this early dinner; we opted for the more substantial lunch menu and were not disappointed. Ample portions for the Cameron’s taco with a cabbage filling whose acidity complemented the shrimp. Excellent Cuban “mule” that came a little late. Chile relleno was also spot on with a special margarita. So the hustle and noise is to be expected in a bustling restaurant . Enjoyed the experience once again

CA
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall3food5service4ambience1

It was great - we loved the food- but the music was blasting on full volume and when the restaurant is so full - as it was the night we were there - it was impossible to have a conversation. It was incredibly loud sadly.

L
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

We love Zocalo! It’s our go-to for family meals out. My sisters from out of town loved it. Thank you!

JS
Sacramento
13 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A great place for larger groups. Good service, and flexible staff. We had some people come late and they were accomodated.

MB
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience2

Brought my small staff there for holiday lunch. The restaurant was very full (which was nice), but also very loud, especially the music. Was difficult to have any sort of conversation. Food excellent.

AM
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Always wonderful service and food and drinks. Happy hour is the best!

o
Sacramento
4 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were on our lunch hour. The staff was quick and competent. A very festive place

S
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had such a great time at lunch. The ambiance was so nice and festive. The food and service were also great. Love the vibe and cannot wait to go back

OT
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

I loved the food and atmosphere ( even though it’s a bit loud). The service needs a little help. It was a very busy night, but we had multiple servers come to the table ( after waiting for 15 min just to get a drink). I was looking around and had to flag down the hostess to get my server after 15 min.

NS
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was excellent, the service was fast, but didn't feel rushed, Waiter was wonderful

OT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Took my parents there for lunch. They enjoyed it very much.

LD
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our team voted to come to Zocolos for our Holiday Party for the second year in a row. We remembered the lovely time we had last year we had to return! The service and food left everyone happy. Thanks for the great experience, Zocolos!

G
Sacramento
15 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Four plates - only one was hot, and the rest were lukewarm. We didn't complain but it was a disappointment for sure.

OT
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was very good! Servers were friendly. We are definitely going back!

SK
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Everything was great accept for food service delay, orders were mixed, drink ordered that never cane. I think for large parties they should have at least two servers. I had party of 19 and def will be going back. Food was great. I am not criticizing the server she did her best and overwhelmed. Management should look into this type of events. Luckily my group was patient!!

F
1 review
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall3food2service1ambience3

We have come here often. Very very disappointed with this visit. Ordered a margarita w/o salt on rim. As I drank it, it got briny and more briny as the drink sat. Like I was drinking salt. When we told bartender he tasted his mix sitting in a pitcher and said it was fine. He said it must be that salt fell into the ice on accident. We ordered another. It was fine. But was charged for the crappy briny margarita! Our kids ordered burritos at $17 each! One had practically no meat in it. He only ate half and took the other half home. Next day he went to eat it and at the end of the burrito discovered there was a HUGE lump of meat. So when they made it, instead of breaking up this huge chunk they just rolled it up and served it that way. Not worth $17 each.
Their quality is diminishing greatly. And they’re not paying attention to how they’re preparing the food.

CT
1 review
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Followed request for booth seating by patio. Good service, and attentive staff. Pacing was excellent not rushed. Will dine again. Thank you

s
Sacramento
2 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had our small staff party here. They were all set up for us on time. Entire staff was friendly and attentive. Food was delish. Must say better than downtown location. Loved the holiday decorations.

TU
Sacramento
7 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2019
Overall4food2service5ambience5

I eat at Zocolos MIdtown and University Village (UV) frequently and enjoy the ambience that both restaurants have. I eat at the UV more frequently and always have reservations, as they are busy!!! Normally when I rate the experience the UV locations gets 4.5 - 5 star rating, but this last time the food came out cold. I am mean cold food on a cold plate. After a a couple of bites, the waitress came over and sked how the food was. We told her it was cold, and she immediatly handled it. Withing 5 minutes we had hot delicious food and the waitress gave us a buy one get one free meal on our next visit. It just goes to show how a great service professional can change a bad experience into one where we will return.