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Zocalo - University Village, Sacramento, CA

Zocalo - University Village

4.6
4.6
1387 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.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Experiences are available.

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Regional Mexican

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Daily 11:00 am–4:00 pm Brunch Sat, Sun 11:00 am–2:00 pm Dinner Mon, Sun 4:00 pm–9:00 pm Tue–Thu 4:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–11:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (916) 252-0303

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Ryan Rose

  • Catering

    Zocalo features many large party trays and group to-go options, including Door Dash, for in-home catering. Please visit zocalosacramento.com or give us a call at 916-252-0303 for more information.

  • Private party facilities

    Zocalo University Village is East Sacramento's celebration destination for corporate events, birthday parties, wedding rehearsal dinners, and holiday parties. For more info, visit https://www.experiencezocalo.com/banquets.

  • Private party contact

    Ariana Arroyo: (877) 593-1479

  • Neighborhood

    Sacramento

  • Cross street

    Fair Oaks

  • Parking details

    In addition to the many parking spaces at the University Village Shopping Center, guests may also find additional parking a five minute walk away on Scripts Drive and by using the UV Valet, which is available Wednesday-Friday from 11-1 and 4-10 and costs $5.00.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Experiences

  • ZOCALO HAPPY HOUR

    Multiple dates available
    Indulge in the region’s finest happy hour with fresh guacamole, golden fish tacos, cadillac margaritas, and much more in an upscale setting every day of the week from 3:00-6:00. From cotija crusted quesadillas to refreshing palomas, Zocalo is your destination to unwind and connect. Listo pal pisto!

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What 1,387 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Sacramento / Sacramento Valley

    Most Booked

  • Sacramento

    Most Booked

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  1. DC

    DawnaC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very nice place. Had a going away lunch for coworker. Food was good and staff was great.
  2. PS

    PamS

    Sacramento

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Birthday meal for husband and son. Staff sang bday song and brought churro/ice cream sparkler dessert treat! Much appreciated! All staff friendly and accommodating. Waiter was especially attentive & courteous. Will definitely return & recommend to others. Thank you!
  3. F

    Flyflyfly

    Sacramento

    16 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    16 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall2food2service1ambience2
    We had a makeshift table, shoved against the wall by the kitchen. Our server didn’t listen to our orders and didn’t bring the items we asked to be on the side. My margarita was disgustingly sour (tasted like sweet and sour and that’s it). I asked for some simple syrup and he brought me a new drink which was just as bad. The food was decent, the service was way off!!!
  4. M

    Mcmikmul

    Sacramento

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Special occasion dinner on the back patio. Service is excellent, food very satisfying, the mole enchilada is sublime!
  5. JW

    JanW

    Sacramento

    5 reviews

    2.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall2food2service3ambience3
    Lunch was uninspiring and the restaurant was like a freezer it was so cold. The server was young and did not look clean or well groomed. He was nice enough but called us (2 women) “guys” and instead of “you’re welcome” as a response to us saying “thank you”, he kept repeating “no problem”. I wonder what problem he was thinking of. The food is also uninspiring. The chef works way too hard to seem clever and forgets to deliver sharp flavors. Mexican “hole in the wall” restaurants are much better than this. My enchiladas (one red one green) were bland…not bad not good. The chips were ok as was the dipping salsa. The location is great but beware, parking is always difficult. It was on the slightly expensive side for lunch so save yourself some money and go to your local Mexican eatery.
  6. H

    Henry

    Sacramento

    11 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    11 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall1food1service1ambience3
    So disappointing. The salmon bowl had about a tablespoon size piece of salmon. Way too much dressing. And meals came about 2 minutes after ordering. So obviously it is all premade and sitting in a fridge.
  7. D

    Deol

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We really enjoyed it. Food was very tasty. Service was good.
  8. MR

    MariaR

    Sacramento

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I eat here regularly. The food and service are top notch.
  9. AC

    AmyC

    Sacramento

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall4food4service2ambience4
    The food is very good here, but for the 3rd time, service on the patio is very poor. We didn't have tableware or napkins for the first 30 minutes, and our waitresse was gone for so long, we couldn't ask. A different time I had to finally hunt down our waiter to get the check 20 minutes after our plates were cleared.
  10. D

    Deep

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food is delicious! Would definitely recommend to anyone who is craving Mexican food!
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Sacramento

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My wife’s son & daughter in-law came from Utah to visit family and friends. They were hungry so we took them to our favorite restaurant Zocalo. You guys didn’t disappoint, they lived every thing from drinks, food and the vibe. Our server Trinity was amazing and fun and very attentive to our party.
  12. ME

    MaryyE

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    All the staff (host, waiters) were very attentive. Food came out quickly and was 10/10 as always.
  13. MD

    MarchDiners

    Sacramento

    10 reviews

    3.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    The establishment looks nice and is comfortable. The food is ok. Shrimp didn’t have much flavor, however. Must have been frozen at some point. Thing that bothered us the most was the incessant vacuuming near our table. Four people vacuumed the same space almost the entire time we were there. We were rushed by workers but the restaurant was almost empty. Won’t be returning.
  14. MA

    MikeA

    Hawaii

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall3food4service4ambience2
    This has always been a favorite Friday night goto spot for my wife & me as we enjoy the ambience of a summer evening in the outdoor patio. I hope This past experience was an outlier as the moment we were seated very loud techo pop made it very unrelaxing to have a normal conversation. The service which is usually superb somehow messed up my order where I specifically requested to have soft tacos and the fish grilled. The tacos had to be sent back because they were not soft shell. As i tried to let our server also know that the fish was deep fried, but it was so noisy he couldn’t hear my request. They brought the order with soft tacos. I decided to take the beer battered taco home. We will come back & hopefully this was an outlier of an evening.
  15. SC

    StaceCase

    Kansas City

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We ate outside. The service was attentive and efficient. The food was delicious. I recommend the salmon bowl.
  16. I

    Isela

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Service was excellent! Made reservations for 20 to celebrate my son's Graduation.
  17. K

    Kari

    Sacramento

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Service was excellent and everyone enjoyed their meals and atmosphere. The chicken mole enchiladas were so good!
  18. JP

    JanetP

    San Francisco

    39 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    39 reviews

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Great time - very loud but it was Happy Hour. Everyone was happy!
  19. G

    Gorlamigirl

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Went here for a graduation celebration with about 14 people and 3 toddlers. Our server was very attentive to the older people in the party and the kids. And the staff accomodated a dairy allergy with no problem. Would recommend, especially for big parties.
  20. AR

    Alm0stReady

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 9, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    I love this restaurant, and the food is delicious. It was busy so the outdoor service was a little slow, but on the plus side we were able to linger at the table
  21. CS

    CalvinS

    Sacramento

    8 reviews

    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on June 8, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Quick service and food was very good
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Omaha

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Waiter was amazing! Food came out fast and hot! Everything was delicious!
  23. M

    Mariposa

    San Francisco

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 6, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    We had a nice family dinner. Staff were great!
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Sacramento

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 6, 2022

    overall2food3service1ambience3
    Food was fine, service was awful. We had no idea who our server was, random people would stop by occasionally. We never got things we asked for…such as napkins. Then it took forever to get our check, which we had to ask a random employee for.
  25. B

    Bret

    Sacramento

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall2food5service1ambience3
    Food was great. Service continues to be an issue . Waiter never introduced himself. Never checked on us after food delivered. Had to ask 3 staff for more chips and water.
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Sacramento

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Exceptional service. We were served immediately after ordering. Sound was low, only downside was the old chips.
  27. KE

    KelseyE

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Super fun spot for happy hour with the girls! Get the blackberry margarita and the tacos.
  28. P

    Paul

    Sacramento

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Good food and service. A bit too loud. A very busy place during happy hour
  29. T

    Travel

    Sacramento

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 31, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    We sat outside for the noise level. The music was a bit too loud. The food and service was really good. I ordered a strawberry basil margarita. The glass was super small and it tasted like strawberry syrup.
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Tahoe

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a big party. Food was delicious, amazing service and perfect outdoor seating.
  31. J

    Jackkie

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The service was outstanding. The staff were very friendly. They moved umbrellas, replaced a fork with water spots on it, and regularly brought water pitchers without us having to ask for anything. The food and drinks were delicious!
  32. CP

    ChrisP

    Palm Springs

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 25, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    Best sophisticated Mexican cuisine ever. We’ll be back
  33. JB

    JulieB

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 25, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Love the food and decor and service was excellent. There-were some loud parties next to me and when I asked to be moved it was no problem.
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Sacramento

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on May 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had 21 people for a birthday dinner and the food and service were fantastic! Our food came out quickly and our waiter made sure we always had drinks, water, and whatever we needed. He was fantastic! I’m sad that I did not catch his name. The food was amazing and the portions seemed bigger than what I remember. Overall, we had a fantastic time and I’m so glad I picked this place for my birthday dinner!
  35. AL

    AlexiaL

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Sandra did a wonderful job hosting our large party of 15 as well as another huge group next to us. She was attentive and courteous. She handled both parties efficiently without sacrificing service.
  36. R

    Ressey

    New Orleans

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Enjoyed my meal
  37. RM

    RosarioM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The service was amazing. Our waitress was very attentive and kind. The food was so delicious!!
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Central Coast

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 22, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Really great food and service from Frankie! Brought me a free graduation dessert without us asking. Not traditional Mexican but still yummy. Best was the Poblano Enchiladas!
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a great brunch/lunch experience with 10 of us for graduation celebration with 6 adults and 4 children everything went smooth with food coming out on time and everything everybody enjoying it. Staff was great and offering refills on drinks all the time, couldn’t have asked for a better experience!
  40. RJ

    RebeccaJ

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    overall5food1service5ambience5
    This was a beautiful place with great service. Also getting the food out was very quick! But I was unsatisfied with the food and drinks. I came here to celebrate obtaining my degree and after a long commencement I was starving and looking forward to this meal. The tacos were falling apart. There was no seasoning and very minimal flavor in all the dishes. The drinks were very watered downed. For over $200 with of food I expected better.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • 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

FAQs

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

Zocalo - University Village is rated 4.6 stars by 1387 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Experiences are available.
Google Map for Zocalo - University Village

466 Howe Ave Sacramento, CA 95825-5507

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Fair Oaks

  • Neighborhood

    Sacramento

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Daily 11:00 am–4:00 pm Brunch Sat, Sun 11:00 am–2:00 pm Dinner Mon, Sun 4:00 pm–9:00 pm Tue–Thu 4:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–11:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Regional Mexican

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    In addition to the many parking spaces at the University Village Shopping Center, guests may also find additional parking a five minute walk away on Scripts Drive and by using the UV Valet, which is available Wednesday-Friday from 11-1 and 4-10 and costs $5.00.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Ryan Rose

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (916) 252-0303

  • Catering

    Zocalo features many large party trays and group to-go options, including Door Dash, for in-home catering. Please visit zocalosacramento.com or give us a call at 916-252-0303 for more information.

  • Private party facilities

    Zocalo University Village is East Sacramento's celebration destination for corporate events, birthday parties, wedding rehearsal dinners, and holiday parties. For more info, visit https://www.experiencezocalo.com/banquets.

  • Private party contact

    Ariana Arroyo: (877) 593-1479

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