Zinfandel Grille - Sacramento

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1589 reviews
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The Zinfandel Grille in Sacramento has been a local tradition for more than 20 years. We specialize in house made pasta, fresh seafood, and wood fire oven pizzas. In addition we have a full bar, an extensive wine collection, and happy hour from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm. We also have live jazz music in our dining room on Friday and Saturday from 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm. We have a banquet room that seats up to 65 people which is perfect for private events. Our chefs selects only the best and freshest ingredients and we change our menu seasonally.
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DV
Sacramento
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were very pleased with our reservation punctuality and the table service was excellent. Our meal was outstanding and we love coming to Zinfandel.

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NM
Sacramento
12 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Ready for us promptly at our reservation time. Food was delicious...scallops for me and Kobe steak for husband. Service was great. Mgr came over to assist our waitress as we were redeeming Open Table points. Very pleasant!

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DB
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service was amazing. We had the best time and the food was delicious, the drinks from the bar were really fancy.

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FR
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Overall, it was a very nice dinner for a birthday celebration. The service and food were fantastic. Our server was very attentive, polite, engaging and fun. The food was incredible. We brought in our own cake and the servers took care of everything regarding that. I really recommend this place.

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Sacramento
60 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Good American fare, well prepared. Not much for vegans to sample, FYI.

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a
Sacramento
18 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

cindy being our waitperson always if we can have her is so wonderful and Greg the manager so nice to us too and manages the restaurant so well

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N
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very nice restaurant. We took our parents there for their anniversary and they loved it. Food was very tasty and service was great. We definitely will be back.

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C
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything about our dinner there was perfect! We were seated as soon as we got there and we were not hurried in any way!

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SD
Adelaide / SA
14 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Disappointed that I didn’t get anything for my birthday! The table next to us did!
Then, no more music! That’s why we went there! They’ve always had great music! Has been a wonderful place for nice dinner music! So disappointed they’ve stopped this!
Not too many places in Sac that has live good music!!

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KA
Sacramento
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a pleasure. Servers are pleasant and helpful.

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C
Sacramento
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 5

Sigh. We have previously been big fans of Zinfandel. This time ... not so much. Food was great as always but service was terrible. We took guests and were embarrassed by the lack of attentiveness from the wait staff. I hope it was a fluke. This is not a “cheap” restaurant and so poor service stands out.

Emailed the manager and he did respond with an apologetic email. Appreciated that.

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LC
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had the special pasta prawn tagliatelle and it was amazing. This place never disappoints. And our server, Cynthia was fabulous as always.

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JF
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My client and I both had the grilled salmon special. It was prepared perfectly. Service was impeccable and we even had a staff member race outside before I drove off to give me my credit card back. Would definitely go again.

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SC
Sacramento
2 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

Extremely slow service for beverage order and subsequent service of beverages. Clam chowder tasted like bacon chowder. Only minimal amount of dressing on Caesar salad - lacked flavor. Entrees served few minutes after soup service so entree cooled by the time eaten. Hamburger served with only one small piece of lettuce and pickle slice and two small slices of tomato - insufficient amount to cover and complement burger patty - similar to past experiences. Always pleased that we are seated per request for window table. Overall service and food continues to be poor compared to 10 - 25 years ago.

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r
Sacramento
4 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Our "go-to" place....always good food and pleasant service.

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

Great night out with friends to celebrate.

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

Zinfandel Grill is also consistent. I always have a good meal there and a good time. The service is excellent, too.

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SD
San Francisco
22 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We had excellent service with our lunch party of 7. Everyone enjoyed her meal except me. The Cobb salad was a disappointment and this is a simple dish. The Gorgonzola dressing was lackluster in flavor and watery. The chicken was overcooked and dry. The romaine lettuce was enough for two lunches but that was unnecessary of course. I dine here often with my husband and am usually very satisfied. This dish, however, needs work.

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f
Sacramento
5 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

We brought my 90 year old mother in law. The staff gave us a table where she didn't have to walk very far. Also, I'm on a vegan diet and our waiter was very helpful. He was able to check with the kitchen to make sure, with a few alterations, they could prepare a vegetable panini without cheese, to meet my dietary requirements.

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J
Sacramento
51 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I am always impressed with the environment, service, and food. The hostess and server’s along with the bussing Staff are always eager to please. The presentation and quality of food is a clear representation of the cooks pride in their work. I would highly recommend zinfandel Grille if you are a foodie for delicious, fresh, handmade food. This restaurant is a perfect choice for special occasions, date night or a weekly trip to yourself.

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DM
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service! Our server Joe is a real pro who knows the menu and always makes wine recommdations that are spot on .

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RS
Sacramento
4 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always, both of our dinners were tasty and artfully presented. Our server was friendly, knowledgeable and attentive.

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DM
Nashville
4 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Business dinner. Always good

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

5-6:30 meal is a good time for customers with hearing issues.

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KA
Sacramento
4 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We brought our friends here for their first visit and everything was wonderful as anticipated. We were greeted and taken to our requested booth promptly which was much appreciated! Servers were excellent. Food came quickly enough however my husbands plate was not hot enough. Our friend had ordered her filet butterflied and well done but she had to send it back. It was excellent when the second plate came back to her. Drinks were yummy. We will definitely be back many more times! Thanks for a lovely evening.

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

Zinfandel Grille should have made known when reservations were made being made for New Years that there would be a special menu that was double the price, yet half the value. The food was processed and undercooked. The prices were astronomical. We were put in a back room where there was very little ambiance. To say that it was a disappointment is an extreme understatement! Shame on the Zinfandel Grille. My dining there up to this point has been stellar and that is why I scheduled to come there on New Years. I won't be doing that again!

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N
Sacramento
4 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I experienced lovely New Year's Eve dinner with my niece. The food was good and the service was excellent. The only distracting factor was that we were seated very close to the bar, and people tended to lean on short wall next to us and stare down at us.

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e
Sacramento
25 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Family dinner for New Year's Eve. Everyone ordered a different salad and entree, and they were all excellent. Will go again.

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CA
Sacramento
3 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Food was excellent. Our only complaint was it was super noisy on Friday night and we couldn’t hear the live music group very well.

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SK
Portland
8 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Table was ready and service great. The menu has lower priced option food if you have children (pizza, calzones, hamburgers). We had a variety of dishes and all were good.

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S
Los Angeles
91 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Our server was very good. The food was good. The dining room is lovely. We were taken care of immediately.

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GN
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 2food 5service 1ambience 2

Our party of 9 with reservations and having traveled from various locations to get together waited for an honor and a half for entrees to be served. They “lost” our order and management did not offer to make amends. Very disappointing.

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L
Sacramento
2 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our Christmas Eve experience at Zinfandel Grille was outstanding on every level. Service was outstanding, excellent food, a really good old fashioned, and sinful bread pudding. This place is high on our list in Sacramento.

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DF
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 1

The Women's bathroom was a mess, I sent my food back due to not liking how it was cooked and it was not cooked any longer they just added more hot sauce.

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L
Sacramento
21 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

My bro and sis-in-law took our dad for Christmas Lunch and it was great because it was quiet (he can't hear well) and the food was to his liking! Dad had the braised short ribs and ate every bite! Sis and I had salads--she the beet and me the Asian chicken. Both were great. No cocktails (it was lunch) and the bill was very reasonable. We will return.

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Z
Sacramento
8 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Zinfandel continues to be solid. We had a nice Christmas Eve lunch. Great server and food was perfect!

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P
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

We arrived at the restaurant and were properly seated. The bus boy was very prompt and our glasses were always full and plates and cutlery were promptly replaced. As for the waiter.. we didn't see him for at least 15 minutes after we were seated. The 2 main entrees on the menu that we were planning on ordering were not available, it was 6:30pm!! So we ordered the special and it took over 45min to receive our meal. The fish was so dry that it crumbled when you cut it, and the potatoes were cold. Not once did the waiter return to our table once the food was served to ask how our food was, or if we needed anything else. The only other time we saw him was at the end when the check was being given. It was our first and last time we will ever come to your restaurant.

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JP
San Diego
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were there for a family birthday. Loved our food and had excellent service..

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

Nice ambiance, not too noisy, excellent service and very good food. The Kobe beef was amazing. The environment is casual overall, but the decor is moderately elegant. A nice combination. The bread was served as we were being seated, and the rest of the service was just as timely. We will definitely return.

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GJ
Sacramento
2 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Zinfandel Grille has been a favorite restaurant of mine and my family for many years. The food is always excellent, and the staff are friendly and accommodating.

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