Zinfandel Grille - Sacramento

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$30 and under
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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 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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4.6based on recent ratings
4.6
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4.7
service
4.4
ambience
4.3
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OT
Central Coast
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service were great. It was just cold at our spot. Maybe we were just near th e door or a vent. But I would recommend this restauran

m
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

They have delicious food and superb creme brulee! We have been patrons of this place for several years and they never disappoint.

AA
Sacramento
34 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Not every dish is a winner. The lamb chops yes, the cannelloni no. The mushroom salad yes. The bananas foster yes. The service from Joseph Kennedy was amazing. Maybe the best waiter in Sacramento. Every table he had loved him. However, putting tables next to very large parties (~20) is not a good idea. Large parties should be separated somehow from regular diners. It gets too loud and takes away from the dining experience. Separating everyone, even with some kind of divider is preferable. This is a neighborhood gem, as you can tell based of the influx of regulars.

H
Sacramento
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great service, not much parking during lunch time. Worth it!

DS
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience3

The food is solidly good throughout the meal. However the portions are small and pricey. The service was great, and there was no problem accepting the open table coupon. Pleasant place to have a nice meal during the week. I would have liked something more specular for the price.

OT
Sacramento
12 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great food and service

SH
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding as always. Very good service, food is interesting, fresh and seasonal, and we like the atmosphere. :-)

B
Sacramento
10 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent! Great service and food. Just a little noisy.

CM
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food5service5ambience5

The daily seafood pasta special was great. Server was inattentive, forgot to put in order correctly, forgot utensils. Very unusual though.

SB
Sacramento
24 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

My husband and I really enjoy a night out at Zinfandel Grille! This past Monday we met friends there who we hadn't seen in quite some time. Sadly, I was sick and couldn't go, but I got reports after. My husband said it was wonderful as always. He had the braised short ribs and really enjoyed them. Our guests were very happy with their selections as well.

OT
Sacramento
4 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My family had a great time dining at Zinfandel grill ! We all love our food & people are nice !

S
Sacramento
19 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

One of my favorite's. Varied menu, impeccable service (Thank you Clarissa!) and consistency.

M
Sacramento
6 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The food, as usual, was well prepared and presented. And the service, as usual, was attentive, polite and professional. The only negative was the cut of meat selected for the "Kobe Steak". I did not expect skirt steak, which has a weird texture and can be (and was this time) somewhat tough. Next time, will probably revert to a pasta-based lunch.

JM
Portland
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Noise level makes conversations difficult. Service is good and food tasty, but prices is high for portion size.

m
Los Angeles
33 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food and service and the other patrons were well behaved

SB
Sacramento
3 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall3food1service3ambience1

Expensive and really not great food overall.

Zinfandel Grille - Sacramento
Responded 2 days ago

Shelley, Thank you for dining with us and sharing your experience. We're disappointed that we didn't succeed in giving you a 5-star experience that we strive so much for. However, we would greatly appreciate to learn about what didn't go quite right as we are always looking to improve. If you don't mind sharing more details, please feel free to reach out by responding to us via email or to management (Will, Greg, Amy) directly at 916-485-7100. Thank you, Allen

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MN
Sacramento
9 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

ZG is one of my favorite restaurants. You can always count on good food, nice ambiance and good service. We always ask for Joe as our server. He is the best.

OT
Miami
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Zinfandel Grill made our gender reveal so incredibly special! They were as excited for us as we were. The food and service was incredible. And the manager surprised us by taking care of the check. We are very grateful for such a beautiful evening.

G
Phoenix
8 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall3food2service5ambience4

New Years Eve dinner. The menu was abbreviated and the prices for meals higher than usual (to be expected on New Years Eve). Cocktails were $14. Corkage was $15. We were seated promptly and the service was stellar, as always. We have eaten here many times but tonite, maybe due to New Years Eve, the food was mediocre at best. My angel hair pasta with 3 shrimp, a small, elusive bit of crab and two scallops ($42) was bland. One table mates had the same and his wife had salmon. She mentioned it was moist, maybe undercooked, and she didn’t tolerate it well about 3 hours later. My wife had a steak ($50...we thought overpriced) that was ordered medium but came medium rare. The desserts were good but the meal just wasn’t a WOW for a special New Years Eve dinner where there were only about 6 choices for dinner. We would go back, but not on a holiday...and we will order the food cooked a little longer to insure doneness.We were disappointed due to the good food we have had here in the past. Maybe they were trying to turn tables over quickly to accommodate more diners while charging higher prices to increase profit margins and ignoring the food quality and preparation.

Zinfandel Grille - Sacramento
Responded on January 3, 2020

Thank you for dining with us and sharing your experience. We're disappointed that we didn't succeed in giving you a 5-star experience that we strive so much for. However, we really appreciate your feedback as it shows us how we can improve our restaurant and our guest experience especially on Holidays. I will pass on your feedback about the food to our team of chefs and managers to work towards making sure a similar situation doesn't happen again. Allen Kou

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JS
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

New Year’s Eve

GD
Sacramento
23 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just a nice get together with friends.

LC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Great ambiance, food & wine selection. Would highly recommend.

OT
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Zinfandel Grille is one of our most favorite restaurants. The food, service and atmosphere is consistently top notch.

g
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love Zinfandel Grille! Greatest menu in town!

B
Sacramento
3 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience1

Why was the lighting so bright for a late dinner on Christmas Eve.? I felt like I was eating in a cafeteria. No music or any kind of ambiance in the restaurant. I feel like menu prices on the menu indicate it should have some kind of coziness.

A
Sacramento
33 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, the food and service were outstanding!
Only disappointment was that some of the specials and a regular menu item were not available.
However, our reservations were late that evening so it was understandable!!

HC
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Leo was our Server and he was outstanding. I have allergy issues and the Chef customized a menu item for me which and it was delicious. We had out of country guests and they were impressed just as we were. Thanks for making our dinner special.

C
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really enjoyed our dinner. The fruit crisp could of been better. Would order something else next time.

N
Sacramento
93 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Been here many times always consistently good food and service. Will keep coming back.

CM
Sacramento
3 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My all time favorite place to have dinner in Sacramento.

F
San Francisco
23 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love this restaurant. Cynthia is the best server. Always gracious and food and drinks are awesome.

OT
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Christmas event

M
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience3

Based on the Specials & Regular menu the Food was Amazing as always. We were all happy with our choices for our Entrees as well as our choice of Salads. No complaints with any of our meals. Noise levels at times was loud and had to raise our voices to be heard with each other as well as the server. The service was rather slow at times and had to ask anyone that walked by to help us. Not sure where he was most of the time. Perhaps not enough servers on board to accommodate the amount of customers. Overall all of us will be back again due to the Amazing Dinners.

DJ
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

This is a nice place for lunch or dinner. Nice staff, the food quality is very good.

OT
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Pre Christmas family luncheon- had wanted more holiday decor - nothing! Very disappointing. Food good but soup not hot .

JP
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good food.
Nice atmosphere.
Good service.
Crab cakes are a yummy appetizer.

OT
Sacramento
6 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall2food1service2ambience3

My pasta was overcooked and was one big clump. I returned it and when they brought the new dish, the pasta was swimming in sauce. Their comment was they added more sauce so it wouldn't bunch together. It was terrible.

Zinfandel Grille - Sacramento
Responded on December 22, 2019

I would like to extend to you my most sincere apologies regarding your pasta yesterday evening. We have a high standard of food quality and your dinner should not have been an exception. However, I greatly appreciate your feedback as we are always striving to improve our restaurant and guest experience. I will pass on your feedback to our chefs and management team so that we can work towards ensuring it doesn't happen again. If there is anything else please don't hesitate to reach out. Allen

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall1food3service1ambience2

I was there to celebrate my birthday with friends and the server ignored us, took forever bringing us the food and we ended up missing a comedy show we had tickets for because the service was so slow and dinner took forever (3 hours!). It got to the point where one of us had to constantly flag her down or go looking for her to get anything. We brought a birthday cake and the server offered to cut it for us and didn’t tell us about the $2/person cake cutting fee and when the server brought it out she just plopped it down in front of me and walked away, no singing, nothing. I’ve been coming to this place for years and I typically love the food and the service has always been good, but our server last night was terrible! She was clearly more interested in serving the parties that were drinking lots of alcohol and running up a larger bill (meaning larger tip for her) and chose to ignore everyone else, which included our group of 5. The poor service ruined my special occasion and I am very disappointed.

Zinfandel Grille - Sacramento
Responded on December 21, 2019

Thank you for dining with us and sharing your experience. I would like to extend to you my most sincere apologies regarding your experience yesterday evening as I'm disappointed that we didn't succeed in giving you the 5-star experience that we strive so much for. We would greatly appreciate to learn more about the situation and what we can do to improve. If you don't mind sharing more details, please feel free to reach our management directly at 916-485-7100 or responding via email. Allen

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J
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The restuarant was packed with parties and Holiday shoppers. Glad I made reservations, but it still was 20 minutes before being seated, which was okay considering the crowd. The meal was delicious and the service great.

N
Sacramento
7 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I am celiac and my waiter was not that knowledgeable but he got another waiter who is. My meal was excellent and no problems!