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Polanco Cantina, Sacramento, CA

Polanco Cantina

4.5
4.5
181 Reviews
$30 and under
Mexican
Polanco Cantina is a festive, contemporary Mexican restaurant and bar. Serving Mexican-inspired familiar favorites and celebrating the bounty of central California, Polanco is located in Downtown Commons, overlooking the Golden One Center.

Polanco Cantina, turns into a Late Night Lounge on Friday and Saturday nights from 11:00pm-1:45am, Cover Charge Applies

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 17 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Other options

  • Order online

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Mexican, Cocktail Bar, Contemporary Latin

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Sat, Sun 10:00 am–2:00 pm Lunch Mon–Fri 11:00 am–3:00 pm Dinner Daily 3:00 pm–10:00 pm Happy Hour Mon–Fri 3:00 pm–5:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (916) 536-7250

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive chef

    John Morales

  • Neighborhood

    Sacramento

  • Cross street

    5th Street

  • Parking details

    Free Parking - We validate at Central DOCO Parking lot for up to 90 minutes. Located underneath the Century Theater, east of 5th street.

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wine

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What 181 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.1Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Sacramento / Sacramento Valley

    Good for business meals

  • Sacramento / Sacramento Valley

    Good for groups

  • Sacramento / Sacramento Valley

    Healthy

  • Sacramento / Sacramento Valley

    Great for scenic views

  • Sacramento / Sacramento Valley

    Lively

  • Sacramento

    Good for business meals

  • Sacramento

    Good for groups

  • Sacramento

    Healthy

  • Sacramento

    Great for scenic views

  • Sacramento

    Lively

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  1. W

    Winesmurf

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 25, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food, fast and friendly service, lovely feel. These folks do it right!
  2. LS

    LauraS

    Las Vegas

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 13, 2023

    overall3food3service1ambience5
    Terrible service and bland food
  3. c

    carmel

    Sacramento

    12 reviews

    4.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on January 10, 2023

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Good food great location
  4. GD

    GlendieD

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 8, 2023

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Great spot before Golden 1 event!
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 8, 2023

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    Food was excellent. Servers were friendly. A couple of items were missing from order and we had to remind server to bring the missing items. One item came when we were ready to leave. Overall, enjoyed experience and will definitely dine there again.
  6. GB

    GamerBabe35

    Sacramento

    11 reviews

    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on January 5, 2023

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    We had dinner here before a Kings game, since Golden 1 Center is right across from it. We had reservations and were seated immediately. Our server was nice and attentive. I had the carnitas quesadilla and my husband had the Baja Fish tacos. The food portions are quite large. The quesadilla had wonderful flavor with tender carnitas. It came with rice and beans, however, the rice was not hot or even warm. The rice tasted good but I did not like that it has corn in it. My husband's fish tacos were huge and he said they were great. We enjoyed dining here, and I'm sure we will return. Make reservations because it gets very busy. They validate 90 minutes for parking at the DOCO central garage.
  7. JM

    JenM

    Sacramento

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Service was fantastic. All of our food (fish tacos, beans, rice, chile quesadilla, Mercado salad) was delicious. The traditional palomas and picante margaritas were terrific. Fun, upbeat, casual vibe and perfect spot to pre-game before the Kings game.
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 23, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Great food! We’ll be back for more enchiladas.
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Sacramento

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excelente customer service! Alexis V, our server was excellent! She answered all our questions and gave suggestions. The food was delicious and ambiance was great. Definitely recommend!
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Tahoe

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 21, 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience5
    The drinks are good. The food sucks and expensive.
  11. JG

    JosephG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was outstanding, the waitress was great. Will come back again
  12. KU

    KimberlyU

    Sacramento

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 8, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience4
    Made a reservation was seated promptly. Service was good. Food was a little overpriced for what you get. Overall it was a little hectic. Took a while to get our drinks. But would definitely recommend. just make sure you have enough time if your going to an event.
  13. M

    Megs

    Sacramento

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I don’t give 5 stars lightly but everything we ate was amazing I had the Baja fish tacos! My husband had the Poblano Birria and it was all amazing! I recommend getting the guacamole for the chips it’s amazing. And the Polanco margarita is A+! Our server was kind and attentive. We will 100% be back here.
  14. LG

    LoupGarou

    Sacramento

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on October 21, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    For my third business lunch here, the food as above average. It was fresh and tasty, and we got what we expected. It wasn't very busy even though it was Friday at Noon. Other than being pricey, which is to be expected being in the Downtown Commons (DOCO - I hate that label), my biggest disappointment we in their offer to validate my parking. It may seem like a small thing, but when any business says they're going to do something and they don't, it grates on me. In this case, we had two vehicles. So we needed two parking validations. After realizing the waitress (who had done a good job up to that pint) had disappeared, on my way back from the restroom I asked one of the managers to validate my parking. He said the validation was in a QR code on the final receipt, which we only had one to use. He said he would bring me another receipt. After asking a him second time and third time as he raced around past us, he gave me something that did not work and I ended up paying $8. Thank goodness I had a credit card with me. It was only $8, and a fraction of the meal, but it was embarrassing to have cars piling up behind me trying to exit while I was trying to get the QR code to scan, then trying to find my credit card. And for $8. I'll probably never go back.
  15. m

    maximus

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on August 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Tasty food and cocktail. I did find it pricey for lunch.
  16. DL

    DL65

    San Francisco

    13 reviews

    3.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on August 20, 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience4
    Food was boring certainly not authentic
  17. N

    None

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our server - I think his name was Marcos - was absolutely incredible! He was such an energetic and personable waitperson. He had exceptional customer service skills and made our trip more enjoyable as a result. Thank you for making our dual birthday celebration memorable!!
  18. n

    nyabtsab

    Las Vegas

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 14, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    Everything was great overall. Only issue was the validation of parking. The original QR code did not work and when we went back to the restaurant to advise them of this, we overheard other workers indicating that it was a known issue.
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Western Samoa

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Tequila flight is yum and the nachos were delicious!!
  20. CB

    CarolB

    Sacramento

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on June 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great lunch on the patio . Not crowded during the workweek. We met one friend coming In from the Bay Area on Amtrak. We drove in using the validated garage next up Macy’s. Everyone liked their food. Pork quesadilla was a hit with teen. A good value. Chicken enchiladas good but would have been better with a bit of heat. Steak was delicious, cooked perfectly. Good service. Enjoyed eating on their covered patio.

    Polanco CantinaResponded on June 21, 2022Hi Carol, thank you for the five stars. We are so glad you enjoyed your visit and appreciate the kind words. We hope to see you again soon.

  21. CB

    CatherineB

    San Francisco

    17 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on May 29, 2022

    overall2food1service3ambience4
    Good was awful, worst Ceviche ever. Cesar salad was had no flavor. The chips were even bland. Ambiance is great. They need to get a different chef!
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service3ambience5
    Mother’s Day
  23. R

    Roberta

    Seattle

    16 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on April 23, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience5
    The food didn’t have much flavor. The Brussel sprouts were blah and the fish tacos weren’t seasoned at all. The waiter dropped a drink on me.
  24. RG

    RamG

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 22, 2022

    overall2food1service2ambience3
    Awfully bland food, some of the worst Baja fish tacos I’ve had, and the appetizer as well as my dates food weren’t good either.
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Sacramento

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food, great service, and great atmosphere. I love this place.
  26. RP

    RubyP

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 1, 2022

    overall4food5service2ambience4
    The food and drinks were so good. It’s not too pricy but the service didn’t make it worth it. We waited too long to get our order in. So many’s revers walked by before anyone asked if we wanted to order anything to drink.
  27. G

    ginaG

    Sacramento

    18 reviews

    3.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on March 27, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    Pretty restaurant, the taste of the items were good, although the enchiladas had been left in the broiler a little long. Service was a little spotty but that was because our server had half of the restaurant by herself. Would return but wouldn't order the queso fundito again.
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Sacramento

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I have walked by this place a number of times, but I never visited. Well, I finally decided to go there on a date and let me tell you, this place did not disappoint. The birria tacos were amazing, although they were small. I would say these might be the top 3 birria tacos I’ve had in Sacramento. The waitstaff was amazing and attentive, the security guard was hilarious, the table next to us was having a birthday celebration so they were loud, but it was a great time. I highly recommend visiting this place, and trying their birria tacos. I might make this restaurant a place I visit at least once or twice a month. -EJ
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    First time and Polanco did not disappoint! Our server Ricardo was awesome! Super friendly and gave us the best recommendations. Definitely added to our great experience! 😊 Here’s what we ordered! Drinks: Prickly Pear margarita- if you like fresh, tart & slightly sweet. Yummy & pretty magenta color Piña Humante - if you like mezcal, this is the drink for you! Smooth & just enough pineapple flavor Appetizers: Brussel sprouts - just enough crunch with great seasoning Sinaloa wings - great sweet flavor with a little kick! Entree: Birria Ramen- tons of flavor and a big bowl! but consume broth may get a little overwhelming Carnitas Quesadilla- meat was tender and flavorful. Great proportion it was super filling! Dessert: Flan - a twist to your original flan flavor. They’ve infused it with a tangy lime flavor and added a blueberry compote. Delicious! Overall, 10/10 experience. Came on a Friday night around 5. It wasn’t crowded. We’re excited to come back!
  30. TK

    TatianaK

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    So good will be back again customer service was A1
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Sacramento

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 13, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    How they advertised their churro French toast was incorrect and then had them remake it and it still wasn’t correct.
  32. KM

    KristenM

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 16, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Delicious food. Amazing drinks. Love the outdoor fireplace! Our server was fantastic, and will be back!
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Hawaii

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great time, great food and the cucumber margaritas are so good!
  34. TH

    TanyaH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The outdoor area is surprisingly warm. Maybe even a little hot. But it was nice to enjoy a good meal outdoors without freezing. And the brussel sprouts are supremely delicious.

    Polanco CantinaResponded on February 10, 2022Hi Tanya, thank you for the kind review and support. We are so glad you enjoyed your visit and look forward to seeing you again soon.

  35. L

    Luis

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and good times, need I say more? 4 characters to go

    Polanco CantinaResponded on February 10, 2022Hi Luis, thank you for the kind words. We are glad you enjoyed your visit and look forward to seeing you again soon.

  36. l

    lovetodine

    Sacramento

    55 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    55 reviews

    Dined on January 22, 2022

    overall3food2service2ambience3
    The waitress was unhappy and not friendly. The food had no flavor. Guacamole didn't even have salt and pepper in it. The ambience is good.
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Sacramento

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 28, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The evening was great! The customer service provided by Polanco is always above and beyond. I am never disappointed by their delicious food, and welcoming staff. Our server, Chelsey, did a wonderful job caring for my friends and I! She was very attentive and engaging with us. Will definitely be back for another great meal at this restaurant.
  38. LA

    LindaA

    Tahoe

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 26, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Had a great time dining on the patio even with the rain. Our server was attentive and the food was delicious.
  39. M

    Meeks81

    Austin

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on December 22, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Polanco is a beautiful restaurant with phenomenal service. The food is amazing and ambiance vibrant and welcoming.
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 20, 2021

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    It was good definitely returning

    Polanco CantinaResponded on December 21, 2021Thank you for the five stars.

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

You can order delivery directly from Polanco Cantina using the Order Online button. Polanco Cantina also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (916) 536-7250.

Polanco Cantina is rated 4.5 stars by 181 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


Booked 17 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Other options

  • Order online
Google Map for Polanco Cantina

414 K St Ste 240, Sacramento, CA 95814

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross street

    5th Street

  • Neighborhood

    Sacramento

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Sat, Sun 10:00 am–2:00 pm Lunch Mon–Fri 11:00 am–3:00 pm Dinner Daily 3:00 pm–10:00 pm Happy Hour Mon–Fri 3:00 pm–5:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Mexican, Cocktail Bar, Contemporary Latin

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking details

    Free Parking - We validate at Central DOCO Parking lot for up to 90 minutes. Located underneath the Century Theater, east of 5th street.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    John Morales

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wine

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