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Polanco Cantina, Sacramento, CA

Polanco Cantina

4.5
4.5
281 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 15 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • 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

What 281 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
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Sacramento / Sacramento Valley

    Hot spot

  • Sacramento / Sacramento Valley

    Great for outdoor dining

  • Sacramento / Sacramento Valley

    Great for scenic views

  • Sacramento

    Hot spot

  • Sacramento

    Great for outdoor dining

  • Sacramento

    Great for scenic views

281 Reviews
  1. StvCSp

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It’s pricey but it’s really a great spot, would definitely recommend

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  2. AlanJ

    Sacramento

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 12, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 2
    Made the reservation over a week in advance. Got stuck in a back corner. I hostess was condescending and unhelpful. Second visit there with the same results as the first when the place first opened. Plenty of time for them to get on track now. Will probably not be coming back. Food is great. Ambiance and service are not good for the prices charged. Zocalo same vibe better decor and much better service.

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  3. OpenTable Diner

    Tahoe

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Party of 10 prior to PBR at G1. Had reservations, which I recommend. Was seated within 5 mins of arriving. The service was awesome considering how busy they were on a Saturday night. Food was really unique and a different twist. I had the Mole Enchiladas and I will go back just for these. Will he back in the near future.

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  4. OpenTable Diner

    Sacramento

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Awesome place. High energy staff. My waiter was #1

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  5. RobleyL

    Sacramento

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 29, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was fantastic and the service was stellar. We will definitely be coming back again. Thank you!

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  6. BonnieD

    New York City

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 28, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Loved the patio. The menu was very limited. It would be nice to have some more simple items (burritos, enchiladas, nachos, etc.).

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  7. OpenTable Diner

    Sacramento

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 23, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our server Chelsea was awesome! My family came down for the foothills for a game and all they wanted was Polanco. Thank you for adding to a wonderful evening.

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  8. EcwSr

    San Francisco

    73 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    73 reviews

    Dined on January 22, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Food was excellent, good drinks and Zoe our server was great!

    1 person found this helpful

  9. BryanD

    Sacramento

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We made reservations before the Kings as me and my family are from out of town and everything went according to plan. Food was amazing and the restaurant was right across from the Arena. Great views of Downtown Sacramento as well. Amazing experience

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  10. Feedmenow

    Sacramento

    25 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on January 2, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Quesabirria tacos were delicious! Guacamole and chips fresh. Excellent service

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  11. WendyL

    San Francisco

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 30, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was sub par and way overpriced considering. The waiter was great and that is about it.

    1 person found this helpful

  12. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 30, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent service from my hostess and amazing food.

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  13. ShaunaT

    Sacramento

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 19, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    My only complaint is that I can’t find the digital receipt, which is problematic.

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  14. KPSs

    Sacramento

    17 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on December 16, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    We’re seated at our table waited about 20 minutes before I had to get up and ask the hostess if if we had a server. She came over. She was very good and very helpful. Her service was great. I thought the food was average at best. drinks were average at best probably would not go back. Great location fun ambience maybe we just had a bad night 

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  15. DinoSF

    Sacramento

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on December 14, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Terrific business lunch. A little loud for business, but also energetic and festive. Service was really solid and authentic (and included holiday costumes) and the food hit the spot - comforting and tasty. Great location and views. Looking forward to going back again soon.

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  16. KelliH

    Exclusive

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 13, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our server was Cole. He was FANTASTIC! The food was so good and we’re excited to come back!

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  17. Sacsun02

    Sacramento

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 12, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Reserved a table for a staff lunch. Great area, food and service. Highly recommend.

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  18. OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 10, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    So happy they were able to seat such a big group. Staff was friendly and quick!

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  19. WendyA

    Sacramento

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 8, 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    No saviamos ni quien era nuestra mesera pedimos algunas cosas extras como salsa y nunca nos la llevaron ni volvieron para preguntar tuve que levantarme 2 veces para pedir cervicio y la chica con su carota paseo mi agua por todo el restaurante vacii porcierto para encontrar mi agua por que yo levante mi mano.

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  20. Teskay

    San Francisco

    25 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on December 1, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Good food and service before our show. Timely and we enjoyed ourselves.

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  21. MimiC

    Sacramento

    3 reviews

    1.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 30, 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    The cornbread was cold. Our waiter didn’t return to take our dinner order. We waited 15 minutes without anyone noticing. We left.

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  22. Crabcakes

    San Francisco

    36 reviews

    4.0

    36 reviews

    Dined on November 17, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The greeting was rather odd since we were on time, but the host made a comment about being early birds and the wait person being on break at the time of opening. However, the wait person and other wait staff were very friendly and prompt. Since it was an early lunch, the restaurant was not loud, so we were able to conduct our business meeting. The food was good but nothing special. The green sauce on the chicken enchiladas overwhelmed the flavor of the other ingredients. My colleague had eaten here before and raved about the deep-friend chili rellenos, which he said were great again. My other colleague simply wanted a cheese quesadilla but got an entire platter--apparently that was not an a la carte option. With so many authentic options for Mexican dining throughout the city, Polanco Cantina might just be an option if you are hungry while shopping in the adjacent shopping mall.

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  23. MayraL

    Sacramento

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 12, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    First time, food was way better than expected and portions were good too. Guacamole, corn, and chips were amazing! Good noise level, neat decor, and good service. Only downside was we ordered chips and salsa and we didn't get it until our food came out and we asked, but will definitely be back!

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  24. OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Cucumber Margarita was delish! Great service! Love the ambiance

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  25. JanelleG

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 5, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our server was on top of it even though I heard they were only 2 servers during the time we went. Good and drinks came out at a reasonable time. It was nice that Disney music was playing in honor of the Disney on Ice event. Will definitely come back! Also liked how easy it was to get a reservation

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  26. JANEENG

    Tahoe

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 5, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Never disappointed with a meal at Polanco! The food is amazing and the service is always above and beyond expectations!

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  27. YvonneR

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 3, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great food and service! The tacos (we all had different tacos on the menu) and the pear margarita were delicious!

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  28. OpenTable Diner

    Sacramento

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 24, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It was a great night out! The Polanco burger was the best burger that I’ve ever had. 10/10 recommend!

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  29. GamineC

    Las Vegas

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 10, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The location is great. We were seated quickly, ordered drinks and food. Everything was really good and the service was outstanding!

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  30. OpenTable Diner

    Sacramento

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 7, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I love Polanco, the food and drinks are amazing! The staff are very friendly and attentive.

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  31. PatrickS

    Sacramento

    20 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on September 20, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Overall it was a pleasant experience. We enjoy the food...when they actually have it available.

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  32. Emily

    Hawaii

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on September 11, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Delicious food. Great ambiance and view. Wonderful service. Reasonably priced

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  33. OpenTable Diner

    Sacramento

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on September 9, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It’s always a good idea to come eat here, tacos were delicious as always, (the quesabirria it’s always my fav) !!! And I love my michelada!!

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  34. Saki

    Sacramento

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 7, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Food and service were good. Nothing spectacular or special that stood out.

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  35. TaylorB

    Denver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 5, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing food, drinks and service! I will be back!

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  36. OpenTable Diner

    Sacramento

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 4, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food! Great value! Looking forward to coming back to the restaurant and having excellent food.

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  37. Gabe

    Sacramento

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 30, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food here is excellent and consistent, my only issue is the prices have gone up a little and now feel sort of expensive for the kind of food that you get. Still worth it though, I just save it for special occasions.

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  38. KendraN

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 27, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always amazing! Delicious food and drinks. Stellar service!

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  39. aliyahs

    Sacramento

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 26, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Loved the food so yummy and the waiter was the best and understanding!!!

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  40. OpenTable Diner

    Sacramento

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 24, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    We went here for dinner prior to a concert next door. The food and drinks were excellent. I really enjoyed the chips and salsa/guacamole too!

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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 281 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 15 times today

Order delivery or takeout

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
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • 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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