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Polanco Cantina, Sacramento, CA

Polanco Cantina

4.6
4.6
167 Reviews
$30 and under
Mexican
Polanco 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 $10

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2 people

11:30 PM


Booked 3 times today

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  • 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 Mon–Thu, Sun 3:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 3:00 pm–11:00 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 167 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
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.8Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Sacramento / Sacramento Valley

    Best Ambiance

  • Sacramento / Sacramento Valley

    Great for Brunch

  • Sacramento / Sacramento Valley

    Kid Friendly

  • Sacramento / Sacramento Valley

    Hot Spot

  • Sacramento / Sacramento Valley

    Late Night Find

  • Sacramento / Sacramento Valley

    Outdoor Dining

  • Sacramento / Sacramento Valley

    Scenic View

  • Sacramento / Sacramento Valley

    Mexican

  • Sacramento

    Best Ambiance

  • Sacramento

    Great for Brunch

  • Sacramento

    Kid Friendly

  • Sacramento

    Hot Spot

  • Sacramento

    Late Night Find

  • Sacramento

    Outdoor Dining

  • Sacramento

    Scenic View

  • Sacramento

    Mexican

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  1. m

    maximus

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on August 26, 2022

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

    DL65

    San Francisco

    12 reviews

    3.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on August 20, 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience4
    Food was boring certainly not authentic
  3. 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!!
  4. 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.
  5. 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!!
  6. 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.

  7. CB

    CatherineB

    San Francisco

    16 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    16 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!
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service3ambience5
    Mother’s Day
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. 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
  15. 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!
  16. TK

    TatianaK

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    So good will be back again customer service was A1
  17. 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.
  18. 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!
  19. 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!
  20. 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.

  21. 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.

  22. 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.
  23. 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.
  24. LA

    LindaA

    Tahoe

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    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.
  25. M

    Meeks81

    Austin

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on December 22, 2021

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

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 20, 2021

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    It was good definitely returning

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

  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Sacramento

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 18, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Basketball game
  28. SM

    SuMuas

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 13, 2021

    overall4food5service3ambience5
    Food was good like any other Tex-mex place, but nothing memorable. Overall service was fast but probably because there weren’t many diners. Server kept forgetting my drink order. Asked me twice to repeat my drink and then came back a third time to tell me they ran out of ingredients but did not offer any substitutions, so I just stuck with water. He was not attentive at all.
  29. GS

    GunpritS

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 2, 2021

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    The best part was Olivia our server who took great care and recommended food to us.
  30. M

    Mari

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 29, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Service was great, we received our food right away. Sat by the fireplace so we were warm the whole evening. It was very cozy and the food was amazing
  31. MM

    MonicaM

    Sacramento

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on November 20, 2021

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Food and Service were great

    Polanco CantinaResponded on November 25, 2021Thank you for the rating and support.

  32. RG

    RonG

    New Orleans

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 13, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A must if you're going to an event at Golden one.

    Polanco CantinaResponded on November 25, 2021Thank you for the kind words and support.

  33. M

    Mikeb

    Sacramento

    39 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    39 reviews

    Dined on November 8, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing customer service. Food was great. Had the Birria Tacos, really good. Great atmosphere. Highly recommend.
  34. SK

    SaraK

    Sacramento

    8 reviews

    2.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on November 5, 2021

    overall2food1service1ambience2
    Everything is overly priced. The food has no taste. It was so plain. I ordered avocado tacos and the batter was not mixed well. The food was so bland.
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Sacramento

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 23, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I love this place best in the business from the staff, environment, and MOST DEFINITELY the food! Some of the best cocktails in the city as well! I’ll continue to come here for lunch and dinner bringing people with me as well!! It’s a vibe here and I’m here for it !!
  36. ML

    MzLadyDay

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 10, 2021

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Or Waitress was amazing. The food was over priced for the quality. Ended up with more fat than meet for my carnitas. Won’t be ordering again. Took 20 minutes to be checked in. Stuck waiting in line even with a reservation. The hostess was very polite just swamped. Love the music. Not a big fan of our table. We were in the doorway to the patio. Way too much traffic around us
  37. H

    Harvey

    San Francisco

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 29, 2021

    overall3food2service4ambience4
    Place is good for drinks but food is very bland. Chips and salsa was good but guacamole had so much lemon it was not edible. Food is overpriced

    Polanco CantinaResponded on October 5, 2021Harvey, thank you for your support and honesty. We always appreciate feedback on how to better our customers experience.

  38. H

    Happy

    Central Coast

    25 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on September 19, 2021

    overall5food4service4ambience5
    The guacamole is the largest portion I’ve ever been served . We are a family Of 5 and could not finish it . Guac was good. Chips and salsa were good. I had a Paloma to drink it was very good but strong. I had the fish tacos they were tasty. 2 of my daughters had the quesadillas and they loved them. Overall good spot !Service was a little slow, but it’s expected with restaurants being understaffed . I would dine again

    Polanco CantinaResponded on September 20, 2021Thank you so much for this kind review. We are so glad you enjoyed your meal and look forward to seeing you again soon.

  39. CS

    ChristianS

    Sacramento

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 14, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    First time eating here, located right in DOCO. Food was amazing and service was great also. I recommend the Mole or Fish Tacos, but will be back for sure.
  40. MT

    MagdalenaT

    Las Vegas

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 10, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Late night meal at Polanco was delicious. We ordered the fish tacos. So yummy!

    Polanco CantinaResponded on September 11, 2021We are thrilled for the five stars and appreciate your feedback. We look forward to serving you again soon.

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 4.6 stars by 167 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

11:30 PM


Booked 3 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 Mon–Thu, Sun 3:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 3:00 pm–11:00 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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