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Zocalo - University Village, Sacramento, CA

Zocalo - University Village

4.6
4.6
1453 Reviews
$30 and under
Mexican
Family friendly, great for groups, and a celebration destination known for its fine Mexican cuisine, happy hour, craft cocktails, and to-go—Zocalo UV opened up in the newly renovated University Village shopping center in January of 2018 based on the success of its Midtown and Roseville locations. Offered in a upscale yet casual setting with original artwork from Tlaquepaque, Mexico and a spacious patio—Zocalo’s warm hospitality, fresh regional Mexican food, and commitment to customer service are designed to transform the ordinary act of eating into an extraordinary and memorable experience.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 27 times today
Experiences are available.

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Mexican, Regional Mexican

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Daily 11:00 am–4:00 pm Brunch Sat, Sun 11:00 am–2:00 pm Dinner Mon, Sun 4:00 pm–9:00 pm Tue–Thu 4:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–11:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (916) 252-0303

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Ryan Rose

  • Catering

    Zocalo features many large party trays and group to-go options, including Door Dash, for in-home catering. Please visit zocalosacramento.com or give us a call at 916-252-0303 for more information.

  • Private party facilities

    Zocalo University Village is East Sacramento's celebration destination for corporate events, birthday parties, wedding rehearsal dinners, and holiday parties. For more info, visit https://www.experiencezocalo.com/banquets.

  • Private party contact

    Ariana Arroyo: (877) 593-1479

  • Neighborhood

    Sacramento

  • Cross street

    Fair Oaks

  • Parking details

    In addition to the many parking spaces at the University Village Shopping Center, guests may also find additional parking a five minute walk away on Scripts Drive and by using the UV Valet, which is available Wednesday-Friday from 11-1 and 4-10 and costs $5.00.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Experiences

  • ZOCALO HAPPY HOUR

    Multiple dates available
    Indulge in the region’s finest happy hour with fresh guacamole, golden fish tacos, cadillac margaritas, and much more in an upscale setting every day of the week from 3:00-6:00. From cotija crusted quesadillas to refreshing palomas, Zocalo is your destination to unwind and connect. Listo pal pisto!

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What 1,453 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
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Sacramento / Sacramento Valley

    Good for Groups

  • Sacramento / Sacramento Valley

    Mexican

  • Sacramento / Sacramento Valley

    Most Booked

  • Sacramento

    Good for Groups

  • Sacramento

    Mexican

  • Sacramento

    Most Booked

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  1. SL

    SalinaL

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A group of us went here to celebrate my son's 21st birthday. The bartender was fun, friendly and energetic. Our waitress was also friendly and sweet. Overall a great experience.
  2. JF

    JFloSac

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Good solid service. Food came out quick & hot. My Pepita salad with chicken was delicious. My friends Love their Carnitas. We will be back!
  3. MK

    MsKDO

    San Francisco

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    We were a party of two seated on the patio in the evening which was nice. We received chips and salsa promptly, but the chips were cold and seemed like they had been sitting out for a long time. We asked for another basket and the replacement was also cold/stale. My blackberry margarita came fairly quickly and was great, but our waters took a second request. Our taco and enchilada plates were delicious and the correct temperature. After the meal it took quite a long time to receive our bill and a box for our leftovers. Each employee we encountered was lovely, but there were several large parties and it seemed like they were short-staffed for the dinner rush. If this were our only experience with Zócalo we may not return, but we have been going to the midtown location regularly for years and always receive exemplary service and the food and drinks are outstanding. We would give the Howe Avenue location another shot if we’re in the area.
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great ambience, food and drinks. Waiter was attentive and food was perfect as always.
  5. TN

    TamaraN

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Music too loud but everything else was perfect! Great staff, very helpful and friendly. Will definitely go back!
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Sacramento

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always a great vibe ! Staff is always great! Great service :)
  7. PS

    PamS

    Sacramento

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on September 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Joined small group & one member had mobility issue (on walker) hostess very polite & accommodating finding a comfortable table where we could all eat/visit together
  8. DS

    DavidS

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 12, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    Food and service outdoors were excellent. However, it would have been a more relaxing meal if the music had been more moderate. The loud, rock music should be directed to the indoor diners.
  9. JN

    JennyN

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Trinity provided amazing service! It was a lovely brunch!
  10. NM

    NessaMitch

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious food, wonderful service.
  11. C

    Charles

    Hawaii

    98 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    98 reviews

    Dined on September 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The service was great, and the food was also very good. This deserves a return visit.
  12. KD

    KarenD

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Love their food and highly recommend it. Fast service too. Only drawback is how loud it is when dining indoors. Between tables being so close together, loud music, and wide open spaces it is hard to hear people at your own table. Probably would sit outside next time.
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 5, 2022

    overall2food4service2ambience1
    Food was fine, but it was insanely loud and not at all a pleasant dining experience
  14. G

    Gigi56

    Sacramento

    16 reviews

    4.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on September 4, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience3
    This was our first visit and we were pleasantly surprised by the good menu choices and tastiness of the food. I liked the option of a burrito bowl so I tried that and it was excellent! I want to try one of the other bowls next time. My husband had the Carnitas and said they were the best he had tasted. It was also good sized servings. I was glad to see that they had brown rice as an option for some of the bowls but would like to see it as an option on all of the dishes. The seasoning of the cauliflower rice was good but I don't like the texture of white rice any more after being used to the whole grain flavor of brown rice.
  15. BH

    BernardH

    San Francisco

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 4, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Food was excellent- Brian our server was amazing and set the standard for food service. It was a first time for 3 of the 6 guest and they can’t wait to eat there again.
  16. P

    Pozole

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience2
    I made a reservation for 5 ladies. We were sat at a table for 4, cramped together. There were larger tables available, with smaller parties seated at many of them. Instead we were at this tiny table next to a very loud group, it was challenging to hear each other speak. We were offered boxes for our left overs, then nobody offered to bring the check. We waived down someone from the bar after 20 minutes and they brought our check. Food was fine, however the pozole soup was barely warm. I don’t think our group would choose zocalo again.
  17. AM

    AlexanderM

    E. Tennessee

    3 reviews

    1.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 29, 2022

    overall1food4service1ambience2
    Service was slow even with near empty restaurant, they forgot 1 meal and eventually brought it and said it was taken off the bill and it wasn’t even though it was delivered to go and everyone else finished eating. This was a bad meal due to every department messing up
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Thank you for a great night
  19. JM

    JustME

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 28, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    We arrived a few minutes early. Although not seated immediately we were seated by our reservation time.
  20. LM

    LatinaMorenita

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My sister and I decide to have dinner at our favorite restaurant, Zocalo at the UV. We ordered the usual but what we didn't expect was our server Mia, treated us like family and served us complimentary drinks after she heard our story of the flat tire mishap we tackled before hand. Not only did the host give the most outstanding service I've ever received but felt as if home came to us; only the more reason to have a wonderful night at Zocalo! Thanks Mia! -Love Ana
  21. A

    Anne

    Hawaii

    8 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on August 25, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    My tacos americano, rice and beans were all barely warm. This is not the first time this has happened. My meal was replaced with a hot one, but don’t know why this seems to happen regularly.
  22. BP

    BowPuppy

    Sacramento

    13 reviews

    4.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on August 21, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    The food was beyond excellent except the churros, which were undercooked/baked. Lots of rawness inside. We pointed this out to our server.
  23. C

    Cylygirl

    San Francisco

    39 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    39 reviews

    Dined on August 21, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    We came here after moving my daughter to the dorms at Sacramento State. It’s nearby and convenient. Lots of parking. Reserved yo eat outside but it was too hot - 113 degrees. Ask for inside table but seated at the bar instead. Service was good. Thru had lots of tequila but the didn’t have the Don Julio 70th. Went with the Casimigos. Got there during happy hour and ordered so much food that we had to go boxes. Bartenders were very attentive and made sure we were okay. Will come back again….
  24. D

    Dlieb

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 20, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Excellent food, as always. Personable service. I've been to Zocalo numerous times, and it will continue to be a go-to for me.
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    3.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on August 18, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience4
    We had some pretty horrible service where we asked for multiple things that never happened for example we asked for more utensils, water, the check, a box and they never came. Our server just disappeared and other people would “help” us. My food was incorrect as well. When we were done waiting for the check we went to the front and the hostess charged me for mine and and other tables tab. Love Zocalos, didn’t love my experience last night.
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Sacramento

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on August 16, 2022

    overall4food5service2ambience5
    I went with my girlfriends for my birthday and they had one server for like 12 tables not sure what happened last night over all the food was amazing the service was so slow we didn’t even get dessert.
  27. M

    Myopinion

    Sacramento

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on August 16, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    We were there for Happy Hour, great menu, great margaritas, great prices. Definitely will do it again.
  28. CD

    CDJ1213

    Sacramento

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on August 14, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    The food and service were excellent, and the restaurant is very nicely appointed, but the noise level, from both the other diners and, particularly, the music, was deafening -- not very conducive to pleasant dining with friends.
  29. RA

    RARY

    Philadelphia

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 14, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Good food and ambiance. First time customers. Wait staff was professional, friendly and accommodating. Very good dining experience.
  30. NN

    NancyN

    Sacramento

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 12, 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience4
    I’ve eaten at Zocalo’s several times and I was a big fan of the food. Yesterday I ordered the red enchiladas and the sauce tasted like out of a can of tomato sauce. Very bland. The cilantro rice was also bland.
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Sacramento

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a great time. Great customer service. I would definitely come here again! My mom had a great birthday dinner
  32. RC

    RosarioC

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience2
    Food is overpriced for the amount you get, also cocktail drinks were pricey like $12 a piece, which is nuts.
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    The service was exceptional from the moment we walked into the front doors to the time we left. The food was good. The noise level was loud, but the table of 8 people next to us was a main contributor. We enjoyed your our experience!
  34. NC

    NoeC

    Sacramento

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 3, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience3
    I have always enjoyed going to a few Zocalo branches. This one had the music up too loud to hold a proper conversation. However, our server was fantastic, and I will go back. Also, if you order appetizers and entrees - be sure to tell them to hold the entrees for a set amount of time; our order was delivered complete.
  35. A

    Anonymous

    Sacramento

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 1, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience4
    Baja tacos were a soggy mess of frying oil. Fish was soggy like a sponge. Eeeek. They changed the menu too. Added some old stuff back and took off some favorites that can no longer get at lunch time like the Porto Bella mushroom and asada. Very disappointed this time. But servers and hosts were wonderful as always. Too bad the food fell short.
  36. LT

    LittleT

    Sacramento

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Good food & reasonable price. I will be back again
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    While visiting California we came across this gem. The reviews are correct!! It is a great upscale restaurant with Mexican Cuisine. I’m a Foodie and a Food Snob and I would come back here in a heartbeat!! Everything was Delicious and AUTHENTIC!! Having traveled all over Mexico, so many restaurants come up short in what they consider “Mexican” food but not Zocalo. The Cadillac Margarita (a pitcher!!), Chorizo Fundido, Cochinita Pibil & the Carnitas were amazing!! Anthony our Server was Excellent and made our dining experience extra special!! Can you open another of these restaurants in SWFL??
  38. V

    Vacaygirl

    Seattle

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Small retirement party! We were seated quickly, we did have reservations, all the staff from start to finish were top notch! The food was amazing and priced right! Will be going again!
  39. MD

    MariaD

    Central Coast

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I love going to Zocalo’s during happy hour. The fish tacos are delicious!
  40. HA

    HollyA

    Hawaii

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent service and food! Blackberry margaritas were delicious! They made celebrating our son’s 21st birthday extra special!

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

Zocalo - University Village offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (916) 252-0303.

Zocalo - University Village is rated 4.6 stars by 1453 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 27 times today
Experiences are available.
Google Map for Zocalo - University Village

466 Howe Ave, Sacramento, CA 95825-5507

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Fair Oaks

  • Neighborhood

    Sacramento

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Daily 11:00 am–4:00 pm Brunch Sat, Sun 11:00 am–2:00 pm Dinner Mon, Sun 4:00 pm–9:00 pm Tue–Thu 4:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–11:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Mexican, Regional Mexican

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    In addition to the many parking spaces at the University Village Shopping Center, guests may also find additional parking a five minute walk away on Scripts Drive and by using the UV Valet, which is available Wednesday-Friday from 11-1 and 4-10 and costs $5.00.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Ryan Rose

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (916) 252-0303

  • Catering

    Zocalo features many large party trays and group to-go options, including Door Dash, for in-home catering. Please visit zocalosacramento.com or give us a call at 916-252-0303 for more information.

  • Private party facilities

    Zocalo University Village is East Sacramento's celebration destination for corporate events, birthday parties, wedding rehearsal dinners, and holiday parties. For more info, visit https://www.experiencezocalo.com/banquets.

  • Private party contact

    Ariana Arroyo: (877) 593-1479

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