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Zocalo - University Village, Sacramento, CA

Zocalo - University Village

4.7
4.7
1420 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.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 26 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 1,420 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 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. RC

    RosarioC

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

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

    OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    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!
  3. A

    Anonymous

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    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.
  4. LT

    LittleT

    Sacramento

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 31, 2022

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

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 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??
  6. 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!
  7. 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!
  8. HA

    HollyA

    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!
  9. W

    Watchking

    Sacramento

    72 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    72 reviews

    Dined on July 26, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    I haven't been to this one but the reviews looked ok so we went here for my friend's Birthday. It's been years since I have even been to the one downtown. We had reservations and one of my friends was already seated when my wife and I got there. The Birthday girl was late. It was still happy hour so margaritas it was. I aske which one had the most alcohol in it and it was the Cadillac. On the rocks. Boy it was really strong. Just the way I like it. The Birthday girl arrived and more drinks. We finally ordered and I got the carnitas plate. Some of it was good but a few pieces were dry. Shoved it in the beans to make it ok. The wife got three tacos all different. She said they were ok. The Americanos was the best. The decorations were nicely done here. The server was very nice it was Anthony. Everyone always checked on us. We were there for almost 3 hours. A good time.. they even brought out a dessert for the Birthday girl
  10. TE

    TonyE

    Sacramento

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The service and food was spot on. Great drinks too!
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Awesome service ! We had a table of 20 and zocalo and the staff were so accommodating and kind! We never felt forgotten or like things were taken too long! Ordering was easy which was a shocker since there was 20 of us! The servers were very attentive. The ambiance was very nice, elegant, and chill for a Saturday late morning/afternoon! I will be back!
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A wonderful dinner and happy hour- thank you!
  13. GC

    GiulianaC

    Sacramento

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 19, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    The place is nice, the food was good. They have a happy hour from 3-6pm. The food price is a bit expensive for a Mexican food I guess you are paying for a location. Overall B+.
  14. D

    Daly

    San Francisco

    38 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    38 reviews

    Dined on July 17, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Delicious food, perfect place to celebrate an occasion. We drive more than an hour to dine here.
  15. I

    Isabella

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    they did amazing by catering for our friend's surprise birthday brunch! they were very attentive and gave the birthday girl several free treats to celebrate with us
  16. NH

    NeilH

    Sacramento

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 17, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    Food was very good. Services was a bit slow, but acceptable.
  17. BG

    BryannaG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was my bday dinner and this is my favorite place to eat! Joel was our waiter, and he was absolutely phenomenal!!!! He was kind and attentive and he made sure everyone at our table was happy. He even took our pictures before we left. I will always come back here for a great meal and a great time. Thank you so much!!
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Sacramento

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very comfortable… was able to enjoy food & conversation… our waiter (shaki) was very nice and attentive.
  19. DS

    DianeS

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We brought our 13 month old and they were ready to help us with a chair and cups for the little one. This made us relax. Really appreciated the good attention.
  20. KB

    KevinB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food and Service were Fabulous! Celebrated my birthday with family - and even the 5 yr. old Grandson was impressed and wants to come here for his birthday in August!
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Sacramento

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 11, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience2
    Food was great! I didn't know who to tip though. We received service from so many different individuals, probably because staff seemed on the short side. Covered well by many attentive staff. A couple of birthday parties going on made for a higher than average noise level.
  22. PR

    PatriciaR

    Sacramento

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 10, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Wonderful experience at Zocalo's. Ended up having to change the time of my reservation on Open Table at the last minute, and had no problems at all. The staff at the restaurant were all very helpful and attentive. The food and margaritas were great.
  23. RP

    RubyP

    San Francisco

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 9, 2022

    overall3food5service5ambience5
    RACHELLE WAS GREAT!!!!
  24. JB

    JeromeB

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 9, 2022

    overall2food2service1ambience4
    Table for 8 not ready upon timely. confirmed reserved arrival.. Slow service. Food? Nice look. No flavor. Under staffing as well I think. Cook probably needed help starting with more culinary experience. Looking on the bright side, I was only out about three hundred $. Happy birthday honey!
  25. KH

    KaryH

    Las Vegas

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on July 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great happy hour and amazing drinks and food.
  26. CC

    CassandsraC

    Sacramento

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food as always. We sat outside on the patio which was really nice. We have sat inside before as well and enjoyed it. The happy hour prices are great and there is a good variety of choices. The blackberry margarita is awesome.
  27. DW

    DavidW

    Sacramento

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on July 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The Happy Hour menu is an excellent value without a decline in the quality of the food served.
  28. h

    hungry

    Sacramento

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We are never disappointed when dining here .
  29. AL

    AllanL

    Sacramento

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 2, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience2
    The “noise level” was because of the music. Walked into foul-mouthed rap music, rather than Mexican music. The music stayed on loud rap and rock for the two hours we were there. Server said it was because it was “happy hour”. Food is always excellent, and service is always excellent. Just don’t understand how management could allow that type of music. My wife and I had to talk loudly over it. I am a rock lover, but it is not appropriate for that setting.
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Sacramento

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Music was a little to loud but the food, service and restaurant is outstanding.
  31. DG

    DonnaG

    Sacramento

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our lunch at Zocalo was wonderful. The food and service was great!
  32. SG

    StevieG

    Sacramento

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 29, 2022

    overall3food2service3ambience1
    This is a restaurant that is a victim of its own success. It was like fast food service...we ordered and the food came immediately, all cold and clearly had been sitting in a chafing dish. Poor wine selection (I guess you have to drink margaritas at a Mexican restaurant). VERY loud. Of our party of 4 (who often travel to Mexico together and eat there) none of us thought the food was very good. The mole was especially poor.
  33. DC

    DawnaC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very nice place. Had a going away lunch for coworker. Food was good and staff was great.
  34. PS

    PamS

    Sacramento

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Birthday meal for husband and son. Staff sang bday song and brought churro/ice cream sparkler dessert treat! Much appreciated! All staff friendly and accommodating. Waiter was especially attentive & courteous. Will definitely return & recommend to others. Thank you!
  35. F

    Flyflyfly

    Sacramento

    16 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on June 26, 2022

    overall2food2service1ambience2
    We had a makeshift table, shoved against the wall by the kitchen. Our server didn’t listen to our orders and didn’t bring the items we asked to be on the side. My margarita was disgustingly sour (tasted like sweet and sour and that’s it). I asked for some simple syrup and he brought me a new drink which was just as bad. The food was decent, the service was way off!!!
  36. M

    Mcmikmul

    Sacramento

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Special occasion dinner on the back patio. Service is excellent, food very satisfying, the mole enchilada is sublime!
  37. JW

    JanW

    Sacramento

    6 reviews

    2.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on June 24, 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience3
    Lunch was uninspiring and the restaurant was like a freezer it was so cold. The server was young and did not look clean or well groomed. He was nice enough but called us (2 women) “guys” and instead of “you’re welcome” as a response to us saying “thank you”, he kept repeating “no problem”. I wonder what problem he was thinking of. The food is also uninspiring. The chef works way too hard to seem clever and forgets to deliver sharp flavors. Mexican “hole in the wall” restaurants are much better than this. My enchiladas (one red one green) were bland…not bad not good. The chips were ok as was the dipping salsa. The location is great but beware, parking is always difficult. It was on the slightly expensive side for lunch so save yourself some money and go to your local Mexican eatery.
  38. H

    Henry

    Sacramento

    11 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on June 21, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience3
    So disappointing. The salmon bowl had about a tablespoon size piece of salmon. Way too much dressing. And meals came about 2 minutes after ordering. So obviously it is all premade and sitting in a fridge.
  39. D

    Deol

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We really enjoyed it. Food was very tasty. Service was good.
  40. MR

    MariaR

    Sacramento

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I eat here regularly. The food and service are top notch.

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 4.7 stars by 1420 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 26 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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