1801 Capitol Ave, Sacramento, CA | Directions 9581438.574169 -121.483779
Neighborhoods: Central Sacramento, Midtown
Beautiful place and good food – Zocalo is one of my favorite places for lunch and one of my favorite for drinks! The blackberry margaritas are awesome. Last time I was there we had a group of 8 and the server was very attentive. And the owners are always there to ensure service and food quality are the best. I can't wait until spring so we can sit outside again and watch people walk by. Overall, I rate Zoc a 10.
Over Rated – My wife and I had heard how great the food and atmosphere was at Zocalos. When we were seated the booth was very small and the server seemed like she would rather be somewhere else. The atmosphere was stuffy at best. The food was poor, I just do not understand why restaurants want to take a classic like tacos and try to make a designer food out of them. The prices would have been ok if the food was better. I will not go back.
The Anti-Chevy's/Chili's/El Torito – I had lunch with a friend here back in the summer. We loved the outdoor dining area, and also huge open windows (so if you did sit inside, you could feel like you were outside). The food is definitely mexican, but not the usual greasy, cheesy, mass-produced fare you find at Chevy's or El Torito. Ingredients are fresh and healthful. The menu is HUGE. You are sure to find something you'll like. I think it's a bit overpriced, but it's partly the style of the place and partly its location that contributes to the cost. I loved the three salsa/dip options that accompanied the chips with the meal. They were all unique and delicious and fresh.
Most Over-rated Mexican Joint in town – I've been here numerous times, hoping the food will improve but am constantly disappointed. Food is over-priced, lacks originality, and is luke-warm with lazy service. If you are hungry, don't come here but if you want to people watch and get drinks at a cool bar in a nice area, this is your place.
Avoid this place on the weekends – Dinner is good- better than most mexican restaurants in the area - but not "great." The brunch menu lacks diversity and is in many ways a toned-down version of the dinner menu, except with eggs. The restaurant is a haven for Sacramento's faux-hipsters and folks just old enough to order/afford drinks at the bar without really knowing what a good drink is. Unfortunately, the place is transformed into a total meat market during rush hour.
If you're there for the food, avoid the place during the rush from Thursday to Saturday. Brunch is also pretty forgettable.
Editorial Review by Christy Buena – Authentic Mexican cuisine is served at the restaurant that offers wine tastings, outdoor dining , brunch and cocktails.
Never been impressed... – I've been to this spot quite a few times and not once have enjoyed what I've ordered. I always try something new in hopes that it will be good. Their chips and salsa aren't bad and drinks are good anywhere. The atmosphere is what makes the place but the food is below average. The ONLY reason I go back is because whoever I'm out with really wants to go there (not sure why), so I go hoping it will be a better experience. I have come to the conclusion that the only 'highly recommended" ratings were only there for the atmosphere and bar... not for the dish. It's definately a hip place if you're not eating.
Avoid Large groups . . . – Waited for over two hours . . .. poor customer service as far as management and greeters. We were told our wait would be an hour. Bartenders were great! Definately overpriced. Only recomend small parties!!!!!
holy moly this place is so tight that i want to be there right now but they probably don't get wifi so i wouldn't be able to type this review and be there at the same time!!!!!!!! – omg, eating at this place is like being kicked in the nuts by a battletoad, it's seriously that bitchin'. When my buddy Tad told me that we were going to Zocalo, i was like, "ALRIGHT, what's going on here?", you know?!!? Then i got there (after driving, like, 10 minutes in the car) and i was so goshdarn impressed with all the parking out front that i was like, "this is probably gonna be a pretty sweet place to park in about 1 second, Tad." Sure enough, IT WAS!! We found parking 1 second after i said that and i parked with ease. I walked into Zocalo and ate my food and then left. Guess what? NOBODY HAD PARKED NEXT TO MY CAR - AWESOME. This place is probably the coolest place in the city. i saw lots there.
fantastic food – We had received a gift certificate for Zocalo. Based on its location and the graphics on our gift certificate were expecting a trendy restaurant with high prices and so-so food. We are distinctly untrendy people, dont like noisy restaurants, and did not have high hopes.
We were there for a late lunch, so the restaurant was probably at low ebb in terms of noise. While it was far from quiet, noise was not a problem. I imagine that the place can be loud and boisterous on a busy bar night.
Service was quick and attentive, the menu varied and interesting, presentation attractive and imaginative. Best of all, and most surprising, was the food. The enchiladas poblana was the best Ive ever tasted, served family style with side dishes of two kinds of beans and cilantro rice that was absolutely fantastic.
Their prices were also surprising. A wonderful lunch for two people cost less than twenty dollars.
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