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Zocalo - University Village, Sacramento, CA

Zocalo - University Village

4.6
4.6
1519 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 p.m.


Booked 27 times today
Experiences are available.

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Mexican, Regional Mexican

  • Hours of Operation

    Mon–Thu 11:00 am–9:00 pm Fri 11:00 am–10:30 pm Sat 10:00 am–10:30 pm Sun 10:00 am–9:00 pm Brunch Sat, Sun 10:00 am–2:00 pm Happy Hour Daily 3:00 pm–6:00 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

  • Neighbourhood

    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!
  • Zocalo Valentine's Day

    US$75.00 per person

    Feb 14, 2023 only
    Celebrate amor eterno at Zocalo this Valentine’s Day with a hand-crafted pomegranate margarita and four-course tasting menu in a candle lit atmosphere for just $75 per person. In addition to classic dishes like Salmon con Mango, Chile Relleno, and Baja Fish Tacos, Zocalo’s Valentine’s Day menu will feature decadent chocolate cake, mouth watering Croquetas de Cangrejo, and a colorful Ensalada Invernal, so come say “Te amo” to your pareja in style at your favorite local Mexican restaurant. An 18% service fee (gratuity) applies, there is an 1:30 time limit, a credit card is required to hold the reservation, taxes are not included in the price per person, and any cancellation less than 2 days in advance will result in a $50 fee per guest.

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4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.4Value

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  1. SH

    SarahH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a great time. We were a party of 20 celebrating my mother’s birthday. The food was good, the atmosphere was great and the service was exceptional. Everybody had a wonderful time!
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New Orleans

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent birthday celebration with our besties. Food, service and ambience were fabulous
  3. CA

    ChristineA

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 28, 2023

    overall1food4service1ambience4
    We did not get help in a timely manner. Service was poor.
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 28, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food and service was excellent!
  5. JQ

    JoanQ

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 25, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Host and server were great. Made a point to sit us away from large group.
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Sacramento

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 22, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food at this Zocalo location is good.
  7. NM

    NancyM

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 21, 2023

    overall2food2service4ambience4
    We enjoyed the restaurant atmosphere - but we probably will not be back. Out of the 4 dinners we ordered, 3 were sent back. One was just barely luke warm; one had cilantro when it was specifically requested that the dinner have no cilantro; and one had requested grilled onions on the side with a side of sour cream. It came with onions inside and no sour cream. But the servers were great. They worked very hard; they were very attentive and apologetic. We were comp'd one dish of churro ice cream - thank you - but that did not make up for the dinner fiasco. Also, do you water your sour cream down? When my son finally got his side of sour cream, it was very watery. Not sure if it had been sitting out or if you thin it.
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 16, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a great experience!
  9. PT

    PaigeT

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 12, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food and service is always first rate.
  10. LC

    LucyC

    Sacramento

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 11, 2023

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Very nice experience, staff were super helpful but couldn’t accommodate a soy allergy.
  11. EC

    ErinC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 7, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent celebration meal…staff, food and ambiance all wonderful.
  12. M

    Mary

    Sacramento

    68 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    68 reviews

    Dined on January 7, 2023

    overall1food1service1ambience2
    Do not recommend this restaurant at all. Serious concerns. I ordered a breakfast bowl and it was awful. It wasn’t what I expected and they loaded it with cheese on top. I shared food from my daughters meal, as that meal was completely inedible. My grandson had a cranberry juice, and I tasted it at the end of our meal…it was rancid and spoiled. It’s just awful to know that he drank some of that. I told the waiter so they would not give it to any other child and again he seemed pretty nonchalant about it. We have typically had decent meals at Zócalo in the past, but I will never be back especially to this location
  13. SB

    ShellB

    Sacramento

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 5, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely love this restaurant, great food and friendly staff…
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Sacramento

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 4, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always have a great experience at Zócalo. Great food and ambiance and Love the blackberry margaritas 💜
  15. A

    Anonymous

    Sacramento

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 3, 2023

    overall2food1service2ambience3
    Food was terrible, not fresh and very bland. Pork was over cooked, tough and not edible. Told waitress and was served comp dessert as apology which was also terrible.
  16. JI

    JIMB

    San Antonio

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall3food5service3ambience4
    We mentioned a special occasion (birthday and anniversary) and my wife didn’t get dessert because they were all out, even though I requested it. Over all disappointing tong experience, but food was good
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 29, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    Wow parking is tough here. Too many30 Minute spots. Love zocalo but won’t go back here unless they get better parking. Chips arrived but tasted stale and cold. I saw big tub laid out and not kept warm. Food was really good. Service was great. But the chips and parking get the downgrade.
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The dining experience at Zocalo Howe Ave was great! The food was fantastic and the experience was nice. The only problem that I had was that I had to order my food, and last call at the bar was around 9 PM. That’s too early! The experience ended too soon!
  19. LY

    LocalYokel

    Sacramento

    10 reviews

    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on December 24, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Zocalo is a great location for a special lunch or dinner. Great ambiance, good food and good service.
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 23, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    We love celebrating our families birthdays here.
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Sacramento

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Greet services from hostess, server and management. Always happy to return!!
  22. i

    ianm

    Sacramento

    6 reviews

    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on December 19, 2022

    overall3food5service2ambience5
    Felt very rushed by server/service. Appetizer and dinner both came at the same time. Was disappointed.
  23. LB

    LaurenB

    Sacramento

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food and drinks always on point. So so good. Outside is nicely warmed with lots of heaters.
  24. MA

    MelodyA

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 18, 2022

    overall3food1service5ambience5
    The food was excellent two years ago, so when I came for an event, I brought my friend. The service was exceptional. The waiter was very attentive, friendly, and kindly offered us a taste of the sangria so we could decide if we wanted a pitcher. However, the food was very disappointing. The Nachos had very little favor and barely any ingredients other than chips. My blackened salmon had the odd texture of ground fish and was rsther bland. My guest was equally disappointed. His taco salad was soggy, also rather bland with few ingredients other than wet lettuce. We love Mexican food because it's spicy and flavorful, this was not. We won't be coming back.
  25. DS

    DonnaS

    Sacramento

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on December 13, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Our party had the bowls and a mixed enchilada plate. Everyone was happy and the food was delicious. I highly recommend the Guanajuato Enchilada!
  26. M

    Margaux

    Sacramento

    16 reviews

    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on December 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is our go to place. We eat there at least once a month with friends, and sometimes more often. Food is excellent, service is great, friendly knowledge staff. Decor is something else, needs to be seen to believe.
  27. KD

    KirkD

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Staff was excellent!! Our waiter was the best!!! Food was tasty and plenty to eat. Definitely will keep coming back👍
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was a great experience. Great servers which led to a great time. Always made sure we weren’t missing everything!!
  29. i

    insanenutman

    Sacramento

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, great people, great time
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Sacramento

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 7, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Restaurant was very packed with holiday work parties and service was a little slow and our food was cold. They did offer to heat it up and then gave us a credit. The food was very good despite the food temperature.
  31. K

    Khwalter

    San Diego

    22 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on December 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Discovered this restaurant on a recent trip and we absolutely loved it - great atmosphere, food, and service!
  32. CC

    CharlesC

    San Francisco

    128 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    128 reviews

    Dined on December 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A spur of the moment choice. Great staff person, with excellent service. Food was better than expectations. Really good margaritas.
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on December 2, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Outstanding flavorful meal & presentation of plate. Unfortunately, the carnitas tacos were perfect temperature; however, the rice & beans were served cool. Overall, an enjoyable time with my Mom. First timers and will return.
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Good foo and service.
  35. C

    Char

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 29, 2022

    overall3food5service3ambience5
    Service was great in the beginning but once we got our food, no one came to check on us. We were trying to see if we could have gotten more salsa but no one came by. Once we were ready to leave, I had to tap the waiter to ask for boxes and the bill.
  36. RM

    RoxannaM

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 27, 2022

    overall2food3service5ambience5
    You guys ran out of ice. I had a party of 12 and it took awhile for one of my party's to get her food, she was not charged but I really think they forgot. It was shrimp tacos.
  37. LB

    LeahB

    Sacramento

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 26, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    We went last saturday and it was a really great experience !! Muy bueno todo!👏👌
  38. L

    Laurie

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious food, great service, easy parking and it’s a beautiful place to enjoy a good meal!
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Sacramento

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Have made it a tradition on the same day for a few years in a row. Because it’s always a great experience.
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    always a great experience

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitising

    • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitiser 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 1519 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 p.m.


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

  • Neighbourhood

    Sacramento

  • Hours of Operation

    Mon–Thu 11:00 am–9:00 pm Fri 11:00 am–10:30 pm Sat 10:00 am–10:30 pm Sun 10:00 am–9:00 pm Brunch Sat, Sun 10:00 am–2:00 pm Happy Hour Daily 3:00 pm–6:00 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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