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Zocalo - University Village, Sacramento, CA

Zocalo - University Village

4.6
4.6
1487 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

10:00 p.m.


Booked 31 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

  • 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!

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What 1,487 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
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    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.
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Good foo and service.
  3. C

    Char

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    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.
  4. RM

    RoxannaM

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    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.
  5. 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!👏👌
  6. 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!
  7. 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.
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    always a great experience
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great space with friendly and welcoming customer service. Best experience with a leadership team.
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Sacramento

    14 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on November 14, 2022

    overall3food3service1ambience2
    Food decent. Music really loud so made it hard to hear people at the table. Not sure what was up with the service but it was poor at best. Dined on a Sunday evening at 5:15 so not overwhelmingly busy. Had to ask 5 times for more chips and all members of my party were served food except for me. Server didn’t know what I had ordered and then went to get it. No observation that I had nothing in front of me when he asked if we needed anything else. Had to request the check from a manager as no severs came to check on the table with any regularity. Maybe a staffing issue but it has been quite some time since I have been in a restaurant with such mediocre service.
  11. m

    michaelac

    Sacramento

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic food. Service was above and beyond. The Conchita Pibil is fantastic. Can't wait to go back.
  12. M

    Margaux

    Sacramento

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on November 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    One of our favorite places to eat, great food, outstanding service and fair prices. You can't go wrong eating there.
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Joaquin

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was wonderful and our server, Keke, was great! She was so sweet, knowledgeable about the menu, and made sure the food came out pretty quickly. Would definitely dine here again.
  14. D

    Diner516

    Sacramento

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Happy hour food and drink were delicious
  15. CS

    CherylS

    San Francisco

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 4, 2022

    overall2food1service2ambience4
    We had wanted to order a vegetarian dish and the dish description of ingredients did not indicate it had meat to us. Apparently it was a meat dish and that was not what we had thought we had ordered. The guy who brought out the food did not make us feel like we could send back the meal. So that was a bummer. And the food is way overpriced now. Doubt we will go back with very little vegan or vegetarian options.
  16. r

    robinetta

    Sacramento

    63 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    63 reviews

    Dined on November 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our waiter was outstanding. The food so delicious. The ambiance is fantastic.
  17. PS

    PhleaciaS

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 1, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    Always loud inside. If you want a quiet spot to eat opt for outside
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Sacramento

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 29, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    We had a Dinner reservation for a party of 6 thru open table. Zocalos accidentally gave up our table to another party but apologized. It was a busy Friday night & We had to wait an extra 15 minutes but the manager comp’d us 2 appetizers and free drinks! They did not have to do this but they wanted to make their mix up Right. Their service was superb! We normally go to the downtown Zocalos but we will now be coming to this location because of the service and better parking that you don’t have to pay for! 🎤🖐🏼
  19. F

    Foodguru

    Jackson Hole

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great little spot, get there early for happy hour menu!
  20. b

    bebe

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I love Zocalo. The food and the service is great.
  21. ME

    MelissaE

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fabulous and super attentive service. My friend's birthday and they brought out a free dessert to celebrate, sang to her too. Made a memorable lunch
  22. MZ

    MildredZ

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    👌🏼 Everything was great! The place is beautiful!!!!
  23. K

    Kristen

    Sacramento

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Service was amazing! We got seated quickly and our server Keke was the best!! Plus, the food was great!
  24. MP

    MichelleP

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 15, 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience1
    The table was next to the kitchen and it was very dirty. The the music was too loud to cover up the kitchen sounds
  25. B

    Bday

    Sacramento

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 14, 2022

    overall3food1service5ambience5
    Beef tacos and carnitas tacos - Tortillas cold and uncooked. Meat tough, big chunks, salty. 1st time back since pre-Covid - Food was HUGE disappointment!
  26. MP

    MariaP

    Sacramento

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everyone enjoyed their food -- Zocalo is always excellent.
  27. MR

    MarioR

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was amazing! Was craving chilaquiles and they definitely did not disappoint.
  28. ML

    MissLee

    Sacramento

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on October 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service great food table was ready air-conditioning was good lovely atmosphere thank you for a wonderful dinner for four
  29. YS

    YvonneS

    Sacramento

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 6, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience5
    Food was delicious but very pricey so were the cocktails
  30. RH

    RoseH

    Sacramento

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 5, 2022

    overall3food5service5ambience5
    The music was so loud that we asked our girl server if she could turn it down and she was really snotty. After that a gentleman started waiting on us and he let us know that the music was set from somewhere else and they could not turn it down. We could not hear each other and we were a table of six. We decided that we were not going to meet there anymore as it was to loud to enjoy each others company.
  31. MP

    MariedeParis

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on October 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food is really amazing! This was my 4th visit. The food is consistently great here. I ordered the taco mix. You can select 3 different tacos from their menu. All were delicious. The black beans and cilantro rice are also exceptional. One of my friends ordered the enchilada mix and all 3 of her enchiladas were very good. Highly recommended!
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Sacramento

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very nice dining experience. Staff brought out dessert and sang happy birthday after we finished lunch. Very nice touch, and much appreciated.
  33. SL

    SalinaL

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 26, 2022

    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.
  34. JF

    JFloSac

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 25, 2022

    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!
  35. MK

    MsKDO

    San Francisco

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    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.
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on September 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great ambience, food and drinks. Waiter was attentive and food was perfect as always.
  37. 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!
  38. 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 :)
  39. 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
  40. 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.

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 1487 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

10:00 p.m.


Booked 31 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

    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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