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Zocalo

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1801 Capitol Ave, Sacramento, CA 95811-4104 (18th Street)
6 blocks away from Light Rail Station on 16th Street and R Street.
916-441-0303
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11:00 am - 11:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Mon - Thu 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Late Night
Description: Housed in the handsomely renovated Arnold Brothers Building-built for a...
Housed in the handsomely renovated Arnold Brothers Building-built for a Hudson car dealership in the 1920’s, Zocalo is located on the corner of 18th Street and Capitol Avenue right in the heart of Midtown’s Handle District. Zocalo is Regional Mexican at its best! Inspired by the majestic town square of Mexico City, Zocalo boldly casts a contemporary eye towards a distinguished future while subtly hinting of its proud heritage. For hundreds of years, Zocalo has been the center of political and social gatherings in Mexico. Offering a stylish yet substantial spot that embraces that spirit, this Zocalo is destined to live up to its heritage. Zocalo’ atmosphere is one of lively spirit, a comfortable place to enjoy lunch with a client, cocktails after work, or dinner with friends and family. Enjoy Zocalos relaxed setting, incomparable service, and superbly prepared food that together offer a delightful experience of grand proportions.
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Good for:
Casual Elegant

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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Ambiance & Fantastic Food

Zocalo is located in a 1920’s building, great ambiance inside and out on the patio enhanced by decor and trees with white lights. Fantastic, flavorful, high quality food! Tried two dishes - the Carnitas (the best we have ever had) with cinnamon, clove, jalapenos and an avocado relish; and the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed January 27, 2015
camfva
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Virginia
Good for:
  • Casual Elegant
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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130 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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Virginia
Top Contributor
79 reviews 79 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015

Zocalo is located in a 1920’s building, great ambiance inside and out on the patio enhanced by decor and trees with white lights. Fantastic, flavorful, high quality food! Tried two dishes - the Carnitas (the best we have ever had) with cinnamon, clove, jalapenos and an avocado relish; and the unexpected Salmon dish in a Oaxacan mole Amarillo that had... More 

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Puerto Rico
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44 reviews 44 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2014

Im not a Mexican food fanatic, but this place took me by surprise. I found out about it, from my masseuse while getting a massage. When she found out I was latin she was telling me about a great latin place she went to and spoke to me about Zocalo. I told her I would try it since I was... More 

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Sacramento, California
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32 reviews 32 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

Been here several times, mostly for brunch. They have a great selection of both Mexican and American dishes and my favorite is their French toast which is neither soggy or too dry. My wife typically gets their fresh shrimp tacos which are available even though not on that menu. The best part is that instead of the typical complimentary chips... More 

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Santa Barbara, California
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44 reviews 44 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

My husband and I stopped in for happy hour while visiting family over the holidays and were pleasantly surprised at this warm, vibrant, fun place! We were given chips, salsa, and warm bean dip while we waited for our drinks and food. I was cold from the wine bar we'd just left next door and our lovely server brought me... More 

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San Francisco, California
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51 reviews 51 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2014

Just wanted a simple meal. A little upscale for that. Menu is very limited, if I remember correctly, only three choices of enchiladas, sic choices for tacos, and about four or five other choices for dinner. I was driving so didn't wanna any alcohol and asked for aguas frescas and they don't have any, Horchata? nope again. We ordered guacamole... More 

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Sacramento, California, Usa
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248 reviews 248 reviews
167 restaurant reviews
64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2014

Located in midtown. The restaurant is in the old dealership location. I have came in for lunch a few times. Decor is more on the fancy side as well as the portions. Staff has been mostly in tune with seating, order taking, follow up and check settlement. Chips and salsa are provided with varying degrees of spice. Plates and dishes... More 

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rocklin
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131 reviews 131 reviews
100 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2014 via mobile

Out of all the Mexican cuisine I have enjoyed, Zocalo is surely the best! They have a decent happy hour; although, I Attended a corporate dinner. The blackberry margaritas are out if this world and I couldn't stop eating the chips and salsa. I'm not a huge guacamole fan, but, I was devouring the fresh, melt in your mouth guac... More 

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Top Contributor
94 reviews 94 reviews
88 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2014

Been there a couple of times and both times I liked what I had. That basically says it all in that I didn't love it but I liked it. What makes it worth it is how nice it is inside. It is a great atmosphere that makes it worth the trip. I will definitely be back.

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San Jose, California, United States
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26 reviews 26 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

We have been here several times and we enjoy the food, staff and the ambiance. Its a great place to hangout with friends and enjoy the other patrons. The management and staff makes you feel welcome and like family.

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Olney, Maryland
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160 reviews 160 reviews
99 restaurant reviews
88 helpful votes 88 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014

Went for happy hour. Excellent margaritas for $5-7. Great guacamole! Lovely space and lots if patio seating. Would come back.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1801 Capitol Ave, Sacramento, CA 95811-4104
    (18th Street)
  • Public Transportation: 6 blocks away from Light Rail Station on 16th Street and R Street.
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Sacramento
  • Phone Number: 916-441-0303

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 0 - 20
  • Cuisine: Mexican

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant

Description

Housed in the handsomely renovated Arnold Brothers Building-built for a Hudson car dealership in the 1920’s, Zocalo is located on the corner of 18th Street and Capitol Avenue right in the heart of Midtown’s Handle District. Zocalo is Regional Mexican at its best! Inspired by the majestic town square of Mexico City, Zocalo boldly casts a contemporary eye towards a distinguished future while subtly hinting of its proud heritage. For hundreds of years, Zocalo has been the center of political and social gatherings in Mexico. Offering a stylish yet substantial spot that embraces that spirit, this Zocalo is destined to live up to its heritage. Zocalo’ atmosphere is one of lively spirit, a comfortable place to enjoy lunch with a client, cocktails after work, or dinner with friends and family. Enjoy Zocalos relaxed setting, incomparable service, and superbly prepared food that together offer a delightful experience of grand proportions.
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Monday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Saturday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm

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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?