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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 - 9:00 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, Dinner, Brunch, Lunch, Late Night, Reservations
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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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
Nice food to go

My colleagues and I bought food to go for a group of clients. The restaurant is very beautiful and elegant and has a nice big bar in the middle. The green cilantro rice was delicious! Very flavorful and not oily. I also tried a pork taco with a Blueish tortilla and it was good. I normally don't... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 1, 2015
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Orange, California
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Dallas, Texas
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7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015 NEW

Being from Texas I was unsure about Mexican food in California. However, Zocalo was a true surprise. The food had amazing flavor and the restaurant was very nice. Try the grilled steak, it's perfection. The cilantro rice and black beans topped off the meal. Oh, and the chips and salsa was divine.

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Orange, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

My colleagues and I bought food to go for a group of clients. The restaurant is very beautiful and elegant and has a nice big bar in the middle. The green cilantro rice was delicious! Very flavorful and not oily. I also tried a pork taco with a Blueish tortilla and it was good. I normally don't enjoy food to... More 

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Atlanta, Georgia
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33 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

Love this restaurant. Nice decor and great 3-6 happy hour with happy hour drinks and food specials. Guacamole is outstanding. Love the steak tacos. Marqaritas are great!!

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Chico
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43 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2015

When visiting in Sacramento Zocalo is one of my favorite choices for patio dining with a Mexican twist. From the smokey sauces presented with chips prior to ordering, to the sultry flavors and the range of unique dishes, I always find something new to love about Zocalo. The decor is fabulous and I captured a few images on my blog... More 

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Southern California
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13 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2015

Mexican restaurant with good food. An older building with some class and style. Service was nice. Snack on their chips and dips while waiting for your order.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2015

Always busy and a boisterous crowd inside. Service was slow, but friendly waitstaff. Food was good and we hit happy hour just at the right time!

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Sacramento
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12 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2015

I have been wanted to try Zocalo for years. Finally we went their with the family and friends for my daughter's hs graduation. She had been there previously with friends and loved it. The food was fantastic. En Mole, El Burrito, Salmon, Chile Relleno, Americanos, were all great. Service was good and probably our only complaint was the noise level.... More 

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Yorba Linda, California
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45 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015

Enjoyed everything about this place. The service, the atmosphere, and above all the food was excellent. I had the shrimp tacos ... I'd suggest you leave off the cabbage ... it was super without it. Sauce was so tasty.

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Modesto, California
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23 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015

Zocalo is a fun and affordable place that provides superior Mexican food. The decor is interesting, with loads of space inside and outside. The two kinds of salsa they serve with the chips are different and tasty. My chile relleno was perfectly cooked, with crunchy corn meal flour, stuffed with marinated pork.

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Sacramento, California
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18 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

I just love the ambiance and surroundings at this restaurant. The food has always been delicious. It's a great place to try something new, to feel like you've gone off the beaten path. The decor is beautiful. Service has always on time and attentive. I love just envisioning this restaurant. Eclectic and old world, with contemporary as well, such a... More 

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Additional Information about Zocalo

Address: 1801 Capitol Ave, Sacramento, CA 95811-4104
Phone Number: 916-441-0303
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Sacramento
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
Average Prices: USD 20
Cuisine: Mexican

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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 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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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?