Fodor's Expert Review Ernesto's Mexican Food

$ Sacramento Mexican

Customers often have to wait for a table on Friday and Saturday evenings at this traditional Mexican restaurant that's a reliably good bet for shrimp Veracruz, pork carnitas, chile colorado (steak in ancho-and-pasilla-chili sauce), and the red-pepper-and-cucumber El Cotorro margarita. Sister restaurant Zocalo (1801 Capitol Ave., 916/441–0303) has an indoor-outdoor dining space and is a popular launching spot for nights out on the town.

Mexican Lively Lunch Dinner Brunch $

Quick Facts

1901 16th St.
Sacramento, California  95811, USA


Known For:
  • Carnitas
  • Patio dining
  • Margaritas

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