About Ernesto's Mexican Food
Since 1991, Ernesto"s Mexican Food has proudly served Midtown Sacramento as it's #1 choice for Best Mexican Food. By using only the freshest ingredients, our chefs work diligently to ensure the authentic Mexican flavors our customers desire while simultaneously keeping their well-being in mind. Ernesto's offers a range of award-winning dishes the whole family can enjoy, including it's Signature Carnitas, Vegetarian options and "Great Margaritas". From it's colorful artwork to the rhythm of the salsa music that pulsates throughout the restaurant; Ernesto's has offered a beautiful display of true Mexican culture. We are honored to have had the chance to share the past 21 years with the Sacramento Community and we look forward to many more. The Ernesto's family wants to thank everyone for its many years of success!
Mexican, Regional Mexican, Mexican / Southwestern
Hours of Operation:
Lunch: M-F 11:00am-5:00pm
Lunch: Sa-Su 2:00pm-5:00pm
Dinner: M-Th 5:00pm-10:00pm
Dinner: F-Sa 5:00pm-12:00am
Dinner: Su 5:00pm-10:00pm
16th and S Street
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Live Mariachi Music every Thursday and Special Events. Please view our Event Page for more information or call the restaurant for details.
Parking available on the side of 16th St. and 17 St.
Light Rail on 16th St. and R St
Bar Dining, Beer, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine Bar
Ernesto's Mexican Food Ratings and Reviews
We had a wonderful dinner and our server ...
We had a wonderful dinner and our server, Isaac, was exceptional. Will definitely eat here again. Thank you.
The prices are also very reasonable.
The staff was very helpful and Dani created a special birthday menu for my mother. Thank you.
We went with a family group to Ernesto's ...
We went with a family group to Ernesto's, traveling the 25 minutes from Davis to Sacramento. The food was far better than any Davis or Woodland Mexican restaurant we have tried. The food was terrific and so was the service.
Always perfect or near perfect, been goi ...
Always perfect or near perfect, been going here for over 20 years, about twice a month, More frequent before. Just to many things in our lives, but we never get tired of this place and don't see that we ever will. By the way we travel from Vacaville a 45 min. drive and don't do much other Mexican resturants, They just don't cut it!
We have now been to Ernesto's two weeken ...
We have now been to Ernesto's two weekends in a row. Granted one occasion was for my daughter's birthday, and the next was for Father's Day. my family LOVES Ernesto's. My husband loves the fish taco. I am smitten with the carnitas quesadilla and beef taquito. My girls really like the chicken taco and the tamales.
Food was okay, but not great...literally ...
Food was okay, but not great...literally everything was under seasoned. Service was fantastic and quick. Kids loved that they got little pots of beans to enjoy with their chips. Probably won't go back though as the food just wasn't good enough to warrant a return visit.
When we arrived the host seemed confused ...
When we arrived the host seemed confused and bothered by the fact that we were increasing our party size. When we got there we were one of 3 tables and it took the server a while to come to us. When he finally came to take our drink order I placed an order for a margarita on the rocks and he brought it blended, but I did not want to make a big deal. When my parents ordered coffee which was clearly on the Menu he said they did not have any and hesitate it to offer to make some. Lastly my parents got food poisoning from eating here. Overall not a very good experience and I would not eat nor recommend this restaurant. I am from the Napa Valley area and was just not satisfied with the service.
Absolutely an amazing place!
We love the food and the service has always been good. The food is outstanding and we would recommend it to anyone who loves Mexican food. My wife says the margarita's are the best she has ever had. The shrimp tacos on flour tortillas are to die for!
Not a bad thing to say about Ernesto's! We are so happy we found it. We will be back every week to try something else so don't come or we won't be able to get a seat!
Food was great. Space was an issue.
I want to start off by saying that if you only care how the food is, this place is WONDERFUL. The food was incredible, the service however, lacked. I made a reservation 3 days in advance for Ernesto's. When I arrived, 2 of 5 my party had already been seated (great!) At a table outdoors. However, there was not enough space for the 5 of us (I have a baby with a highchair). The server asked us if we wanted to be seated inside where there was more room, and went off to check with the hostess. We sort of fumbled around trying to not get in the way of other guests until the server eventually came back and said that we outdoors (we did not) and now having an issue getting us inside. Eventually, after another table left, we were pushed into a back corner table with no room without bumping into the person next to us. We were able to order our food, but had to keep asking for basic things to enjoy our meal (a straw, some water, SILVERWARE, napkins). The food and drinks were great, but I did not appreciate being stuffed away because I have a baby. It was very clear my party was an "inconvenience" and were not a priority. Perhaps I'll need to wait until my child can sit in a normal chair before I consider returning to be treated fairly.
Always love Ernesto's
I've eaten here many times and they are consistently and reliably good. Excellent service and food is prepared fresh. I took my friend to lunch here today and merely mentioned it was for her birthday and they brought a delicious free flan with sparkler and sang happy birthday.
Just as good as I remembered.
It's been awhile since I've eaten at Ernesto's and I was pleased to find it was just as good as I remembered. The food was delicious (as confirmed by my entire party). Our server was very friendly and checked frequently to see if we needed anything and to refill our beverages. Since it was a sunny day we ate out on the patio (which is why I choose the "moderate" noise level since the patio is on a busy street). It made the dining experience even more enjoyable and the noise wasn't loud enough that it impeded our conversation. I'll definitely be coming back again.
Made a reservation for 6:30pm and was seated on time. Staff was fast and friendly. The Green Iguana is one tasty drink. The Midtown Combo is perfect if you can't decide on another dish. The carnitas are awesome and the chicken enchilada is truly delicious. My date had the Veracruz Shrimp and she was kind enough to share a few bites. I plan to order this dish the next time we visit Ernesto's. The atmosphere was lively, as always.
Great Carnitas and vegetarian quesadillas!
The carnitas were delicious. I had the carnitas enchiladas. I do wish I just got the carnitas dinner and made my own tacos however so I could have fully appreciated just the taste of the meat without the enchilada sauce. Albeit though, the sauce was quite tasty. My fiancee got the vegetarian quesadilla - it looked delicious, lots of veggies. The salsa was great and the bean dip with chips is vegetarian too. Its hard to negotiate where we go when one person is a complete carnivore and the other is a complete vegetarian to and we always have to ask. The server was able to answer right away as to what was vegetarian. That was great!!! Also, everything was fresh. Only complaint I can come up with is that I wish my margarita had been shaken a bit better. I'm a rocks girl and I go with shaken, not stirred. Would have been a bit smoother. All in all, worth it!
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