About Zinfandel Grille - Sacramento
Holiday promotion! Until the end of December, for every $50 gift card you buy we give you 20% back in a gift certificate! The Zinfandel Grille, Sacramento has been a local tradition for more than 20 years. Our upscale restaurant provides a unique dining experience while remaining comfortable and casual. The style of our food from our house-made pasta and wood-fired pizza to our grilled Kobe and rustic meatloaf pairs well with our array of Zinfandel wines. The cuisine ranges from California fresh to hearty Mediterranean. Our chefs selects only the best and freshest ingredients and we change our menu seasonally.
Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 4:00pm; Dinner: Sunday - Monday: 4:00pm - 9:00pm, Tuesday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm
Howe & Fulton
$30 and under
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
Live Jazz music every Friday and Saturday from 7:00pm to 10:00pm.
Offsite catering is available please call (916) 485-7100 to inquire.
Private lots located behind and to the side of the restaurant.
Private Party Facilities:
Whether celebrating a special occasion with family and friends or hosting a corporate outing, Zinfandel Grille can accommodate all your special event needs.
Private Party Contact:
Private Event Coordinator: 8883150444
Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
Special Events & Promotions:
Please contact our Event Coordinator (Janet Walker) for more information.
She could be reached at 916-485-7100
Zinfandel Grille - Sacramento Ratings and Reviews
The four of us met at 1:00 for lunch wit ...
The four of us met at 1:00 for lunch with the hope that we could have a real nice visit and we certainly did. It was not too noisy, very pleasant, and I particularly appreciated our waiter who was attentive but not overly so. The ambiance is excellent - - gives a special feel for a gathering but not obnoxiously 'special'.
Everyone seemed to enjoy his/her salad. Perhaps I was a little disappointed with my Asian salad which seemed somewhat bland to me.
I will be back, probably quite soon. nanj
My wife and I recently moved back to Sac ...
My wife and I recently moved back to Sacramento and wanted to get together with former friends. We were seated in a semi-circular booth and were provided very good service. Most of us had a salad or tuna salad sandwich and were very pleased. I had a Summer Niciose Salad that was very well-prepared and quite tasty.
We've lived in the area for years. Freq ...
We've lived in the area for years. Frequent customers. Our entrees were not up to the usual level of quality as we're accustom to. I had the scallops. Some of the cheese chunks in the entree were cold. My wife had the cannelloni special. She felt it tasted like chicken enchiladas not cannelloni. We were seated very closely to an extremely loud & obnoxious older man who was w/ his daughter & son-in-law. Not conducive to a intimate dinner out.
Have to say it wasn't up to the high standards we are used to.
We were really looking forward to dining ...
We were really looking forward to dining @ Zinfandel Grill. We have a couple of favorite items, & love the variety of the menu. However, the waiter seemed inexperienced. We think that she thought she was being helpful, but she really rushed us. We had barely finished our salads & out came the entrees. I finished my entree 1st & she cleared all of my plates, cutlery, the bread & dipping oil while my husband was still finishing his dinner, & then she proceeded to offer dessert & coffee while he was still eating. There was hardly anyone in the dining room, so we don't understand the rush. We had planned on a leisurely meal, but were back on the road in under an hour.
We love the mushroom salad; it's a long-time favorite. However, it seems to have shrunk over the years. We used to be able to split one, & now they seem to be on the small side. The waiter never offered fresh cracked pepper, either. The pesto pizza was so disappointing & flavorless we wanted to salt the pizza. The waiter never offered fresh parmesan cheese or red peppers; we had to flag her down & ask. The ahi dinner special was so salty I found myself scraping the sauce off of the fish. However, the accompanying vegetables were perfect, but the wasabi mashed potatoes were quite bland & cold.
It was annoying to watch the dining room manager(?) eat in the kitchen, in full view of the dining room. And he apparently never washes his hands.
It had been a while since we dined here, so we were observing the food as it was delivered & served at other tables. Some items like the Nicoise salad seemed quite small.
Zinfandel has been my favorite place sin ...
Zinfandel has been my favorite place since I moved here in the 90s. For the past few years, we have patronized this restaurant & have enjoyed their food immensely. This time it was good for my partner but my dish was mediocre. The ravioli was kind of thick & the filling was forgettable. I want to mention that since they have an outdoor area, flies seem to get inside which it really annoying especially when they land on the table.
Wife ordered ravioli Pomodoro: tasty and ...
Wife ordered ravioli Pomodoro: tasty and solid. Tomato sauce bright with hint of heat/spice. A nice dish ($18). I had lamb chops with ratatouille and polenta: expensive disappointment ($28). Ordered the lamb med. rare, but it came out closer to well done. Could not tell our server as she seemingly disappeared for 10 min. I enjoyed the sauce, but meat WAY overcooked. Waitress said the chef recommended lamb chops to medium (really??). Ratatouille was oily, lacked flavor and was not a nice looking side dish. Polenta was the excellent star of the plate.
Ordered a small salad split, but was given (and charged) for two. Bread dried out. Dessert (fruit crisp) was ho-hum.
Server was friendly, but needs polish. Not responsive about overcooked lamb other than to say: “sorry.” It was a disappointing evening all around.
Group of 10 friends dined at Zinfandel G ...
Group of 10 friends dined at Zinfandel Grille. Everyone very pleased with their dinners. Excellent service . Great food. Dined here several times and never a miss at Zinfandel Grille! Menu changes with seasons. Not a large selection but something for everyone's taste and good wine list. If you dine between 4 - 6 pm, they give you a 20% "early bird" discount. Can't beat that!
Dinner selection of scallops and shrimp/ ...
Dinner selection of scallops and shrimp/chicken fettuccine were excellent. Every time we go the menu selections are perfect. Went on a Sunday evening which we thought would not be too busy but almost every table was occupied. The only negative thing I would share is that sitting near the kitchen area it is smoky and greasy smelling. Our eyes starting burning from grease in the air. This is the second time we have noticed the grease smell and our eyes burning whenever we have been seated near the kitchen. Otherwise this is an excellent restaurant and the service is very good.
A tad pricey and the menu is a bit limit ...
A tad pricey and the menu is a bit limited, but we always find something that appeals. Actually, I always have the mushroom salad, it is delicious, and this time I ordered it with chicken, though I may not do so in the future. For $4 extra I got like about 4 bites of chicken! The Ahi Tuna appetizer was terrific, so I didn't leave hungry. My husband had a pasta special and he really enjoyed it. We shared a bottle of Gewurstraminer, $45 and it wan't all that great. Our waitress was very amiable and professional. VERY noisy table quite close to us, it was a relief when they left before we did! Then we could hear the lovely guitar duo that was playing that evening! Overall a lovely experience. Not too busy here during the summer months!
we wish the outside dining area could be ...
we wish the outside dining area could be improved we love to eat out there but with the new arrangement no fun to sit and look into diners inside looking directly at you and us to them while dining WE miss the four man tables!
My sister and I celebrated her birthday ...
My sister and I celebrated her birthday on a Saturday evening at Zinfandel Grille. As is typically the case, the food was superb and the service was outstanding. Phillip, our server, was exceptionally attentive and had a great personality. He seemed to enjoy his work. We'll be back for sure.
I had the Kobe steak and my date had the ...
I had the Kobe steak and my date had the scallops. Both were EXCELLENT.
Wait staff was great, did not pressure us, rather allowed us to enjoy a drink or two before ordering. Kept checking back on us.
Will go again.
Celebrated two birthdays. Used Entertai ...
Celebrated two birthdays. Used Entertainment Coupon for one couple and birthday certificate for second birthday as we had done in previous years.
Unlike last year, could only use one coupon which we were not told until finished dining and the bills were brought to table. Server said he would do early dining discount on second ticket but it would not be reflected until bill was paid. Then came back and said no discount would be given to one couple and would extend date by two weeks on birthday coupon.
We do not Intend to return so little good that will do.
Restaurant was busy, had to flag down busser when we needed soda refills, lemon, and bread.
Chicken Ravioli was not up to expectations, but server never came back to check.
Mustard chicken was over cooked but edible.
Not one of our better birthday celebrations.
Had we known that we could not use both coupons and that food would not be up to expectations, and service was lacking would never have gone there.
Outstanding service, good food
They knew this was our wedding anniversary but we got seated in the noisy bar area which was disappointing with all the loud TV's on but our server was excellent. I chose the scallops based on an online review I saw and my husband ordered the seafood pasta. We also had the calamari appetizer, black bean soup and mushroom salad.
The calamari was great. The black bean soup and mushrooms salads were both very bland and we would not order them again.
The scallops were the best I have ever had, large and done perfectly but the rice that accompanied it was supposed to be Thai but had little spices to indicate it was Thai. The seafood pasta had fresh seafood but my husband said it didn't really stand out for him.
We had the chocolate lava cake which was very good but you really can't go wrong with chocolate. Their espresso machine was not working so I just had an unremarkable decaf.
We'll come again only because the service was very professional and prompt and we want to try the Kobe steak next time. It's also conveniently located and has sentimental value for us (Old Beaverbrook place.)
We did leave feeling over the top full.
My friend and I went for dinner on a Sat ...
My friend and I went for dinner on a Saturday night. The meal and service were wonderful and there was very nice live jazz music. We were stunned that not more people were there! Not that we want it crowded for the next time we go, but it is such a nice spot and people should know about it!
I always enjoy eating dinner at Zinfande ...
I always enjoy eating dinner at Zinfandel Grill. This time I had the Mary's Chicken Ravioli, what a great choice. Also had the Mushroom Salad, one of my favorites. It's always exciting to try something I've never had before from the menu. The service is always superb!!!!!
Our Kitchen Away from Our Kitchen
It was one of those days: we just finishing working all day and neither of us wanted to be in the kitchen. Our first thought? Zinfandel's! Zinfandel's is always our first thought because the food, the service, and the value is consistently good, great, and fair. Our order was small: mixed baby greens salad, vegetable calzone and a small classic margherite pizza, and beverages. The salad wasn't over dressed leaving the greens crisp and the flavors full. The pizza was hot and the crust moist, not chewy or hard. The calzone flavors were great, but this time the interior needed a bit more heat. Our server, Tayler, was very pleasant, helpful on wine selections, and attentive without being bothersome-in other words: perfect. Zinfandel's is our kitchen away from our kitchen, what's not to like?
Friends celebrating mom's 100th birthday
Zinfandel Grill is always my go-to restaurant. We go about once a month and never had a bad meal. The wait staff is the best. Sometimes the hostess don't seem to see some patrons wouldn't mind some help, like holding the door open when assisting handicap members. If they were extremely busy, I can understand, but most of our visits, they're just standing around. If the food and service weren't top-notch, we wouldn't be there every month.
Z Grille never disappoints, whether happ ...
Z Grille never disappoints, whether happy hour or dining. On this luncheon occasion with a BFF, I enjoyed the Z Mediterranean Salad and loved everything, especially the dressing which I am usually 'picky' about - balanced the fresh seasonal vegies and prawns beautifully. My friend ordered the Red pepper papparadelle with vegies and prawns entree and she raved about it. We brought a bottle of wine to share, and we found out that was the one day of the month the corkage fee was waived. That was a bonus! Service was wonderful as always. Friendly without interfering. I love Z Grille!
As Good As Ever
Zinfandel Grill is always a place where I can find consistently good food and careful service. I have always heard how good their pizza is, but not being a lover of pizza, had never tried it before. Had the caramelized pear and prosciutto, SUPERB!!!! Others in the group also had pizzas and enjoyed them. Mushroom & Jarlsberg Salad is the best salad in town; however, this time it was too oily with too little lemon juice.
Our wait staff was meticulous and our waitress was very patient with my friends who are sometimes food challenged not eating a number of common foods.
The one difficulty at ZG is the noise level. This time it was better as we arrived late and it was not as busy. It was difficult but not impossible to carry on a conversation
Delicious and grateful to be seated earl ...
Delicious and grateful to be seated early, since traffic was light,; clamaric tasty and delicious. I wonder if the fryer was a little bit cold since the calamari were both thick with oil and a bit wet.? Rest of the meal was delicious, and highly reccommended. No desserts or coffees were offered, which we would have accepted. 4/5 overall.
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