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About Zinfandel Grille - Sacramento
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.
Sacramento, CA 95825
Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11am - 3pm (between 3pm-4pm we have a limited anytime menu) Dinner: Sunday - Wednesday: 4pm - 9pm, Thursday - Saturday: 4pm - 10pm
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.
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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
It had been a few months since our last visit to this "go-to" place so we were looked forward to it. It was an early dinner as a medical appointment we had ended much more quickly than I had guessed it might. The young woman who checked us in indicated there would be no problem seating us despite how early we were.
We both had the pasta with chorizo, clams, and prawns. While it was tad greasy from the sausage meat, it was very tasty and we both finished the entire thing.
When we got the check we were quite surprised that coffee was $4.00! Many four-star eateries charge between two and three dollars, so this was a bit disconcerting.
All in all, though, we will be back.
My husband & I had a $15.00 off dinner coupon, and when we got there I gave the coupon to our waiter. He took it, came back after he had taken our order and said that the coupon said we had to order 2 drinks in order to get the $15.00 off. I asked to see the coupon, it took over 5 minutes for him to bring it to me. When he did, I looked at it and it did say we had to order 2 beverages. However, looking at the coupon, it was not the entire piece of paper I had printed out that day, it was torn, slightly worn in the middle of it where it creases after being folded, the expiration date had been slightly scribbled on, and something had been written & scratched out at the bottom right corner of the sheet of paper the coupon was on. It was all very suspicious looking, and my name WAS printed on it, but was still very suspicious. I think he was trying to create a higher bill for a bigger tip. Next time, if there is a next time, I will read the entire coupon carefully & and take a picture of it so it's on my phone. So, beware of your servers at Zinfandel Grill on Fairoaks Blvd. and pay attention to your coupon.
One place can't be everything to everyone, so what I'm about to say is by no means meant to diminish how great Zinfandel is. Their menu is creative and interesting, the food excellent, and the service top-notch. We went because they had live music, and the band, JAZZ GITAN (I have no connection to them), was fantastic.
Now the negative part: I wish that the menu had more vegan options. Almost everything has meat and/or cheese and/or seafood. Again, they're good at what they're good at, and I respect that. But in a place like Sacramento, vegan options are not an uncommon request.
I love Zinfandel anyway, but they really kicked up their performance on what happened to be my birthday. The special of the day was a veal dish that resembled the veal picatta my mother used to make me for my birthday every years at my request. (Yes, I was a spoiled child).
This entree was absolutely delicious! My friend ordered the same thing and we shared a Caesar salad which was as close to the original recipe as you can get, although I do love the ones with the whole romaine leaf. Most Caesar salads in Sacramento are not even close to the original recipe. They tend to substitute mayonnaise for the coddled egg and do other funny things with it. For dessert we shared a creme brulee which they do beautifully and they included a lit candle for my birthday which was great. I also appreciated that they didn't sing the birthday song.
The service was outstanding as usual. After all these years, Zinfandel continues to be consistenly great and reliable. I love Zinfandel!
Local neighborhood gen with predictably good standards from the avocado crab salad to the salmon and penne pasta. There are interesting specials but this time we had a later than normal arrival and missed the special lasagne. The music trio is an unnecessary addition . Service is very good with people who know their job and seem to enjoy working with custoners
Made an on-line reservation with Open Table, and received a confirmation. But when we arrived, the staff had no record of the reservation. No big deal this day, since we were early and the restaurant was not that busy. But it demonstrates a potentially major systems failure.
We had great seafoods meals (scallops on risotto for her, ahi on spicy soba noodles for me). Wine list was extensive and offered bottles as well as single glass options.
Service was very prompt and friendly. Waitress was very accommodating to our requests and her timing was perfect.
Will definitely be back with friends.
Nice table reserved for business meeting, good food (the pasta special was excellent) and good service. Nice atmosphere although a bit loud for a meeting, not sure how you solve that at busy lunchtime at popular place. Have eaten here before and I'm happy it retains high quality over time and continues to be a solid choice for a business lunch.
Everything was great. We have been going here since it opened and food is consitantly good. They have a great menu with something for everyone. Service was attentive and the front dining room set up with mostly booths is very pleasant and easy to have a conversation without shouting. Will be back
The bottom line is to leave with a good impression of the dining experience. And Zinfandel Grill accomplished just that! Armando is excellent at what he does. The food was prepared properly and tasted great. This was the first time my wife and I dined at Zinvandel Grill and friends that joined us only once before. I have lived in the area since 1986 but never in the immediate area of where the restaurant is located. And, if it were not for our good friends we still might have not had dined at Zinfandel. Why? Because for my birthday, I was given a Zinvandel gift card. Thanks to our friends, you now have additional guests.
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