Mexican >Ernestos Mexican Food
1901 16TH St, Sacramento, CA | Directions 9581438.567952 -121.489466
Mon-Thu 11am-10pm; Fri-Sat 10am-11pm; Sun 10am-10pm
Neighborhoods: Richmond Grove, Central Sacramento
Great Food, Terrible Service – We love the food here. There is a great variety and the portions are good; prices are reasonable. On that note, the down side.....the service is and always has been terrible. We have made up our minds that if we eat here we are going to have to suffer service. The last visit my husband had to ask our tablemates for their water; no refills offered on iced tea; no tortillas with the fajitas. We did eventually get the tortillas but our server was absent most of the meal. Music is very loud; you can't talk so it forces you to eat quickly; great table turnover strategy!
Beware! – BEWARE! Waiter stole from us. We will never be back. Here's what happened. My wife and I went for dinner with another couple. We sat outside, it was a beautiful night. Mimo, our waiter was freindly and was always there to check up on us, our drinks were always full. Here's where the problem is. The bill was 50.00 for the four of us. My wife put in $25 cash( a 20 and a 5), the other couple used thier credit card for the remaining $25. We then left a $5 tip on the table(20%), the other couple left $6 tip on the card. We didn't realize until we left what Mimo our waiter had done. He must of pocketed our 5 dollar bill and charged our freinds an extra $5 on thier bill. So he made out with a 16.00 total tip. We are absolutely sure this is what happened. We didn't tell our freinds, because it would have ruined the night and the experience.
Carnitas,carnitas and more carnitas – Get the chimichanga with carnitas the best ever!!!!!!!! Also ask if you can get it with carne asada not on menu!!! They will hook you up. Very resonable prices and great service. They beans and rice are also very good. They will have you coming back for more... First timers get the CARNITAS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Good drinks, I was there last night – GREAT tequila. the bartender did not know hwo to make a few drinks we asked for.It was really crowed and busy. Kind of expensive, we had a good time. Should hav Mariachi on SATURDAY/SUNDAY !
BEST MEXICAN FOOD – I have never been more wonderfully surprised than the evening my family and I went to Ernestos! From the very start we were greeted by two beautiful women with great smiles. Although the wait was about 20 minutes it worth waiting every minute. The environment was rich, exciting, warm and so friendly. From appitizers to dessert the bill was more than reasonable and ensured we would visit again in the very near future. I wish we could remember the waiters name but he was tall, handsome, a great smile and very attentive to us and my family. Go to Ernestos and experience a great night in "Mexico"! Provecho!
average food and loud – I?ve eaten here several times. The food was alright, the signature drink was ok but what I remember most is the noise. It?s always loud in this place. I?ve only eaten inside so maybe its better on the balcony but even on days when the restaurant was nearly empty the atmosphere was crowded with noise. It?s not a good place if you expect to have dinner conversations with out a lot of ?what did you say?s. Other than that the food was average, Mexican city tacos were pretty good and they offer an interesting bean dip to compliment the salsa and chips. Over all though, I?d have to say it?s only average
AVOID ON FRIDAY NIGHTS!! HORRIBLE SERVICE!!!! – Where do I even begin. First of all, when you first get there they ask "do you want guacamole?" and don't mention that its extra, you find that out when you get your tab. $6 dollars for a small plate of guac! We were a table of 5 with more people expected to come, they gave us a table for 10, and rudely asked for half of the table after being there for 10 minutes. We said they could take it but they never took it but still charged us the 18% gratuity just because we had the extra seats (even though we said they could take back the extra seats). We were there for a birthday, so they gave the birthday person a flan dessert, and then TRIED to charge us for it. They TRIED to charge us for 5 margaritas, even though two were previously paid for at the bar. We had to get our check fixed TWICE! The waiter was snippy and was rushing us out. It seemed liked we were bothering the waiter. Waited 20 MINUTES for my drink. The only nice person there was the guy who refills your water cup. My friend was in the bathroom & the waiter put his food in a to go bag even though he wasn't done, and we told him he wasn't done. The only good thing was the mariachi they had there. They WAY OVER PACK the place, it gets too loud, not a comfortable restaurant to go to if you want to be able to talk to your friends. After this experience, i am NEVER going back or recommending this place.
PROS: Mariachi on Friday nights
CONS: crappy crappy crappy CRAPPY service, place is over packed.
Great Ambiance, So-So Food – Tried Ernestos for dinner, lovely restaurant, great atmosphere and the service was good. The food was disappointing. Sort of uninspired and bland. Sad!
great food, drinks, and atmosphere – I love this place. It has great food and I love the atmosphere. The drinks are also good and the service is good as well. A must try place for anyone living in Sac!
GREAT breakfast!! Great dinner! Great Service! – The husband and I have recently discovered the awesome experience that is the Ernesto's weekend breakfast. You start with chips, salsa, and bean dip (complimentary). The breakfast menu has a pretty wide range of choices. I whole heartedly recommend the Huevos con chili verde. Delicious!!! 10 out of 10!! The pozole is also fantastic. The full menu is available as well. Breakfast starts at 9am Sat & Sun.
And as always, the dinner and lunch menu is great as well. My favs are the carnitas taco salad, the carnitas plate, and the variety of shrimp (camarones) choices. Service is always great. Outdoor seating is great. Mariachi Fridays! All in all one of my favorite places to dine downtown. Not too fancy, but upscale enough for a date. Good value for the portions and quality. Thumbs way up!
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