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: Central Sacramento, Richmond Grove
WHAT HAS HAPPENED TO ERNESTOS??????????? – ERNESTOS HAS BEEN A FAVORITE OF OURS FOR MANY YEARS, BUT SOMETHING HAS HAPPENED. WE THINK HE HAS TOTALLY FOCUSED ON ZOCALOS . THE LAST THREE TIMES WE HAVE BEEN THERE WE HAVE WAITED A VERY LONG TIME TO BE SERVED AND THE PORTION SIZE HAS GOTTEN SMALLER WITH EACH VISIT. WHEN I FINISHED MY DINNER I FELT LIKE I HAD EATEN A APPETIZER AND WAS STILL HUNGRY. EVEN MY HUSBAND AND A FRIEND COMMENTED ON HOW LITTLE FOOD WAS ON THE PLATES.THE LAST TIME WE ORDERED A CERVICHE AFTER DINNER . IF YOU WANT A DECENT DINNER WE WILL CONTINUING GOING TO VALLEGOS OR NOVILLEROS. HEY ERNESTO!, PLEASE FIX THIS SO WE CAN COME BACK ONE DAY.
TNT - Trendy not Tasty – (Before reading this, I will let you know that I am Mexican and have a life long experience with authentic Mexican foods. Now with that stated, here is the experience my significant other and I had recently at this establishment) We were looking for a new and great authentic Mexican food experience. One site had favorable reviews so we gave it a shot on a Saturday (to see how great the food truly was). The place was fairly full and it seemed "starbucky" in atmosphere (trendy, and not very authentic Mexican). Upon being seated (which was great because there was no wait), we were asked if we wanted chips and guacamole dip; I replied yes, and they were brought promptly. Along with the guacamole, they brought salsa too. We ordered our food and tried out the guacamole dip; i've never had guacamole dip so horrible, it was beyond bland. The salsa; it was very bland and runny, we quickly ceased in eating it. Within an acceptable amount of time, our vera cruz shrimp arrived. It was not very impressive either and as such, we did not bother trying to finish our meal. When the bill arrived, I was surprised that the guacamole I was asked if I wanted, was $6 (they never stated if we would like to order it, only if we would like some; the way the question was phrased, made it appear it was complimentary). With our experience, we are never returning to the restaurant. If you enjoy a trendy upscaleish Mexican restaurant for the decor more than eating itself, then you are in for a treat. If flavorful food is more important to you than trendy decor, then this place is not for you.
Looks like Mex, taste like Bland – Nice inside, loud chatter spot. I would say it caters to the stuffy type, that don't go for the food. We had 5 people eating all said the same thing, bland food, saving grace was the carnitas.
Wait staff seemed like we were bothering them.
Great food, good prices – Ernesto's is a great restaurant to eat before a heavy night of drinking. Not expensive at all, and endless salsa and bean dip!
Bland Food, Okay Margaritas – I've been heading to Ernestos for years. Each experience drives a high tab because of their great margaritas... but, their food has always been bland. Their service is great, but I'm always disappointed by the food--even after a few refils of their classic Cadillac Margarita.
Enchiladas to die for! – I had an enchilidad combo with a tamale. The sauce that the poured all over the plate was to die for! It's one of those things where it tastes sooo good, that it HAS to be terribly bad for you. I would defeinitely go there again for the enchiladas. The tacos and fajitas did not look as appetizing.
good atmosphere - terrible food – I had heard only good things about Ernesto's, however, the taco I ordered was awful. The chicken was dry and had no flavor at all. The atmosphere and the margarita's were good but did not come close to making up for the quality of the food. Our waiter was not bad but was a bit pushy - tried to get us to order things we didn't want. Overall not worth it.
I Love Ernestos! – Great food, Great Service, and Great Prices. Check out the Mariachi's on Friday Night!
Still my favorite – I have frequented Ernestos over the past few years, and I love it. The atmosphere is great, and even though the place can get loud and rowdy on mariachi nights, I've never found it too obnoxious. The food has never disappointed me, the servers have always promptly replaced the chips and salsa when necessary. I don't think I've ever waited longer than 10 minutes for my food once I've ordered it. And the green iguanas and fruit margaritas are absolutely stupendous.
Downhill? Sad but tue. Still better than a chain! – Years ago I got fed up with Chevy's and that other chain Mexican eatery and thought I'd give that Ernesto's a try. To my pleasant surprise, the food was great, the service was fantastic and the prices were better!
Jump to the present...
Long waits to be seated (even when you can see two or three empty tables already cleared off); the waiters seem to rush you. If you ask for a margarita, instead of giving you the house margarita, they give you the top shelf version by default and charge you for it! The menu has only slightly changed over the years, but the prices have gone way up. Chips and salsa are still superb, the food is good, but expensive, and the service is a joke (I, as well have others have been neglected on more than one occasion, and I'm not that demanding...just want a coke refill!)
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