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El Novillero Restaurant

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4216 Franklin Blvd, Sacramento, CA 95820-1136
+1 916-456-4287
11:00 - 19:00
Closed now
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Sun 11:00 - 19:00
Tue - Thu 16:30 - 21:00
Tue - Fri 11:00 - 14:30
Fri 16:30 - 21:30
Sat 11:00 - 21:30
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Elk Grove, California
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16 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

The Enchiladas here are to die for! Chicken, beef, cheese are all amazing! The sauce is soo good! Service is always very quick, food is hot and the servings are huge! Prices are reasonable and even though there may be a long line, the wait is never very long. One of my families top 3 restaurants to go to.

Thank 752kimberlyc
Level Contributor
5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I have eaten there in the past, so I decided to update my experience again . The ambience is impeccable, it reminds patrons of California's Spanish heritage . I ate the Chile Relleno entre on one occasion, the the beef tacos on the other . Food was fresh, I would have preferred Monterey Jack cheese in my tacos, but I... More 

Thank Ysidro L
Clackamas County, Oregon
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233 reviews
158 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 106 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 March 2017 via mobile

I've waited for good food, but never for a specific Server, but my family insisted we wait for Michael! Visiting from Oregon, I had eaten once or twice over the last several years, and this place still impresses in food and service. Portions are substantial(first time I've ever needed a doggie bag!) and well presented! The majority of restaurants serve... More 

Thank MCPOUSNrtd
Level Contributor
6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 6 March 2017 via mobile

I've been in the east coast for 12 years and missing California Mexican food. This place used lard. Thank you. Their carnitas, refried beans, rice and salsa were just what I had been missing in my life.

Thank Sunshine H
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107 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 November 2016 via mobile

My first time here . My boyfriend brought me for dinner here and as we walked in it looked authentic , full of character and smelt amazing . We sat down and got our food and honestly it was hands down the best Mexican food I've had . The Portland are amazing and you won't leave hungry . Great food... More 

Thank laura n
Sacramento, California, United States
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10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 21 October 2016

Very traditional and lovely interior - prompt service. Portions are quite large, and usually require a box to go. Chips and salsa are provided and a very large menu.

Thank PurrsnPaws
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7 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 September 2016

El Novillero is a great place to eat. You will not leave there hungry! The food is good. The service is great. The portions are rather large. If you have a small appetite, you can save the left-overs for the next day.

Thank Teresa J
Sacramento, California
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9 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 August 2016 via mobile

Saturday linner (not misspelled ) at 2:00 PM, had two burritos, took 1/2 burrito home, left so full that did not eat leftover until Sunday morning, as usual great food, and great service. I will always go back for more great food.

2 Thank Mick T
Elk Grove, California
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47 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 July 2016

This is by far my favorite Mexican restaurant in the area. I’ve been going here for years, and the place never seems to disappoint. The décor and feel of the place is top of the line. You feel like you’re in a legit Mexican village. The interior is decorated like an outdoor courtyard, so you really get the sense you... More 

Thank Mikasaurus
Folsom, CA
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99 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 June 2016

I have been going here off and on since it was a hole in the wall move than 30 years ago. While the building has been expanded, the food has, for the most part, stayed the same. Even some of the staff are still around from the old days. We like the salsa but the chips can sometimes be a... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$10 - US$10
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Groups, Kids, Child-friendly, Business meetings, Cheap Eats
Open Hours
11:00 - 19:00
11:00 - 14:30
16:30 - 21:00
11:00 - 14:30
16:30 - 21:00
11:00 - 14:30
16:30 - 21:00
11:00 - 14:30
16:30 - 21:30
11:00 - 21:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 4216 Franklin Blvd, Sacramento, CA 95820-1136
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Sacramento
  • Phone Number: +1 916-456-4287

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?