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El Novillero Restaurant

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
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4216 Franklin Blvd, Sacramento, CA 95820-1136
+1 916-456-4287
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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82 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles 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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9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 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
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 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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8 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 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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45 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 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 46 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 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 

Thank Hoopsdad
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9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 June 2016

I have been eating here since it opened back in the 70's. The Davalos family (the owners) have come a long way to present. The food has always been wonderful and consistent. I cannot recall ever having a meal that I didn't enjoy. We are on our fifth generation dinning here. My nephew and niece (live in Ohio) love having... More 

Thank Jody B
Marysville, California
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78 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 May 2016 via mobile

I have been enjoying the food at the Novillero for over 30yrs now. It's still owned and operated by the Davalos Family. The quality of the food and service has not changed since my first experience. You won't leave hungry. If I'm in the area, I'm eating here and taking some home.

Thank 8leslieh
Winters, California
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148 reviews
103 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 February 2016 via mobile

My brother visited on a business trip. And he suggested it. So how did I not know about this. I've lived in Northern CA for 20 years. They actually use Lard. That pleases me to no end. Refried beans are fabulous, cheese enchilada was great, tasted just the same reheated the next day. Portions are huge, prices reasonable. Biggest Flauta... More 

Thank T-NorthernCali
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29 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 February 2016

Maybe it's the large portions??? We waited 45 minutes to eat here and it definitely wasn't worth it. This is probably great Mexican food for the style it is, but it's not what my husband and I prefer (and the husband is Mexican). This food is very heavy, lots of red sauce (saw only one thing with green sauce on... 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
USD 10 - USD 10
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Groups, Cheap Eats, Kids, Business meetings, Child-friendly
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?