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Hacienda Real

702 Sutter Street, Folsom, 916-673-9123,

Historic Folsom is widely known as a place that perfectly blends the charm of the past with a modern, urban vibe. While a stroll down Sutter Street takes us back to simpler times, the shops and restaurants are at the forefront of contemporary trends—including the newly reopened Hacienda Real, which offers a stunning patio, welcoming atmosphere, and refreshing drinks.

Steak & Shrimp Fajitas; Photos by Taylor Gillespie © and wholly owned by Style Media Group


Situated near Lake Natoma, the eatery is an ideal spot for unwinding post-paddleboarding or enjoying a relaxed evening overlooking the downtown district. Previously Hacienda del Rio, a long-standing favorite among Folsom's culinary scene, the rebranded, modernized establishment is “committed to the highest level of integrity in the ingredients and preparation when making their food.”

Upon our arrival, we were promptly taken care of, and our server struck the perfect balance between being attentive and giving us space to chill.

Vampiro Asada Taco Plate; Photos by Taylor Gillespie © and wholly owned by Style Media Group


Once seated, we enjoyed complimentary chips and two types of salsas while perusing the menu. If you're a fan of margaritas, you won't be disappointed by the generous size and delightful taste of the house (“classic”) margarita. Thirsty for something more? You’re in luck; they offer “build-your-own” margaritas with a choice of fun, fruity add-ins, like watermelon, spicy peach, prickly pear, or pineapple; plus a lengthy list of craft cocktails, mocktails, and cervezas.

For appetizers, we opted for the ceviche, a refreshing choice on a hot day (or any day, for that matter) that met our expectations. It was a solid start.
Moving onto the mains, we ordered the vampiro asada taco plate, whose description (marinated steak topped with avocado salsa, cabbage, radish, Oaxacan cheese, and lime) was mouthwatering, along with the combo steak-and-shrimp fajitas. Even though the tacos didn't quite live up to the hype, they were still an enjoyable entrée, especially if you appreciate fresh ingredients and pops of color on your plate; the side of house-made beans and rice were a nice touch, too.

Ceviche; Photos by Taylor Gillespie © and wholly owned by Style Media Group


The fajitas were quite tasty, thanks to flavorful steak, shrimp that was cooked to perfection, fresh vegetables, and ample accoutrements (rice, beans, guacamole, sour cream, pico de gallo, tortillas).

For diners worried about putting a dent in their wallets (some recent reviews have criticized prices), the eatery offers a weekly happy hour—Wednesday-Friday from 3-6 p.m. or all day on Tuesdays—where drinks (margaritas and beers) and appetizers (like the Carnitas Street Tacos and Nachos Supreme) are generously discounted.

Build-Your-Own Margarita (Watermelon); Photos by Taylor Gillespie © and wholly owned by Style Media Group


If you're seeking a lively dining destination with an impressive patio, Hacienda Real won't disappoint. It boasts a remarkable staff, friendly service, delightful drinks, and a diverse range of Mexican and Tex-Mex dishes.

We can only hope that they continue to make progress, as they have since reopening. Go check it out and let us know what you think!

Hacienda Real; Photos by Taylor Gillespie © and wholly owned by Style Media Group


Hours: 11 a.m.-10 p.m. (Friday-Saturday); 11 a.m.-9 p.m. (Sunday, Wednesday, Thursday); 4-9 p.m. (Tuesday); closed Monday
TRY THIS: Ceviche, Mezcal BBQ Sliders, Pozole Rojo, Chimichanga, Grande Burrito, Fajitas, Rock-N-Totchos, Sparkling Watermelon Margarita, Churros with Ice Cream
DRINKS: Full bar; beer, wine, & cocktails
TAB: $$
HEADS-UP: Happy hour from 3-6 p.m. Wednesday-Friday and all-day Tuesday; entrées include rice and your choice of beans (black, pinto, or refried; can also substitute Mexi-Tots); kids’ menu; extensive cocktail and mocktail offerings; spacious upstairs deck with views of Sutter Street; vegetarian and gluten-free options

by Ryan Martinez  |  photos by TAYLOR GILLESPIE
Photos by Taylor Gillespie © and wholly owned by Style Media Group—please don’t steal our copyrighted photos. For more information about our editorial photos, please click here to contact us