Sometimes restaurants miss the mark, sometimes they really nail it. Sometimes the food is spectacular, while the service is not. Other times the food is average, but priced too high. Sadly, it’s rare when all the pieces come together. Sabor Cocina Mexicana is one of those rare places.

Located in the upscale Lakes at Thousand Oaks Shopping Center, Sabor pulls out all the stops. The dimly lit, high-ceilinged restaurant is ornately decorated with Mexican tiles, massive chandeliers dripping with blown glass, high-backed dark wooden chairs and red velvet booths; and the bar area is filled with star-shaped light fixtures, making for a stunning first impression.
When we arrived for dinner, the place was packed — though it cleared out around 8 when an event began at the nearby Civic Arts Plaza. (Read: best to make a reservation, especially if you plan on dining early on a night when there is an event next door.) Our server, Caesar, introduced himself, presented us with menus, and quickly returned with our drinks: a Negro Modelo draught beer and a hearty glass of garnet-red sangria.

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