1580 East Main Street
(At Pioneer. Exit Main Street from 113 or I-5.)
Coming soon to Sacramento Gateway
Sun-Thu 7:00AM - 11:00PM
Fri-Sat 7:00AM - 12:00AM
Drive Thru Hours
24 hours
(530) 669-7200
Web site
America's Drive-In

This is a classic 50's style drive-in. You have the option of the drive-thru, parking and ordering from your car, or ordering from one of the walk-up menu boards next to the outside seating area. Most parking spaces have a menu with speakers. There are also parking spaces on the west side of the building where you can park and sit at one of the outside tables. After you order, a server will bring you your food, usually via roller skates! (The server is on roller skates, not the food.) Each menu board includes a card reader for payment purposes. You can slide your credit/atm/gift card in the slot, and the server will bring your receipt with your food. You can also check your Sonic gift card balance at any of these card readers.

It's a good place to go if you want to get some frozen drinks or fast food for cheap.

When this Sonic opened, there was a 4-hour wait to experience all that Sonic had to offer. In fact, it was so popular that they had to block it off and wave people away. The crowds have since calmed down and you usually won't have an issue with getting a parking spot.

Onion rings are good, but not great. They are made with whole rings, not chopped pressed onions. They used to have a a Philly Cheese Steak that wasn't on the menu. It appears to have dissappeared. The California burger is better than the plain cheeseburger. And yes—they have grilled cheese (if you order the kids meal, chances are you'll wind up with a toy).

If you're unsure of what to order, try a frozen berry lemonade slushee, or a cherry limeade. It is pretty well known for its happy hour drink specials. That means 1/2 priced drinks from 3-5.

They serve their entire menu all day. So you can get breakfast anytime, or a burger at 8am.

Inside Woodland did a review.

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2005-12-24 20:57:08   i get pretty pumped when i see the commercials for sonic, so one night after an adventure in the woodland corn maze, i dragged my friends to sonic just to check it out. it was mediocre at best, and while i still defend it's awesomeness to the fullest, even i'll admit that the food isn't as amazing as it looks. the slushees however were pretty good, so if it has to be a destination for something, take them up on that. —Users/IanRamsay

2006-04-08 12:00:19   So yesterday I wanted a drink... and tada, to my surprise there was Sonic... I've had their yogurt drinks before (yech!), but this time I ordered a strawberry slushee and it was awesome. Not only that, the guy at the drive thru said they had special "happy hours" from M-F between some times (dun member what they are, but I went at 3) and my medium slushee only cost me 81 cents... sweet! Way better than 7-11 slurpees, not too sweet, and I could taste the strawberry pieces. (and cheaper!) YUM! =) —Users/JuliaNiazov

2006-05-02 23:28:02   Mmmm....Texas Toast. —Users/LeightonHinkley

2006-05-03 09:35:04   If you go and decide to eat in the dining area, please don't park in a drive-in stall. You just succeed in taking a space from someone who does want to eat in their car. —Users/RogerClark

2006-07-24 13:31:24   Yeah, food not so great, BUT decent dessert fare for the every-now-and-again dessert eater. Not too long ago I discovered that for ten cents more they'll mix your milkshake flavors. I highly recommend mixing chocolate and peanut butter....yummy... —Users/HelenDahlberg

2006-07-25 10:05:48   So far, I've only had Sonic's desserts and they're pretty darn good. ...Coconut, banana and strawberry cream pie shakes count as part of the "5-a-day" fruit serving, don't they? (peanut butter and chocolate sounds good) —Users/DukeMcAdow

2006-09-28 17:33:05   Ok, the drive-thru is open 24 hours, the patio is open until midnight I think and they got a pretty broad menu selection. Also I'm a DJ on Sonic Radio, suckas. —Users/SteveBlais

2006-09-29 12:43:06   I remember getting this food back east, so glad to have one out here now! —Users/JoeRunnels

2007-01-22 03:01:08   Sonics was out of control the first 3 weeks it was open. I always wanted to try it, I wasn't let down... Then again I wasn't blown away. —Users/StevenDaubert

2007-03-03 11:53:41   A decent place to get a burger. Better than your standard fast food fare, but not as good as In-N-Out. —Users/AlexPomeranz

2007-03-04 15:51:55   I love the chicken toaster. Lots of bacon on Texas Toast with breaded chicken breast... and TOTS! —Users/CarlosOverstreet