Delta King - Pilothouse Restaurant

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The Pilothouse restaurant aboard the historic Delta King offers river side dining, outstanding cuisine, a Wine Spectator Award of Excellence wine list and a great place to meet with friends in a relaxed, fun atmosphere. Gluten free items available. Proud participant in the Sacramento Farm to Fork initiative utilizing local seasonal produce when ever it is available.
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1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

I expected a lot better for the price. Service was somewhat adequate and the food did not taste as good as I expected.

c
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

This is a really neat idea dining on a boat but the service and food was poor so I don’t recommend eating here. The kids spaghetti with marinara tasted more like a roasted red pepper enchilada sauce. We were constantly waiting on our drinks to be refilled or something to be brought to our table that was forgotten. We dined here for lunch so it wasn’t busy.

AH
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 5

The location was good and food was priced well but we were disappointed that the food took so long and then the food came out cold. Waitresses also appeared to be overworked as she didn’t check on us at all and confused our orders.

OT
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

Went there for a brunch with friends. The food was great and the water was nice but the service was so poor I’ll never come back. Plain and simple I was expecting more than what I got.

J
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

The food was sub par. The waitress did t even offer the specials or start the table with the bread. We only knew because the table next to us. The waitress was hardly there. When ah said she’s be right back it was ages. Other customers were drunk and yelling instead of talking. We won’t go back. Being on the river was the only good thing.

OT
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Not the staff’s fault. Had a rowdy group of folks who were very ignorant in their surroundings. Ruined a perfectly dinner night celebrating a wedding anniversary.

OT
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food with a beautiful view.
Try the mushroom appetizer!

SS
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food & service was excellent. I would highly recommend this to anyone thinking
about a unique dining experience on the water.

H
San Francisco
33 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent service and great food. Gorgeous scene of river.

PM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My new bride and I were celebrating our union. The food and ambience added to our enjoyment and pleasures of the day.

JS
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 4ambience 1

I made a reservation for my wife's Birthday and reserved riverview table and got a small table on top leaning towards dock uneven not happy with results. Wife however made it wonderful she was a champ thru it all.....

H
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 5

The menu on the website is not the menu on Sunday, which is when I went. They advertise a daily lunch menu, which was not the case. I did not get what I went there for, as it was they were not offering the menu on the website.

S
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

An absolute delight! Met my sister coming from Walnut Creek, and I was coming from Grass Valley. She got lost, and the hostess was absolutely delightful as was our waiter and waitress. Truly a beautiful experience and we will be back!!!!

JH
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

I highly suggest a table outside on the water. The atmosphere is wonderful.

R
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Had a great time on the Delta King staying in the larger of the rooms. We enjoyed hanging out at the bar, the bartenders were great. We enjoyed our dinner outside with a view of the river and city. Waiter took very good care of our party of 6. Food was very good and well prepared and presented. Look forward to our next stay aboard the Delta King.

E
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Normally I have good experiences at the DK. Unfortunately they were having an off day.
Took my aunt here for her birthday this past Saturday. The food was good, as always, but we felt forgotten at our outdoor table. The dessert we ordered never arrived, and on two separate occasions I had to track down our waitress or the maître d' just to get service after waiting a bit too long.

In fairness, the manager explained the ship had several events, including a wedding, that day. She also took $33 off of our bill for our inconvenience. So while I'm sure her day wasn't a lot of fun either, and our waitress was very busy too, we still felt a bit disappointed.

This is the second time in as many visits at the DK where the service was very slow or absent-minded. While I would recommend it to people, my recent experiences have me reconsidering it as a spot for a nice time.

ER
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

Everything except the food was great. For the price, I expected better quality food. The crab cakes were particularly disappointing.

MG
Central Coast
32 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 4

So we went last night September 3, 2019 a group of 7 people celebrating a Birthday, service was slow they was only 2 other tables a group of 4 and a table of 2. We had ordered our drinks from the bar, which I must say is probable where we should have eaten. We ordered won ton tacos (3) the 3 loved them, fried calamari it was good, the soup was split pea didn't try it but their bowls and cups were clean so they liked it. Dinner 1 had the cajun shrimp said it was good, one had the pork chop a little dry, 2 had the pasta & clams it was ok, 1 had the hummus my vegan grandson it was ok he said 1 just had the Caesars small with shrimp but it was pretty good size, I had the day boat scallops crayfish & tomato risotto, grilled lemon sounded really good, doesn't sound like it would be spicy?? I asked for no pepper no black no white never ever thought they would put RED PEPPER FLAKES on it very spicy and asked the server about it He said it shouldn't be spicy, he had it earlier or had tasted it? He asked the chef and came back, he had put RED PEPPER FLAKES on it so I handed him back my plate it still had 2 scallops and all the risotto I mean really? Everyone by that time was done so of course I didn't order anything else. But when I got the bill I was charged $30.00 for a dish I didn't eat because I had asked for no PEPPER that should include RED PEPPER FLAKES as well. Had the server came back sooner I could've told him but he didn't. Tip if you go to the DELTA KING eat in the Bar, make reservations and enjoy the view, service and ask questions lotsa questions before ordering.

OT
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 2

Very poor. Service was good and very friendly. But literally waited an hour for two small meals that never came. We got up and left.

OT
Sacramento
4 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great setting on the beautiful boat. Love it

LV
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great view of the river. Great food and service. The prices are reasonable and portions are good. Nice to be able to dine inside or outside.

DD
Sacramento
22 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Best shrimp Caesar salad in Sacramento. Also, wild salmon dinner special was awesome. Pace of service could have been better, but there was a large party of 29 seated just before us. The server did her best.

RB
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Service and ambiance were great, and the food wasn't bad, but the New York steak I had was fatty and tough. We would go back, though, because other food was very good.

R
Sacramento
2 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

It was a pleasant experience. The food was well cooked and tasty, the server was very nice. The biggest drawback is the maintenance of the place in general. For example, in the dining room there was still tape on the lights from a previous paint job. For the price we paid, I would expect a little more attention to detail.

K
Orange County
46 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 4

Service was slow. I couldn’t understand the server and the food wasn’t great at all.

AP
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food and atmosphere! Perfect way to end a trip to the Sacramento waterfront area!

DA
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Spent my birthday on The Delta King. Dinner was fantastic at the Pilothouse and the free breakfast in the morning was also superb! I will be back again! Don’t eat at Joe’s Crab Shack. For the price, you can eat a little cheaper here and the ambiance and food is way better here. I regret not finding this place sooner.

DP
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 3

Nope. Less than a quarter full. 30 minutes to get food. Undercooked burger. Boring fries. The novelty of eating on a paddle wheeler was a bad idea.

E
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Enjoyed the food and awesome ambiance, will definitely go back

JM
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

The food was good, but not like “wow, this is really good!” The service was great, everyone was very nice and accommodating. The atmosphere was ok. The tape on the ceiling light fixtures indicated they’re painting. The temperature was too warm for me, although I tend to run hot and it was a really hot day. Unfortunately, there was a group of about 12 two tables away holding a meeting where the table head spoke loud enough for the entire room to hear him. ☹️ No fault of the restaurant, but not exactly what I had hoped for on my 25th Anniversary.

JP
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our first time at Pilothouse. It was amazing. They even brought my wife a dessert for her birthday. They took photo's for us. The friendliest staff and the best food.

Thanks Pilot House!!

RG
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was our Anniversary, our service and food was excellent.

DA
Sacramento
5 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was delicious and the service was top notch. We were also very pleased that they fulfilled our table request that we left in the notes when making the reservation. Would highly recommend The Delta King for brunch.

DM
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Food and service was very good! It was a bit muggy and hot inside, but other than that it was a very nice experience!

LP
Sacramento
2 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Quiet evening on our first night experience at Pilothouse. Super impressed and loved our waitress. Food was amazing and big servings for the price. Loved and will definitely be back!! Thank you!

F
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Yummy food, affordable prices, great servers, nice ambient (as long as you sit by the river, my opinion).

AR
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We had the Short rib fettuccini and the seafood cioppino, both were very good as were the Mules we had to drink. The view of the river is also a great plus of this restaurant,

CF
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Nice ambiance, menu selection and service. The food was very good, although not off-the-charts.

AS
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great spot to go with friends... even though it’s hard to get a table for more than 3-4 people on the outside deck of the Delta King, we have been pretty lucky and managed to be seated twice with a group of 6.
Juan Carlos our server was exceptionally kind and extremely efficient.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Worst food and service ever.

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