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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Easter Restaurant Specials & Reservations

Join us for our Easter Brunch Buffet featuring Breakfast and Lunch Items with carved prime rib, country h am, assorted salads, fresh seafood and desserts. A glass of house champagne, coffee and tea included.

Sunday, April 21, 2019

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RB
Sacramento
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and service were greatttttttttttttttttttt!

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TN
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Had a great lunch on the deck upstairs. Waitstaff was extremely friendly and kind towards our young daughter.

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BP
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great breakfast spot if you go early enough but we went at 9:30 am and sat by a table of 3 loud people- no non dairy creamer options for coffee and no gluten free options for bread- but overall it was a good experience.

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TB
Sacramento
8 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

My wife and I love the Pilothouse on the Delta King and again it did not disappoint. We were fortunate enough to have a window seat open up but really any table is good and you can see the water. I am writing this review primarily because my pork dish was SO GOOD! I had the Osso Bucco dish and I cannot recommend it enough. It was so savory and delicious I couldn't stop saying mmm mmm as I ate. My wife had the Spanish Mushrooms for a starter and the wild salmon dish for her main and said her salmon was cooked perfectly. Service was also first rate which made for a great night out in old town Sacramento. If there is anything negative to say the only thing that comes to mind would be limited menu selection but since what they do they do so well I can't complain. I can't recommend the Pilothouse enough.

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CB
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was delicious. The service was wonderful. Great great place to eat.

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DM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A most wonderful experience. Delightful service, delicious food, and wonderful ambiance. We have eaten here twice on special occasions and have been very pleased both times.

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MW
1 review
Dined on March 25, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 3

The Asian fried tacos only had one or two shrimp each and nothing else although there was a slaw dumped on top but it was so stringy it was not easy to put in the tacos. It was nice watching the river run by. Restaurant? Never again, try Fat’s.

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JM
Tahoe
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Although the Creme Brulee we ate for dessert was only so-so, everything else we ordered was over the top amazing!! We started with the saffron chorizo mussels, perfectly balanced flavors followed by the beet salad- DELICIOUS! For an entree we shared the scallops with crayfish and tomato risotto- OUTSTANDING! The scallops were perfectly cooked. Each dish went well with the other and was perfectly seasoned. I would definitely eat there again :)

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 4

This was my sons first prom and I’m very disappointed in the Delta king in the service that was given to my son and his girlfriend on a very special night.

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OT
Sacramento
14 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Could not have been better

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OT
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on March 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great! Loved the fish and chips

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DY
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

We were seated in a corner next to a window and it got very warm while we had dinner. Our waiter said the doors had been opened but that didn’t help our corner.

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DL
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

First off, we had a reservation and we were ignored and hostess took phone calls before us. Then when we were seated we were ignored again for 15 mins. No waters, no I’ll be with you in a minute. Nothing. One waiter was over heard that they were short staffed. Then one waiter asked if we were the ones that ordered the Stella beers. No bc no one even talked to us. I live in Sacramento, 5 minutes from here. It was my 60 birthday celebration and no one cared. We left and went to Fat City. I will never go back to Delta King. Nor recommend it.

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NM
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went here fo our anniversary and it was delicious. I got the salmon and fiancé got the 16oz prime rib. After eating here I felt like I was being hugged from the inside out.

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HB
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Our Dinner at the Delta King was pleasant. I expected the food to taste better but it wasn't bad. The view that we had was incredible and our waiter was excellent. He made us feel welcome and gave my girlfriend a slice of cake for her birthday which was really nice. Overall nice experience.

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BB
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I loved the host! She was so cheerful and exciting to meet. Our server was the best we had in awhile. So attentive and great personality. Food was amazing...... not to mention great prices. Thanks again :)

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WV
Central Coast
60 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Should have all opt there: everyday, date, or special occasion. We stopped in for everyday dinner and saw ones in a date and s larger group with a special occasion. Try anytime.

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ZL
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

foods were so excellent... customers were so friendly and very service well... Thats amazing ... will attend there again for sure... smile

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OT
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a fine experience. Service is great and on point. Food was great also

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RP
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

AB Bartender upstairs was awesome. we will definitely return and stay a night on the boat and visit with AB again

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a
Central Coast
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It's so nice to be on a boat on the river. Breakfast is easy and not crowded on a weekday.

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WP
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Delightful restaurant in magnificent surroundings of the old riverboat cabin. We ate downstairs, not in the bar, and it was very good. I would definitely go back again.

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Z
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

My husband loved the spinach salad. But his calamari was not good. It was not very warm and he said it was too “bready.” The artichoke was also not great. I ate it but should not have. The spices gave me heartburn all night. It was incredibly messy, greasy and caked with way too much of the spices. Honestly, I can hardly believe this is even on the menu. We should have sent it back. The pork oso bucco was quite good but also could have been warmer. Overall I enjoyed my meal but hubby was less than impressed. Of course the ambience was lovely, we had a seat by the window watching the river around sunset which was fabulous. Service was pretty good. Tiny bathrooms are upstairs... only with hand dryers, yuck. I assume there is an accessible bathroom somewhere but definitely not the one I used. Part of me thinks I’m being a bit too critical but at these prices they could do a bit better.

Delta King - Pilothouse Restaurant
Responded on March 5, 2019

Thank you for visiting the Pilothouse Restaurant at the Delta King and for your detailed feedback. We will share your review with our Chef and management team. Glad that your husband enjoyed his Spinach Salad. We hope you return to the Delta King in the future to give us another chance. Thank you.

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KR
Sacramento
2 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Celebrating our Special Needs Sons great accomplishments!

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CM
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 5

I think this place is surviving off of it being a tourist attraction. The muscles with chorizo appetizer was good but the bread was not fresh , the osso bucco was not heated all the way through and you don't want to serve not thoroughly cooked pork and the mushroom risotto was not cooked properly it was still aldente it was pasty, it had no flavor it was bland and the one mushroom I did eat tasted like it was reconstituted dehydrated mushroom also my scallops appeared overcooked I say appeared because after the 1 small bite by me and my guest and his lukewarm temperature pork osso Bucco we paid for appetizer & drinks and left. Also they got his drink wrong and they got his salad wrong and didn't even offer fresh ground pepper I had to ask for it

Delta King - Pilothouse Restaurant
Responded on March 14, 2019

Thank you Christy, we really appreciate the additional information. We will look into this further and address this with our staff and management team. We appreciate all feedback- It helps us get better. Thank you.

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CC
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a fabulous dinner. Our waiter David was incredibly attentive. It was our anniversary and he surprised us with dessert. Everyone was so accommodating and friendly. We’ve been to the Pilot House before and we will be back again!

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Dine Downtown - ravioli was way too salty, bass was not too well flavored but overall service was good and ambiance was fine. It’s a fun experience, but wouldn’t go back for the price.

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ZD
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Awesome service, food was ok; bartender was a cool cat.

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G
San Diego
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

We were the first ones seated at 11:30, but it took until 2pm to be served lunch and dessert for 4. Disappointing as this was a special birthday. Our waiter brought a bday dessert, nice, but did not bring the other three ice cream sundaes for 20 mins, kind of ruined that part of lunch.

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AR
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 4food 2service 5ambience 4

Great setting right on the water. Great view. Excellent service. Food was okay... I expected more from the food, was disappointing...

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DB
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Always a great dinner on a beautiful riverboat, lots of history in the Old Sac area

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DF
Sacramento
25 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We had a very enjoyable Dine Downtown even. Between my husband and myself we got to try everything on the Dine Downtown 2019 menu and were pleasantly surprised at how tasty it all was. You can tell I didn’t go with high expectations, but now I would go again. Dine Downtown served its purpose. My stars for value reflect the DD menu.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 4

I've always loved breakfast/brunch on the Delta King. I love the ship, the traditional decor of the dining room, and the lovely view of the river and water fowl. Dinner for the first time was disappointing. There's less view at. Night. The service was friendly but average. The food was disappointing. The pesto salmon filet was cooked nicely, but way too salty. And the pesto was not homemade. The lamb and kobe sliders were a nice appetizer, but the flatbread was cold and actually an awful mess. They were good to offer to take it off the bill and weren't defensive about it. So overall, a disappointment and not a great value.

Delta King - Pilothouse Restaurant
Responded on February 14, 2019

Thank you for visiting the Delta King and for your feedback. We will address your review with our Chef. We hope you return to give us another chance soon. Thank you!

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LC
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Friendly staff, tasty food, Sea Bass was delicious, chocolate truffle torte was delicious, Kabocha squash salad was great.

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B
San Francisco
61 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We happened to be there at the same time as a rather large group that got loud towards the end of their meal. Otherwise, we had a very nice time and the food was very good. The server provided excellent wine recommendations.

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ED
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our first time at the Delta King and we were not disappointed! The host was so sweet and everyone was very accommodating to my food allergies. We will be going back!

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C
Sacramento
2 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Delicious food. It was busy, so service seemed slow but otherwise a lovely experience.

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CM
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 1ambience 4

My steak was ordered medium rare; it was medium well if not well. My wife's salmon was overcooked as well. Not something I'm used to experiencing in this price range. I rarely send food back but this was so bad I would have done so if we had time. Really wanted to share our experience with the waiter, but he never once asked how our meal was. But it looked like he was covering too many tables and was overworked.

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SS
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 4

Unique place, fun for dinner. Service is slow, food exceeded expectations.

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JS
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 5

The short rib ravioli was divine, rich and meaty. Our only complaint was the lackluster service. Our waiter didn't check-in on us once after dropping off our entrees, and we waited 20 minutes after finishing them before he cleared the table and took our dessert order. But the atmosphere and food were lovely.

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