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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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Dumb hostess gave our table away because we went to the restroom.

A
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Looked old, had spider above our table, long time to get food and was not all brought together. Wont go again

i
Hawaii
6 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Think I'd suggest one of the restaurants in old Town for dinner. Their breakfast was quite good and service was impeccable.

M
Sacramento
45 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We were there for the Sacramento Dine Out program (I might not have gotten that name right) and everything was excellent -- the menu choices, the service, and the food. The reason I'm only giving three stars is because of a fairly horrible experience we had with the Delta King's valet parking. When we came to pick up the car, the lone parking attendant was nowhere to be found and it was about 40 degrees with no place for shelter. There was no note telling when he would return, much less information on how to text or phone him. We waited for about ten minutes In near-freezing weather until he finally arrived. The Delta King needs a way to prevent this kind of experience. Everything else about the evening was near perfect and this was a big buzz-kill ruiner.

OB
Sacramento
2 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

The food and service was outstanding. It has a nice atmosphere and it is nice that there is a nicer restaurant where you can go in somewhat casual attire. The only reason I gave it a 4 instead of a 5 is because a couple in our party wanted to order a fish dish and they were out of it. Then when we went to order wine they were out of our first choice as well so it was a little frustrating. What we ended up ordering as our entrees was great as was the wine.

C
Sacramento
4 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great dinner and service. Nice to grab a drink at the bar after dinner. Looking forward to visiting when it is warmer and sitting outside.

MF
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The dine downtown meal was awesome! Highly recommend the scallops

OT
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience3

The PilotHouse has a unique setting, on the beautiful, historical restored Delta King. Walking up to the boat, you feel as if there should be a jazz band playing and dealers shuffling cards... as if Mel Gibson in “The Maverick” was waiting to depart. I was super excited. That said, when I walked in to the dining area, I was greeted by a friendly Hostess. However, stepping into the restaurant feels awkward. After being sat, I looked around and there was two tables. There is no music or any source to enhance the ambiance of this historical boat. With such a large dining space I get sat right next to the only other table in the dining room. Which is fine, but usually there is music to drown out some of the noise from other tables. Instead the guests at the other table have no manners, chomping and smacking there food with there mouths open. I have to sit there and listen to it. I decide to order wine because online the restaurant boasts its wine spectator award. I try the “red buzz blend.” It is listed at $12 a glass for a bottle that is $9. It had no body and no finish... I would spring for the Box of Franzia instead. The first course comes and it was Thea lamb, harissa meatballs with apricots to garnish. They were tasty, but the food itself came out lukewarm. Next I had the Scallops and risotto. The scallops were PERFECT. Handled with care, tender with terrific coloring. The risotto, however, had some under cooked rice, and a charred lemon garnish. I do not mind the charred lemon, but why stick straight into the risotto? I then have to dig it assuming the purpose is to use the acid to enhance the dish, which was badly needed. Other than the scallops the dish was flat. It was bland, but it was just one note. Then there were bits of “Spanish chorizo” but they tasted like andouille, it was very chewy and over cooked. Honestly, the risotto’s flavor tasted like the Knoll instant Spanish rice. Lastly, the Panna Cotta was good. Understand the whole mint leaf garnish.

OT
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall3food5service1ambience4

We were not seated on time! Took too long for even get a cup of water however our server waa really nice and kind i wish i remember his name but ther than that not going back there again! We are a foodie couple so we have been in a lot a places and better places ,and been sacramento natives we wanted to try this place forever,well what a disappointment! And really if u are gonna be in OPEN TABLE be on top of it! Giving excuses to your costumers on why they cant be seated thats BS! Sorry we are not tourist from different city,state or country ! Or maybe we just look to Mexican! Well we diferent and maybe you need to teach your stuff not to talk about profiling becuase that throws red flags ! Either way we had a good dinner but we’ll never go back again! ✌️

SJ
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We misjudged the time to arrive, however they accommodated us gracoispusy.

LI
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful views of the river. Very pleasant staff. Excellent food. Will return!!!

BR
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Open Table accepted my reservation for 345, but the restaurant did not honor it nor worked to make it up to me.

OT
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall2food3service1ambience4

They were short staffed. Only two tables of people and very slow, poor service. Food was decent, but overpriced. They forgot our drinks.

D
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great night, everything was perfect. The food was really good. I had the salmon.

CA
Sacramento
3 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Food was excellent. Very well prepared and presented. Portions were just right. Price was fair for the quality and amounts. Service was very good. Very comfortable environment. A little loud but it was a pleasant, fun loud. Drinks were a little slow coming from the bar.

OT
Central Coast
3 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall2food1service1ambience4

We have been here several times for happy hour and honestly it is always a great time. This is our second time eating here and it left a lot to be desired. Food was late. When we asked for items they were forgot. The waitress made one of the most offensive comments I have heard. Overall it was a huge let down.

OT
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great atmosphere!

AM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 5, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

There on a Thursday Night so only 3 other tables in dining area being serviced, the bar upstairs seemed lively and did have a band playing but not loud. Overall was a good experience for out of town visitor.

n
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Had a good time with my kids. They enjoyed.

BR
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We celebrated our 29th wedding anniversary at the pilot house and it was perfect! Thank you so much for the great food and service. Will be back soon.

OT
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service. Conversation at surrounding tables was a bit loud, but not much the restaurant could do about that. No special dessert offered for birthday celebration.

e
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

The food was great, though the kitchen took a bit too long to bring out the chicken entree (over an hour!)

a
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall2food1service2ambience3

I would not return nor would I recommend it. It has been spotty for years. Two out of last three visits were less than desirable. Crab cakes do have filler, lots of filler in spite of being told on two trips it was minimal.

ST
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food, service and a great place to eat. We stayed at the Delta King two nights and ended up eating here for dinner on Wednesday, free breakfast on Thursday, Thanksgiving Day dinner buffet and then free breakfast again on Friday. Each and every time was perfection!

OT
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

General Celebration

GG
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Take a look at the history of your surroundings ! Imagine you are there a 120 years from today.. see the steps we as the human race have achieved as a people united.

J
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was great . Received food very quickly. Will definitely come back again.

OT
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Tried somewhere new with my boo and we had an awesome time at Pilothouse!

DD
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Overall I was very happy. I've dined upstairs in the cafe but never in the Pilothouse. My one major disappointment came when I learned that their beef is from Harris Ranch. I was hoping for more local, grass-fed and antibiotic free sources (such as Niman Ranch in Sonoma County). We had seafood instead, and it was delicious.

CA
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

I booked dinner and a room at the Delta King based on the menu that was provided on the web site and on open table, my wife loves Mushroom risotto! After being sat down and scanning the one page menu it was nothing like the one I had viewed prior! Such a disappointing menu!!!!!!

H
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

I had lunch at the Delta King for the first time celebrating a friend’s birthday. We enjoyed the food, and the service was very good,

OT
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience2

Great expect for a table next to us where I woman was super loud sharing stories like if we were in her living room.
Ridiculous

OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience1

Even though we had a reservation, nobody greeted us or directed us on where to go or sit. The service was EXTREMELY slow and the food didn’t make up for it. The menu was decently priced. Nobody around us seemed to be having a great time, the table beside us was very audibly and rudely complaining, which is the only reason we left our waiter a generous tip (we felt bad he had to deal with the terrible woman next to us). The atmosphere itself was very cute since it was on the boat deck, but the restaurant had no other redeeming qualities.

K
Tahoe
74 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic Salmon! Great views!

DD
Sacramento
24 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Unique dining experience. Great place for a special occasion.

WC
New Orleans
28 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cuisine is impressive and service outstanding

MB
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Great meal. Wish they still made the table-side caesar salad which was divine.

b
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

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 on October 13, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience4

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 on October 13, 2019
Overall3food2service2ambience5

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.