Delta King - Pilothouse Restaurant

4.1
1644 Reviews
$30 and under
Californian
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.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
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DebbieC
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrated a birthday and the waitress was excellent in making it a wonderful night! Food was beautifully presented and delicious. The live music was very enjoyable, we loved the evening!

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ChristinaD
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food2service4ambience5

The setting was gorgeous, the hostess was a little socially awkward but the waitress was amazing. The complaint, if any, was the food was lacking seasoning and my bun was burnt and the fries were very dry. Someone was having trouble in the kitchen I guess. But the ambience was fantastic. I just wouldn't go again to eat because I don't like to pay for bad food. I would go to sit at the bar and drink though.

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L1Monte
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2022
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great experience, wonderful bartender and great drinks!

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ScottW
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2022
Overall5food4service5ambience5

So the food was really good. Started with the clam chowder. Amazing.
My wife had the pork chop with bacon jam. Amazing. I had the Cajun linguini and it was really over the top spicy but I ate it all. Most people would struggle but I like the spice.
Then for dessert we had a lava cake and cheesecake. Both were sooooo good.
Highly recommend. Just watch out for the Cajun

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Foodie
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2022
Overall3food3service4ambience4

The food was not very good. I ordered the shrimp salad and it was basic at best. The ambiance inside was nice and the staff friendly.

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KimW
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2022
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Everything was great the food just needed a little more seasoning.

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GlennS
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Pilot House Restaurant, located on the historic Delta King riverboat (permanently docked in Old Sacramento), has been one of our favorite restaurants for 10+ years. The food and service has always been excellent and it is also appropriately priced. I ordered the New York Steak with garlic mashed potatoes last night and it was perfectly cooked (ordered medium). My wife ordered Chilean Sea Bass, which was one of their two specials of the night, and she absolutely loved it. She had a cocktail (a Cosmo) and I had a nice glass of Zinfandel with dinner. There are two ramps, right next to each other, for getting onto the boat. The ramp on the left side goes to the restaurant and bar, while the ramp on the right side goes to the hotel rooms and theater. I encourage you to try the Pilot House Restaurant at least once, after which you will probably want to go back again--once, twice, or even several times a year.

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MattB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Service was good. Kobe Burger was good. Swordfish and broccoli was overcooked and mashed potatoes were cold.

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PatriciaG
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience5

The steak was good. I think the hostess was very uninterested in anything or anybody. All she said was do you have a reservation, looking down at her tablet the entire time (long enough that I thought she couldn’t find the reservation) then said follow me. Not welcoming at all.

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kmsdiner
San Francisco
49 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Reservation for prime rib Christmas day dinner. Initially led to a table up the stairs and in the bar rather than the dining room. Asked to be moved to dining room and although there were many empty tables, the hostess was adamant that the tables were being saved for large parties. We considered leaving, but first asked to talk to the manager who saved the day and gave us a nice table in the dining room. (Incidentally, the room remained less than half occupied during our meal....which was had at 4pm.) This is unprofessional planning in my opinion, but we were ultimately satisfied. The whole dinner was good. I never got the wine I ordered to accompany my prime rib. Waiter apologized explaining there was only one bartender (really?). This was not a deal breaker in any rate. Finally, there was an errant fork under my seat along with bits of dropped salad. I guess this happens at a busy spot. In summary, I am glad we dined there once.

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andrews
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The service was excellent. The lights on the river and views were gorgeous. The accompanying Old Town Sacramento lights and festivities were enjoyable. The wine was excellent. The food was tasty. The steaks were flavorful and tender.

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OpenTable Diner
Sacramento
2 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Friendly staff, delicious food

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RhondaW
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Very enjoyable. Food delicious.
But not very hot. But overall was a very nice experience.

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Steven
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Quick service and courteous waiters. Will visit again.

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MartyG
Sacramento
3 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We had a lovely lunch. Ship was decorated for Christmas and very festive.

We will be back.

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PaulR
Salt Lake City
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

We waited 45 minutes for our food before they told us we ordered off the wrong menu, them they forgot one of our orders. So we were there for almost 2 hours. Food was ok. But not worth the wait.

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MHMyers
Sacramento
6 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2021
Overall2food5service1ambience5

The food was very good. I made my reservation months before since it is my wife's birthday. Aaron completely ignored my wife's birthday even though the hostesses knew all about it since I noted it on my original reservation request and they wished her a happy birthday when we arrived. After dinner was over, I expected something, at least a candle. But there was nothing. My wife was a real "sport" about it, but it broke my heart. The dinner out was the only thing I could afford this year for her birthday. We told the hostess as we left, and she told us to go back to the table, but the damage was done, the opportunity for a surprise candle or something was gone, so we thanked her and left (hoping the hostesses would make sure to tell the waiter in the future, which I thought would be done since they wished my wife a happy birthday when we arrived). At our age, we just don't know how many more birthdays we will be able to celebrate at a restaurant.

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DavidS
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on December 3, 2021
Overall3food4service5ambience2

The food was good and the service was excellent. However for some reason we were seated in the bar even though there were tables available in the main dining area. It was a bit noisy and took away the ambience of having a quiet dinner.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2021
Overall2food5service5ambience1

I made the reservation for the Pilothouse Restaurant. We got there and the hostess tells us that our table is upstairs in the bar and grille. 1 strike. We are sitting there and the bartender is getting mad, while talking to some people at the bar, about Covid stuff. And we had to be subjected to his loud discussion. Strike 2. Then, it’s cold out mind you, the cold air comes on. Strike 3. And every time someone went out the door it would slam shut. Strike 4

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Colleen
1 review
Dined on November 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My Aunt was visiting from out of town and we thoroughly enjoyed our lunch here. It was refreshing and a joy to watch staff and management who truly seemed to be enjoying their work and interacting with the customers. My Aunt was pleased that she found a place that actually knew how to properly serve hot tea, and both the burger and the chicken club were delicious, along with some really tasty French fries.

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Toodie
San Francisco
35 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Undercooked chicken, overpriced considering preparation.

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AmberA
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Quit, nice dinner environment. Food was wonderful and the staff was very sweet and attentive. Service was slow due to new staff but it nice to just sit and enjoy the river view so we didn’t mind at all.

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JScott
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall4food3service3ambience5

Wonderful ambience. Food preparation was inconsistent, specific instructions not followed. Nevertheless, the overall dining experience was very pleasant.

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LilaNel
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Nice historical spot. Good food good service. They definitely need some music piped in. Too quiet you can hear other people’s conversations and footsteps

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BrissAvi
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

My date and I had a great time! Service was great food was probably 4 out of 5! Bread was delicious! Pricing was a little on the higher side but to be expected. Definitely enjoyed it.

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KimR
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Very nice experience! Beautiful ambiance. It was a Friday night, so there was a live band upstairs in the saloon. A little bit noisy, but understandable. Great service.

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GloriB
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Food was good, salmon was slightly over cooked though. Veggies, potatoes were simple but good. I though it was overpriced for what you received but you are also paying for the ambience. That being said I stayed at the hotel and would go back again! ⚓️👍😊

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Aine
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2021
Overall4food2service4ambience4

thought I was getting chicken breast got chicken with bones in it. The waitress should have told me it had bones. It was very bland tasting. The menu needs to elaborate on the boned chicken. Everything else was fine. Desert was awesome

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SusanG
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall2food1service2ambience5

Great ambiance. Menu kept being reprinted to remove items no longer available. No coordination that kitchen could provide ingredients for dishes. For instance, chard not included with chicken. Food not hot. Two burgers - one medium and one medium well were not given to the correct person. Caesar salad was over-dressed. Nice mango sorbet. Waiter tried his best to accommodate shortfalls and was helpful.

Jacob the Bartender did a great job and was very personable.

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Gill
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2021
Overall4food2service4ambience5

Loved the ambience. No other ambience in Sacramento can top this unless maybe an outdoor rooftop type of vibe. But even then this absolutely incredible vibes and views of the water. Feels like Im in titanic minus the iceberg. Service was good but I noticed things took long even though there were barely any guests in the same room as us. The only big complaint I have is that salmon. My ladies' salmon was raw on the inside and tasted like plastic. We were too embarrassed to bring it back so we just didnt eat it anymore. Was sad there was no ribeye so I tried the pork chop with bacon jam and it was AMAZING! loved it. Love going to this place but not sure if I'll ever come back anymore because the salmon was really that disappointing and it was my girlfriend's birthday as well. I wish it would have been my food that was the messed up one.

Thank you.

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LauriM
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great service, above and beyond.
Our waiter was Aaron

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ToniinVegas
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience3

Interesting place to dine, on a riverboat right on the Sacramento River

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OpenTable Diner
Sacramento
2 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2021
Overall5food2service5ambience3

Came to celebrate my man’s birthday. Everything was great except the food. I ordered the lemon chicken, was completely unseasoned mashed potatoes were meh. My guy ordered the rainbow trout served over a risotto - he says risotto was undercooked and the veggies in it were still hard from being frozen. There was 1 guest eating dinner when we arrived so not sure what happened in the kitchen since it was a slow day. I felt really bad since I chose this restaurant, was better off cooking at home. I believe we only waited 20 min, risotto takes longer and my chicken could’ve been in the oven a bit longer with seasonings added.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service. Great food.

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Anthony
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wife and I went there for a dinner date. Food is exceptional especially the ribs and pork chops. We like that they constantly change their menu with new dishes. Highly recommend the lemon cake with raspberry sauce, delightful!

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OpenTable Diner
Sacramento
2 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was really good. Waitress was great. Staff was good.

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Gusm
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Good food for price. Great service. Nice atmosphere.

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HannahM
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Lovely to sit outside and near the water! The chicken sandwich was so delicious (fries were not that great). Staff was super friendly. We had to wait a bit for our check but it was not a problem. Great experience overall and will definitely return!

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Tammy
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience2

We are staying at the hotel and decided to make it easy and have dinner at the on-site restaurant. The menu looked good and the atmosphere was very nice. My wife’s dinner, the Mahi Mahi was very good. My dinner, no the other hand was not. I ordered the New York Strip, medium. The steak was on its way to well done, not a shred of pink anywhere on the inside and the mashed potatoes were barely warm. I sent the steak and potatoes back and the replacement was marginally better. The steak was more medium, although still a bit more done than any other medium steak I typically receive. And the mashed potatoes … still barely warm!

Topping things off was their wine menu. Two of the bottles I asked for were not available due to the menu being in the middle of a change over. With the menus these days being paper, it is a stupid simple solution to fix things like that — reprint the menu. If nothing else, add a note indicating that something may not be available due to the change over. In the end, the one of the only bottles left that I was remotely familiar with and felt okay ordering at this point was also 30% more than the highest priced bottle I originally wanted. In total, my steak dinner and the extra price for the wine was nearly 1/3 the cost of the entire meal.

If you eat here, stick with the fish, maybe the pork, and bring your own wine.

Others have mentioned slow service and service was slow. Most of that I chalk up to the Covid times, with places unable to hire staff, but the wait times here went beyond that. Also, as others have mentioned, the boats on the water do blast their stereos. This is, of course, outside the control of the restaurant, but it is worth noting.

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Captain
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Always enjoy the Pilothouse dining. Fish and chips is our favorite and was not disappointed once again. Staff in the p;ilothouse was wonderful!!!

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Delta King - Pilothouse Restaurant is rated 4.1 stars by 1644 OpenTable diners.

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