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About Delta King - Pilothouse Restaurant

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.

1000 Front Street
Sacramento, CA 95814
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Californian, Contemporary American, Steak

Hours of Operation:
Breakfast: Monday - Friday 7:00am - 10:00am
Brunch: Saturday & Sunday 7:00am - 11:30pm
Lunch: Daily 11:30 - 5:00pm
Dinner: Sunday - Thursday 5:00pm - 9:00pm; Friday - Saturday 5:00pm - 10:00pm

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(916) 441-4440

Website:
http://www.deltaking.com/

Entertainment:
Live Entertainment in the Delta Bar & Grill - Thursday through Saturday

Catering:
Complete catering facilities with 8 banquet rooms. 916-441-4440

Parking Details:
Restaurant Guests (with validation) - $8.00
Overnight Guests - $22.00
Day Parking - $12.00

Executive Chef:
Julian Vasquez

Private Party Facilities:
Private parties up to 20 guests can be booked through the restaurant. For larger groups please contact the catering department.

Private Party Contact:
Bob Smith: (916) 379-5051

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Delta King - Pilothouse Restaurant Ratings and Reviews

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4.2

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.2

service

4.1

ambience

4.2

value

3.9

Noise

Quiet

87% would recommend it to a friend

Waterfront (31)
Good for a Date (29)
Scenic View (29)
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Romantic (27)
Good for Birthdays (24)
Special Occasion (24)
Good for Anniversaries (23)
Cozy (16)
Quiet Conversation (16)
Pre/post Theatre (12)
Worth the Drive (12)
Casual (11)
Business Meals (11)
Creative Cuisine (11)
Fun (10)
Authentic (9)
Great for Brunch (9)
Good for Groups (9)
Great for Lunch (9)
Sunday Lunch (9)
Bar Seating (8)
Fit for Foodies (8)
Handcrafted Cocktails (7)
Neighborhood Gem (7)
Great for Outdoor Dining (7)
Notable Wine List (6)
Seasonal (5)
Kid-friendly (4)
Comfort Food (4)
Vibrant Bar Scene (4)
Afternoon Coffee (3)
Disabled Access (3)
Gluten Free Options (3)
Great Beer (3)
Healthy (3)
Hot Spot (3)
Local Ingredients (3)
People Watching (3)
Good Vegetarian Options (3)
Afternoon Tea (2)
Live Sports (2)
Paleo Friendly (2)
Tasting Menu (2)
Happy Hour (1)
Late-night Find (1)
Organic (1)
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 (New York Area)·Dined 2 days ago

beautiful view, great food and great service, only thing i would have changed is the music because it made the entire ambience a bit off - they were playing pop music (ex: ariana grande)
My boyfriend and i are in our 20's but we still knew it absolutely did not fit the ambience of the boat - they should be playing jazz or classical!

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 3 days ago

busy night, food was good but the service was extrememly SLOW. Our cocktail server should have been a waiter in the restaaurant, he was much better than the server we had

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 (San Francisco)·Dined 3 days ago

Nice spot for a special occasion.

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·Dined 3 days ago

Great all around service! Dinner was excellent as well.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Waterfront, Good for Birthdays, Casual
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 (San Joaquin)·Dined 3 days ago

My stake was burnt. So 38 dollars out for a bad stake. But my wife’s dinner was excellent. It was nice old charming.

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 (Sacramento)·Dined 4 days ago

Food was great, service was amazing and you cant beat the atmosphere.

Tags: Scenic View, Special Occasion, Casual
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 6 days ago

When ordering a steak, I said, Well Done, No Pink at all please. They brought my steak back red inside. Despite it being VERY SLOW it took a long time for the waiter to make his way back around so I could let him know the issue. It took a long time for the steak to come back, AGAIN it was STILL VERY pink! I had to wait again for the waiter to come back around to state the issue. The waiter make a remark that it was the most resistant steak he'd ever seen... What? Had to wait a long time again for it to come out, like ridiculously, my date felt awkward trying to eat as slow as possible as his food grew cold (I kept telling him to go ahead and eat while it was warm, but he wanted to be polite). Then my food came out again, the steak was finally not pink, but the sides were ice cold from it taking so long, that's a pretty obvious oversight for a kitchen. I didn't want to send my plate back again since we were already there for an hour trying to get my food after the initial order, so I ate the cold veggies and only a little of the mashed potatoes which were poor quality/taste. The steak was good, but my date and I both ended up with stomach aches. He thinks they used too much oil in the salmon & potatoes. I asked that my meal be comped due to the ongoing inconveniences. The waiter came back after talking to the manager and said they'd only comp half of just my meal. I thought that was pretty cheap on their part. ***There was an Irish American Rock Band upstairs in the bar, One Eyed Reilly, that was really great. We stayed after a bit to listen to them.

Tags: Good for a Date
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·Dined 6 days ago

Too expensive, 84 bucks for soup, small dish of scallops and a small dessert. you kidding? not a good value for the portion received. food was a bit bland too. I have had better lobster bisque out of a can.

KLeibold

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 (Atlanta)·Dined 6 days ago

Everything was great the only thing that bothered me a little was waiting a little after our reservation time other than that it was great

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 (Sacramento)·Dined on February 13, 2018

I requested quiet seating for 2, prior to me dining in. When we arrived to check in the host did not acknowledge my request of "quiet, and awkwardly seats us next to the loudest family, first mistake. Second, the table was set for 4, I would have waited the extra 2 minutes to have it pre bussed of the other glasses and utensils before we sat down causing more awkwardness. After sitting I watched the host seat 2 tables across the room window seating for table for 2. I was very disappointed. I could not even carry a conversation over the table next to us. Maybe I should have said something, but I did not want to be "that guy", The food was great and our server was awesome. This place just needs to work on the details.

Tags: Cozy, Tasting Menu, Healthy, Scenic View, Romantic, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Sacramento)·Dined on February 3, 2018

great food, great service. my girlfriend and i had a great time here.we loved it

Tags: Romantic, Good for a Date, Vibrant Bar Scene, Special Occasion
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Special was swordfish. The sauce on the swordfish was terrible. It ruined the fish.

Tags: Quiet Conversation
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 (Sacramento)·Dined on February 3, 2018

My daughter and I made dinner reservations here because we have been to Old Town often but had never been aboard. We had theatre tickets for the evening and wanted a special “just us” dinner. The food was fabulous, I had the salmon, she had the special for the night, red snapper. The ambiance was delightful. The service superb.
It is hard to find parking in Old Town so take advantage of their valet parking services. Well worth the extra $8. We will go back. I would like to take my husband there and she is looking forward to going again with her fiancé.

Tags: Waterfront, Good for a Date, Romantic, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Good Vegetarian Options, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 27, 2018

The food was excellent and so was the service. We had a great birthday celebration and would eat there again.

Tags: Good for Birthdays
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 20, 2018

We were visiting the area for a trade show. My wife wanted a nice dining experience near Old Town Sac. In researching the area, I found the Pilot House, a nice dining experience on a riverboat, anchored on the Sac River.

I was initially apprehensive as this a known tourist area and I did not expect too much but wanted to provide my wife a better than normal restaurant experience. She liked it immediately! Beautifully restored riverboat made her think of another time. From the phone conversations with the hostess to change times, etc., very friendly and accommodating to our changed plans. The sat us right away with river views. It took awhile to realize the boat was not quite level as it was a boat on water but nothing negative about that as it added to the charm.

The server was friendly, informative, timely and attentive without being pushy. Our cheese appetizer was a hit with the "boss", with food brought out timely and hot! There is a nice selection on the menu offering choices from angus burgers, caesar salads, steaks and our selection of wild salmon, cooked just right, hot and moist not dried out on a bed of fresh veggies.

No room for a selection of desserts but will try them next time. The drinks were mixed well, tasty and generous portions at a reasonable price for call brands.

Overall, the pricing was less than we expected for such a touristy area, will go again, and next time enjoy the quaintness of the upstairs lounge.

Tags: Business Meals, Scenic View, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Waterfront, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Sacramento)·Dined on January 20, 2018

The entire experience was great! The food was amazing and the wine selection was perfect! The only negative I have is the service is a little slow. We will go again for sure!

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 19, 2018

Great Service and very good food. However about 2/3 of the way through the main course, another waiter sprayed cleaner on the table next to us and the smell was so overpowering that we could not finish the meal. Manager was very apologetic. She offered each of us another glass of wine but the smell was too offensive so she gave us an additional dessert.

Food and dessert were boxed up and tasted good later. We will return

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Waterfront, Business Meals, Scenic View, Late-night Find
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 (Sacramento)·Dined on January 14, 2018

I reserved a table and asked for a window seat, the dining room hostess said they were not available. We said we would wait for a window but then said she just seated all the window seats. So she sat the window seats and ignored our reservation request, then got a bit snippy about it. So we decided to sit in the bar instead. Thankfully our waitress was fantastic, very personable and attentive, made great recommendations and made up for our initial negative first impression. Food was really good, try the mushroom appetizer and maple bacon pork chop entree with risotto! Cocktails were well-made and atmosphere was historic, romantic and unique.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Waterfront, Bar Seating, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Sacramento)·Dined on January 14, 2018

Delta King never lets me down.... great food, great service, great place!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Bar Seating, Casual, Hot Spot, Authentic, Scenic View, Fit for Foodies
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 14, 2018

Had brunch here on Jan 14, 2018. Had never eaten on the Delta King but found the restaurant quaint with good service and excellent food. I had the Salmon Eggs benedict which was outstanding.

Tags: Scenic View, Cozy, Great for Brunch
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 (Sacramento)·Dined on January 13, 2018

We dined...as we intended to do. We ordered from the Prefix Menu on the Dine Downtown Sacramento promotion. Our server, Mark, provided excellent service. He alone kept the water poured, dishes picked up and main course served hot, amazingly hot as if it was directly in the frying pan one minute before (that hardly ever happens). It has been a long time since all four of us have had an excellent meal out as we did at the Pilot House.

Tags: Waterfront
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 13, 2018

We enjoyed a wonderful birthday dinner for my husband here. We were not disappointed, from the service and atmosphere to the delicious food and complimentary birthday cake with candle for my husband at the end of the meal, we can't wait to return!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Waterfront, Seasonal, Cozy, Great for Brunch, Sunday Lunch, Authentic
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 (Sacramento)·Dined on January 7, 2018

Food was very tasty and served at a good plate temperature. Service was timely/courteous and atmosphere was very mellow. Jesse was an excellent server and would ask for her in the future.

Tags: Paleo Friendly, Scenic View, Romantic, Business Meals
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 (Sacramento)·Dined on January 6, 2018

Had dinner reservations here on the 6th of January. Our waiter Jamie was very attentive and a great waiter. We had ordered the crab cakes for an appetizer if it was our choice we wouldn't order again. We both ordered the New York steak dinner, steak med well. The steak was new York, nothing special, Our dinner came with mashed potatoes and brocollini wish were vey good. We will be back and dine at the Pilothouse again but will order something different.

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (Sacramento)·Dined on December 29, 2017

This was a vary nice place!! Beautiful view!! Prefect for date night it a little pricey for the service but the food is great!!!

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 27, 2017

The Delta King Hotel/Restaurant/Bar has been wonderfully restored. Front desk personnel were very helpful, the bartenders friendly and attentive. Dining in The Pilothouse was very pleasurable - both food and service were excellent.

Tags: Special Occasion, Romantic, Good for Birthdays
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 25, 2017

Every item we ordered was unique and delicious. The dining room was attractive and staff was friendly!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Sunday Lunch, Creative Cuisine, Great for Lunch, Comfort Food, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Business Meals, Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Cozy, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Great for Brunch, Fun
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 (Sacramento)·Dined on December 24, 2017

Went for Christmas Eve dinner with my mom, and 4 and7 year old children. The kids live the fact that we were eating on a "boat". I enjoyed the view. Waitress was very receptive to or needs also.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Afternoon Coffee, Great Beer, Good Vegetarian Options, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Business Meals, Creative Cuisine, Paleo Friendly, Neighborhood Gem, Disabled Access, Scenic View, Handcrafted Cocktails, Romantic, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Birthdays, Bar Seating, Live Sports, Casual, Good for a Date, Fun, Waterfront, Seasonal
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 (Sacramento)·Dined on December 24, 2017

we love the Delta King and all its history.
We were disappointed in the Christmas Eve dinner.
The turkey and dressing special was not very good and
displayed very unappealingly on the plate.
The lamb slider appetizers should be taken off the menu.
The cioppino had fresh seafood but the base was very salty
and unremarkable. the prime rib special was wonderful though.

Tags: Cozy
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 (Sacramento)·Dined on December 24, 2017

Ty, the manager, took outstanding care of us after a reservation mix-up. Can't say enough great things about the venue, service and food.

Tags: Scenic View, Romantic, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Great for Lunch
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 (Sacramento)·Dined on December 24, 2017

Very disappointed. We had a reservation for 3:30 in the charming dinning room. When we arrived they couldn’t find the reservation and the dining room was closed! We had the option of eating in the noisy sports bar. Not the experience we wanted to share with our family. The food was terrible.
The staff was trying its best to provide use with a nice experience but it was hopeless.
We have enjoyed the Delta King in the past, so this was especially disappointing. Open table should know that the dinng room closes between lunch and dinner.

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 (Sacramento)·Dined on December 23, 2017

Great food, Great service, Great atmosphere. The bar is a great place to start for a before dinner cocktail. Recommend a table on the river side of the dining area if possible. Food is excellent with great service. The waiter will gladly recommend the proper wine to go with your meal if you are unsure what to get. It's just a great place to relax and enjoy a great meal with a beautiful setting.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Good for Anniversaries, Bar Seating, Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, People Watching, Cozy, Fun, Waterfront, Special Occasion, Romantic, Scenic View, Worth the Drive, Handcrafted Cocktails, Authentic
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 (Sacramento)·Dined on December 17, 2017

Neat setting (on an old boat); good food, but service needs work. Hostess could not tell me (on the phone) the cost of valet. She also should have explained where the valet was located as it is no where near the entrance. I recommend a sign be put up to indicate where to meet the valet. We arrived for our reservation at specified reservation time, restaurant empty, but still waited 10 mins. to be seated. Hostess did not indicate there was a sitting area to wait. We found it. Delay in ordering; waited for quite some time for food and only half of our party (3) were served at first. Desserts were tasty enough, but sloppy presentation. Waitress quite harried and talked quickly while hurriedly placing (almost slamming) plates and drinks.
With some better training of hostess and wait staff this could be a more sophisticated experience. The food is pretty good!

Tags: Waterfront
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 17, 2017

I was expecting brunch not breakfast. Plates were small but filling.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 14, 2017

WE ALL ORDERED NEW YORK AND RIB EYE CUT STEAKS.WE WANTED THE STEAKS COOKED MEDIUM RARE. ALL 3 STEAKS WERE RARE,THE MASHED POTATOES WERE COLD, THE VEGETABLES WERE COLD.WE GOT THE APPETIZER WAY BEFORE WE GOT OUR COCKTAILS.YOUR RESTAURANT WAS NOT BUSY ON DEC.14,2017 AT 6:15 PM.THERE IS NO EXCUSE FOR COOKING A DINNER LIKE THIS OR HOW LONG IT TOOK TO GET OUR COCKTAILS.THE PRICE FOR THE DINNERS WERE OVER PRICED FOR HOW IT WAS SERVED. WE WILL NEVER COME BACK AND I WILL TELL EVERYONE I KNOW NOT TO EAT THERE.DON'T KNOW WHAT WOULD HAVE HAPPENED IF YOU WERE BUSY

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 9, 2017

We were staying as guests at the Delta King Hotel for an anniversary trip and wanted an upscale dining experience to go along with the novelty of staying aboard a vintage paddlewheel boat. The food and service were exceptional, and the dining room is beautiful. My husband prefers a more casual setting, but he "suffered" through the amazing dinner and dessert. (The flourless chocolate cake is so delicious!)

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Waterfront, Special Occasion
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 (Sacramento)·Dined on December 9, 2017

We went for early dinner, 5 of us. Never been there before, every employee we saw kind of looked the other way so we wondered a bit until we figured out where the bar was.
We decided to have a drink while we waited for our reservation. There were lots of tables to sit in the bar.The bartender never acknowledged us, no servers to take our order, it was serve yourself . Our mixed drinks were terrible! The drinks were not properly mixed or balanced.
When we went down to dine and the service was not friendly. It felt like you were in a cafeteria. I ordered a chicken sandwich and it was burnt to a hard crunch, dry, and covered with some heavy spice which was too much to stomach. It came with fries which were ok. Three of us ordered salads with our dinners for which none of us ate due to the lettuce being wilted and the dressing watered down. Two of us ordered fish and chips, the fish was actually good but the fries were cold. We had to ask for tarter, ketchup, more water, bread...not a good experience.
I was personally embarrassed as we took relatives there from out of state for their last meal in California.
The water way between the boat and the dock next to the walkway to the entrance was full of trash which we all know could have been cleaned up before one of your busiest days of the week. You would think the interior of the building would be clean and fresh, it was not.
What a disappointment for such a special place.

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 (Sacramento)·Dined on December 2, 2017

My husband had pork chops and I had the chicken - it was ok but just ok.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Good food but poor service. They couldn't hold our reservation because of multiple walk-ins.

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 (Sacramento)·Dined on November 30, 2017

Everything was excellent

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