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Rio City Café - Sacramento

4.5
4.5
1530 Reviews
$31 to $50
Californian

Rio City Cafe is situated in beautiful historic Old Sacramento, overlooking some of the most prominent landmarks in Sacramento. The Sacramento River runs by our spacious outdoor patio, with spectacular views of the historic Tower Bridge and the Ziggurat (pyramid) building.
Rio City Cafe opened its doors in May of 1994. We display a comfortably casual setting, with indoor and outdoor seating. We can accommodate large parties and banquets, as well as private parties in our banquet room for special occasions. Or just simply enjoy a cocktail or glass of wine and the view in the outdoor cocktail area. During the colder months, enjoy the view from inside near our cozy fireplace.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 28 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Californian, Seafood, Steak

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Fri 11:00 am–9:00 pm Sat 10:00 am–10:00 pm Sun 10:00 am–9:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (916) 442-8226

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    GM: Scott Meier

  • Private party facilities

    Host your event at Rio City Cafe! Whether it's business or personal, your party of 30 or more will be the talk of the town when you and our Banquet Managers create a memorable experience for your special event.

  • Private party contact

    Stephanie Miller: (916) 505-1159

  • Neighborhood

    Sacramento

  • Parking details

    Parking at Rio City Cafe is never an issue. We offer valet services Wed - Sun for a fee OR park in the Tower Bridge Garage located at Front Street and Capital Mall, bring in your parking pass and we'll validate for 2 hours FREE.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Delivery, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 1,530 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Sacramento / Sacramento Valley

    Great for outdoor dining

  • Sacramento / Sacramento Valley

    Great for scenic views

  • Sacramento

    Great for outdoor dining

  • Sacramento

    Great for scenic views

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  1. KB

    KristinB

    Sacramento

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined today

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Rio City Cafe is one of my favorites for its beauty and wonderful food. It did not disappoint!
  2. MR

    MargaretR

    Yosemite

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My husband and I greatly enjoyed our dinner at Rio City Cafe. The swordfish with risotto was amazing! A few times a year we drive 2 hours just to spend a day or two in Sacramento and we eat at Rio City every time for at least one meal…sometimes two. It’s always great!
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall2food3service2ambience1
    Didn’t feel like a fine dining experience. We were seated on the patio that was covered with spiderwebs.
  4. TD

    TerryD

    Sacramento

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The staff are very friendly and helpful and the food was delicious. My only suggestion is that the volume of the music is lowered. It is so unnecessary, but that is my complaint with most restaurants.
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall2food1service2ambience1
    Sodas were watered down, steak was raw & service was mediocre 😩
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Sacramento

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We decided to participate in Dine Downtown 2023. Rio City had one of the best menus to choose from. We were greeted right away, we had a fun drink at the bar and then moved to our table. The 3-course meal was very good. Thank you to all the staff at Rio is was lovely!
  7. h

    heatherh

    Sacramento

    6 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall3food5service5ambience1
    We went for dinner. The food was good. Portion sizes worth the money. Service was good. The restaurant was dingy. No ambiance Christmas decorations still up on January 20th. We had a view of a room being used as utility room or service station. All the blinds were closed in the restaurant . We do not plan on going back. Also website fails to mention the parking garage charges $10 up front on weekends. Website says restaurant validates parking.
  8. LM

    LeannM

    Sacramento

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We sat next to the window where we got to see the river and how high it is right now and how fast it is flowing. Very nice.
  9. IZ

    IreneZ

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 14, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was amazing! Service was hands down perfection the ambiance was everything we needed. The view of the Bridge was beautiful the deck area was covered, warm and cozy. So perfect for a rainy night. We stepped out to take a pic together and our waiter sent out the hostess to help us out. He gave us amazing food recommendations and wine to pair with. Mommy daughter date on a Friday night while we were out of town. Calamari better than Monterey which is our home.
  10. GW

    GregW

    Sacramento

    12 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on January 12, 2023

    overall4food2service4ambience4
    Ordered shrimp and crab Louie. Seafood was delicious but lettuce was wilted and brown on the ends
  11. s

    sgmiller

    San Diego

    26 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on January 7, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food yet casual but nice. Wonderful waitress, Megan.
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Sacramento

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    New Year’s
  13. JG

    JanG

    Hawaii

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great dinner! Atmosphere was perfect! It was rainy, cold and windy. We were seated next to the fire place. Perfect! Entrees were great, we had the 2 specials of the day a sea bass topped with lobster and a filet mignon topped with crab! Paired with a glass of wine each and peach cobbler with ice cream! A perfect New Year's eve dinner!!!
  14. AP

    AngieP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful evening. Great food. Very happy. It was horrible weather but Rio was great.
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Sacramento

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our waiter/ bartender Steve was amazing, he went above and beyond to make us feel at home!
  16. E

    Emilyp

    Sacramento

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 23, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Great place but don’t get the asparagus. They put rock salt on top of it.
  17. DS

    DustinS

    Sacramento

    23 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on December 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Their waitress was very friendly and attentive and their prime rib dip was perfect! One of the best I have had.
  18. G

    Good

    Sacramento

    43 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    43 reviews

    Dined on December 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Ladies lunch! We had the baked brie to start, followed by crab & shrimp Louie’s, and one crab melt. All delicious, while enjoying views of the river. Will absolutely be back.
  19. E

    Eagle5600

    Central Coast

    8 reviews

    2.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on December 16, 2022

    overall2food4service1ambience3
    Anniversary dinner. Waited 20 min. to order. 45 min for the order to arrive and then another 5 min for final entre. Then it took 20 min to get our bill. (I had to track the server down.) The server explained the slowness was because the kitchen was behind. He was very sorry. The topper was when I looked at the bill and noticed a 5% “Kitchen Appreciation “ charge! I have never seen that before. I told the server it was poor policy to charge a “appreciation” fee when the kitchen performed so poorly. The manager came over, apologized for the blown anniversary meal and explained the charge was mandatory. I commented that it had gotten so late that we had to skip dessert. He gave an apologetic smile, shrugged his shoulders and walked away. The food? Tasty but lukewarm…it had been sitting around for awhile. Skip the garlic mashed potatoes…gritty and tasteless. The steak was cooked perfectly but (as mentioned before) was lukewarm. Desserts looked good but they never got around to offering any. The kitchen wasn’t the only thing behind. Parking validation? Yes. But their machine was broken so they sent us to Joe’s Crab Shack to get it validated. I’ve eaten here dozens of times and have experienced the restaurant’s decline. I’m done.
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely service with excellent dishes and libations. If it's a little higher price, then you get a river experience and solid portions. The perfect balance of fancy casual.
  21. DH

    DonH

    Sacramento

    7 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on December 12, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience5
    We really, really miss a couple of things on their old menu. They used to have a very good house salad, and a very good Asian chicken salad. For some inexplicable reason they are off the menu. We probably will not be back until we see that these are served once again.
  22. PC

    PeteC

    Sacramento

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on December 8, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Good food and drinks at a fair price with good service.
  23. r

    rsmcallister

    Denver

    6 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on December 8, 2022

    overall2food3service1ambience2
    We made a reservation for a Wednesday night at 6:15. When we arrived, the Rio was a house of confusion. Once we were seated, we were ignored by the wait staff. The manager apologized profusely, taking responsibility, explaining that he had mistakenly understaffed for that night's number of patrons. Still, we waited a lengthy period to get waters, a mixed drink and our dinners--salads with grilled salmon. The entrees were quite tasty. All in all, a very disheartening experience, which we hope will not be repeated for future patrons.
  24. MF

    MichelleF

    Chicago

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on December 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful way to be introduced to Old Sacramento!
  25. SS

    SarahS

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on December 8, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    This is a great option on the waterfront, close to Old Sacramento and within reasonable walking distance of Golden 1 Center. Friendly service, good food, and a nice patio overlooking the river. We've been here two or three times now prior to shows at the Golden 1 and have enjoyed it.
  26. JC

    JanC

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    ALWAYS a great experience!! My favorite Sacramento restaurant. Thank you!!!
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Sacramento

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 27, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    The food was good, but the service was great. Our server was Christa, and she was great. Always made sure our bottomless mimosas were filled and that our whole experience was good. Will be back again.
  28. ER

    EstherR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, great service and great ambience. Can't ask for anything more!
  29. CS

    ClariceS

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Our first visit, for Thanksgiving dinner. Turkey meal was excellent, with corn based stuffing, crisp vegetables, and more. Top service. We started with crab cakes, the meat not overrun by seasoning. Later we agreed everything was well seasoned without excess sale. The banana split cake was not treacly sweet and so big that half went home. We will definitely return.
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was fantastic. Service, food , area around was perfect . Came for thanksgiving and left very satisfied. Thank you all again for being there for me and my family !! My server Ross was such a sweet heart timed our courses perfectly ! I would go back anytime !
  31. JB

    JimB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had our choice of restaurants and chose Rio city and so thankful that we did. The service the meal and the ambience were all excellent and we highly recommend this restaurant to anyone looking for a great experience
  32. NG

    NolaG

    Sacramento

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    We had a lovely evening and the service was excellent. The food was very good. We only wanted a light meal and that is what we got and it was perfect.
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food and service.
  34. d

    dodgerfansacr

    Sacramento

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience3
    Used to be a much better restaurant. Food was salty. Staff was eager but a bit inexperienced
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Sacramento

    47 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    47 reviews

    Dined on October 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We really enjoyed dinner here, as always, and will definitely be back again!
  36. BH

    BlaineH

    Tahoe

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our server, Jeremy was incredible! He took the extra time to walk us through what the best things on the menu where that night. I asked for blue cheese stuffed olives in my martini and he took the time to make them for me! That is not something they normally offer! Great service, great food, great setting overlooking the river!
  37. JG

    JoanG

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 24, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience5
    88th Birthday for our lovely friend. Great, friendly service. You can go out for good food, great service makes the meal!
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Sacramento

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our server was great, thanks Victor. Crab cakes Benedict is a must try!
  39. RS

    RickS

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Arrived early for our reservation and promptly seated! Kevin was our server and although tasked with large party he was able to provide great service! The food was awesome! Favorite hands down was the Cheesy Bread … worth every bit of the $19!! For entrees we had the grilled halibut, Crab and Shrimp Louie, and filets that were so good they could of done without the demi glaze! But all and all a great experience!
  40. AJ

    AndreaJ

    Minneapolis

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Crab cakes were amazing, server too. A little pricey for 2 vrab cakes but so delicious.

FAQs

Rio City Café - Sacramento offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (916) 442-8226.

Rio City Café - Sacramento is rated 4.5 stars by 1530 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 28 times today
Google Map for Rio City Café - Sacramento

1110 Front Street, Sacramento, CA 95814

Additional information

  • Neighborhood

    Sacramento

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Fri 11:00 am–9:00 pm Sat 10:00 am–10:00 pm Sun 10:00 am–9:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Californian, Seafood, Steak

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Parking at Rio City Cafe is never an issue. We offer valet services Wed - Sun for a fee OR park in the Tower Bridge Garage located at Front Street and Capital Mall, bring in your parking pass and we'll validate for 2 hours FREE.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    GM: Scott Meier

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Delivery, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (916) 442-8226

  • Private party facilities

    Host your event at Rio City Cafe! Whether it's business or personal, your party of 30 or more will be the talk of the town when you and our Banquet Managers create a memorable experience for your special event.

  • Private party contact

    Stephanie Miller: (916) 505-1159

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