Rio City Café - Sacramento

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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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LM
Sacramento
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Our server was Christina, she is awesome and very attentive.

T
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Birthday celebration. Everything was outstanding. Could not have been better. Highly recommend outside seating when possible.

LR
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server VANESSA was amazing! We had the best time & will be back for sure!
Thank you!

j
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

The best French Dip sandwich I ever had. The rolls were great, the au perfection and the horseradish dip just enough to make me weep a little bit. We had coffee instead of a dessert, and it was excellent, with refills offered and enjoyed. I wish it had been warm enough to enjoy dining outside but we chose to stay indoors and scored a window table so we could look out at the early Fall day.

p
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food, wait staff and ambiance were great! Good for a group lunch.

BL
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 2ambience 5

The only problem that i had was that our entree came out before our soup and salad. Next time i will just order one thing at a time.

RH
Sacramento
14 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service at our cozy table for three by the fire; food was great as usual

OT
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We ordered our food. It came surprisingly fast. Faster than what we expected. We sat outside and it was breezy. Food tasted amazing. Didn’t have room for dessert. I would definitely come back again.

TH
Sacramento
8 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 4ambience 4

The food was not good. The menu is overpriced. I did like the soup du jour, but the steak had a sauce on it that was disgusting. My husband did not care for his food either. It is a lot of money for such poor quality food. I let my friends and family know that I didn't care for the restaurant, and they all told me that they could have told me not to go there and waste my money.

2
Denver
9 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was great!

J
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time to come to this place but I love it! The server she was nice and the foods were great! will come back to this place when we have another chance to visit Sacramento!

OT
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Flew in from out of state and came here for brunch- so glad we did! First of all$13 bottomless mimosas: please and thank you. Second, the food is great for the price. Got the chocolate chip pancake breakfast plate, was stuffed and buzzed to perfection by the end. Plus a riverfront seat in the cool Fall air was great!

KD
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great place for brunch and bottomless mimosas! We made reservations which went well and sat by the water. Service was great and food was good. My besties favorite brunch spot so I will be back.

OT
Los Angeles
184 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

My spouse and I shared an appetizer of Calamari and a main course of Seafood Pasta (the meal was fresh and very tasty). The view of the River was amazing from the outside patio! When in the Sacramento area, we will be back again.

A
Sacramento
29 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Scott is the BEST manager!!!
Always really enjoy going to eat here. It is an event!!
FYI: Be sure to order the Cheese Loaf to share!

ER
Sacramento
11 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sat outside in wonderful weather........great food and experience! Perfect location!

RP
Sacramento
4 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Our visit to Rio City Cafe for a friend's birthday brunch was really good. We ordered the ahi tuna nacho appetizer that was excellent. Also ordered the salmon BLT, Caesar salad with prawns, crab melt and prime rib dip sandwich. We enjoyed all of our entrees. I was slightly disappointed when the Caesar salad had only four prawns for an additional $7 but they were quite tasty. The bottomless mimosas were also really nice.

JJ
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

Cool spot on the river. The party barge next to the rail is incredibly loud with terrible old club music blasting though. The place is a little grimy- worn down carpet and railings. Cobwebs on the rails. Could really use some remodeling and cleaning. Filet was meh. Prices seemed good for a filet with lobster but I understand why it seemed a little low- it matched the quality. Our server was fantastic though, very friendly and great service. Cheese bread was really good.

VS
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

That Maple Bourbon filet was the best thing ever. Also, the host was great at accommodating us since we didn't want to sit in the sun. And the waitress found the perfect meals for our 2 vegan guests.

RW
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

As always we had a wonderful brunch with the best view in Sacramento. The food wa good and the service was very good.

WH
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Usually I have only great things to say about Rio City cafe. Brunch was just ok. Our plates clearly sat in the window too long as it was not even warm and the tortilla chips had completely soaked up all of the sauce in the chilaquiles, melted cheese was completely solid. Oddly I have never had scrambled eggs in chilaquiles nor was that mentioned, it is usually an over easy or sunny side up egg. Everyone else seemed to like their meals although they were not warm either. I'll probably still go back again but will return the food in the future. Unfortunately my dining partner needed to make a flight so we could not send it back.

OT
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 4

Food was lukewarm, small portion for price, way too long to get food, server rarely checked on us, never acknowledged special occasion.

S
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful location for an early evening right on the river. Thank you Sean for a GREAT Old Cuban cocktail! :)

DQ
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

This was our first time to Rio City and found the food to be delicious and well presented. Our server was attentive but not overbearing. We sat on the patio which has a lovely view of the river but the area near the serving station could use a good cleaning - cob webs and bird 'do' on the lights and railing.

We will be back but hope they do a bit of house cleaning.

CW
Palm Springs
3 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 5

I love Rio City Cafe - Sacramento. We wanted to be 'on the river' and this evening didn't disappoint. Received a table right at the water's edge. Food was fabulous (especially the ahi tuna caprese appetizer). My only issue was that because the night was a bit slower our server disappeared once we were ready to pay the bill (yes, we stayed longer). We had to search for someone to help us. Sort of made the ending a bit sad given the rest of the experience. But I would go back, definitely

GW
Hawaii
5 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Relaxing ambience, spectacular service and great food. Thanks for making this get together with friends a memorable experience!!

P
San Diego
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

Overpriced tourist trap with subpar food. Server was great, warm, and friendly. But food was rushed out right after appetizers so everything we ate was cold. Clam chowder tasted sour. Lobster ravioli was meh, sauce thin.

T
Sacramento
31 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 2

We had a 4:30 p.m. reservation and arrived a tad early. The hostess seemed bored and was not smiling or engaged. When checking us in she asked if we would like to dine inside or outside. It was 103 degrees outside, inside please. Asked for a table with a view and were promptly seated at a table a row away from the window. You could see a sliver of the Sacramento River outside the window, past the patio seating.
The waitress was quick and arrived in less than two minutes to ask for our drink order. Plain ice water to start and told her that we were ready to order. Red Crab and Shrimp Louie Salad $23 and the California Sea Bass $33. She thanked us, took the menus and went to place our order.
We watched all the tables around us receive a plate of bread. We were the only non-white diners in our section. My husband had to flag down a waitstaff to inquire if we could get some bread. He stated he would notify our waitress. It seemed odd that we were the only table not to receive bread. A larger table received two plates.
The food was exceptional. The salad, crispy, good portion of seafood and a spicy Louie style dressing. They split the salad as we were sharing both dishes. We would highly recommend ordering this wonderful salad should you dine here.
The sea bass was perfectly cooked. Succulent and flaky. The brussel sprouts had a parmesan/wasabi coating that was delicious. I didn't care for the corn and potato hash as I like my potatoes crispy.
The waitress brought us the tab without asking if we wanted dessert. We were too full, but it would have been nice to see what was available, just in case we wanted to splurge. My husband has been here several times for business lunches and has had stellar service. I was not impressed this visit. Perhaps on another day, not a Sunday.

OT
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a reservation for six but a few more people showed up. The manager quickly sprung into action and made it work for our party of 10. Thank you.

l
Sacramento
34 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 1

I've been going to Rio City since 1995. Tonight August 24th we were seated outside which was OK but HOT, then the Hornblower party river boat docked. The conversation Stopped because of the excessive noise from the party boat.

Sorry to tell you Rio City that's was crap, when we got outside we waited for almost 40 mins for the valet Parking to arrive with my car, then we were over charged and charged again for waiting time.

It WILL be a very long time before WE go back to the Rio City, and even longer before we use their overpriced Valet parking. $11:00 for an hour thirty minutes valet is crap.

JT
Sacramento
3 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 2

average tasting food and poor service on a Saturday night

P
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Service, food, and atmosphere were all great. Our waitress was very nice and attentive. We sat outside and it was great.

H
Sacramento
16 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service

TE
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The riverside location was a beautiful location to meet my family visiting from Canada. It was a peaceful and enjoyable location. The food was wonderful and the staff was nice. Service was fast, too.

BK
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

My family has been going to Rio City for celebrations for many years We LOVE it.
Yesterday, however, there were two groups of women who were screamers and it was hard to have a conversation.
Normally it is a lovely, quiet spot with excellent and service.

G
Sacramento
2 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Nice place to have a Sunday brunch. Went with some friends. Service was great. Very helpful about food. Food was good. The view of the river is the best. We will go back

OT
Sacramento
3 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience, wonderful service!!!

OT
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Good visit but condiment needs ignored until end of meal.

NA
San Diego
23 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and atmosphere one of the best clam chowder soups.

M
Sacramento
16 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Arrived for Sunday brunch approximately 30 minutes before our reservation time, and we were immediately seated outside per our request. The service was attentive and professional, and the food was excellent.

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