Rio City Café - Sacramento

4.2
661 reviews
icon/ic_price_rangeCreated with Sketch.
$30 and under
icon/ic_cuisineCreated with Sketch.
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.
What 661 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
4.2based on recent ratings
4.1
food
4.3
service
4.2
ambience
3.9
value
Noise · Moderate
84% of people would recommend it to a friend
5
4
3
2
1
Sort by
Newest
Filters
d
San Francisco
80 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Lovely location right on the river in Old Town, of course. It was a very hectic St. Patrick's Day weekend with Jimmy Buffett in town, so it took a while for our waiter to come take our order, but the clam chowder and shrimp & crab Louie were tasty, and others in our party enjoyed their biscuit & gravy and turkey sandwich. As far as I'm concerned, this is the best place to eat in Old Town, hands down.

Report
Helpful
T
Sacramento
29 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Nice place with fairly good menu; service adequate

Report
Helpful
a
Tahoe
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

Our server, Whitney, was very good. However, it took nearly an hour for our meals to arrive after we ordered. And, the four meals didn’t come out at the same time. Two in our party ordered hot meals and two ordered salads. The hot meals were served only warm and came out first. The salads arrived 5-10 minutes later and only after Whitney went looking for them.

Report
Helpful
S
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 4

Our server was nice but we constantly had to remind him of items that were needed to enjoy our meal along with the timing which our party was only 1 of 3 out on the covered patio therefore we weren't sure why it took as long as it did to receive our order along wuth the service items... I'll go back to give the restaurant another shot as I did enjoy the Mahi tacos...perhaps it was the server who was having an off day

Report
Helpful
OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 5ambience 2

Food was cold but also over cooked. Would not go back.

Report
Helpful
OT
Sacramento
11 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was fabulous and I love that they have a fireplace. Our waiter was very attentive. This is my favorite go to spot for brunch. They also validate.

Report
Helpful
OT
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Everyone was very friendly!! Loved the food, great as always. One of my favorite places in sac to eat :)

Report
Helpful
F
Sacramento
3 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Celebrating friends new job!

Report
Helpful
d
Sacramento
6 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

Yes for the food. Server didn't offer cocktail - had to ask. Server didn't offer specials - had to ask. Server didn't indicate that they were out of one of the desserts when offering dessert menu. It was early 7 PM and very few in restaurant. At least the food was as I've always remembered.

Report
Helpful
j
Sacramento
37 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Just a nice evening along the river in Old Sacramento

Report
Helpful
EL
Sacramento
2 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

Wasn’t busy. Staff was very pleasant. Very nice. Disappointed in house salad. Have had excellent salads at this restaurant before. Clam chowder not hot. Think u should have a fresh seasonal fish on menu.

Report
Helpful
DS
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Service was good but it was the two of us and there should be some way to order a half of the cheese bread.

Report
Helpful
TL
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Visited Rio City prior to a concert at Golden 1 Center. The service was spot on, the food was excellent and the Cafe had a very pleasant vibe. My almond crusted Mahi Mahi was superbly prepared & delicious, and my wife's lobster ravioli was exceptional. Overall a fine experience, just what we wanted on our way to the concert!

Report
Helpful
OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Birthday celebration

Report
Helpful
MR
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a windiy, rainy and chilly evening. We enjoyed warm, home-style comfort food and a seat by the fire place. Staff was attentive. Food was yummy.

Report
Helpful
LO
Sacramento
2 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service

Report
Helpful
E
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Rio City is my favorite place in Downtown Sacramento! I love the food, staff, views and owners!

Report
Helpful
m
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I think it is a pleasant cafe restaurant in Old Town Sacramento that is affordable yet premium in cuisine and service.

Report
Helpful
K
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a find. After all these years of frequenting Sacramento, this was the first.
I am very impressed. Overall, I am very satisfied and definitely coming back.
What a ambience. It is hard to beat this location. Restaurant’s layout is very inviting and cozy. I saw countless awards displayed by the wall. I could tell this restaurant takes a pride in its excellence and serving the community and visitors, and well-managed.

Report
Helpful
SJ
Las Vegas
5 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Very relaxing lunch out on the patio on a sunny winter afternoon. All 5 in our party ordered different items. Very happy our 2 Celiacs found gluten free options clearly marked on the menus. Service was generally good. One miss was seating us at table for 4 but not giving silverware to our 5th adult, seated at the end of the table (he finally helped himself to a place setting from a vacant table). Jambalaya was hearty, steak salad delight to look at and eat, my husband got wedge salad and his custom requested burger patty (menu only offered shrimp or chicken side), I got my hearty crab/shrimp Cobb salad BUT had to request and wait for lemon to go with. The only dissapoinwas clam chowder in a bowl my son got as the bread was very very dry so, despite the chowder being good, he couldn’t eat the bread bowl and left hungry!

Report
Helpful
OT
Sacramento
2 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely delicious. Courteous staff.

Report
Helpful
D
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a great Filet steak dinner and asparagus with a Beautiful lady, then off to great show at Laughs Unlimited.

Report
Helpful
RB
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

I confirmed my reservation on the web site the day of. The menu was displayed and I picked out two options that appealed to me. When we arrived, neither option was available. For the same price, the option I chose seemed smaller, using "bistro" in its description.

For reservations on valentine's day, I was disappointed with the selection of music. It was no more romantic than a cafeteria during the work week.

In general, my expectations were not met. For the money, I would have expected more from Rio City Cafe.

Report
Helpful
OT
Sacramento
12 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I always enjoy Rio City Cafe. The food and service is always great. The huevos ranchero is excellent. However $60.00 for brunch for two is a little pricey.

Report
Helpful
CL
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 2ambience 1

We went here years ago on a date and the food was great, it was some what quiet noise level, nice lighting. Just a great atmosphere and worth spending $100+ on our bill. That's why we made reservations years later for our anniversary. It is NOT the same. My plates and silverware were dirty. The food was really greasy. Our entry lacked flavor while or appetizer was am over kill of vinegar that left a bad taste. We set our reservation with special request to be seated inside since it was raining and cold. Yet they seated us on the porch. I mentioned it was a special occasion also and there was no interest or mention by the host or server. It sucks because we really liked this place 2 or 3 years ago and chose them over the melting pot. We definitely regretted it as soon as we tasted the app. We could've gone next door to Joe's Crab Shack for a more tasteful, romantic, and quiet experience. Which says alot. Wont be going back spent about $100 for 2 people. Not ordering much but the bread, 2 "gourmet burgers", and 2 drinks. Wouldn't recommend.

Report
Helpful
PD
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

We did enjoy our dinner in celebration of a birthday. Our server was outstanding.

Report
Helpful
OT
Sacramento
6 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We enjoyed and would be back. The drinks were great. Would have liked to have it warmer in the outside section though. It was a windy and rainy day.

Report
Helpful
AB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The staff at Rio City Cafe are amazing. I'm not quick to write a review but have to support this business.
Whitney, our server, was so in tune with our needs and went above and beyond to make a great evening. I come from a background in fine dining and all of the key points were there in a more friendly atmosphere. Ross the manager was amazing as well and I would encourage anyone to come to this fine eatery! Great food, cooked perfectly and a view like no other in Sac. They are privately owned and it shows in their personal approach with guests. Thank you, Whitney and Ross, for making a really junky day turn into one of gratitude. Your kindness and excellent work shine. And for a first-time guest none-the-less! We'll be back! Keep being awesome!

Report
Helpful
CS
Sacramento
7 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

The food and ambience was wonderful. This is one of our favorite places to dine. I was a bit disappointed this time. Upon arriving for our reservation, we requested to be seated on the patio. The hostess was quite unfriendly and informed us that they do not accommodate any special seating requests when reserving on OpenTable however, she was happy to put me on the waiting list. Have you ever seen their waiting list during Sunday brunch? That’s the very reason we used OpenTable for our reservations. Lesson learned, do not use OpenTable if you would like to sit on the patio or do not want to be seated in the bar.

Report
Helpful
JR
Sacramento
4 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and service was outstanding! Very welcoming restaurant.

Report
Helpful
SB
Sacramento
3 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

The food and service were great. A bit pricey for the quantity and quality of food. Likely, due to Sacramento River levy and Old Sacramento location.

Report
Helpful
r
1 review
Dined on January 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Aside from the waitress eating something behind the counter, and still chewing it when she took our order. everything was good and came out fast

Report
Helpful
F
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sat by the fireplace with view of the river. Simply wonderful. Delicious food and drinks.

Report
Helpful
OT
Sacramento
9 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Enjoyed the Downtown Dine menu.

Report
Helpful
PM
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 2

The food was great, but we service was sub par. We had 7:30 reservations but weren’t seated until after 8. We also had a waitress who came by very infrequently and had to ask (after 25 mins after finishing the meal) for the bill.

Report
Helpful
OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Went during Restaurant Week. Had a 7:00 pm reservation and arrived 15 minutes early. They said seating would be closer to reservation time. Come 7:30 we're still waiting and there were still people in front of us. They then gave us a table in the bar area and told us there was table service there. After waiting 15 minutes without anyone coming to our table we left, as did the table next to us. Absolutely horrible service and no apologies from the staff. Will never go back!

Report
Helpful
EJ
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

The food and ambiance are pleasant, but the wait was incredibly long. It was a Saturday night, and we waited for an hour to get any food after having a reservation and having to wait to be seated 30 minutes past the reservation time. Possibly short staffed, but far too long of a wait for a meal.

Report
Helpful
CH
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 2

The food was pretty good. However, the service was horrible. The waiter never introduced himself to us, we thought he was a bus boy bringing our water. Received our appetizers before our drinks. Had to ask him to take our order. Someone flung barbecue sauce all over my husbands jacket because they weren’t paying attention.

Report
Helpful
ST
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

Went for Dine Downtown week. Got a three course meal for $35. The portions were super tiny and not worth the price, at all.

Report
Helpful
TR
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food. Food was amazing! We will definitely come back.

Report
Helpful
1
2
3
17

Tweets by Rio City Café - Sacramento