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Rio City Café - Sacramento

4.5
4.5
1411 Reviews
$30 and under
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.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 37 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Californian, Seafood, Steak

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Thu 11:00 am–9:00 pm Fri 11:00 am–10:00 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 1,411 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
  • 4.4Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Sacramento / Sacramento Valley

    Great for Lunch

  • Sacramento / Sacramento Valley

    Scenic View

  • Sacramento

    Great for Lunch

  • Sacramento

    Outdoor Dining

  • Sacramento

    Scenic View

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  1. n

    normap

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    Service was great even though we had a new server she was attentive and knew her menu. The water tasted like paint out of the tap. Food was ok nothing that was great from the red crab and shrimp salad which they gave a huge portion of fish I couldn't finish hit. My husbands french toast was more like a cake substance. Large portions. Flourless chocolate cake delicious. The key lime pie was mushy and couldn't finish it was not regular pie more maybe like a mouse? Prices were reasonable.
  2. GT

    GlennT

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    We celebrated our 44th wedding anniversary at the Rio City Cafe, is is one of or favorites on the Sacramento waterfront. The wait staff were experienced in helping us place our order. They were understanding when we took our time to select our food before we did the wine, so the we could do the food and wine pairing. She even brought an extra glass to share our ONE glass of wine, because we are extremely light drinkers. As for food, the halibut was well prepared and delicious. We are virtual vegetarians so we were impressed by not only the nice selection and more vegetables than usual. We also like the crunchy texture so much that we would take lessons from the chef to learn how to do it.
  3. G

    Gary

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Friendly, professional service. Excellent food at a reasonable cost. Thank you!
  4. a

    alohaem

    Sacramento

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food3service5ambience5
    Love the ambiance and patio! It is definitely a seafood restaurant.
  5. JN

    JanetN

    Exclusive

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My favorite place to eat in Sacramento. Great food , great atmosphere, and great service.
  6. YK

    YvonneK

    San Francisco

    19 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    What a great setting on the porch overlooking the river! Andra our waitress was amazing - she was exceptionally attentive, offered great recommendations and had impeccable timing throughout our meal. Dog-friendly as well on the porch :)
  7. h

    hazzard

    Sacramento

    22 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Father’s Day
  8. BA

    BayAreaFoodie

    San Francisco

    38 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    38 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    This was a good spot as the view is nice on the Sacramento River. The food was good, the cheese bread is a must try. We were a party of 5 and the service was good. I would go back.
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    Super good food and nice environment.
  10. C

    Conny

    San Joaquin

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on June 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Birthday for nephew in town from Holland. The food was excellent and the service just great. The hostess was just wonderful and we had “in training” waitress by the name of Treasure who was great and very friendly,?if she would nit have informed us that she was in training we would have never known as her attention to detail was much better then others with 6 years of experience. The Rio City Cafe is blessed to have this little gem on the Team!! Thank You, Conny
  11. OM

    OanhM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Pleasant hostess seating right away with reservation. Waitress was super nice as well. Food was excellent. Love the ambience and view of the river. Will definitely return.
  12. LD

    LauraD

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We love eating outdoors at Rio City Cafe by the river. We always order their fried calamari with lemon pinwheels. Yum!
  13. JM

    JohnM

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall1food1service3ambience3
    We got to the Cafe a couple of minutes early. The front doors were open, and as we came inside, a woman snapped at us and told us they weren't open and to wait outside. It was hot, and she was rude. We waited outside, and when they opened, we got sat. The food was subpar, and the service was slow. I don't recommend it.
  14. VB

    VickiB

    Sacramento

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    The meals were excellent. Celebrated a friend’s birthday, and they comped the dessert with a candle🍰
  15. WL

    WendyL

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    Our food and drinks were outstanding. The outdoor patio provides a wonderful environment. It looked like they were short staffed, which affected our table being ready and lags in timely service. However our waitstaff was pleasant and efficient.
  16. A

    Aicram

    Sacramento

    51 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    51 reviews

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We were able to enjoy a very leisurely delicious lunch with plenty of time to chat and catch up!
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Portland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Very good service! Calamari was the best I have everhad!
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 3, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience3
    They couldn’t find our reservation when we got there. We had requested outdoor dining on the porch and although there were plenty of outside tables, we were seated inside. When making the request again and asking why they could not seat us at one of the outside tables they said they were trying to spread out the waiter’s assignments. It didn’t seem like a good idea to preference their organization over guest requests. My husband is immune suppressed to we were not excited to sit in the inside crowded dining room. The food was ok—the tuna tartare salad was light on the tuna and over-heavy on the greens.
  19. k

    kristopherf

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    a great service and with a grate view of the Sacramento River
  20. d

    derek61

    Sacramento

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 31, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    All good, but the food, which is usually outstanding, was not so great this time. Probably just a blip, so we’ll continue to go back.
  21. MS

    MalvikaS

    Sacramento

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on May 30, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Birthday. We weren’t able to get a seat right by the water, even with reservations but food was exceptional. Thanks, Malvika
  22. BG

    BobG

    Exclusive

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent service from Carrie S and good food. Little noisy on the river but it was Memorial Day. Overall, great experience.
  23. p

    polarbear

    San Francisco

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on May 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great view
  24. HG

    HelenG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great location and great food. It was a nice place to eat and hang out with friends.
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service and excellent food with a nice view
  26. SF

    StanF

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our party of four arrived early, as advised when I called for reservations, to ensure an outside table. We were seated by the water, with great views of boaters, tourist excursions and sea lions. The food was terrific, as was the drink selection. My friend ordered a vegetarian burger, which she said was excellent. Two of us ordered the famous Crab Melt, which was exceptionally good. We will definitely come back when we visit Old Sacramento and the California State Railroad Museum soon!
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Came here for our anniversary with my wife. And we enjoyed our experience. Food and drinks were delicious and views was perfect.
  28. RP

    RitaP

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 23, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience5
    Beef Tri Tip was under cooked and the order was returned 2 times.
  29. SY

    SharonY

    Sacramento

    26 reviews

    3.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on May 22, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience4
    I understand things have changed since the beginning of covid. However, the plates have shrunk and the price has inflated. The server forgot several items. We were served a drink from a glass that was chipped and cracked. The bathrooms were filthy.
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Managed to snag a last minute Saturday night reservation during graduation season and ended up not even needing it as the restaurant wasn’t too crowded at all. Got seated on the deck overlooking the river and it was absolutely lovely. The food was cooked perfectly, the service was prompt and everyone was so kind. Definitely going back for another date night.
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Sacramento

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 22, 2022

    overall3food2service1ambience3
    We had a reservation at 8pm we were seated promptly. Although we had been seated we waited about 10 minutes before someone to come to our table. Appetizers came out promptly( crab cakes were pretty good) but dinner took some time. When it came it was cold and the fries had definitely been sitting for some time! Had to ask another server to bring us out check after we sat for about 25 minutes. I wanted dessert but was ready to go. Probably won't be returning.
  32. J

    Judy

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 22, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    Too much noise for outside dining the river had horn honking loud music on the boats. Set inside for date conversion.
  33. BN

    BarbaraN

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    overall4food4service2ambience4
    Great place but our service was not friending outside. We sat down at 11:30 am and I told her it was my sister's birthday. She never acknowledged it until she brought the dessert. Very rude!
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had an amazing dinner! The linguini was extremely tasty and the crab and shrimp Louie salad was the best I’ve ever had. We highly recommend Rio City Cafe. Make sure to visit the candy store across the street by Laugh’s Unlimited too!
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on May 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    5/20, Took my sister in law and nephew to Rio for their first time.. they loved it. Reservation person and wait staff were lovely. They made our visit special. Thank you Laurie Wood.
  36. MP

    MyrraP

    Los Angeles

    16 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on May 19, 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience3
    This was our first time here as we are from out of town and were looking forward to a nice meal. My husband had the fish & chips which was good. Unfortunately, the Swordfish I ordered was very disappointing. It was very mushy in consistency as if it had been frozen then microwaved or boiled, very tasteless. I told the waitress and she just apologized and said she would let the kitchen know. She didn’t offer a replacement meal or to at least mention it to the manager perhaps because they were getting ready to close. I just ate part of it and the vegetables & potatoes. At $38, I expected a decent swordfish dinner. We didn’t want to complain any further and just paid our bill & left. We will be sure to never eat at this restaurant again.
  37. G

    Gpaws1968

    Sacramento

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 19, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    Unfortunately, they didn't fulfill my request to have a glass of champagne at the table to make my anniversary extra special, but it was a good dinner.
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 18, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience4
    My experience at Rio City Cafe was not the best because the staff were not that courteous and were very slow at providing service. The food took really long to arrive. The pricing of the food and drinks were overpriced. And on top of that, they automatically charge a chef’s fee which I don’t feel is not necessary. Overall, I probably wouldn’t eat there again.
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love the outside view and the food is delicious
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on May 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The food was lovely although the steak was tough. The service staff was wondeful. So appreciated the manager making it happen for our group

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 1411 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 37 times today
Google Map for Rio City Café - Sacramento

1110 Front Street Sacramento, CA 95814

Additional information

  • Neighborhood

    Sacramento

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Thu 11:00 am–9:00 pm Fri 11:00 am–10:00 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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