Rio City Café - Sacramento

4.6
1093 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.
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4.6based on recent ratings
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4.6
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4.6
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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food3service3ambience5

We had a bad experience dealing with the hostess however had excellent service from our Carrie

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GabrielleR
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had a wonderful time - the service was spot on, and the food and drinks were delicious. We had a table on the patio, which did have a terrific view, but was incredibly windy. It made for a bit of a challenge when lettuce from our salads blew away! Obviously not something anyone has control over, so I give 5 stars overall!

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KatieW
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Hostesses ignored us while both on the phone. Rude way to not be greeted. Server was great.

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vipLauraC
Las Vegas
14 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall1food1service1ambience1

My family and I came here to celebrate Mother's Day brunch together, but the service and food were horrible. The waiter was not pleasant to be serving. Our food was cold, had no flavor, and tasted old. We definitely won't be back.

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SamP
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server Jarrod was fantastic! He took the time to answer our questions about the menu and make suggestions on drinks. The ambiance was fantastic as we were sitting on the outside patio watching the boats go by. It was a little loud just due to the boat's music, but that is nothing that the restaurant could do about that. I would definitely come back again for the great food and service!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Beautiful day to eat out by the river.

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JoyceT
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of our favorite restaurants both for occasions as well as just because it’s a beautiful day. The food is consistently good and so is the service.

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MissLee
Sacramento
11 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Mother’s Day on Saturday. I’m really glad we made a reservation weeks in advance. The restaurant is very busy and located in old Sacramento and now business is picking up towards the end of Covid. The food selection was excellent as well as the waitress and there was no wait because we made reservations. Typically it’s nice to sit outside but it was very windy so we sat next to a fireplace and it was lovely. So nice! We tried the sourdough cheese bread that was crunchy and cheesy and placed on balsamic vinegar as an appetizer. The fish and chips is great and others ordered the salads and they were all good

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JanC
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Favorite restaurant! Always a Fabulous dining experience

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CourtneyM
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place to sit outside and enjoy the ambience and the weather!

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vipENDL
Sacramento
23 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

My dining is often, but that doesn’t mean things shouldn’t b up to par. Rio City Cafe could improve their freshness of food, especially seafood, especially the crab.
The hostess to b blunt was a young snotty girl.
I ignored it bcuz I’m not going 2 bother arguing w/ someone like that.
The manager came out & gave us a much better table. Which should b correct since I had made my reservation quite a bit n advance.
The waiter was very nice, but he was a bit slow at times bcuz he had friends eating there that he was visiting. But we did like him, he was very nice as I said.
Thank u 2 the manager who helped w/ the seating arrangement so we could b comfortable & enjoy our time.
Elaine Lyons

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JoanG
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2021
Overall5food3service5ambience4

First time I had gotten together with my 3 sisters I over year. Great service, sitting outside near water fabulous! Wonderful first time out in so many tough months. Awesome

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JULIE
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the view and the fish and chips! The wait staff were very courteous!

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CharityG
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Friendly staff and great food, nice view of the river.

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vipJeremyJ
Philadelphia
126 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and great food.

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vipTamaraW
Los Angeles
27 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and delicious fare & cocktails!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best Brunch and Bottomless Mimosas in Sacramento.

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KurtM
Sacramento
8 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

You just cannot go wrong with a river view, outdoor patio lunch at Rio City Café, especially on a beautiful spring afternoon. Add to that a delicious crab and shrimp louie, and service by professional wait staff who are among the most skilled and talented servers in the city of Sacramento. Result: a perfect lunchtime dining experience.

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OpenTable Diner
Sacramento
2 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Birthday. They didn’t do anything for the birthday - no comped dessert or card signed by staff or free bday drink 🤷‍♀️ that was disappointing

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vipCecilyH
Sacramento
6 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a glorious setting! and the food and service to match. I love this Cafe.

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viplindac
Sacramento
15 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Always love going here as our server was amazing. The filet medallions were a bit dry and the new sauce is a no go. A balsamic reduction is always better but they are trying something new. Always a great place though !

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vipKatrina
Orange County
40 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

My husband and I were not too hungry so we each had salads and he had calamari and I had coconut shrimp everything was good.

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JanC
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always food was superb. I tried your new salmon chopped salad. My new favorite. Andrea was our server. She has waited on us before & she is always fabulous!! 5 Star evening. So happy you have reopened

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JoJo
San Francisco
29 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great lunch the Ahi Poke, crab melt, fish and chips, and chicken sandwich were all delicious. We enjoyed the view of the river from the patio as well.

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dStuck
Tahoe
3 reviews
Dined on April 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went for lunch on Thursday and everything was exceptional. Food was delicious, although I wanted a steak; it was lunch. Patio seating is always amazing.

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DawnD
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server was amazing and the owner came out to say hello as well. It was their first day of opening up after COVID restrictions. The whole experience was pleasant and relaxing. I loved the food too.

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Dieseldick
Sacramento
13 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We were there on opening day. - April 12th to celebrate a birthday. Perfect evening.👏👏👏👏👏

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CalistaR
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

I was really excited about dining here with a few close friends and when we arrived the restaurant was closed. I'm not sure why I was able to book a reservation if the restaurant wasn't going to be open.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Restaurant was closed...

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vipOpenTable Diner
Sacramento
7 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Dinner was good. Recommended tip percentages on the receipt are way off even if you include the tax in the calculation. 15% was actually 19%, 18% was 25%, and 20% was 30%.

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OpenTable Diner
Sacramento
2 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service is always great but the food is absolutely delicious! Every time I go I try something different and it's always delicious!

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Danny
1 review
Dined on December 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Asked for a sunset view, was told they had a "ood" spot for us. Ended up with a table smack dab in the middle. Asked our waiter if we could move to another table. He had to check and comes back with a "I'm sorry". Told him the guy said he had a "good" table for us, can you go ask him where that one is? Hw says how about that one? Yes. Go ahead and take it! Saved it! Was there for the sunset! She was impressed. Tip earned! Thank you Waiter!!!!

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RichardB
1 review
Dined on December 5, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Nice ambiance. The seafood chowder and crab cakes were excellent!

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LeslieR
Central Coast
6 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

The food was very good. My steak salad was perfect! The noise level was quiet but that may have been due to it being a Tuesday night with outdoor/tent dining!

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vipWendeeS
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

During the Covid situation it was so nice to dine outside on the River and still feel warm and safe. The food was awesome, both had Chinese Chicken Salads and freshly baked bread. The server was very attentive and nice. It was a very enjoyable lunch and outing. Please go and support the kind folks at Rio City.

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SBritt
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Quality of food was subpar compared to the prices...

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BreA
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The drink are great and food was good.

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MarissaI
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food, great ambiance and friendly staff.

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OpenTable Diner
Sacramento
3 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2020
Overall4food3service3ambience5

View was nice, not to crowded. Drinks were goof, coconut Shrimp was awesome and crispy. Salmon was over cooked & rice undercooked asparagus was good..

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vipRichardA
San Francisco
86 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Our server, Catherine, couldn’t have been better. My prime rib dip was over cooked but still ok with dip & horseradish sauce. Fruit crumble dessert was excellent.

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

Rio City Café - Sacramento is rated 4.6 stars by 1093 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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