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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CO
Sacramento
10 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was excellent, our server was warm and treated us like family, there was absolutely nothing wrong with our visit and I will be back!

RE
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding food and service. We enjoyed being on the patio. Our server was very friendly and helpful.

MB
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My girlfriend and I went there on a Saturday night to celebrate our mutual birthdays. Very easy getting the reservation online and at the time requested. We were seated quickly and our server was quite nice and well informed of the menu items. She had the salmon & I had the Bistro Filet. Both were very tasty and we would both order them again. We brought our own bottle of wine and the $15 corkage fee was nominal. Overall, a very enjoyable experience.

JE
Tahoe
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome Dining service was outstanding great place to dine

AC
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brought my husband here for his birthday dinner. Dinner was great, service was awesome. I wish they would’ve done something for his birthday, but whatever. Will be back!!

SM
Los Angeles
21 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing as always

JC
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Dine Downtown date night with my wife.

RK
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved it! We will be making reservations for Valentine’s Day❤️

S
Sacramento
10 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall3food2service3ambience3

We went to try their pre-fix dinner. The food was hit and miss. The french onion soup was very salty with a crostini laid on top but no cheese to be seen; the clam chowder was okay. The salmon was nicely cooked but the sauce on it was definitely a miss--tasted like something from a Campbell soup can. The chicken schnitzel was dry and the Alfredo sauce on the tortellini was gummy. The chocolate tort was rich and creamy but the bread pudding looked like a pressed blob of wet bread.

CK
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Asked to be seated at the bar since the restaurant was empty. Bartender ignored us for at least 10 minutes. Was then a jerk. We left and dined at the Firehouse instead.

G
Sacramento
9 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We ordered from the Dine Downtown Sacramento menu. The salmon was divine. The appetizer salad was so good, we agreed we would return just for it. The service was just right. The server didn't hover, but was available when needed. We will definitely return here.

RB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall3food2service5ambience3

Good place for lunch in warm weather. Sit outside over looking river. My dinner entree meat was just OK and vegetables and potatoes was too cool. Desert was great. Cocktails were great and reasonably priced. Service was top notch.

AP
Sacramento
3 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have eaten here several times previous. They never disappoint. One of my favorite restaurants in Sac.

TU
Sacramento
6 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall2food1service2ambience3

Normally I would yes on reccomending this restaurant to a friend but this last experience was not very good. The Coconut Shrimp was horrible, it came out dark brown and tasted like they had not change the oil in the fryer in a LONG time. The Burger was not bad but the fries were cold, so it they did not cook at the same time.
The waitress was OK but seemed very distracted, this was not our best experience at the Rio City Cafe. We ate dinner there on a Saturday night at 6pm and the place was empty, It is obvious why and and I wont be back.

OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

This is a great place for a casual dinning experience. The food was well prepared and flavorful. The restaurants interior was inviting and comfortable. Expect good service from the service team. My family and I have dined at Rio City Cafe a few times and have had a good experience each time.

OT
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went for an anniversary dinner. Nice place with a good view of the river.

e
Sacramento
29 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Patio located right on the river. Appetizers and entrees were excellent. None of us was hungry enough for dessert. Went back again the next day.

JR
Sacramento
32 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

This is probably the best place to see the New Year fireworks from Old Sacramento. We showed up about 30 mins early for our 8:15 dinner reservation but we were seated right away. They have a great deck from where you have an unobstructed view of the Tower Bridge and West Sac Riverwalk. Good food, good value. We'll probably make this a regular New Year's Eve dinner spot.

B
Sacramento
9 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Excellent food and service. After being seated near the entrance door (in the cold wind draft), we asked to be relocated to a better area, which the staff did.

P
Sacramento
10 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience2

They were setting up wedding reception and lots of noise. Probably should have have shared that when we made reservation.

OT
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Service was great! Fish and chips were too greasy!

A
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

I had just arrived in town and chose Rio City as a special place to kick off the holidays together. It was the reward I offered for all coming to pick me up after my travels.

SC
Central Coast
4 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Great wait staff, but food was so-so. The staff was fantastic

OT
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cheesy sourdough wAs amazing appetizer

DO
Detroit
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

We had a very pleasant Thanksgiving dinner. The staff was very attentive and made sure we had everything we needed. The food was delicious and everyone loved what they ordered. The cheese bread appetizer was divine.

M
Sacramento
11 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great as always. Thanksgiving dinner was all I’d hoped for. Our server, Andra was delightful.

OT
Sacramento
2 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

It was great for a Thanksgiving holiday

ET
Sacramento
2 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

As first year empty nesters my wife and I wanted a quiet Thanksgiving dinner out. We made a reservation at Rio City Cafe and were greeted at the door with warm smiles of welcome. Our waitress, Whitney, was attentive and professional, while also exuding the same warmth. We ordered Calamari which was outstanding. I happen to like the red cocktail sauce with mine and they quickly made a flavorful rendition for me. We shared a bowl of butternut squash and a side house salad which were both quite tasty. Then they brought out the main dish, filled to the brim, of turkey, dressing, mashed potatoes and brussels sprouts, all of which were satisfyingly filled with flavor. We topped all this off with coffee and s slice of pecan pie (heaven). Ours was a wonderful holiday experience at Rio City Cafe.

OT
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thanksgiving meal. The food quality was very good. The service was efficient and friendly and the food came fast. Pleasant environment.

DT
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great food and service

TW
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was excellent, a bit pricey for our poor souls, but definitely worth every penny. Service was wonderful and very knowledgeable! Definitely would go again.

OT
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My friend’s birthday was Sunday and she and another friend came down to spend the weekend with me to celebrate. I picked the Rio City Cafe because I knew they would like it. We got to sit outside on the heated patio overlooking the river. It was magical. Waiter was great, friendly, attentive, and the food was top notch! Couldn’t have asked for more. Love this restaurant!

OT
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great time for our friends Birthday brunch. Service was great. We had reservations and got seated fast. Our table was ready. Food took long to come out. But the food was great.

DF
Sacramento
2 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Nice atmosphere, patio overlooking river, service was good and food was outstanding! Everything we had was delicious. It was a bit on the pricey side but worth it. The clam chowder is some of the best I've ever had. Everything was cooked perfectly and served on time. My only complaint was the pineapple on top of the crab cake wasn't quite ripe. I would definitely go again!

OT
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Wonderful food and service. Parking is the only negative.

P
Los Angeles
96 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice view of the river from the patio. Excellent service and food.

MJ
Tahoe
3 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great ambiance! Food was amazing & had the perfect table on the outdoor patio looking out on the river! Staff and service was great! Highly recommend!

CB
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience4

Food was mediocre at best, had to send a dish back because inedible. Other dishes were just soso. Not much care given to flavor or presentation.

VM
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

The house salad was amazing and the rosemary fries, which I did not order are a hit. The chicken noodle soup could use some more flavor.

t
Sacramento
8 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Great view on the deck! Good food and service.

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