Rio City Café - Sacramento

4.5
1058 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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MarissaI
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food, great ambiance and friendly staff.

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OpenTable Diner
Sacramento
1 review
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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JohnT
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

My first time there. The staff was very friendly the atmosphere was great and the food was out of this world I had this steak hash for brunch. Wish it was a little warmer so we could have sat outside but then the last a great experience

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Shay
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The Cafe was serious about Covid 19 regulations so felt safe. The food was delicious and a good mix of options. The waitress was very friendly and attentive. Would highly recommend for a nice lunch.

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LisaG
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. Sat on the patio and enjoyed the beautiful weather and the sights on the river. COVID protocols were present so felt safe. Enjoyed the brunch and bottomless mimosas.

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vipMaryT2
Sacramento
30 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Crab cakes and coconut prawns are a great way to start, perfect for the river setting. A cup of the rich smooth clam chowder followed by a crispy house salad should be next. Then we followed up with the salmon, very fresh and prepared exactly as requested. Really enjoyed the hot dinner rolls that were served when we had our cocktails. The service, as always, is friendly, and properly paced. The requirements for Covid 19 are carefully followed by staff. Altogether, a very positive out/door dining experience. Thumbs up!

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JohnB
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2020
Overall2food2service4ambience3

We had a 6:00 pm reservation, requesting a water-front outdoor table for a birthday celebration. Three of us arrived at 5:50 pm and the fourth was on his way from dropping off some important docs at FedEx. Manager wouldn't seat the other three even though they were ready to order drinks and appetizers. When the fourth arrived, we were escorted to our table. There was a waterfront table available, but we couldn't be seated there because of server overload. Now a few minutes after 6, we asked to order drinks on the Happy Hour menu. Server told us "you just missed it ... ends at 6:00 pm, sorry". We ordered drinks and appetizers. Fried calamari was cold ... drinks OK. Ordered dinner: 3 halibut specials and one salmon. Halibut was overcooked and dry ... for $39! Reminded server of birthday dinner ... no mention or acknowledgement of it. We have liked this place in the past and understand that COVID has taken its toll on restaurants, but we were really disappointed.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food wonderful environment

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LeilaniF
Sacramento
2 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was excellent! We started off with appetizers and shared the ahi nachos. Best we've ever had. For dinner I ordered the filet and my friend's ordered the fish and chips. We all loved our food. We sat outside overlooking the water.

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steve95864
Sacramento
4 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Love the table overlooking the water. The service was fast and efficient. The food was very good, but would have liked a little more crab.

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Sacto
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful experience. We sat by the water, had delicious sandwiches, provided by attentive staff wearing masks. Felt very safe. Highly recommend.

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JAMIEH
Sacramento
2 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ahi nachos are to die for! The calamari is fantastic. Great drinks and view. We had one of the best servers I've had in....well, forever.

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Barbell
Sacramento
18 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2020
Overall3food2service3ambience3

We were disappointed in the food on this, my second visit to Rio City Cafe. I had previously eaten brunch there last year and it was excellent. The chicken vegetable soup was watery, the coconut shrimp was overcooked, and the crab melt was just so-so. Even the coleslaw was somewhat tasteless. We were seated right next to the clearing station where they dump, very loudly, the used dishes which was not pleasant. We hope this was just a bad day for the kitchen as we love the location right on the river, and the outdoor patio is terrific.

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mamarene
Tahoe
12 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Very nice outdoor dining on the river. The hostess was really nice and graciously accommodated our request for a different table. I would recommend reservations. My ribs were tasty but cool in the center. My husband loved his maple bourbon fillet.

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SierraC
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff were very accommodating and friendly! Food was delicious, as were the drinks. My boyfriend and I shared the Sourdough Cheese Loaf, Rio Prime Rib Dip, and the Tri Color Cheese Tortellini. Sooo good! In my reservation I had requested a table with a view of the river & bridge, when we arrived there wasn’t a table that fit my request, however the hostess informed us that a party of 2 was about to leave so we waited about 5-8 minutes and it was worth it! My boyfriend was visiting from SoCal and he really enjoyed the view and food! Thanks so much Rio City Café! You made his last meal with me in NorCal a great one!

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vipKCFoodie
Sacramento
15 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience5

I’ve had dinner and lunch here and it has always been pleasant. This afternoon the table next to us was rather on the more energetic side and most likely day drinking which is definitely ok but I could barely hear myself. Not a complaint but an observation. I couldn’t decide which salad the Chinese chicken salad or the crab Louie salad. I asked the waitress and she suggested the Louie salad. I was excited as I’m a seafood lover. When the salad arrived the dressing was just too much. When I bit into a shrimp it was not how a shrimp texture should be. Rather tough and like it was old. And the salad smelled not fresh. I squeezed the lemon on it and the smell was still apparent. I took a few bits and that was it. Maybe it was a bad day for salad. I normally enjoy dining here and will give it another try.

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DarleneW
Sacramento
2 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

It's a good place to eat outdoors and see the river. Service and food are good. They follow COVID-19 rules for masks and spacing. Menus are paper and thrown away. It's the third time I've been there since restaurants opened up again.

JB
JulianaB
Sacramento
4 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Love going to Rio City. Always good service and food quality is always top notch. The only problem that night was the bathroom was very dirty. Seems like the staff never did a bathroom check. Hope they fix that problem especially during these times.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing view and amazing food! Had a great time

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MichaelG
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waitress was outstanding. Knows the menu as well as the wine. The late afternoon dinner was on the patio and friends were able to bring their small dog. Looking out over the river outstanding. We had our boat driver drop us off and pick us up at the dock.
River City Cafe, 5 stars all the way around

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DCMimi
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2020
Overall3food4service4ambience3

I’ve always loved Rio City Cafe. I used to eat here a lot when I worked downtown. I was pleased with everything the restaurant has done to keep customers safe in the Covid environment. Since I hadn’t been there for a really long time & have not been doing much dining out since Covid so I was really looking forward to sitting out on the deck, enjoying the peaceful river & having a nice lunch out with a friend. Unfortunately, the day turned out to be windy but that was okay because they moved us up closer to the building out of the wind. However, what really spoiled it, which I know is not in the control of the restaurant, was a couple of boats that felt like it was really cool to start their very loud boats, sit at the dock & rev their engines over & over. Then proceeded to go back & forth in front of the restaurant several times all while making sure they went by slow & loud. It was so rude to the Rio City Cafe customers & the wait staff. They couldn’t even take orders until the boat(s) were far enough away so they could be heard. It was nice to be back but very disappointing that inconsiderate people had to spoil the beautiful atmosphere for so many others!

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sheldonb
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Nice setting, good service, ample parking, friendly staff ... will probably return.

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OpenTable Diner
Sacramento
3 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This a great a place to eat. Especially if you’re seated on the patio looking out on to the river. The service was great. The French toast is so good!!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall3food1service3ambience3

The food was not good. Probably will not be back. Bottomless mimosa made the experience better

JJ
JaniceJ
Sacramento
10 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place the food and service is great and sitting on the river is awesome

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FattyJ
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience5

The appetizers were wonderful, but the main dishes were so so.

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LindaG
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect seating arrangements and the food and service was great! Thank you!

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vipArchieBug
San Francisco
34 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2020
Overall3food2service2ambience4

Honestly feel like the quality has declined recently. Went to have dinner with my husband’s boss. Ambiance on the patio was great but definitely less luxe with Covid precautions.

Had the salmon with lobster butter sauce. Sauce was great, salmon was slightly undercooked and lobster was chewy but lacked any color at all (kind of greige).

Hubs had the jumbalaya which was yummy.

Overall disappointing because this place used to be amazing

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LaureenF
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful setting right on the river, quiet, excellent service and food. Love eating here one of my favorites.

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vipCindyL
Sacramento
70 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We arrived to our 10am Sunday Brunch reservation. Small number of people awaited the opening. Perfect day to eat outside on the river. Not busy at 10am. Outdoor patio tables plenty distanced, staff wearing masks and provided excellent service. We both had the crab Benedict. Delicious! And we split a Ramos Fizz, which they split at the bar so we each received our drink in a double-old fashioned glass. Perfect size and delicious. Highly recommend Rio City Café. We will be back!

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SandyF
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

They have open air dining and good food. It was nice to get out to eat. A little expensive.

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MissLee
Sacramento
6 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was fantastic. Food beautiful, classy, and upscale. Nice to see boats in water. Ordered fish and chips, Eggs Benedict, steak salad, salmon sandwich, breakfast plate, frittata, all were excellent, so was coffee.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2020
Overall4food2service4ambience5

Amazing location. Food is correct, but you mostly go for the location. It’s worth it especially with visitors!

JB
JulianaB
Sacramento
5 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waitress Whitney was amazing. Food was amazing as always!! Brought friends that have never been to Rio City Cafe and they can't wait to go back and bring their family and friends. Planning to hold two wedding showers there and I know that they will do an awesome job. Love this restaurant!!!

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NatasjaS
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

I had a carb free wrap, that was great. What they could add is linseed crackers and some sunflower seeds to make it more a diner. The chocolate dessert and fries are the best ever!

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AllenC
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience as always. Food was excellent, attentive service. We will return.

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ANNEKEA
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall3food2service2ambience3

Entrees were less than desirable, although the appetizers were great (sourdough cheese bread, and ahi nachos). This place has great reviews, but we weren't too impressed with either the service, the location (even though we chose this place over another because of its waterfront attraction), or the food. Likely won't be back again.

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vipeileenr
Sacramento
2 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent food and service while seated on the walkway Friday night. Celebrated my husbands birthday and it was very enjoyable meal.

MW
MichaelW
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The waiter was good. Food wad good add right by the Delta River it had great views.

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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 4.5 stars by 1058 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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