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We offer a delicious high-quality, farm-fresh American cuisine with specialty meats and seafood on the scenic riverfront in Old Sacramento. Casual, full bar, kid-friendly, fun atmosphere. Park in the Tower Bridge Garage, bring in your ticket, and we validate for 2 hours.
PRICE RANGE
$10 - $40
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Drinks
CUISINES
American, Bar
FEATURES
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Parking Available, Validated Parking, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Outdoor Seating, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Went to meet up with a friend. It's very nice ambience, have several selections of food, beer, drinks and wine. Nice place and friendly staff.

Date of visit: September 2022
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Reviewed June 15, 2022 via mobile

Perfect for a romantic date night. Everything was so good. From the wedge salad with Lemon-Basil dressing to the Halibut. I strongly recommend the clam chowder and sitting on the back deck. Wonderful experience!!!

Date of visit: June 2022
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Reviewed June 1, 2022

This place is right on the Sacramento River and just so beautiful. If I have time to eat in Sacramento, I will come here. And, I always order their baked sour-dough bread with three cheeses and placed on vinegar/oil. Worth the entire meal. Oh, and...this time three of us shared the flourless chocolate cake - yummy! The staff was attentive and friendly. :)More

Date of visit: May 2022
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Reviewed May 27, 2022

I went with a group. Everyone got something different. All the meals were beautiful and tasty. The service was awesome.

Date of visit: May 2022
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Reviewed May 20, 2022 via mobile

Horrible unpleasant hostess! We were the second couple of three waiting at entrance. First couple got seated on the patio. We requested same thing, she told us that it would be at least 15 minutes now because the kitchen was behind. We said we were...just going to get drinks and she said we could sit at the bar. We wanted the patio. She told us no because the kitchen was behind, lol, so instead of accommodating us we walked out! She said patio was for food ordering customers only, we would have some beer and then ordered food but instead we walked away frustrated by this obtuse attitude!More

Date of visit: May 2022
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Reviewed May 9, 2022 via mobile

Spotted this restaurant while visiting Old Sacramento. Right on the Sacramento River with great views. Drinks were great and so were the crab cakes!! Definitely recommend.

Date of visit: May 2022
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Reviewed April 13, 2022

We were four of us and we had dinner outside overlooking the river. It was a beautiful setting. Very good service from our waitress. We had very pleasant wine with our dinner. I chose to have a wonderful salad with grilled shrimp. My sister did,...too. The men had entrees and everyone finished their meals so we earned a dessert to share according to the family rules. 4 forks to share banana split cake - it was delicious. Great place to end vacation in CA.More

Date of visit: April 2022
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Reviewed January 6, 2022

My spouse and I had a very nice brunch at Rio City. It was out first visit there, and we enjoyed our breakfast selections. Scrambled eggs were quite good, with grilled onions and cheese mixed in with them. Breakfast potatoes were tasty. The Tower Bridge...Breakfast Burrito was an excellent choice; it contained a great combination of ingredients. We didn't go for the "wet style," but had those components on the side. Our server was friendly and efficient. The location was very convenient, on the river near the California State Railroad Museum. We ate "inside," but the "outside" was fully enclosed (late fall) and had a really great view. When I walked through I wished I'd dined there. I would definitely recommend this restaurant if you are in Old Sacramento.More

Date of visit: November 2021
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Reviewed November 12, 2021

Four for dinner. Great service. Halibut, Medallions of beef great, fish n chips very good. Also had a Wedge salad, not so good. Just a blob of blue cheese bacon and blue cheese dressing. I highly do not recommend this dish.

Date of visit: November 2021
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Reviewed September 30, 2021

After reading reviews of several restaurants in near-to-my-hotel, Old Sacramento, I chose Rio City. Going in with lowered expectations, I came away with a smile, as this turned out to be a pleasant experience. I sat at the bar and was attended to quickly by...a friendly bartender. My food, while not remarkable, was rather tasty. More could be done here to enhance the atmosphere, but for Old Sacramento, this was a decent spot to eat.More

Date of visit: September 2021
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Reviewed August 6, 2021 via mobile

Save your money, buy tickets to the River Cats and eat at the ballpark. Seriously. Awful service, overpriced. So disappointed.

Date of visit: August 2021
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Reviewed June 3, 2021 via mobile

Awful! Not only do they not have air conditioning the fans barely work! It was 100 degrees outside but I think it was worse inside. We should have left. It was memorial weekend and didn’t think we’d find anywhere else... big mistake the food and...service were not good! I ended up with stomach distress to put it nicely!More

Date of visit: May 2021
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Reviewed April 23, 2021 via mobile

A wonderful recommendation from a nearby merchant. Right on Sacramento River, between the 2 bridges. A scrumptious lunch menu, with great selection of wine and local beer on tap. Highly recommend the flatbread; all choices looked great. Very gracious staff—thank you to Catherine.

Date of visit: April 2021
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Reviewed April 16, 2021

Just like having breakfast in a big house with all your friends! Genuine, large and very well presented! Good one! Top choice in Sacramento!

Date of visit: March 2021
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Reviewed April 11, 2021

This is a great place for a nice meal. the staff is friendly and helpful. The food is very good with some nice options. The atmosphere can be nice as well.

Date of visit: June 2020
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Lynn W
October 15, 2017|
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Response from CaCoolMike | Reviewed this property |
They have Valet parking but there is plenty of parking lot space across the road. Pricing for the menu I would consider to be moderate for what you get.
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May 9, 2017|
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We serve American cuisine. We’re specialty meats and seafood. There’s something for everyone on our menu as we’re vegetarian and vegan friendly as well. Everything we make is made from scratch daily. Privately owned. Our... More
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Rio City Cafe is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travelers:
  • Food: 4
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4.5