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Rio City Cafe

$$ - $$$
Bar, American, Pub
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1110 Front St, Sacramento, CA 95814-3232
+1 916-442-8226
10:00 - 21:00
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Sun 10:00 - 21:00
Mon - Thu 11:00 - 21:00
Fri 11:00 - 22:00
Sat 10:00 - 22:00
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Roseville, California
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23 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

My daughter & I visited Old Town Sacramento last week & had lunch at Rio City Cafe. We had a great seat by the window & near a fireplace as it was cold that day. The food was good. The service was excellent as they let us sit & visit & enjoy the view.

Thank 45SandieCA
Elk Grove, California
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126 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Had dinner tonight and enjoyed it all. Short ribs were excellent and extremely tender. Others had steal and salmon both of which were excellent. Our server was very friendly and look very good care of us. We will be back.

Thank walthess
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25 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Terrible food for which they overcharge. We had a very nice server who was doing his best to make the experience more palatable (pardon the pun) but nothing could save the watery jambalaya that tasted like old fish in a bottled BBQ sauce. Horrible. Everyone else's meal was equally abysmal.

Thank Momsal1
Santa Rosa, California
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34 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

A group of us ate here New Year's Day. No problem making a reservation and they were ready for us. Food was delicious, waitstaff was attentive, view of the river was awesome. It was a slower dining experience, but our group of 9 was very happy with this choice.

Thank Amanda F
Sacramento, California
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21 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We enjoy visiting this restaurant when we are looking for a place with a good menu, excellent service and a nice view of the river. It is in Old Sacramento so parking can be a pain, but it's worth it. We mostly do brunch or dinner, but their lunches are good too.

Thank Nikki S
San Francisco, California
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8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We went with a group of 8 - half kids, sat on the covered patio which was pretty. All the food needs better attention. Cocktails and appetizers weren't great. Sourdough bread w/ cheese and balsamic special was too rich (couldn't taste the bread), smoke trout spread too horseradish-y. Cocktails too sweet. Ordered trout as main and bottom of fish was... More 

Thank Krista D
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28 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We had lunch as a family. An excellent jambalaya loaded with fresh seafood and andouille sausage and nicely seasoned. The marinated skirt steak sandwich however was disappointing. The meat was flavorful but tough as shoe leather and room temp. There was very little meat in the first place. Not a good deal for $17. Now the bloody marys we started... More 

Thank Thomas L
Lafayette, California
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523 reviews
251 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 175 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My wife and I love this restaurant. We travel to Sacramento frequently to see friends and stop at the Rio City often for lunch or an early dinner. The food is delicious (we particularly love their burgers), the service is friendly and efficient and the views of the river from their deck are amazing. There is no better place along... More 

Thank LightFighter
Tullahoma, Tennessee
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7 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I was having a Birthday dinner last night and there was a special Christmas event in Old Town, so there was a lot of Children here for the event understandably. However a restaurant hostess or host should not seat diners where there is another chose to not be seated around children who are being children. There were children allowed to... More 

Thank Margaret T
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22 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 December 2016

great wait staff. we wanted to share a meal as my wife has surgery recently and unknown to us they just divided it onto 2 plates for us ready to our table. no extra surcharge and was still more than we could eat.

Thank Dave T

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$10 - US$40
Bar, American, Pub
Brunch, Drinks, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, 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
Good for
Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Groups, Bar Scene, Business meetings, View, Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
10:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 22:00
10:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1110 Front St, Sacramento, CA 95814-3232
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Sacramento
  • Phone Number: +1 916-442-8226
We offer a delicious high-quality, farm-fresh American cuisine with lots of 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.

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  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?