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Rio City Cafe

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1110 Front St, Sacramento, CA 95814-3232
+1 916-442-8226
10:00 - 21:00
Closed now
All hours
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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Davis, California
1 review
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We have been going to the Rio cafe for years, we used to love it we were there last year for New Year's Eve it was nice .. So we made reservations for this New Year's Eve .the restaurant employe called us to tell us that we had to buy a ticket for a special event.. The price per person... More 

Thank mireilledoyon
Stephanie M, Owner at Rio City Cafe, responded to this review

We are so very sorry we disappointed you! Please accept our sincere apologies. We have not changed owners and we really do strive to have perfect days, every day. Our staff prides themselves on excellent food & service, and as you can see we don't get too many 1-stars in our 22 years of being open. Since we no longer... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Nice view overlooking the Sacramento River. Ambiance and service was superb. Will visit again, hopefully soon .

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The food was fantastic! From the sourdough appetizer to the Coq au Vin to the Sea Bass, we loved everything! Wish I had this restaurant in my town. Also, excellent service and friendly wait staff. A winner!

Thank LoriandMike
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25 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The Rio City Cafe has spectacular views of the historic Tower Bridge and the Ziggurat (pyramid) building. We were there for lunch and were able to get a table on the deck overlooking the River. I had the salmon which was good. It was crowded and the service was not the best. I had been before for brunch and had... More 

Thank Junglejim-Cal
Silverton, Oregon
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Local friends took us here for lunch because the weather was so nice and we were hankering for a place to eat and visit outside. It fit the bill perfectly: we had a nice table overlooking the water, enjoyed a very decent meal, and weren't rushed to leave. It is pretty much typical bar food, but much better than other... More 

Thank 03Val48
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Sometimes you just have to have a wonderful view as you eat....this restaurant and others close by fit the bill very nicely. The lunch menu is good while not as extensive as others; maybe a good thing since they can focus on delivering it according to how you want it. I'm partial to seafood and they are good (3.5 out... More 

Thank Archie A
Visalia, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Had dinner. Good atmosphere, nice bar and outside area along the river right by the bridge. Overall good preparation and presentation. One steak was overdone a bit. Still decent. We will give it a second try sometime.

Thank Peter T
Coarsegold, CA
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 October 2016

NOTE: Possible wait for your meal-popular with larger local groups. Excellent Ahi! Very friendly service.

Thank WahooHunter
Thrapston, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2016

Stopped by for a quick lunch with my Business Partners from Europe. Sat inside, as outside overlooking the river was full. Service was excellent once we were seated, although the food options were limited , as the kitchen was transitioning between the lunch and dinner menu. Would have been better if we had been informed in the beginning, but didn't... More 

Thank AlexSmith1969
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2016 via mobile

Nice location by the river. Went there before a concert in Golden One Center and worked out great. Service was well above standard. Food good. Not excellent.

Thank ed2tahoe

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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
American, Bar, Pub, Gluten Free Options
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
Business meetings, Child-friendly, View, Bar Scene, Kids, Groups, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic
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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?