Rio City Cafe

★★★☆☆
  • 1110 Front St

    Sacramento, CA 95814

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  • 916-442-8226

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I absolutely love this place. I always take friends and family here when they visit in Sacramento. The food is delicious and so are their signature drinks. It's very classy and if you're planning a Valentine's Dinner here, you have to book way in advance. I love sitting out on the deck overlooking the Delta.

5
★★★★★

I absolutely love this place. I always take friends and family here when they visit in Sacramento. The food is delicious and so are their signature drinks. It's very classy and if you're planning a Valentine's Dinner here, you have to book way in advance. I love sitting out on the deck overlooking the Delta.

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The setting of the restraunt is very nice. the food is good too. its nice to have a restraunt setting on the river

3
★★★☆☆

The setting of the restraunt is very nice. the food is good too. its nice to have a restraunt setting on the river

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This is a great restaurant but not for its food or for its guest policies. This is a great place to dine for its outdoor patio/deck that faces the Sacramento River.

Parking is only validated if you are dining there Monday-Friday for business. A divided and 'guest preferred' policy; you'll pay approx; $6-$8 if you dine on weekends or holidays. Strange but true...

The menu is varied and it changes quality by chefs and general managers. I've been dining there for 10 years now because I like its views, patio, staffing and 'just sometimes' its food. For 2007, the restaurants lunch menu has changed again and just as an example, all sandwiches during lunch come with 'Garlic Fries'. In oil. On the plate... No alternative options except those wet-greasy fries. The menu exhibits oils, cremes, sauces and fat instead of being healthy California if even in concept.

Wine list is good and wine prices fair. They've changed the beer menu (used to have Sam Adam's iced glassware for those hot Sacramento days but downgraded). Full bar offers everything else but signature drinks are pricey.

This isn't a not-to-go restaurant. I'd advise lunch for the sun and the lunch menu prices. It fails miserably at being consistent overall while being perfect in location and ambience. TGIF's or Cheesecake Factory quality at best if I were to compare.

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★★★☆☆

This is a great restaurant but not for its food or for its guest policies. This is a great place to dine for its outdoor patio/deck that faces the Sacramento River.

Parking is only validated if you are dining there Monday-Friday for business. A divided and 'guest preferred' policy; you'll pay approx; $6-$8 if you dine on weekends or holidays. Strange but true...

The menu is varied and it changes quality by chefs and general managers. I've been dining there for 10 years now because I like its views, patio, staffing and 'just sometimes' its food. For 2007, the restaurants lunch menu has changed again and just as an example, all sandwiches during lunch come with 'Garlic Fries'. In oil. On the plate... No alternative options except those wet-greasy fries. The menu exhibits oils, cremes, sauces and fat instead of being healthy California if even in concept.

Wine list is good and wine prices fair. They've changed the beer menu (used to have Sam Adam's iced glassware for those hot Sacramento days but downgraded). Full bar offers everything else but signature drinks are pricey.

This isn't a not-to-go restaurant. I'd advise lunch for the sun and the lunch menu prices. It fails miserably at being consistent overall while being perfect in location and ambience. TGIF's or Cheesecake Factory quality at best if I were to compare.

Pros: Views! Outdoor Patio!

Cons: Inconsistent food quality and guest policy.

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I have never had a good experience in several outings to Rio City Cafe. One time it was slow service, one time they brought everyone's order but mine, one time, they brought the wrong food, one time the waiter got in a fight with someone at the next table. A very loud fight. I never went back, that was 2001, maybe they've improved, I don't care.

2
★★☆☆☆

I have never had a good experience in several outings to Rio City Cafe. One time it was slow service, one time they brought everyone's order but mine, one time, they brought the wrong food, one time the waiter got in a fight with someone at the next table. A very loud fight. I never went back, that was 2001, maybe they've improved, I don't care.

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If it's not too hot or cold out, its fun to sit outside and enjoy the river. However, the prices are a little steep for what you get. If the food was awesome, then the price would be fine - but its only subpar. They have a great variety of martinis, which can make the night fun!

1
★★★☆☆

If it's not too hot or cold out, its fun to sit outside and enjoy the river. However, the prices are a little steep for what you get. If the food was awesome, then the price would be fine - but its only subpar. They have a great variety of martinis, which can make the night fun!

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When you're in Old Sacramento and looking for a place to eat and have a good view of the river, try this place out.

2
★★★★☆

When you're in Old Sacramento and looking for a place to eat and have a good view of the river, try this place out.

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My boyfriend and I went here for our anniversary. The service was not very good in that we had to wait a very long time for each of our dishes and the waiter barely spoke to us during the course of the night. However, the food was great. We started with the crab and artichoke dip, which was tasty, but then my entree of grilled salmon with mango coconut brown butter sauce was excellent. I ended the meal with tropical bread pudding, which (if you like bread pudding) was amazing. I would definately go back for the food, but I would go with low expectations in regards to service.

2
★★★★☆

My boyfriend and I went here for our anniversary. The service was not very good in that we had to wait a very long time for each of our dishes and the waiter barely spoke to us during the course of the night. However, the food was great. We started with the crab and artichoke dip, which was tasty, but then my entree of grilled salmon with mango coconut brown butter sauce was excellent. I ended the meal with tropical bread pudding, which (if you like bread pudding) was amazing. I would definately go back for the food, but I would go with low expectations in regards to service.

Pros: Food, Atmosphere

Cons: Service, Parking

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Great outdoor seating on the river, it is hard to beat the atmosphere on a nice day.

2
★★★★☆

Great outdoor seating on the river, it is hard to beat the atmosphere on a nice day.

Pros: Good Food, Great Outdoor Area

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This Sunday was a joke. We were expecting a wonderful filet meal. 50 dollars later and two comp meals (the filets for me and my fiance was over cooked and cold after two send backs to the chef) they still charged us a wapping 50 something dollars for just having salad and wine and didn't even offer us bread until our second try on the filets. The waitress was almost like an actress and forgot about us several times and wouldn't even bring the manager over. What a joke! What happened to the cooks???

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★☆☆☆☆

This Sunday was a joke. We were expecting a wonderful filet meal. 50 dollars later and two comp meals (the filets for me and my fiance was over cooked and cold after two send backs to the chef) they still charged us a wapping 50 something dollars for just having salad and wine and didn't even offer us bread until our second try on the filets. The waitress was almost like an actress and forgot about us several times and wouldn't even bring the manager over. What a joke! What happened to the cooks???

Cons: Bad food

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While the restaurant has a nice setting along the Sacramento River, the covered area outside can get extremely noisy both from large groups which they seat there and also from the engines of the paddlewheel tour boats which dock next door. This engine noise can really become overwhelming and seriously detract from your dining experience. Outdoor seating is great, but sit to the far left end of the deck.

1
★★★☆☆

While the restaurant has a nice setting along the Sacramento River, the covered area outside can get extremely noisy both from large groups which they seat there and also from the engines of the paddlewheel tour boats which dock next door. This engine noise can really become overwhelming and seriously detract from your dining experience. Outdoor seating is great, but sit to the far left end of the deck.

Pros: great location

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I've been to alot of restaurants in the Sacramento
area, and the food I had when I visited your restaurant was among th e finest. When I asked whom the chef was that particular evening, I was
told his name was Joey..."MY COMPLIMENTS TO
YOUR CHEF!....Everything was prepared to order
and was done to my total satisfaction...I will be a
frequent diner at your establishment..more than
you know...thankyou for your time and discression in hiring your staff...especially Joey.

2
★★★★☆

I've been to alot of restaurants in the Sacramento
area, and the food I had when I visited your restaurant was among th e finest. When I asked whom the chef was that particular evening, I was
told his name was Joey..."MY COMPLIMENTS TO
YOUR CHEF!....Everything was prepared to order
and was done to my total satisfaction...I will be a
frequent diner at your establishment..more than
you know...thankyou for your time and discression in hiring your staff...especially Joey.

Pros: excellent chef, good waitstaff, good prices

Cons: cant think of any

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Delightful for lunch or dinner! Good place to bring a date!

2
★★★★★

Delightful for lunch or dinner! Good place to bring a date!

Pros: nice atmosphere, beautiful view

Cons: parking!

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Designed to replicate a turn-of-the-century steamship warehouse, Rio City cafe maintains its historic charm while still providing a rustic elegance. It is a good choice for an upscale meal after a day of sightseeing, and the outdoor deck…

 

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