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143 Main St, Rio Vista, CA 94571-1844
707-374-2511
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10:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 9:00 pm
Good for:
Doing business

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  • 6
    Excellent
  • 12
    Very good
  • 9
    Average
  • 1
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  • 3
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Earnest Hemmingway would feel right at home here

The main dining room has at least one of every kind of animal stuffed and mounted on the walls. It is a throwback to a time long gone by when big game hunters took a trophy home from their latest safari. Most of these were bagged in the 1940's when that sort of thing was popular. The food is... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed February 19, 2015
Tom-Maria
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Rio Vista, California
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  • Doing business
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Rio Vista, California
Senior Contributor
38 reviews 38 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

The main dining room has at least one of every kind of animal stuffed and mounted on the walls. It is a throwback to a time long gone by when big game hunters took a trophy home from their latest safari. Most of these were bagged in the 1940's when that sort of thing was popular. The food is very... More 

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San Francisco, California
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2014

"Old photos on the wall tell the story of a lifetime of commitment to the preservation of a world no longer available to us" It is interesting to note that in most of those photos Mr. Foster holds a big gun, making sure that he was part of creating the reality "of a world no longer available to us". "Commitment... More 

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Ione
Senior Contributor
22 reviews 22 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

We had lunch at Fosters Bighorn Bar as I remembered eating there more than 40 + years ago. We were just passing through on our way to Napa Valley. Very happy to see all the "heads on the walls" in all the different rooms again; it was just as I remembered. Take your time, buy some food and soak in... More 

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San Francisco, California
Top Contributor
93 reviews 93 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
71 helpful votes 71 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014

My wife and I "pop in" to Fosters Bighorn Bar on a recommendation from a local from Locke; we were just passing through on the way home from Lake Tahoe. Very surprised to see all the "heads on the walls" in all the different rooms...... do not miss the back room, but say hello to he elephant on the way... More 

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Sacramento, California, USA
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31 reviews 31 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

The most striking aspect of Foster's are the animal heads on the walls. Truly unique. Elephant and giraffe along with hundreds of others. Food is ordinary. Pass Foster's up for something better in Rio Vista

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Fredericksburg, Virginia
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102 reviews 102 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
78 helpful votes 78 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

Every horned animal in the world (I think) has it's head on the wall. The bar is a must stop if driving through the delta. The food is ok and the service at the bar is friendly but slow. If you hate taxidermy don't stop. If you are hunting for unique watering holes for a quick stop, this must make... More 

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Jubail, Ash Sharqiyah, Saudi Arabia
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47 reviews 47 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

A super unique experience. I grew up in and around this place so I had to move away and come back to appreciate the uniqueness of Fosters. My favorite plate to eat is the Calamari, I will say this dish is the best I have ever eaten anywhere and I have traveled and eaten all over the world. Fantastic.

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Rio Vista, CA
Top Contributor
62 reviews 62 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

On your next trip to Rio Vista stopping in at Foster's Bighorn is a must. I'm a resident of Rio Vista and have eaten here several times. The food is always good. ( I had a full rack of pork ribs.)This time I found the service particularly good. People come from all over to see the taxidermy of the numerous... More 

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Rio Vista, California
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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014

No matter where you live on the West coast, take the thirty minute drive on HWY 12 between Lodi and Fairfiled to Rio Vista and Foster's Big Horn. The experience will be well worth your time and the collection of taxidermy is one of the world's best. Places like this are disappearing as corporate food and beverage conglomerates predominate and... More 

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Rio Vista
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16 reviews 16 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014

go to Foster's. Sandwiches are great, a full meal. Service was efficient and friendly. Haven't been there for dinner yet. Would we go again? Answer, YES. We enjoyed taking friends/family there.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 143 Main St, Rio Vista, CA 94571-1844
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Rio Vista
  • Phone Number: 707-374-2511

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 9 - 25
  • Cuisine: Italian, Seafood, Steakhouse

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Doing business
Open Hours
Sunday
10:00 am - 9:00 pm
Monday
10:00 am - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
10:00 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
10:00 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday
10:00 am - 9:00 pm
Friday
10:00 am - 9:00 pm
Saturday
10:00 am - 9:00 pm

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