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Rio City Cafe

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American, Californian, Southwestern
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1110 Front St, Sacramento, CA 95814-3232
916-442-8226
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11:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Hours:
Mon - Fri 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Sat - Sun 10:00 am - 9:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Breakfast, Late Night, Outdoor Seating, Reservations

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  • 93
    Excellent
  • 96
    Very good
  • 32
    Average
  • 7
    Poor
  • 5
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Brunch by the river

Stopped here for lunch/brunch. The inside is deceptively large with a big dining room and spacious bar area. Decided to sit outside and was very glad we did. They have a huge patio area overlooking the river. Most of the patio is shaded with some ceiling fans so it was very comfortable. Service... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 5, 2015
Paul C
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Lodi, California
via mobile
Good for:
  • Romantic
  • Scenic view
  • Families with children
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Lodi, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2015 NEW via mobile

Stopped here for lunch/brunch. The inside is deceptively large with a big dining room and spacious bar area. Decided to sit outside and was very glad we did. They have a huge patio area overlooking the river. Most of the patio is shaded with some ceiling fans so it was very comfortable. Service was efficient and pleasant making for a... More 

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New York
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2015 NEW

Excellent service and pleasant atmosphere. 5 of us for dinner. When one person in my party complained that her dinner was cold they were very receptive. The waitress informed the chef. My friend wanted them to be aware but she didn't feel they needed to redo her meal. At the end of the meal they removed her dinner from the... More 

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Sacramento
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015 NEW

Met some business acquaintances here for dinner. Very noisy and very slow service. Menu was o.k. But s/w overpriced for quality of food. Wine on expensive side. Ambience was "so-so." Would not return here as it is surrounded by myriad of restaurants in old Sacramento with much more to offer.

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Walnut Creek, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 88 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015 NEW

The location right on the Sacramento river is great. The service was good the staff was friendly and the food was very good. Great to sit outdoors on a warm summer evening.

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Carmichael, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

This was our 1st time trying this well-known and with a well established reputation dining establishment in Old Sacramento. Really was sad as we were very excited to finally eat her when we were invited by my sister and her husband. It was a Sunday but it wasn't real busy as were eating brunch at around 1:30 PM and it... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

Rio City Cafe has some beautiful views of the Sacramento River from the outside seating...our food at lunch was excellent; summer salad with chicken was extremely fresh & tasty and my husband declared his jambalaya as the best he's ever tasted...our only complaint was although it wasn't that busy the service was very slow...we would still recommend eating here, enjoy!!

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Sacramento, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015 NEW

The food is great, dining inside or outside on deck. The service is also very good - it can get very busy however.

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Lafayette, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2015

I love the Rio City Grill! My have wife and I have stopped in for lunch many times and in each instance have found the view, the service and the ambience to be superb. They serve a fabulous burger - coupled with a glass of wine and a seat on their gorgeous deck looking over the river, there is no... More 

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Northern California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2015

Service was excellent on this Saturday night. Food was very good, but many options are high priced. The chicken mole is reasonably priced and it was excellent - great flavor, quality, portion and appearance. The river views added to the evening and the fireworks display from the baseball game across the river was a lot of fun. The outside deck... More 

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Kingston Parish, Jamaica
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2015

I'm glad I chose this restaurant for a last minute dinner option. I had not visited Old Town Sacramento in years. I vaguely remembered hearing good reviews about the Rio Cafe, so there we went. Great service: A pleasant hostess immediately greeted us, let us know we were a bit early for dinner (starts at 5pm), but found us a... More 

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Additional Information about Rio City Cafe

Address: 1110 Front St, Sacramento, CA 95814-3232
Phone Number: 916-442-8226
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Sacramento
Open Hours:
Sunday 10:00 am - 9:00 pm
Monday 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Tuesday 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Friday 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Saturday 10:00 am - 9:00 pm
Average Prices: USD 41 - 80
Cuisine: American, Californian, Southwestern

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1110 Front St, Sacramento, CA 95814-3232
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Sacramento
  • Phone Number: 916-442-8226

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 41 - 80
  • Cuisine: American, Californian, Southwestern

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Romantic, Scenic view, Families with children
Open Hours
Sunday
10:00 am - 9:00 pm
Monday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Saturday
10:00 am - 9:00 pm

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?