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Rio California

Latin, South American, Brazilian
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1233 Preservation Park Way, Oakland, CA 94612-1296
Mon - Fri 9:00 am - 2:30 pm
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2016

This place....so yummy. And this owner doesn't stop! Consistent, on it, delicious, friendly, fresh. I can always count on it. For us regulars, you might start throwing in some new specials, there's got to be more national dishes to enjoy.

Thank Traveler94500
No. VA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2016 via mobile

A friend recommended Rio California, and it was very nice! It is a Brazilian restaurant, located in Preservation Square in Oakland. It actually in one of the old Victorian houses. It's a small place, but the food was delicious! The staff were very friendly and helpful. They have an outdoor seating area that was very nice. I'd definitely recommend it!!!

Thank mlowder500
San Francisco, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2016 via mobile

This gem of a restaurant is located in Downtown Oakland's preservation park area. They have tables inside and on the patio. The jerk chicken is my go-to dish. Perfectly seasoned, add extra hot sauce if you want it spicy. They also have several sandwiches, empanadas, and at least half a dozen Brazilian specials every day. Pls. note, their actual opening... More 

Thank anjelloe9
Williamsburg, Virginia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2016

Nested inside the Preservation Park area of downtown Oakland, sits this nice, small Brazilian eatery. Great for lunches or a quick bite – hours are limited. I had the jerk chicken with rice and salad. It was a huge plate for a very good price. I love finding places like this in just about any town I visit. To me,... More 

Thank Bern R
San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015 via mobile

Me and my friends visited Rio California in mid June. I eat Feijoada. Cooked good , worth for any penny . The Brazilian guy was so friendly and I will definitely going back again soon..

Thank Sashe S
Phoenix, Arizona
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015 via mobile

Amazing food for an excellent price. Always friendly service and beautiful outdoor eating area.I have to eat here every time I'm in Oakland's

Thank pkniessner11
San Francisco, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015

I ordered the Coxinha (Chicken Croquette) plate..it comes with a salad with a yummy cilantro cream dressing. $9.95. You get 3 plum size croquettes...deep fried to a crusty golden brown. Crack the shell and you are rewarded with shredded chicken and a bit of corn surrounded by potato. Mouth is watering just thinking about it again. My friend James ordered... More 

Thank Jerry W
Sacramento, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2013

This restaurant is on the second floor of one of the several restored Victorians that make up this exclusive, upscale neighborhood. The great food is priced below what dishes of this quality would sell for elsewhere. Only tenants can park in Preservation Park proper--don't set yourself up for being towed--but we found reasonable street parking right outside the fence surrounding... More 

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oakland, ca
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2012

Tucked away near Old Oakland, is Preservation Park/First Unitarian Church. While First Church has been there forever, the old victorians in Preservation Park were moved there many years ago, and lovingly restored and preserved. Most are occupied by non-profits, and you can knock on the doors and wander around. Niles Hall, where weddings and conferences are held, is usually open,... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2010

Rio California is one of those I consider a step above the average. I first tried looking for a local place for empanadas. I went looking for it mistakenly at the nearby City Center area. After checking the address again, I found this small isolated area referred to Preservation Park, filled with old restored Victorian buildings from that era. Rio... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    3 of 5 stars
Average prices
$5 - $10
Latin, South American, Brazilian
Breakfast, Lunch
Restaurant features
Good for
Dining on a budget
Open Hours
9:00 am - 2:30 pm
9:00 am - 2:30 pm
9:00 am - 2:30 pm
9:00 am - 2:30 pm
9:00 am - 2:30 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1233 Preservation Park Way, Oakland, CA 94612-1296
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Oakland
  • Phone Number: 510-834-2565

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