About Rio City Cafe

Rio City Cafe is situated in beautiful historic Old Sacramento, overlooking some of the most prominent landmarks in Sacramento. The Sacramento River runs by our spacious outdoor patio, with spectacular views of the historic Tower Bridge and the Ziggurat (pyramid) building.

Rio City Cafe opened its doors in May of 1994. The building, designed to replicate a steamship warehouse of the late 1800’s, is open, airy, and stylishly rustic. It adds an elegant touch while still maintaining the historic feel of Old Sacramento. We display a comfortably casual setting, with indoor and outdoor seating. We can accommodate large parties and banquets, as well as private parties in our banquet room for special occasions. Or just simply enjoy a cocktail or glass of wine and the view in the outdoor cocktail area. During the colder months, enjoy the view from inside near our cozy fireplace.

The Chef’s approach will be to present fresh, wholesome farm-to-fork ingredients and combine them in a way that is attractive, tasteful and creative. We offer California Cuisine with influences from all over the world.

We offer an extensive well-rounded wine list featuring popular wines from Napa and other appellations of California.

Our best quality is our professional, but friendly and fun staff. Celebrities, athletes and politicians can be occasionally spotted enjoying the food service and atmosphere at Rio City Café

Enjoy Yourself at Rio City Cafe

We offer a delicious, high quality, farm fresh "California Cuisine" served daily on the scenic riverfront of Old Sacramento.


Host your event at Rio City Cafe! Whether it's business or personal, your party of 30 or more will be the talk of the town when you and our Banquet Managers create a memorable experience for your special event.

Happy Hour

Join Us for Happy Hour! Monday - Friday 3:00pm until 6:00pm. Specials on beer, wine and cocktails. All available for pairing with our tasty Happy Hour Appetizer menu found in Drinks and Desserts Tab.


Parking at Rio City Cafe is never an issue. We offer valet services Thursday-Sunday only at $9 for two hours or if you park in the Tower Parking Garage, bring in your pass/ticket we will validate your parking ticket for 2 hours FREE.

Pet Friendly

Pets Welcome! Check in at the front desk, then access through our side gate to our upper patio area.

Lai Saepharn
Executive Chef

Scott Meier
General Manager