Next to fishing for catfish and sturgeon, hanging out at these local joints is the best way to spend your time on the banks of the Sacramento River.

Rio City Cafe’s light-flooded, expansive interior can make anyone’s day better. (Credit: riocitycafe.com)

Rio City Cafe

1110 Front St.,
Old Sacramento, Calif. 95814
(916) 442-8226
www.riocitycafe.com

Rio City Cafe’s light-flooded, expansive interior can make anyone’s day better. Not many of the tables inside the restaurant have a river view; to guarantee one, it’s best to request a seat on the outdoor deck, the majority of which is covered in the warmer months to prevent patrons from the intense sun. The deck looks out over the Sacramento River to the historic Tower Bridge and wacky Ziggurat building.

This well-loved, quirky restaurant is built on a converted barge. (Credit: facebook.com)

Virgin Sturgeon

1577 Garden Highway
Sacramento, Calif. 95833
(916) 921-2694
Virgin Sturgeon on Facebook

This well-loved, quirky restaurant, up the river from Old Sac, is built on a converted barge, and in order to reach the front door you first must walk through an old Pan Am jet way that connects the parking lot to the restaurant. This establishment is great if you are cruising up and down the river, and want to stop in for a drink and quick bite to eat.

Crawdad's has a wonderful view of the Sacramento River. (Credit: crawdadontheriver.com)

Crawdad’s On The River

1375 Garden Highway
Sacramento, Calif. 95833
(916) 929-2268
www.crawdadsontheriver.com

Crawdad’s has a wonderful view of the Sacramento River. Its river charm, paired with its expansive outdoor deck for warmer days, is complimented by the glow of the marina during the evening. Relax, and have a cocktail while watching the boat float by.

Pearl On The River is located on the most scenic stretch of the Sacramento River. (Credit: pearlontheriver.com)

Pearl On The River

1379 Garden Highway
Sacramento, Calif. 95833
(916) 567-3275
www.pearlontheriver.com/indexmain.html

Pearl On The River is located on the most scenic stretch of the Sacramento River. The ìFine dining for everyone theme is supported by the tasteful-yet-comfortable restaurant decor.

Swabbies is a quirky family owned local treasure. (Credit: swabbies.com)

Swabbies On The River

5871 Garden Highway
Sacramento, Calif. 95837
(916) 920-8088
www.swabbies.com

Swabbies is a quirky family owned local treasure. The restaurant and bar is open 7 days a week, and breakfast is served on Saturdays and Sundays from 9:30 a.m. to Noon all year long. Not only is Swabbies known for its selection of food and drinks, but it’s also known as the best Sacramento live music venue on the river!

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