8 Northern California Restaurants Right On The River That You’re Guaranteed To Love
Northern California has many waterways, but there are only a few places to dine right on the river. Below is our round-up of the restaurants right on a river in Northern California. From classic American fare to gourmet seafood to elevated bar food, Northern California’s river restaurants provide good food with a view.
1. Rio City Cafe- Old Sacramento
restaurant in Old Sacramento
has been in business for more than 25 years. With a large deck over the Sacramento River, you can enjoy your meal outside. The restaurant serves lunch, dinner, and weekend brunch. Occasionally, a sea lion swims up the river and makes the local news. You’ll have a good chance of a sighting from this deck.
1110 Front St, Sacramento, CA 95814, USA
2. Alamar Marina, Restaurant & Bar- Sacramento
This restaurant on the river has a private dock for boaters who want to stop in for a meal and get fuel and bait. If you’re coming to the restaurant on foot, you’ll walk down a covered ramp. Take a seat inside or on the large outdoor floating dock.
Alamar Marina, Restaurant & Bar
serves lunch, dinner, and Sunday brunch. Stop in on Sundays for their Louisiana-style gumbo.
5999 Garden Hwy, Sacramento, CA 95837, USA
3. Swabbies On The River Restaurant & Bar- Sacramento
They have an extensive appetizer menu with pulled pork sliders, jalapeno poppers, and sweet potato fries. If you want something more hardy, order one of their famous tacos. They’re open for
lunch and dinner every day of the week.
The large outdoor area features picnic tables and bistro tables, all spread out facing the river and a stage. When they host live music events, you may need to buy tickets first– the restaurant can get crowded for big events.
5871 Garden Hwy, Sacramento, CA 95837, USA
4. Crawdad’s on the River- Sacramento
riverside patio restaurant
has been in operation since 1986. The comfortable cushioned outdoor seating on the dock is perfect for taking in a sunset while having drinks. Order a bucket of crawfish while taking in the view. The ambiance can’t be beat!
1375 Garden Hwy, Sacramento, CA 95833, USA
5. Smith's Landing Seafood Grill- Antioch
Between California’s central valley and the Bay Area, the city of Antioch sits on the San Joaquin River. The
menu at this restaurant
includes seafood classics like clam chowder, shrimp tacos, and crab Louie salad. It also includes seafood specialties you don’t find everywhere, like cioppino, Brazilian seafood pasta, and fettuccine ala Monte Carlo.
1 Marina Plz, Antioch, CA 94509, USA
6. The Point Restaurant- Rio Vista
The bright blue restaurant is right on the Sacramento River. They have
a big menu
with burgers, pastas, and seafood specialties. After your meal, explore the city of Rio Vista and the many quaint Sacramento Delta farm stands in the area.
120 Marina Dr, Rio Vista, CA 94571, USA
7. Scott's Seafood On The River- Sacramento
Scott’s Seafood On The River serves a variety of fresh seafood options, plus a wide selection of wines and cocktails. Stay awhile and play a game of bocce ball on their outdoor courts overlooking the river. Or enjoy a cocktail while sitting by a fire pit.
Scott’s Seafood On The River
serves lunch and dinner, as well as weekend brunch. If you can’t get enough of the view, Scott’s Seafood can be booked for weddings or special events.
4800 Riverside Blvd, Sacramento, CA 95822, USA
8. The Virgin Sturgeon Restaurant & Marina- Sacramento
North of Old Sacramento, on the Sacramento River, you’ll find
The Virgin Sturgeon Restaurant & Marina.
Walk down the ramp leading to this restaurant on a floating barge. Built in 1976, this restaurant has great views of the river. Guests can sit outside or inside. Menu highlights include smoked sturgeon, peel-and-eat shrimp, and steamed clams in white wine.
1577 Garden Hwy, Sacramento, CA 95833, USA
What is your favorite over-the-water dining experience? Tell us in the comments.
Address: 4800 Riverside Blvd, Sacramento, CA 95822, USA Address: 1110 Front St, Sacramento, CA 95814, USA Address: 1577 Garden Hwy, Sacramento, CA 95833, USA Address: 5999 Garden Hwy, Sacramento, CA 95837, USA Address: 1375 Garden Hwy, Sacramento, CA 95833, USA Address: 1 Marina Plz, Antioch, CA 94509, USA Address: 120 Marina Dr, Rio Vista, CA 94571, USA Address: 5871 Garden Hwy, Sacramento, CA 95837, USA
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