Dining on the Delta in Sacramento

Delta King paddle steamer on the delta in Old Town Sacramento, California

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The Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta isn't just for boating ​but can offer diners a unique eating experience. Here are ways to enjoy a meal on the water.​

The Delta King 

The Delta King is the premier "on the water" dining experience in Sacramento. They offer a wide variety of both fine and casual dining, with full bars and river views. The Pilothouse is home to a more formal experience, while the Delta Bar and Grill is where you'll find a bit more casual fare.

Hornblower Cruises

Hornblower Cruises offers daily cruises that offer light fare, but also have special events on holidays. Bring the family aboard for a Halloween cruise, or come with a special someone for a New Year's Eve river cruise.

Restaurants on the River

If boating isn't your scene, there are still plenty of riverfront restaurants to enjoy. 

  • Virgin Sturgeon: This floating barge on the Garden Highway near Natomas features a former airline loading ramp as the entrance. Boaters frequent the establishment over the summer months, but they are open year round to water-loving patrons and those looking for a good time. 
  • Chevy's on the River: Chevy's Tex-Mex is certainly not unique to Sacramento, but the scenery might be. Gorgeous views of the river abound as you enjoy Mexican food either indoors or out.
  • Swabbie's: This wild restaurant features live music on its outdoor stage as well as delicious tacos and a full-service bar that's definitely worth the trip. You'll find Swabbie's near the airport practically underneath the I-5 bridge, a totally weird location that just works to further their funky ambiance.
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