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“Lots of History Here”
Review of River City Saloon

River City Saloon
Ranked #634 of 2,061 Restaurants in Sacramento
Price range: US$5 - US$20
Cuisines: American
Description: Sacramento's Last Old West Saloon. In 1861, River City Saloon was one of the original houses of ill repute owned by Johanna Heigle. Shortly after that it became Parker French’s Saloon. It was owned by Mr. Parker French who was a colorful Old Sacramento Newspaper man that wanted a fun place to go after work. Located in the Old Sacramento area. In the 1960's, Old Sacramento and the saloon had fallen to hard times as the area had become the worst skid row west of the Mississippi. In 2007, the saloon was remodeled to its original grandeur and renamed the River City Saloon. Besides feeling like you are back in time when visiting the saloon has great deli sandwiches and bar food and Sacramento's best Bloody Mary and still has 25 cent Sarsaparilla for the kids to belly up to the bar with you till 8 pm. After 8 pm it turns into a karaoke and live music hang out.
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Description: Sacramento's Last Old West Saloon. In 1861, River City Saloon was one of the original houses of ill repute owned by Johanna Heigle. Shortly after that it became Parker French’s Saloon. It was owned by Mr. Parker French who was a colorful Old Sacramento Newspaper man that wanted a fun place to go after work. Located in the Old Sacramento area. In the 1960's, Old Sacramento and the saloon had fallen to hard times as the area had become the worst skid row west of the Mississippi. In 2007, the saloon was remodeled to its original grandeur and renamed the River City Saloon. Besides feeling like you are back in time when visiting the saloon has great deli sandwiches and bar food and Sacramento's best Bloody Mary and still has 25 cent Sarsaparilla for the kids to belly up to the bar with you till 8 pm. After 8 pm it turns into a karaoke and live music hang out.
Reviewed 24 September 2013

Love the history of the old place and that is was built in I believe, 1861. This is a dark old honky tonk in my book, but it was fun to stop for a drink in the day and get our picture with "Doc", the fake man who sits at the bar with his whiskey. Bartenders are friendly and nice!

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Reviewed 14 August 2013

We had lunch, but it was more the hole atmosphere - e.g. peanuts Shells on the floor, that the kids loved, and the man only wearing a barrel :)

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Reviewed 29 July 2013

This is a great place to start or end your "Old Sac" experience. Trust your bartender and let him/her make their favorite drink for you. They did that with us and we all had different drinks based on how we answered the bartenders questions. My wife had a "lemon drop", I had a "Green Superman" and our friends had everything from Screamers to Lifesavers. Good fun and reasonable in price for a bar. Dont expect any fancy treatment, they treat you like you are the long lost college roommate, we liked that and will go back again.

Thank Mark916
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Reviewed 26 June 2013

I was asked me to pick my drinks up at the bar because server was "too busy" to bring them to the table. Didn't mind too much until I noticed that she served drinks to all the other tables BUT ours. Sandwiches were basically tasteless and server forgot the chips ( but didn't forget anybody else's). When I pointed it out, she brought 1 bag when we had ordered 2 sandwiches. Gave up. Don't even think about trying the fries. Best thing about our experience here.... was leaving. Horrible.

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1  Thank gkmom72
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Doc H, Owner at River City Saloon, responded to this reviewResponded 25 August 2013

As the owner I'm surprised at this review. We are a small owner operated business and take pride in having a great staff. Most of our employee's have worked here for years and take pride in working at one of the best places to visit in the Old Sacramento area.

With that said there is no excuse for bad service and we apologize for it. We will make sure we check into it and follow threw with the employee's to make sure things like this don't happen in the future.

Thanks again and we hope the rest of your visit in Sacramento was a pleasent one.

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Reviewed 24 June 2013

River city I would have given you a four but we waited sooooo long for our food and when we were done we waited soooooo long to get our check. But your food was very good.

Thank Jon G
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