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Where to Eat in the River District

Where to Eat in the River District

Dining options in the River District will be increasing dramatically in the near future, as the May Lee State Office Complex is set to open in 2024, bringing thousands of employees to the district on a daily basis. The project includes its own foodhall and coffee shop, which will be open to the public. In the meantime, there are already many options ranging from fast food to full service dining.

Capitol Casino, 411 N. 16th Street – Sacramento’s #1 poker room also includes a café and restaurant, serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner from 8am until 10pm (and until midnight Thursday through Saturday). From appetizers, sandwiches and salads to steak dinners, the restaurant also features a nightly Asian menu.

Curiosity Café, 400 Jibboom Street – Located within the SMUD Museum of Science and Curiosity, the Curiosity Café is an excellent spot to grab a quick lunch. Fresh baked pizza, wraps, sandwiches, and salads are available weekdays from 10am-2pm and on weekends and holidays from 9am-4pm (as well as daily during the summer). On your way out, check out the museum’s gift shop!  

Denny’s, 300 Bercut Dr – Ubiquitous American diner chain that’s open 24 hours a day, specializing in classic breakfast items served all day, as well as burgers, salads, melts, and milk shakes. Conveniently located right by Interstate 5.

Linda’s Taqueria, 1151 Richards Blvd – This is the spot for casual Mexican fare for breakfast and lunch. Linda’s Mexican Food stands out from the rest by sticking to the values and principles of Hispanic heritage. Linda’s also offers beer, wine, and house-made aguas frescas made with real cane sugar from “abuela’s recipes.”

Maya Traditional Mexican Cuisine, 455 Bercut Dr – Inspired by diverse Mexican culture, with a full menu, bar, happy hour and occasional live entertainment, Maya’s is the go-to spot for full-service dining in the River District.

McDonald’s, 200 Richards Blvd – This recently-renovated McDonald’s franchise is conveniently located near Interstate 5 and includes drive-thru as well as lobby service. The drive-thru is open 24 hours on Thursday and Friday, and until 1am most other nights.

Nena’s Mexican Cuisine, 232 Jibboom Street – Classic Mexican platters are dished up in this warm, colorful restaurant with expansive seating, a bar, and banquet room. The extensive menu features recipes that many family generations have enjoyed throughout the years. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are available.

Subway, 700 N. 10th Street – Located on the ground floor of the California Lottery Headquarters, this location of the popular sandwich chain is a little off the beaten path; however it is very close to the American River Bike Trail! That makes it an ideal stop when you’re out walking or biking along the riverfront. Just make sure to note the hours; they correspond with the office hours of the lottery: 7am-5pm on weekdays, closed on weekends.

By Devin Strecker