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  • Randall Benton / rbenton@sacbee.com

    The Virgin Sturgeon serves clients food and views on a floating barge on the Sacramento River.

  • Erhardt Krause / The Sacramento Bee

    Giusti’s, a legendary restaurant on the Delta, has been around since 1910 and was featured on “Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives.”

  • Johnny Strongol

    Swabbie’s Restaurant and Bar on the Sacramento River, near Sacramento International Airport, is known for its funky outdoor atmosphere, fish tacos and live music.

Five places to eat while watching Sacramento River or Delta

Published: Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014 - 5:10 pm
Last Modified: Monday, Aug. 25, 2014 - 7:53 pm

Eating inside or out, dining along the river is a great way to experience the Sacramento Delta. Here are five places to eat while watching the ever-changing scene happening along our waterways.

Virgin Sturgeon, 1577 Garden Highway, Sacramento

It is on a floating barge with an old airline loading ramp as its entrance. Back in the 1970s, it was owned by an aide to the speaker of the state Assembly and was something of a political haunt, but it remains a popular venue, especially for boaters who pack its dock during summer months.

Swabbie’s, 5871 Garden Highway, Sacramento

Virtually beneath the Interstate 5 bridge near Sacramento International Airport, Swabbie's is pure river funk, known for its tacos and its live music in an outdoor venue.

Giusti’s Place, 14743 Walnut Grove-Thornton Road, Walnut Grove

It has been in the same family for more than a century, and its bar has a huge collection of baseball caps donated by loyal patrons. It was featured on “Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives.”

Wimpy’s, 14001 W. Walnut Grove Road, Walnut Grove

Wimpy's is adjacent to a marina of the same name and is particularly popular with boaters who are exploring “The Meadows,” a maze of channels and sloughs between Walnut Grove and Interstate 5.

Moore’s Riverboat, 106 Brannan Island Road, Isleton

It was closed for a while but recently reopened under new management. It’s on the “Delta Loop,” a road along levees off Highway 12 between Lodi and Rio Vista, and overlooks the Mokelumne River near where it flows into the San Joaquin River.


Call The Bee’s Dan Walters, (916) 321-1195. Back columns, www.sacbee.com/walters. Follow him on Twitter @WaltersBee.

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