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Rio California

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1233 Preservation Park Way, Oakland, CA 94612-1296
+1 510-834-2565
11:30 - 14:30
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15 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The neighborhood is beautiful, the food is delicious, I love the green sauce on the salad, empanadas and chicken croquets are tasteful.

Thank Andrea R
Napa, California, United States
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52 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 October 2016

They've probably been here awhile, but the staff seemed to have a little trouble handling the lunch crowd. Although I ordered early, I had to wait as nearly 10 people placed and received their order. The menu didn't distinguish between salads or sandwiches, so how was I to know that my order was one of those that would take "a... More 

Thank Magdalena H
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 May 2016

This place....so yummy. And this owner doesn't stop! Consistent, on it, delicious, friendly, fresh. I can always count on it. For us regulars, you might start throwing in some new specials, there's got to be more national dishes to enjoy.

Thank Traveler94500
No. VA
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519 reviews
303 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 121 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 May 2016 via mobile

A friend recommended Rio California, and it was very nice! It is a Brazilian restaurant, located in Preservation Square in Oakland. It actually in one of the old Victorian houses. It's a small place, but the food was delicious! The staff were very friendly and helpful. They have an outdoor seating area that was very nice. I'd definitely recommend it!!!

Thank mlowder500
San Francisco, California
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27 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 April 2016 via mobile

This gem of a restaurant is located in Downtown Oakland's preservation park area. They have tables inside and on the patio. The jerk chicken is my go-to dish. Perfectly seasoned, add extra hot sauce if you want it spicy. They also have several sandwiches, empanadas, and at least half a dozen Brazilian specials every day. Pls. note, their actual opening... More 

Thank anjelloe9
Williamsburg, Virginia
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321 reviews
240 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 90 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 February 2016

Nested inside the Preservation Park area of downtown Oakland, sits this nice, small Brazilian eatery. Great for lunches or a quick bite – hours are limited. I had the jerk chicken with rice and salad. It was a huge plate for a very good price. I love finding places like this in just about any town I visit. To me,... More 

Thank Bern R
San Francisco, California
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27 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 August 2015 via mobile

Me and my friends visited Rio California in mid June. I eat Feijoada. Cooked good , worth for any penny . The Brazilian guy was so friendly and I will definitely going back again soon..

Thank Sashe S
Phoenix, Arizona
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 May 2015 via mobile

Amazing food for an excellent price. Always friendly service and beautiful outdoor eating area.I have to eat here every time I'm in Oakland's

Thank pkniessner11
San Francisco, California
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14 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 March 2015

I ordered the Coxinha (Chicken Croquette) plate..it comes with a salad with a yummy cilantro cream dressing. $9.95. You get 3 plum size croquettes...deep fried to a crusty golden brown. Crack the shell and you are rewarded with shredded chicken and a bit of corn surrounded by potato. Mouth is watering just thinking about it again. My friend James ordered... More 

Thank Jerry W
Sacramento, California
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70 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 November 2013

This restaurant is on the second floor of one of the several restored Victorians that make up this exclusive, upscale neighborhood. The great food is priced below what dishes of this quality would sell for elsewhere. Only tenants can park in Preservation Park proper--don't set yourself up for being towed--but we found reasonable street parking right outside the fence surrounding... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$5 - US$10
Brazilian, Latin, Spanish, South American
Breakfast, Lunch
Restaurant features
Good for
Cheap Eats
Open Hours
11:30 - 14:30
11:30 - 14:30
11:30 - 14:30
11:30 - 14:30
11:30 - 14:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1233 Preservation Park Way, Oakland, CA 94612-1296
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Oakland
  • Phone Number: +1 510-834-2565

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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?