Riverside Clubhouse is the closest sit down restaurant to where I live. That means I should be a regular there. But instead of being my go to place, its decent, but routine menu keeps me from eating there more than once or twice a year.
Apparently, Sac Bee restaurant critic Blair Anthony Robertson and I see eye to eye on this restaurant.
Should a neighborhood restaurant actually have amazing food? If that were the case, Riverside Clubhouse would be full of strangers, outsiders and interlopers who drove clear across the county for an inspired lunch or dinner as they do for the amazing pizza at Masullo and the fine cooking at Taylor's Kitchen. That does not happen at the Clubhouse because the food is not in the neighborhood of amazing.
Indeed, with all of the friendliness, the neighborly feel, the lively bar scene and the cool, stylish setting, one is reminded that Riverside Clubhouse does a lot of the little things to make you feel welcome and appreciated, but it doesn't handle the heavy lifting well enough to elevate the dining experience from a neighborhood meal to a memorable, meaningful meal.
The food is ho-hum at best, largely uninspired, lowbrow, clichéd, forgettable and, like a certain nearby wall, trickle-down.
Read the entire review in the Sac Bee.
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