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Moody's Bistro Bar & Beats
Moody's Bistro Bar & Beats

Moody's Bistro Bar & Beats Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.moodysbistro.com
  • Phone: (530) 587-8688
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch Daily: 11:30am - 5:30pm; Dinner Daily: 5:30pm - 9:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Californian
  • Executive Chef: Guy Frenette
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Entertainment: Live Music: Friday - Saturday

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Donner Pass Rd.
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Moody's Bistro Bar & Beats
Moody's Bistro Bar & Beats is the place in Truckee for great food and atmosphere. With soulful music and delectable regional mountain cuisine, Moody’s gives visitors an experience reminiscent of the casual supper clubs of the 50's with a trans-generational style. The cuisine is fresh, seasonal and simple. Moody's is all about accommodation, offering different dinning experiences that fits multiple purses and wallets budgets with service that is superior and friendly. Join us for a quick bite or an extended multi-course dinner, our menu hosts many options. Our bar and lounge features live music Thursday through Saturday, two 50" televisions and a large projection screen all synchronized together. The dinning room is warm and inviting that is great for a family outing, business dinner or a romantic evening. Continued
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
Diner Reviews
  • "We were very impressed by our dinner at Moody's. The food was outstanding, the portions surprisingly robust, and the service was excellent. We'd definitely recommend!"
    Dined on 8/25/2014
  • "Oh, the food was very good & I love the ambience of Moody's, but this visit just seemed a bit off. It might have been because we were taking friends there and I had built it up as a terrific place that they would love. The service was fine, but aloof rather than personable. My fried chicken with waffle spaetzle was good, but the greens underneath were bitter and off-putting. Did not care for the pickled tomatoes. Guess I wasn't expecting them. The hangar steak was rated "excellent" by 1 friend and the 2 salmon entrees were rated as "very good". The highlight for me this visit was the suburb pureed potato bacon soup topped with amazing blue cheese. This soup typified what I was expecting when we arrived - scrumptious loveliness!!"
    Dined on 8/24/2014
  • "Food tremendous, but too noisy. Imagine being in a casino with all the bells going off at once. Go before 6 or after 9. Tomato soup in pastry, excellent."
    Dined on 8/11/2014
  • "Our drinks sat at the bar for 10 minutes, the server would mysteriously disappear for long stretches of time, finally one from our group retrieved the cocktails. Impossible to hear servers' description of specials. Disappears again, brings soup...no spoon,must ask again for bread, brings Mediterranean plate, no explanation of items, 20 minutes to receive undercooked halibut. (Out of salmon on the menu on a Monday night at 7???) , don't restaurants get deliveries on Mondays? Tried to speak with server regarding issues, she became argumentative & hostile...disappears again. Asked to change waiter, everyone else was helpful & friendly. Food was expensive & mediocre. Have eaten lunch there many times & enjoyed, but will never go back"
    Dined on 8/11/2014
  • "I have never dined here before and I don't frequent Truckee much but when we return I will definitely revisit! We were pleasantly surprised!"
    Dined on 8/10/2014
  • "waiter had the personality of a clam. He did not explain anything. The menu is worded to make even the best restauranter wonder what the heck they are talking about and what the food actually is."
    Dined on 8/6/2014
  • "When you walk into Moody's, you immediately feel like you've entered into a warm, cozy, grown up place to relax and enjoy great food. It is a small town bar/restaurant with upscale food and wonderful service. The menu is innovative and the bar menu had plenty to choose from. I would highly recommend Moody's for your grown up night out."
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "Moody's has everything. The vibe is unique and very cool. Better than the ambience is the service and food. The place to go in Truckee. It would be successful even in Manhattan!"
    Dined on 7/22/2014
  • "My husband and I went to Moodys and while the temperature of the dining room was overly warm and uncomfortable, the food was fabulous and distracted us from this. Had their signature Ahi poke that brings us back everytime, the heirloom tomatoes that were bountiful and flavorful, and the hangar steak. Also cooked to perfection! While I would defer ther Bearnaise sauce on my meat next time (too rich for me) it was also very good. This place is always hopping and the food never disappoints! We had to take a late reservation, but well worth the wait!!"
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "My wife and I thoroughly enjoyed our dinner at Moody's. In fact, it was one of the best meals we have ever had!! We ordered the fresh halibut and the fresh salmon. They were both served over a bed of delicious veggies. We rarely order dessert, but decided to share the olive oil cake with peach yogurt sauce. It was great! We also enjoyed cocktails. Overall, we thought Moody's was outstanding and we hope to return there someday!!!"
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "Moody's summer menu is not as good as the spring menu. Halibut is good, but hanger steak is not. Tomato salad is very good. Trying to be all things to all people - locals and tourists. They have indoor and outdoor seating. They have pizza, pasta, burger, and dinners. Full bar and nights with a band. One night burger and beer out front. Another night full dinner with halibut and wine. Again outside with pizza. Seems like a different place each time."
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "We've been coming to Moody's for many years (well before the ownership split) Still consistently a very good meal. Great hanger steak. We visit Moody's almost every Truckee visit."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "Portion sizes were minute, the noise level and poor acoustics made for difficult conversation. And, the lack of air conditioning made the restaurant uncomfortably hot on a warm evening. It's too bad, as the restaurant has a cool vibe and the food was tasty, if spartan. Our waitress seemed quite inexperienced. We used to love this place, now probably won't return."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "We have dined here many times and have always had consistently great meals, this time being no exception. Between the 4 of us we had the pork belly, devils on horseback, watermelon salad and tomato cart with burrata. The tomatoes with burrata were portioned for at least 2 people to share, the watermelon was a much smaller salad. Each was outstanding. Mains included 2 of the pizzas and the halibut. Great, personable service. Lively, a bit noisy, atmosphere with live music in the bar. Will definitely be back on our next trip to Truckee!"
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "This place has a very nice atmosphere and seemed to be like a very fun place to hang out with friends and have some good food. Being that I was dining with one other person, it's a little hard to sample a large variety of the items on the menu. The duck liver pate was good. The crab pizza was not so good. It lacked flavor and I don't think peas go well with crab. Perhaps they could have used a saltier cheese and maybe some mushrooms. Halibut had a nice crust on it, but was a little dry. We really wanted to have some deviled eggs, but no room for anymore food. The service was ok. The waiter just put the dessert menu on our table and walked away without saying anything. Weird. I might give this place another try to taste other items."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "Ask for a small sample of the house wines before you settle on one. The sangiovese was mediocre for the price."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "Serious food menu. Interesting preparations, fresh ingredients, nice wine list. Fair prices. But at least several nights a week they have live music, and at least the night we were there the band was so loud that even in the restaurant section the music was almost certainly up in the "unhealthy for all" levels. Management did not seem that interested in talking to the band about it, either."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "Fun restaurant, menu is small and could be a little more creative. "
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "the food is always very good. nice presentation. nicose salad, jalapeno hummus, ahi poke, fries, pizza's -- all favorites!"
    Dined on 6/4/2014
  • "We loved the appetizers, creative and delicious. Our favorite Truckee restaurant. Great music scene! "
    Dined on 5/29/2014
  • "Always enjoy our meal here. New chef and new menu."
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "Moody's lived up to previous reviews hype. Great food, excellent service, wonderful ambience."
    Dined on 5/21/2014
  • "Not as good as it was in the past several years. Some entrees were very good, others just good. They seemed to be out of a lot of wines."
    Dined on 4/29/2014
  • "This is the 3rd time we have had lunch here. We had the Pizza with Hedgehog mushrooms maybe the best pizza we've ever had!,"
    Dined on 4/16/2014
  • "We got there late but were served like it was prime time. The food was excellent and the staff was attentive to our needs. I'm going back next time I'm in Truckee."
    Dined on 4/13/2014
  • "I stayed at the Truckee Hotel for the week-end, so this restaurant was VERY convenient. The food was amazing, and the staff was super friendly. The truffled deviled eggs are to die for. They have different rooms you can eat in depending on what type of ambiance you are looking for. You can be in the front room with the band or in the Parlor room with the fire place- a little quieter spot to dine. I would recommend this spot to a friend."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "The kitchen and wait staff were very attentive to our gluten-free needs. And the food was delicious. Try the house specialty tomato soup with large dough covering, and the new asparagus, burrata cheese, and egg salad. My daughter loved the hamburgers and mashed potatoes."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "Very good spot in Truckee Fresh fish, fun atmosphere and very good service Our server had the kitchen make a non gluten poke which was excellent. Great place to stop if going to Tahoe."
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "The Truckee food scene has come of age! Great chefs = great food. Two hungry skiers enjoyed the imaginative menu all executed to perfection. From the truffled deviled eggs to the hearty smoked pork chop, lamb shank and persimmon cake for dessert. The the lamb braising reduction was exquisite. Parsnip puree-WOW! Thanks for the recipe! cipollini, swiss chard, Brussels sprouts, spaetzle all yum! Must be busy since some wine picks were sold out. Gin Martini was shaken to perfection. Will be back during next ski trip so restock your pinot!"
    Dined on 2/23/2014
  • "Have been frequenting for ten years, and will return, but... 2 complaints this time: Host was horrible...asked our name, did something on his list, then marched us to a tiny bar table right next to the music, threw our menus down and walked away. Did not greet us nor ask if the bar was ok, or if we had a preference. We had reservations, place was not sold out. We ordered appetizers & oysters.... all brought out at same time (no biggie) BUT our table was mini... think candle, S&P, bread, 2 bread plates, waters....Twice we suggested a larger table and twice we were ignored. Waitress actually chuckled and walked away. Calamari was awful; soft inside and out. Poke & paté always great. Miss the cheese plates and classic desserts."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "And we have never been disappointed. Food and service were great. This is where we had Valentines Day dinner."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "As Moody's has garnered a good local reputation in town I decided to try their mid afternoon lunch on Valentines day of this year. I ordered a hamburger medium rare and was disappointed. It was dry and overcooked and not as good as others available in town e.g. at the Blue Coyote."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "I was not expecting fine dining or luxury setting, I believe that it was great for what we were looking for. Simple food but great taste. I ask for chicken and mashed potatos."
    Dined on 2/3/2014
  • "Recently had a great business lunch at Moody's. The food was terrific and atmosphere was perfect."
    Dined on 1/23/2014
  • "Had dinner here the steak was ok but no bread no side with the overpriced and minimal portion For an expensive resturant please some bread and side with your $30+ entree just a plate of steak seriously"
    Dined on 1/20/2014
  • "As above - food slightly better than average. Waiter was really arrogant (tall, glasses - yes, you know who you are) - after taking the order he never came back to the table to check on us. I really wanted another glass of wine but was never able to order it or attract his attention. The restaurant was NOT busy this night (Superbowl play offs were on at the time) so no excuses there. Rest of the staff seemed very warm and friendly. I guess we were just unlucky to get this guy."
    Dined on 1/19/2014
  • "We arrived 90 minutes early for our reservation and they were able to seat us after about 15-20 minutes even though it was a very busy night. Food and service is always very good at Moody's. Be sure to try one of their homemade soups. Smoked pork chop was perfectly cooked and seasoned. One vegetarian in our group had excellent choices. Chocolate fondue for dessert was great. Only reason I gave four stars for service is that the waiter's assistant/busboy seemed pretty green (interrupted us, reached over us but, fortunately, not too often). The waiters and waitresses themselves are professional, very helpful and knowledgable. Moody's has been on our top list of places in the north Tahoe region for several years and remains so."
    Dined on 12/24/2013
  • "The food is always amazing - creative, beautifully presented, delicious! we love the bar seating the fires outside are a lovely place to sit and enjoy the town."
    Dined on 11/24/2013
  • "We really enjoyed the table, the ambiance and Craig was fantatic. For the price, I was a bit disappointed in the taste of the food as the vegetables didn't jump out. I am used to Farmer's Market veggies with plenty of taste. I liked the idea of half glasses of wine- very astute and loved the French Fries. My friend liked the chard and felt the same way about the vegetables."
    Dined on 11/20/2013
  • "Excellent food, a good band but it did make it a little to noisy"
    Dined on 11/1/2013