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River Ranch Lodge & Restaurant
River Ranch Lodge & Restaurant

River Ranch Lodge & Restaurant Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.riverranchlodge.com/dining
  • Email: info@riverranchlodge.com
  • Phone: (530) 583-4264
  • Hours of Operation: Dinner: Monday - Sunday From 5:30. Bar from 4:30 p.m.
  • Payment Options: AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary American, American
  • Executive Chef: Rocky Woods
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: The River Ranch has a special large party menu for dinner parties upt to 50 guests. appetizer and buffet menus are available for large parties or weddings on our patio in the warmer months.
  • Private Party Facilities: For an intimate setting the River Ranch's Fireplace Room, featuring a beautiful river rock fireplace, provides a warm and festive atmosphere for private dinner parties, rehearsal dinners, birthday parties, family reunions, company parties and holiday festivities.
  • Private Party Contact: Event Coordinator (866) 618-2579

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Alpine Meadows Road
  • Parking: Private Lot
A word from River Ranch Lodge & Restaurant
Located on the banks of the Truckee River between Truckee and Tahoe City, this rustic old Tahoe lodge has been a Tahoe dining favorite for many, many years. Choose between a cozy seat in our Fireplace Dining Room or along the river in our River View Dining Room. In the summer, dine on our patio that overlooks the river. Enjoy elevated unique and imaginative "New Tahoe Lodge Cuisine" with an emphasis in locality, sustainability, and organic ingredients in the style of Progressive American. Rocky Woods, Executive Chef, will be inventively writing menus seasonally to keep up with culinary trends but also providing elevated dishes with specials that change nightly. Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Service
  • Diners' Choice WinnerOutdoor Dining
Diner Reviews
  • "Beautiful views. Food is OK. Overpriced for what you get like most of the Tahoe scene. Next time will get the bar food outside which affords same view."
    Dined on 6/16/2013
  • "Took our friend out for a special birthday celebration. Food was great! I had the Elk which was delicious- better than the steak and the steak was great ( but a little too rare for medium rare for my friend). My husband's boar selection was a bit under seasoned but otherwise good. There was a good wine list with reasonable prices. We enjoyed dessert - the sugar cookie was perfect with the lemon sorbet! The chocolate cake my friend ordered was comp'd to honor her 60th birthday! A pleasant surprise. We love the view here and are locals so get to enjoy the restaurant regularly."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "The restaurant is very well located in a very nice spot. The NY cut was excellent! I will recomend it for Family vacations on North Lake Tahoe area"
    Dined on 3/12/2014
  • "The tables are set in a rotunda affording a close-up view of the river which the restaurant shines lights on so you can see the water moving. It's very quiet and each table is separated enough that you have privacy and you can talk to each other. Our glasses were kept full and all our needs anticipated. The food was outstanding. We had a risotto with artichokes and wild mushrooms and elk, plus the green salad with delicate hearts of palm with outstanding dressing and a tomato bisque soup. The Sauvignon Blanc by the glass was really good as was the local double brown ale. We also split a slice of delicious coffee ice cream cake for dessert."
    Dined on 3/3/2014
  • "Around Tahoe theres lots of american: steaks, burgers, pizzas. This is actually a pretty good restaurant. Super location: on the river. Nice round shape restaurant. Huge fireplace and a menu that offers something for every one."
    Dined on 12/25/2013
  • "The River Ranch is a great historic restaurant with excellent food choices. I have been here a number of occasions: by myself at the bar, dinner for two in both lounge and dining room, and in my most recent incident, dinner for ten in the dining room. The view is awesome and the ambiance is warm and inviting. For lunch I recommend the pork banh mi sandwich and the calamari. They also have a great Caesar salad and shrimp po' boy. For dinner I had the duck and the scallops with pork belly to share. Delicious and flavorful. The portions are great, too - not too much and not too little. I also enjoyed the persimmon salad, the veal cheek, and the smoked Lassen trout. The spice and chocolate cake bread pudding was a great finish to my meal!"
    Dined on 1/26/2014
  • "The occasion was a special birthday dinner and it couldn't have been better. Wooden Beams and historic decor harken back to this original lodge of old Tahoe. This gem near Alpine Meadows and Squaw Valley is located along the scenic Truckee River, and bike/hike trail which is part of the Tahoe-Pyramid Bikeway. Warm and inviting on a cold winter evening after skiing, this romantic getaway is a must for those who seek rustic ambiance with a first class dining experience."
    Dined on 2/1/2014
  • "We have been staying in Alpine Meadows for years. This is a wonderful dining experience where one can watch the Trukee river run past while enjoying excellent fare. Highly recommended!"
    Dined on 1/22/2014
  • "We have dined at River Ranch for more than 20 years inside in the winter and on the deck in the summer. We have celebrated many a special occasion here as well. On this occasion, January 3, 2014, we were delighted with the service [as usual] but not delighted with the cuisine. This is only the second time we have been disappointed with food preparation. The first time was a Christmas dinner some years ago that had a fixed menu instead of the regular menu. We have not repeated that since. This is a lovely spot to dine at any time of the year and the service, if not the food, is always remarkable!"
    Dined on 1/2/2014
  • "Food was delicious - our party of four had elk, boar, chicken and a good vegetarian selection with protein - note the latter is important as vegetarians want something other than a salad and pasta."
    Dined on 12/29/2013
  • "We have dined at River Ranch many times and always found the food and service to be excellent. The steak my wife ordered this time was terrible. Very disappointing. The scallop dish I ordered was excellent as was my soup and my wife's salad. We will return to this restaurant because we've had good experiences in the past, but if this had been our first visit, it would have been our last."
    Dined on 12/24/2013
  • "RR accommodated 6 adults and 4 children between 2 and 6 nicely. Good food for both adults and children. Great waitress. Some unique offerings on menu, monkfish and elk. We had a wonderful dinner and evening."
    Dined on 12/23/2013
  • "Really enjoyed celebrating the holiday at the River Ranch Lodge. The staff was really friendly and the food and wine delicious. Appreciated there were several options in addition to the traditional turkey dinner. As a vegetarian I was able to order something on a meat focused day! Creative menu and wonderful atmosphere. We are considering making it a family tradition!"
    Dined on 11/28/2013
  • "Lost reservations, poor food quality, unhappy server, total lack of service and I know as I have run a restaurant, bar and lodge for the last 9 years. Clearly I am disappointed with my favorite restaurant, and don't know that I will use open table again."
    Dined on 11/28/2013
  • "Our families River Ranch Lodge Thanksgiving dinner experience was excellent! Food was wonderful! Walter was kind attetative and professionaly hospitable! Our tabe was comfortably situated by a full beautiful view of well lit rushing river combined with real lit candles - white linen -silver all in the rustic Ambiance of a warm fireplace - lit cabin dinning experience - simply made it one of our all time favorite holiday memories! Prices were fair and Well worth it! Special Thanks to both the staff and management for a job well done!"
    Dined on 11/28/2013
  • "We really enjoyed our relaxing meal on the patio, right next to the river. The food was very good, especially the carrot ginger soup. The service was very slow and absent-minded, but who's in a hurry on a beautiful night, with the river rushing by, the stars twinkling, and the bats flying overhead?"
    Dined on 9/10/2013