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Wild River Grille
Wild River Grille

Wild River Grille Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.bestrenorestaurant.com/
  • Phone: (775) 284-7455
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Daily 11:00am-4:00pm
    Dinner: Su-Th 4:00pm-10:00pm
    Dinner: F-Sa 4:00pm-11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary American, Seafood, Steak
  • Executive Chef: Joseph Bell
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, View, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Private Party Facilities: Set against the picturesque, urban Truckee River, Wild River Grille and its sister restaurant next door, the River Room, have several venues available for
 private dining or group functions ranging from 10-150 people, with an expansive riverside patio adjoining them. Experienced, on-site chefs that specialize in nouveau American cuisine and comfort foods provide customizable banquet or private dining menus for groups, with full bars offering libations or other refreshments. Please contact Wild River Grille for pricing information on the below options: * The River Room: Can accommodate up to 80 people in 1,800 square feet of space. Open, spacious interior with a full kitchen and a round bar within. * Wild River Grille: A more intimate gathering place, accommodates up to 50 people in 1,500 square feet of interior space with full bar. * City Room: Ideal for private dining or meetings, able to accommodate up to 20 people in 550 square feet of interior space.
  • Private Party Contact: Valerie Moore (775) 284-7455
  • Entertainment: The Wild River Grille features the outdoor "Summer Dinner Concert Series", showcasing dozens of local musicians nightly! Happy hour runs daily from 4-6p, wine tastings with food pairings weekly at “Sundays Uncorked” from 2-5p, and enjoy select bourbon tastings anytime. Dine alfresco with your pooch at "Dinner with Your Dog" every Monday night. Several entertainment options are available for private functions, with on-site banquet and planning services.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Mill
  • Public Transit: The RTC Ride public bus system stops just a few steps from Wild River Grille, and the free RTC Sierra Spirit also has nearby routes convenient to the restaurant.
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Plenty of convenient parking is available directly in front of the restaurant on the street, or just a short walk away. Free public lots are also available a short distance from Wild River Grille.
A word from Wild River Grille
Perfectly positioned in the very heart of Reno on the Truckee River, Wild River Grille provides warm, attentive service in a sophisticated but relaxed setting. Inspired by the region’s natural beauty the lush, woodsy interior provides an amazing setting or... enjoy the fresh air of Reno"s best patio on the famed Downtown Riverwalk. Executive Chef Joe Bell and Sous Chef Jessica Marrufo present seasonal and locally sourced menus featuring Nouveau American cuisine complemented by innovative comfort foods. The full bars offer a varied selection of wines from around the globe, refreshing beers, and handcrafted cocktails made from fresh squeezed juices and house liquor infusions. Next door, Wild River Grille’s sister restaurant, the River Room, offers a group-friendly, spacious interior, full bar,and décor that pays tribute to the city’s heyday. Wild River Grille serves lunch and dinner seven days a week starting at 11 am with live music nightly and Happy Hour Mon-Fri, 4-6pmContinued
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeighborhood Gem
  • Diners' Choice WinnerOutdoor Dining
Diner Reviews
  • "8-23-14 Controllable for a rest: service & food. Both poor.Waiter immediately told us the specials, then disappeared.After 12 min, we asked the mgr to come over.Related it had been 10 min since we had seen the water.Took our drink order and server came with the wine.Server never apologized.Instead, asked if he had told us about the specials.We asked to order at that time.Food was delivered timely, both our salad course and dinner.Entrees were fair, at best. Salads were fine. I called him over halfway thru our entrees and asked why we hadn't received bread.All other tables had.Said that the bread delivery depends on if it is baked and ready from the oven. What an answer! We left and will never go back.Too many good restaurants on the river!"
    Dined on 8/23/2014
  • "Service person kept placing bus items on our table. Outside chairs cheap and plastic. Vegetables were far overcooked."
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "Delightful dining experience, would recommend the patio for all, food was outstanding, music was appropriate and not distracting, and the wait staff (waiter was exceptional) very efficient and friendly."
    Dined on 8/14/2014
  • "I don't know any other place in Reno with a patio Happy Hour! Was a huge surprise. I requested the patio for a party of 9 and expected only full price meals would be available since not in the bar. To our delight the happy hour menu was provided as well. The portions on the small plates are very large. The truckee river nearby, happy hour plates and drinks and a small duo began playing music at 6pm on a wednesday, was fabulous. Every item was delicious and my family from New York and Florida were so happy and pleasantly surprised that there were more than casinos in Reno. Fortunately there were no small children running around the patio and crying like many of the spots in Reno. It was a joy."
    Dined on 8/13/2014
  • "Great outdoor cafe environment, even Bowser get to enjoy it!"
    Dined on 8/10/2014
  • "Located right along the Truckee in Reno. Outdoor setting reminds us of the brasseries in Paris. Live music, vocal and electric piano, nice and unobtrusive. We've been there twice, first time we had four different appetizers only, all superb. Drinks $10 or so but but big city good. Service excellent. We both had the special entree, encrusted halibut, absolutely perfect, at least as good as Rapscallions, with much better ambiance. The specials were $32, others as low as $24. We love this place and I suspect they don't have a poor entree or appetizer but I always check with the waiter."
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "We went to hear Tany Jane, a talented and versatile duo. The food and service was excellent, but the prices are closer to $$$ than $$ as listed on your site. We only had one drink each, an entree each, split a soup and salad, no dessert, and our tab was $100."
    Dined on 7/31/2014
  • "Made reservations on-line but had never dined here before. Despite the Hot August Nights crowd and noise the outdoor dining was unhurried and quiet to thoroughly enjoy guitarist Milton Merlos. We also appreciated the Six sigma wine and excellent service!"
    Dined on 7/30/2014
  • "The food is always excellent, the service is attentive and I always have a great dining experience. Fun place to bring your dog to outdoor seating area."
    Dined on 7/28/2014
  • "Love the food here! Service was excellent and they are very accomodating to groups."
    Dined on 7/27/2014
  • "The service we received was phenomenal as usual, and the food seems to literally get better each time we dine at the Wild River Grill. Anything we would have been able to complain about would have been entirely the product of outdoor summer dining in downtown Reno. My wife and I enjoyed our 5th anniversary dinner here and plan to remain patrons of this establishment for the foreseeable future."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "My family and I took our mother to Wild River to celebrate her 84th. My husband and I had been a few years back. The food has deteriorated---steaks wayyyy over cooked and my pasta was less than tender. I expected MUCH more from a $200+ meal! On top of that, Mom is in a wheelchair and by time all the umbrellas for outdoor dining were in place, we could not roll her in and out without moving the furniture and disrupting other guests."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "Great evening. Gave up on Wild River after a not so good experience. This time it was excellent. A good reminder not to stop going somewhere after just one bad experience. Any place can have a off night. Food and service were outstanding. One of the best places for eating outside along the river."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "Had a reservation for 7:30, we were seated promptly along with another couple who had no reservation. Saw friends come n after us being seated. Long story short... It took 90 minutes to serve our table # salads and 3 appetizers. Our water glasses were never refilled. The other two aforementioned parties had full dinner entrees and had left long before we were served our appetizers. Lost order? Never sent order to kitchen? Kitchen that cannot keep up with appetizers, but can entrees? All I can say is no excuse.... lovely local bad service!"
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "Because of the impending flash floods we sat inside (something we never do), so glad we did! We had such a lovely experience! Service was wonderful. Food was perfect as always!"
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "Second time eating here. Being from out if town this place is an inviting place to relax, listen to music and have a fabulous dinner. The halibut was excellent. Beet chip salad my favorite. Mushroom ravioli to die for. I'll be back again soon."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "The atmosphere, food, music, environment, weather, service were perfect. We were especially appreciative of our waiter, Brandon. He was a perfect gentleman, friendly, timely, entertaining and thorough."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • " We have a group of 4 that goes to a different restaurant each month and this was our July choice.I had looked at the menu online and thought it was a little pricey and not a lot of food choices. We were pleasantly surprised when we realized they had a happy hour bar bite menu. Three of us decided to try that. We had crab and salmon cakes, the wild river salad, garlic fries, an egg salad appetizer (which was huge) and sliders. We got to taste a lot of variety, get full and have a lower bill than we had expected. One of the group had the shrimp and fettuccini entrée and devoured it all. Listening to Tyler Stafford that night was an added bonus."
    Dined on 7/15/2014
  • "Great location, great service, great music, fabulous food,…one of the best restaurants in town"
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "Out of town guests LOVED the food, service and location. A terrific addition to downtown Reno! Highly recommended."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "We went there for a girlfriend's get together and it was perfect. Great happy hour!"
    Dined on 6/30/2014
  • "We've been to Reno many times but just discovered this restaurant. It will definitely be one of our regular stops on all future trips!"
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "The overall experience was just FAIR in a restaurant that is charging for a 4-5 star experience. The hostess seated us promptly since the restaurant was wide open inside at 6:45 on a Saturday night. (the patio had a few more people but was still fairly open) Our waitress was very attentive with drink orders and appetizers. The Salmon crab cakes arrived still frozen in the middle. STRIKE 1. The waitress immediately replaced them and removed them from the bill. Our main courses were the filet mignon and Spicy shrimp over pasta. Good food but the bill was still well over what we expected from the mediocre establishment."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Came with a group of 6 which took up to 20 minutes during 7:30p on a Friday night. Server promptly took our orders, and even replaced an entire special dish of Salmon because my friend didn't like the plum taste (free of charge). Once he was served the trout, my friend was superbly pleased and we were always served promptly with a smile. Food quality is excellent, as all ingredients are crispy, fresh and organic. I had the truffle ravioli which was served in a large deep bowl and certainly gave me more than enough for a $25+ dish. Well worth the price if you are a foodie and like to experiment from a simple menu. There is something for everyone on the menu, from dense filet mignon lovers to the vegan eater. Loved the ambiance and fountain."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "Reservation was ready for us and we were seated right away. Service was friendly and excellent. Food was marvelous."
    Dined on 6/23/2014
  • "If you're looking for a special restaurant in Reno with absolutely wonderful food and ambiance - go to the Wild River Grille! Everything was perfect and the steak was the best we've ever had in Reno! The service was excellent, and we couldn't have had a nicer evening out to dinner - superb! Located along the Truckee River adds to the unique ambiance of the restaurant in the summer time and their newly acquired additional indoor dining area is great for groups, and winter dining. We give it 10 thumbs up!!"
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Wonderful, locally-sourced food, exquisitely prepared! Great service, wonderful location on the Riverwalk and close to theaters. Delightful ambience, both indoors and out."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "The food is great. Lots of smiles and attentive service and you can't beat sitting outside on a summers day."
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "We all met to "catch up" after not seeing each other for years. It was quiet enough for conversation, the food list met everybody's personal requests and was delivered in a timely manner."
    Dined on 6/16/2014
  • "Had a family gathering here for a celebration. Our server seemed to be very busy and it appeared she was the only person taking orders for food and beverage. When we were ready to order, all of a sudden she turned around and attended to the other table next to us. Very sweet gal though. The wrong beer was brought to one of us. I had a chicken salad with cubed chicken that reminded me of something I'd get at McDonald's; prefab'd chicken, if you will, and the dressing was tasteless. Hamburger was yummy. Overall, it was not a bad experience and shall return."
    Dined on 6/16/2014
  • "We ate there for Father's Day. Were given a table close to the Truckee River. The food was really good!"
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "Service was extremely slow. Food was great. Took a long time to be acknowledged. Bread came with entree. Not while we were sitting for ever waiting for our food."
    Dined on 6/8/2014
  • "Great food with a wonderful outdoor patio overlooking the river. There was wonderful guitar music and and decent wine list. I plan to return soon. We had a wonderful evening. "
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "Great food and restaurant Would recommend to anyone at any time for lunch, dinner or large parties."
    Dined on 6/5/2014
  • "Just moving here within the last year, Wild River Grille has set the new bar for excellent places to eat in Reno. Being on a romantic date with someone special, this place had a gorgeous view of the river, live relaxing music and the service was outstanding. I'm looking forward to our next visit to this place and exploring more items on their menu. Thanks for the great time!"
    Dined on 6/1/2014
  • "This is a great place to take a your friends, a date or for that special occasion. The food is fantastic'"
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "We drove by this place and liked the way it looked. We had a nice table outside next to the Truckee River. We had the pork belly and brie flat bread appetizers which were both outstanding. My Ceasar salad was not very tasty but others enjoyed the spring salad. Entrees were good. My steak was very high quality but a little undercooked. The service was friendly but a little slow as other reviewers noted. Nice live music. Nice ambiance without being obtrusive. "
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "Going to wild river we expected something much different. Although the environment is great, the service was not bad, it was just cold and a bit stand offish. The food was expensive, but it did not have anything unique about it, overall it was bland. We had Ny steak dish and chicken pancetta dish. Unfortunately, due to their pricing, I would not recommend to a friend."
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "Checked out during a river wedding, made anniversary reservation next day. Great food, service, outdoor eating area."
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "We were really excited about eating at this nice spot right on the river in Reno. We made a reservation - were seated at the very back of the space and forgotten about. After 15 minutes, we flagged down a waiter (he was not our waiter) and he kindly took our order. We waited quite a while for the salad (which was the best part of the meal) and then a long time for our entrees. Our entrees were mediocre. We never really knew who our waiter was. We had several different people bring things out and our main contact was the person who refilled our water. Honestly, it is the worst service I have ever had. We were really disappointed. We were there for about 2 1/2 hours - most of that time was just waiting for our food."
    Dined on 5/16/2014