Bar of America

4.1
382 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Contemporary American
This comfortable Bar and Restaurant in Historic Downtown Truckee welcomes diners with its warm interior and friendly efficient service. The All American menu has a wide range of classic and modern favorites, from sandwiches to steaks and seafood all distinctively paired with an award winning wine list satisfying a broad taste palate at reasonable prices.
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Baltimore
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time there the burger was amazing!

OT
Tahoe
4 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

We love the big bird- too bad that can’t be available at Garwoods

L
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

I’m disappointed and I won’t be back. We made reservations several days in advance. When we arrived our table was “being set up” and it was in the back, adjacent to the kitchen, even though the restaurant was not full and windows were open to a beautiful evening. My BBQ chicken was so dry that I couldn’t cut it. The vegetables accompanying it were delicious and so was my cocktail, but for a night out in a great town it really felt like a waste.

ML
Tahoe
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 2

It was too loud and too dark. Our table was in the bar area and people we talking really loud over my head. Super unpleasant. And the food was way overpriced.

MT
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Always enjoy our experience at Bar Of America

E
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 5

Food is overpriced and nothing special. The kids meal was pathetic. My 6 year old ordered the macaroni and the serving was so small she was still starving after she ate it.

LI
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Yes with the expectation that it wouldn't be a quiet meal!

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Great wings
Good sliders
Good pizza
Risotto primavera not so good

JM
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Lovely place and awesome food but be aware of the close trains and horn blowing as it goes past. I still highly recommend it!!!

F
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

The best dish was the ahi tuna nachos. Granted, the Cobb salad and pepperoni pizza were okay...but nothing to scream about. Our waiter seemed like a "newbie", since there were so many errors with our drinks.

TM
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

cocktails and mains seemed a overpriced. the food was good.

ZD
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great spot in Truckee Reno has a tough time competing with the overall experience this place has to offer well worth the 30 min drive.

PF
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

I've been to this restaurant many times. One of the times I want to share with all is my husband was having surgery at a surgery center. He had to be transported to emergency and then ICU for a couple of days. After he was settled I went to dinner here. When I walked in I said to the host that I know in this day and age no one has the yellow pages but I needed to stay at a hotel due to the above circumstances. The host said go have dinner and he would take care of it. He brought me 4 pages of places to stay in Truckee. He went above and beyond and I'm sure his mother would be proud. Another thing happened I enjoyed the salad dressing a different visit and the waitress brought me a container with additional dressing to take home. She also gave me the email of the chef so I could ask him for the recipe. He provided me the ingredients although it was for 90 people I was able to find a site that can cut it down the home cook. I can't rave enough about the staff, food and what a special place this is. I hope you will get a chance to visit and experience it all.

P
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great service in historic Truckee.

HG
Orange County
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was very good, also loved the habiscus mojito.. favorite. Service was good... overall too pricey. Prices were more like those of nice steakhouse not a bar/grill.

TL
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Have been here 4+ times, every time it exceedes our expectations. Service is quite amazing & Speed of the kitchen, everyone is on top of everything! Not in Inexpensive - but for the quality and service worth every bit of it!
Very welcoming and a good local vibe!

Highly recommend! Teresa

B
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Overall, it was pretty meh. Great vibe and people watching, but service was fairly slow and food is definitely overpriced ($46 for ahi tuna with wasabi mashed potatoes that were almost inedible because there was SO MUCH wasabi). Orzo was fairly bland as well. Would definitely go back for drinks / appetizers, but I think better food can be found elsewhere.

G
Montreal
12 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Nice atmosphere and good service. Food is innovative and the drinks will knock your socks off!

j
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We had a great dining experience, great service, fun atmosphere.

OT
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Great waiter. Wonderful place. Best Old Fashion in California. Truffle fries and Poke natchos very good. Downside is margaritas not good at all.

MB
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 1

Sat us in the annex, at a cold drafty table. Not what we wanted or expected. There were table is the main room and they declined to seat us there. The service was awful, the food worse. Been going to Bar of America since early 60's, in all of its variations. Have enjoyed them, all, except this one McDonalds is better

FP
Sacramento
155 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Bar of America has a fairly standard American menu that produces some pleasant surprises in terms of ingredients and preparation. This visit was to celebrate our anniversary, and it was on a quiet Wednesday night where we had the restaurant nearly to ourselves. We split a Caesar salad that was whole-leaf romaine lettuce with a fairly standard dressing, but with fried capers and sun-dried tomatoes, the salad was elevated from pedestrian to delicious. I had a wonderful rendition of seared ahi that was served with a cabbage salad that was reminiscent of kimchi and quite delicious. My husband had a beautiful filet mignon that was served with a lovely rosemary demi-glace. Our server, who was attentive and professional throughout the dinner, treated us to dessert for our anniversary. It was a lovely dinner. The restaurant has a nice space with a few outdoor sidewalk tables that are wonderful in nice weather.

v
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 2

our lunch courses were very good, but the service was terrible. It took 45 minutes from the time that
we ordered to get our food. We ordered dessert and that took over 30 minutes to appear. The hot
fudge sundaes were served in a milkshake class with the fudge on the bottom and then the ice cream.
We never had a hot fudge sundae served that way and it was not good. One of our party had the brownie with ice cream and he was unable to even slice the brownie - it was hard as a rock. I am not
sure if we will return after this experience

OT
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Mother’s Day weekend brunch

OT
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 1

My husband and I had such a terrible experience having dinner here several days ago. The room that we were seated in had 2 tables of girls having a bachelorette party. One had maybe 6 and the other 12-14 people. There were other diners as well seated on the perimeter of the room. As, the evening progressed the bachelorette party at the larger table got progressively louder as more and more alcohol was being served, the alcohol was flowing. By this point the girls were not talking anymore they were screaming. There was no way at this point that my husband and I could hold a decent conversation. We are looking around the room and many of the other diners were starting to get agitated. Finally, the girls at the larger table got up and started screaming even louder without any regard to the other diners. I finally said something to several of the girls to please stop screaming and her response was she was going to scream louder. I explained they were not in a private room and they were disrespectful to us and the other diners. At that point I asked to speak to the manager not realizing he was right next to me in the doorway. I indicated the situation and he said yes the table was getting very boisterous as the alcohol flowed. During my conversation with the manager 2 girls came forward and started mocking me and the manager pushed them away from me. I said to the manager why didn’t any of the help ask them to please quiet down.:The manager indicated that he wasn’t aware.He must of known because he was standing in the doorway to the room and he had just said how the girls are getting louder as more alcohol was consumed. Several of the girls started mocking me and the manager pushed them away from me as words were exchanged. The manager was not very sympathetic, which was most likely because that table generated a lot of income from all of the alcohol consumption. Based on this experience we will not be dining here anymore.

CW
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Drinks and food were all awesome!
The service was on point. Their Manhattans are crave worthy.

HM
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Reliable good food and service. Nice beer selection. Love the live music. Don’t pass up the garlic fries. Chicken sandwich is delicious, crispy and juicy. Many good dishes!

3
San Francisco
26 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

Nothing to special food was Average at best

OT
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Excellent food and service. Very loud even in dining room.

OT
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Because of parking problems Friday evening, we arrived at 6:30 and the table was still saved, and the hostess knew who we were. Great salad to go with the pizza and beer.

TL
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The place is in a quaint location with huge windows for people watching. The waitress wasn’t the most friendly, but she was efficient in getting drinks filled and our order was accurate. The food is what had us sold! The stuffed jalapeños and wings were to die for! I’d go back again even though our waitress never smiled;)

MO
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Our waiter helped to make our meal at Bar of America even more special than it already was. Thank you.

c
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Excellent experience as always. Every server we have had there has been exceptional. Manager/host very friendly and welcoming as well.

LS
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 4

Food wasn't bad but certainly not worth the price tag!

DF
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

It was very busy and crowded but service was perfect and food was delicious. The Sea Bass is very good.

CW
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

You're in Truckee for a burger or a salad during ski week... so ok. Service ranged from rude to wonderful. it was sooooo dark in the restaurant that my friend couldn't see the menu, asked waitress what was in a particular dish. So she suggested he get a flashlight to read it for himself! Food was good, not amazing/not cheap, but prompt. Families, but also happening bar scene with some live sports on TVs. Like I said, you're in Truckee for a burger during ski week so... It's fine.

T
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

FGood for groups.

CG
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Had a wonderful valentines dinner. Sat near the window and watched the blizzard outside. We both had the beef filet: mine ordered medium and my husband med rare. Both cooked to perfection. Great place for a date night.

OT
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 3

Great waitress, food and drinks!

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