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About Bar of America
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.
Truckee, CA 96160
Contemporary American, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service
Hours of Operation:
(Mon - Fri) from 11:30 am
(Sat & Sun) from 10:30 am
Daily from 5:30 pm
(Mon - Fri) from 11:00 am
(Sat & Sun) from 10:00 am
The Bar never closes before 11:30 pm (Sun -Thurs)
and 12:30 am (Fri & Sat)
$30 and under
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
Known for supporting the areas best local talent, the bar hosts small intimate tunes to all out ragers with dancing til the early hours. Almost nightly you can find something happening inside the historic building.
Downtown offers ample metered parking during the day and after 6:00pm all parking is complimentary.
All public transit for the area stops right across the street from the restaurant, including greyhound and Amtrak.
Peter Brinckerhoff, Chef - Chase Johnson
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Dancing, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Special Events & Promotions:
Happy Hour: October - April, Monday through Friday 4:00pm to 6:00pm, Monday Night Football- through the game. Beer and wine specials, discounted appetizers and 'Cock-tails'.
Fish Taco Fridays- Fridays in winter following Happy Hour, raffle every hour and bar specials, grand prize snowboard most weeks, 6:30pm-10:00pm, "The more you drink, the more you win!"
Cock-Tail Tuesdays- May- September, 'Cock-Tails' at nearly half the price every Tuesday- All Day, All Night, All Summer!
Music After the Music - Live Music after Truckee Thursdays. All Summer.
Bi-Monthly Whiskey Tasting - The Wednesday of every other Month. Visit Bar of America's facebook page for details.
Bar of America Ratings and Reviews
The service could have received a 4 Star rating if the staff was more focused on the customer. There seemed to have a training going on for the espresso machine and the conversation regarding the proper recipe for coffee drinks could be heard by th customers. Training needs to be completed and up to speed before customers are in the restaurant.
Food was tasty and very ample.
Frustrating experience with the manager. Asked to sit at a table next to the one they suggested. While standing there waiting the manager said he could not make any changes cause “everything would go wrong”. Not a great start to the meal as it was literally one four top to another and within 5 minutes another group of four sat there and we both left at the same time with the same server.
Server was great. Pizza was sub par but martini was great. Too bad as the manager’s lack of any flexibility will make me think twice before returning.
Christmas Day, so very crowded, which was expected.
Service was good and server very cordial.
Some of the entrees were fine, but some overcooked and may have been sitting on a warming table too long.
It's probably better to stick with the basics- pizza, hamburger, etc. than to go for fine dining.
We travelled through Truckee on Thanksgiving day. Bar of America had a dinner reservation open. We came 2 hours ahead of time and asked if they could seat us. They did! The food was good quality food: A Cob salad with chicken skewers and a Cesar salad with Salmon were fresh, with some creative touches. Good size, interesting twists: Cesar had dried berries (blueberries?) added. Everything is on a spicier side than expected: Kids cheese pizzas were spicier than expected. Blackened chicken skewers, salmon all had a spicy touch. Good for adults, a bit harder for the kids. Overall, good spot.
My second visit to Bar of America was good and I will return in the future, but would be great if they could improve their service a bit. There were plenty of empty tables the evening we were there so it wasn't that it was crowded with winter sport enthusiasts or locals. We ordered their truffle fries as an appetizer but the fries never arrived so we ended up cancelling them when our meals came. Server seemed a bit distracted the whole evening. Salmon with chutney was tasty but was described as being served with asparagus but actually came with broccolini. Not a huge deal, but my son and I both love asparagus and that was one of the reasons we ordered it. Would have been nice if they would have at least told us that as we ordered. My husband had the rib eye (done medium) and said it was good. I like the location of this place and the casual Truckee vibe but was a bit disappointed this time around. Worth giving it a try as I've been their once before and enjoyed it much more. This might have just been an off night.
This visit was not the best and it was not totally the fault of the restaurant. It was Truckee’s Halloween parade so the town was full of children and we did not know this event was taking place when we made reservations. It would have been more pleasant if we had been seated in a different part of the restaurant rather than in the area where families with young children were allowed to run around, being loud and obnoxious. That makes for a very unpleasant evening for the diners and for the staff.
We go to Bar Of America each time we are in Truckee, about 10-12 Times a year. We enjoy the fun bar/restaurant atmosphere, watching the various games on the screens, the friendly staff, and the drinks and good food.
Our last visit was during a wine event in truckee so the town was full. We came to truckee for a hike and specifically have a fun dinner at BOA. I was relieved I had made reservations with a specific request to sit in the bar side of the restaurant once I saw the crowds.
We arrived early and the hostess said she could not sit us in the bar area. We told her we had a half hour before our reservation so we can wait because we did not want to sit in the quiet side. The hostess did not give me much faith that she cared. We had a drink at the bar and watched tables turn over. I checked back in with the hostess and she said she could not sit us in the bar area and sat us in the very quiet (boring) restaurant side. The screen showing the game cannot be seen and my buddy and I had dinner with a few older and pleasant couples. I watched the hostess sit more tables of two in the bar area.
I thought I made it clear in the request and provided enough flexibility to the hostess to at least try to accommodate us. But I realized she really didn’t care. Thanks for the boring meal. Maybe we will try something else next time.
I have brought almost every person who has come to Truckee to see me to this place. It is a bit expensive but occasionally you can splurge and enjoy food, the train passing and Cottonwood in the background.
The kids love this place too
Great time overall! Reservations were on time, pepper poppers are a must with a hand crafted beer to top it all off. The ambiance and toe tapping music lifted up our spirits or maybe it was the combination of great music and great crafted beer. We were visiting with friends and we will include Bar of America on every vist.
In Truckee for vacation... this place had good reviews so we decided to try for dinner. I had the prime rib dinner and it was fabulous! Perfectly done and served with roasted potatoes and asparagus. Hubby had the bison burger & fries and said it was very good (comparable to Ted's in ATL). The cocktails were good - but strong. They were quite expensive ($11) - so was happy that they weren't watered down versions like some places serve. Hubby had a tall draught beer and it was also expensive ($7.50). Needless to say, we drew the line at one each. We ordered an apple crisp to share for dessert... that was really a disappointment - it was stone cold and had way more "crisp" (mostly oats) than apple. Should've skipped dessert, but everything else was quite good, even though it was expensive- but then, so were the other restaurants in the area. Service was good, but we heard the same "pitch" for the "house specialty" cocktail being given to every party seated (a bourbon sweet-sour conconction) over and over again. All in all, a pleasant evening and a tasty dinner.
I had an outstanding experience! See different yet we're no different. The swordfish entree was amazing! The "Cock-tail" beverage was delicious, and the fried oreo beignet style with two scoops vanilla bean ice cream, mint sprig topping for dessert was yummy! I really enjoyed my experience indeed. My pallette danced for the rest of the evening. Shot out to Kevin, Nick, and Chef Ryan D! ~Z.
I met a dear friend who drove up from Lake of the Pines (about 1hour 15 minutes) and I drove up from Minden, Nevada (also about 1 hour 15 minutes) so that neither one of us took the brunt of the commute to meet for a wonderful lunch. Our server, Jimmy, was MOST attentive and very nice. We each had a fancy salad and we both loved our choice(s) very much. We didn't order any cocktails as we each had to drive back but, I'm very glad we chose this restaurant for our lunch. I did make a reservation for an outside table at noon and when the sweetest young woman met me at the door to seat me she suggested another table that would NOT be in the sun. I REALLY appreciated that! My commute could have been worse due to road work but I managed to get through with all green/go flaggers or I would have been 30 minutes or more late. Chefs salad with Roquefort/chicken/etc. was wonderful and her SW style salad was good too!
Delicious foods and excellent cocktails (Thunderbird margarita was terrific). Also nice wine by the glass selections. It is not typical "bar food" btw. Husband had a bison burger and I had pasta with shrimp and crab that were excellent. Will definitely go back.
It does have a nice atmosphere but since we were at a two top table by the kitchen I only gave 3 stars-it was fine, just not the best.
Overall, this place is great. It serves many of the favorites you would expect from a place in a ski town plus others. My kids raved about the mac and cheese and the big bird chicken sandwich is definitely plenty of chicken. Definitely one of the better places in Tahoe.
In my opinion one of the best places to eat in Truckee. Consistent. Great service, great food, great atmosphere. Generally pretty busy...especially on the weekends. The chicken burger is huge and amazing! The bar is great, good selection of wines and generous cocktails.
Had not been to the Bar of America in years. Decided to try it for dinner and enjoyed our meals immensely! Encrusted Sea Bass is delicious with the Pesto Risotto. The Filet Mignonette was cooked to medium rare perfection. The Red, White and Blue was a yummy combination of prawns, blue crab and pasta with a light alfredo-type sauce. Overall, we were very happy from the food to the service.
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