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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.

10040 Donner Pass Road
Truckee, CA 96160
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Contemporary American, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service

Hours of Operation:
Lunch
(Mon - Fri) from 11:30 am
(Sat & Sun) from 10:30 am

Dinner
Daily from 5:30 pm

Bar
(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)

Cross Street:
Bridge St.

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(530) 587-2626

Website:
http://www.barofamerica.com/

Entertainment:
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.

Parking Details:
Downtown offers ample metered parking during the day and after 6:00pm all parking is complimentary.

Public Transit:
All public transit for the area stops right across the street from the restaurant, including greyhound and Amtrak.

Executive Chef:
Peter Brinckerhoff, Chef - Chase Johnson

Additional:
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

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4
3
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4.3

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.4

service

4.4

ambience

4.2

value

3.8

Noise

Moderate

97% would recommend it to a friend

Casual (10)
Great for Lunch (7)
Hot Spot (6)
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Fun (6)
Neighborhood Gem (6)
Creative Cuisine (5)
Bar Seating (4)
Great for Outdoor Dining (4)
People Watching (4)
Vibrant Bar Scene (4)
Kid-friendly (3)
Fit for Foodies (3)
Good for a Date (3)
Good for Groups (3)
Happy Hour (3)
Live Music (3)
Seasonal (3)
Comfort Food (3)
Authentic (2)
Great Beer (2)
Handcrafted Cocktails (2)
Healthy (2)
Live Sports (2)
Local Ingredients (2)
Scenic View (2)
Sunday Lunch (2)
Tapas (2)
Worth the Drive (2)
Notable Wine List (1)
Good for Birthdays (1)
Business Meals (1)
Cozy (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Great for Brunch (1)
Quick Bite (1)
Special Occasion (1)
Spicy (1)
Vegan (1)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
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 (San Francisco)·Dined a day ago

Good upscale pub food and atmosphere, service was excellent.

Tags: Hot Spot, Great Beer, Fun, Good for a Date, Sunday Lunch, Cozy
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 (St. Louis)·Dined on November 5, 2017

I ordered the fish and chips. Service was quick and professional. Food was excellent.

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 (Tahoe)·Dined on October 28, 2017

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.

Tags: Casual
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vip
 (Sacramento)·Dined on October 8, 2017

Great server. Excellent fish and beef entrees.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 8, 2017

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.

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 (Central Coast)·Dined on September 17, 2017

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.
Great drinks!
The kids love this place too

Tags: Live Music, Creative Cuisine, Spicy, Vibrant Bar Scene, Casual, Fun, Great for Outdoor Dining, Scenic View, Kid-friendly, Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Happy Hour, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Sacramento)·Dined on September 13, 2017

Good food and fantastic wait staff. Very responsive to your needs.

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·Dined on September 3, 2017

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.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Tapas, Fun, Great for Lunch, Great Beer
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·Dined on August 27, 2017

The pork chop too thick and dry, maybe serve to thiner ones, easier to cook properly

Tags: Casual
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 (Birmingham)·Dined on August 27, 2017

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.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Casual
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on August 26, 2017

Sea Bass is amazing , always enjoy

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 (Chicago)·Dined on August 23, 2017

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.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on August 16, 2017

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!

Tags: Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Hot Spot, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Great for Brunch, Casual, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 13, 2017

Our server was terrific and flexible with all of our special dietary requests, the food was fresh and yummy, and Drop Theory was such a fun band. Overall, a very fun night.

Tags: Good for Groups, Live Music
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 13, 2017

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.

Tags: Fun, Seasonal, Authentic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 12, 2017

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.

Tags: Hot Spot, Live Sports, Happy Hour, Casual, Bar Seating
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 11, 2017

Always great food and service!

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 10, 2017

Good food in an interesting atmosphere. Would go again when in Truckee.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Comfort Food, Live Music, Bar Seating
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 (Sacramento)·Dined on August 10, 2017

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.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Vibrant Bar Scene, Comfort Food
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 9, 2017

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.

Tags: Casual, Kid-friendly, Fun, Creative Cuisine, Good for Groups, Hot Spot, Fit for Foodies
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 (Tahoe)·Dined on August 5, 2017

Good food and adult beverages made for an enjoyable evening.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 29, 2017

This restaurant is good for lunch but would not recommend for dinner. We had ordered 3 pork chops entrees and they all came out barely cooked and extremely pink. We asked that they be cooked a bit more, this took forever and when they finally came back out they were way over cooked and very dry. We couldn't even eat them and they were $36 each. Very disappointed!!!

Tags: Great for Lunch
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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on July 29, 2017

Great, as always. Server was especially good. She answered all granddaughter's questions about gluten-free. White chili is delicious; the Big Bird sandwich is also delicious AND huge!

Tags: Great for Lunch, Healthy, Creative Cuisine, Gluten Free Options, Local Ingredients, Seasonal, Great for Outdoor Dining, Casual, Good Vegetarian Options, Vegan
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vip
 (Denver)·Dined on July 7, 2017

Good food, good atmosphere, would highly recommended!

Tags: Worth the Drive
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 3, 2017

As I walked in rather than greeting my group the hostess asked me to step aside multiple times. When I insisted that I had not checked in and needed to be helped, she rudely let me check in. She never apologized and I found it unacceptable as a patron o the restaurant. The hostess is the first impression for every guest and she was awful!

Our waitress was fantastic, but next time I'll find a friendlier restaurant in Truckee.

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 (Tahoe)·Dined on July 2, 2017

Great service, ambiance and food was great! I had the pastrami sandwich 👍

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 1, 2017

My entire family walked away satisfied with our meal. Fare was well prepared, tasty and reasonably priced. Recommend next time you're in Truckee.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Happy Hour, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene, Casual, People Watching
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on June 28, 2017

We drove to Truckee for the day, had reservations..got there early, no problem, can we sit outside no problem..great food, good beer, great people watching..good day!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food, Local Ingredients, Cozy, Tasting Menu, People Watching, Great Beer
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 (Sacramento)·Dined on June 20, 2017

This is the 2nd time to this restaurant and both times the food was excellent. The prime rib is the best we've ever had. This last time we had an issue with our dessert to go, as it was supposed to include ice cream. When we got to our hotel we discovered it was missing. We called the restaurant and told them what happened. Within 10 minutes they had delivered the ice cream to our hotel. That's EXCELLENT customer service!

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 (San Diego)·Dined on June 10, 2017

Stopped in for a late lunch on a Saturday afternoon. Not too crowded or noisy. My boyfriend and I had the chicken salad and the pepperoni/sausage pizza which was a good combination. Our server was polite and attentive. I went to the bar to sample a beer--was nice that the bartender brought my pint over to our table once he had it poured. We would go back for a meal if we are in the area again some day.

Tags: Live Sports, Great Beer, Casual
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 (New Mexico)·Dined on June 7, 2017

The drinks and food were wonderful. Good variety and quality. The service was personable. The window table provided great people watching.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Bar Seating, People Watching, Scenic View, Special Occasion
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on June 7, 2017

The pastrami sandwich was too fatty. I would like to try the fish tacos next time.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Tahoe)·Dined on May 28, 2017

Anytime I'm up near Truckee I try and pop in here. Food is always tasty and the service has never disappointed.

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on May 26, 2017

The only place in Truckee with Guinness on tap!

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 (Sacramento)·Dined on May 20, 2017

large portions and very good the pork chop is huge and tasty

Tags: Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 30, 2017

We were a bit taken aback when my daughter asked
For the kids menu to see if their were chicken strips. The server looked straight at her and asked how old she was, my daughter replied 15. The swerved replied with an attitude UH NO, you can't have kids menu. I explained that she just wanted chicken strips and that I was happy to pay for a full size adult portion to which the server again said No, we can't do that.

Won't ever go back she was just rude!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 16, 2017

We were celebrating Easter dinner with good friends. Open Table said they would be offering specials for Easter. Unfortunately the specials were just for breakfast and lunch - not dinner. Disappointing that wasn't made clear on website. We mentioned it to our server who checked with kitchen but they said no, just regular menu. Fortunately they have good food and we were satisfied. Just had hoped for maybe a prime rib but only on Saturday night, not Easter!

Tags: Authentic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 16, 2017

With excellent service and outstanding food I can depend on Bar of America to always be a great choice when dining in Truckee.

Tags: Fun, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem, Sunday Lunch, Comfort Food, Seasonal, Worth the Drive, Disabled Access, Local Ingredients, Great for Brunch, Organic, Fit for Foodies, Healthy, Good Vegetarian Options, Great for Lunch, Great Beer, Bar Seating, Casual, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date
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 (Denver)·Dined on April 4, 2017

There was only one waiter covering the entire restaurant so needless to say our service was sub par. When we asked about two items on the menu our waiter explained OTHER items and never answered our question. Also, wrong dinner item was brought out for one of our party.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on March 29, 2017

Our table for 6 was ready when we arrived. 5pm dinner in the middle of the week, so they weren't crowded then -- but when we left they were very busy.

Hubs and I enjoyed a drink at the bar before the rest arrived. Extensive assortment of liquor, and nice choice of beer. Their craft cocktail menu was fun to read: clever names and ingredients.

Our 4 guests (fresh off the slopes after a day of skiing) arrived so we first ordered the appetizer of jalapeno shooters. Several orders of bread, too. Creative presentation and so tasty. All enjoyed except the middle schooler: too hot for him.

Dinner. Three ordered the steak with bourbon sauce. The steaks were huge, nicely marbled, and each came to the table cooked to the diner's request. One ordered the swordfish and really enjoyed. Another ordered the chicken conchiglie and practically licked the plate. I had the sea bass-- the sauce was superb!

We split some desserts: the brownie and the Apple crisp. Again, plate licking good.

A few of us had wine, beer, cocktails during dinner. Cappuccinos, too.

We had a great waiter- prompt, efficient and pleasant.

Love this place!

Tags: Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Business Meals, Scenic View, Casual
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