Manzanita at The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe

4.4
625 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Californian
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Manzanita is a celebration Northern California Cuisine focusing on rustic cooking techniques, local produce and regional farms.

Watch: Executive Chef Mark Jeffers on The Today Show
https://www.today.com/video/here-s-how-to-make-easy-crab-stuffed-avocado-and-a-delicious-salmon-burger-1281011779968
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Californian, American
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Daily: 11:30am - 2:30pm; Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
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Phone number
(530) 562-3050
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Executive Chef Mark Jeffers
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Private party contact
Cher Roesch: (530) 562-3050
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Hwy 267
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Parking details
Valet parking is $5.00 when dining in Manzanita.
Additional
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 625 People Are Saying
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4.0Dined 5 days ago

Great meal. However, did not like that I had to pay for the bread. I have been to numerous restaurants across the country and have not had to pay for the bread. Great meal though.

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1.0Dined on August 4, 2018

Seafood is spoilt and the pizza is over cooked.

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4.0Dined on August 1, 2018

Excellent restaurant but you will pay more since you are in a captive hotel

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3.0Dined on July 30, 2018

1st night-food was fantastic. 2nd night, food was not quite as good. Chicken dish-was terribly boring- but the potatoes leek bread is fantastic & consistent.

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5.0Dined on July 26, 2018

We stayed at the Ritz and enjoyed dinners and breakfast in the Manzanita Dining. The food prep and presentation was exceptional, really outstanding job by the chefs. Service was excellent and we would highly recommend this Ritz dining choice in the future. How good....every main dish and side was perfection. Interesting, tasty, savory, and a little adventuresome without going too far off into the culinary wildlands. Just the right balance of very good upscale dining. Thank you!

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5.0Dined on July 24, 2018

Excellent as usual. Food and service both outstanding. Ask for Marius to be your server, he's the best.

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5.0Dined on July 21, 2018

Excellent dinner!! Consistent food and drink, every time!!

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1.0Dined on July 19, 2018

Bland food/slow service/high prices!
We have always enjoyed eating here, but this time was a huge let down.
Dry elk meatballs, boring and bland little gem salad, fishy Alaskan halibut with a charred onion "crust" that was overpowering and a very small filet steak that was ordered medium rare and came out well done. Server was so slow, everything took forever, he never checked on our food after being served, then added 20% tip since there were 8 people (3 adults/5 kids) The best food on the table was the kid's chicken fingers and french fries. Prices typical Ritz, I don't mind paying when you get their experience. What a bummer, we used to tell people that this was a hidden gem near Truckee, not no more.

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4.0Dined on July 19, 2018

Great dining experience! Food, Service.... top notch quality all around.

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5.0Dined on July 16, 2018

Beautiful place, Excellent food and great service!

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5.0Dined on July 13, 2018

Wonderful food, wine and service as is expected at the Ritz Carlton. Enjoyed a wonderful evening...

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5.0Dined on July 12, 2018

Just plain wonderful every time we eat here.

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3.0Dined on July 9, 2018

The venue and quality of the food did not justify the cost.

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5.0Dined on July 9, 2018

Great experience. The food was fantastic, wonderful wine list, the staff were very attentive & sincerely nice, and my husband and I had a great experience for our 15th anniversary. Resort type prices, but worth it since the experience quality is so high. Don't forget to walk around the Ritz after/before dinner and enjoy all the amazing artwork around the hotel.

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5.0Dined on July 8, 2018

We sat at the chefs table to celebrate my wife's birthday. All aspects of the meal were outstanding! The steaks were cooked perfectly, the wine list was first rate, and our server Marias made us feel exceptional! Great evening we won't forget.

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3.0Dined on July 6, 2018

not as good as usual. Kitchen seemed a bit off, entree's took a LOOONNGG time to get to the table. Food was good, not great. Not as good as usual for some reason.

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4.0Dined on July 1, 2018

Excellent food and service. Beautiful alpine setting with wonderful outdoor seating options. Food choices provided something for everyone and was well prepared. Service was friendly and courteous. The one drawback is the restaurant is very expensive.

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5.0Dined on June 29, 2018

Manzanita treated us well for our anniversary - champagne upon arrival and a celebratory dessert after our meal. Very festive and we felt celebrated. Food was a bit pricey but it was delicious. You pay for everything on the side, including bread/rolls, so that seemed a bit stark. No vegetables included with main courses....all on the side if you order/pay for them.

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5.0Dined on June 28, 2018

Food is always great. Service is very good as well. We love the ambiance of this restaurant. It’s warm and elegant. We had the pork belly, and foie gras as appetizers. Highly recommend these items. If anyone from Ritz Carlton reads my reviews, BRING THE DUCK FAT TATER TOTS BACK!!! Thought about this dish for 6 months, every table ordered it when we came in January. Prime ribeye was perfect. Snapper was decent. Desserts were black and white cheesecake and sorbet. Both we great. Overall, for Lake Tahoe area it’s one of the best meals you can get.

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5.0Dined on June 26, 2018

Great time again!!

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4.0Dined on June 24, 2018

Had an issue about seating. Had a reservation for 12 that was shrinked to 8. Originally was going to be seated right next to the bar, which I thought was not acceptable for the occasion we are there to celebrate. Most restaurant will call if alternate seating is being offered. After insisting my party get seated somewhere else, we were eventually seated in the dining area.

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5.0Dined on June 24, 2018

Great restaurant. A little on the pricey side, but the food was delicious and the service was great. The portion sizes were larger than expected, so bring an appetite.

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3.0Dined on June 17, 2018

Not up to usual standards. Manzanita Sunday brunch on fathers day is an enjoyable family tradition for a long time. This year, fewer food choices, less exciting and inventive, and generally not as good as usual. Sadly disappointed.

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5.0Dined on June 17, 2018

Food and service were impeccable! Our server was so thoughtful and kind (and we had two toddlers in our party)!

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5.0Dined on June 12, 2018

great as always. Highly recommend the Duck entree. Enough for 2 people and delicious.

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4.0Dined on June 11, 2018

Anniversary

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5.0Dined on June 11, 2018

Our server was great and the food was excellent. Especially loved the charcuterie plate and bread. Each of us had a different entrée and dessert. All were great.

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5.0Dined on June 11, 2018

Excellent service by a friendly, knowledgeable waiter. Very enjoyable meal.

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5.0Dined on June 10, 2018

This is such a beautiful restaurant! The interior is absolutely gorgeous and the outdoor scenery is beautiful! The food is really delicious. Not many options, but each is delicious. The seafood is prepared to perfection. Same for the meat. The foie gras was succulent. We had dinner (twice) and Sunday Brunch. Highly recommend both.
Breakfast was delicious (crab benedict), but staff was not up to the standards we would expect: tables surrounding us, 6 of them), were not cleared the whole time we were there for breakfast.

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1.0Dined on June 3, 2018

DONT GO....The WORST EXPERIENCE EVER WE WALKED OUT AFTER WAITING 30 MINUTES FOR WAITER AFTER RESERVING A TABLE 2 WEEKS IN ADVANCED

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5.0Dined on June 1, 2018

I found the service to be exceptional, knowing when to approach the table and when to inject humor and solid information about the menu. Very pleased.

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5.0Dined on May 31, 2018

Menu was very inventive. The entree (scallops) ordered by one person in our party was exceptionally small (three scallops) considering the price. The other entrees were excellent with appropriately sized portions.

The parking fee ($50, discounted to $25 for diners at the restaurant) is outrageous, particularly given the remote location of the restaurant. The hotel tried to justify this as the fault of the valet parking company, not the Ritz Carlton. No doubt, the Ritz Carlton negotiated the contract with the parking company and therefore is ultimately responsible for the pricing of parking. I neither appreciated the overcharging nor the finger pointing.

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5.0Dined on May 29, 2018

Beautiful dining room. Great service. Had pasta appetizer and halibut. Outstanding

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5.0Dined on May 28, 2018

One on the best dining experiences I've ever had! Great staff all around, Friendly and polite! Food was amazing, great wine selection for all. Not cheap by far but that's not what you go to the Ritz for, and you get what you pay for here and it's worth every penny!

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5.0Dined on May 24, 2018

Best lemon ricotta pancakes ever. Great vibe in wonderful setting.

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4.0Dined on May 21, 2018

No question the food is delicious and beautifully presented. Service is also very nice, as it should be for a restaurant of this caliber. But wow - bring a wheelbarrow full of money when you dine here. Your most modest option for a dinner salad (split) was the Caeser at 16 bucks. For the money, if I had to do it again, I'd choose the more elaborate salad from the menu.

We all loved our entrées ($35 - $60) - halibut and filet. Both were perfectly prepared. Complimentary dessert as we were celebrating both an anniversary and our daughter's birthday helped ease the sting, and they were both excellent, as well.

Parking was a shock. There's no option but valet, which will set you back $25 even after you validate. ($50 if you do not!) That seems nuts. The hotel and restaurant are removed from walkable Tahoe environs. You cannot get here without driving. Slapping a 25 dollar surcharge on each table is excessive, and certainly discourages visitors from the area from coming up the hill for a great dining experience. And it's not like they are busy. We had the dining room pretty much to ourselves until a couple more tables arrived near the end of our meal at 8 pm.

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5.0Dined on May 19, 2018

Amazing service and delicious food

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4.0Dined on May 19, 2018

The restaurant was lovely with a beautiful setting. We were initially seated by the bar which was extremely noisy and asked to be seated further away. This was much quieter. The dinner was beautifully presented and was absolutely wonderful. Very tasty. We had a variety of foods including scallops and chicken and appetizers. The desert on the other hand was a disaster and almost ruined the whole dinner. We ordered two desserts and one involving ice cream and chocolate chip cookie which was so stale and hard that you couldn’t even bite into it. The other involved ice cream and brownie and stale popcorn kernel balls with stale marshmallows. The dessert was truly inedible and shocking considering how good the dinner was. Really left us with a unfortunate feeling of dissatisfied overall experience.

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2.0Dined on May 19, 2018

$25 for Valet and no validating for dinning!Everywhere else you park for free or 3 bucks in Truckee for Two Hours. Dining room was only 1/3 full. Must not want locals to dine here. We usually dine here 10 times a year. Won’t be back.

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3.0Dined on April 15, 2018

While hotel restaurants seem to be hit or miss, you would think a restaurant inside a Ritz would be exceptional. That doesn't seem to be the case here, or the Chicago Ritz, but I digress. While the food was excellent, I would expect something much more for the cost. It was not overly crowded, yet the waiter was pretty slow and the attentiveness of the wait staff was lacking. We had to ask to have our waters filled and there seemed to be only one bus boy clearing tables. Our waiter was actually bussing tables which seemed odd given, again, we're at the Ritz. Overall the interior is nice, it had good food, but we expected a lot more from a restaurant of this supposed caliber. There are other restaurants on the North shore with a much better view and ambiance that is worth the money.

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