We chose Manzanita for our anniversary dinner and was not disappointed. We were a little leary at first because of the bad reviews. My wife had the Halibut and she loved it. My Filet was cooked to perfection.
This was our second time at the Manzanita and both occasions the staff accommodated my spouses allergy needs. We enjoyed the Manzanita so much the first time we were here seven years ago that this trip we were staying in South lake Tahoe and drove the hour to have our anniversary dinner.
Excellent halibut. We split the cavatelli with dungeness crab and the Lollo Rosso Salad. The dishes were split in the kitchen and served to us as though we had ordered each item individually - a very nice touch. The dungeness crab in the cavatelli dish was o.k., but a little dry. The blue cheese in the Lollo Rosso salad made the dish. Wine pours were very generous. I love the doughnuts stuffed with espresso cream for dessert. Our waitress was very attentive and suggested compatible wines for each course. Riding the Highlands Gondola to the restaurant and seeing the beautiful Martis Valley as you ascend is a great way to begin and end the meal.
We were seated in the back room and I think in the future we prefer the main seating area since it has better ambience.
We love this spot! The waiters are personable and professional. They address you by name and make sure you are 100 percent satisfied. We have never had a bad meal. The presentation of each dish is beautiful!
Foursome visiting from out of town. Service was exceptional. Ambiance was perfect. In town for skiing and friends wanted tips try for the first time. A wonderful experience and they will return. Pastrami sandwich split and turkey sandwich split were perfect in proportion, with side salad, hot tea. I do have to say that I wouldn’t order the pastrami sandwich again. Less pastrami portion, and fatty. Turkey sandwich was good. Lovely environment. Our friends were happy we showed the, this restaurant. We always come back.
Fantastic and delicious
Beyond a certain point, in even the best meals, you're paying for service. For individual care and attention, feeling like you're the only person in the places even when the place is buzzing.
We had a fantastic server (Kristin!) and a great sommelier. From the moment we stepped in, from the host to the staff as we departed, we felt cared-for.
And the food! Of course, the food was phenomenal. Delicious, well-portioned, and beautiful. Thank you for a wonderful evening!
For Open Table - I originally wanted a 7 PM reservation but there was nothing available until 8 PM. Though suggested, there was no phone number in the reservation area to call restaurant directly and verify the availability of 7 PM to change my reservation time. So, we were anticipating there will be a lot of patrons; however, when we arrived at 8:00 in Manzanita, there was only a few patrons, and lot of empty tables. We could’ve had our dinner earlier, I thought. Why did Open Table show nothing was available at 7PM?
Our dinner experience, the food, the servers, were exceptional!
Great menu and wonderful service. Pleasant dining experience.
My best friend and I had a wonderful lunch served by our super server Valentino. Our food was phenomenal. I highly recommend the persimmon and pomegranate salad with added chicken. The pumpkin pie dessert was delicious. I highly recommend Manzanita!
The restaurant is beautiful, with a nice menu and wine list. The food was well prepared with the exception of far too much salt, which unfortunately ruined the otherwise exceptional main courses.
We stayed in the Village and travelled to and from the restaurant by gondola in the dark. That was a pretty amazing experience, even if the stops midway were a tad unsettling.
Great service + wonderful ambiance + good food = a night to remember.
I tend to eat out here once a ski trip, so not too often. The last few years I was consistently very impressed. On the plus side, the service on this year's visit was every bit as outstanding as in the past. Alas, I have to say I was a bit disappointed by the food -- it was good, but nowhere as subtle and interesting as it had been in years past. A change in chef maybe?
Quality of food is my main reason for going out, so I have to give it a 3-star rating; last year it'd have been a *solid* "4".
Not very special just everyday
We were the last reservation (21h) and a waitress tried to push us to the bar... The attendant caught that and tried to correct the attitude. Our waiter also recognized us and was very apologetic.... He saved the evening. The food was good as usual and he even gave the table several deserts to apologize. Things happen, even at the Ritz, but what matters is what you do about it. Thank you!
Excellent views... nice appetizers!
I’ve eaten here several times before and was really wowed in the past. This time, not so much. One-note, overwhelming flavors, too salty. A lighter hand would make the ingredients shine—top quality ingredients don’t need to be buried in salt/sauces. Had lunch and dinner here during my stay at the Ritz-Carlton—quite expensive for decent, but not amazing food. A bit disappointing considering what the restaurant used to produce. Hoping it bounce soon back as the space is so pretty
Our server Sophie was awesome! Made everything easy and wonderful! 20th anniversary diner was great!!
Our service was impeccable and the food was delicious! The chef must have changed because the food was much better than what I've had there before!
Great service, great ambiance. Noisy and overpriced.
The dood was tasty and entrees were paired creatively with sides. The mix of flavors worked well together. The server was attentive and provided a dessert on the house once she found out it was our 20th wedding anniversary. The Mountain View dessert was fantastic and had us wanting more hours later.
Best server we've ever had at Manzanita (too bad I can't list her name here because I forgot it.) Bartender was helping seat us, and was a little inappropriate in his crankiness, for which this unnamed wonderful server apologized appropriately. Consistently the best food, prepared perfectly, at this spot I love. I always feel like a VIP when I hand my car over to the guys who park it, and then get treated so well.
Manzanita is a perfect place for a special date. Food is amazing, service is impeccable and ambiance is wonderful.
Excellent food and service. We plan to experience the dining here again
Wonderfully attentive service which saved the occasion. Food was skimpy in amount and featured weird combinations - ? pork belly with scallops, ? shredded crab mixed into hash browns. The affogato dessert was served on a dinner plate which prevented the shot of espresso from being poured over the scoop of ice cream!
Celebrated a birthday. The staff surprised us with a delicious birthday dessert.
Manzanita is our go-to place for special occasions! The bar experience was so enjoyable with Mike and Sage - they made us feel at home and created the best Cosmopolitan I've ever had!!
Our meal was incredible - sea scallops and halibut - cooked perfectly, blending flavors that awakened our taste buds and ceased all conversation!
Manzanita restaurant is a jewel in the Ritz crown. This Tahoe/Truckee resort is an upscale, down-to-earth mix of elegance and mountain living. It's perfect for travelers and locals alike!
The photo shows us at the bar with Bob in his new birthday hat!!
Beautiful place. Even if you don’t stay at he hotel, they will validate your parking. It’s worth driving.
The service was excellent. Our waiter, Elliott, was fantastic. We could not have received better service from all. All our meals were very good. Nice to see salmon and shrimp on the kids menu - that is appreciated. Very enjoyable dinner. We will be back!
great food and atmosphere for our anniversary
Rich rich rich comfort food. Excellent service. Reasonable wine list. Ribeye was devine.
Our first night staying at the Ritz Carlton Lake Tahoe we decided to eat here. It was honestly terrible, each dish we had was so overpowered by truffles. I barely ate half of my chicken pot pie and left there hungry. We are not opposed to spending money on good food.. however this was terrible food and expensive. Would not recommended this place.
We eat here often when in Tahoe each Fall. It's off-season, so the place is usually empty for lunch, but we enjoy the food and service anytime. The room is high end, not a diner/bar. While it is a sort of Italian leaning kitchen, there is something for everyone. We usually get a starter and a pizza. Over the years, they have ranged from fabulous to just so-so. Today ours was undercooked and a bit soggy, but we chalk it up to the time of year I guess.
Still, it is a really nice venue and we always enjoy the experience! Our waiter was attentive and generally a blast to have "with us"!
Totally worth it!
The meal was fantastic: Hamachi Tartare, Dungeonous Cavatelli, Filet Mignon & Short Ribs. The wine selection was massive: something for everyone (type, geography, price). It was a wonderful experience.
Nice evening, food was prepared well and tasty. Service was smooth and consistent. A little lag but if you are in a hurry. This is not the place for you..
The food was well beyond expectations and the service was likewise
We were disappointed by the food after being told great things about the restaurant. The signature chicken pot pie was overwhelmed by a strong dried garlic flavor. I specifically requested that my streak by prepared medium rare, but not raw. The steak and the sauce were cold and the meat was very undercooked. The wine list is huge, but way overpriced. Lastly, a newly presented cooked pear dessert tasted just like pears from a jar, the pears were not soft and the desert was served in a glass that made it difficult to eat. On the upside our server was very attentive. Despite being at the top of a spectacular mountain the view from the restaurant is a pool area and a uninteresting patio, so don't go thinking you will have a view.
Great food, though small selection on lunch menu. Ambiance is really nice, upscale yet totally laid back modern Tahoe-style. Would have appreciated the server coming by more often to see if everything was ok or if we needed anything. Overall, would recommend for a nice outing for friends or dates.