Moody's Bistro Bar & Beats

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Moody's Bistro Bar & Beats is the place in Truckee for great food and atmosphere. With soulful music and delectable regional mountain cuisine, Moody’s gives visitors an experience reminiscent of the casual supper clubs of the 50's with a trans-generational style. The cuisine is fresh, seasonal and simple. Moody's is all about accommodation, offering different dinning experiences that fits multiple purses and wallets budgets with service that is superior and friendly. Join us for a quick bite or an extended multi-course dinner, our menu hosts many options. Our bar and lounge features live music Thursday through Saturday, two 50" televisions and a large projection screen all synchronized together. The dinning room is warm and inviting that is great for a family outing, business dinner or a romantic evening.
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Tahoe
5 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had dinner here to celebrate my husand’s birthday. The service was superb and the food was excellent! Always a nice time to be had at Moody’s

h
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Delicious cubano sandwich. Decent gluten free outings. Nice outdoor seating.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

We love Moody’s
The veal osso buco was not great - fatty and strange polenta
Sides and salads were good

B
San Francisco
57 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were a few minutes late to our reservation--they welcomed us with no problem Great pizza and salad, wine was enjoyable and service was outstanding. One of our favorite places.

M
Sacramento
19 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 2

Moody's menu is very good and the food was tasty. The dishes were too large for the portions (the portions were fine). We were seated by the kitchen and the sounds from there were not pleasant, including the door which banged each time it opened. In addition, there were a couple tables not close by that were very loud. It was difficult to talk without shouting across our own table. In fact, we noticed that everyone near us had to shout.

BB
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 1

Food was ok. Overpriced. Had reservation for 4 but was seated in the bar area. So loud could not hear ourselves think.

T
Tahoe
12 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Always amazing food

s
Sacramento
13 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

We have been going to Moody’s for years and have had some great meals but lately the food and service have been subpar. Won’t be going back for a while.

OT
New England
2 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Parmesan and truffle fries were excellent. The crab and mushroom pizza was tasty.
The chocolate peanut butter sin cake was delightful- the orange sauce, peanut butter filling and chocolate worked together.

JK
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

The food was tasty but not exceptional. Portions were small, prices fairly high. In order to justify the prices and portion size the food would have to be better. Service was so so. I was brought a steak knife I didn't need, the dessert menu was tossed on the table as the waiter rushed by. Water, which was the only thing 2 of us were drinking, wasn't refilled.

IK
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 2

I would recommend Moody's but with caution that it's very pricey and it took forever to get our drinks - a few different rounds. The atmosphere isn't anything outstanding to me, personally. It was nice but wasn't "knock it outta the park" great.

OT
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 1

made reservations 2 weeks prior for our anniversary- was seated in bar at very small table where people were walking by and talking very loudly. Asked to be moved to dining room - had to wait 25 minutes . They did not seat us in dining room (even though we saw 5 empty tables for 2 available) Was seated in patio section - was cold, nd heaters did not do anything with the temperature where we were seated due to distance to heater. The service bad. At end of our dinner they brought us someone else's bill for over $300 - our bill was $100. We had to wait to get this corrected. They said our credit card will show the $300 charge with a credit for the same amount. We will have to wait for our bill to come to check it. Overall service, ambiance very poor. We are locals and will not return to this restaurant. Very disappointing.

OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were here for a bachelorette party - party of 10. Everyone loves their food, the music was great as was the service. Moody’s doesn’t disappoint!

LH
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Just ok.
Husband said steak frites were delicious. My margherita pizza was meh.
Hostess station is poorly located deep inside the bar - not welcoming at all. Menu lacks choices. Ambience is LOUD. Wine selection is poor. Overall, felt like a pricey tourist trap. Caught us! But will not go back.

d
Tahoe
2 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lively atmosphere
Great food and service
A must do in the Tahoe area

MA
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved the atmosphere had a great time with my family. Food was outstanding and so was the waitstaff

MM
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 1

Limited menu Table was on the main street with dogs all around.

We took friends because we remember Moodys as a upscale place .This was not the case.

Likely we will not be back

VW
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Moody's is ALWAYS a wonderful place to meet friends and make new ones.

D
Sacramento
249 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent meal, drinks and service! Thanks!!

SF
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and lovely service. Appetizers were great. Suggest the ahi poke and thee tomato salad. Good bread and the scallop dish was perfectly prepared.

VC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Have not been to Moody's in over a year. Had out of town guests so I took a leap of faith going out for Sunday brunch. Food was outstanding and menu still has some of the old favorites and new fare which we'll have to try. Staff was extremely pleasant and attentive. Ate outside on an absolutely beautiful day and no one ever hovered to get us to leave - we were there for two hours. Pleasantly surprised to have a quiet Sunday in Truckee so that locals could enjoy downtown restaurants and businesses well before shoulder season.

KF
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This is no ordinary restaurant!! The chef is talented, the service professional and we look forward to dinning here every time we are in Truckee.

FG
San Diego
53 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We love Moody's! Consistently they serve great food, have great service, and it is always relaxing to hang out there. The live music is always fun too.

PR
San Francisco
24 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We celebrated a 60th birthday around a table in the dining room. Craig, our server, was excellent again. The food was truly exceptional to a person and we covered a wide range of the menu from specials to longstanding menu staples. The only comment was the S'more dessert was a bit off the exceptional standard. All in all, another great evening at one of our favorite restaurants!

OT
Memphis
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything about our experience at Moody’s Bistro was perfect! I made reservations for my friends bday well in advance based on other reviews. We arrived at 930 pm and opted to take a table in the front to enjoy the jazz band. All staff were very friendly and accommodating! The staff, cocktails, food, ambiance, music, and vibe made for an unforgettable evening and we are already looking forward to our next getaway to visit Moody’s again.

KF
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent as always!!!!

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

We had an excellent evening at Moody’s on a busy Friday night. Our waiter was attentive and efficient. The food was excellent, and the portions were generous. Moody’s is our favorite restaurant in Truckee.

VB
Sacramento
7 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food, great service, and wonderful ambience. We will definitely go back.

LS
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The main dining area was extremely noisy so we were very happy to have been seated in the patio. Our food was good and our server was excellent.

CR
Tahoe
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 5

A case of faded glory. The original by Mark Estee was world-class. Not so anymore.

First, the wait staff; too young and inexperienced. Plus, they had a misleading menu to deal with.

First off our champagne order. This was our wedding anniversary after all. Got to start with a glass of bubbly. Well, "sorry, I think we're out of that one. It's a split. I'll go see." Comes back with two glasses of champagne. They did have that kind. Where's the"split"? "We poured it into the glass" So a split of champagne turned into a glass of champagne. No big deal.

An appetizer went as advertised.

Entrees not so much. Bison ribeye turned into beef ribeye. That we rejected and got scallops instead. 4 scallops to be exact.

Ditalini with duck and porcini was heavy handed on the sauce and overall rather a mush.

Service staff doesn't understand that when they take away your flatware from the appetizer course you're going to need more silverware for the rest of your meal. Also, a pet peeves of mine I'll admit, the use of the Royal "we" was cute for two months in 1976 but not now. And how are we this evening? What are we thinking for entrees? Etc.

Prices were appropriate for world-class food and service. Neither were delivered.

I don't care to return.

TS
San Francisco
25 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Yummy food - great service. Always a good time.

S
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 2ambience 3

Upon arrival we were initially seated across the noisy kitchen, our secon choice was sandwiched between the wall and a family. Not very private for conversations. We ordered gluten free pizza, along with a Caesar salad, the pizza was not crisp therefore undercooked and the salad wasn’t cold. We ordered a main course of scallops and they were cooked nicely though doused with teriyaki sauce. That made them too sweet. We left feeling like $100.00 for this dinner should have been better. I phoned the restaurant the next day to see if the chef was a sub and was told they at he was not and that there was a private party at the restaurant while we were there. Farrah the manager said if we returned she would make it right.... not sure we want to do this.

DM
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

We had a great meal. People in our party said the pizza was especially good, and everyone enjoyed what they ordered.

LG
San Francisco
36 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food and a unique location in historic Truckee. It is our go to place whenever we are in town for a great meal
In a casual setting. The food and staff are both excellent!!

MK
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

We had a great time at Moody's. The cocktails were amazing and the food was delicious. One of the best hangar steaks we've had.

SM
1 review
Dined on July 2, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 4

Food was awful. Steak so toughit was impossible to cut. Peas raw. Broccolini not cooked. Crust on soup was raw dough. Terrible - not going back.

R
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

The food was decent, but people in our party of 6 thought it was overpriced.

PE
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 1

We love Moody’s but the last few times we’ve been in, the music is SO loud you can’t hear yourself have a conversation. And this particular visit, we all had issues with our salads - not enough dressing and not tossed well at all. Moody’s salads are usually fantastic because they’re tossed well with lots of goodies and seasoning. We felt like we were paying a lot of money for piles of lettuce and spinach and not much else. Otherwise, wonderful to be there and our server was very attentive and nice.

IC
Los Angeles
206 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Interesting cozy place with indoor/outdoor seating. The pizzas were great. We'll be back next year.

JB
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

It was nice
Not cheap

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