Moody's Bistro Bar & Beats

4.8
786 Reviews
$30 and under
American
Moody’s Bistro Bar & Beats is the place in Truckee for great food and atmosphere. Set in the warmhearted ambiance of the historic Truckee Hotel, Moody’s complements its fine dining with critically-praised, nationally-touring Jazz, Americana, Soul and Rhythm and Blues bands with a splash of Hip Hop. Featuring 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: look for ahi poke, pizzas bubbling-hot from a brick oven, braised lamb shanks, pan-roasted wild game, fresh seafood, and organic beef. Join us for a quick bite or an extended multi-course dinner – our menu hosts many options. The dinning room is warm and inviting that is great for a family outing, business dinner or a romantic evening. In summer dine alfresco surrounded by flowers. From Thursday through Saturday there’s music in the borderline-raucous bar that gets packed with Truckee’s bon vivants.
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vipcreekdwlr
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent date nite. Great service and exquisite food. Truffle fries were perfect starter and compliment to beet salad. Pasta dishes were fantastic!

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vipMaxT
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall2food3service1ambience4

We came to Moodys last year around February. We had an amazing experience, cocktails, food and service were impeccable.

The experience this time definitely did not live to our expectations. Clearly they are struggling with the restart post covid....

The server started giving us attitude when I cut him through his “48oz daily special steak” spiel, explaining that this would not be for us since we do not like steak. We ordered promptly and knew what we wanted to eat. That clearly did not sit well with him as he stopped coming by to check on us for the rest of the dinner.

Then it all went downhill:

They served our bone marrow with a massive soup spoon, when I kindly asked for a dessert spoon I was told “we do not have smaller spoons, use a knife”... are you kidding me?

We ordered fries to come with our appetizer which were left in the kitchen until I asked for them to the busgirl. She came back with the pretext that they were “made to order” and needed more time. Minutes later, the dry, sad fries that had obviously been sitting for 15min in the pass showed up with a weird apology on why they were never delivered.

Main dish came. While the scallops were great, everything else on the plate was dead cold. Rabbit pasta dish was good, filling but very rich.

I had to chase down the server to order a glass a wine midway through dinner.

Cherry on top is how kind they were to bring me an unrequested mousse cake for my birthday... until we found the friggin thing on our check later!! What is this?! This is an unwritten rule in the restaurant business that you do not charge a dessert that you seemingly brought as complimentary.

Altogether an extremely disappointing experience, not to mention the prices went up by at least 25-30% from a year ago.

Will be trying new restaurants in town...

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vipmoragamunchers
San Francisco
112 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great to be indoors again! Limited initial post-pandemic menu but excellent as always and reasonable price. Great bartender and servers.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Good selection of drinks and tasty appetizers. The beef tartare was so fresh and tasty and comes with delicious crostini’s. I Highly recommend! Wife had the house green salad with a wonderful vinaigrette and I had the flank steak medium rare and top with béarnaise sauce, the latter comes with a side of crispy string fries. Our kids devoured almost half by themselves. kiddo one had the spaghetti and red sauce. She loved and she is usually a picky eater. While kiddo #2 had the noodles with butter. Everyone was happy all around!

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on April 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing service

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
180 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Moody's is our favorite restaurant in the Tahoe area. Service and food are always very good and there is always something appealing to everyone in our family including 2 teens and a vegetarian.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
33 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is always delicious. The service is great. Its a little gem

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JulieC
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Dined at Moody's this past Sunday and we were invited to sit inside which was so nice since it was in the 30's outside. We were seated at least 6' from the nearest party. Fantastic service, clean restaurant with proper cleaning precautions, and yummy food. I'd return in a heartbeat!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exceeded our expectations. It felt like being in France again... will definitely be back.

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CatherineR
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful service and delicious food!

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vipKimmk
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service were outstanding on Date Night!

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eidsty
Sacramento
12 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great time. Say at the bar and had a great dinner and drinks. Bartender (Peter) was great to chat with.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful experience and an outstanding dinner! Our waitress was lovely and we thoroughly enjoyed it!

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vipDinner
Sacramento
306 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding meal and service! Thanks for a great evening.

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vipDSFB
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

I’m not generally one to write reviews on OT, but I felt like I needed to give Moody’s props for doing such a great job during Covid! The outdoor area that they’ve created is not only ample space for many tables more than 6ft apart, but also delightfully attractive! You don’t feel like you’re at a table thrown onto the sidewalk like most restaurants. The area is a well built platform on the street with plentiful heaters, beautiful lighting, translucent cover and side drapes that “shield” you from the street, but allow airflow. Moody’s clearly understands that Covid will be a part of our lives for longer than a few months and they made the investment in a space that makes it comfortable for their guests to feel safe. It was lovely!
On top of that, the food and drinks were excellent and beautifully presented! We are vegetarian and there were plenty of options without having to ask for a menu item to be altered. Our non-vegetarian friends were very happy with their options as well. The tomato soup en croute is a “must order”, the vegetable entree was delicious and flavorful and the roasted chicken was “one of the best I’ve ever had” according to my friend.
One more note as it relates to Covid restrictions, I did notice when I went inside to the restrooms that the interior dining room was more crowded than I would have expected. I am not sure exactly what “stage” the county is in now, but tables were closer together than I would have been comfortable with. To each his own though because they have the great outdoor space that is very well spread out. Great job Moody’s!

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RobertH
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

The service was very good and the food was reasonably good as well. I am giving this opinion for $45-dollar a plate setting. We were greeted nicely and everyone was very welcoming.

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vipEdieB
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Moody’s is doing a great job during Covid. We ateindo

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vipMichael
San Francisco
20 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Created a great outdoor eating area, even in the cold weather.

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vipKCWWCCA
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another great meal at our favorite Truckee local. The lobster roll app was outstanding and the hanger steak is a family favorite.
You can’t go wrong here.

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vipwlafoodie
Los Angeles
25 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our group of 4 dined at Moody's in October, during Covid. Seated in covered outdoor patio structure, tables were well spaced, felt totally safe, with heaters to keep us warm. Food was great, especially the appetizers. Good, friendly service.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Go to restaurant in Truckee.

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CarlaS
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Ate outside in the back which was nice. They had heaters so it wasn’t cold. We had the deviled eggs which were delicious!! For dinner I had the chicken breast, it was nothing special. My friend had the scallops which came 5 minutes after everyone else’s! My other friend loved the spaghetti. The waiter Craig was great, very friendly. For the prices, I probably won’t come back.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Tahoe
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food and the outdoor seating was delightful and felt safe.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome outdoor experience; great food + service

RJ
vipRJDB
San Francisco
25 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was great and our server, Samatha was awesome

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JohnO
Tahoe
2 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful Family gathering, service and atmosphere awesome. Looking forward to going back soon!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

It was great - food fabulous. Only complaint is that it was a little had for our gluten free guest- server wasn’t sure what was gluten free

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vipEuclid
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience3

We’ve eaten dinner here several times this summer and the food has always been very good. Service on the back patio is consistently strong. However, I’m disappointed that I’ve requested outdoor seating on the stage each time and never have been seated there. We have also had to wait 15-30 minutes to be seated for our reservations, which is very frustrating for 8 pm reservations.

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vipHerbH
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We were seated (for the second time in a month) in the street pavilion, which is quite pleasant. The noise from the street and railroad can be excused as Truckee ambience! The service was prompt and pleasant, with no excessive hovering. The food was excellent as usual; both old standards, such as New York steak, and California cosmo, such as the "bastardized lobstah roll" were quite tasty. The innovative cocktails are also good.

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KathyF
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best restaurant in Truckee, near Reno, anywhere!!!

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vipSteveM
Sacramento
40 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was prepared well, great service and entree choices. Never thought I’d rave about an appetizer of Deviled eggs, but they were the best we’ve had after trying several different places.
Our server, Sierra, was very friendly and attentive, and all the staff were concerned with following proper COVID protocols.
We’ve eaten here before when we visit the area and will definitely visit again.

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vipdavids
Tahoe
26 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding service. Our food was exceptional.
Great cocktails.
The outside seating is awesome.
With Covid part of our life this establishment hit all the CDC & State mandates with flying colors.
All tables are distanced, super sanitized, space heaters.
We will return.
Congratulations on making your patrons safe during these times.

GJ
vipGJPWEP
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, great outdoor ambiance, very attentive service, a bit pricey but worth it for special occasions.

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vipJerry
Sacramento
16 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing great food and service

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vipTerri
San Francisco
45 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Always, always superb! Moody’s is always on our list!

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vipRunnerGirl
Central Coast
6 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a fabulous dinner and great ambience with the new outdoor set up. Very impressed. Heidi was our server and she was friendly, knowledgeable about the menu, and checked in with us along the way. Excellent!

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OpenTable Diner
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Anniversary

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JenniferS
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was perfect!

TK
TheaK
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service. My favorite place to eat dinner in Truckee.

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vipDinerFromBayArea
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience5

Food was so so for the value. A little disappointing. Service was slow though we have been before and the service was great.

FAQs

Moody's Bistro Bar & Beats offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (530) 587-8688.

Moody's Bistro Bar & Beats is rated 4.8 stars by 786 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.