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River Ranch Lodge & Restaurant, Tahoe City, CA

River Ranch Lodge & Restaurant

4.3
4.3
788 Reviews
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
Located on the banks of the Truckee River between Truckee and Tahoe City, this rustic old Tahoe lodge has been a Tahoe dining favorite for many, many years. Choose between a cozy table in our Fireplace Dining Room or along the river in our River View Dining Room. In the summer, dine on our patio that overlooks the river. Enjoy great food and drink that is creative and interesting while being delicious and familiar. The menu changes seasonally to ensure use of the most available sustainable, fresh ingredients.

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2 people

8:30 PM


Booked 25 times today
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Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American, American

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Mon, Wed–Fri 12:00 pm–4:45 pm Sat, Sun 11:00 am–4:45 pm Dinner Mon, Wed–Sun 5:00 pm–8:30 pm

  • Phone number

    (530) 583-4264

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive chef

    Andrew Adams

  • Catering

    The River Ranch offers on-site catering for special events, served in our Fireplace room for year-round groups up to 45 guests. For large parties or weddings in the warmer months, we can accommodate up to 150 guests on our riverside Patio.

  • Private party facilities

    The River Ranch Fireplace Room offers an indoor, year-round space for private dinners, rehearsal dinners, birthday parties, family reunions, company parties and holiday festivities for up to 45 seated guests. In the Summer, our spacious riverside Patio can accommodate up to 150 seated guests.

  • Private party contact

    Event Coordinator: (888) 981-8308

  • Neighborhood

    Tahoe City

  • Cross street

    Alpine Meadows Road

  • Parking details

    Complimentary, first-come first-serve

  • Public transit

    Tahoe Area Regional Transit stops at the River Ranch sign.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Dog Friendly, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Vegan, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 788 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.3
4.3 based on recent ratings
  • 4.4Food
  • 4.4Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • North Lake Tahoe

    Best Ambiance

  • North Lake Tahoe

    Healthy

  • North Lake Tahoe

    Scenic View

  • North Lake Tahoe

    Special Occasion

  • North Lake Tahoe

    Most Booked

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  1. B

    Barb

    Denver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great location, unfortunately (due to smoke from Mosquito Fire) in the area we sat inside in the dining room. We had a great dinner and wonderful service!
  2. P

    Pete

    San Francisco

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Nice server! Good food!
  3. G

    Gigi

    Sacramento

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on September 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    River Ranch always has a wide variety of choices for dinner. I’ve never had a meal that wasn’t delicious. The ambience is casual and fun but the food is elegant!
  4. KD

    KathleenD

    Central Coast

    2 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 4, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience2
    If you’re thinking of going to River Ranch for dinner - just don’t. I really don’t understand why a great restaurant can’t be created in such an optimal location but alas, it is far from great. The menu is bizarre (elk chops and stroganoff on summer menu). The service is lacking (I had to walk to the bar myself to pick up drinks, 30 minutes after we’d ordered them). And the execution of dishes is just not there. $75 steak special was tough. So were short ribs, which should fall off the bone. The River Ranch represents a great opportunity for an ambitious chef and a solid front of house team to make a killing by transforming this restaurant into the destination it deserves to be.
  5. A

    Aloha

    San Francisco

    36 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    36 reviews

    Dined on September 4, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Beautiful location along the Truckee River. Patio seating was pleasant. Our server Asa was fantastic. Brussel sprouts were amazing and a huge portion. The main dishes were tasty and everyone in the party enjoyed. Our desert choices were just ok.
  6. H

    Helene

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on September 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Can bring well-behaved dogs on the patio. This is my place.
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    9 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience5
    Service very slow. Good delicious
  8. KS

    KellyS

    Denver

    3 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience5
    Beautiful venue with below par food. Very expensive and not good. Great server. Even drinks just ok. Would not revisit.
  9. M

    Mary

    Tampa

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    We sat outside patio. Beautiful seating area outside by river. Homemade eggs noodles were excellent and elk was fabulous.
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a great evening sitting by the River. Food was so yummy! The staff was wonderful!
  11. CR

    ChrisR

    Orange County

    43 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    43 reviews

    Dined on August 23, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience5
    This is a very good place to visit and have a nice meal. Our first time and we will be back. We got here early for the happy hour but there was no happy hour this should be updated on the open table that shows on the site. Other wise a good place!
  12. D

    Dcman

    Washington DC

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on August 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic dinner ! Very fresh food, cooked well and great setting
  13. ET

    EricT

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on August 14, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    We noticed River Ranch Lodge as we rode our bikes down the Truckee River bike path (highly recommended) so we called, but unfortunately, there wasn't any outside (patio) tables left, so we settled for a table inside, which was fine, but we would have preferred to have a table outside (so book early if that's what you want!). Asa, our waiter, was funny and friendly and we had a good time. Food was very good (I had the halibut and my wife had the scallops), but did not exceed our expectations.
  14. C

    Curt

    Portland

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outside location, service and food.
  15. JC

    JillC

    San Francisco

    61 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    61 reviews

    Dined on August 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had a very enjoyable dinner sitting on the deck by the river. The dinner - we all had the stroganoff - was delicious, albeit very rich . Took home half our dinner, which will reheat nicely later in the week. Cocktails were perfect and our server, Bailey, was very attentive and personable .
  16. DB

    DebbieB

    San Francisco

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on August 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent and our server was amazing! Best server we have ever had in all of our dining experiences. We would go back every night if we could just because of him. Wonderful.
  17. PS

    PaulS

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Family get together, brother and sister in law from out of state!
  18. S

    Sally

    Phoenix

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Our appreciation to the Chef! Excellent flavors for us foodie types. The brussel sprouts appetizer was fantastic and everyone's entree was delicious. The best meal that we had while staying in North Lake Tahoe. Large portions. Gorgeous river view and perfect mountain dining room ambiance. We will be back.
  19. JR

    JohnR

    Sacramento

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We celebrated our 38 wedding anniversary at the River Ranch. The food was delicious, the service excellent and the view of the Truckee River topped off a wonderful evening.
  20. e

    enjoy

    Los Angeles

    15 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on August 5, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Magical site for dinner. Waitress was amazing at dealing with the size of our group and the business of the restaurant. Food was 'Tahoe Good', meaning it was good for Tahoe. We would go back.
  21. MA

    MaryAnnC

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Waiter was hugely helpful and knowledgeable about foods on menu and about wine selection.
  22. SE

    SusiE

    San Francisco

    9 reviews

    3.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on August 4, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    Food was overall nothing special. The beef stroganoff was tough, the short ribs without much flavor, and the scallops were too salty. The Brussels spouts were very good. The tomato bisque was also very his, but the listed bisque was a little bland. Service was just ok white forgot we had a spouts coupon. Wouldn't hurt back. Nice Brussels the river, though.
  23. m

    micheled

    Phoenix

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 4, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    Food was good but a little overpriced. The Caesar salad was brown lettuce and the lobster bisque had no pieces of lobster. The half chicken was terrific and the stroganoff ok. Beautiful scenery and great waitress all around terrific night
  24. P

    Patricia

    Central Coast

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We loved the setting, listening to the Truckee River with the window opened at our table. The young man who waited on us gave excellent food and drink service. And the food was delicious, a varied menu, and our steak was perfectly cooked.
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    We had a very nice meal. The service was great. Thanks River Ranch!
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 26, 2022

    overall3food4service1ambience4
    Good was great. Our waitress was less than desirable though. We asked for bread and never received it, she never checked on us if we needed anything else, waited a long time to get our check.
  27. J

    Johanna

    San Francisco

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Beautiful evening sitting by the river--delicious food!
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delightful spot by the river. Portions are huge so order wisely. Splitting an appetizer and an entree was plenty for me and my husband. Very friendly folks and amazing service.
  29. BL

    BoulderLocal

    Denver

    7 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on July 15, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience5
    This used to be a great place, but the food has really gone downhill.... No restaurants in Tahoe City had availability for any time slot, but RR has lots of reservation capacity. Management should take that as a clue... It is an AWESOME location that they shouldn't squander.
  30. CK

    ChrisK

    San Francisco

    18 reviews

    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on July 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    What a fantastic setting! We were at a table right on the edge of the Truckee. Service was lovely and the food was delicious.
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    12 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on July 7, 2022

    overall2food1service3ambience5
    Have been going to River Ranch for 20 years. It’s a classic Tahoe/SV venue with great ambience. The tables overlooking the river are awesome. But the quality of the food and the service has fallen off dramatically. Tonite was our second really bad experience this year. The garden salad as well as the beet salad were both incredibly dry. We are less than half of each. The elk chops which were described as “very tender” by our cheerful and pleasant waitress were almost inedible. I chewed through mine with a lot of effort, but we had an 85 year-old who couldn’t chew it at all and my wife had to swap entrees with her. Our waitress was apologetic and comped the corkage fee from our bill as an acknowledgment of the problem…but the right response from a first class restaurant should be at a minimum to comp both of the elk entrees. If I ever go back, it will be to have a burger and a cocktail. They make a good martini.
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 3, 2022

    overall3food4service5ambience3
    Mostly great but the weather was not cooperating. Also the staffing issues are hurting everyone. I know our waitperson did their best and we are grateful.
  33. TH

    TriciaH

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 2, 2022

    overall2food3service1ambience3
    The service was terrible. It took 40 minutes for someone to come to our table and take our drink order. Then, it took another 20 minutes for the drinks to arrive. We were told repeatedly the bartender was overwhelmed and to expect delays. Twice our wine orders were screwed up. That's not acceptable. The food was good but, again, took a long time to arrive. The portions were way too large, as well. The cost of our meal (for a party of 4) was $400 and we walked away feeling frustrated. I will not recommend until they fix their service problems.
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    vip
    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 2, 2022

    overall2food3service3ambience4
    Short staffed. Lovely server but she struggled with issues at the bar. Food decent. Setting lovely. But the energy became contentious when food and drink took sooooo long. Too bad.
  35. F

    Fair

    Tahoe

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on July 1, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    They done a nice job bringing back some of the things I liked about this restaurant many years ago . For a while I stop coming in I’ll definitely be coming back in again
  36. DO

    DotesOnDaughter

    San Francisco

    45 reviews

    3.0

    45 reviews

    Dined on June 30, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    Tried this spot because of its great location & reputation - was fine but we likely wouldn’t go again. Example: Ordered scallops for $44 — was told there were 5 scallops but plate arrived w 3, on a giant pile of risotto. Tasty! yes, but disappointing lack of seafood vs rice. Lots of unusual substitutions on classic dishes, for example, candied lemon in the Caesar salad - if you like fruits added to typically savory dishes this menu might appeal, but the skill level didn’t quite align w the innovation. Apparently this place was quite the hot spot in its heyday, but it’s seems to have gotten a bit thumb-worn ever since for being a ‘fancy’ spot. Service was super friendly, though - really nice staff!- a pleasant experience on that front - including heat lamps & citronella candles supplied on request. Nice scenic view sitting alongside the river - a great spot to go for a drink & enjoy the view.
  37. LP

    LoriP

    Indiana

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Perfect location, great food and excellent service!!
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Beautiful ambiance on the River!!
  39. A

    Adrian

    Tahoe

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was great & we will return again!
  40. P

    Paula

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 23, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    Great food, Halibut was tender, Clam Chowder Soup very tasty- suggest you get some good dinner rolls however; we didn't eat the ones on the table. Fortunately our waitress found a better selection. Great table by the window and the waitress was attentive, helpful in suggestions and fun.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff temperature check required

FAQs

River Ranch Lodge & Restaurant offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (530) 583-4264.

River Ranch Lodge & Restaurant is rated 4.3 stars by 788 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

8:30 PM


Booked 25 times today
Google Map for River Ranch Lodge & Restaurant

2285 River Road, Tahoe City, CA 96145

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Alpine Meadows Road

  • Neighborhood

    Tahoe City

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Mon, Wed–Fri 12:00 pm–4:45 pm Sat, Sun 11:00 am–4:45 pm Dinner Mon, Wed–Sun 5:00 pm–8:30 pm

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American, American

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking details

    Complimentary, first-come first-serve

  • Public transit

    Tahoe Area Regional Transit stops at the River Ranch sign.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Andrew Adams

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Dog Friendly, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Vegan, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (530) 583-4264

  • Catering

    The River Ranch offers on-site catering for special events, served in our Fireplace room for year-round groups up to 45 guests. For large parties or weddings in the warmer months, we can accommodate up to 150 guests on our riverside Patio.

  • Private party facilities

    The River Ranch Fireplace Room offers an indoor, year-round space for private dinners, rehearsal dinners, birthday parties, family reunions, company parties and holiday festivities for up to 45 seated guests. In the Summer, our spacious riverside Patio can accommodate up to 150 seated guests.

  • Private party contact

    Event Coordinator: (888) 981-8308

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