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River Ranch Lodge & Restaurant, Tahoe City, CA

River Ranch Lodge & Restaurant

4.4
4.4
777 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

7:00 PM


Booked 7 times today
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Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American, American

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Daily 11:00 am–4:30 pm Dinner Mon, Wed–Sun 5:30 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 has a special large party menu served in our Fireplace room for year-round groups up to 36 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 40 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 777 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.4
4.4 based on recent ratings
  • 4.4Food
  • 4.4Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.1Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Tahoe / Reno Area

    Notable Wine List

  • North Lake Tahoe

    Good for Groups

  • North Lake Tahoe

    Scenic View

  • North Lake Tahoe

    Most Booked

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  1. C

    Curt

    Portland

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outside location, service and food.
  2. JC

    JillC

    San Francisco

    58 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    58 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 .
  3. 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.
  4. 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!
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. SE

    SusiE

    San Francisco

    8 reviews

    3.0

    8 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.
  10. 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
  11. 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.
  12. 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!
  13. 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.
  14. 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!
  15. 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.
  16. 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.
  17. CK

    ChrisK

    San Francisco

    17 reviews

    5.0

    17 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.
  18. 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.
  19. 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.
  20. 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.
  21. 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.
  22. F

    Fair

    Tahoe

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 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
  23. DO

    DotesOnDaughter

    San Francisco

    42 reviews

    3.0

    42 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.
  24. LP

    LoriP

    Indiana

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 25, 2022

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

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Beautiful ambiance on the River!!
  26. A

    Adrian

    Tahoe

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was great & we will return again!
  27. 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.
  28. LM

    LindaM

    Tahoe

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Unlike another restaurant we loved, this one was fully staffed and serving a full menu. It was delicious and our waiter was professional and pleasant.
  29. GZ

    GregZ

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall4food2service5ambience5
    For the money I paid for Halibut I was very disappointed. It was not fresh and a bit dry. They last time I ordered food from you guys it was perfect.
  30. MS

    MikeS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 14, 2022

    overall5food5service3ambience5
    Food was great and the atmosphere was great. Our waiter was lacking.
  31. A

    Anonymous

    San Diego

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always a great experience. A great fine dining restaurant in Tahoe.
  32. S

    Sonny

    Sacramento

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Good service. Sat on the river side and had a great meal.
  33. JC

    JasonC

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Beautiful location right on the Truckee River. Food was delicious with good size portions. Simone our server was great. I would definitely recommend it if you’re in the Tahoe/Truckee area and want a nice dinner.
  34. J

    Jkam

    San Francisco

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on June 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Beautiful location next to the river. Excellent food - we had the beet salad, halibut, and scallops. Very friendly, great service, very welcoming to our dog
  35. PM

    PamM

    Central Coast

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food and wine were excellent!! Our server Alex was terrific, very efficient, helpful and personable! 5 stars for Alex!!!!
  36. VW

    VickiW

    Dallas

    6 reviews

    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on May 26, 2022

    overall3food2service5ambience4
    Out of two items on the menu: Beef Tenderloin & Salmon
  37. DJ

    DianaJ

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 23, 2022

    overall5food5service3ambience4
    Beautiful location and excellent food. Much enjoyed
  38. D

    Dani

    Tahoe

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 9, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Really tasty comfort food in a peaceful setting with views of the river. We sat at a window table off of the bar area which was lovely on this blustery, snowy evening. Each meal was superb and wine selection was great.
  39. H

    Hockeymask78

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Mother’s Day meal! Meal was very good! Service was excellent!
  40. KD

    KimD

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on April 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food (gluten free items are available), beautiful scenery, and a fabulous waitress (shout-out to Bailey!). This is a go to spot for us and I can't say enough about how great it is.

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 4.4 stars by 777 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 7 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 Daily 11:00 am–4:30 pm Dinner Mon, Wed–Sun 5:30 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 has a special large party menu served in our Fireplace room for year-round groups up to 36 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 40 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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