Riva Grill

4.3
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$31 to $50
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Contemporary American
Home of the Wet Woody ® and storybook sunsets, Riva Grill is Tahoe South’s premier lake front restaurant located in the Ski Run Marina. The 3,000 square foot deck overlooking Lake Tahoe comfortably seats 200 guests and is a dining experience that is second to none. Floor to ceiling windows in the two-story restaurant provide an equally epic view of the Sierras and Lake. Since 1998, visitors and locals alike have flocked to Riva for the best food and service in town. Try the bacon-wrapped filet and scampi with Point Reyes Bleu Cheese butter, the renown grilled or blackened fish tacos with apple-jicama slaw and micro cilantro or any of their home made wood fired pizzas, to name just a few. Additionally, a visit to Riva Grill would not be complete without trying their world famous Wet Woody ® signature cocktail. With over two million sold, the rum and fruit juice blended drink will leave you with cold hands and a warm heart and certainly wanting one more.

Specials

Christmas Day Special Menus & Offers

Naughty or Nice, you're welcome at Riva Grill! We will be open for lunch and dinner with Christmas dinner specials starting at 4 PM. Reservations Recommended 530-542-2600

Wednesday, December 25, 2019

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

New Year's Eve Dinner Specials, as well as full menu. Dancing in the bar 9:30 pm - 1:30 am. Party favors and champagne at midnight! Reservations Recommended 530-542-2600

Tuesday, December 31, 2019

What 1925 People Are Saying
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4.3based on recent ratings
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OT
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

A must try!! Can not visit Lake Tahoe without stopping by this local gem.

TR
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic dinner! We enjoyed every sip and every bite. Great service, too!

OT
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall3food3service1ambience5

When I paid our bill I asked the waitress to break a 20.00 into 5’s and bring me my change instead she took the change for her tip which was a 35 percent tip. And gave me change for my 20.00

JW
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We had Thanksgiving dinner at Riva. The turkey dinner was much better than I had anticipated, as nothing is usually as good as a home cooked Thanksgiving. Everything was delicious. Our son had the filet and said it was cooked perfectly. Service was excellent. When in Tahoe we’ll definitely go back.

LM
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall3food2service2ambience3

Location and ambience was great. Food was greatly disappointing. It was cold and not very flavorful but salty. Definitely not worth the price paid for the special Thanksgiving dinner. It was very busy and our server was nice but we have to keep pestering her for things.

FO
Cleveland
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome food and service we would definitely go again

BL
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2019
Overall3food2service5ambience4

Streak was chared to much it was burnt on ends ! Taste like a dirty grill . Seasoning was there but texture wasn’t! The mash potatoes were awesome though! Id return to try something again.

J
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good was delicious, great service, nice central location.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience2

This place is definitely dated. Food was good. Service was good. Decor and ambiance are worn and dated.

a
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great waiter named Dustin. He was very attentive. Food was great!
The lobster shrimp bisque was delish.Scallops, Chicken & Mussels were devine.
The ONLY problem we had was the fire alarm went off which was EXTREMELY annoying since it was an accident. We HAD to sit there for about 5 minutes listening to it.

J
Sacramento
28 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The fish and chips were some of the best we’ve ever had. We’ll definitely be back!

p
Central Coast
5 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall2food4service1ambience4

We had an open table reservation and clicked birthday to celebrate my birthday. We had to wait forever for service to greet us, drinks took forever and we were not offered a dessert menu! No birthday treat! Service was terrible!

DA
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall3food5service5ambience4

My only complaint is that that it was our anniversary and I requested a few things that weren’t done. For desert I asked for a chocolate desert with happy anniversary in it and it was not brought out.

Other than that, it was amazing food and service and ambiance. I would for sure recommend it and I will be back!!

KR
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Go at sunset! Sit upstairs. Filet delicious. Desserts big enough to feed everyone at the table

OT
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I’m a concierge in Lake Tahoe and I recommend this restaurant every day, I always get good feedback from the guests I send there. I took my family for a early dinner and they were very impressed. Delicious!!

BS
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience1

Found a bug flying around and landing on the table. Server was friendly but not very attentive. Looked like he wanted to be somewhere else and didn’t appear to enjoy his job.
Food was ok, but filet was undercooked, like raw when I asked for medium. Mashed potatoes were too salty.
I do recommend the wet silly, but next time I will just sit in the bar and not sit down for dinner.

LS
Sacramento
2 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

The food is average, drinks are good, service is hit and miss. Best thing about this place is the view and that’s what I typically go for...

OT
Des Moines
2 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall2food2service4ambience3

The kid’s menu is terribly over priced. Both of my children couldn’t even finish their meals. The focus from our wait staff was more on pushing the alcoholic beverages vs suggesting high quality entree’s, leaving us to our own devices.
We order the lobster devil eggs-one person out of our entire party enjoyed them.
I had the French onion soup to start and this was actually the highlight of our culinary experience. Although it came as a starter, it was a generous serving loved by all!

JH
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

High rated restaurant. Food and service was exceptional and 5 star rating but expensive. Well worth it but have pocket book ready

SG
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Location, location, location - food was excellent but pricey. Beautiful interior decorated for the fall. I had the chicken pasta which was delicious and large serving size. I just that thought it was a lot to pay for pasta.

JH
Los Angeles
73 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Beautiful big restaurant with a gorgeous view of the water. Service was quick. Nice drinks menu and food presentation was good.

SS
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The ambiance was pleasant, the food very tasty (the bacon wrapped filet was melt in your mouth good), and the service fabulous. The sun-dried tomato hummus and bread sticks were a nice touch, and we enjoyed the cocktails. I'd have liked to see a more interesting wine list, but that's just nitpicking for some constructive criticism. Everything on the list was fine, just common.

Our server recommended the mini ice cream sandwiches for dessert and they were exceptional. I wish I remembered her name because she was exceptional!

G
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The BEST filet I’ve EVER had.

An outstanding meal to end my first time in Tahoe and celebrate my birthday! And thanks to Sapphire for her great service and local info! “I’ll be back”

THAN YOU!

M
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall4food3service3ambience5

Food was Ok, woodies and view were the best part, service was good until one of the desserts was messed up and the waitress told us she took one drink off the tab because of that, but she didn’t. There was also an error on the price of the messed up dessert that was corrected.

R
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The salmon in my entre was dry but the appetizer, drinks and my guests entre were great. I would recommend the restaurant but maybe not the salmon.

M
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

John our waiter was excellent Service excellent
View of the lake at sunset spectacular. We split our dinner and salad. It was more than enough.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely amazing place.

MR
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

nice location but very noisy. Food was good and a lot of choices were available on their menu. We did enjoy the meal and would come back again, next time we are in South Lake Tahoe

LD
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience3

We were given a gift card and looked forward to an evening out. Our server Andrea was very nice and made us feel comfortable. Food was just ok. Caesar salad was very dry and needed more dressing. Ribeye steak was undercooked and bland atop a bed of pork belly mushrooms asparagus and red potatoes. For the price i would have anticipated more flavor. Drinks were delicious which we would return another time to enjoy again.

RK
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Management should think of the customers as well as the strain on staff when a table of 25 is in a room with several other tables and only have two servers.

We waited an excessive amount of time between courses while our waitress also had to address a table of 25 to 30 people, as well as help two other table on either side of us.

All in all, the food prep was awesome!!!

Sad management didn't "support" the great efforts of the Chef!!

GL
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love the relaxed feel of this place – like a comfortable dining room in a friends home. I definitely would return to try more dishes. The prime rib was amazing and the drinks refreshing. Everyone loved all the food that was ordered. Service was well-timed and friendly, wines were affordable."

t
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

We love the Riva Grill. Everytime we come to Tahoe we make sure to have dinner here. This trip we took my Dad from Washington and he really liked the view and food. Our table was outside which was a little cold but with the heaters it wasn't bad.

LS
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great menu — service on top of timing, recommendations, and knowing limits to checking in — delivered a very nice evening.

SW
Las Vegas
15 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

After a day of hiking we stopped in the Riva Grill for a late lunch. Claire was our server. Not only was she prompt & friendly, but she gave us her expert opinion, when asked for. Her suggestions off the menu were spot on! Everything was delicious! The ambiance was quite comfortable & the view of the lake was absolutely beautiful! Would highly recommend!

D
Central Coast
13 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved our time and our server Sabrina? was so accommodating and sweet and let us linger and enjoy our anniversary together. We really appreciated her!

BB
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Really cool, but VERY expensive! We sat outside and it got pretty cool, as our table was away from the heaters.

OT
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My daughter and I had a delicious meal with a beautiful view of the lake. Excellent and fast service. We had the chicken and salmon meals- highly recommend!!

IJ
San Joaquin
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Food was OK but pricey for the quality. We went for the view- very disappointing. It was not very good from our table.

JF
London
83 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The server from Romania was excellent.... very courteous, attentive, and knowledgeable.… The view was amazing. Overall the food was quite good but somewhat overpriced as there was nothing special about the steak or chicken dinners.

E
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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