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Riva Grill, South Lake Tahoe, CA

Riva Grill

4.2
4.2
3813 Reviews
$31 to $50
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.

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2 people

10:00 PM


Booked 30 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American, Steak, Californian

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Fri 11:30 am–10:00 pm Sat, Sun 10:30 am–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (530) 542-2600

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Chef - Doug Bussiere

  • Private party facilities

    Private party space available for groups of 20 guests up to 600 guests. Riva Grill is available to close for private functions. Call for details.

  • Private party contact

    Kimberly Boone: (888) 734-2882

  • Neighborhood

    South Shore

  • Cross street

    Hwy. 50

  • Parking details

    There is always plenty of parking available at Riva Grill. Complimentary valet parking is provided, lunch and dinner, seven days a week during the summer season. Additional parking is accessible in the lot adjacent to Riva Grill where the first 90 minutes of parking is complimentary.

  • Public transit

    Riva Grill is centrally located in South Lake Tahoe where Ski Run Blvd. meets Lake Tahoe. We are one mile west of the Heavenly Gondola; on the south side of highway 50, and a quick ride by taxi cab, Blue Go transit or bicycle. Many folks choose to walk here on warm summer evenings and return by taxi. Plenty of bicycle and kayak parking available.

  • Entertainment

    Live acoustic music every weekend with your favorites from the 70's, 80's, 90's and today; Fridays and Saturdays 8:00pm to 11:00pm. Ladies are welcome to dance on the bar...but you have to take your shoes off first!

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 3,813 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.2
4.2 based on recent ratings
  • 4.1Food
  • 4.3Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 3.7Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Tahoe / Reno Area

    Most Booked

  • South Lake Tahoe

    Great for outdoor dining

  • South Lake Tahoe

    Great for scenic views

  • South Lake Tahoe

    Lively

  • South Lake Tahoe

    Most Booked

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely amazing food and people! Definitely coming back the next time we’re in Tahoe!
  2. BG

    BeatriceG

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 26, 2022

    overall3food2service5ambience3
    Based on the 4.5 star reviews we were very excited to try this place after traveling for 9 hours. The food is mediocre!! $49.00 for an ok halibut is something you do not want to pay! I regretted getting it. The filet mignon was alright, definitely not the best cut! Drinks were good and the service was good as well. I would not go back again!
  3. MV

    MVDancer

    Central Coast

    49 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    49 reviews

    Dined on November 26, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Delicious dinner with wonderful service.. Super kids friendly too! Highly recommended
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 25, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    All was good except the rice was extremely salty.
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Tahoe

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 25, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    We had a nice time, however, the food came okay to close together. We felt rushed between dishes. Drinks were wonderful.
  6. GL

    GigiLo22

    Central Coast

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on November 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We made reservations online for Thanksgiving and everything was perfect. They were on time, the service was great. the drinks were good, the thanksgiving meal had choices and each course wasn’t rushed.. the thanksgiving meal was hot and fresh and gave you nice portion of white meat Turkey and all the fixings. The building this big and nice. And the apple pie w/ice cream dessert was scrumptious.
  7. T

    Taytay

    Sacramento

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on November 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Another great visit!!! We love this restaurant:)
  8. g

    gcurtis253

    Los Angeles

    32 reviews

    5.0

    32 reviews

    Dined on November 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food is excellent, view is AMAZING, and wait staff is first class. A+
  9. DA

    DANNYS

    Sacramento

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was great as usual and Christine our waitress was super pleasant and a joy to talk to!,such a sweet gal!!👍👍
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Jackson Hole

    6 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall2food1service3ambience3
    We love the location of Riva and have been there many times. If you also want music, they usually have live acts on the weekends. Our last two experiences were not up to par. Service was solid, but a little slow. The food was the problem. Our drinks didn't taste good and the prime rib was very chewy. I don't think we will be back until there are some improvements.
  11. m

    moniquer

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing lake view. Delicious food, great, attentive, friendly service.
  12. LV

    LeeV

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 18, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    Had French dip sandwich, very good except way too salty. Dip tasted like it was made with soy sauce.
  13. MP

    MariaP

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 18, 2022

    overall3food2service2ambience4
    Disappointed in quality of food. Bisque too salty, no bread sticks offered to our table while other tables received them freely. Salmon main dish excellent. House salad avg. seafood pasta very uncreative, too much salty sauce, not enough pasta. Dishes were lame and too expensive for quality provided. Have eaten at this chain half dozen times looking for a spark, just doesn’t exist anymore.
  14. LN

    LaurenN

    Milwaukee

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Server was wonderful! Food is always spectacular and nice (slightly too loud) live music.
  15. B

    Bexx

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Hostess we experienced was rushed, inexperienced and tried to push us to take table in busy bar area despite Established reservation. In addition to that she (same hostess) also “Welcomed” us to restaurant upon leaving. Our server was excellent and prompt. The food was delicious!!
  16. TC

    TaraC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Could have a little more lighting. Hard to read menu when it’s so dark. Everything else was amazing
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall2food3service2ambience4
    We live in Napa and are used to restaurants being overpriced. But we are not used to a lack of service and mediocre food coming along with that price, which was disappointing. We had to ask for the breadsticks after our server said he’d bring them twice, the prime rib sold out just after our server had talked it up to us, we were never checked on during our meal, and then our server delivered our check without asking if we wanted dessert (we would have but changed our mind after all of these incidents). I don’t ever write reviews and am pretty open to lots of dining experiences, but this was a disappointment and very expensive for what we got so felt the need to share.
  18. g

    goodfood

    Caribbean

    50 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    50 reviews

    Dined on November 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Loved the soup bisque and the sliders with Swiss
  19. TR

    TheresaR

    Charlotte

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 6, 2022

    overall3food2service5ambience5
    Service was outstanding, drinks and apps were fantastic. Food was not good. Great place to have drinks and apps at the bar, but save your money on dinner.
  20. J

    Jenn

    Denver

    12 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience4
    Food was pretty meh considering the price. My crab cakes were cold in the middle and my salad was over dressed and somehow was lacking salt. Expected more considering the reviews.
  21. BL

    BethL

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall4food2service4ambience4
    The halibut was overcooked. The other meals were good.
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 30, 2022

    overall1food1service3ambience3
    My steak was under cooked. Cut in multiple pieces trying to find more well done. Waiter took it back. They brought me back a plate after my friend was already done and all they had done was throw the pieces on the grill instead of cooking a new steak. This was a $52 Filet. So fatty couldn’t eat it. No offer for a discount or even a free desert. Very disappointing as was checking this spot out for a wedding rehearsal.
  23. CS

    ColeS

    Philadelphia

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 30, 2022

    overall3food4service4ambience2
    I went into this place believing it was more sophisticated then it actually was, this is neither positive or negative. Walking in and they're playing "Levels by Avicii" was a bit strange. The food, staff and atmosphere was still great but the price of the food did not match the place and their paper straws say "its not going to suck itself" on them. Funny but not for this place. It feels more of a pub style place that sells great seafood, Im actually a bit confused what their theme is. I would still recommend this place to anyone visiting though.
  24. MB

    MichaelB

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 30, 2022

    overall4food3service3ambience5
    The view, location and seating couldn’t be better. It is very friendly but not overly proactive when we raised a issue with one of the drinks. The food is good but considering the very high price, could be better. Quantity is large, very large. Not that it is required but we had mentioned on the reservation that it was a birthday and no acknowledgement was ever made. Also, there was, on the whole menu, on,y one vegetarian option.
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on October 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Rica grill made our dinner an exceptional evening, the food was excellent, our waitress Karlie she was outstanding Definitely we will come back!!
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Anniversary dinner and it was amazing!
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Anniversary! All was wonderful!
  28. J

    Jason

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 20, 2022

    overall4food4service2ambience5
    Horrible start even with a reservation. The hostess was not friendly nor helpful with seating options. She told us certain tables were closed to seating and then preceded to sit other dinners on those tables. Made the whole experience feel unwelcoming to myself and family. Server was unenergetic but professional. I’ve been coming here for years and got to say this experience will be lasting on my family’s experience. Definitely rethinking of the next time we want to spend the kind of money we did on a different location next time we come in town.
  29. LD

    LindaD

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    "This was my second time at Riva Grill. I brought a few girlfriends up for a friends Birthday celebration. The birthday girl had never been and she loved sitting outside and watching the boats. Our table had, Cobb Salad, Fish & Chips, Prime Rib French Dip and the Dungeness Crab Sandwich. We all agreed that everything was very tasty. And yes would reorder the same thing again. My Fish and Chips were perfect just the right amount of batter on the fish and it was light not heavy. Everyone at the table loved the fries – And Everyone loved the Steamed Clams and the Ahi Poke stack was outstanding . Service was well-timed and our wait staff was "friendly and engaging." We will definitely will return to try more dishes.
  30. SC

    SarahC

    Kansas City

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Host didn’t check us in on Open Table so I got an email suggesting we no showed. 🥴 Eventually we got that cleared up so I don’t get a bad mark with Open Table.
  31. P

    Papa52

    Sacramento

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on October 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great night out, great service, great food and just an overall beautiful night
  32. J

    Junior

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was amazing the flavors for the crusted salmon and seared diver scallops were amazing
  33. MG

    MelissaG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We really enjoyed our food and the atmosphere out on the deck in early evening.
  34. M

    Marbear

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our server Micheal was a excellent server. He made us feel welcome,and made sure we are taking care of..
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Tahoe

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 16, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience4
    They seated us right away , but took forever to serve us. When I got my lobster tail it smelled like a garbage can.. The waiter said…. He thought is smelled funny
  36. g

    ggtandy

    San Francisco

    22 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on October 16, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    Very busy Saturday night our waiter did an amazing job as he was slammed Dillion was very good. Food was marginal. The hostess was extremely rude and unprofessional. Seriously we almost walked out Front of the house is important..,.train someone please
  37. JR

    JeffR

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Crab sandwich and filet and shrimp were outstanding. Highly recommend sitting on outdoor deck if possible
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Dallas

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on October 14, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Coconut shrimp good, a little too sweet. Crab cakes only ok. Fish and chips very good, fried zucchini very good. Service excellent. View nice.
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Riva is always consistent with their service, food, and view. Went for my birthday, didn’t say much so I am not sure if they do anything for birthdays.
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 13, 2022

    overall2food2service1ambience3
    Great location, food was whelming at best, sat outside which was nice but the server basically forgot about us

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

Riva Grill is rated 4.2 stars by 3813 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

10:00 PM


Booked 30 times today
Google Map for Riva Grill

900 Ski Run Blvd, Suite 3, South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Hwy. 50

  • Neighborhood

    South Shore

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Fri 11:30 am–10:00 pm Sat, Sun 10:30 am–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American, Steak, Californian

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    There is always plenty of parking available at Riva Grill. Complimentary valet parking is provided, lunch and dinner, seven days a week during the summer season. Additional parking is accessible in the lot adjacent to Riva Grill where the first 90 minutes of parking is complimentary.

  • Public transit

    Riva Grill is centrally located in South Lake Tahoe where Ski Run Blvd. meets Lake Tahoe. We are one mile west of the Heavenly Gondola; on the south side of highway 50, and a quick ride by taxi cab, Blue Go transit or bicycle. Many folks choose to walk here on warm summer evenings and return by taxi. Plenty of bicycle and kayak parking available.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Chef - Doug Bussiere

  • Entertainment

    Live acoustic music every weekend with your favorites from the 70's, 80's, 90's and today; Fridays and Saturdays 8:00pm to 11:00pm. Ladies are welcome to dance on the bar...but you have to take your shoes off first!

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (530) 542-2600

  • Private party facilities

    Private party space available for groups of 20 guests up to 600 guests. Riva Grill is available to close for private functions. Call for details.

  • Private party contact

    Kimberly Boone: (888) 734-2882

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