Riva Grill

4.4
2637 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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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
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
What 2637 people are saying
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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a FANTASTIC time there. The food was great the ambience was exceptional. Most of all our waitress Aidee was AWESOME she brought the energy, she made us feel so comfortable. She was the best host we have had so far. We appreciate her so much. Our son loved every minute of her presence. They danced and singed it was so wonderful. Thank you soooo much Aidee stay the beautiful women you are. Stay blessed.

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stever
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was one of the best dinners we had. Beautiful evening outside in April. Best service and food was delicious.

I highly recommend this place.

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OpenTable Diner
Tahoe
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing experience! Loved the food & the drinks! The 3 drink sampler of the Wet Woody’s were AMAZING! 100% going to be going back soon!

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vipDiningFine
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous meal and experience on the shores of the Lake!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food3service1ambience5

Very poor service.

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OpenTable Diner
Palm Springs
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Expensive but worth it. Trader Vics Mai Tai had too much ice. Service very good. Timing was good. Scallops excellent. Congiglia was fancy mac and cheese.

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OpenTable Diner
Tahoe
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent!

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DonnaH
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place! The food and ambiance are always outstanding.

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SurfnSaun
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall2food2service4ambience1

The restaurant was freezing cold inside. Servers running around are warm but we ate lunch in our ski jackets. Food was average and extremely overpriced. $35 foe eggs and potatoes. Go to the cafe next store.

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vipSuzanneB
Portland
6 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Everyone who served us was very nice and attentive ! The location was beautiful. Only negative was we were told the chef would not make scrambled eggs only poached- which we thought was odd. Otherwise a lovely spot on the deck for lunch.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Easter brunch

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RichardP
Los Angeles
22 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great Easter lunch. The service was perfect !!

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LeonW
Hawaii
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our Waiter Dustin, made the Easter Brunch so very enjoyable for my entire family visiting from Washington State!! Dustin is probably the very best waiter I have ever had!

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JanaJ
Tahoe
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Easter brunch w bf and the kids, love the location, priced a little too high for what it is.
Brunch menu wasn’t allowing any modifications (per waitress/kitchen) thinking putting eggs on the side of the Benedict plate wasn’t that major of a request, but oh well :(

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So happy everyone is back in business. Super happy staff there

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StevenS
Tahoe
7 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience4

What a great venue to have dinner, however it was a little cold cold, which staff rectified with the outdoor heater. The food I had was outstanding!

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OpenTable Diner
Tahoe
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall3food3service1ambience5

Our server was not interested in holding any sort of conversation with us when he realized we did not drink alcohol. He is not an asset to your business. We mentioned our chips had no salt or vinegar seasoning on them and he just said "well they are supposed to"...and walked away. Would it have killed him to offer to bring us some on the side perhaps?

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ShaunC
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great view - excellent service - perfect portion size - amazing experience!

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johnf
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

A fine restaurant with friendly, knowledgeable staff. The food quality is high and the atmosphere is comfortable.

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ArlynA
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2021
Overall2food1service4ambience4

Great customer service Great views but food is plain and simple nothing special about it I was disappointed with the seafood not fresh at all

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tiffanyK
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience5

Food was okay. Obviously you’re paying for the lake view, which is beautiful! Gorgeous atmosphere, but food is mediocre.

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OpenTable Diner
Raleigh
3 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service with a gorgeous view.

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OpenTable Diner
Tahoe
2 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Very friendly staff but it seemed like only our waitress was overwhelmed. The salmon was excellent

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DeborahC
Sacramento
4 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service were on point. The margaritas were amazing and fish tacos were excellent. Got a table by the fireplace.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Enjoy coming here, overall I recommend! Prices are a bit high is my only complaint.

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ZinaP
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great atmosphere. The view of the lake is stunning!!! The food was amazing and the drinks!!!!! The drinks are insanely wonderful!!! The staff is so friendly and super nice!!! Keep up the good work!!! This was my first time here and I can honestly say it will not be my last!!!

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caphilldiner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience2

Don’t bother. The food and service is not worth the big city fine dining prices they charge. Service = Denny’s. Food is just above Applebee’s. The only thing you’re paying for is the lake view. Go somewhere else.

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Duck
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food, service, and ambiance were all outstanding!!! Our waiter, Justin, was perfectly-versed on all the menu items and the Specials and was professional in his perfect attentiveness. The upstairs seating next to a window permitted unobstructed views of the Lake and mountains. A perfect birthday celebration!!!

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ClaireJ
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on March 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place, fabulous ambiance.

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BillS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 24, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience4

There was two of us. We ordered a drink each before dinner. The drinks came out wrong. We ordered Negori martinis and they came out over ice in a manhattan glass. We then ordered the ribeye medium rare to split and I had a glass of Cab. The wine was very good. The steak came out rare and very hard to eat. I've eaten here 4 to five times before and have always had a good experience. This one was not!

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vipFineWinePoet
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2021
Overall1food3service1ambience1

The restaurant manager, Kelsey, unfortunately, delivered a horrible first impression of this restaurant's hospitality philosophy. The lake view and an attempt at fine dining fare were severely soured by such unexpectedly atrocious first interaction. Dining service was slow and unimpressive and the food was incompatible with the dreamy view. I wonder if the restaurant team was off their game that evening.

The experience got me confused on the nature of this restaurant. They do have the location views fit for a romantic fine dining experience and they have surprisingly (over)priced their menu as a high end restaurant. However, the service, ambience, and presentation lack the elegance and sophistication you would expect especially from an almost $800 bill.

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Mrego
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2021
Overall2food3service2ambience3

I made a reservation over a week in advance for my anniversary. When we arrived we were placed in the center of the restaurant and not in front of the window for lake view. When a table opened up and I requested a seat next to the window they would not make the switch and sat two gentleman down there. Over a week in advance for a special occasion should have been given priority. In addition to that it was very noisy and the food was good BUT overpriced. My overall experience wasn’t great but maybe others will have a better one!

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Wilhelm
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

The is burger is dry, service is good and nice ambiance.

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Nancy
Tahoe
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Food was average to good. service was very good. Its a bit pricey- You pay for the lake view. My Reuben sandwich was not the best I have had. It was made with corn beef not pastrami. The bacon hamburger was huge. Fish tacos were average. Lunch for 4 was $97 so if you don't need the Lake View, you can get the same most anywhere else for much less. Its a very nice restaurant, but you pay for the atmosphere.

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moregano
1 review
Dined on March 21, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Food not up to par with extremely high price points.

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KimberlyC
1 review
Dined on March 21, 2021
Overall2food3service2ambience2

Overpriced for what you get. Our bill for a family of 4 was $258 at lunchtime which included one alcoholic beverage and 2 appetizers. Definitely not worth the price.

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BrittA
1 review
Dined on March 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

GREAT place to stop and enjoy a drink and a view of the lake

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OpenTable Diner
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Service was great. We arrived before our reservation and they were able to accommodate us with an upstairs table with a view of Tahoe. Food was good. Although the clams were a little slimy...everything else was on point.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great! Service was amazing really friendly Tom J our server was hilarious had some great recommendations for drinks and food. Made my 24th birthday a lot better! Will definitely be back!

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vipRichardG
Salt Lake City
3 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Riva Grill at ski run village is a top notch dining experience. The cocktails and special “Woody” drinks are delicious. It is a beautiful restaurant with views of Lake Tahoe. It is a great place for a romantic dinner or an evening with friends.

FAQs

Riva Grill is rated 4.4 stars by 2637 OpenTable diners.

Riva Grill does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://www.rivagrill.com/shop.html.

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.

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