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Riva Grill, South Lake Tahoe, CA

Riva Grill

4.3
4.3
3624 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

7:00 PM


Booked 104 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 3,624 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
  • 4.2Food
  • 4.4Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 3.8Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Tahoe / Reno Area

    Scenic View

  • Tahoe / Reno Area

    Most Booked

  • South Lake Tahoe

    Good for Groups

  • South Lake Tahoe

    Scenic View

  • South Lake Tahoe

    Vibrant Bar Scene

  • South Lake Tahoe

    Most Booked

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  1. C

    Cindy

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall3food4service3ambience2
    We were there for my son's birthday. We had reservations at 6:45, for a party of 6 and it had started raining. We were not seated until 7:15, outside with umbrellas, stating that we would have to wait longer if we wanted to sit inside because of our party size. I understand that it was our choice to sit outside to be served sooner, but I did witness many tables that could have been pushed together to accommodate our party as people were leaving. We were not given the opportunity to switch tables to inside at anytime nor apologized to. They did light the heater when our meal was almost finished. Not their finest moment.
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall3food2service4ambience4
    Food was expensive and just ok. Our server was nice. We arrived for lunch with a reservation and asked for an outdoor seat with a view. Despite being empty when we arrived, we were told no because we didn’t reserve one in advance #fail
  3. F

    Fabien

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall3food3service5ambience3
    Placed at the first floor; very cold ambiance. Disappointed regarding the current rating.
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Sacramento

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The service was excellent. I had the diver scallops with risotto and it was cooked perfect. My friend had the filet again cooked perfect. The special dessert was peach sorbet and was wonderful, perfect for the ending to our meal. Our server (can’t remember his name but my receipt says Bogdan, T), was friendly, knowledgeable of the menu and checked on us frequently but not to frequently.
  5. Y

    Yonni

    Las Vegas

    97 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    97 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Foods really yummy . The Thai lettuce wraps are Yummy and not to heavy .
  6. LR

    LaurenR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food4service4ambience5
    Amazing server. Food was great. Drinks were pretty good.
  7. P

    Pamela

    Phoenix

    22 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Riva Grill is my go to place whenever I am staying in the Lake Tahoe area. The food is great and the service is always friendly, helpful and professional - and the view is of course outstanding!
  8. VR

    VashtiR

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great place a must go when in South Lake Tahoe!
  9. R

    Riva

    Houston

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a great table for 2 upstairs overlooking the lake. Very quiet table. I had Fish and Chips and my wife thoroughly enjoyed the Fish Tacos. Food was great. Service was great. Effen Cucumber Mojito was the best I've ever had. I highly recommend this restaurant.
  10. TV

    TomV

    Tahoe

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall2food1service4ambience5
    Eaten here dozens of times. This is, by far, the worst meals for all 6 of us. Service and view was excellent! All this for ONLY $600!
  11. d

    discoginny

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall3food3service2ambience5
    We like this restaurant very much because of the location. Our lunch visit yesterday was not what I had hoped it would be and we paid a lot for it. The service was extremely slow and mistakes were made with my order. Hard to even get a refill of iced tea. Because of the ambiance this restaurant has and its superb location, we will be back. I did find the girls at the front desk as you first come in to not know much, they just stood around and could not answer any of my questions. Sorry for the negative-but-honest review but, like I said, we will be back and try again.
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    The greeter that seated us was not the most friendly. However, our server was amazing! The food was delicious and the view from the outside deck was fabulous.
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall3food2service3ambience5
    Fish was over done steak was tough and one order was incorrect
  14. MF

    MarkF

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great dinner as always! We love the Riva! Highly recommend!
  15. DC

    DanielC

    Sacramento

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on August 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The special halibut was outstanding, as were the scallops. The cocktails (Manhattan) were delicious. The service by waitress Gabriella was excellent.
  16. ET

    EricT

    Austin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Really enjoyed our meal, view and waiter. Food was excellent!!!
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on August 11, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Can’t get a better location especially when you have a great table and are able to view the lake. So awesome. Service is always attentive and food served hot and lovely presentation. Always bustling but in control. Hostess was friendly and cordial and our server had been working all day - but you’d never know it. He was upbeat, friendly and happy! This restaurant continues to be our family fave every time we visit!
  18. DN

    DianeN

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    This time had dinner out on the deck. The view was great. It was crowded so the noise level was pretty loud. The service was great.
  19. CR

    ConnieR

    Dallas

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on August 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our waiter was fabulous along with great food and a fantastic sunset.
  20. LJ

    LisaJ

    Orange County

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 10, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    Beautiful views, average food and drinks, overpriced even considering the effects of the pandemic and inflation. Would not return. Service was good!
  21. RA

    RazanA

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 9, 2022

    overall5food2service1ambience3
    Rude staff
  22. SH

    SandraH

    Tahoe

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on August 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was a last minute choice as they had evacuated the Chart House. Caught a reservation on Open Table and were happy they could accommodate us. The steaks were cooked as ordered and the the wedge Salad was great. Lakeview also!
  23. RG

    RandyG

    Baton Rouge

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 9, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    We were celebrating my husband’s birthday. We were seated outside patio area! Perfect Weather and View! Service and food was good but could have been better.
  24. T

    Thunder

    Tahoe

    37 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    37 reviews

    Dined on August 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great place, third time here. Nice view, good food, and very good service.
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Gorgeous setting, nice valet, great food. French onion soup is the best I’ve had anywhere! Perfect way to enjoy South Lake Tahoe if you’ve only got a few hours. Watch rental boats pull in/out and enjoy nice sandy beach while you wait. Make reservations.
  26. DH

    DarrenH

    Sacramento

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The service was excellent (Jorge)...As always, the food was great and the view was fantastic....It was very nice meal to conclude our vacation....Thank you!
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 7, 2022

    overall1food3service1ambience3
    The hostess was very rude and arrogant. Despite we had a reservation, she told us we will have to wait 25 min because the seating is not guaranteed. Then we got the worst possible table and have to wait for food another 40 mins because they forgot to place our order. This is given that their menu is overpriced. The only good thing about this place is the location.
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    8 reviews

    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on August 7, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Meals and Service were excellent, somewhat noisy …
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 7, 2022

    overall2food1service2ambience5
    Beautiful location and building, wonderful spot on the water. Food was of low quality, poorly prepared and overpriced.
  30. DJ

    DavidJ

    Tahoe

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Food was a bit pricey for what you get, but it is an expensive location, so not sure how it compares. Employees all very nice, parking attendants were great
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Tahoe

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Celebrating our engagement. Always have a wonderful experience, we are from Sonora California! Will definitely come again
  32. B

    Bonbini

    Tahoe

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience4
    We ordered the wild mushroom risotto, they brought it out in a bowl with about a cup and a half of food. It had little taste, and we paid $40 per serving. Definitely not worth the cost.
  33. KO

    KathiO

    San Joaquin

    12 reviews

    3.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall3food5service3ambience4
    The food is always delicious!! When asking the cost of the market price of the steak and lobster, be sure you verify the cost correctly with the wait staff. We were told an amount much less than the charge on the bill. The manager did offer a discount.
  34. BW

    BrendaW

    Richmond

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 5, 2022

    overall3food4service4ambience3
    Food was very good and our waiter was great. The hostess was rude and it seemed to be quite the chore for her to seat us. We had a reservation and there appeared to be plenty of open tables. I do understand that there may not have been servers for all of those tables. We asked to sit by the window so that we could enjoy the view. We were told there were none available. My daughter nicely asked if we could sit at one of the empty tables by the window. She rolled her eyes and seated us as requested. I probably wouldn't go back there again. Hire someone pleasant to work as a hostess. They are the first impression of your business. Our first impression was not a good one. It improved exponentially once we were past the young woman guarding the door.
  35. DD

    DickD

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on August 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Celebrating the exiting of all of our house guests😀
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Tahoe

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 5, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Wonderful as always, just bummed out that our server didn't tell us about the prime rib special.
  37. FO

    FOODIE

    Calgary

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    What an evening. The food was great and the view from the deck outside was even better. It was truly an unforgettable experience.
  38. F

    Fredo

    San Joaquin

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 4, 2022

    overall1food1service3ambience1
    I don’t ever write bad or negative reviews but this establishment was one of my worst experiences. The restaurant was hot with no AC. The food was bland and overcooked.
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    3 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 3, 2022

    overall1food3service1ambience3
    Terrible hostess service. I asked for a shaded table on the terrace. I explained I couldn’t be in the sun because of a skin condition and the hostess refused to give me another table. The restaurant had plenty of empty shaded tables. Just didn’t want to help
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Sacramento

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent as always!!!!!

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 4.3 stars by 3624 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 104 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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