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Riva Grill, South Lake Tahoe, CA

Riva Grill

4.3
4.3
3440 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.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 149 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 3,440 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

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    Most Booked

  • South Lake Tahoe

    Scenic View

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  • South Lake Tahoe

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  1. LM

    LMS15561

    San Francisco

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    I was celebrating my birthday at The Riva Grill and it was wonderful to have an outside table and take advantage of the beautiful lake view! The service was good and the food was tasty, even though my steak was a bit over cooked. It was very busy, so reservations are a must. Valet parking is free! I’d go back again.
  2. e

    elisec

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    I’ve been here for lunch and I enjoyed that menu more than dinner.
  3. GR

    GoldRiverGirl

    San Francisco

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    So a week ago I came to Tahoe with my husband, we ate at Riva Grill. A week later I came with my girlfriend and we saw Norah Jones in concert and ate at Riva Grill. What are my favorite things to get there? Wet Woody. Espresso martini. French onion soup. Clams. Wedge salad with salmon. I could have shared it with my friend. But the best thing is the gorgeous Lake Tahoe View
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall2food2service2ambience2
    The food take so long more than an hour, cold and expensive
  5. JB

    JimB

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Appreciated complimentary valet parking. Nice location
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Service was excellent, food was great, pricey but worth it! View is wonderful
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Tahoe

    11 reviews

    2.0

    11 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall2food2service2ambience2
    We were seated at a lakeside table which was nice. Service was slow, our server was very friendly and nice though. Took awhile to get our appetizer and meals. My husband ordered filet and scampi with his filet cooked medium rare- it came cooked medium well and we sent it back for a replacement. Server kindly removed the charge for his dish from the bill. There was a wedding reception going on on the second floor of the restaurant overlooking the deck. There were party guests smoking cigarettes and vape pens. The DJ music started and we could barely hear each other talk at the table (this was a Saturday night). Not very impressed overall with the quality of food and ambiance.
  8. j

    jimp

    Tahoe

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall4food3service5ambience4
    Lou our sever was great, cocktails were perfect... prime rib and lamb were tough.
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Sacramento

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Enjoyed another great meal at Rivas. Service, drinks and food were delicious!
  10. GH

    GrantH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Best scallops I’ve ever had. Waiter was super nice and food came out in a very timely manner. Only critique I have is water was never filled up after we drank it quickly after first sitting down. Great spot.
  11. GD

    GaryD

    Tahoe

    4 reviews

    2.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall2food2service2ambience4
    No tarter sauce for fish and chips!, they didn’t run out just didn’t offer it even though they “Always” go hand in hand! The biggest problem was there was a shift change and after the new person came by to inrtoduce herself never saw her again so after our appetizers we were left to flag a third server down who finally asked what we wanted and relayed it to our service. They didn’t seem understaffed as our server was serving someone else and completely forgot us. Totally unacceptable. The lobster bisque was great as was the Gorgonzola bread but the Caesar salad was the second worst I’ve had. Wilted lettuce completely non descript dressing nothing like a decent Caesar. How hard is a Caesar salad. Resting on their view. Forget this place.
  12. g

    goodinprint

    San Francisco

    49 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    49 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It doesn't get much better and more comfortable on the eyes and the other senses. Eating lunch on the shady patio with a great view of Lake Tahoe. The menu has a lot of options and the food is delicious. The wait staff is attentive as well.
  13. LR

    LanceR

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall3food2service4ambience3
    This was a close by restaurant to where we were staying. Atmosphere was nice and we were seated at our appointed time. Table was not in a great location (by a door with little space for seat access). Menu seemed a little limited. Went for the scallops dinner while spouse went for a crab sandwich. Plating was simple with uneatable vegetables. They needed far more cooking so you could a least cut them with a knife. I thought the scallops were mediocre as I have had far better, Rather plain with no sauce, The risotto was also more like chunky cottage cheese. Not a very appetizing dinner for the price. Maybe this is more of a burger and fries place. Our server was excellent and efficient.
  14. RP

    RebeccaP

    Tampa

    8 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    8 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall2food2service3ambience2
    Super expensive for ok food. Not worth the money spent at all.
  15. LP

    LucyP

    Orange County

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    OMG! Prime Rib French Dip sandwich soooo delicious! Came with generous serving of perfectly prepared french fries. Their cheesecake portion was big enough to share, but I didn't! Free valet parking, lovely view of the lake.
  16. DP

    DanPReno

    Tahoe

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We have never been disappointed by the food and service at Riva Grille. I did notice that prices have spiked since we were there a year ago but, with supply chain issues and inflation through the roof it is understandable but simply means we will not eat out as often.
  17. LD

    LauraD

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    We were a little bummed, as we made reservations because of the Patio Deck Opening Party and they sat us on the top level in the back. We thought that was weird, as we were there for the music, etc…so after dinner, we went down to the music/party and ended up standing.
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Sacramento

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Stacie, our server was phenomenal! She was very attentive and kind.
  19. SK

    SondraK

    Sacramento

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was great~ made reservations and was sat near the water, but in the sun. The Woody’s are legendary and we will be back.
  20. P

    Paul

    Chicago

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Very nice place, food was great but a bit expensive
  21. TV

    ToniV

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We will drive two hours just for the Riva. The filet's are outstanding. It's always a good experience and the wait staff is solid. Great food every time. Wonderful wine list.
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    vip
    2.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall2food2service2ambience4
    Food was expensive and but not great
  23. G

    Gene

    Sacramento

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was my wife's birthday and we were seated at a perfect window table. The food we ordered was delicious and the waitress brought out a fantastic fudge brownie with ice cream with a candle. We also enjoyed the background music playing. It was a real treat to dine with a beautiful view of Lake Tahoe!
  24. JJ

    JamedJ

    Dallas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful seating on porch
  25. KS

    KenS

    San Francisco

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on June 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Long line at the door that I bypassed to check in. Got a text message at my exact reservation time and was seated at an upstairs window table. Food was excellent.
  26. GR

    GoldRiverGirl

    San Francisco

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on June 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always great views and service. The French onion soup was perfect. I wish I had gotten my favorite...the clams but the caesar and French onion was perfect.
  27. d

    deliteme2

    Central Coast

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 20, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Well prepared food. Great view from the deck. The location makes it convenient to to coordinate a lovely lunch or dinner with a cruise that departs from the nearby marina.
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Key West

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food. Outstanding service. Incredible views of Lake Tahoe. Even the valet service was over the top. We’ll worth the visit!
  29. b

    bookvaluejohn

    San Francisco

    13 reviews

    3.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall3food4service4ambience2
    much too noisy and seemed expensive well beyond its overall quality. staff were fine and tried hard by the facility made the place uncomfortable.
  30. K

    Katrina

    San Francisco

    18 reviews

    4.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    Open floor plan makes for a fairly loud restaurant setting. Good food and extensive menu, although pricey because of location near Lake Tahoe. Our server was great, attentive, friendly, and efficient.
  31. LE

    Luv2Eat

    Tahoe

    91 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    91 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    Food is mediocre and overpriced. View from the patio is beautiful
  32. JL

    JasonL

    Denver

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 16, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    Food was good, nothing to write home about. We sat outside which was nice to be by the water.
  33. H

    Howard

    San Francisco

    19 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on June 16, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    One of the few restaurants with a lake view that takes reservations. Pricy, but with that mullion dollar view. Good service, good food, a step above.
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 16, 2022

    overall4food4service2ambience4
    I ordered the classic burger and it was so juicy! The bun was toasted perfectly! The server was doing well until there was an issue with the beer on tap that we requested. The server kept insisting we have Modelo and my husband wanted Stella. My husband got another beer instead and he didn’t receive it until after the meal. My husband is in the service industry and he was annoyed he was charged for a beer he didn’t want and came after the meal. Other than that the food and atmosphere are worth going to.
  35. VB

    VB15

    Las Vegas

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on June 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely great food and service!
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Portland

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on June 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was our final dinner together after a week at Lake Tahoe with my sister in law and her husband. We came well before our reserved time and were easily accommodated. Friendly, professional service, great cocktails, amazing food and view of the lake. Too expensive to be called “Everyday dining” but a lovely way to wrap up a week together!
  37. AC

    AerinC

    Atlanta

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on June 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Paul was a fantastic server for our party of 9. Good food, fantastic service, and a gorgeous view of the lake!!
  38. CT

    CTEG

    Las Vegas

    26 reviews

    4.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Good food and service. Prices a bit high but a nice place to go to sit and chit chat with friends. We had the tacos, lettuce wraps, spicy chicken sandwich and the zucchini sticks. Mimosa and Red Woody? Everyone enjoyed what they ordered. Our waitress Anda was attentive and very nice.
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall1food3service3ambience1
    The noise level on the patio was horrible - ruined the experience and the prices were ridiculously high.
  40. AB

    AwesomeBobX64

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Best Filet Mignon I've had in years! A few annoying bugs when dining on the deck for outside seating, but well worth the rest of the early evening ambience at South Lake Tahoe in early June. Garlic bread starter was perfect as well; very light, very tasty, not filling!

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 3440 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 149 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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