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Riva Grill, South Lake Tahoe, CA

Riva Grill

4.2
4.2
3860 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

7:30 PM


Booked 28 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 3,860 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
  • 4.4Service
  • 4.3Ambience
  • 3.7Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Tahoe / Reno Area

    Most Booked

  • South Lake Tahoe

    Great for scenic views

  • South Lake Tahoe

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  • South Lake Tahoe

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  1. MN

    MimiN

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    You can’t go wrong with any of the Wet Woody drinks. My favorite was the prickly pear.
  2. CA

    ClaudineA

    Tahoe

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful food and a great place!
  3. AM

    AnneM

    Central Coast

    7 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    The noise from the bar spells over into the dining room. For the prices they charge I would expect cloth tablecloths. Prime rib was flavorful but not tender. The pasta cogli??? was really tasty. Service was great.
  4. L

    Luv2stealrecipies

    San Francisco

    133 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    133 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall3food3service5ambience5
    We came here for our anniversary as we enjoy the views and location. Cocktails and clam appetizer were great but when the entrees arrived it went downhill. Husband’s scallops arrived on top of cold risotto snd veg. Server quickly brought a warm plate of same. I ordered the special prime rib. Big mistake. I needed something more like a chainsaw to cut through one of the toughest “prime” ribs I have ever experienced. After 15 minutes of sawing the meat into smaller chunks we asked for a doggy bag for our huskies. Their canines were more appropriate for such a tough slab of meat. Anyway, Riva needs to up their game on quality of ingredients.
  5. c

    ceal

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The special of the night mahi mahi with rice broccoli ect was very good Scotty our waiter was excellent .
  6. MW

    MelissaW

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 23, 2023

    overall2food2service4ambience4
    The setting is beautiful and the service was good. Unfortunately the food was mediocre . I had the 50$ scallops and I was very disappointed. The worst scallops I ever had- small and overcooked. The drinks were good . I would suggest going for drinks but will not be going back for the overpriced mediocre food.
  7. JZ

    JohnZ

    San Francisco

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on January 22, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was amazing…three of us ordered the Ribeye, and I’d totally recommend it and the veggies to go with it were great also. There was live music and our waitress was very good and provided excellent service. I’d definitely recommend Riva Grill and will return next time we are in Tahoe.
  8. TB

    TomB

    Tahoe

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 22, 2023

    overall3food5service5ambience3
    Service was great, food was great! Very expensive for casual dinning! $30 hamburgers, pasta dishes close to $40, $16 for house salad. We had reservations at 6:00 and the live music permeated the dinning room.
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 16, 2023

    overall1food1service4ambience4
    Sick with stomach cramps all night. Avoid the lobster bisque. $100 meal to be sick all night 😕
  10. CJ

    CezieJ

    Los Angeles

    15 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on January 12, 2023

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    The food was great. I had the French onion soup and it was hot until the last bite. Our server Christine was very attentive and brought us what we needed even before we asked.
  11. d

    davidt

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 8, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    french onion soup a must and the ribeye was the best i ever had and have been in some of the best steakhouses in us!!!!
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 5, 2023

    overall3food2service3ambience3
    Risotto was terrible and overpriced. It’s an average overpriced tourist trap
  13. B

    Betsy

    Central Coast

    29 reviews

    5.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on January 3, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of the specials for our night of dining included the Teriyaki Short Rib…oh wow! The meat was so tender, it was soooo delicious. The California Burger was great and our daughter had the spicy chicken sandwich. Both were fantastic. If you like a tastebud treat, for dessert try the mocha crunch ice cream cake OR peppermint stick sundae…you will not be disappointed!, Not only was the food and drinks so worth the visit, our host JORGE was THEE BEST!!! He was so attentive, replenishing our drinks and water before we needed to ask, as well as being so interested in our background of where we were visiting from and was so considerate and friendly, ensuring we felt welcome and that our evening was enjoyable.
  14. SM

    SaraM

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We ate here on New Year’s Day. It was delicious and a lot of fun. Just soooo expensive and not like a super high end meal to justify the price. Tourist prices.
  15. RP

    RoyP

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our new year eve family dinner was memorable.
  16. GV

    GuillerminaV

    Tahoe

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall3food2service3ambience3
    1. Food was not served as ordered 2. I don’t like having dinner with dogs in the dining area, let alone barking.
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Miami

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great experience bartender Christina was amazing and server scotty was great. Food was phenomenal. Deviled eggs are a must try.
  18. JL

    JoelL

    Dallas

    13 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on December 30, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Overall, the ambience and food were good. The service was excellent. The pricing was a bit much.
  19. x

    xxxx

    Tahoe

    18 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on December 29, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience2
    Way too expensive for both food and drinks. Ridiculous prices. Will not return.
  20. EM

    EricM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    All good and would definitely be back again next Tahoe visit.
  21. SM

    SusanM

    Los Angeles

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on December 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We had a family dinner for 13 people nine adults and four kids. They were very accommodating and the waiter was great Everybody enjoyed their food and everything flowed very nicely
  22. g

    gcurtis253

    Los Angeles

    33 reviews

    5.0

    33 reviews

    Dined on December 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We always enjoy Riva Grill. The food is excellent, the view is amazing, and the service is stellar. So happy to be able to dine there!
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 26, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience3
    It was a Christmas and our waitress was overworked. However, the food was fine and we had to return a couple plates bc they were cold, but it was a busy Christmas night.
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    vip
    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 26, 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience3
    Clearly our waitress, even though she was great, was overworked. Management should do a better job at helping their employees and making sure they are okay.
  25. DN

    DonnaN

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    beautiful location, love the marina and sunsetview. Dinner was comfortable and service was great for Christmas.
  26. NH

    NicoleH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious food! Staff was well prepared for a crazy busy Christmas dinner service.
  27. EE

    EdizE

    San Francisco

    30 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on December 26, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    We went for Xmas dinner and enjoyed Riva. Service was great and accommodating. Food presentation excellent but flavors need some more work. We had ribeye, filet, salmon and scallops. Steak presentation was great but meat needs more flavor. We enjoyed overall.
  28. E

    Enaj

    Denver

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on December 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We love Riva Grill. The staff is super friendly and will accommodate as much as they are able! We will definitely be back.
  29. SM

    SaraM

    Central Coast

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 26, 2022

    overall3food2service3ambience4
    You must have been short on turkey gravy. Very little on our turkey and none for potatoes. Waitress did her best but she was so busy we didn't ask for more. Also our meal was luke warm when we got it. We had 2 cocktails with house liquor but our bill said we asked for specific brands so was $23 more than it should have been. Waitress fixed it but that was worrisome. We are in our 70s. Can't help but wonder if that was on purpose. This was not the Riva Grill we used to know!
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 26, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience2
    Our family came from out of town to have Christmas dinner there and we were not impressed with the food or the service . We have not been here in two years because we had moved away and this used to be one of our favorite places to go to, we were really disappointed.
  31. j

    jackyd

    Raleigh

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 25, 2022

    overall1food1service3ambience3
    I had the steak and blue cheese salad packed with raw red onion very old sqiushy tomatoes, tiny cold almost raw steak, Candied walnuts drench in cumin. disgusting expensive disappointing Christmas lunch No specials for Christmas. My husbands french dip was good except the french fries were doused in salt he had to shake them off. Are there any good chefs in this town?
  32. BN

    BrianN

    Houston

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 25, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Food was pretty good. Coconut Shrimp appetizer was a rip off. $25 for 4 shrimp. Besides that, the food was pretty good. Nothing great, but nothing bad. Good atmosphere. Also, the table we got seated at had flimsy extensions, which made the experience not as good as it could be.
  33. W

    William

    Atlanta

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great Christmas Eve dinner. Service and food were excellent.
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We were seated right away and had great service. They were great for Christmas Eve dinner.
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 25, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    We spent Christmas Eve having a nice dinner at Riva Grill. We completely enjoyed our experience thank you.
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 25, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    Christmas Eve
  37. SE

    SueE

    Tahoe

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Riva Grill did not disappoint for my birthday dinner! Great food and atmosphere. We had a great view of the lake at sunset!!!
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Central Coast

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Exceptional food!!! All six of us loved our meals! I had the smoked tenderloin, with Brussels and creamed corn mash potatoes. Sooooo good! Greatly recommend:)
  39. BC

    BrianC

    Sacramento

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Probably the best Rib Eye I’ve ever had! Love the view of the lake!
  40. KF

    KaitlanF

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and service, a little pricey but not terrible. Will definitely return.

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 3860 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

7:30 PM


Booked 28 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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