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Riva Grill, South Lake Tahoe, CA

Riva Grill

4.4
4.4
4469 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 22 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • 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

What 4,469 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.4
4.4 based on recent ratings
  • 4.3Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 3.8Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Tahoe / Reno Area

    Hot spot

  • Tahoe / Reno Area

    Most Booked

  • South Lake Tahoe

    Good for business meals

  • South Lake Tahoe

    Good for groups

  • South Lake Tahoe

    Great for scenic views

  • South Lake Tahoe

    Lively

  • South Lake Tahoe

    Most Booked

4,469 Reviews
  1. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    27 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    27 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Beautiful views as expected, but the entire vibe including the food feels overpriced and tourist, not nearly as special as portrayed. Also, it’s incredibly loud throughout the restaurant between the live music playing and large parties.

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  2. SonjaT

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    What a fun place; it was a bit chilly on the patio but the outside heater and a red-headed Woody or a Mai Tai will take care of that :) Service was great and food was tasty and plentiful. We had the homemade salt & vinegar chips (which were killer!!), fried zucchini, prime rib french dip and the great scott burger.

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  3. MariaC

    New York City

    9 reviews

    1.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on April 8, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    No prices, at all, on drink menu. I felt like prices were made up as they went. I actually asked how much a drink was, told $14.50 and they charged $16.00. The drink was good, spicy, but was mostly ice. The espresso martini looked lovely, $18.50, was quite sweet. We shared the tuna poke app and it was stone cold, rice was almost frozen. I ordered the fish and chips and my husband ordered the shrimp tacos. He was happy with his meal. My fish had what appeared to be material fibers sticking out of them. I sent it back. I replaced it with French onion soup. It was lacking taste, not good at all. Not looking to ever return, wouldn’t recommend.

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  4. Superb

    San Francisco

    44 reviews

    5.0

    44 reviews

    Dined on April 8, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    What a wonderful place for a lovely meal. Riva Grill is right on the Marina and the view is spectacular. The menu has lots of tempting options. I had the tenderloin steak and blue cheese salad. It was excellent. The beef was nice and tender and the flavors delicious. My husband had a burger and it was yummy also. Our server was Deanna and she was attentive and friendly. The ambience was warm and cozy. We loved sitting in the bar area. There was a roaring gas fireplace. We will,come here again for sure.

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  5. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 6, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Restaurant location is lake front and prime with a nice patio. Food quality was good, tasty food but pricing was on the higher side for food and drinks. Bar area packed near dining room, very loud with band and raffle going on during happy hour on Fridays. Names on the menu were hilarious and slightly inappropriate, fun ambiance. Children's menu available.

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  6. JoeM

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on April 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It was a wonderful time and a wonderful night and the food was fantastic. We all enjoyed ourselves immensely! Thank you very much for such a wonderful dinner

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  7. MelT

    New York City

    9 reviews

    3.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on April 5, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Beautiful setting on directly on Lake Tahoe. Food was completely average. For the price, I would have hoped for better food, but it's clearly a tourist destination where the view is prioritized over the food.

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  8. Parmkdhillon

    Sacramento

    3 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 3, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Food came out cold. Especially my girls Mac n cheese.

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  9. BobE

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on March 31, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Came here for Easter brunch and was not disappointed. Food, service, and ambiance were all top shelf. Great job!

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  10. OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta Metro

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on March 31, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing Easter brunch! Our family had a wonderful meal and great service!

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  11. Tahoe

    Tahoe

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on March 31, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Easter brunch was delicious and well prepared. The waffles were on the dry side and felt premade, not made to order, came out little on the cold side. The rest of the spread was spot on and delicious.

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  12. AndreK

    Sacramento

    16 reviews

    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on March 31, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was delicious, with a wide variety of dishes to satisfy everyone. The view of the lake with the snow was perfect. The service was on point. I would highly recommend.

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  13. JenniferW

    Tahoe

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on March 31, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Delicious meal and great service. Riva Grill never disappoints!

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  14. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    7 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on March 28, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 2
    Cute spot but definitely overpriced on the food.

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  15. Migonz

    Miami

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on March 26, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a great time! Our server, was soo sweet and amazing!

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  16. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 23, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Came here to celebrate a birthday, the food was good and the service was great

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  17. Charles

    Hawaii

    121 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    121 reviews

    Dined on March 22, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We have been her many times and the food and service are always great.

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  18. OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 21, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Always a good time. Love the soup! Ambience by the fireplace is one of the best in South Lake. A must stop for tourists.

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  19. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 21, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Dylan our waiter really went above and beyond. The restaurant was accommodating and the food was delicious. I really appreciated Dylan and him having great hospitality and exceptional customer service skills. I would dine here again the next time we come to town.

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  20. MoeB

    Hawaii

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on March 19, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Incredible view, incredible service, incredible food !! 10/10 recommendation and 10/10 will come again!

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  21. CKingG8Food

    Phoenix

    13 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on March 18, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    Booked a reservation for a party of 6 adults here because I thought the kind of place that has an amazing lake view and charges $18 for a side salad would be the perfect setting for old friends getting together for a special reunion. Boy, was I wrong. The restaurant is 15% full at 7 PM and the host wanted to seat us at a 6-top in the back. I asked if he could put two 4-tops together so we could enjoy the lake view as the place was relatively empty and the lake view was the whole point of our booking. He had to ask the manager. The manager sent the host back to convert a 4-top into a 6-top but the folding flaps were bent and the bread plates and silverware were sliding off. The host said he’d ask the manager again about joining the 4-tops. Then a hostess, despite explaining the situation to her, gave the 4-top we needed away to a couple. When I asked her why, she said she didn’t know what was going on. No one came back so tired of waiting, we laughed it off and sat down to our broken 6-top. A server arrived and said policy is no split checks among couples. No one wanted to splurge on a celebratory spread anymore. Instead, we ordered $30 burgers and salads for about $300. Then we waited an hour to eat. The server was nice so we tipped her 20% for trying to make our night better, the food and drinks were standard sort of like an Applebee’s or Red Robin, but the manager and the policies aren’t very hospitality-friendly. I was honestly embarrassed that I had made this reservation for our group. We will never go back nor recommend this restaurant to anyone.

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  22. OpenTable Diner

    Dallas

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 17, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    I asked the hostess to put us in a table with a view, and she put us in a corner, blocking the view, then tried to put us in front of a wall. She wasn’t listening very well thankfully, the waiter and the food made up for the experience, we brought friends here from Tennessee and they loved it.

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  23. OpenTable Diner

    Central Coast

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 17, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    We came for a birthday dinner and got nothing from the restaurant staff after explicitly stating it was for a birthday. Service was alright and we had a table full of empty water glasses for a while. Food was great.

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  24. BarbI

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    vip
    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 15, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We were seated next to a very large, very loud crowd.

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  25. AudraM

    Phoenix

    19 reviews

    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on March 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We never make a trip to South Tahoe without visiting Riva! Beautiful views and always a great dinner!

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  26. Hockeymom

    Denver

    41 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    41 reviews

    Dined on March 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always love coming to Riva with our big family The 25 of us had great food wine and fun

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  27. MichaelE

    Tahoe

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great food, great service, great food. Not inexpensive but worth every penny. Restaurant was busy and a bit loud to the point that it was not easy to talk over. And I am a repeat customer and will continue to be. Excellent experience every time.

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  28. Tahoefun

    Tahoe

    32 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    32 reviews

    Dined on March 12, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Ribeye cooked to the right temp but somewhat tough. Service from Michael was excellent and view was awesome.

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  29. TVLC

    San Francisco

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 10, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    Sadly, we got the worst table in the restaurant even though a lot of tables where empty and stayed empty. Service was poor waitress was busy with a large table and had no time for us.

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  30. TaylorC

    Mississippi

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on March 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Very good food with great & friendly service. LOVED the Wet Woody- would definitely recommend trying one.

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  31. LeanneD

    Tahoe

    6 reviews

    2.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on March 5, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    There’s a definite deterioration in the quality of food. Ordered a ribeye with sauce on the side. Entree arrived in a beautiful presentation smothered in peppercorn sauce. The server took it back to the kitchen. The same steak was returned looking sloppy on the plate. Potato’s were mushy, pancetta was tough and the asparagus were tiny under sautéed pieces. This was our second time back since the quality of the restaurant started to decline as we were given a gift card. We won’t be back.

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  32. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    So nice such a good time. It was the best experience I have ever had. Recommend to all of my friends!

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  33. OpenTable Diner

    Portland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This was a fabulous date night spot. The food was exceptional quality and the service was great! The food was quite spendy but the quality was excellent and it did not seem incredibly overpriced.

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  34. diamondD

    Phoenix

    89 reviews

    4.0

    89 reviews

    Dined on February 29, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    I have been to Riva many times and have never been disappointed in the food or the setting

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  35. DerrickM

    Tahoe

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing place love the ambience it was very classy as well as very fun and simple place with phenomenal food

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  36. MariaJ

    Tahoe

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 25, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Our server was the BEST!! But again my crab cakes were cold . You need to cook them a lil longer so they’re crispy and hot . Lobster bisque.soup was also not hot just warm. But everyone else had great food

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  37. WineNdine

    Central Coast

    21 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on February 24, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great place in Tahoe, overview of lake. Food was great, be aware big portions!

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  38. BegoLledo

    Houston

    27 reviews

    3.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on February 24, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    We’ve been going for dinner or lunch at Riva Grill since our first time in South Lake Tahoe, back in 2005. Always enjoyed it. But yesterday, we got a little disappointed. The furniture needs an upgrade. The food was simply ok, lacked some flavor, very bland, and some very greasy. The waiter Carlo was amazing, very friendly. The hostesses were a little slow. Not sure if we will be back.

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  39. JacqueQ

    Tahoe

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 24, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A little pricey. $18.00 for a small wedge salad $53.00 for prime rib and $24.00 for 4 coconut shrimp. Place is really nice but too expensive for us. Service was exceptional thou

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  40. OpenTable Diner

    Calgary

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 23, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food & service! Clams were amazing! Had a wonderful experience!

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FAQs

Riva Grill is rated 4.4 stars by 4469 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 22 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
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • 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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