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Riva Grill

4.2
1382 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Contemporary American
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  • Scenic View
  • Waterfront
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
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.

Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Contemporary American, Steak, Californian
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Hours of operation
Monday through Thursday 11:30am - 9:30pm;
Saturday & Sunday: 11:30 - 10:00pm
Brunch menu served Saturday and Sunday from 11:30-4

Thanksgiving 2:00-9:00
Christmas Eve 11:30-9:30, dinner starts at 4:30
Christmas Day 12:00 - 10:00, dinner starts at 4:00
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Phone number
(530) 542-2600
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Peter Brinckerhoff, Chef - Eric Liebendorfer
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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.
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Private party contact
Kimberly Boone: (888) 734-2882
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Catering
Please inquire within for details.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Hwy. 50
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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. Parking along both sides of Ski Run Boulvard, north of highway 50, is also free and a quick walk south into the Ski Run Marina and Shops.
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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.
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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!
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Special events & promotions
Happy Hour: October - April, Monday through Friday 4:00pm to 6:30pm, Monday Night Football- through the game. Featuring discounts on Wet Woody's, Draft Beers, Wines by the glass, Skyy Vodka cocktails and approx. 50% off all wood-fired pizzas and bar food menu items!

Fish Taco Friday- Fridays in winter following Happy Hour, raffle every hour and bar specials, grand prize snowboard most weeks, 6:30pm-10:00pm, "The more you drink, the more you win!"

Topless Tuesday- Wet Woodys at nearly half the price with twice the float (served on the side) every Tuesday- All Day, All Night, All Winter!

Wet Woody Wednesday- May- September, Wet Woodys at nearly half the price every Wednesday- All Day, All Night, All Summer!
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Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 1382 People Are Saying
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85% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined 3 days ago

We came here for a dinner to celebrate our bachelorette and it was perfect! The staff, the food, the drinks, and the waterfront views were exceptional. So much fun, and our server (I think Courtney) was SO GREAT with our large group (15)!

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3.0Dined 4 days ago

If you come for the view, you will not be disappointed, beautiful spot. The quality of the food is average for the prices. Our server was helpful and prompt.

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3.0Dined 4 days ago

Super slow service

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5.0Dined 4 days ago

Great food, great service, sat on the deck, the place never disappoints.

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3.0Dined 4 days ago

Too pricy!!! Food only decent they need to work on their risotto l—very bland!

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5.0Dined 4 days ago

The ease of checking in and being seated to the service, and quality/creativity/taste of each dish was fantastic. I had one of the freshest and memorable Mojitos. Always a great night at Riva Grill.

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3.0Dined 5 days ago

Riva Grill had a wonderful outdoor patio on the marina with a lake view. Although the service was good the food was only OK. There is something for everyone on the menu. The quality of the food and depth of flavor was poor. For the prices on the menu, I was expecting stellar food with great quality. Unfortunately the risotto I ordered was bland and had a gummy consistency that was detrimental to the dish. The others at the table ordered crab cakes and scallops, both of which were good but very basic preparations. If you're looking for a restaurant with average tasting fine dining food with an exceptional view, Riva Grill is for you!

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2.0Dined 6 days ago

Ok view of Lake Tahoe but basically a tourist trap

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2.0Dined 6 days ago

I loved my salad. (It was the wedge)My husband loved his salad and entree. The service was extremely lacking. We waited a long time for anyone to even acknowledge us. I must point out that the servers all appeared stretched to their limit. We weren't sure if they were working short-staffed or what. And then the servers also had to wear very short, tight skirts, with a slit in them. My suggestion to the manager would be to hire someone to just bringwater/coffee/soda to the patrons when they first come in. Another crucial point is that the food is WAY overpriced!!! It's the most we've EVER paid for a dinner.

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3.0Dined 6 days ago

The food was good. The service was slow. But the view was great!

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3.0Dined 6 days ago

Excellent outdoor seasonal dining on Lake Tahoe. Very nice views and ambience. The service was very good, but the food was so so. Especially when you figure in the cost. It is pricey.

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5.0Dined on June 10, 2018

My daughters 21st Birthday dinner, great experience & wonderful Moscow Mules!

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2.0Dined on June 5, 2018

Went here as it was open late on a Sunday night. Ordered the clams appetizer and the seafood tagliatelle. Both were served warm, but not hot. Very nice presentation tho. The clams were nothing special and the pasta had too much pesto sauce on it. The clams were supposed to come with bread, but when I asked they said they don't serve bread...they only have breadsticks and hummus, which he gave us. I thought that was rather odd. Later on I looked at menu again and the clams were supposed to come with bread, and they also have a garlic bread app so how could they not have bread? He didn't say they were out of bread, he said they just don't serve bread. And then we had a bottle of wine and waiter never came back to pour after the first glass. Also restaurant smelled of burning lamp oil from the candles on all the tables

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4.0Dined on June 4, 2018

I went to the The Riva Grill for my birthday this past weekend. The food was amazing but our waiter made it a frustrating evening. He was a little rude and didn’t listen to what we had asked with our food. Would still go back if he was not my waiter

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5.0Dined on June 3, 2018

Ken,our waiter was very professional and knowledgeable!

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4.0Dined on June 1, 2018

Service was great. Expensive place. It was extremely loud in restaurant and hard to hear people across the table from you

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5.0Dined on May 29, 2018

Excellent location on Lake Tahoe; attentive staff, delicious food with deck, dining room or bar seating.

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5.0Dined on May 27, 2018

Great view!

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5.0Dined on May 27, 2018

Wonderful food, our waiter was preoccupied and forgot about us . The salad was sent back with dirt but the entrees of halibut were really good. It was overpriced but we splurged for the anniversary

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4.0Dined on May 27, 2018

You can’t beat the views. The Lobster bisque here is so amazing. The crab cakes were also lovely. Their bartenders were nicer than the waitress we had.

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4.0Dined on May 26, 2018

Dinner was quite good as well as the service. Nice wine list too.

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3.0Dined on May 25, 2018

Worst service I’ve ever seen. Not by one person but 3 different servers including bartender. Food this time not good.
Coconut shrimp $19.00 for 4 pieces seemed cooked in oil that seemed to have been used to cook with repeatedly. I’ve had this dish before and I’m the past it was very tasty. This day it tasted quite differently. My husband asked for dressing on the side two times and finally midway through his salad she brings it. Ordered a Bloody Mary at bar which never came till I told our server. It took awhile before it came. Other than location and nice ambiance not on my list to return.

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3.0Dined on May 20, 2018

The food was great, paired with a amazing view. Unfortunately we had to flag another waiter down for service and at that price point. Its unacceptable.

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5.0Dined on May 20, 2018

Best environment, service , food can’t ask for more

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5.0Dined on May 19, 2018

Seated us right away, ensuring we had a great view. Our waitress was attentive and made the evening enjoyable. Food was delicious, as were the drinks. Made our last vacation night quite memorable.

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5.0Dined on May 15, 2018

We truely enjoyed our experience at the Riva Grill. We enjoyed the beautiful view and the excellent food. We took our time and enjoyed ourselves greatly!

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5.0Dined on May 14, 2018

Server was attentive and pleasant. Lobster was one of the best we’ve ever had. Restaurant was not overcrowded even though it was late afternoon Mother’s day. It was a very memorable meal and of course views of Lake Tahoe were a nice addition.

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3.0Dined on May 13, 2018

I love the waterfront ambiance of the Riva Grill. I would definitely recommend the place to friends. My only critque is: When I made the reservation I was not made aware that it was for Mother's Day brunch. When we got there we sat at our table for awhile when I asked the waiter for a menu. He casually informed us that it was buffet only. I don't normally eat $55.00 dollars worth of food so had I known I would not have made the reservation. The food was great however. Service not great at all. The server was not attentive to us. We had to get his attention several times. For this reason we did not leave a tip. Your valet service is exceptional.

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2.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Very disappointed with the Mother’s Day Brunch. Selection for the Brunch was Very minimal. “Made to order” omelette was awful. We come here for wonderful lunches often, & expected SO much more. My last Brunch at Riva Grille.

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5.0Dined on May 12, 2018

The Halibut special was fantastic!

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4.0Dined on May 11, 2018

End of vacation/honeymoon

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4.0Dined on May 9, 2018

Positive: Easy reservations. Prime location. Outdoor table. Good service with minimal conversation or interruption. 3 out of 4 guests thought food was excellent. 1 thought the entree was very good, but delivered lukewarm. Excellent wine selection.

Negative: Entrees fairly priced considering portion sizes, however wines by the glass felt inflated. $14-$18 a glass is expensive (even considering San Francisco city prices). Muzak made conversation difficult (noise levels in restaurants are far too high these days). We sat outside hoping it would be quieter for conversation. Table needed maintenance, pedestal solid, table loose and wobbly.

Waiter: Dustin, our waiter, was all business in a good way. Minimal conversation, minimal interruptions during the meal, yet always there when needed. Thanks Dustin.

Overall a positive experience. And yes, we will come back. Best

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5.0Dined on May 8, 2018

We had a delightful dinner. The halibut special for the evening was special. My wife had the double cut pork chop and loved it. To start we had the lobster and shrimp bisque. Again, wonderful.

Patrick V. was or server and he could not have been better. Very attentive and informative.

We'll be back.

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5.0Dined on May 6, 2018

Absolutely fantastic from start to finish. The waiters/waitresses were awesome and super attentive. The food servers were prompt and courteous. The food servings were amazingly big and delicious. Would definitely come back the next time we are in South Lake Tahoe !!
The view was a bonus !!!!! Get a reservation close to the sunset time... breathtaking !

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5.0Dined on May 5, 2018

The Riva Grill is our "go to" restaurant on the South Shore of beautiful Lake Tahoe. We've been dining here for years, and the food is perpetually delicious, the service is friendly, prompt, courteous and meticulous - and the setting is world class. Summer on the deck with a Wet Woody, or winter indoors with a crackling fire - The Riva Grill delivers Olde Tahoe charm and hospitality. If you haven't been, get there.

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4.0Dined on April 30, 2018

We love eating outdoors in the summer months! The cocktails, wine and dinners are outstanding! We introduced our friends to Rivas and they can't stop talking about the Badass Pork Chops!! The Orzo with corn and artichokes was amazing, and the scallops were the best we ever tasted!!

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4.0Dined on April 25, 2018

The food is good not fantastic. The prices reflect the location and views of the lake. Service was excellent thank you.

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2.0Dined on April 24, 2018

Riva Grill is a little dated with a dated menu. The cocktail menu needs a revision as there is nothing with a kick. I asked if they had anything that wasn't so sweet and the reply was they could throw in some jalapeno. It was really quiet when we were there and service was really off. Waited forever for drinks and then when the came dinner was right there with a forgotten salad. Pacing off. Decor is from 80's I'm guessing. Lots of green and lacquer.

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4.0Dined on April 22, 2018

We were seating quickly and had a fantastic view of the lake. Wet woodys were delicious, however the food was over cooked. I had the scallops and they were slightly rubbery.

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5.0Dined on April 22, 2018

The View was nice. The boat rental place and the hussle and bussle of the pier was a bit of a distraction to the big picture, which was the Sierra Mountain Range reflecting from the water of Lake Tahoe! Food was great. Dining inside is a good option only when the weather is bad. But, we were fortunate enough to dine outside on the patio, which gave a better view of the mountains reflecting on the lake! The service was also great. Our server constanly checked in on us.

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