River Ranch Lodge & Restaurant

4.5
613 Reviews
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
Located on the banks of the Truckee River between Truckee and Tahoe City, this rustic old Tahoe lodge has been a Tahoe dining favorite for many, many years. Choose between a cozy table in our Fireplace Dining Room or along the river in our River View Dining Room. In the summer, dine on our patio that overlooks the river. Enjoy great food and drink that is creative and interesting while being delicious and familiar. The menu changes seasonally to ensure use of the most available sustainable, fresh ingredients.
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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
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
What 613 people are saying
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vipNancyB
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience2

Your food and service are wonderful. The river sounds are wonderful too. The rest of the outdoor space really needs some TLC to catch up to the elegance of the food. The music was asked to be turned down.... the Grateful Dead was too loud for a nice dinner and conversation.

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Dindin
Tahoe
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had an amazing time at dinner! The food was outstanding and Mackenzie was a great server! Thanks for everything!

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vipCatherineS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everyone's meal was fantastic! Our server was incredibly nice and attentive. I had the wedge salad and the stroganoff and it was amazing! The view of the river rushing by was beautiful.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on April 11, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience4

Very ordinary food. I ordered the prime NY steak and genuinely doubt that it was prime - there simply wasn't marbling throughout the meat, and there was a thick ribbon of fat along the edge that undoutedly was left on to quantify the cut as being 16oz. My step-mom ordered the beef stroganoff and ate just a few bites, saod it wasn't any good. I tried a bite and agree. Huge portion, but not good. My mate had the chicken and loved it. I tasted a bite and agree - very good.
Very nice service, though, and our table (inside) sermed to overhang the river. My shot of Macallan was very generous and fairly priced

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KimD
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful location, delicious food, and wonderful service round out this place. Love that their patio it is dog friendly as well.

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vipJenniferE
Sacramento
2 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have been passing River Ranch for years and finally decided to stop. Glad we did! Food was excellent and views are amazing!

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vipRichardO
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Food and atmosphere were excellent. However, server dropped an entree. Everyone else had finished their entrees before replacement arrived. Restaurant should have offered an appetizer or discounted the entree for the delay. There were errors in other orders.

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RobertS
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We enjoyed Easter Brunch; eggs seemed to have been sitting awhile before serving, but were good. Good Bloody Mary’s, but didn’t get our napkins and utensils until the food was served. Food came quickly, and overall enjoyed the meal.

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Quickmeal
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall1food2service2ambience3

Need more servers and the place meeds a facelift

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Ross
Sacramento
2 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just re-opened inside. Spacing was very nice. We sat down by the open windows looking right down on the river - beautiful. Food and service were both very good.

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Mary
1 review
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing! Food was soooooo good (presentation, variety, quality). Views of the river hit the spot.

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CheriS
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love sitting on the patio by the river and enjoying the incredible food at the River Ranch. The service is incredible and the chef does an exceptional job with everything we have tried so far. Make a reservation the next time you are in the Tahoe or Truckee area. Thank you!!

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MelissaF
1 review
Dined on March 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great views of the river and order the warm salad!

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Sandra
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love the Experience and the staff was amazing!

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Mack
Tahoe
3 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience5

5 PM on a Saturday night out on the deck by the river - very crowded with the after-ski younger generation, so noisy and very slow service, but delightful ambiance. Food was good, but not outstanding. The salmon was very nicely cooked but way too much gooey stuff on top of it. The steak was good, but extremely pricy ($50). Wines were very good.

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vipEric
San Francisco
48 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It had been a few years since visiting River Ranch and the first time we've eaten in doors in a year. The restaurant was clean, tables not seated close to one another, food was excellent and service wonderful! Great meal across the board!

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on March 19, 2021
Overall1food1service3ambience1

Was not what I expected when looking at pictures online.

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vipKimR
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great outdoor spot! Beautiful!! Good drinks and good food.

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vipYummy
Orange County
6 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best stroganoff ever!!!! Best clam chowder!!!

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Cathypc
Salt Lake City
2 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great dinner! Didn’t mind sitting outside with 2 heaters. We were bummed the duck was out but found other dishes we enjoyed. Great waiter too! We will be back.

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BarbaraJ
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful view. Very friendly staff and excellent food.

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vipSteveM
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Outstanding meal and service

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annes
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best dinners we have ever had. Great ambience and service!

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vipJerriettes
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience! Great menu and great service at reasonable prices!

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Turbolina
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

In a challenging time this restaurant is trying their best. We had 2 very meals. My husband raved about the duck breast and I had a far better than expected cauliflower dish.

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OpenTable Diner
Tahoe
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I wish I could remember our servers name but he went above and beyond and wanted to give thanks!! But from the food to the atmosphere and service it was all amazing and one of the best dining experience I've had in Tahoe!! A very memorable valentine's day and dinner, definitely will be coming back!

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vipBayAreaCaliGirl
San Francisco
55 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time eating here, we bundled up for our outdoor meal by the river. All precautions are taken to ensure a safe, socially distanced dining experience. Our table next to the river was perfectly set up with TWO space heaters. It was about 30 degrees outside, but we sat comfortably dressed in ski jackets, beanies, gloves and scarves. :-) Our server, Stewart, was AWESOME!!! (With his mask on, he reminded us of John Krasinsky.) Such a nice guy, very professional, fun to talk to, attentive and knowledgeable. Our party of 3 ordered the Elk, Beef Stroganoff, and kid's cheeseburger. Everything was delicious but they are very large portions - the elk and stroganoff could feed 2-3 adults. Looking forward to our next visit!

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cyan7rn
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Had a wonderful birthday dinner there. So much food and it was all rich in flavor and delicious. The staff were very friendly and accommodating but the wait time was a little longer than we wanted. Overall will definitely come back to River Ranch.

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OpenTable Diner
Austin
6 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Muy rico ,la comida de excelente calidad y el lugar muy bonito no esperaba q sería una muy buena experiencia lo recomiendo .

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vipDianaOC
Orange County
30 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a lovely dinner at this unique restaurant on a cold February night. The staff were attentive and helpful and the food was great. If you’re a mushroom fan you’re in for a treat. My husband loves mushrooms, and I like them in small doses. Would love a little more variety, but appreciate them even being open during Covid with all the challenges.

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vipRJDB
San Francisco
25 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a great time. Our server Jacklyn was awesome.

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JackM
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server was absolutely the best and gave us great tips about the area while accommodating our group perfectly! I felt like I was having dinner at a close friends house, the heaters was only the frosting on top! Don’t forget to try their dessert!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New Orleans
3 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful setting in the snowy banks of Truckee River! First time dining and was pleasantly surprised by the quality and service! River Ranch will become a regular addition to our dining destinations.

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AnnalisaB
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Alex our server was great! We are outside and he made sure we were warm enough and had plenty of heat lamps. He was very attentive and knowledgeable!

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JenniferF
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The food was ok...tasted fairly decent. I had chicken which was better than the bison short ribs... But i feel it was a little overpriced for what it was($35+ for a "half chicken" that only included boneless breast meat, but it was pretty good. I shared half with my husband). They have some rare choices like bison which was interesting. I LOVED the setting and staff was great. Their appetizer seafood bisque was great and so was their pumpkin spice cheesecake! The river running behind the building was very romantic. We had outdoor seating due to pandemic closures, and it was 28°, but they kept us warm with heaters and had a beatiful party tent. Nicely spaced seating and got us in way earlier than our reservation! Overall a very nice dinner for our 5th anniversary!! Very romantic so worth the price

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The staff went out of there way to accommodate everyone. Not easy times to please customers but they knocked it out of the park, all of them! Thank you for a great day.

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Caitlin
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We sat outside in 29 degree temps, and it was still amazing! The food is full of flavor and portions perfect for sharing. The staff is very accommodating.

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KristineB
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The steak was delicious and the sides were more than delicious. I consider this to be a 5 star restaurant

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Gary
2 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exquisite restaurant. Charming location. Warm welcome and service. Outstanding food. This one should be on everyone’s “must go” list when they visit Lake Tahoe.

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Yogi
San Diego
7 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sitting outside under heat lamps, listening to the river nearby, with beautiful lights and lots of social space. Very welcoming waitress, always checking on us. The scallops were to die for! Never tasted them like that before.

FAQs

River Ranch Lodge & Restaurant offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (530) 583-4264.

River Ranch Lodge & Restaurant is rated 4.5 stars by 613 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.