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River Ranch Lodge & Restaurant, Tahoe City, CA

River Ranch Lodge & Restaurant

4.5
4.5
805 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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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 6 times today

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Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American, American

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Sat, Sun 12:00 pm–4:45 pm Happy Hour Mon, Wed–Fri, Sun 3:00 pm–4:45 pm Dinner Mon, Wed–Sun 5:00 pm–8:30 pm

  • Phone number

    (530) 583-4264

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive chef

    Andrew Adams

  • Catering

    The River Ranch offers on-site catering for special events, served in our Fireplace room for year-round groups up to 45 guests. For large parties or weddings in the warmer months, we can accommodate up to 150 guests on our riverside Patio.

  • Private party facilities

    The River Ranch Fireplace Room offers an indoor, year-round space for private dinners, rehearsal dinners, birthday parties, family reunions, company parties and holiday festivities for up to 45 seated guests. In the Summer, our spacious riverside Patio can accommodate up to 150 seated guests.

  • Private party contact

    Event Coordinator: (888) 981-8308

  • Neighborhood

    Tahoe City

  • Cross street

    Alpine Meadows Road

  • Parking details

    Complimentary, first-come first-serve

  • Public transit

    Tahoe Area Regional Transit stops at the River Ranch sign.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Dog Friendly, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Vegan, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 805 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.4Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Tahoe / Reno Area

    Great for scenic views

  • North Lake Tahoe

    Best Ambiance

  • North Lake Tahoe

    Best Value

  • North Lake Tahoe

    Innovative

  • North Lake Tahoe

    Good for groups

  • North Lake Tahoe

    Healthy

  • North Lake Tahoe

    Neighborhood gem

  • North Lake Tahoe

    Great for scenic views

  • North Lake Tahoe

    Good for special occasions

  • North Lake Tahoe

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  1. D

    Dsshaw1

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We sat by the fireplace in the bar. Very nice. Food was good and the service was good as well.
  2. SA

    SoniaA

    Hawaii

    9 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on November 25, 2022

    overall2food1service5ambience5
    Food was cold.. service was great
  3. p

    puglover

    San Francisco

    19 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on November 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Asa was great!! Fantastic food!!!
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Caribbean

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 24, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Cozy restaurant with nice views if the river. Great service from our server.
  5. MC

    MarkC

    San Francisco

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    River Ranch never disappoints! We headed there for prime rib Friday - the men in my group wanted it. They loved it! Bison short ribs and wedge salads for all rounded out the meal with a great Cab. Asia was an incredible waiter and very attentive. We liked that he was honest and funny...made the dinner so much more enjoyable. The pricing on mains is a bit high, in my opinion. Appetizer prices were on par with other restaurants in the area. River Ranch ambience in November is cozy inside with sparkling lights, people at the bar and big screens for sports. It is elegant but comfortable.
  6. G

    Good

    Sacramento

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on October 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Good food. Good service. We had a very nice evening
  7. D

    angieD

    Tahoe

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is a wonderful place to come for dinner. The staff were welcoming and friendly and very helpful. The atmosphere was cozy and the food was delicious.
  8. AT

    AT75

    San Diego

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on October 20, 2022

    overall3food2service3ambience4
    Major disappointment. Was so much better last year! We suspect a different chef is at the helm lacking the extraordinary finesse and quality from before. Also, significant increase in prices to accompany the plummet in quality. Bad sign.
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Hawaii

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great specials, not overly crowded. Service was responsive and efficient
  10. MS

    MaryS

    Tahoe

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on October 16, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Always a good meal ! Had my usual favorite of Elk chops , Wedge Salad. The only thing is that I sam allergic to garlic- and every potato dish had garlic. No alternative.
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Dallas

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 16, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Service wa ma lmk
  12. MA

    MACS

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful service. Great food , great atmosphere! At first glance then menu looks a little small but OMG everything we ordered was fantastic! Absolutely a must try place.
  13. D

    Debbie

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 10, 2022

    overall5food3service5ambience5
    Server was great. Ordered The nachos. Very little beans. It was all chips and cheese. Little guac and sc on top. A little burnt but should have more beans .
  14. A

    Adam

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on October 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food and service was good. Would highly recommend getting a table with river views and going before it gets dark.
  15. k

    kathrynv

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 9, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Everything was really nice except the Calamari appetizer was a little to breaded for me but that is me Per the waiter they just put it on the menu and were trying it out. Highly recommend the place!
  16. m

    momofthree

    San Joaquin

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was a birthday trip for my husband. We not only ate at the restaurant but also stayed at the lodge. Loved, loved, loved the entire experience!
  17. N

    Nappar

    San Francisco

    39 reviews

    5.0

    39 reviews

    Dined on October 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We’ve been eating here for years. There have been ups and downs. This was a definite big up. I had lobster bisque that was super. My husband had the halibut, very good and a large piece. For my entrée, I had the Poke. Also excellent. My only suggestion is (for us old ladies) is a choice of a couple of small plates. I can’t eat an entire entree any more.
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Large portions!! Great food!!
  19. B

    Barb

    Denver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great location, unfortunately (due to smoke from Mosquito Fire) in the area we sat inside in the dining room. We had a great dinner and wonderful service!
  20. P

    Pete

    San Francisco

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Nice server! Good food!
  21. G

    Gigi

    Sacramento

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on September 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    River Ranch always has a wide variety of choices for dinner. I’ve never had a meal that wasn’t delicious. The ambience is casual and fun but the food is elegant!
  22. KD

    KathleenD

    Central Coast

    2 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 4, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience2
    If you’re thinking of going to River Ranch for dinner - just don’t. I really don’t understand why a great restaurant can’t be created in such an optimal location but alas, it is far from great. The menu is bizarre (elk chops and stroganoff on summer menu). The service is lacking (I had to walk to the bar myself to pick up drinks, 30 minutes after we’d ordered them). And the execution of dishes is just not there. $75 steak special was tough. So were short ribs, which should fall off the bone. The River Ranch represents a great opportunity for an ambitious chef and a solid front of house team to make a killing by transforming this restaurant into the destination it deserves to be.
  23. A

    Aloha

    San Francisco

    38 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    38 reviews

    Dined on September 4, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Beautiful location along the Truckee River. Patio seating was pleasant. Our server Asa was fantastic. Brussel sprouts were amazing and a huge portion. The main dishes were tasty and everyone in the party enjoyed. Our desert choices were just ok.
  24. H

    Helene

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on September 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Can bring well-behaved dogs on the patio. This is my place.
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    9 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience5
    Service very slow. Good delicious
  26. KS

    KellyS

    Denver

    5 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience5
    Beautiful venue with below par food. Very expensive and not good. Great server. Even drinks just ok. Would not revisit.
  27. M

    Mary

    Tampa

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    We sat outside patio. Beautiful seating area outside by river. Homemade eggs noodles were excellent and elk was fabulous.
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a great evening sitting by the River. Food was so yummy! The staff was wonderful!
  29. CR

    ChrisR

    Orange County

    45 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    45 reviews

    Dined on August 23, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience5
    This is a very good place to visit and have a nice meal. Our first time and we will be back. We got here early for the happy hour but there was no happy hour this should be updated on the open table that shows on the site. Other wise a good place!
  30. D

    Dcman

    Washington DC

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on August 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic dinner ! Very fresh food, cooked well and great setting
  31. ET

    EricT

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on August 14, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    We noticed River Ranch Lodge as we rode our bikes down the Truckee River bike path (highly recommended) so we called, but unfortunately, there wasn't any outside (patio) tables left, so we settled for a table inside, which was fine, but we would have preferred to have a table outside (so book early if that's what you want!). Asa, our waiter, was funny and friendly and we had a good time. Food was very good (I had the halibut and my wife had the scallops), but did not exceed our expectations.
  32. C

    Curt

    Portland

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outside location, service and food.
  33. JC

    JillC

    San Francisco

    63 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    63 reviews

    Dined on August 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had a very enjoyable dinner sitting on the deck by the river. The dinner - we all had the stroganoff - was delicious, albeit very rich . Took home half our dinner, which will reheat nicely later in the week. Cocktails were perfect and our server, Bailey, was very attentive and personable .
  34. DB

    DebbieB

    San Francisco

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on August 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent and our server was amazing! Best server we have ever had in all of our dining experiences. We would go back every night if we could just because of him. Wonderful.
  35. PS

    PaulS

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Family get together, brother and sister in law from out of state!
  36. S

    Sally

    Phoenix

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Our appreciation to the Chef! Excellent flavors for us foodie types. The brussel sprouts appetizer was fantastic and everyone's entree was delicious. The best meal that we had while staying in North Lake Tahoe. Large portions. Gorgeous river view and perfect mountain dining room ambiance. We will be back.
  37. JR

    JohnR

    Sacramento

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We celebrated our 38 wedding anniversary at the River Ranch. The food was delicious, the service excellent and the view of the Truckee River topped off a wonderful evening.
  38. e

    enjoy

    Los Angeles

    16 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on August 5, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Magical site for dinner. Waitress was amazing at dealing with the size of our group and the business of the restaurant. Food was 'Tahoe Good', meaning it was good for Tahoe. We would go back.
  39. MA

    MaryAnnC

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Waiter was hugely helpful and knowledgeable about foods on menu and about wine selection.
  40. SE

    SusiE

    San Francisco

    10 reviews

    3.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on August 4, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    Food was overall nothing special. The beef stroganoff was tough, the short ribs without much flavor, and the scallops were too salty. The Brussels spouts were very good. The tomato bisque was also very his, but the listed bisque was a little bland. Service was just ok white forgot we had a spouts coupon. Wouldn't hurt back. Nice Brussels the river, though.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff temperature check required

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from River Ranch Lodge & Restaurant using the Order Online button. River Ranch Lodge & Restaurant also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (530) 583-4264.

River Ranch Lodge & Restaurant is rated 4.5 stars by 805 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 6 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Other options

  • Order online
Google Map for River Ranch Lodge & Restaurant

2285 River Road, Tahoe City, CA 96145

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Alpine Meadows Road

  • Neighborhood

    Tahoe City

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Sat, Sun 12:00 pm–4:45 pm Happy Hour Mon, Wed–Fri, Sun 3:00 pm–4:45 pm Dinner Mon, Wed–Sun 5:00 pm–8:30 pm

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American, American

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking details

    Complimentary, first-come first-serve

  • Public transit

    Tahoe Area Regional Transit stops at the River Ranch sign.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Andrew Adams

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Dog Friendly, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Vegan, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (530) 583-4264

  • Catering

    The River Ranch offers on-site catering for special events, served in our Fireplace room for year-round groups up to 45 guests. For large parties or weddings in the warmer months, we can accommodate up to 150 guests on our riverside Patio.

  • Private party facilities

    The River Ranch Fireplace Room offers an indoor, year-round space for private dinners, rehearsal dinners, birthday parties, family reunions, company parties and holiday festivities for up to 45 seated guests. In the Summer, our spacious riverside Patio can accommodate up to 150 seated guests.

  • Private party contact

    Event Coordinator: (888) 981-8308

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