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River Ranch Lodge & Restaurant, Tahoe City, CA

River Ranch Lodge & Restaurant

4.3
4.3
920 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 Alpine 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 4 times today

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Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Cuisines
    Contemporary American, American
  • Hours of operation
    Lunch Wed–Sun 12:00 pm–3:45 pm Dinner Daily 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 Alpine Dining room for year-round groups up to 35 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 Alpine Dining Room offers an indoor, year-round space for private dinners, rehearsal dinners, birthday parties, family reunions, company parties and holiday festivities for up to 35 seated guests. In the Summer, our spacious riverside Patio can accommodate up to 150 seated guests.
  • Private party contact
    Event Coordinator: (530) 583-4264 ext. 203
  • 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

What 920 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.3
4.3 based on recent ratings
  • 4.2Food
  • 4.3Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 3.9Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Tahoe / Reno Area

    Great for scenic views

  • North Lake Tahoe

    Healthy

  • North Lake Tahoe

    Romantic

  • North Lake Tahoe

    Great for scenic views

  • North Lake Tahoe

    Good for special occasions

  • North Lake Tahoe

    Most Booked

920 Reviews
  1. TeamBeach

    Sacramento

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    We so enjoyed our table overlooking the creek and the overall ambiance at River Ranch Lodge. Asa, our server, and the other staff were friendly and welcoming. The food, however, was a bit of a disappointment, not bad but not what we expected for the prices. All considering, we had a lovely evening and would return.

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  2. OpenTable Diner

    Austin

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on September 11, 2023

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Viewed the menu ahead of time and enjoyed the lamb and bison meals. River sound in background was a nice addition. Good service as well.

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  3. Gums

    Charlotte

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 5, 2023

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Very scenic and cozy. Loved our table overlooking the river.

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  4. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 4, 2023

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Sat at a window table so we could see the river. We ate the halibut special and the elk, both delicious and perfectly cooked. Little touches like warm bread are always a pleaser. Service was great. We will be back.

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  5. Trace

    San Francisco

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on August 29, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love this restaurant! We celebrate all of our special days here. The food is excellent, and the service is so friendly.

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  6. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 28, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely amazing! And our waitress was the best!!

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  7. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on August 27, 2023

    overall2food2service4ambience5
    Our waitress was great but outside of that. It took forever to get to get the food. The food was over cooked and not worth the cost

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  8. SarahR

    San Francisco

    11 reviews

    3.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on August 26, 2023

    overall3food1service5ambience5
    Simone was an excellent server! The setting can’t be beat.

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  9. guruhuey

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on August 13, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always good even when faced with staffing issues. Grateful they are making it.

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  10. LanceD

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 11, 2023

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Beautiful setting. Good food. Dog friendly. A bit over- priced and a limited wine list.

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  11. OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 11, 2023

    overall4food5service2ambience4
    We had bad service by one particular server although manager on duty was fabulous, otherwise this would have merited 5 stars all around. Food was excellent, large portions and of good value. Stragonoff with mushrooms was great. My wife who is picky (from France) loved the poke tuna. We sat inside with a view of the river.

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  12. OpenTable Diner

    Vancouver

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 8, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The stroganoff was delicious. We ate indoors and the male waiter was excellent.

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  13. anastasiab

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 8, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Perfect little river spot for a special occasion or just a relaxing river treat. Love this spot.

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  14. AnneA

    Phoenix

    21 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on August 7, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful experience. Beautiful setting, great drinks and food and superb service from our Server, Asa.

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  15. Dasher

    Tahoe

    16 reviews

    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on August 7, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great experience at The River Ranch! Arrived early so we had a cocktail on the patio with the sound of rushing water and a gentleman playing guitar and singing some old favorites. Our reservation time came and we were sat at a great table on the water. We enjoyed several dishes - the Ahi was amazing and the brussels and shishito mix was great also. We then had three different entrees - Elk, Pork and Bison - YUM! Desserts and a bottle of wine finished off the meal. I cannot believe it took me this long to find this place! SO GOOD! Thanks Simone for such great service.

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  16. MikeK

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 1, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had a wonderful dinner. Great food. Great service from Simone! Sitting by the river. Doesn’t get much better. Plus we stayed here, so got home safely.

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  17. Patricia

    Central Coast

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 1, 2023

    overall4food3service2ambience5
    Amazing setting, slow service, our appetizers were great but the rest of the meal un exceptional.

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  18. AllaT

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 31, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Bison ribs and halibut both were sooo good. Highly recommend!

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  19. HelenaL

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 30, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Perfect find for a Saturday! Enjoyed the food and the possibility to have something fresh rather than heavy.

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  20. JAMMIN

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent seating right on the river. Great food, service, ambiance, and wine menu! will be back!!

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  21. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Just a wonderful restaurant all around. From the setting, atmosphere both inside and out, the sounds of the river, and smell of the trees. This place is awesome. Food for all 3 of us were delicious, and service outstanding.

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  22. Dani

    Dallas

    12 reviews

    4.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2023

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    There was quite a long wait for the food, about 30 min. We enjoyed the nice scenery and weren’t in a hurry so we didn’t mind. The food was good so I give it 4 stars over all.

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  23. EricS

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on July 29, 2023

    overall3food4service3ambience3
    Extremely load and very slow service. Very busy evening.

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  24. OpenTable Diner

    Phoenix

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 29, 2023

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Unfortunately after being there for an hour and 20 minutes we never received our appetizer or the bread offered or second drink . We chose to leave . Tables arriving after us had their dinners.

    1 person found this helpful

  25. NicoleG

    San Francisco

    9 reviews

    2.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on July 29, 2023

    overall2food3service1ambience5
    Just a bit disappointing. We had reservations but got there early and asked if we could be seated. Hottess said she would come and find us. She totally forgot about us then while she was joking with other staff members I approached her. No apology was given. Instead she asked if “I was ready?” We had been there for 30 minutes waiting. Server was pleasant but 2 of the 3 dishes were served while we waited for my meal to come a full 5 to 7 minutes later. Server never came back to check on us. Drink order was forgotten and never came until we were almost done with our meal. Other stuff was missed as well. Service industry is a tough one these days but this felt neglectful.

    1 person found this helpful

  26. Mellie

    Orange County

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 26, 2023

    overall2food1service4ambience5
    Location/atmosphere was wonderful, as well as our waitress and the live music. However, the food was absolutely horrible especially for the cost. My husband ordered the $50 “catch of the day,” salmon which laid on quinoa. We could’ve made a better looking and tasting piece of fish at home. I ordered the summer salad, and the arugula was literally yellow and brown. For $205 for two people, we expected the quality to be a lot better. I would say if you go, stick to a burger and beer.

    1 person found this helpful

  27. sami

    Sacramento

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 24, 2023

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Mckenzie was our server. HORRIBLE experience. 1 hour after we were the FIRST ones sat, we did not receive any appetizers. It took them 2220 minutes to bring our drinks out. We got up to leave because service was SO horrible, the manager chased us down to pay for our drinks, which we did not. DO NOT come here. SUPER over priced.

    1 person found this helpful

  28. mattk

    Las Vegas

    21 reviews

    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on July 23, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great dinner and ambiance. The pork chop, short rib and stroganoff was fantastic, flavorful and filling. Asa was great, attentive and good all around server.

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  29. barbwire

    Sacramento

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on July 23, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The ambience is one of the best things about this restaurant. Restful setting with tables next to an open window so you can see and hear the river rush by. Food well prepared and plentiful and prices reflect this beautiful setting. Large dining area and bar, but romantic and comfortable, especially for two people. There are rooms upstairs, so we may opt to stay a night or two. Easy drive between Truckee and TahoeCity.

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  30. SandiB

    San Francisco

    11 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on July 22, 2023

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    Delicious food and gorgeous setting. Mosquitoes were brutal but still worth it. Would definitely go back!

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  31. OpenTable Diner

    Central Coast

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 22, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great service and the food was unique and delicious

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  32. Mdine

    Central Coast

    34 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    34 reviews

    Dined on July 21, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My husband and I have eaten here about three times in the past 4 years and tonight the meal surpassed them all! The Rigatoni w sausage and the stroganoff were both excellent.

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  33. MattB

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 21, 2023

    overall3food2service5ambience4
    Great location with great staff . Value of food was not really on point .

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  34. DebraR

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 18, 2023

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    Staff are friendly and relaxed. Casual , small , comfy. We had a nice window seat overlooking the river, very nice. Food was hot and delicious, The outdoor patio is connected to the dining room, by a door, which I believe they should at least have a screen, to prevent flies from coming into the dining room.

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  35. JacquelineW

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 16, 2023

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Very nice dinner on the Truckee River. Good vibe and service.

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  36. Eddie

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 15, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The service was excellent... The menu had a very good selection of main dishes. The bison short were the best ever. The Elk Chops are to die for. You won't Be disappointed eating over the Tahoe-Truckee River.

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  37. Skivault

    Denver

    76 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    76 reviews

    Dined on July 15, 2023

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Our experience at the River Ranch Lodge & Restaurant was a positive one. Our server, Mekenzie and attentive, polite and friendly. Our entrees were all enjoyed.

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  38. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    34 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    34 reviews

    Dined on July 13, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing dinner on the river! Fantastic food and ambiance. Stewart was awesome. Love this place.

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  39. EnricoS

    Indiana

    2 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 12, 2023

    overall2food2service1ambience4
    Service was terrible and way understaffed. Would expect much more based on prices charged.

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  40. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 10, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Scallops were perfect New York Steaks superb Beet salad was delicious Simone was above and beyond as a server, making our dining experience exceptional. 🌹

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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 4.3 stars by 920 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 4 times today

Order delivery or takeout

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 Wed–Sun 12:00 pm–3:45 pm Dinner Daily 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 Alpine Dining room for year-round groups up to 35 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 Alpine Dining Room offers an indoor, year-round space for private dinners, rehearsal dinners, birthday parties, family reunions, company parties and holiday festivities for up to 35 seated guests. In the Summer, our spacious riverside Patio can accommodate up to 150 seated guests.
  • Private party contact
    Event Coordinator: (530) 583-4264 ext. 203
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