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River Ranch Lodge & Restaurant, Tahoe City, CA

River Ranch Lodge & Restaurant

4.6
4.6
753 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

7:30 PM


Booked 15 times today
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Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American, American

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Daily 11:00 am–4:30 pm Dinner Mon, Wed–Sun 5:00 pm–8:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (530) 583-4264

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive chef

    Andrew Adams

  • Catering

    The River Ranch has a special large party menu served in our Fireplace room for year-round groups up to 40 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 40 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, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Vegan, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 753 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Tahoe / Reno Area

    Outdoor Dining

  • Tahoe / Reno Area

    Contemporary American

  • North Lake Tahoe

    Best Value

  • North Lake Tahoe

    Good for Groups

  • North Lake Tahoe

    Healthy

  • North Lake Tahoe

    Notable Wine List

  • North Lake Tahoe

    Outdoor Dining

  • North Lake Tahoe

    Romantic

  • North Lake Tahoe

    Scenic View

  • North Lake Tahoe

    Vibrant Bar Scene

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  1. LP

    LoriP

    Indiana

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Perfect location, great food and excellent service!!
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Beautiful ambiance on the River!!
  3. A

    Adrian

    Tahoe

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was great & we will return again!
  4. P

    Paula

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    Great food, Halibut was tender, Clam Chowder Soup very tasty- suggest you get some good dinner rolls however; we didn't eat the ones on the table. Fortunately our waitress found a better selection. Great table by the window and the waitress was attentive, helpful in suggestions and fun.
  5. LM

    LindaM

    Tahoe

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Unlike another restaurant we loved, this one was fully staffed and serving a full menu. It was delicious and our waiter was professional and pleasant.
  6. GZ

    GregZ

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall4food2service5ambience5
    For the money I paid for Halibut I was very disappointed. It was not fresh and a bit dry. They last time I ordered food from you guys it was perfect.
  7. MS

    MikeS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 14, 2022

    overall5food5service3ambience5
    Food was great and the atmosphere was great. Our waiter was lacking.
  8. A

    Anonymous

    San Diego

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always a great experience. A great fine dining restaurant in Tahoe.
  9. S

    Sonny

    Sacramento

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Good service. Sat on the river side and had a great meal.
  10. JC

    JasonC

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Beautiful location right on the Truckee River. Food was delicious with good size portions. Simone our server was great. I would definitely recommend it if you’re in the Tahoe/Truckee area and want a nice dinner.
  11. J

    Jkam

    San Francisco

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on June 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Beautiful location next to the river. Excellent food - we had the beet salad, halibut, and scallops. Very friendly, great service, very welcoming to our dog
  12. PM

    PamM

    Central Coast

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food and wine were excellent!! Our server Alex was terrific, very efficient, helpful and personable! 5 stars for Alex!!!!
  13. VW

    VickiW

    Dallas

    6 reviews

    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on May 26, 2022

    overall3food2service5ambience4
    Out of two items on the menu: Beef Tenderloin & Salmon
  14. DJ

    DianaJ

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 23, 2022

    overall5food5service3ambience4
    Beautiful location and excellent food. Much enjoyed
  15. D

    Dani

    Tahoe

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 9, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Really tasty comfort food in a peaceful setting with views of the river. We sat at a window table off of the bar area which was lovely on this blustery, snowy evening. Each meal was superb and wine selection was great.
  16. H

    Hockeymask78

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Mother’s Day meal! Meal was very good! Service was excellent!
  17. KD

    KimD

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on April 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food (gluten free items are available), beautiful scenery, and a fabulous waitress (shout-out to Bailey!). This is a go to spot for us and I can't say enough about how great it is.
  18. A

    Anne

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on April 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was yummy! The portions are huge! Our waiter was great.
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on April 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was a lovely meal and our steaks were perfect temperatures! Asa was great server, recommend the river view seating!
  20. HH

    HilliardH

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My husband and I have eaten at multiple restaurants over the years, and the service we received from our waiter, Asa, was the best. Asa was quite knowledgeable about the menu, and explained in detail how various items were cooked with which ingredients. That allowed us to enjoy the flavor of the foods even more. The mushroom stroganoff was outstanding, along with the twice cooked brussels sprouts. Our seating by the river was lovely and all in all, it was a fine evening!
  21. DH

    DianeH

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on March 25, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Our only complaint is that it was very noisy and hard to have a conversation without feeling like you were practically yelling.
  22. M

    Mack

    Tahoe

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on March 19, 2022

    overall4food3service3ambience4
    Elk dinner was very good. Service was slow. Soup was not warm. Bread was not warm. Desert was excellent (flourless torte). Atmosphere by the river is great, but it was noisy inside.
  23. L

    Lovetoeatgoodfood

    New York Area

    32 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    32 reviews

    Dined on March 18, 2022

    overall2food3service4ambience5
    A nice place but way overpriced
  24. CA

    CharlieA

    Portland

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 10, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Nice, old timey supper club atmosphere. Unvaccinated waiter wore mask not covering nose. “Medium rare” elk chops were very rare and pretty tough. I would go back and try again though. Sort of like Barr saying he’d still vote for Trump.
  25. SB

    ShilohB

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great place! Great service! Our favorite in Truckee.
  26. K

    Kevin

    Sacramento

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious food, awesome staff, and a great atmosphere.
  27. M

    Mainergirl

    New England

    18 reviews

    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on February 24, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience5
    Menu selections were varied, and as we have a member of our party who needs gluten-free options, we were happy to see so many. The quality ranged from excellent (bison short ribs and tasty winter salad) to so-so (duck in the duck tacos was over cooked and not too flavorful. The setting is beautiful on the side of the creek. Service was great excepting when our drinks were delivered to the wrong table.
  28. CW

    ClarissaW

    Miami

    13 reviews

    4.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on February 23, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Diversified menu, nice seevice and delicious food.
  29. KA

    KerstinA

    San Francisco

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on February 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great evening with good food, table near the fireplace, great service
  30. MV

    MikeV

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The scallops with fluffy risotto were amazing. The salmon and ribs were also perfect. Great ambiance and amazing meal after ski
  31. MD

    MarcelaD

    San Francisco

    10 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on February 21, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Main room is great with beautiful view to the river. Service is good and food is overall yummy.
  32. DS

    DanielS

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 21, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Service was great. Food was pricey for the items but I think that is “the price the public will bare”. It is a noisy place but we had a table in the corner so it was not as loud.
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    vip
    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 20, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    We had a horrible experience. 2-5 is advertised as Happy Hour both on IG and on Open table. We had booked 1:45 for 7 people (two of which were 18 month old twins). We waiting 45 mins for water & and hour for our order to be taken. At that point, we were told happy hour is not on Sunday’s, which was disappointing since we specifically booked a happy hour slot and would’ve eaten earlier for lunch. When our food came out, they forgot two meals. The entire experience was terrible. When I checked with a server at the 45 min mark to ask if we could order, she responded, “I just got here.” At the end of this entire saga, we figured something world be comped if not everything. Nothing was comped. The two meals brought out late hat we didn’t eat and had set on a nearby table were even on the bill. We were there for over 2 hours with twin toddlers & family visiting from out of town. We wanted to bring them to River Ranch as we’d been last summer and loved the ambiance, service, and food. We were super embarrassed & kept explaining that it felt like a different Resturant the last time we were there. Probably won’t be going back. It ruined our day and we had to cancel our afternoon plans since it ended up cutting it too close to nap time. Attached photo of happy hour advertised to include Sunday’s
  34. JH

    JoeH

    Tahoe

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful experience. The roaring fire was so nice and added to the ambience. Food and service were great. Love the rustic surroundings!
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    10 reviews

    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    We went for Valentine’s Day, had a lovely and cozy table with a view of the river. Each table got a rose as well at checkin, a small but nice touch! The cocktails were great, delicious wine and the food was really tasty. We had the mushroom bisque soup to start which was probably our favorite. The portions are huge- I had the stroganoff which probably could have fed at least 2 people. The ribs were delicious as well, friendly and attentive service.
  36. MB

    MindiB

    Tahoe

    8 reviews

    3.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    The mushroom soup bisque was delicious but not hot enough. My dinner came out first since my husband's dinner was ready yet. When his arrived, we realized it wasn't the elk that he ordered. It was the steak special. The waiter was nice and ready to get a new order going but we didn't want to wait. The waiter comped my husband's dinner which was nice.
  37. VA

    VanessaA

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great setting by the river, friendly staff and service.
  38. TF

    TeriF

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We love the food and ambiance at the River Ranch! A classic Tahoe experience.
  39. T

    Tyler

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on February 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    River Ranch is an excellent restaurant for celebrations and general dining. The food is very delicious and they have great craft cocktails. The staff is professional and nice. I would definitely recommend River Ranch to family and friends.
  40. SC

    ShanaC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything on the food menu was so great. Cozy environment, excellent service. Can't wait to return.

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

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

River Ranch Lodge & Restaurant is rated 4.6 stars by 753 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:30 PM


Booked 15 times today
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 Daily 11:00 am–4:30 pm Dinner Mon, Wed–Sun 5:00 pm–8:00 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, 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 has a special large party menu served in our Fireplace room for year-round groups up to 40 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 40 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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