About River Ranch Lodge & Restaurant

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.

2285 River Road
Tahoe City, CA 96145
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Contemporary American, American

Hours of Operation:
Weekend
Sat, Sun 10:00 am–9:00 pm
Happy Hour and Dinner
Mon–Fri 3:30 pm–9:00 pm

Cross Street:
Alpine Meadows Road

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(530) 583-4264

Website:
http://www.riverranchlodge.com/dining

Catering:
The River Ranch has a special large party menu for dinner parties up to 50 guests. Appetizer and buffet menus are available for large parties or weddings on our patio in the warmer months for up to 150 guests.

Parking Details:
All parking is Free

Public Transit:
Tahoe Area Regional Transit stops at the River Ranch sign.

Executive Chef:
Andrew Adams

Private Party Facilities:
For an intimate setting the River Ranch's Fireplace Room, featuring a beautiful river rock fireplace, provides a warm and festive atmosphere for private dinner parties, rehearsal dinners, birthday parties, family reunions, company parties and holiday festivities.

Private Party Contact:
Event Coordinator: (866) 618-2579

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Specials

Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Christmas Day Special Menus & Offers

Monday, December 25, 2017

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Specials

Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 24, 2017

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Merry Christmas! Make your reservations now for a beautiful Christmas Eve Dinner over the Truckee River.

Christmas Day Special Menus & Offers

Monday, December 25, 2017

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Merry Christmas! Make your reservations now for a beautiful Christmas Dinner over the Truckee River.

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 31, 2017

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Happy New Year! Make your reservations now for a fun NYE Dinner over the Truckee River.

River Ranch Lodge & Restaurant Ratings and Reviews

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3.9

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

3.9

service

3.7

ambience

4.3

value

3.7

Noise

Quiet

79% would recommend it to a friend

Scenic View (11)
Waterfront (9)
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Cozy (7)
Great for Outdoor Dining (7)
Romantic (7)
Good for a Date (7)
Quiet Conversation (6)
Fun (6)
Special Occasion (5)
Bar Seating (5)
Good for Anniversaries (4)
Good for Groups (4)
Great for Lunch (4)
Authentic (3)
Good for Birthdays (3)
Comfort Food (3)
Great Beer (3)
Happy Hour (3)
Neighborhood Gem (3)
Notable Wine List (3)
Seasonal (3)
Business Meals (2)
Worth the Drive (2)
Kid-friendly (2)
Great for Brunch (1)
Creative Cuisine (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
Healthy (1)
Live Sports (1)
Local Ingredients (1)
Tapas (1)
Fit for Foodies (1)
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·Dined on December 3, 2017

Absolutely a fantastic location right on the river and the building has so much old Tahoe Charm and character. The selection on the menu is quite vast. I would say some dishes are really good and others not so much. Just the burger is excellent. The employees are very nice and helpful. Food came out timely. We like to sit in the main area so we can watch the river go by. Just the location is a 10 as we plan to go back a lot.

Tags: Comfort Food, Scenic View, Good for Groups, Great Beer, Fun, Authentic
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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 28, 2017

The steak and side vegetables were so salty that I couldn't eat them. The server did take that meal off the tab.

Tags: Happy Hour
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·Dined on November 26, 2017

Some food was quite tasty like creme brûlée, chocolate mousse, crab bisque. Some like the hamburger and fish and chips was more average.

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 (Tahoe)·Dined on November 24, 2017

We were at River Ranch for Thanksgiving dinner last night. We have been there many times and have always enjoyed it. Last night was different. Our reservations were for 7:15 pm. Our evening started by waiting in a line by the hostess stand and being completely ignored for a good while. We had to wait over an hour to be seated. After we were finally seated, we sat there with no greeting and no water for another 20 minutes. We ordered the classic turkey dinner. They finally gave us some bread and water. When the soup arrived it was cold, the salad had raw pumpkin on it (like you just cleaned out your Halloween pumpkin and cubed it). The dinner was disappointing because there were no slices of turkey , just some chopped up remnants of turkey. Oh and no cranberry sauce either. The sautéed vegetables were mainly onions and some raw carrots and the dreaded raw pumpkin again. They were stingy with the gravy too! And we finally got our food at 9:20 more than 2 hours after we arrived! Oh I forgot to mention that they dropped off our food but we had no silverware and had to get up from the table to find someone to bring it. We were never asked how our dinners were. Basically we were abandoned for most of the night. Our desserts came and the pumpkin pie was good but my husband’s apple pie came in a heap with a doughy consistency and few apples in it. We finally finished at around 10:30 and were literally one of the last few tables left. I’m sorry to say that it was truly a terrible experience for our Thanksgiving dinner! We have enjoyed our Thanksgiving dinner many times at River Ranch in the past, so we were taken by surprise by this disaster of a night!!

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on November 24, 2017

Food was great and the staff worked so hard but with a new computerized system and a dining room manager who decided to not work our Thsnksgiving night meal was not great. Food- very good but service was eternally slow. Had 6:45 reservation. Seated at 7:15. Waiter stopped by around 7:45 and finally got our delicious dinner after 8:15. The table next to us left...after ordering, but before food arrived. Hostess was amazing. Our waiter was MIA. Food great. Hopefully they will get the kinks out. Kudos to those who stayed through Thanksgiving night service.

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·Dined on November 24, 2017

We had a 515pm reservation. We waited over an hr to get seated Bartender was rude so waiting at bar wasn’t fun. I had to ask hostess for water for my son, because bartender wouldn’t help me. He told me he didn’t have glasses, though he kept pouring drinks for other people in what would be a water glass. Once we finally got to our table we had to ask for menus, water and bread. We got our food at approximately 730pm. We were starving. Instead of having an enjoyable dinner, we ate fast and left as soon as possible. Our waiter was nice, over-worked, he had too many tables to handle, he could’ve used at least a buss boy to help with water and bread. We won’t recommend this restaurant to our friends in the Tahoe area.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 24, 2017

Our family of 6 attends Thanksgiving at River Ranch every year. It's a tradition. We've learned to make reservations early and arrive a little in advance. This year was horrible- By 5pm, they were backed up. The GM called in sick. Wait staff called in sick. They told us that we "might" get a table but we would just have to wait. Our party ranged in age from 8 yrs to 81 yrs, and we all arrived hungry.

After mush runaround and frustration, we were seated after and hour. Then came the service- although our waitress was nice, we hardly saw her. When 5 out of 6 plates were served, the waitress didn't seem to notice but was bringing waters to other tables. One of our party went to ask for the final plate after 10 minutes and they weren't even aware it was on the order.

Management needs to step up, not out, on Thanksgiving. And they should have a backup plan.

#Disappointed

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 24, 2017

Went here five years ago for thanksgiving and it was amazing, something changed because this year was not as nice. Had to wait an hour passed our reservation time just to get seated.

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·Dined on November 23, 2017

We went for thanks given dinner but I wish it was like a buffet style paying that much ,for a plate no crumberry souce the pie was too cold not room temp but their other food is great but not the thanks given dinner though over alll is ok but their other food is great Good service .

Tags: Waterfront
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 (Tahoe)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Fantastic meal. Katie (sp?) was fantastic, very attentive, great service, wonderful food.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 19, 2017

Excellent food, ambience, and service. The river view at dusk was beautiful.

Tags: Happy Hour, Quiet Conversation, Scenic View, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Cozy, Great for Lunch, Healthy, Fun
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 (Sacramento)·Dined on October 15, 2017

Have eaten here many times and always love the ambience. Our server was exceptional....friendly and prompt. The food was very good, notably our dessert: a berry shortcake with whipped cream, and blueberries baked into the pastry.

Tags: Romantic, Good for a Date, Scenic View
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 (Tahoe)·Dined on October 4, 2017

quiet, great service and ambiance; we've been there many times and it is always a good experience

Tags: Notable Wine List, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Waterfront
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 1, 2017

One of my favorites in Truckee/Tahoe area. Love the view!

Tags: Waterfront, Casual, Romantic, Cozy, Notable Wine List, Quiet Conversation, Great for Lunch, Great for Brunch
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on September 28, 2017

Loved the view and the food! This is a lovely setting on the river.

Tags: Good for a Date, Scenic View, Romantic, Casual, Waterfront, Creative Cuisine, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 24, 2017

Food was pretty bad. The calamari was good but everything else we had was either dry from sitting under the warmer, or just not well prepared. If you say you are going to make "crispy duck" then you better make it crispy.

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·Dined on September 18, 2017

We dined here on a quiet Sunday evening, in the off-season, for my husband's birthday. The setting is scenic, right on the Truckee River. The atmosphere is cozy & rustic. There is outdoor seating on the patio where you can get food or take your drinks out from the bar and sit near the river. There are 2 dining areas inside - we ate at the more casual one and it was lovely. Bar fare is also available and looked yummy as well. The food was very good (duck and elk) although my carrots were a bit under done. The meat however was tender and succulent. Service was attentive and friendly. I would recommend River Ranch if you're in the area!

Tags: Bar Seating, Good for Groups, Business Meals, Good for a Date, Great Beer, Good for Birthdays, Scenic View, Cozy, Romantic, Special Occasion, Disabled Access, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on September 17, 2017

I don't think you can beat seating right on the Truckee River. So beautiful and fun!

Tags: Happy Hour, Live Sports, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Business Meals, Seasonal, Cozy, Romantic, Casual, Good for Groups, Scenic View, Bar Seating, Waterfront, Fun, Kid-friendly, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Comfort Food, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Orange County)·Dined on September 4, 2017

Service went beyond expected. They even held my card in their safe when mistakenly left. The food was better than anticipated. Always nice to dine next to a rushing river.

Tags: Tapas, Fun, Scenic View, Good for a Date
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 3, 2017

We have dined here many times over the years and always had a great experience. After this visit, I will never go again. The food was mediocre. My chicken was rubbery, my husband's pork chop wasn't good and our friends weren't impressed with their dinners either. Our waitress was HORRIBLE. We waited a long time for everything and the restaurant wasn't even crowded on the Saturday night of Labor Day weekend (now I know why). Our waitress was frequently chatting with people at the bar instead of waiting on us. When we asked for our check, we again saw her chatting at the bar, and then she went outside with another employee while we were left waiting for our check. My friend went outside to get her to bring our check, when she started yelling at us! We spoke to the manager, who said he had only been there a few months and had already fired half of the staff. I guess he forgot to fire our waitress. He apologized, but never offered us any compensation. Very disappointing.

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·Dined on September 3, 2017

I made a reservation for 7:00 and asked to be seated outside, I also mentioned we could change times if we needed to to make this happen. I received a phone call asking us to change our time to 7:30 so that we could sit outside. I said that would be perfect. When we arrived there was a couple checking in before us that said they had just called and changed their time to 7:30 and they were seated outside. The greeter took extra time saying he was trying two get us a really good table so I was very excited. He took us and seated us inside even though there was plenty of tables available outside. I explained to him about the phone call and he replied that just meant that they would try to get us outside. I completely understand this if the restaurant had been busy but it was not and there was plenty of seating available outside. The food was very good but the entire dinner took over 2 hours. We could have gone anywhere to eat but wanted to be seated outside and that was our big determination on where we were going to eat so we left disappointed.

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 (Hawaii)·Dined on August 20, 2017

The view of the river was very nice. The food was good and portions were large. Service was good also.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 18, 2017

Once we got seated it was great. Two women passed over once again. The bartender was wonderful!

Tags: Good for a Date, Seasonal, Waterfront, Healthy, Happy Hour, Good for Groups, Creative Cuisine, Casual
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 (Sacramento)·Dined on August 13, 2017

Located on the Truckee River, the River Ranch has a beautiful view and both indoor /outdoor seating. The menu trends toward fresh and local. Not a hugely creative menu, but it's good for a laid-back, relaxing meal. We went at 5:30 (opening time) and the restaurant wasn't really ready for us quite yet. After a drink in the bar, we received leisurely yet attentive/friendly service. Building is gorgeous in a woodsy, authentic kind of way. Food was fine (tasty, dependable, nothing extraordinary). It's a place to go if you want a good Tahoe experience among the beautiful forested area. By the way, there is an outdoor bar with some pretty amazing-looking nachos and burgers in case you aren't up for a full meal.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Fun, Worth the Drive
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 10, 2017

The ambiance was good, though a band started warming up on the patio before the appetizer and was a distraction. $20 corkage seems a bit high. The cheese plate was very good. We both had the trout over Parmesan polenta, supposedly with a sauce. The polenta was inedible, literally. Cold and extremely dry, solid, would need a knife to cut it, but no need since we didn't want anymore after the first taste. The trout must have been prepared the day before. Very dry, cold, and with no discernible sauce. Brocollini would have been ok if it had been warm. Dinner for two topped $100, after gratuity, even though we brought our own bottle of wine. Overall a very disappointing dinner.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 9, 2017

Went there in the summer on a Tuesday night. Probably a big indoor bar scene in the winter and summer on the weekends. Food is mediocre.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, People Watching, Casual
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 8, 2017

Have come here for many years. Always a great spot. Food & service excellent. Love sitting on the patio next to the river.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Notable Wine List, Authentic, Good for a Date, Scenic View, People Watching
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 7, 2017

Poor service. Missed order on both drinks and appetizer. Did not bring courses in order we requested (for our little one). Long wait for both dessert menu and check.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on August 5, 2017

River Ranch is in a great location with a beautiful view. The people are very friendly and the service is attentive and courteous. Unfortunately the food is not very well prepared. My wife ordered the crispy duck which was not crispy at all and seemed to have been prepared by someone not all that expert. I ordered the seared tuna which was the special of the day. The tuna was OK but one side of the steak still had the scales on it which I only discovered when I took a bite and had a mouthful of scales which I had to spit out. I've had tuna lots of places and that is the first time that has happened to me. I'm guessing that the cooks in the kitchen are taught how to put together the dishes on the menu but otherwise don't have much knowledge of cooking.

Tags: Fun, Hot Spot, Great for Outdoor Dining, Scenic View, Waterfront
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 5, 2017

Caesar Salad with Shrimp. Only Shrimp tails on the salad, the chef cut off the tails, put them on the salad, not the bodies. Chinese Salad had plastic from the Cabbage bag in the salad. It was ordered with optional chicken, came without, took 2o minutes to get the chicken. By the time all issues were corrected we had been there for 1 1/2 hours. This sounds like all this was made up, but it is the truth. It was a calamity of errors.

Not a pleasant experience. Our waiter was very nice and very embarrassed.

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 (Houston)·Dined on August 5, 2017

Generally good, but I wanted a filet, asked waiter if New York was good and tender his reply "it's been on the menu for 50 years " should have known.: very tough. Noisy bar area too. Not what it used to be.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 5, 2017

We enjoyed an early-ish outdoor dinner here with five adults. We wanted to love it for the location and the mouth-watering food pictures featured on their website and the opentable site. The location on the Truckee River is indeed beautiful, right off of 89 at the entrance to Alpine Meadows but quiet, didn't notice any road hum. Just the sound of the river and some fun and friendly noises of river rafters landing in the big swimming hole in front of the RR patio. But the food let us down. It was good but not stellar, especially for the higher prices. Desserts were a disappointment. Menu did not match what they feature online, and pictures were better than tastes. Biggest issue for us was that the service was very slow and our waiter did not know the menu. I ordered the special pasta which came with a red sauce when I had specifically asked about that and was told that it was olive-oil based and not a red sauce. If we hadn't been with friends, I'd have sent it back. All in all, we'd say this is a great place for lunch or happy hour but spend your hard-earned money somewhere else if looking for a true gourmet dinner experience.

Tags: Casual, Happy Hour, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 5, 2017

High quality food, attentive and professional service, nice location on the Truckee river.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Great for Outdoor Dining, Waterfront
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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on July 29, 2017

RR has suffered, over the last few years with Chef turnover, and the food remains mediocre, and not worth the prices-----The seating, along the wall, outside by the river, is GREAT.---SO, go,order a burger and enjoy the view.J

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 26, 2017

We had a wonderful table, with a river view. Our water was delughtful. The food was very good and the selection meet everyone's taste. I hope to return. Vicki from Sacramento

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Scenic View, Creative Cuisine, Seasonal
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on July 25, 2017

We were a family of 10 with 3 children. We all enjoyed our meal choices with a lovely view of the river!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Great for Outdoor Dining, Cozy
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 22, 2017

The service and ambiance were excellent. Unfortunately, the two items we ordered, a French dip sandwich and the cheeseburger, were of average quality at way above average price. We will have to think twice before we go there again.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on July 17, 2017

The view was great, and the food was tasteful and fulfilling. I was very satisfied and content celebrating my birthday and our first year anniversary at this place.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Great Beer, Romantic, Good for Groups, Waterfront, Special Occasion, Scenic View, Great for Outdoor Dining, Cozy, Good for a Date, Great for Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Afternoon Coffee
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on July 13, 2017

Our 2nd time here & still fantastic food & ambiance!

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on July 8, 2017

We keep trying River Ranch but it's hit or miss. Last time we lived the pork tbone. This time it was over cooked and tough. We had a reservation at 7 and got seated at 7:25 after being sent to the bar.

Ended up with a great table by the river but food and service was lacking.

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