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

Thanksgiving Dinner Special Menus & Offers

Thursday, November 23, 2017

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

Thanksgiving Dinner Special Menus & Offers

Thursday, November 23, 2017

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We are thankful for you! Begin your Holiday Season hassle free. Make your reservations now for dinner at the River Ranch between 1:30 -9:00pm. Please see cancellation policy for reservation details.

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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3.7

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

3.7

service

3.8

ambience

4.2

value

3.6

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Quiet

74% would recommend it to a friend

Great for Outdoor Dining (13)
Scenic View (13)
Casual (12)
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Good for a Date (10)
Waterfront (10)
Cozy (6)
Fun (6)
Romantic (6)
Quiet Conversation (5)
Great for Lunch (5)
Creative Cuisine (4)
Good for Groups (4)
Happy Hour (4)
Notable Wine List (4)
Special Occasion (4)
Bar Seating (4)
Good for Anniversaries (3)
Good for Birthdays (3)
Business Meals (3)
Seasonal (3)
Worth the Drive (3)
Authentic (2)
Great Beer (2)
Healthy (2)
Neighborhood Gem (2)
People Watching (2)
Kid-friendly (2)
Tapas (1)
Comfort Food (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Hot Spot (1)
Live Sports (1)
Local Ingredients (1)
Great for Brunch (1)
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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.

Tags: Casual
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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.

Tags: Cozy
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 7, 2017

Unfortunately our food was so disappointing that we chose to leave without eating. The starter calamari was not cooked all the way through. The duck entree was overcooked, the polenta was rock hard and the plates had none of the advertised sauce. The sandwich was cold. Our waiter seemed to have had a rough night dealing with lots of complaints.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 5, 2017

Just got back from dining here on July 5 and the food was very good as was the location right on the Truckee River, however the service was quite poor. We had a reservation and after some contemplation, the hostess showed us to a nice table right beside the river. We waited quite a while til the server, Meredith, showed up and took drink orders. She walked past us several times and about 15 minutes and then got 2 glasses of wine, but no water. We asked for water and then eventually she came by and said she would bring us some bread, but that also took way too long. We ordered dinner and it came in a reasonable time frame. We then had to ask for a dessert menu and coffee, which also took forever. It is also expected that the server come by a couple of times (with a smile) and ask if we would like anything else and if we were doing ok. This didn't happen. I'm not sure whether our server was just checked out or they were short-handed, but for the prices they charge, the service should be much better. Don't know if we'll give them another chance or not.

Tags: Scenic View
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 (Sacramento)·Dined on July 5, 2017

Been dinning at River Ranch for over 25 years. We were seated quickly, but waited for 15-17 minutes before q waitress appeared. Said she was sorry, but under staffed. We ordered wine, and asked for bread and water. she said it would be right there. after 15 minutes, we had to ask another server for our bread and wine.

Finally got it, bread was doughy. We were ready to order dinner, but had to wait for waitress. We tried to flag her down, but to no avail. She headed for another table, and thankfully the couple told her we should be waited on first.

We ordered our dinner, and it finally arrived. I ordered trout, and the flesh part was almost a thick as the skin. My girlfriend ordered ravioli and toasted crostini, but it was missing the crostini. We called our waitress, told her about it, and she brought sliced crostini, but not toasted like the menu said.

Would not attend this restaurant again !!!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 4, 2017

The atmosphere was super with the river water so high. The rib eye steak was fatty and tough (hard to cut).

Tags: Waterfront, Kid-friendly
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 (Kansas City)·Dined on July 4, 2017

The hostess seemed to lack basic relational skills. No smile, no welcome, a very robotic person. Table staff was amazing and I would have given service 5 stars if it wasn't for the awkward hostess. The setting is amazing. The river is beautiful and there seemed to always be a great breeze.

The food was the problem. My friend ordered her stake medium and it came out well done. There was no pink inside at all. She sent it back and they brought her another one that really couldn't even be considered rare. It was still ice cold in the middle. Very frustrating that the kitchen can not seem to get a medium steak right. She ended up just eating a salad.

Several of us had the trout. It was an average piece of trout. Nothing outstanding about it. My wife had the pressed chicken and truly enjoyed it.

Not sure if we were there on a bad night or what. Great ambience and location. Be aware of the steak and true socially awkward hostess.

Joe

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 3, 2017

Mosquitos relentless!!! We had to leave!!!

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on July 3, 2017

Great location, good food but overpriced, horrible service (we waited about 30 min for our wine to be served, and 1h 10 min for the food)

Tags: Hot Spot, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Tahoe)·Dined on July 3, 2017

3 out of 4 meals bad.... trout was as dry as could be, polenta from a box, a basic disaster!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 30, 2017

They treated us well. Service was great. Food was good. View was wonderful.

Tags: Scenic View, Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining
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