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River Ranch Lodge and Restaurant

2285 River Rd, P.O. Box 197, Tahoe City, CA 96145 (Formerly River Ranch Restaurant and Lodge)
+1 530-583-4264
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Ranked #30 of 54 Restaurants in Tahoe City
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Price range: $22 - $33
Cuisines: American, Californian
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Good for: Outdoor seating
Dining options: Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Alpine Meadows Road
Description: 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 seat 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. Our menu changes seasonally and we specialize in wild game, fresh seafood and choice cut steaks. Nightly dinner specials are available year round.
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3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014 NEW via mobile

Wonderful dinner at the River Ranch last night. First the setting is so cool. We ate in the bar area with the sound of the river serenading us. I had the pork chop, which was delicious and gluten free, my partner had the prime rib special and really enjoyed it. Can't wait to return.

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Colorado Springs, Colorado
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37 reviews 37 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

I have fond memories of my first meal at The River Ranch nearly 20 years ago, and I still remember how great the elk was! My husband and I have been back a handful of times over the years, and had a recent opportunity to take our kids there. The patio was closed for a "private party" (which turned out... More

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Pleasanton, California
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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

The River Ranch is where we ended our day of rafting and caught the shuttle bus back to Tahoe City to pick up our truck. We've been to the River Ranch for dinner prior and this experience reinforced our initial observations: average food, average service, spectacular views of the river rushing by.

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Incline Village, Nevada
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014

We came here for dinner on short notice with a large group, and our experience could not have been better. The place was casual and elegant at the same time. Our food was delicious, and the ambiance, with the river running right by, was just too good.

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River_Ranch, General Manager at River Ranch Lodge and Restaurant, responded to this review

Jim- Glad you all enjoyed your dinner. Hope to see you again soon! More

Reno, Nevada
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52 reviews 52 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014

I visited the River Ranch as part of a large party celebrating a family reunion. The restaurant staff were very accommodating and met our every need. It was a warm and beautiful mountain evening and the large patio overlooking the Truckee River was a fantastic location for drinks before dinner. Speaking of dinner, the meals were excellent. Try their Chicken... More

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Green Valley, Arizona
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47 restaurant reviews
63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

We were hoping to sit outside by their lovely setting on the Truckee River outside of Lake Tahoe but the weather did not permit. But the interior restaurant was lovely. Everything we had was delicious....from the trout to our entrees of halibut and diver scallops. Highly recommend it.

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Solana Beach, California
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30 reviews 30 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2014

We are here last night because of the patio view over the Truckee River. We were astonished how poor the service and food have become. The menu is minimalist and uninteresting. The service was terrible- we waited more than an hour after ordering. But the only thing worse than the service was the food itself. Smoked trout was paper thin,... More

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River_Ranch, General Manager at River Ranch Lodge and Restaurant, responded to this review

I was very disappointed to read your review . I recently came on board as General Manage and understand the importance of loyal return customers. It sounds like you've been here before and please be assured that I am working diligently with our new Chef to provide a new and exciting menu that we can execute in a timely fashion,... More

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27 reviews 27 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2014 via mobile

I was pleasantly surprised at the the quality of the food. We had a wonderful dinner. The service couldn't have been better. The setting on the Truckee River is special. It's nice to see that this special place has upgraded their menu and the quality of their food. We will be back.

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River_Ranch, General Manager at River Ranch Lodge and Restaurant, responded to this review

Happy to hear that you enjoyed your dinner and thank you so much for the wonderful review! More

san francisco
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33 reviews 33 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014

Grab a table by the river and relax! The food,service and ambiance in this local favorite can't be beat. Everything from the bread basket to the desserts are wonderful and the sound of the running river is just a delight. We never miss dinner here on our Tahoe excursions.

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River_Ranch, General Manager at River Ranch Lodge and Restaurant, responded to this review

Glad to hear that you enjoyed everything and look forward to seeing you soon! More

Oakland, California
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132 reviews 132 reviews
78 restaurant reviews
64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

After making an on line reservation, we physically stopped by the River Ranch to request an outdoor patio table. The young lady at the front desk said she noted our request on our reservation and assured us we would get an outdoor table. Upon arrival at the restaurant later that evening, we were shown to an indoor table. We told... More

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River_Ranch, General Manager at River Ranch Lodge and Restaurant, responded to this review

Hi Eric. Thanks for taking the time for letting us know about your evening here. Please accept our apologizes regarding he confusion with your table location. Though we can't guarantee outdoor seating, we always do our best to try to accommodate requests. n your instance though, it sounds like we dropped the ball on that request. Please accept our apologizes.... More

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