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River Ranch Lodge and Restaurant

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2285 River Rd, Tahoe City, CA 96145 (Formerly River Ranch Restaurant and Lodge) (Alpine Meadows Road)
+1 530-583-4264
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5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Off-Street Parking, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Street Parking, Takeout, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for: Families with children
Description: Located on the banks of the Truckee River between Truckee and Tahoe City,...
Located on the banks of the Truckee River between Truckee and Tahoe City, this rustic Tahoe lodge has been a Tahoe dining favorite for many, many years. Enjoy great food and drink that is fun, creative and interesting while being delicious and familiar with an emphasis in locality, sustainability, and organic ingredients. The service is efficient and friendly perfect for those who really want to relax and enjoy the laid back mountain feel and have a memorable experience.Choose between a cozy seat in our Fireplace Dining Room or along the river in our River View Dining Room. In the summer, there is dining outside on our patio that overlooks the river. Begin or end your evening with a visit to the River Ranch Bar with great appetizers and lively apres ski in the winter or a fun, crazy patio bar in the summer.
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  • 31
    Excellent
  • 16
    Very good
  • 16
    Average
  • 8
    Poor
  • 5
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Great location, good food

We were there for a party with a pre-arranged menu, so i can't comment on pricing, but i will say, their location was excellent, and their food was good.... I ordered the salmon, which was decent, but i know i can make a better salmon, hands down. But the salad and soup were very good, and the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 6, 2015
StrangeTripper
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Chicago
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Truckee, California
Level Contributor
21 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My wife and I went with a friend who had been to their Restaurant 30 years prior and had pleasant memories of That visit. Driving down icy roads of Truckee to get there on Dec. 30th we were delighted to arrive at the "Ranch" and its quaint style & homey feel. Seated by a window with a nice view of... More 

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Thank Patrick M
Huntington Beach, California
Level Contributor
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We were fortunate to fine a one-night stay during sold out Christmas stay. Our room was discounted due to being next to the kitchen; however, we barely heard any noise. Furnishings were nice, staff helpful and we enjoyed a great selection of appetizers for our dinner in the welcoming restaurant's bar area. Great location between Alpine and Squaw on the... More 

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Thank HBSnowFlower
River_Ranch, Public Relations Manager at River Ranch Lodge and Restaurant, responded to this review

Thank you so much for stopping by the River Ranch and we are so glad to hear that you enjoyed your experience here. Hope to see you again in the future! Happy New Year More 

San Francisco, California
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7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2015

Good place for weekend brunch. Also in off season enjoy the special dinner pricing on certain weekdays.

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Thank MOBreviews
Medford, Oregon
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20 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2015

We were driving down Hwy 89 and stopped by River Ranch without a reservation on a Friday night. It was busy as always, but we were offered a table in the bar. The staff was very busy, but attentive, and our order was placed and received promptly. Prime rib night on Friday night special and it was excellent, as was... More 

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Thank MJBona
Chicago
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221 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 208 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2015

We were there for a party with a pre-arranged menu, so i can't comment on pricing, but i will say, their location was excellent, and their food was good.... I ordered the salmon, which was decent, but i know i can make a better salmon, hands down. But the salad and soup were very good, and the cheesecake dessert was... More 

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Thank StrangeTripper
Truckee, California
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375 reviews
196 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 107 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2015

Great spot after skiing at Alpine Meadows. Sit outside, especially if the river is running high. You can watch the river rafters. This is where most get out if the water. Good place for beer or wine and sandwiches.

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1 Thank calsun99
Midland, Michigan
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59 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015

Chose River Ranch as the host for our daughter's birthday party. We had 18 people in attendance. From the beginning of the cocktail hour through the dessert, this place was top-notch in quality of food, service, and a unique environment in which to host a party. Working with Linda the event coordinator was a wonderful. She was prompt in answering... More 

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1 Thank LuLu1945619
Phoenix, Arizona
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111 reviews
101 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2015

We went there for happy hour recommended by our Plumpjack Lodge where we were staying. We originally were going for dinner, but our waitress informed us of happy hour. Terrific value for what you get and eat. The waitress recommended a local beer, nachos, and wings for the three of us. The portions were large and easily shared. Great atmosphere.... More 

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1 Thank Geoffrey H
Estero, Florida
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48 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2015 via mobile

We stopped for our anniversary dinner, servers were very good, drinks were good and meal was very good. Portions were good size, easily filled you up. Eating outside in June can get a little chilly when sun goes down. Very nice outdoor setting.

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1 Thank cookie117
Honolulu, Hawaii
2 reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2015

The rooms are old, but lovely with rustic decorations. Some noise from the highway in the night, but comfortable beds. The restaurant was very good and special rates for both the room and restaurant are available before and after summer rush.

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Thank Nancy B

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 2285 River Rd, Tahoe City, CA 96145 (Formerly River Ranch Restaurant and Lodge)
    (Alpine Meadows Road)
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Lake Tahoe (California)  >  Tahoe City
  • Phone Number: +1 530-583-4264

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 19 - 34
  • Cuisine: American

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Good for: Families with children

Description

Located on the banks of the Truckee River between Truckee and Tahoe City, this rustic Tahoe lodge has been a Tahoe dining favorite for many, many years. Enjoy great food and drink that is fun, creative and interesting while being delicious and familiar with an emphasis in locality, sustainability, and organic ingredients. The service is efficient and friendly perfect for those who really want to relax and enjoy the laid back mountain feel and have a memorable experience.Choose between a cozy seat in our Fireplace Dining Room or along the river in our River View Dining Room. In the summer, there is dining outside on our patio that overlooks the river. Begin or end your evening with a visit to the River Ranch Bar with great appetizers and lively apres ski in the winter or a fun, crazy patio bar in the summer.
Open Hours
Sunday
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Monday
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Thursday
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Friday
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Saturday
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?