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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 #28 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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Reno, Nevada
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50 reviews 50 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

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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84 reviews 84 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
62 helpful votes 62 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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29 reviews 29 reviews
13 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

Senior Contributor
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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128 reviews 128 reviews
75 restaurant reviews
63 helpful votes 63 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

Santa Cruz, California
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31 reviews 31 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2014

The restaurant dinning room and patio are located on a bend in the Truckee River. The window tables look right down on the river. A very appealing location. We started out with two appetizers, Delta Asparagus and Ahi Tartare. The asparagus was served with a delicious blue cheese sauce and some tasty watermelon radishes, strawberries and frisee. All were very... More

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Santa Ynez, California
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90 reviews 90 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014

We've been to the River Ranch many many times for the outside barbeque and beers after rafting down the Truckee River, but this was our first visit for dinner inside. We were very pleasantly suprised. Kevin, our waiter, was very attentive and gave us ideas on the menu. The food was very good and not pretentious. We had a variety... More

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

Thank you so much for your great review. We are glad you enjoyed your dinner. We have just changed over to our new summer menu and look forward to you coming in and letting us know what you think. When you are in next, please be sure to find me so sure to say hello. Rob Curtis More

San Francisco, California
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2013

I had a Christmas Eve dinner at this restaurant. I was on a family vacation with 12 other relatives. Looking very much forward to a delicious dinner. Menu was very limited due to Christmas Eve. I and 3 other ordered the $29 Lamb chop. What we got was 2 little pieces of burnt, greasy and full of grizzle meat. It... More

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

Thank you so much for telling us about your experience as it's our guests feedback that let's us know how we are doing. We apologize that your lamb wasn't cooked to your expectation and after some research we found similar feedback regarding that specific dish that evening. We have informed our Chef and hopefully we can make it better next... More

San Diego, California
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31 reviews 31 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2013

This restaurant and lodge has a lot to offer. The food inside is good but can be pricey. No more than your average steakhouse though. Very cute inside with many tables overlooking the Truckee river. We stayed here on our honeymoon 3 years ago. There is no air conditioning so it can get hot in the rooms during the summer... More

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

Thank you for sharing your experience at the River Ranch Lodge & Restaurant and giving other folks an insight as to summertime fun to be had at the River Ranch. Hope to see you again soon. More

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