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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: Lunch, Dinner, Quick Bites, 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
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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  • 29
    Excellent
  • 13
    Very good
  • 15
    Average
  • 7
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  • 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
Happy Hour

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 23, 2015
Geoffrey H
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Phoenix, Arizona
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Midland, Michigan
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58 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015 NEW

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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Phoenix, Arizona
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51 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 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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Estero, Florida
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44 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2015

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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Honolulu, Hawaii
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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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fremont, ca
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225 reviews
150 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 80 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015

Have noticed this place over the years. We stopped as Prime Rib was their specialty tonight. I had the Prime Rib, nothing special... Not much flavor. My wife had the Vegetable Pot Pie, good but had curry flavor. Service was good, setting is nice. Would I return, probably not.

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Tahoe City, California
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35 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2015

...and so does a new chef. We had the most satisfying and fabulous meal at RR last night. Last time I was there, I was disappointed with the mediocrity of the food. Last night was a whole different story. We started with steamed clams which we light and delectable. Not a grain of sand to be found! We then had... More 

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Truckee, California
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15 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015

Took advantage of the "No Snow" special of 50% off on a Monday night. Were greeted when we arrive and seated immediately at a table overlooking the river. Water and drink orders were taken right away and then we were told of the specials. Warm bread and butter was served which we enjoyed while we waited for our appetizer- the... More 

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

Thank you for coming in and taking the time to let us know about your experience. Sadly our 50% entree special is still running as we have not yet received 4" of snow on the patio. Maybe this weekend! Hope to see you soon. Rob Curtis More 

Pleasanton, California
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80 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2014 via mobile

we have lunch at the River Ranch Restaurant many times. The outdoor seating area is located at the end of the Truckee River rafting area an offers great views of the river and people. Food for the outdoor area is self-service at a walk-up BBQ. Limited menu, but very good. There is both at walk-up full bar and table service.... More 

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Eugene, Oregon
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17 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014

Huge quality servings. Good beverage selection. Plan to take your time and enjoy their meals with good friends. Right on the Lake. No pretention here!

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6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014 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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Additional Information about River Ranch Lodge and Restaurant

Address: 2285 River Rd, Tahoe City, CA 96145 (Formerly River Ranch Restaurant and Lodge)
Phone Number: +1 530-583-4264
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Lake Tahoe (California)  >  Tahoe City
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
Average Prices: USD 19 - 34
Cuisine: American, Californian

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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, Californian

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant

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?