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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 #32 of 54 restaurants in Tahoe City
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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Oakland, California
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116 reviews 116 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
59 helpful votes 59 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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Santa Cruz, California
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31 reviews 31 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 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
30 helpful votes 30 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
8 helpful votes 8 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

Tahoe City, California
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95 reviews 95 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
100 helpful votes 100 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2013

My wife and I have talked many times about stopping at the River Ranch for an evening meal alongside the Truckee River. We opted for a table on the patio. The patio menu items weren't as appealing as the restaurant's but we were really interested in enjoying the night air and the proximity to the river. Service was lackluster. Didn't... More

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

Thank you for taking the time to let us know about your experience at the River Ranch and will ensure to look into the preparation of our food on the patio to make sure your experiences are consistent. We hop to have the opportunity to see you again next summer at the River Ranch. More

Los Gatos, California
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82 reviews 82 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2013

River Ranch is right on the Truckee River, beautiful location. Stopped here for lunch with a group of friends after our rafting trip done the river from Tahoe City. Fresh cooked hamburgers ans hot dogs that you order and pickup at the grill counter. Food is reasonably price, prepared quickly and efficiently. Also a nice bar is available. OK to... More

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

Your review is appreciated and will be helpful to others coming to the River Ranch in knowing what to expect. Thank you for taking the time and glad you enjoyed your experience here. More

Alexandria, VA
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127 reviews 127 reviews
86 restaurant reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2013

I really enjoyed my dinner here. We at a table looking straight down at the Truckee River. Eating over the river was wonderful. The staff was friendly and profession, and the food was great. The service was quick, and arrived not long after it was ordered. The drinks were also great, and not watered down. I will return to River... More

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

How great that you had a chance to enjoy the River Ranch and thank you for taking the time to write such a nice review regarding your experience. Hope you enjoy the rest of your summer! More

Charleston, South Carolina
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39 reviews 39 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2013

After rafting down the Truckee, we had lunch outside with a great atmosphere overlooking the takeout point for the rafters on the river. It was a typically beautiful, sunny day, but the food left a bit to be desired. We chose to eat from the outside bar b que, where you have a choice of grilled burgers, chicken, nachos, salads,... More

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

We are so glad you enjoyed our casual atmosphere on our patio on the river and we appreciate your feedback regarding suggestions for some of our bbq items and will look into it. We hope you have another chance to stop by the River Ranch on your next visit and have the opportunity to try one of those salads. More

2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2013

A hidden gem. I asked in Truckee about this restaurant and they kept sending me to another. I am glad I kept searching. It has a beautiful view and the food was fabulous! We had the Elk steak and it melted in our mouths. Also had the venison meat loaf and it was so tender and full of flavor. We... More

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

How great to hear of such a wonderful dining experience you had at the River Ranch Lodge with a table by the river and the Elk is one of our most popular dishes. Thank you so much for taking the time to write a review and share your experience with others and look forward seeing you again. More

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