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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 #25 of 55 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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Pleasanton, California
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53 reviews 53 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 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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13 reviews 13 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
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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3 restaurant reviews
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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Colorado Springs, Colorado
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47 reviews 47 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 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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55 reviews 55 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 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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87 reviews 87 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
69 helpful votes 69 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 

Senior Contributor
32 reviews 32 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 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 

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Additional Information about River Ranch Lodge and Restaurant

Address: 2285 River Rd, P.O. Box 197, 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
Average Prices: USD 22 - 33
Cuisine: American, Californian

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