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River Ranch Lodge and Restaurant

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2285 River Rd, P.O. Box 197, Tahoe City, CA 96145 (Formerly River Ranch Restaurant and Lodge) (Alpine Meadows Road)
+1 530-583-4264
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5:30 am - 9:00 am
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Closed now
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 5:30 am - 9:00 am
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Dining options: Reservations, Takeout
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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Good for:
Casual Elegant

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Visitor rating
  • 28
    Excellent
  • 11
    Very good
  • 14
    Average
  • 6
    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 experience!

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.

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 30, 2014
Jim P
,
Incline Village, Nevada
Good for:
  • Casual Elegant
  • Reservations
  • Takeout
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64 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Tahoe City, California
Senior Contributor
31 reviews 31 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 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
Senior Reviewer
10 reviews 10 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 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
Top Contributor
77 reviews 77 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 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 17 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 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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Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
5 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
Top Contributor
51 reviews 51 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 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
Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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
Senior Reviewer
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
Top Contributor
57 reviews 57 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
33 helpful votes 33 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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88 reviews 88 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
75 helpful votes 75 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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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 2285 River Rd, P.O. Box 197, 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 am - 9:00 am
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Monday
5:30 am - 9:00 am
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
5:30 am - 9:00 am
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
5:30 am - 9:00 am
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Thursday
5:30 am - 9:00 am
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Friday
5:30 am - 9:00 am
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Saturday
5:30 am - 9:00 am
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm

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