There is a nice selection of restaurants in the River Walk area, which is an easy walk or short cab ride away from Circus Circus. Along the river you’ll find the River Room, Wild River Grill, Silver Peak Grill & Taproom and Campo.
Louis’ Basque Corner and Sante Fe Hotel (also Basque food) are both very popular restaurants in downtown Reno and are close to the Circus Circus. The Freight House District at the Reno Aces Ballpark also has some fun dining options including a bar & grill and Mexican restaurant.
I know you said you want to stay away from casino dining, but if you and your colleagues would like a true Reno dining experience, try an Awful Awful at The Nugget.
For more information on Reno, including other great dining options, check out vistrenotahoe.com
Edited: 11:56 am, April 30, 2012