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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)
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 11:30 am - 9:00 pm
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Sonoma County
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157 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Eating outside by the Truckee River at River Ranch is just one of those things to do. The setting is lovely and the service is excellent. I wish I could say the same for the food, which is not. But what my wife and I ordered on a recent visit was edible, if not much more than that. I would... More 

Thank martin66
South Lake Tahoe, California
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108 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This use to be a fun place to sit in the sunshine and enjoy the river view and have a fairly decent lunch. Perhaps because they are not getting the river rafting traffic due to the drought in California some serious cuts in service and value and food quality. Nonetheless whatever their reasons and rational I cannot recommend it even... More 

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

Hello Joanne. Ouch. That's a really terrible review. I was very disappointed to hear about your recent visit here. Each year, we experience a few bumps during the opening phase of our summer operation as much of our staff is comprised of local high school students. Please accept my apologizes. We've been serving casual lunch for over 40 years and... More 

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12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2016

Service and food are good. Great view located on the river. Good selections win reasonable price. Good food

Thank Andy M
Truckee, California
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420 reviews
220 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 123 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2016 via mobile

Stopped on a Thursday night to have dinner. Big surprise, Thursday night most all bottles of wine are half price, a nice treat. We ordered the Royale Burger. It is a ½ pound, so we ordered it split between us. Not only was the burger good, it had pulled pork and Cole slaw on the burger. Delicious. All of the... More 

Thank calsun99
River_Ranch, Public Relations Manager at River Ranch Lodge and Restaurant, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your nice review! We're so glad you had a great night and enjoyed your dinner. Have a great summer and we hope to see you around the Ranch! Sincerely, Linda Johns Marketing Manager More 

Sacramento, CA
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100 reviews
82 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2016

Their 1/2 pound burger is fantastic. In addition to the huge patty, they put some pulled pork, onion rings and cole slaw between the buns. Their BBQ sauce has just the right flavor and the fries are crisp and hot. The ambience of their outside patio overlooking the Truckee River adds to the dining experience.

Las Vegas, Nevada
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74 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2016

Take advantage of their special 2 for 1 offers; Seated right away at a table overlooking the river. Server was very pleasant and knowledgeable about the menu. Salads were very large, onion soup was one of the best. Menu featured a great variety of entrees from chicken. duck to steak and various fish- all of which were good. Portion sizes... More 

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

Thank you so much for your great review! We're happy to hear that you enjoyed everything while you were here for dinner and took the time out to let others know about your experience. We hope to see you again at the River Ranch! Best, Rob Curtis General Manager More 

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586 reviews
291 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 127 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2016 via mobile

The Location is perfect. Right on the river. We went for lunch and it was very quiet, so we had our choice of seats. The lunch menu, unlike the dinner menu is very limited and so we had a burger which was good. The fries were crisp on the outside and they substituted salad for fries for one of us.... More 

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

Hello Susan, Thanks for taking the time to let us know about your experience. With lunches only offered on weekends, our lunch menu tends to be a little more limited than our dinner menu. Hopefully we'll see you this summer when you can enjoy the patio because your right, it's a hopping spot. More 

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27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2016

Love River Ranch, as I said, because it doesn't take itself too seriously and is friendly and fun for all patrons. We stopped after skiing, this time with a 3 and 5 year old. They couldn't have been nicer to us and, of course, the view of the river, the fun ambiance and reasonable pricing makes River Ranch always a... More 

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San Francisco, California
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17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2016

We came here for a night away from the kids and were very happy. There was a special holiday menu complete with special cocktails for Valentine's day. The service was attentive and the food was fresh and well prepared. Bread was warm (served upon request due to gluten-free movement). Water is also served upon request due to the drought. Since... More 

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

It's great to hear that you had such a wonderful experience on such a special night. We hope you have a chance to stop when you are in Lake Tahoe for another visit and maybe try our happy hour, enjoy some live music or a dinner outside on the patio this summer! Thank you again for taking the time to... More 

Cincinnati, Ohio
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104 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2016

My husband and I had dinner with some couples after skiing. The atmosphere is fun with the Truckee River flowing past. The drinks were great. 1/2 price bottles of wine on Thursday night.

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

Thank you so much for letting us know about your experience at the River Ranch and we look forward to seeing you again! Hope you enjoyed your skiing in Tahoe. Sincerely, Linda Johns More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
Average prices
$19 - $34
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Reservations, Takeout
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Bar scene, Families with children, Romantic
Open Hours
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
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: 15305834264
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 and casual bbq grill in the summer.

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