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River Ranch Lodge and Restaurant

2285 River Rd, Tahoe City, CA 96145
+1 530-583-4264
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  • Excellent43%
  • Very good20%
  • Average22%
  • Poor8%
  • Terrible7%
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“salad” (15 reviews)
“prime rib” (3 reviews)
“duck” (3 reviews)
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2285 River Rd, Tahoe City, CA 96145
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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!

1  Thank snowmystr
Reviewed September 14, 2014

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...More

1  Thank ktm55
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...More

Thank ColoradoM0m
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,...More

Thank PaulFarley109
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...More

Thank Jim P
River_Ranch, General Manager at River Ranch Lodge and Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded September 5, 2014

Jim- Glad you all enjoyed your dinner. Hope to see you again soon!

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...More

Thank Alpine147
Reviewed August 20, 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....More

Thank GVgolfer2aces
Reviewed August 2, 2014 via mobile

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...More

3  Thank southerncal10
River_Ranch, General Manager at River Ranch Lodge and Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded August 18, 2014

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...More

Reviewed August 2, 2014

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...More

Thank LOCheydog
River_Ranch, General Manager at River Ranch Lodge and Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded August 18, 2014

Happy to hear that you enjoyed your dinner and thank you so much for the wonderful review!

Reviewed August 1, 2014

Grab a table by the river and relax! The food,service and ambiance in this local favorite can't be beat. Everything from the bread basket to the desserts are wonderful and the sound of the running river is just a delight. We never miss dinner here...More

Thank bnelson88
River_Ranch, General Manager at River Ranch Lodge and Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded August 18, 2014

Glad to hear that you enjoyed everything and look forward to seeing you soon!

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June 15, 2016|
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Response from River_Ranch | Property representative |
The River Ranch's patio bar and casual bbq grill is open daily right now at 11:30 a.m. and throughout the summer until Labor Day. The patio bbq will stay open late on Fri & Sat nights serving food until 8:00 p.m. We also... More
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
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, Accepts Credit Cards
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Kids, Large groups, Bar scene, Scenic view, Families with children
Open Hours
11:30 AM - 8:30 PM
5:00 PM - 8:30 PM
5:00 PM - 8:30 PM
5:00 PM - 8:30 PM
5:00 PM - 8:30 PM
5:00 PM - 8:30 PM
11:30 AM - 8:30 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: +1 530-583-4264
  • E-mail
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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