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“Beautiful dining experience!”

River Ranch Lodge and Restaurant
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Ranked #25 of 55 Restaurants in Tahoe City
Price range: $10 - $34
Cuisines: American
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Dining options: Outdoor Seating, 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 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.
Reviewed June 22, 2013

A hidden gem. I asked in Truckee about this restaurant and they kept sending me to another. I am glad I kept searching. It has a beautiful view and the food was fabulous! We had the Elk steak and it melted in our mouths. Also had the venison meat loaf and it was so tender and full of flavor. We enjoyed cocktails on the patio and dinner inside at a window table. Eating while listening to the water rush down the river. The servers were attentive and pleasant. Highly recommend for adults. Children inside the dining room would ruin the dining experience. We will go back when we are in town.

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River_Ranch, Public Relations Manager at River Ranch Lodge and Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded June 28, 2013

How great to hear of such a wonderful dining experience you had at the River Ranch Lodge with a table by the river and the Elk is one of our most popular dishes. Thank you so much for taking the time to write a review and share your experience with others and look forward seeing you again.

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Reviewed June 19, 2013

We went bike riding from Tahoe City on the bike trail towards Squaw Valley and stopped at River Ranch for lunch. They had a wedding that day so we could not sit out on the patio, however, we did a get a table inside next to the river with the windows open. The ambiance and the sound of the rushing river set the tone. The food was decent (we had nachos & fries) and the service good. We would go again.

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River_Ranch, Public Relations Manager at River Ranch Lodge and Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded June 21, 2013

Thank you so much for your review of the River Ranch and we are so glad you had a chance to stop by and enjoy our tables over the river that we also think is also a truly amazing experience for people visiting the area. We look forward to seeing you again in the future!

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Reviewed May 7, 2013

The food was delicious and not terribly expensive for the quality. We got back to town at 8:30 pm and were seated right away with a reservation, at a table right by the river (inside a window). There was light on the river. The architecture was charming, too: the bar and the riverside view tables are under a wooden ceiling with a wagon wheel design. We had just come back from a cowboy festival in Genoa, NV., so the wagon wheel theme just hit the spot. Tuna poke fresh and spicy; I would go for that again. Wedge salad very satisfying with a whole chunk of blue cheese to distribute around the salad with its tasty tomatoes and bacon, as you see fit. The house red was a mellow cabernet. Loved it.

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River_Ranch, Public Relations Manager at River Ranch Lodge and Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded May 10, 2013

Thank you so much for your warm friendly review! We are so glad you enjoyed the setting on the river as much as we do and tried some of our Chef's favorite dishes! Hope to see you again when you visit Lake Tahoe.

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Reviewed March 30, 2013

5 star The manager and head chef spoiled us (4 adults, 1 finicky teen) with pre dinner drinks, appetisers that 'exploded' with flavour, amazingly flavoursome soup, mouth watering main courses, deserts to die for, and a ginger liquer to finish the degastation. I can highly recommend the Sole and the Elk. And talk about value.

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1  Thank velkytatry
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River_Ranch, Public Relations Manager at River Ranch Lodge and Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded April 8, 2013

Great to hear such positive feedback on so many of our dinner menu appetizers and entrees that our Chef takes pride in making just right! Thank you so much for taking the time to let us know about your dining experience.

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Reviewed March 24, 2013

We had the best meal there on the way to Tahoe City. We were seated by the fire place in the dining room.We ordered a bottle of Frogs Leap Sauvignon Blanc. The wine price was reasonable. The Mrs ordered the Pepper steak. I had the crab stuffed Sole. The steak was perfectly cooked and very flavorful. The Sole was elegantly cooked and delicious. We didn't have any salad or starters. The meal came with homemade Hawaiian type bread. The service was excellent. It says on the menu they try and use local and organic products. We will be back.

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