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River Ranch Lodge and Restaurant

2285 River Rd, Tahoe City, CA 96145
+1 530-583-4264
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  • Excellent40%
  • Very good20%
  • Average23%
  • Poor9%
  • Terrible8%
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2285 River Rd, Tahoe City, CA 96145
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Reviewed 1 week ago

July 5th and we were in no hurrry/or need to be someplace else (thank God!) To say the service was 'bad' implies there WAS service! Waited 20 minutes to get menus. Waited 20 minutes to place drink order. Waited 45 minutes to get drinks. Waited...More

Thank LarmoG
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Went here for dinner with our family, a party of 12. Though we had made a reservation, they started setting up our tables after we got there. It took quite a while... with our large group blocking the entrance to the bar. Once seated, our...More

Thank stacyschu
Reviewed 13 June 2017 via mobile

This log cabin restaurant is located on the banks of the Truckee River. It is overflowing with all of the rain and quite rapid. It makes a exciting turn as it runs between the restaurant and the lodges of River Ranch. They serve lunch on...More

Thank Bob O
Reviewed 1 April 2017

First time for all of us to try this restaurant. We were fortunate enough to be seated by the window along the river. It was barely snowing when we entered the restaurant and by the time we were seated the snow was quite heavy. The...More

Thank V926GBthomass
Reviewed 26 March 2017 via mobile

We had not visited this restaurant in several years and were disappointed this time. The lunch menu is barely average, the service was poor and the furnishings have gone down hill. Not worth the stop anymore

Thank Ashley E
Reviewed 2 October 2016

It has a very nice and varied menu. Reasonabley priced food and drinks, Rustic atmosphre and comfortable. I had a prime rib dip sandwich to die for.

Thank DSD91
Reviewed 7 September 2016 via mobile

I rarely add negative reviews. However the dining room and breakfast was very generic and unappetizing. I asked for a piece of bread in the morning to toast instead of the heavy bagels. I was told I could not have a slice of bread. Unbelievable...More

Thank kfrooke
River_Ranch, General Manager at River Ranch Lodge and Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 23 September 2016

Miss Frooke- Sorry your experience left you unimpressed. It appears there was some confusion in the morning which was possible as some of our help have broken English as a second language. I think she was trying to tell you that we don't have any...More

Reviewed 27 August 2016

Horrible. Cold food, poor service, misleading web menu, we went to JALISCO's taco after and it was way better!More

Thank Kurt S
River_Ranch, General Manager at River Ranch Lodge and Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 23 September 2016

Kurt- Thanks for taking the time to review but honestly I'm having a hard time taking any information from this review that I can act upon. I'm not sure if you were here for Taco Night, dinner, or lunch or the patio so I'm a...More

Reviewed 18 August 2016

Self service lunch and you place your order at a counter and they cook to order burgers, hot dogs, seafood. Located at the very end of the Truckee River.

Thank davis40vacation
Reviewed 9 August 2016

Walked the trail from Tahoe City with friends and stopped for lunch. The setting is very nice with tables facing the river. Service is, self service, for both food and drinks. The food was average for the price. The setting is very relaxing, wish I...More

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15 June 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
US$19 - US$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
Child-friendly, Bar Scene, Groups, Romantic
Open Hours
11:30 - 20:30
17:00 - 20:30
17:00 - 20:30
17:00 - 20:30
17:00 - 20:30
17:00 - 20:30
11:30 - 20:30
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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