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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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5:00 PM - 8:30 PMAll hours
$$ - $$$
2285 River Rd, Tahoe City, CA 96145
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Reviewed 1 week ago

My wife and I showed up for an early dinner without a reservation and were given a nice table by the river. The service was pleasant and accommodating. We both got the Prime Rib special and were very pleased with it. The prime rib was...More

Thank ChessHiker
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We dined here on a quiet Sunday evening, in the off-season, for my husband's birthday. The setting is scenic, right on the Truckee River. The atmosphere is cozy & rustic. There is outdoor seating on the patio where you can get food or take your...More

Thank Annette K
Reviewed 13 September 2017 via mobile

After a raft trip down the Truckee we ended at River Ranch. A great spot to watch the other rafters coming down the river. Outdoor/patio seating. Umbrellas to block the sun. Great bar area and good food. Three (3) of us split an order of...More

Thank Pamela B
Reviewed 16 August 2017 via mobile

After 2 or 3 hours on the river your hungry. There something for every budget. It is back yard baroque at its finest. Never been disappointed and the place is always crowded. But that's the experience. This is a must.

Thank Johnny V
Reviewed 12 July 2017

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 4 July 2017 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 69ashe69
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
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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, Accepts Credit Cards
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly, Groups, Bar Scene
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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