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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)
15305834264
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17:00 - 20:30
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Mon - Fri 17:00 - 20:30
Sat - Sun 11:30 - 20:30
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Maui, Hawaii
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66 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 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.

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Kirkland, WA
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51 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 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 actually.

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

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 sliced bread not that you couldn't have it, as we do not feature sliced bread... More 

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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 August 2016

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

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

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 little confused. Clearly, you were unhappy with your experience for which I apologize. Hopefully in... More 

Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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268 reviews
231 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles 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.

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Sebastopol, California
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206 reviews
117 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles 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 could say more about the food. There is a lot more action to see when... More 

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La Jolla, California, United States
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64 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 August 2016 via mobile

Summer in Tahoe, and dinner by the Truckee River. We ordered the Roast Duck and Elk loin. We loved our entrees and desserts. However, we thought it was very expensive (more than noted by $$). Our reservation was at 5:30pm. We arrived at 5:15pm, and were directed into the bar area, I ordered a glass of wine and he ordered... More 

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Thank LeLa2pups
River_Ranch, General Manager at River Ranch Lodge and Restaurant, responded to this review

Hi Thanks for writing a recent review and glad you hear you enjoyed your entrees and desserts. It sounds as though our bartender was a little confused about applying Happy Hour to your bill. Sometimes mistakes do happen and we are always happy to correct them. In the future, please let us know, so that we can do so. Sorry... More 

Sonoma County
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166 reviews
86 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 101 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 July 2016

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 

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South Lake Tahoe, California
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113 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 June 2016 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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37 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 June 2016

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

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Thank Andy M
Truckee, California
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233 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 133 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 June 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 

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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 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$ 19 - US$ 34
Cuisine
American
Meals
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, Romantic, Groups, Bar Scene
Open Hours
Sunday
11:30 - 20:30
Monday
17:00 - 20:30
Tuesday
17:00 - 20:30
Wednesday
17:00 - 20:30
Thursday
17:00 - 20:30
Friday
17:00 - 20:30
Saturday
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: 15305834264
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.

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