River Ranch Lodge & Restaurant

2285 River Road, Tahoe City, CA
(530) 583-4264

River Ranch is a landmark destination and locals' favorite year-round, but it really comes alive in the summer. Nestled on the banks of the Truckee River, River Ranch has a perfect position to catch people tubing down the mellow rapids during the heat of the summer. They have an open patio that frames the last rapids that tubers ride before disembarking. The patio is home to an outdoor bar that serves the iconic Class V River Rum Punch and features live music on select Thursdays in June, July and August. Their menu brings together all the summer favorites with California cuisine. Inside River Ranch is a bar that can tend to be boisterous and jovial on late summer nights, but there's also a segregated area set aside for fine dining. River Ranch provides 19 small, cabin-style rooms for guests, and reservations are highly recommended. Winter finds the River Ranch much quieter with the outdoor patio closed, but they still offer delicious gourmet dining and bar specials in a nostalgic atmosphere.