About Manzanita at The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe
Manzanita is a celebration Northern California Cuisine focusing on rustic cooking techniques, local produce and regional farms.
Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Daily: 11:30am - 2:30pm; Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
$31 to $50
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
Valet parking is $5.00 when dining in Manzanita.
Private Party Facilities:
Our private dining room can seat up to 34 people. We require a minimum of $1500 during the week and $2500 on weekends to book this room. Please contact for reservations.
Private Party Contact:
Cher Roesch: 5305623050
Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Manzanita at The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe Ratings and Reviews
The service was excellent as is the view ...
The service was excellent as is the view. The filet was tiny and the food was otherwise very expensive and very unremarkable. I would go back for the view--definitely not for the food. Perhaps you should eat something small before you go there.
Unfortunately, all the beef that we ord ...
Unfortunately, all the beef that we ordered came overcooked. They tried to make it right but it was disappointing.
Wonderful experience and we enjoyed ours ...
Wonderful experience and we enjoyed ourselves immensely! Would love to go back someday when we are in Tahoe.
Menu is very eclectic and complicated, s ...
Menu is very eclectic and complicated, so if you are looking for a simple, yet superb meal think twice. For us the meal was less than ideal. Not crazy about the bbq chicken pizza, artichoke soup was okay. Nothing special and quite overpriced for the value, but at the Ritz that's expected. In the end very disappointing and doesn't live up to the hype.
Good, overpriced food. The service is am ...
Good, overpriced food. The service is amateurish. If the restaurants were not part of the hotel property, it would fail as a destination dining experience. It's a better deal to take the cab ride into Truckee and eat at Pienetas or another local restaurant.,
Food quality (taste and appearance) was ...
Food quality (taste and appearance) was below my expectations for a Ritz Carlton restaurant. It wasn't bad, just nothing special. Bread brought out on a board with over-salted butter. Service was sub-par. Server took away Coke glass to refill instead of bringing a fresh one, we had to ask for refills numerous times, bus-person asked to take away plates with at least one still eating. Just overall a disappointing experience for a $250 meal for three.
Pleasant evening. Food was not as good a ...
Pleasant evening. Food was not as good as other times we have visited. Service was great.
Fun for lunch!
This was a great place to lunch. It is pricy but my husband and I go on a lunch date once in a while and we splurge. Our server Patricia was excellent. She made our lunch special.
Unless you are staying at the Ritz Carlt ...
Unless you are staying at the Ritz Carlton skip this restaurant. We have stayed at the property before and enjoyed our stay, however tonight was not an enjoyable experience. The gondola from the Village stopped operating at 9:00 so we were forced to order a cab which was recommended by the front desk. We agreed with the driver to be at the front desk at 9:30, and when we arrived he was pulling away with another fare! 40 minutes later he returned and we were told that when it is snowing the Ritz shuttle doesn't operate, which is understandable since the road to the hotel hadn't been plowed for hours! Not what anyone would expect from a Ritz Carlton property, but clearly the rough few winters had caused them to cut corners wherever possible. Not what you would expect from a 5 star hotelier. Expect the property will be sold as it feels like a loss leader. The customer shouldn't ever have to pay the price for poor management.
Beautifully prepared food with a view to match.
I have eaten here about six times now. The room is very beautiful but maintains a comfortable yet elegant vibe. Our favorite items have been the fish. We have had the sea bass, the salmon and my favorite, the Mt. Lassen Trout. All are impeccably cooked with interesting ingredients enhancing the flavors. We also love the duck confit salad. And the staff is terrific.
Hitting there stride
So enjoyed our visits this past week. A gem on the mountain
Best Service! Great Pancakes
I had family from out of town and went for brunch at the Ritz Carlton. I don't usually give out reviews, but this time I really wanted to because of our server Patricia. She was outstanding! Attentive and friendly and always on top of things, Patricia made our brunch very memorable. Loved our experience there, best service I have had in a long time. The food was good, she recommended the pancakes, and rightfully so, they were delicious. Ambience is very friendly in general, food was good, had good options at the buffet, and the hotel is lovely. I highly recommend it.
Nice dinner while staying at Northstar
Good food. Great service. But a little pricey. Our martinis were excellent and huge. Caesar salads were very good. I had the short rib with mashed potatoes and broccolini. Excellent comfort food. Wife had the artichoke pizza and liked it. Too full for dessert. The only negative was that it was too pricey. Over $200 for our two dinners and a bottle of wine. We will return on our next ski trip.
Great date night
Had a great dinner. Get the hawaiian mero! It was in the top three dishes I have ever eaten, and definitely the best seafood dish I have ever had. The filet mignon was cooked well but the flavor was a little underwhelming. The rest of the meal was excellent. Service was excellent. Definitely recommend overall.
Food & experience not up to expectations
A friend recommended Manzanita so we went with our two kids for dinner- I would not go back there, especially with young children. The ambiance was okay but it was dark and noisy. We were seated next to a gas fireplace that was like an inferno and they couldn't adjust it. The waiter (who provided great service) said other people complained about it being too hot so finally they shut off the fireplace. The food was disappointing. I had the veal cheek pappardelle appetizer, which was tasty but really rich. For my entree I had the guinea hen which was pretty fatty and underwhelming in terms of flavor and texture. My husband had the short ribs which were also quite fatty and unappealing. They only had whole wheat pasta which we ordered for our kids and they did not care for it. The kids steak was good. For the amount we spent we expected higher food quality.
Need to change menu more often and have ...
Need to change menu more often and have more selections to choose from. It gets boring
Great place for special occasions
Went here for Valentine's dinner. Enjoyed cocktails at the bar beforehand and the service there was outstanding as well. Dinner was fantastic with both sommelier and wait staff catering to every need. Food was excellent as well. Not cheap but you truly get what you pay for. We will be back!
High-end on-mountain dining
Our extended family group of 8 adults and 1 infant dined at Manzanita on a Monday evening on a recent ski trip to Northstar-at-Tahoe. The restaurant decor is attractive, warm and inviting. The food was very good. Everything was good. Of course, it is always expensive at a major ski resort, especially a restaurant located in a Ritz-Carlton. But, that also is generally your best guarantee of excellence at the same time. So, I would say it was a relatively good value for the price, all things considered. I would definitely try to include an evening dinner at Manzanita on a subsequent ski trip to Northstar.
Great food! Excellent service!
We have a home in Northstar and we go to the Manzanita for dinner every chance we can!
Ritz Carlton, surprisingly not great.
Average food, not a typical level of dining for a Ritz Carlton. Nice decor,good service.
Excellent as usual
We always eat at Manzanita when staying at Northstar. It is our favorite and guests are always delighted to find such a beautiful, well run, and delicious meal on the mountain
Manzanita changing, not for the better
We've been 5-6 visits/year patrons of Manzanita since they opened. Quality of the food and drink has never ceased to wow us until this trip - the French Onion soup (which is still superb) excepted. This time the entrees were lukewarm when served, and the shortribs - which have traditionally been incredible - were tough/stringy. The children's meal, which I always make a point to taste, was likewise lukewarm and rubbery. Previously, even our orders off the children's have been exceptional, which is rare for any restaurant. The menu, which used to change frequently and always offered surprising and creative options, seems to also to have stagnated. No specials were on offer the night we were there. The hotel has also instituted a $10 charge for valet parking, a charge which was "comped" previously if you were eating at the restaurant because there is no self parking available. The policy seems penny-wise and pound-foolish. It's understandable if you are staying at the hotel, but if you are just there for a meal, parking validation should still be offered. The change to the local's discount was also disheartening, but honestly we wouldn't have minded at all if the food had been up the same quality as prior visits. The service was very friendly and up-to-par with the Ritz-Carlton name, as always. We were a bit sad to see the decline of this favorite place of ours. We've celebrated birthdays and anniversaries there, brought many out-of-town visitors, and enjoyed many adhoc visits just for a treat. As locals, we realize that it is difficult to maintain a consistent staff, and that may affect quality. Businesses here must actively work against that and restaurants like Manzanita really cannot afford to have off-nights. The mediocre food combined with the feeling like we were being nickeled-and-dimed for parking "left a bad taste in our mouths".
How can you do any better? A great break ...
How can you do any better? A great breakfast, terrific service , and the fabulous Ritz Carlton!
We did the chef's counter and it was an ...
We did the chef's counter and it was an amazing experience. The staff was fantastic!
Welcomed me and my Fiancé's engagement with a pre-ordered gluten free menu and warm wishes
Great setting, great food, great service!
I live in Tahoe and this is a favorite among us locals! The service and quality are what you would expect in a Ritz venue. We gather here with friends 2-3x/month. I highly recommend Manzanita for a fun night out.
Overpriced & Lack of Menu
This restaurant is so beautiful but lacks a lot of things. The food is okay at best and when you are spend minimum of 40 a plate you hope for great. There is hardly even a selection on the menu, I would have rather eaten off the children's menu. They need a better menu and to execute the dishes better. Disappointing for a Ritz-Carlton.
Doesn't live up to the Ritz Carleton standard
Service and personalities were very good. The ambiance was wonderful and the beverages /wine were quite good. The Veal Cheek appetizer was very good. Mains were both sorely lacking: The "Marrow-Encrusted" Filet was not encrusted with marrow. The marrow was dumped on top of the meat, very grainy, and unappetizing. It had to be scooped off and replaced with a Bearnaise sauce before the Filet was edible. The Rabbit Cannelloni was way over-cooked, mushy, and quite salty. There didn't seem to be any other seasonings and the sauce was thin and watery. Deserts were both a let down. The "Creme Brulee" was cold, grainy, and served with a corn ice cream that didn't make sense with the dish. There was an additional fruit sauce with bits of corn. We could not eat it. The "Lava Cake" (homage to Elvis Presley) came in a mason jar, was not hot, and the chocolate tasted very strongly of smoke. The smokey flavor over-powered the rest of the dish. It was not a lava cake but a jar of smokey chocolate (cake?), ice cream, tempered chocolate wafer (with two pieces of banana), and peanut brittle. All in all the food was very disappointing.
2nd time around, great dining experience
Allie provided attentive excellent service accompanied with a diverse menu…Ox Tail dumplings as an appetized, with large jumbo prawn cocktails, a light cesar salad and then perfectly cooked Filet. Other main courses included the rabbit cannelloni and beef short ribs. Followed by a great desert selection as well. All enjoyed…we will definitely be returning
We enjoy eating in the bar. Mitch the ba ...
We enjoy eating in the bar. Mitch the bartender makes a large hotel, feel so comfortable. Great guy, whom knows food and sprints very well. Great service, great food, great atmosphere. What else could you ask for:)
Kids take away from it being Romantic
Food and service is outstanding, something for everyone on the menu. Good wine list, and the staff was very knowledgeable regarding the food and wine selections. Great Bar, cosy and active with a great selection of call liquors. The dinning area is more open and family geared which acceptable for a Hotel, but not great for guests dinning after 8 looking for a more adult ambiance.
Friendly staff who knew the menu and was ...
Friendly staff who knew the menu and was accommodating. Food was fantastic; I had the hen which was delicious and my husband practically licked his plate of short ribs clean. The short ribs were at the suggestion of our waiter. Great wine list but they need to update as the wine and specific year we ordered they did not have and did not realize they gave us wrong bottle until we commented.
The food took a long time to come out. Lattes and waffle came luke warm to the table. Service not very good. The waitress brought the check before we finished eating. She didn't even ask if we wanted anything else. We would not go back.
Great place for a celebration
My husband and I along with a very good friend enjoyed a pre-anniversary dinner at Manzanita and will go back many times. The food was perfect except for one dish, the Raman entree which was more like an appetizer soup, so next time we will ask for more specifics. Everything else was perfect including an excellent Caesar salad. The wine list is excellent and we will be back to try more. Best of all the service is attentive but not overdone.
Service is great and what you would come ...
Service is great and what you would come and expect from a Ritz, One of the most outstanding parts is the overall appearance and atmosphere of the bars, sitting areas and dining room.
We stayed at the Ritz to celebrate our w ...
We stayed at the Ritz to celebrate our wedding anniversary. We wanted to stay in the hotel and the reviews for the Manzanita looked great so we made a reservation. We were not disappointed. Our waitress was awesome and brought us two complimentary glasses of champagne when we first arrived. We had the French onion soup to start and then the Filet Mignon & Pork Chop. They were both beautiful dishes. We would of course dine here again when in the Tahoe area.
Nice Anniversay Dinner
Two couples both having wedding anniversary (one the 60th!) dinners together. They treated us with complimentary champagne for toasts, special desserts that said "Happy Anniversary" and the service was outstanding. Great atmosphere. The Heirloom Tomato salad, Shrimp Cocktail, Caesar Salad, Filet Mignon and rabbit dish were outstanding. The highly touted double thick pork chop was tough, hard to slice and difficult to chew. Showed it to the waitress, she showed it to the chef who said it was overcooked and took it off our bill - - good customer service. We'll go back next year for our anniversary dinners.
Good food, but pricey for small portions
We ordered the vegan quinoa dish . It was beautiful, but the portion was small. Upon arrival, we didn't have to mention it. The waiter offered to bring us more vegetables, then gave us an incredible non vegan dessert at the end. The restaurant is on site, so it is convenient. There are other places within driving distance.
Great Sunday Brunch!
Manzanita is just gorgeous....inside or out! All 5 of us loved the brunch. From the champagne mimosas to the decadent desserts. Waffles, omelets all made to order...and endless crab claws! The service was outstanding. You should go...the price is 45$ + 15 for the mimosas ...but it's worth it!
Menu was limited. I love salmon and was told by the waitress not to order it as it was not good poached. I had a tough time picking something else; settled for the pork chop, which was just okay. It appears that the chef is trying to "fancy up" everything. Shrimp cocktail was good and our waitress was great.
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