For some first-rate BBQ in a quaint and historic setting, pay a visit to 1882 Bar and Grill just off the main street of Historic Downtown Truckee. This charming Truckee bar and grill is attached to the long-standing River Street Inn and offers up the only river-front dining in Truckee!
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The River Street Inn was built in 1882, hence the restaurant’s name! The restaurant offers a cozy alpine ambiance, and the patio boasts beautiful views of the Truckee River. It can be a lovely spot to dine when the weather is gorgeous!
1882 specializes in BBQ, but you can find a variety of appetizers, soups, salads, and sandwiches on their menu as well—even options for vegetarians too! Grab a seat on the patio overlooking the river, and start off with some Cajun BBQ Shrimp, and maybe pair it with a side of Zucchini Fries with a red pepper aioli. The appetizer menu of this Truckee bar and grill also offers up snacks like chicken wings, nachos, and garlic parmesan fries.
When it comes to BBQ, 1882 has several “Off the Pit” options that can be paired with two sides. Cuts of meat include Tri Tip, Brisket, Pulled Pork, Chicken, and Baby Back Ribs, as well as a sampler plate that includes your choice of three. The sides include fried treats like onion rings, fries, or sweet potato fries, or oven-warmed dishes like baked beans, a baked potato, and mac and cheese. There’s also potato salad, coleslaw—everything you need for a great BBQ feast! You’ll also find greens like a veggie kabob or a side salad as well.
Their sandwiches range from hearty options like the Pulled Pork, to the meatless Veggie Burger, and include items in-between like the Turkey Burger or BLT. You’ll also find a Turkey Club, and a few wraps to choose from as well! Make sure to order their Beignets for dessert or as an appetizer, as they are the only restaurant that serves them daily!
1882 Bar and Grill is located just off downtown Truckee and is open on Sunday-Thursday from 11 AM to 9 PM, and on Friday-Saturday from 11 AM to 10 PM. Stop by one of the best bars in Truckee CA today!
Luckily for you, 1882 Bar and Grill lies right on the edge of Historic Downtown Truckee, where you’ll find plenty to keep you busy! Take a look at some of our attractions nearby below.
Truckee Railroad Museum
You’ll find this charming museum next to the California Welcome Center and Chamber of Commerce in downtown Truckee, showcasing all things related to the railroads in and around Truckee, and how they contributed to the development of the town. You can find the Truckee Railroad Museum open from Saturday 10 AM to 4 PM, Sunday 10 AM to 4 PM, and Holidays 10 AM to 4 PM. Currently admission is free, but donations are accepted!
When you’re done exploring town and if you’re vacationing with children, be sure to check out Truckee’s KidZone Museum! You follow the same road that stretches through downtown (Donner Pass Road) on a minutes’ drive west to the museum. Here, kids can learn from vibrant exhibits and participate in problem-solving activities guaranteed to keep them busy! There’s also a Sierra Settlers exhibit, which is interactive and lets kids experience what life was like in the days of the early Truckee settlers. In the summer, you’ll find a science and art camp for kids! The KidZone Museum is open from Tuesday-Friday from 10:30 AM to 5:00 PM, and Saturdays and Sundays from 10:30 AM to 3:00 PM. Closed on Mondays.
Things to Do Nearby
There’s plenty to do nearby the 1882 Bar and Grill as well, from outdoor adventures to exploring the charming downtown Truckee streets. Take a look at some of our things to do below!
Donner Memorial State Park
This is a perfect spot for before or after your meal during the day! Just west of downtown, you can take a quick and scenic drive to this gorgeous state park. You can find the Visitor’s Center at Donner Memorial State Park open from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM daily, with the exception of Thanksgiving, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Day. Vehicle day rates are $10 from May 1st to September 30th, and $5 from October 1st – April 30th.
Shop Downtown Truckee
You’ll find tons of boutique shops downtown and can even walk there from 1882 Bar and Grill! Stop by California 89 for California-themed apparel for men and women, perfect for a gift back home or a souvenir jacket. White Buffalo offers a selection of jewelry, while Nomad Boutique features clothing and accessories for women.
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