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A favorite gathering place for Truckee locals and guests of The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe, The Backyard offers a casual American dining experience on the back patio with ski-in/ski-out outdoor smokehouse dining in the winter and poolside service during the summer.

A dip in the pool overlooking Northstar Mountain goes hand in hand with crafty cocktails and casual cuisine. Stop by our walk-up pool bar or receive poolside service. Learn more about our elevated pool experiences by reserving a poolside cabana.

Enjoy an al fresco, mountain fare concept with a menu offering traditional barbeque favorites. Restaurant specialties include Texas-style smoked beef brisket, pulled pork, chicken and sausage cooked with an on-site smoker, a selection of house-made BBQ sauces, along with home-style side dishes and desserts. A seasonal beverage program with après-inspired cocktails in the winter and craft beer selections from the Lake Tahoe area year round.

Our Backyard Bar & BBQ outlet remains seasonal, with hours and menu offerings subject to change.

Join us in The Backyard on the weekends or special holidays for delightful pop-up culinary events! During our lively après ski experience, we feature a slew of epicurean delights.  Our infamous “Whiski Cabin” embodies a vast selection of craft whiskeys and flavorful winter concoctions.  Refresh your palate with a classy pairing at our “Champagne & Caviar” bar.  Stop by one of our libation tastings as you soak in the sounds of live music and heed the warmth of the fire pit.

Unwind in our summertime backyard by playing numerous outdoor recreational activities, including bocce ball, corn hole, or even life-size chess. Stroll to the meadows for a relaxing seat with a view of the Sierra Nevada Mountains, and top the night off with a sweet s’mores by the outdoor fire pit and stargazing the Tahoe night skies.