since 2007

Creative Casual Cuisine. Incredible hand-crafted cocktails. River inspired decor. Fabulous outdoor patio.

where we're located

Located on the RiverWalk in Downtown Reno, Wild River Grille is a contemporary restaurant with nature-inspired influences, a full bar and expansive riverside patio. Situated in the historic Riverside Riverside Artist Lofts Building.

why choose us

Serving lunch and dinner 7 days a week starting at 11:00 am. Our dining menu features both traditional and innovative cuisine, while our bar prepares incredible hand-crafted cocktails featuring fresh squeezed juices and liquor infusions.

Our Story

How it all started...

In June 2007, the grand opening of Wild River Grille furthered a vision by two partners, Chuck Shapiro and Doug Holter.

Friends for 15 years, the pair blended their combined 50 years of experience and embarked on a joint venture to bring new vibrancy back to the historic corner of downtown Reno.

Owners Chuck and Jan Shapiro have lived and breathed the hospitality industry for decades. Originally from southern California, Chuck spent years in Lake Tahoe running resorts and tourist experiences before settling in Reno. In addition to putting their hearts and souls into the thriving restaurant since its opening, the pair oversee the restaurant’s daily operations, and have involved their sons in the business as well.

Wild River Grille is located inside the Riverside Hotel building, a stunning and longstanding structure that is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and is now home to the Riverside Artist Lofts. The River Room, an idyllic space for group gatherings and celebrations connected to Wild River Grille, emerged in 2010 inviting guests to revel in an expansive environment that overlooks the Virginia Street Bridge and vistas of the river and downtown.

Surrounded by history in a location that once welcomed big screen and musical legends, the River Room’s interior pays tribute to those bygone eras while Wild River Grille’s warm, inviting ambiance is inspired by nature. A scenic outdoor patio plays host to live music, four-legged friends and scenic vistas when the weather warms.

Dedicated to the arts, animals and giving back to the community, Wild River Grille also partners with local nonprofits frequently throughout the year to make a positive impact far beyond their plating.

Our delectable cuisine is made with many locally sourced and seasonal ingredients, while our skilled bar team serves up inspired and crave-inducing cocktails, plus a multitude of wines and microbrews. We welcome guests seven days a week for lunch and dinner, and strive to provide an experience worth remembering for years to come.

our Community

Giving back one plate at a time

At Wild River Grille we understand the importance of supporting locally grown Nevada owned businesses, local non-profits, suppliers and organizations. By partnering with neighborhood businesses —and building a better connection between their organizations and the community. Our goal is to encourage other business owners and customers to also support the tremendous effort our ranches, teachers, artists, nurses and numerous other volunteers that dedicate every day to making Reno a better place to live and play.
Our Partners

meet our chefs

Wild River Grille's global team of accredited chefs are known for designing and preparing delicious, nutritious and unique menus.

Sous Chef Alberto Ruan
Sous Chef Alberto Ruan
Chef Alberto Ruan worked his way up to sous chef after proving himself an invaluable member of our team for the past four years. Beginning as a dishwasher, he learned all aspects of the kitchen before achieving his current position, where he now thrives. His knack for working under pressure, plating, timing and organization have also elevated him to the position of lead on our banquets and parties.
Executive Chef Rene Ramos
Executive Chef Rene Ramos
Chef Rene brought his exceptional culinary skills to Wild River Grille to lead our kitchen team in 2015, after years spent refining his leadership and gastronomic talents at other notable restaurants around Reno. He has since infused our menu with his flair for blending ingredients plus preparing creative, seasonal and delectable flavor combinations to present daily to our guests.
Sous Chef Chris Baldwin
Sous Chef Chris Baldwin
Starting with us in early-2016, Chef Chris has worked in the restaurant industry for years, including in local kitchens such as Old Granite Street Eatery, Campo and Great Thyme Catering. Baldwin enjoys putting his spin on American cuisine using fresh, locally sourced and seasonal ingredients.