Lake Tahoe Restaurants

On weekends and in high season, expect a long wait at the more popular restaurants. And expect to pay resort prices almost everywhere. During the "shoulder seasons" (from April to May and September to November), some places may close temporarily or limit their hours, so call ahead. Also, check local papers for deals and discounts during this time, especially two-for-one coupons. Many casinos use their restaurants to attract gamblers. Marquees often tout "$8.99 prime rib dinners" or "$2.99 breakfast specials." Some of these meals are downright lousy and they are usually available only in the coffee shops and buffets, but at those prices, it's hard to complain. The finer restaurants in casinos deliver pricier food, as well as reasonable service and a bit of atmosphere. Unless otherwise noted, even the most expensive area restaurants welcome customers in casual clothes.

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  • 1. Cottonwood Restaurant & Bar

    $$$ | Eclectic

    Perched above town on the site of North America's first chairlift, this local institution has a bar decked out with old wooden skis, sleds,...Read More

  • 2. Blue Angel Café

    $$ | Eclectic

    A favorite of locals, who fill the dozen or so wooden tables, this cozy spot with Wi-Fi serves basic sandwiches and salads along with internationally...Read More

  • 3. Cafe Zenon

    $ | Eclectic

    Straightforward Vietnamese pho noodle soup is served all day at this restaurant at Tahoe City's public golf course, but the chef also prepares...Read More

  • 4. Fire Sign Cafe

    $ | American

    There's often a wait for breakfast and lunch at this great little diner with pine paneling, hardwood floors, and an exposed-beam ceiling, but...Read More

  • 5. Fireside Pizza Company

    $$ | Pizza

    Adults might opt for the signature pear-and-Gorgonzola pizza at this modern Italian restaurant, but most kids clamor for the house favorite...Read More

  • 6. Lanza's

    $$ | Italian

    Expect good old-fashioned Italian-American classics on red-and-white-checked tablecloths at this local favorite. There's lasagna, manicotti...Read More

  • 7. My Thai Cuisine

    $ | Thai

    Fantastic flavors and gracious owners have earned this humble roadside restaurant with river-stone columns, pine-paneled walls and ceilings...Read More

  • 8. Red Hut Café

    $ | American

    A vintage-1959 Tahoe diner, all chrome and red plastic, the Red Hut is a tiny place with a wildly popular breakfast menu: huge omelets; banana...Read More

  • 9. Red Hut Café

    $ | American

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  • 10. Red Hut Café

    $ | American

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  • 11. Spindleshanks American Bistro and Wine Bar

    $$$ | American

    A local favorite on the Old Brockway Golf Course, Spindleshanks serves mostly classic American cooking—ribs, steaks, and seafood updated with...Read More

  • 12. Syd's Bagelry & Espresso

    $ | American

    For breakfast bagels and pastries and lunchtime salads and sandwiches, head to Syd's, which brews good coffee and provides free Wi-Fi. There...Read More

  • 13. Truckee Tavern and Grill

    $$$ | American

    The wood-fired grill in this second-floor downtown restaurant turns out steaks, chicken, and chops along with fish dishes that might include...Read More

  • 14. Mamasake

    $$ | Japanese

    The hip sushi spot at Squaw serves stylized presentations. On some evenings you can sit at the bar and watch extreme ski movies, many of them...Read More

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