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. Christy Hill

    $$$$ | American

    Huge windows reveal stellar lake views at this Euro–Cal restaurant serving seafood, beef, and vegetarian entrées, along with small-plate offerings...Read More

  • 2. 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

  • 3. Evan's American Gourmet Cafe

    $$$$ | Eclectic

    Its excellent service, world-class cuisine, and superb wine list make this intimate restaurant the top choice for high-end dining in South Lake...Read More

  • 4. PlumpJack Cafe

    $$$$ | American

    The menu at this silver-tone white-tablecloth restaurant whose wide windows reveal Palisades Tahoe in all its glory changes seasonally, but...Read More

  • 5. Artemis Lakefront Cafe

    $$ | Mediterranean

    A festive marina restaurant with a heated outdoor patio, Artemis reveals its Greek influences in breakfast dishes like baklava French toast...Read More

  • 6. 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

  • 7. 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

  • 8. FiftyFifty Brewing Company

    $$ | American

    In this brewpub, the warm red tones and comfy booths, plus a pint of the Donner Party porter (or a shot of bourbon), will take the nip out of...Read More

  • 9. 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

  • 10. Freshies

    $$ | Eclectic

    When you've had your fill of junk food, come here for healthful meals prepared with an earth-friendly attitude. Specialties include seafood...Read More

  • 11. Gar Woods Grill and Pier

    $$$ | Eclectic

    The view's the thing at this lakeside stalwart, where you can watch the sun shimmer on the water through the dining room's plateglass windows...Read More

  • 12. Graham's at Squaw Valley

    $$$ | Eclectic

    Sit by a floor-to-ceiling river-rock hearth under a knotty-pine peaked ceiling in this well-run restaurant's intimate dining room. The southern...Read More

  • 13. Jason's Beachside Grille

    $$ | American

    If the kids want burgers but you want bourbon, area mainstay Jason's has a full bar as well as steaks, 10 kinds of burgers, teriyaki chicken...Read More

  • 14. Kalani's at Lake Tahoe

    $$$$ | Asian

    The white-tablecloth dining room at Heavenly's sleekest (and priciest) restaurant is decked out with carved bamboo, a burnt-orange color palette...Read More

  • 15. 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

  • 16. Moody's Bistro, Bar & Beats

    $$$ | Eclectic

    Head here for contemporary-Cal cuisine in a sexy dining room with pumpkin-color walls, burgundy velvet banquettes, and art-deco fixtures. The...Read More

  • 17. 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

  • 18. Nepheles Restaurant

    $$$ | American

    The mood is low-key but the California cuisine is outstanding at this small white-tablecloth restaurant inside an old cabin. Start with escargots...Read More

  • 19. Orchid's Thai

    $ | Thai

    If you're hungry for Thai, stop here for good food at reasonable prices served in an attractive dining room. Tucked into a tiny mall, the restaurant...Read More

  • 20. Pianeta Ristorante

    $$$ | Italian

    A longtime town favorite, Pianeta serves high-style Italian cuisine in a warmly lit bi-level redbrick space on Truckee's historic main drag...Read More

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