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. 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

  • 3. 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

  • 4. 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

  • 5. 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

  • 6. 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

  • 7. Scusa! Italian Ristorante

    $$ | Italian

    This longtime favorite turns out big plates of veal scaloppine, chicken piccata, and garlicky linguine with clams—straightforward Italian American...Read More

  • 8. Wolfdale's

    $$$$ | Eclectic

    Consistent, inspired cuisine served in an elegantly simple dining room makes Wolfdale's one of the top restaurants on the lake, albeit among...Read More

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