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Where to Eat and Drink in North Lake Tahoe

The best bars and restaurants to check out while taking in the mountain town vibes

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South Lake Tahoe may be where the party people like to hang out, but for those who prefer a mellow vacation with mountain town vibes, there’s no better place than North Lake Tahoe. Whether you’re boating on the lake in the summer or chasing powder days in the winter, it’s the perfect spot to explore, relax, and, the most important activities of all: eat and drink. From lake views to fine dining, to the best breakfast around, you’ll find something to love at all 28 of these spots.

Check out South Lake’s best eating and drinking options here.

Due to COVID-19, some of these spots may be temporarily closed and/or only offer takeout. Please check before you go. Many of these restaurants offer dine-in service both outdoors and, in some cases, indoors. However, this should not be taken as endorsement for dining in, as there are still safety concerns. Studies indicate that there is a lower exposure risk when outdoors, but the level of risk involved with patio dining is contingent on restaurants following strict social distancing and other safety guidelines.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Moody's Bistro Bar & Beats

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10007 Bridge St
Truckee, CA 96161
(530) 587-8688
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On the ground floor of the historic Truckee Hotel is a fine dining-meets-supperclub establishment where one can find a bustling bar scene with live jazz, classic cocktails, and friendly patrons. If you’re going to order a martini in Tahoe, this is the place to do it. Beyond the bar area is a comfortable dining room with white tablecloth-covered tables and low lighting where you can tuck into neapolitan pizzas straight out of the brick oven, house made pastas, and a slew of steaks. Currently, lunch and dinner are being offered on the heated patio, and curbside service is available as well.

2. Pianeta

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10096 Donner Pass Rd
Truckee, CA 96161
(530) 587-4694
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The perfect date spot, Pianeta is possibly the coziest spot in a region where every restaurant claims to be cozy. It is definitely the most romantic thanks to low lighting, exposed brick, dark wood accents, and flickering candlelight. The Northern Italian menu is also pretty sexy, assuming one finds housemade pasta and a hearty bolognese sexy. Pianeta also has an impressive wine list, as well as a full bar in case you’d like to start your evening with a cocktail. The outdoor dining options aren’t too shabby either thanks to a cozy patio with heat lamps and, if you can snag one, tables with a firepit in the middle.

3. Truckee Tavern & Grill

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10118 Donner Pass Rd
Truckee, CA 96161
(530) 587-3766
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Perched above the streets of Downtown Truckee, this rustic, yet industrial, restaurant is everything one could want in a tavern, including a second floor deck with mountain views and an abundance of heat lamps. The menu is heavy on meats cooked on the wood fire grill and all of the dishes are made with the best local ingredients available. The cocktail list is also more sophisticated than what you’ll find at most spots, all of which lends itself to an experience that feels approachable and satisfying, but also modern and refined.

4. Old Town Tap

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10164 Donner Pass Rd #1
Truckee, CA 96161
(530) 563-5233
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A perfect compromise for when one person wants a quality craft beer and the other is craving a well-made cocktail, or a glass of wine, Old Town Tap has 16 beer taps, 12 wine taps, and an extensive spirits selection with a focus on whiskey cocktails. If you’re hungry, there are lots of snacks and shared plates that might surprise you if you’re judging a menu by the space in which it lives. Sure, you can get mac and cheese and hummus, but you can also get bone marrow, cheese or charcuterie boards, a pork belly and padron pizza, as well as probably the only fried cheese curds you’ll find anywhere in Tahoe. Not in the mood to enjoy Old Town Tap’s casual (heated) patio? You can also grab frozen pizzas to take home and heat up, which taste even better when paired with some “booze by the flask.”

5. Jax At The Tracks

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10144 W River St
Truckee, CA 96161
(530) 550-7450
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Step back in time at this classic American diner that serves happiness in the form of corned beef hash, steak and eggs, chili cheese burgers, and banana splits. What better place to indulge in decadent comfort food than inside a 1948 Kullman dining car (or, for now, on the heated pop-up patio that looks out at downtown Truckee and those namesake train tracks).

6. Fiftyfifty Brewing Co

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11197 Brockway Rd #1
Truckee, CA 96161
(530) 587-2337
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Burgers, pizza, and craft beer are all on the menu at this casual brewpub known for its barrel-aged beers. Great place to check out when you’re in the mood for a laidback meal with friends, which you’ll currently enjoy in a cozy tent with firepit tables and heat lamps.

7. Drunken Monkey Sushi

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11253 Brockway Rd Suite #105
Truckee, CA 96161
(530) 582-9755
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If you need to satisfy a sushi craving while in North Lake Tahoe, this is the spot to do it. A favorite with locals, this spot gets its fish daily and offers lots of creative rolls, as well as nigiri, noodle bowls, and an extensive sake list.

8. Bourbon Pub Northstar

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8001 Northstar Village Dr Ste 8114
Truckee, CA 96161
(530) 562-3201
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Go ice skating in the Village at Northstar and then walk over to Michael Mina’s take on an American pub/après ski destination. The menu is rich with playful takes on comfort foods, like a warm pretzel fondue and a double cheeseburger with American cheese and a secret sauce, as well as a fun winter-inspired cocktail menu and beers from around the world.

9. Manzanita at the Ritz-Carlton

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13031 Ritz Carlton Highlands Ct
Truckee, CA 96161
(530) 562-3050
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There’s no mistaking that Manzanita is the Ritz-Carlton Lake Tahoe’s fine dining restaurant. The space has soaring ceilings, an open kitchen, and floor-to-ceiling windows that overlook Northstar’s ski slopes. The chef focuses on rustic cooking techniques and seasonal ingredients, and you can expect the highest level of service. A chef’s table experience is also available if you’d like to enjoy a tasting menu and more personal interactions (and spend a lot more).

10. Alibi Ale Works - Incline Public House

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931 Tahoe Blvd
Incline Village, NV 89451
(775) 831-8300
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Alibi’s original location, the Brewery and Barrel House, is also in Incline, but since you can’t get food there, the Public House is making the list instead. (There’s also a Public House in Truckee.) Alibi makes its beer with water from Lake Tahoe and you can get 22 of them on draft to enjoy in the spacious dining room or on the heated deck. The food is elevated pub fare, but you can still get the traditional stuff, like pretzels with beer cheese, burgers, and a sausage platter, as well as fill up your growler or grab cans and bottles to take home.

11. Lanza's Restaurant

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7739 N Lake Blvd
Kings Beach, CA 96143
(530) 546-2434
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Satisfy your cravings for Italian food at this kitschy spot in Kings Beach that has painted murals on the walls and red and white checkered tablecloths on the tables. The pasta dishes come with your choice of pasta and sauce and are served with a green salad and warm bread. Be sure to go hungry because the (very reasonably priced) portions are substantial.

12. Lone Eagle Grille

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111 Country Club Dr
Incline Village, NV 89451
(775) 886-6899
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If you’re celebrating a special occasion, this restaurant that is part of the Hyatt, but in a completely separate building and zero hotel atmosphere (in a good way), is a great pick. The dining room is quite grand with a two-story stone fireplace and giant windows that ensure views of the lake at every turn, but also a touch of cozy lodge (this is Tahoe, after all). The menu changes seasonally, but what doesn’t change is the serious wine list, hearty entrees, and the “famous” Baked Tahoe: ice cream and cookie inside of a torched meringue and topped with chocolate sauce.  

13. Soule Domain

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9983 Cove St
Kings Beach, CA 96143
(530) 546-7529
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This cozy log cabin restaurant with white tablecloths and a roaring fire serves gourmet food made with the kind of ingredients that San Franciscans expect (local, organic, free range, etc.), but at the same prices as most of the spots with lake views (so, still expensive, but not completely over-the-top). Note: there’s almost always some sort of romance in the air, so this one isn’t for the kiddos.

14. River Ranch Lodge

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Hwy 89 & Alpine Meadows Rd
Tahoe City, CA

The riverside patio at the River Ranch is a nonstop party all summer long, thanks to the fact that it’s the final exit spot for anyone tubing or rafting down the Truckee River, and has a patio grill slinging up burgers and hot dogs, as well as a full outdoor bar. In the winter, the party mellows out a bit and also moves inside, where tables line the windows overlooking the river and lodge guests and locals mingle at the bar. River Ranch has elevated fare, like double-cut elk chops and Maple Leaf Farms duck breast, but the dish you’ll see coming out of the kitchen most often are the “famous” Ranch nachos, a mountain of chips, beans, guac, and a bunch of other tasty stuff.

15. Jake's on the Lake

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780 N Lake Blvd.
Tahoe City, CA
(530) 583-0188
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The California- and Hawaiian-inspired food at Jake’s is some of the best in Tahoe City (order the flash fried Ahi Poke roll), but the lake views aren’t too shabby either. If you want to enjoy lake views (you do), the bi-level deck is the place to sit in the summer; during the winter, any table by the winter right before sunset will do quite nicely.

16. Wolfdale's

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640 North Lake Blvd
Tahoe City, CA
(530) 583-5700
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The “East-West” cuisine at Wolfdale’s, an upscale restaurant on the lake, is some of the best you’ll find in Tahoe — skip a generic bowl of chili on a cold winter day and get Thai stew with prawns, scallops, crab (and an option to add lobster tail) instead. In the winter there’s an amazing happy hour that people line up for since it’s only at the bar (first come, first served), and in the summer there’s a deck for outdoor dining and a courtyard with fire-pit tables and bocce. One thing that’s constant year-round: the stellar cocktails and wine selection. Right now, you’ll just have to enjoy it as takeout.

17. Moe's Original Bar B Que

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120 Grove St
Tahoe City, CA
(530) 583-4227
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If you have a hankering for barbecue and/or outdoor seating with lake views from every table, head to Moe’s. Here you’ll find Alabama-style barbecue that’s smoked daily (so when it’s gone, it’s gone), homemade sides like baked beans, marinated slaw, potato salad, banana puddin’, a bunch of beers on tap, and some of the best live music on the lake. Prefer to get your meal to-go? Moe’s does “to-go family packs” with meat, sides, pickles and sauces.

18. Christy Hill

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115 Grove St
Tahoe City, CA 96145
(530) 583-8551
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When it comes to an elegant dinner with great wine and water views, Christy Hill delivers on all fronts. The Mediterraean-influenced/American menu doesn’t have a lot of options (especially for Tahoe), so picky eaters beware. And because of quality ingredients (and those aforementioned views), it’s pretty pricey. Visiting in the summer? The SandBar is the place to be. The garden patio is below the restaurant and though the tables are in little multi-tiered nooks, most have great views of the lake, not to mention in-table fire pits.

19. Za's Lakefront

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120 Grove St
Tahoe City, CA 96145
(530) 583-9292
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When you’re looking to share wings and a pizza while enjoying a couple of drinks and, as the name denoes, views of the lake, hit up Za’s. It’s open for lunch and dinner year-round and has picnic-table seating on the deck and a tiny outdoor bar during summer.

20. The Pioneer Cocktail Club

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521 N Lake Blvd
Tahoe City, CA 96145
(530) 523-0402
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This very popular bar and restaurant has the most creative cocktails and wood-fired pizzas in town, as well as a crave-worthy burger with Taleggio cheese, caramelized onions, bacon, and a “bacon secret sauce”. Also, it’s open later than most nearby bars and restaurants, which makes it the perfect place for “one last drink,” especially if it’s during the late night happy hour.

21. The Blue Agave

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425 N Lake Blvd
Tahoe City, CA
(530) 583-8113
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When you’re in the mood for Mexican food or just a tasty margarita with lake views (it’s across the street from the lake, but you can definitely still see it), the Blue Agave is the place to go. This laid-back spot is located in one of Tahoe’s most historic buildings, and has patio seating when the weather allows, a huge dining room that’s a great option for large groups, and an expansive bar area with pool tables and free chips and salsa. Just be careful because at the Agave, one margarita can easily turn into three margaritas and the next thing you know, the sun has set, and the views are long gone, but you’re still having the time of your life.

22. The Dam Cafe

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55 W Lake Blvd
Tahoe City, CA 96145
(530) 581-0278
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If you’re looking to grab a latte, smoothie, or a quick breakfast before you hit the slopes, look no further than this homey breakfast and lunch spot. There are a couple of tables inside and out, but everything also travels well if you want to take it to-go. The breakfast burrito is just the right size and the BLTA (on freshly baked bread and with crispy bacon) never disappoints. And good luck walking out without a pastry in hand.

23. The Bridgetender

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65 West Lake Blvd
Tahoe City, CA
(530) 583-3342
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No matter the time of year, there’s nothing better than heading to the BT for a burger and beer (there are 15 on draft). During the winter, you’ll enjoy it either at the bar or in the cabin-esque dining room, but when the weather warms up, it’s all about the riverfront patio, a mini oasis with tables by the river and a cozy bar with log stools. (Good news: this winter, the patio has lots of heat lamps and is open when weather permits.) No matter the season, you’re always guaranteed great service, affordable food, and a laid back vibe.

24. Tahoe House Bakery & Gourmet

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625 W Lake Blvd
Tahoe City, CA 96145
(530) 583-1377
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This not-quite-but-almost hidden gem has the best bread you’ll find anywhere around the lake. Order one kind for your deli sandwich, and buy a loaf to enjoy at home later. This bakery also has all kinds of sweet treats, including cookies, cakes, European-style tortes, and every kind of breakfast pastry one could ever want, as well as fantastic coffee, gourmet to-go options, and a tiny market with housemade sauces and dressings, as well as other artisan goods. Basically, it’s very dangerous in the best way possible.

25. West Shore Market

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1780 W Lake Blvd
Sunnyside-Tahoe City, CA
(530) 584-2475
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Winter, spring, summer, or fall, this neighborhood grocery and deli is just steps from the lake and is the perfect place to stop and pick up all of your provisions, including gourmet snacks, super tasty sandwiches (of both the breakfast and lunch variety), salads, flatbread pizzas (weekends only), beer and booze, and even a scoop of gelato (or a pint of beer) to tide you over. Still looking for the perfect souvenir? The West Shore Market also offers really cool locally made jewelry, housewares, and gifts.

26. Fire Sign Cafe

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1785 W Lake Blvd
Tahoe City, CA 96145
(530) 583-0871
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Hands down, Fire Sign has the best breakfast in Tahoe. The menu is extensive and everything is so tempting that it’s hard to choose one dish, so here’s some advice: If it’s offered as a special, get the Cowboy Benedict (a biscuit with ham and a poached egg covered, all covered in gravy); if not, the Bakers Benedict (patty sausage and a poached egg on an English muffin with homemade hollandaise, possibly the tastiest you’ll ever have) is a solid backup. Fire Sign also serves lunch (it’s just hard to make that choice when breakfast is served all day), and almost everything is made in-house. It’s a popular spot with pretty much everyone, so expect a wait on the weekend, especially if you’re vying for a table on the patio.

27. Sunnyside Restaurant & Lodge

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1850 W. Lake Blvd.
Tahoe City, CA
(530) 583-7200
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Sunnyside is popular year-round for a couple of reasons. Yup, it’s right on the lake, so it has great views, but it also has the option of a chill bar vibe (that allows children) or a more formal dining room setting. In the summer, obviously the place to be is the expansive deck overlooking the lake. (Yes, you can valet your boat if that’s your preferred mode of transportation.) In the winter, the bar area beckons; there’s usually live music on Fridays, and Taco Tuesday and Burger and a Beer Monday (the Sunnyside Classic with special sauce is a go-to) are popular for good reason with locals looking for a deal.

28. West Shore Cafe & Inn

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5160 W Lake Blvd
Homewood, CA
(530) 525-5200
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This charming restaurant on the West Shore serves delicious seasonal food, amazing cocktails, and has an award-winning wine list. Winter dining means a table inside of the stylish and cozy dining room (yes, with lake views), while summer dining (and this year, winter dining as well) means seating on the outside deck or private pier on the lake. And yes, there’s a boat valet that will ferry you between your boat and the dock because that’s who you are now (or at least who you’ll likely wish you were once you get a glimpse of it).

1. Moody's Bistro Bar & Beats

10007 Bridge St, Truckee, CA 96161

On the ground floor of the historic Truckee Hotel is a fine dining-meets-supperclub establishment where one can find a bustling bar scene with live jazz, classic cocktails, and friendly patrons. If you’re going to order a martini in Tahoe, this is the place to do it. Beyond the bar area is a comfortable dining room with white tablecloth-covered tables and low lighting where you can tuck into neapolitan pizzas straight out of the brick oven, house made pastas, and a slew of steaks. Currently, lunch and dinner are being offered on the heated patio, and curbside service is available as well.

10007 Bridge St
Truckee, CA 96161

2. Pianeta

10096 Donner Pass Rd, Truckee, CA 96161

The perfect date spot, Pianeta is possibly the coziest spot in a region where every restaurant claims to be cozy. It is definitely the most romantic thanks to low lighting, exposed brick, dark wood accents, and flickering candlelight. The Northern Italian menu is also pretty sexy, assuming one finds housemade pasta and a hearty bolognese sexy. Pianeta also has an impressive wine list, as well as a full bar in case you’d like to start your evening with a cocktail. The outdoor dining options aren’t too shabby either thanks to a cozy patio with heat lamps and, if you can snag one, tables with a firepit in the middle.

10096 Donner Pass Rd
Truckee, CA 96161

3. Truckee Tavern & Grill

10118 Donner Pass Rd, Truckee, CA 96161

Perched above the streets of Downtown Truckee, this rustic, yet industrial, restaurant is everything one could want in a tavern, including a second floor deck with mountain views and an abundance of heat lamps. The menu is heavy on meats cooked on the wood fire grill and all of the dishes are made with the best local ingredients available. The cocktail list is also more sophisticated than what you’ll find at most spots, all of which lends itself to an experience that feels approachable and satisfying, but also modern and refined.

10118 Donner Pass Rd
Truckee, CA 96161

4. Old Town Tap

10164 Donner Pass Rd #1, Truckee, CA 96161

A perfect compromise for when one person wants a quality craft beer and the other is craving a well-made cocktail, or a glass of wine, Old Town Tap has 16 beer taps, 12 wine taps, and an extensive spirits selection with a focus on whiskey cocktails. If you’re hungry, there are lots of snacks and shared plates that might surprise you if you’re judging a menu by the space in which it lives. Sure, you can get mac and cheese and hummus, but you can also get bone marrow, cheese or charcuterie boards, a pork belly and padron pizza, as well as probably the only fried cheese curds you’ll find anywhere in Tahoe. Not in the mood to enjoy Old Town Tap’s casual (heated) patio? You can also grab frozen pizzas to take home and heat up, which taste even better when paired with some “booze by the flask.”

10164 Donner Pass Rd #1
Truckee, CA 96161

5. Jax At The Tracks

10144 W River St, Truckee, CA 96161

Step back in time at this classic American diner that serves happiness in the form of corned beef hash, steak and eggs, chili cheese burgers, and banana splits. What better place to indulge in decadent comfort food than inside a 1948 Kullman dining car (or, for now, on the heated pop-up patio that looks out at downtown Truckee and those namesake train tracks).

10144 W River St
Truckee, CA 96161

6. Fiftyfifty Brewing Co

11197 Brockway Rd #1, Truckee, CA 96161

Burgers, pizza, and craft beer are all on the menu at this casual brewpub known for its barrel-aged beers. Great place to check out when you’re in the mood for a laidback meal with friends, which you’ll currently enjoy in a cozy tent with firepit tables and heat lamps.

11197 Brockway Rd #1
Truckee, CA 96161

7. Drunken Monkey Sushi

11253 Brockway Rd Suite #105, Truckee, CA 96161

If you need to satisfy a sushi craving while in North Lake Tahoe, this is the spot to do it. A favorite with locals, this spot gets its fish daily and offers lots of creative rolls, as well as nigiri, noodle bowls, and an extensive sake list.

11253 Brockway Rd Suite #105
Truckee, CA 96161

8. Bourbon Pub Northstar

8001 Northstar Village Dr Ste 8114, Truckee, CA 96161

Go ice skating in the Village at Northstar and then walk over to Michael Mina’s take on an American pub/après ski destination. The menu is rich with playful takes on comfort foods, like a warm pretzel fondue and a double cheeseburger with American cheese and a secret sauce, as well as a fun winter-inspired cocktail menu and beers from around the world.

8001 Northstar Village Dr Ste 8114
Truckee, CA 96161

9. Manzanita at the Ritz-Carlton

13031 Ritz Carlton Highlands Ct, Truckee, CA 96161

There’s no mistaking that Manzanita is the Ritz-Carlton Lake Tahoe’s fine dining restaurant. The space has soaring ceilings, an open kitchen, and floor-to-ceiling windows that overlook Northstar’s ski slopes. The chef focuses on rustic cooking techniques and seasonal ingredients, and you can expect the highest level of service. A chef’s table experience is also available if you’d like to enjoy a tasting menu and more personal interactions (and spend a lot more).

13031 Ritz Carlton Highlands Ct
Truckee, CA 96161

10. Alibi Ale Works - Incline Public House

931 Tahoe Blvd, Incline Village, NV 89451

Alibi’s original location, the Brewery and Barrel House, is also in Incline, but since you can’t get food there, the Public House is making the list instead. (There’s also a Public House in Truckee.) Alibi makes its beer with water from Lake Tahoe and you can get 22 of them on draft to enjoy in the spacious dining room or on the heated deck. The food is elevated pub fare, but you can still get the traditional stuff, like pretzels with beer cheese, burgers, and a sausage platter, as well as fill up your growler or grab cans and bottles to take home.

931 Tahoe Blvd
Incline Village, NV 89451

11. Lanza's Restaurant

7739 N Lake Blvd, Kings Beach, CA 96143

Satisfy your cravings for Italian food at this kitschy spot in Kings Beach that has painted murals on the walls and red and white checkered tablecloths on the tables. The pasta dishes come with your choice of pasta and sauce and are served with a green salad and warm bread. Be sure to go hungry because the (very reasonably priced) portions are substantial.

7739 N Lake Blvd
Kings Beach, CA 96143

12. Lone Eagle Grille

111 Country Club Dr, Incline Village, NV 89451

If you’re celebrating a special occasion, this restaurant that is part of the Hyatt, but in a completely separate building and zero hotel atmosphere (in a good way), is a great pick. The dining room is quite grand with a two-story stone fireplace and giant windows that ensure views of the lake at every turn, but also a touch of cozy lodge (this is Tahoe, after all). The menu changes seasonally, but what doesn’t change is the serious wine list, hearty entrees, and the “famous” Baked Tahoe: ice cream and cookie inside of a torched meringue and topped with chocolate sauce.  

111 Country Club Dr
Incline Village, NV 89451

13. Soule Domain

9983 Cove St, Kings Beach, CA 96143

This cozy log cabin restaurant with white tablecloths and a roaring fire serves gourmet food made with the kind of ingredients that San Franciscans expect (local, organic, free range, etc.), but at the same prices as most of the spots with lake views (so, still expensive, but not completely over-the-top). Note: there’s almost always some sort of romance in the air, so this one isn’t for the kiddos.

9983 Cove St
Kings Beach, CA 96143

14. River Ranch Lodge

Hwy 89 & Alpine Meadows Rd, Tahoe City, CA

The riverside patio at the River Ranch is a nonstop party all summer long, thanks to the fact that it’s the final exit spot for anyone tubing or rafting down the Truckee River, and has a patio grill slinging up burgers and hot dogs, as well as a full outdoor bar. In the winter, the party mellows out a bit and also moves inside, where tables line the windows overlooking the river and lodge guests and locals mingle at the bar. River Ranch has elevated fare, like double-cut elk chops and Maple Leaf Farms duck breast, but the dish you’ll see coming out of the kitchen most often are the “famous” Ranch nachos, a mountain of chips, beans, guac, and a bunch of other tasty stuff.

Hwy 89 & Alpine Meadows Rd
Tahoe City, CA

15. Jake's on the Lake

780 N Lake Blvd., Tahoe City, CA

The California- and Hawaiian-inspired food at Jake’s is some of the best in Tahoe City (order the flash fried Ahi Poke roll), but the lake views aren’t too shabby either. If you want to enjoy lake views (you do), the bi-level deck is the place to sit in the summer; during the winter, any table by the winter right before sunset will do quite nicely.

780 N Lake Blvd.
Tahoe City, CA

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16. Wolfdale's

640 North Lake Blvd, Tahoe City, CA

The “East-West” cuisine at Wolfdale’s, an upscale restaurant on the lake, is some of the best you’ll find in Tahoe — skip a generic bowl of chili on a cold winter day and get Thai stew with prawns, scallops, crab (and an option to add lobster tail) instead. In the winter there’s an amazing happy hour that people line up for since it’s only at the bar (first come, first served), and in the summer there’s a deck for outdoor dining and a courtyard with fire-pit tables and bocce. One thing that’s constant year-round: the stellar cocktails and wine selection. Right now, you’ll just have to enjoy it as takeout.

640 North Lake Blvd
Tahoe City, CA

17. Moe's Original Bar B Que

120 Grove St, Tahoe City, CA

If you have a hankering for barbecue and/or outdoor seating with lake views from every table, head to Moe’s. Here you’ll find Alabama-style barbecue that’s smoked daily (so when it’s gone, it’s gone), homemade sides like baked beans, marinated slaw, potato salad, banana puddin’, a bunch of beers on tap, and some of the best live music on the lake. Prefer to get your meal to-go? Moe’s does “to-go family packs” with meat, sides, pickles and sauces.

120 Grove St
Tahoe City, CA

18. Christy Hill

115 Grove St, Tahoe City, CA 96145

When it comes to an elegant dinner with great wine and water views, Christy Hill delivers on all fronts. The Mediterraean-influenced/American menu doesn’t have a lot of options (especially for Tahoe), so picky eaters beware. And because of quality ingredients (and those aforementioned views), it’s pretty pricey. Visiting in the summer? The SandBar is the place to be. The garden patio is below the restaurant and though the tables are in little multi-tiered nooks, most have great views of the lake, not to mention in-table fire pits.

115 Grove St
Tahoe City, CA 96145

19. Za's Lakefront

120 Grove St, Tahoe City, CA 96145

When you’re looking to share wings and a pizza while enjoying a couple of drinks and, as the name denoes, views of the lake, hit up Za’s. It’s open for lunch and dinner year-round and has picnic-table seating on the deck and a tiny outdoor bar during summer.

120 Grove St
Tahoe City, CA 96145

20. The Pioneer Cocktail Club

521 N Lake Blvd, Tahoe City, CA 96145

This very popular bar and restaurant has the most creative cocktails and wood-fired pizzas in town, as well as a crave-worthy burger with Taleggio cheese, caramelized onions, bacon, and a “bacon secret sauce”. Also, it’s open later than most nearby bars and restaurants, which makes it the perfect place for “one last drink,” especially if it’s during the late night happy hour.

521 N Lake Blvd
Tahoe City, CA 96145

21. The Blue Agave

425 N Lake Blvd, Tahoe City, CA

When you’re in the mood for Mexican food or just a tasty margarita with lake views (it’s across the street from the lake, but you can definitely still see it), the Blue Agave is the place to go. This laid-back spot is located in one of Tahoe’s most historic buildings, and has patio seating when the weather allows, a huge dining room that’s a great option for large groups, and an expansive bar area with pool tables and free chips and salsa. Just be careful because at the Agave, one margarita can easily turn into three margaritas and the next thing you know, the sun has set, and the views are long gone, but you’re still having the time of your life.

425 N Lake Blvd
Tahoe City, CA

22. The Dam Cafe

55 W Lake Blvd, Tahoe City, CA 96145

If you’re looking to grab a latte, smoothie, or a quick breakfast before you hit the slopes, look no further than this homey breakfast and lunch spot. There are a couple of tables inside and out, but everything also travels well if you want to take it to-go. The breakfast burrito is just the right size and the BLTA (on freshly baked bread and with crispy bacon) never disappoints. And good luck walking out without a pastry in hand.

55 W Lake Blvd
Tahoe City, CA 96145

23. The Bridgetender

65 West Lake Blvd, Tahoe City, CA

No matter the time of year, there’s nothing better than heading to the BT for a burger and beer (there are 15 on draft). During the winter, you’ll enjoy it either at the bar or in the cabin-esque dining room, but when the weather warms up, it’s all about the riverfront patio, a mini oasis with tables by the river and a cozy bar with log stools. (Good news: this winter, the patio has lots of heat lamps and is open when weather permits.) No matter the season, you’re always guaranteed great service, affordable food, and a laid back vibe.

65 West Lake Blvd
Tahoe City, CA

24. Tahoe House Bakery & Gourmet

625 W Lake Blvd, Tahoe City, CA 96145

This not-quite-but-almost hidden gem has the best bread you’ll find anywhere around the lake. Order one kind for your deli sandwich, and buy a loaf to enjoy at home later. This bakery also has all kinds of sweet treats, including cookies, cakes, European-style tortes, and every kind of breakfast pastry one could ever want, as well as fantastic coffee, gourmet to-go options, and a tiny market with housemade sauces and dressings, as well as other artisan goods. Basically, it’s very dangerous in the best way possible.

625 W Lake Blvd
Tahoe City, CA 96145

25. West Shore Market

1780 W Lake Blvd, Sunnyside-Tahoe City, CA

Winter, spring, summer, or fall, this neighborhood grocery and deli is just steps from the lake and is the perfect place to stop and pick up all of your provisions, including gourmet snacks, super tasty sandwiches (of both the breakfast and lunch variety), salads, flatbread pizzas (weekends only), beer and booze, and even a scoop of gelato (or a pint of beer) to tide you over. Still looking for the perfect souvenir? The West Shore Market also offers really cool locally made jewelry, housewares, and gifts.

1780 W Lake Blvd
Sunnyside-Tahoe City, CA

26. Fire Sign Cafe

1785 W Lake Blvd, Tahoe City, CA 96145

Hands down, Fire Sign has the best breakfast in Tahoe. The menu is extensive and everything is so tempting that it’s hard to choose one dish, so here’s some advice: If it’s offered as a special, get the Cowboy Benedict (a biscuit with ham and a poached egg covered, all covered in gravy); if not, the Bakers Benedict (patty sausage and a poached egg on an English muffin with homemade hollandaise, possibly the tastiest you’ll ever have) is a solid backup. Fire Sign also serves lunch (it’s just hard to make that choice when breakfast is served all day), and almost everything is made in-house. It’s a popular spot with pretty much everyone, so expect a wait on the weekend, especially if you’re vying for a table on the patio.

1785 W Lake Blvd
Tahoe City, CA 96145

27. Sunnyside Restaurant & Lodge

1850 W. Lake Blvd., Tahoe City, CA

Sunnyside is popular year-round for a couple of reasons. Yup, it’s right on the lake, so it has great views, but it also has the option of a chill bar vibe (that allows children) or a more formal dining room setting. In the summer, obviously the place to be is the expansive deck overlooking the lake. (Yes, you can valet your boat if that’s your preferred mode of transportation.) In the winter, the bar area beckons; there’s usually live music on Fridays, and Taco Tuesday and Burger and a Beer Monday (the Sunnyside Classic with special sauce is a go-to) are popular for good reason with locals looking for a deal.

1850 W. Lake Blvd.
Tahoe City, CA

28. West Shore Cafe & Inn

5160 W Lake Blvd, Homewood, CA

This charming restaurant on the West Shore serves delicious seasonal food, amazing cocktails, and has an award-winning wine list. Winter dining means a table inside of the stylish and cozy dining room (yes, with lake views), while summer dining (and this year, winter dining as well) means seating on the outside deck or private pier on the lake. And yes, there’s a boat valet that will ferry you between your boat and the dock because that’s who you are now (or at least who you’ll likely wish you were once you get a glimpse of it).

5160 W Lake Blvd
Homewood, CA

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