Lake Tahoe Restaurants

Lake Tahoe restaurants have a little something for everyone. From your all-organic, green smoothie-chugging vegan to the carnivore devouring a burger, milkshake and fries and deciding where to order a pizza, visitors and residents remain well fed in Tahoe. Lake Tahoe restaurants feature a variety of cuisine and versatile food options that make your dining experience anything but dull. At Incline Village restaurants, for example, you can drift from upscale eateries to no-frill diners to delis open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. 

A Full Menu of Lake Tahoe Restaurants

Like every popular vacation destination, Lake Tahoe has its share of gourmet restaurants. Visit Truckee restaurants, for example, and you’ll discover some high-end places with vast wine lists and chef-prepared goodness. Lake Tahoe restaurants are open to all, resort or not, and you’ll find feasts ranging from ethnic cuisine to Americana fare. And your taste buds won’t be the only ones having a pleasurable dining experience – the flowing Truckee River provides a beautiful piece of eye-candy to enhance your meal. If you want to taste some high-dining representatives of the Tahoe area, you can enjoy Southwest, Tex-Mex-inspired dishes in South Lake Tahoe restaurants or Pacific Northwest-influenced fare in Tahoe City restaurants.

If you don’t want all the fuss, however, Lake Tahoe restaurants can definitely satisfy a simple palate. Grab some grub and catch the baseball game’s score at sports bars and grills in Kings Beach. In a hurry? Swing by one of Tahoe’s many burger joints. Or if you want a bite to eat that’s a little finer but still quick, you can make a quick trip to a Squaw Valley restaurant that turns its high-end dishes into carry-out meals.

And with all the activity you’re doing throughout the day – swimming, hiking, biking, skiing and exploring – you’ll want some small munchies to keep you going until your next meal. Visit one of several one of the many coffee shops around the lake for a boost of caffeine and a pastry. If you’re looking for a sophisticated way to start the evening, swing by an eclectic bar or brewery and sip on some locally crafted beers with your friends.

Hungry yet? Good! Check out the listings below to discover where you can satisfy all your cravings.

Lake Tahoe Restaurants by Area

South Lake Tahoe | Truckee | Tahoe City & West Shore | Squaw Valley & Alpine Meadows
Kings Beach & North Shore Incline Village & Crystal Bay

Lake Tahoe Restaurants by Category

1882 Bar & Grill

The River Street Inn
10009 East River Street, Truckee, CA
(530) 550-9222

The deck at 1882 Bar & Grill is the only restaurant in Truckee where one can enjoy a drink and meal while overlooking the Truckee River. Of course that’s only going to happen when the weather is warm. During the winter 1882 Bar & Grill is a cozy place to enjoy barbeque, sandwiches, soups and salads. Located in downtown Truckee, 1882 Bar & Grill can... read more

Alder Creek Adventure Center

Tahoe Donner
15275 Alder Creek Road, Truckee, CA
(530) 587-9484

The Alder Creek Adventure Center in Tahoe Donner is brand new with its grand opening in November 2015. And while its centerpiece activity is cross-country skiing, the state-of-the-art lodge is set to be open throughout every season. As the hub for Nordic skiing, the center offers ski rentals, wax and tuning services and lockers. There is also a shop selling Nordic gear and accessories. Non-skiers... read more

Austin's

120 Country Club Drive #24, Incline Village, NV
(775) 832-7778

If you’re hungry and in the mood for some fresh, home-cooked comfort food, Austin’s might be the place for you. Their Signature Salads alone, like the Doug’s Favorite, are a meal in themselves – or two. Try their sandwiches, burgers, meatloaf or specialties like the Chicken Fried Chicken, Pesto Pasta Primavera or Mountain Rainbow Trout. Home-style side dishes include coleslaw, mac and cheese, chicken fried... read more

Big Water Grille

341 Ski Way, Incline Village, NV
(775) 833-0606

“Big water” is one meaning attributed to the Washoe name for the lake, Tahoe. You can see just how big that water is when you take in the panoramic views from the spacious dining room of the Big Water Grille. Serving seasonal selections of California bistro cuisine, there’s a great list of starters like the ahi poke or pan-roasted quail plus fresh vegetable sides and... read more

Blue Angel Café

1132 Ski Run Boulevard, South Lake Tahoe, CA
(530) 544-6544

In some ways, Ski Run Boulevard could be considered the heart of South Lake Tahoe. And at the heart of Ski Run is the Blue Angel Café. The cafe was opened in 2003 by Rosie Cowen, and she and her husband, Jeff, have turned the restaurant into an authentic Tahoe institution. There is a bit of everything on their menu, from burgers and pizza to Asian... read more

Boathouse on the Pier

Beach Retreat & Lodge at Lake Tahoe
3411 Lake Tahoe Boulevard, South Lake Tahoe, CA
(530) 541-6722

The Boathouse on the Pier dining experience is considered to be one of the best sunset-watching restaurants in all of Lake Tahoe. A Top 10 finisher by USA Today as a Lake Tahoe waterfront restaurant, the views of the lake and surrounding mountains are exceptional. Located on a 1,000-foot-long pier that hangs over the turquoise water of Lake Tahoe, the tables are all situated to... read more

Bridgetender Tavern and Grill

65 W Lake Boulevard, Tahoe City, CA
(530) 583-3342

Bridgetender Tavern and Grill is a favorite of many in the Lake Tahoe area. Lovingly known as The BT, Bridgetender has been a main player on the burger scene around the shores of Lake Tahoe since 1977. One of the favorite items on the menu is the turkey burger with waffle fries. Another favorite is their super tasty elk burger. The BT is also known... read more

Brothers Bar & Grill

888 Emerald Bay Road, South Lake Tahoe, CA
(530) 541-7017

Every town has places where the locals go to have fun, and Brothers Bar & Grill fits the bill in South Lake Tahoe. This sports bar is a gathering spot for friends to meet and watch the game on one of the nine big screens. The fun also includes horseshoes and on occasion beer pong or perhaps even live music. The everyday happy hour runs... read more

Cable Car Ice Cream Shop

Mourelatos Lakeshore Resort
6834 North Lake Boulevard, Tahoe Vista, CA
(530) 546-9500

The Cable Car Ice Cream Shop has been a summertime favorite since the mid 1980s. Offering homemade ice cream from Blue Bunny Ice Cream from San Francisco, they also have cold drinks, lemonade, coffee and a few extra sweets. The ice cream shop also offers access to the Mourelatos Lakeshore Resort's beautiful gardens, giving opportunity to relax and take in the surrounding beauty. The Cable... read more

CB's Pizza & Grill

5075 North Lake Boulevard, Carnelian Bay, CA
(530) 546-4738

CB's Pizza is most definitely a favorite amongst locals. And for good reason. The friendly, family-centric dining establishment has tasty Italian food, a welcoming atmosphere and is located across the street from some of the best public swimming on Lake Tahoe. The pizzas are well-sized and the calzones are huge. There is a small bar area that is often playing sports and is excellent for... read more

Cha Fine Teas of Truckee

12030 Donner Pass Road, Truckee, CA
(530) 536-5043

There are legions of coffee lovers out there and places for them to gather in Truckee and beyond. But thanks to Cha Fine Teas, lovers of loose-leaf tea now have a place of their own in town. And while there are more than 60 teas available, the offerings don’t end there. Shoppers can sample teas or sit down with a hot cup of tea or... read more

Fox & Hound Lake Tahoe Bar & Grill

237 Tramway Drive, Stateline, NV
(775) 588-8887

If you want to brag that you’ve been to the highest sports bar at Tahoe, then you need to drive up Kingsbury Grade and visit the Fox & Hound. A full restaurant and bar, they serve everything you’d expect to find at a good bar and grill, plus they are rightfully proud of their award-winning barbecue. In fact, the Fox & Hound BBQ will be... read more