Tahoe Restaurants: Coffeehouses & Smoothies

Java, java, java! It’s the elixir of the gods according to a large swath of the population. (Wonder what would win out on a national poll: coffee or beer?) At last count, there were approximately 60 Tahoe restaurants in this area that would qualify as a Lake Tahoe coffee shop. That’s a lot of coffee options per capita, right? That should also mean that, with so much competition, you can expect the coffee game to be at high levels here. Meaning, you might ask? Well, cold drip, nitrous, French press, espresso, Aeropress and more, and, of course, beans roasted in-house. Not every coffeehouse will offer all options, but with so many Lake Tahoe coffee shops to choose from, you’ll soon find your favorite. And, yes, you can still get just a plain old cup of coffee out of a hot pot. Pass the creamer, please. Oh, and the lemon rind and cinnamon and half & half and exotic flavorings too. If you want to stick with Lake Tahoe coffee shops whose names are already familiar to you, you’ll find those here too. But our advice is to experience Tahoe to its fullest. You can always go back to the familiar when you leave.

Alpine Union Bar & Kitchen

Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
Lake Tahoe Coffeehouses & Smoothies
50 U.S. Highway 50, Stateline, NV
(844) 588-7625

An option for great food from 7 a.m. until into the night, Alpine Union is a cozy restaurant located within the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino. It offers all-day breakfast options like steak and eggs or an egg-white frittata as well as lunch and dinner options. A few recommended dishes include their fish tacos with tater tots or their Blue Tahoe Prosciutto Ham Pizza. For... read more

An option for great food from 7 a.m. until into the night, Alpine Union is... read more

Bigfoot Deli

Village Market
Lake Tahoe Coffeehouses & Smoothies
770 Mays Boulevard, Incline Village, NV
(775) 832-6666

Carved out of a corner of the Village Market, Bigfoot Deli has a wide selection of breakfast and lunch items. For a quick breakfast they do coffees, teas, espressos and pastries. If you’ve got a little more time, hang around for a smoothie, homemade quiche, breakfast burrito, taco or sandwich. Lunch is hamburgers, specialty sandwiches and build-your-own deli sandwiches. In the summer they do barbecue.... read more

Carved out of a corner of the Village Market, Bigfoot Deli has a wide selection... read more

Rosie's Cafe

Lake Tahoe Coffeehouses & Smoothies
571 North Lake Boulevard, Tahoe City, CA
(530) 583-8504

Rosie's Cafe, a longtime player in the Tahoe City restaurant scene, has fed patrons since 1964. It not only offers basic American fare like hamburgers, salads and steaks, but also pays homage to the history of the area. Filled with local antiques, memorabilia and photos of long ago, the interior has a homey and welcoming atmosphere. The adjoining bar can be quite lively on weekends.... read more

Rosie's Cafe, a longtime player in the Tahoe City restaurant scene, has fed patrons since... read more

Zephyr Cove Restaurant

Zephyr Cove Resort
Lake Tahoe Coffeehouses & Smoothies
760 U.S. Highway 50, Zephyr Cove, NV
(775) 589-4968

Longtime residents and visitors know it as the Lodge, even though it now goes by the name of the Zephyr Cove Restaurant. This historic building has a stonework fireplace, views of the lake and forest and some of the best milkshakes at the lake. Adjacent to the Zephyr Cove Resort amenities, the Lodge serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. This means pancakes and eggs, sandwiches, burgers... read more

Longtime residents and visitors know it as the Lodge, even though it now goes by... read more

Zuri Coffee Co.

Lake Tahoe Coffeehouses & Smoothies
11357 Donner Pass Road, Truckee, CA
(530) 536-5151

Zuri Coffee Co. is a fresh option for coffee in Truckee. Offering incredibly tasty black gold from all over the world, they also have homemade pastries such as scones, muffins and cinnamon rolls. They offer other breakfast items such as bagels and yogurt with granola and fresh fruit. Zuri Coffee also serves a small lunch menu with paninis, sandwiches and salads. A favorite item that... read more

Zuri Coffee Co. is a fresh option for coffee in Truckee. Offering incredibly tasty black... read more