Tahoe Restaurants: Outdoor Dining

When one of the greatest – and free! – amenities Tahoe restaurants have to offer their patrons is the world-renowned view, it stands to reason that outdoor dining is a thing here. Many Tahoe restaurants will have porch areas that are heated, extending their season.

Alder Creek Cafe

Tahoe Donner
Lake Tahoe Outdoor Dining
15275 Alder Creek Road, Truckee, CA
(530) 582-9686

There is nothing like adventure to fuel your appetite, so what could be more appropriate than a cafe located right inside the Alder Creek Adventure Center in the heart of Tahoe Donner? And it gets even better, because the food is not only yummy, but also healthy, with an organic (and adventurous!) theme. Can't decide what to order with your beer or wine from the... read more

There is nothing like adventure to fuel your appetite, so what could be more appropriate... read more

Alibi Ale Works - Incline Public House

Lake Tahoe Outdoor Dining
931 Tahoe Boulevard, Incline Village, NV
(775) 831-8300

Incline Public House is Alibi Ale Works' third location. The taproom serves Alibi's fantastic beer from 22 frequently rotating taps, along with cider, wine, nitro coffee, kombucha and other nonalcoholic options. You can take the beer to go in the form of growlers, cans and bottles. Beyond beverages, they have upscale pub food items like wings, fries, brats, poke, a mezze board, salmon toast and... read more

Incline Public House is Alibi Ale Works' third location. The taproom serves Alibi's fantastic beer... read more

Artemis Lakefront Cafe

Lake Tahoe Outdoor Dining
900 Ski Run Boulevard, Suite 111, South Lake Tahoe, CA
(530) 542-3332

Many of Tahoe’s restaurants have views of the lake, but only a handful can honestly be called lakefront. The Artemis Lakefront Cafe is one of these select eateries, located in the Ski Run Marina adjacent to the docks and with lake views from both the dining room and the outdoor dining patio. Serving Greek and Mediterranean dishes, this is a 2014 spin-off site from the... read more

Many of Tahoe’s restaurants have views of the lake, but only a handful can honestly... read more

Beacon Bar & Grill

Camp Richardson
Lake Tahoe Outdoor Dining
1900 Jameson Beach Road, South Lake Tahoe, CA
(530) 541-1801

In a resort town, the restaurants and pubs often segregate into two different groups – the places that tend toward the locals and the places that tend toward the tourists. Beacon Bar & Grill, on the other hand, is an incredibly popular choice for residents and visitors alike. Located lakeside out at the historic Camp Richardson, it's where a lot of people stop by for... read more

In a resort town, the restaurants and pubs often segregate into two different groups –... read more

Bigfoot Deli

Village Market
Lake Tahoe Outdoor Dining
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

Boathouse on the Pier

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

Boathouse on the Pier is considered to be one of the best sunset-watching restaurants at all of Lake Tahoe. The views of the lake and surrounding mountains are exceptional. It's on an expansive pier that hangs over the turquoise water of Lake Tahoe, and the tables are all situated to give guests an optimum viewing experience. The atmosphere of the restaurant is casual with a sparkle... read more

Boathouse on the Pier is considered to be one of the best sunset-watching restaurants at all... read more

Bridgetender Tavern and Grill

Lake Tahoe Outdoor Dining
65 West Lake Boulevard, Tahoe City, CA
(530) 583-3342

Bridgetender Tavern and Grill is a favorite of many diners 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 the super-tasty elk burger. The BT is also known... read more

Bridgetender Tavern and Grill is a favorite of many diners in the Lake Tahoe area.... read more

Brooks' Bar & Deck

Edgewood Tahoe
Lake Tahoe Outdoor Dining
100 Lake Parkway, Stateline, NV
(844) 207-9179

Brooks’ Bar and Deck puts the sport in sports bar, if that sport happens to be golf. Located adjacent to the 18th hole at the Edgewood Tahoe golf course, it combines great views, spectacular architecture and an unparalleled setting. The menu is elegantly casual from the Wagyu beef sliders to the cast iron seared mahi mahi, and they serve a nice selection of craft beers.... read more

Brooks’ Bar and Deck puts the sport in sports bar, if that sport happens to... read more

Burger Me!

Lake Tahoe Outdoor Dining
10418 Donner Pass Road, Truckee, CA
(530) 587-8852

Got a hankering for a bison burger with sauerkraut, blue cheese, a side of garlic fries and a frosty pale ale? Burger Me in Truckee has it covered. While that exact burger isn’t on the fixed menu at Burger Me near downtown Truckee, it is one customers can concoct on their own off the popular burger joint’s list of mains and add-ons. With its super... read more

Got a hankering for a bison burger with sauerkraut, blue cheese, a side of garlic... read more

Cold Stone Creamery

Shops at Heavenly Village
Lake Tahoe Outdoor Dining
1001 Heavenly Village Way, #24, South Lake Tahoe, CA
(530) 541-2040

This franchise is perfectly situated in the Heavenly Village to serve up ice cream and other treats. In addition to ice cream dishes and creations, the menu includes cakes and cookies, shakes and smoothies, yogurts and sorbets. You can order a cake online (be sure to check how much advance notice is required). The outdoor seating at the Village is the perfect setting for enjoying... read more

This franchise is perfectly situated in the Heavenly Village to serve up ice cream and... read more

Cork & More

Lake Tahoe Outdoor Dining
1032 Al Tahoe Boulevard, South Lake Tahoe, CA
(530) 544-5253

A few select businesses establish themselves to the point that you can't imagine what it would be like if they were to close up shop. The Cork & More, a Tahoe institution for nearly 40 years, is one of those places. Smack-dab in the middle of the South Shore community, it has been described as "a Napa-style market," and that term goes a long way... read more

A few select businesses establish themselves to the point that you can't imagine what it... read more

Cottonwood Restaurant & Bar

Lake Tahoe Outdoor Dining
10142 Rue Hilltop Road, Truckee, CA
(530) 587-5711

If Truckee’s marquee landmark is a tad confusing, it’s understandable: Lit up at night above downtown in glowing red letters is a can’t-miss sign — “HILLTOP LODGE.” But if someone suggests having dinner and drinks at Cottonwood you’ll still aim for those neon lights. The Hilltop Lodge sign sits atop Cottonwood Restaurant & Bar, which is perched on one of California’s original ski hills (hence... read more

If Truckee’s marquee landmark is a tad confusing, it’s understandable: Lit up at night above... read more