South Lake Tahoe Restaurants

South Lake Tahoe restaurants feature an extensive variety of fare and themes that’ll keep you looking forward to your next meal. In the busy and bustling town, South Lake Tahoe dining celebrates the diversity that seems to thrive in the area, and dining experiences are anything but boring.

Italian, Indian, Mediterranean and Greek are just a handful of the foreign influences on food that you can find in South Lake Tahoe dining. Cuisine also embraces its locale, and you can enjoy the spicy tastes of the Southwest and the smoky flavors of the Sierra Nevada mountains between stuffed burritos and steaks grilled to perfection. If you want a taste of what’s familiar, several of South Lake Tahoe’s restaurants offer Americana dishes, like burgers, milkshakes and pizza (if you can consider pizza American). You can grab a quick, on-the-go meal from one of several burger joints or catch the game’s score at a sports bar and grill. The West Coast also plays with health-conscious eating, and South Lake Tahoe restaurants help you get your fill of fresh, organic, gluten-free and vegan foods.

It’s not necessary to want breakfast, lunch or dinner when you visit a South Lake Tahoe restaurant. Indie coffee shops, breweries with handcrafted ales and beers, wineries and funky bars will keep you fueled through the day and night.

South Lake Tahoe Restaurants are Diverse

South Lake Tahoe’s restaurants themselves range from upscale fine dining to diners where you can enjoy a bowling game between orders of fries to ethnic cuisine or classic steakhouses and snazzy bars to snow cone vendors. Your hotel may have its own restaurant. A visit to a casino gives the option of having dinner and drinks then hitting a nightclub for some after-dinner entertainment. You can sample fresh seafood while overlooking a golf course. The venues are just as creative as the foods they serve.

If reading this makes you hungry, check out the listing below to see which South Lake Tahoe restaurants can satisfy your tummy rumbles.

South Lake Tahoe Restaurants by Category

Artemis Lakefront Cafe

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 or two 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... read more

Beacon Bar & Grill

Camp Richardson
1900 Jameston 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. The 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, a lot of people stop by for a... 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

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


212 Elks Point Road #101, Zephyr Cove, NV
(775) 586-1822

Casey’s, located in the site that was formerly the Coyote Bar & Grill, has gone through a remodel and has more space than ever with live entertainment in their new Living Room. Casey’s is fun and casual, and their menu of American comfort food is enhanced with Mexican specials and a full bar. They have a large breakfast menu, served until noon, and are happy... 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

Fresh Ketch

2435 Venice Drive, South Lake Tahoe, CA
(530) 541-5683

One of the great things about a marina is the opportunity for some great waterfront dining, whether or not you have a boat on that water. The Fresh Ketch in the Tahoe Keys Marina fills this role nicely. The marina is a bit off the main route through town, so getting there by car takes you away from the bright lights and through some nice... read more

Grand Central Pizza & Pasta

2229 Lake Tahoe Boulevard #6, South Lake Tahoe, CA
(530) 544-1308

Grand Central Pizza and Pasta — the name just about says it all. The only way to improve on the moniker would be to note that they also have calzones, burgers, sandwiches and a salad bar. Near both the South Y and the intersection of Lake Tahoe Boulevard and Tahoe Keys Boulevard, Grand Central is convenient to get to and offers good food in a... read more

Hard Rock Cafe

18 U.S. Highway 50, Stateline, NV
(775) 588-6200

Before the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino moved in down the street, there was the Hard Rock Cafe inside Harveys Resort. In fact, the Hard Rock has been serving up rock ‘n’ roll food at this location for more than 15 years. The restaurant and gift shop, oddly enough, are designed to look like a rustic log cabin instead of something more related to a... read more

Heaven's Little Café

1001 Heavenly Way #23, South Lake Tahoe, CA
(530) 544-3324

There are several fun restaurants around the Heavenly Village that are good spots to relax after a day on the slopes, enjoy some live music or have a drink and watch the game. But, sometimes, that's not exactly what you are looking for. Sometimes, you just need a quick bite and a drink of coffee. Heaven's Little Café fills that need. The shop offers breakfast... read more

Jalapeño’s Taqueria

675 Emerald Bay Road, South Lake Tahoe, CA
(530) 544-1422

South Lake Tahoe has a number of small eateries that rely more on the locals than on the tourist trade. When you locate such a restaurant, you can usually count on good food at reasonable prices and a lot of it. Jalapeño’s Taqueria is one such place, not far from the edge of town on Emerald Bay Road. Free homemade chips and salsa and free... read more

Jamba Juice

4000 Lake Tahoe Boulevard #33, South Lake Tahoe, CA
(530) 544-8890

Jamba Juice is a chain that serves fruit and veggie smoothies and other good-for-you items such as bananas and berries and wheatgrass shots. The South Tahoe Jamba Juice is located in the island of the Village Center, just across from the Village at Heavenly and the Chateau at the Village, so it is in just the right spot to pick up a nice smoothie when... read more