Tahoe City Restaurants

Tahoe City restaurants offer a great variety of fare enhanced by dazzling scenery. On the lakefront, West Lake Boulevard, along the Truckee River or by Fanny Bridge, Italian, Chinese and Mexican and additional restaurants serve food made from generations of family recipes. Others are among the most renowned of Tahoe City restaurants for the many years they have served residents and visitors.

Fire up your day’s activities with Tahoe City dining, like omelets or Eggs Benedict atop regular or gluten-free English muffins. Also sweeten your Lake Tahoe mornings with fresh baked black currant scones and pecan cranberry breakfast bars. By midday, many Tahoe City restaurants stoke your energy with burgers made of Kobe beef, buffalo and elk or lighter fare such as salmon salad with an orange vinaigrette dressing. Raise your glasses and toast Lake Tahoe’s spectacular sunsets with drinks and appetizers. Wolf down truffle fries or enjoy fresh chips and salsa with a large margarita. 

Indulge in it all and make plans to repeat the next day. Be sure to check ahead as several West Shore and Tahoe City dining options close or have reduced hours during the winter.

West Shore & Tahoe City Restaurants

Driving along Lake Tahoe’s West Shore, restaurants can be found every few miles. Some Tahoe City dining options have incredible views of lake and mountains to accompany every meal whether you dine inside or al fresco. Others enrich their West Shore restaurants’ menus with locations under towering trees and near ski runs. There are no fast food or chain establishments, so stopping in allows the enjoyment of fare prepared by local owners of West Shore restaurants.

Breakfast is best found in the general stores’ delis of Homewood and Tahoma where familiar dishes and more gourmet offerings are served early. Burgers and sandwiches are easy to find, as are European specialties like veal cutlets in cream sauce with fresh-made spätzle or creamy asparagus soup. Fresh produce from across the western Sierra Nevada and the regional Central Valley shine in seasonal entrees served in elegant surroundings.

Tahoe City Restaurants by Category and Location

Bridgetender Tavern and Grill

65 W. 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

Front Street Station

11782 Donner Pass Road, Truckee, CA
(530) 536-5035
205 River Road, Tahoe City, CA
(530) 583-3770

Front Street Station serves Mexican food and pizza — a good combination for those looking for something that's quick, easy and tasty. The iconic log cabin that serves as the Tahoe City location has only a few places to sit inside, so if it's busy (as it can be, especially during the summer and after a good ski day) its recommended to take dishes home... read more

Jakes On The Lake

780 North Lake Boulevard, Tahoe City, CA
(530) 583-0188

Jakes On The Lake is a longstanding favorite for both locals and visitors to the North Lake Tahoe area. The restaurant has a superb spot situated directly on the shores of lake, making the views from the outdoor seating fantastic. The bar area is huge, perfect for large groups or parties. The menu ranges in styles of food — from Hawaiian-inspired seafood and steak to... read more

Moe's Original Bar B Que

120 Grove Street, Tahoe City, CA
(530) 583-4227

If you are craving some Southern cooking, then Tahoe City has got your fix. For the best in Southern comfort food, Moe's Original Bar B Que is your best bet, serving all of the tasty dishes found in the south of the United States such as Southern fried catfish, St. Louis-style ribs and sides like cornbread and baked beans. Located on the shores of Lake... read more

Obexer's General Store

5300 West Lake Boulevard, Homewood, CA
(530) 525-1300

Obexer's General Store is so much more than a general store. Of course it offers all the normal stuff that would be found at a corner convenience shop. But the goodies go far beyond that. At Obexer's you will find homemade sandwiches, the super popular Obexer's secret sauces for pasta, salad dressings, BBQ sauce, seafood and marinades as well as specialty olives and mustards. Obexer's... read more

Rosie's Cafe

571 N. 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 area-centric antiques, memorabilia and photos of long ago, the interior has an immediate homey and welcoming atmosphere. The adjoining bar can be quite lively on... read more

The Blue Agave

425 North Lake Boulevard, Tahoe City, CA
(530) 583-8113

The Blue Agave is a large Mexican restaurant that also hosts a giant sports bar. The two are interconnected yet far enough apart to separate the noise factor. The menu is your normal American-Mexican fusion creating burritos, taco plates, chimichangas, fajitas and other south of the border specialties. The bar is accessorized by TVs and a game room to entertain. There are free chips and... read more