Truckee Restaurants

When gearing up for full day of Truckee ‘ings — skiing, biking, hiking, fishing, golfing, shopping  — don’t forget to allow time for eating! Truckee restaurants offer choices for every taste and budget. Unlike other towns around Lake Tahoe, Truckee restaurants are spread out, but nothing is that far from accommodations or attractions.

Truckee dining celebrates its locale and Tahoe culture, finding ways to bring them all together. Restaurants can be found in buildings where local history has happened or in high-end resorts and lots where a front row view of Mother Nature is the feature. What’s important to know about Truckee restaurants is that, because of the diversity and quality, your dining experiences will prove to be highlights of your visit. Diners in the historic downtown area can wander from place to place: cocktails here, dinner a few doors away, dessert there, pub and people watching just down the street.

Portions at many restaurants tend to be large, very large, especially at breakfast. That’s just fine with most people — they can share or take home a morning doggie bag to enjoy as a snack for later. And speaking of doggies, many Truckee dining options also invite Fido to dine with you.

Dining in Truckee Restaurants

Mom and Pop places serve everything from meatloaf sandwiches, BLTs with slices of avocado and huevos rancheros. Burgers with fries, gluten-free, vegetarian and meat-loaded pizzas, along with spaghetti and meatballs, are easy to find in Truckee, as is Japanese, with sushi as a main feature.

When you want to dine top shelf, prix fixe or a la carte, Truckee restaurants will never disappoint. Farm to fork options are expertly offered by area chefs with French, Italian and American overtones. And, while these eateries might be hundreds of miles from the California coast, soft shell crabs, lobster and other seafood entrees rank top among diners’ favorite entrees. Ask servers and sommeliers for their California wine recommendations. Some of the best comes from vineyards not far from Truckee.

Before visiting any Truckee restaurant, be sure to check our listings for daily specials and happy hours in case any current offerings catch your eye.

Truckee Restaurants by Category

Alder Creek Cafe

Tahoe Donner
Truckee Restaurant
15275 Alder Creek Road, Truckee, CA
(530) 587-9400

There is nothing like adventure to fuel your appetite, so what could be more appropriate than a café located right inside the Alder Creek Adventure Center at the Tahoe Donner Resort? But 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 to go along with your drink from the... read more

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Marty’s Cafe

Truckee Restaurant
10115 Donner Pass Road, Truckee, CA
(530) 550-8208

Comfort food with a contemporary twist is the best way to describe Marty’s Café in downtown Truckee. If the description doesn’t convince you of what Marty’s does, the line of people that can develop waiting to get a table should. Open for breakfast and lunch, Marty’s food is savory and hearty and an excellent way to fuel up before a day on the slopes or... read more

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Moody’s Bistro, Bar & Beats

Truckee Restaurant
10007 Bridge Street, Truckee, CA
(530) 587-8688

Moody’s in downtown Truckee is all about the three B’s — bistro, bar and beats. In fact that’s the popular establishment’s formal name: Moody’s Bistro, Bar & Beats (but locals just call it Moody’s). Occupying the lower half of the historic (and maybe haunted?) Truckee Hotel, you can hit Moody’s any time: lunch, happy hour, dinner or late-night grooving to live jazz. Not hungry enough... read more

Moody’s in downtown Truckee is all about the three B’s — bistro, bar and beats.... read more

Morgan’s Lobster Shack & Fish Market

Truckee Restaurant
10087 W. River Street, Truckee, CA
(530) 582-5000

Ignore the old saying from Maine that “ya can’t get there from here” when it comes to finding fresh seafood in a mountain town. Get down to West River Street in Truckee and you’ll be there — Morgan’s Lobster Shack & Fish Market to be exact. With half of the ownership hailing from Maine, Morgan’s has a direct line to fresh New England lobster and... read more

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Pizza on the Hill

Tahoe Donner
Truckee Restaurant
11509 Northwoods Boulevard, Truckee, CA
(530) 582-9669

For visitors renting a place in Tahoe Donner or those hungry after hiking, biking or skiing, Pizza on the Hill in the Northwoods Clubhouse is the perfect place for tasty, convenient and reasonably priced food. Got kids? Even better, as Pizza on the Hill has plenty to keep them entertained in the game room. And while pizza is the star of the menu, there is... read more

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The Grille at Sawtooth Ridge

Northstar California Resort
Truckee Restaurant
5001 Northstar Drive, Suite 5101, Truckee, CA
(530) 562-2188

If you are looking for a unique dining experience that is tasty, enjoyable and welcoming, then you must try The Grille at Sawtooth Ridge. A locally owned restaurant that focuses on supporting other locally based businesses, this family-centered dining establishment brings the idea of a delightful atmosphere to a higher level of excellence. Their specialty is California cuisine with a deeply ingrained fusion of Hawaiian... read more

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The Lodge Restaurant & Pub

Tahoe Donner
Truckee Restaurant
12850 Northwoods Boulevard, Truckee, CA
(530) 587-9455

If you’re looking for the quintessential Tahoe lodge with vaulted ceilings, natural wood and stone interiors and expansive windows looking out over mountain evergreens, The Lodge Restaurant & Pub in Tahoe Donner is the place. The Lodge has paired perfectly the Tahoe look and feel with classic menu offerings and a fun pub atmosphere. Depending on the season and one’s mood, the evening could be... read more

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The Pour House Wine Shop

Truckee Restaurant
10075 Jibboom Street, Truckee, CA
(530) 550-9664

Sure, you can buy a bottle of wine from a grocery store chain or at expensive and/or pretentious wine bars. Best is discovering that little out-of-the-way place with character, selection and owners happy to help wine novices and connoisseurs alike. The Pour House Wine Shop in Truckee is that place. Settled in a funky old clapboard house behind downtown’s Commercial Row, the Pour House curates... read more

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