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 Association
Truckee Restaurant
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 locally sourced ingredients and an adventurous theme. Their focus this winter will be freshly prepared grab-n-go breakfast...read more
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Alibi Ale Works - Truckee Public House

Truckee Restaurant
10069 Bridge Street, Truckee, CA
(530) 536-5029

Truckee Public House is Alibi Ale Works' second offering of a tap room serving its fantastic beer. In an welcoming atmosphere, including the new outdoor Winter Wonder Garden, they offer 22 seasonally rotating Alibi beers along with cider, wine and nonalcoholic options. You can take the beer to go in the form of growlers, cans and bottles. Beyond beverages they have a small assortment of menu...read more

Truckee Public House is Alibi Ale Works' second offering of a tap room serving its...read more

Burger Me!

Truckee Restaurant
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

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Cottonwood Restaurant & Bar

Truckee Restaurant
10142 Rue Hilltop Road, Truckee, CA
(530) 587-5711

If this Truckee landmark's marquee 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...read more

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

Donner Lake Kitchen

Truckee Restaurant
13720 Donner Pass Road, Truckee, CA
(530) 587-3555

A fixture at Donner Lake for nearly a half-century, Donner Lake Kitchen is the very picture of a rustic, family eatery. Just look for the timber-camp-style cabin across the road from the lake and then tuck in for a great meal. If you can’t decide from all the offerings for breakfast and lunch, you can always go with the house specialty, huevos rancheros. Add in...read more

A fixture at Donner Lake for nearly a half-century, Donner Lake Kitchen is the very...read more

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 Bs – 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, Moody’s is open for lunch, happy hour, dinner and late-night grooving to live jazz. Not hungry enough for a...read more

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

The Lodge Restaurant & Pub

Tahoe Donner Association
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 perfectly pairs the Tahoe look and feel with classic menu offerings. Depending on the season and one’s mood, the evening could be spent with a dinner inspired by...read more

If you’re looking for the quintessential Tahoe lodge with vaulted ceilings, natural wood and stone...read more

Trip Nosh

(530) 536-0788

Trip Nosh is a business built around helping you have a better vacation. As a meal-planning and grocery-delivery service, their mission is to assist people in enjoying every minute of their time in Tahoe. Knowing that figuring out where to grocery shop can be tricky in a new area and deciding what to shop for can be time consuming, Trip Nosh has taken out the...read more

Trip Nosh is a business built around helping you have a better vacation. As a...read more