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

1882 Bar & Grill

River Street Inn
10009 E. River Street, Truckee, CA
(530) 550-9222

The deck at 1882 Bar & Grill is the only restaurant in Truckee where one can enjoy a drink and meal while overlooking the Truckee River. Of course that’s only going to happen when the weather is warm, but during the winter the inside is a cozy place to enjoy the barbecue, sandwiches, soups and salads. Located in downtown Truckee, 1882 Bar & Grill can... read more

Alder Creek Cafe

Tahoe Donner
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

Copper Lane

Northstar California Resort
The Village at Northstar
3001 Northstar Drive, Suite 2057, Truckee, CA
(530) 587-7793

Locals are loyal customers to Copper Lane (previously known as Earthly Delights) because of their amazing baked goods, savory dishes and creative sandwiches. Copper Lane caters to every type of customer with every type of taste but now takes things a step further by offering exquisite wine and liquor options as well. Their Farm to Fork menu is vast and ranges from carry-out entrees and... read more

Dorinda's Chocolates

The Village at Squaw Valley
The Village at Northstar
5001 Northstar Drive, Truckee, CA
(775) 432-2024
1985 Squaw Valley Road, Olympic Valley, CA
(775) 432-2024

Dorinda's Chocolates offers guests the opportunity to not only eat some of the tastiest handmade chocolates in northern California, but also to know that they're supporting a local business. Dorinda is a real person who lives not far from Squaw Valley, so when a chocolate is purchased from her store in the Village at Squaw Valley, guests know that her love has gone into each... 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

inxpot cafe

Northstar California Resort
The Village at Northstar
7001 Northstar Drive, Truckee, CA
(530) 536-5046

All the way from Keystone, Colorado, inxpot cafe is Northstar's go-to eatery for breakfast, lunch and drinks. The breakfast menu ranges from hearty to grainy with breakfast sandwiches, breakfast burritos, hot plates and even a special kids menu. Lunch offerings include hot and cold sandwiches, soups and salads, and, again, the kids are not forgotten. The cafe is also a cozy coffee shop with all... read more

Jax at the Tracks

10144 W. River Street, Truckee, CA
(530) 550-7450

With its stainless steel and glass interior, lunch counter and comfy booths, Jax at the Tracks in downtown Truckee is a classic American diner — with a California twist. Jax’s vibe isn’t a cheesy reproduction either. It’s an actual 1948 Kullman diner imported to town decades ago. If you’re looking for tried-and-true diner fare of burgers and shakes you'll find them at Jax. Same goes... read more

Marty's Provisions

Marty’s Cafe
12030 Donner Pass Road, Truckee, CA
(530) 550-1800

You may be familiar with Marty’s Café in Truckee. Now get ready to experience a new dimension of this popular eatery as it expands to a second location with Marty’s Provisions. This is your chance to bring Chef Marty Carlton’s French-California meals into your own home with gourmet goods and products, foods and services. Enjoy smoked meat and seafood, gourmet imported foods, sides from the... read more

Marty’s Cafe

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

Mikuni Sushi

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

For nearly 30 years Mikuni Sushi has served customers around Sacramento at a half-dozen restaurants. The NorCal sushi fixture also has a location open all year at Northstar California near the resort village’s ice rink. The atmosphere at Mikuni Northstar is as vibrant as the food. The bar is located in the middle of the restaurant, but diners can also find booth and table service as... read more

Moody’s Bistro, Bar & Beats

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

Morgan’s Lobster Shack & Fish Market

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