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

The River Street Inn
10009 East 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. During the winter 1882 Bar & Grill is a cozy place to enjoy barbeque, sandwiches, soups and salads. Located in downtown Truckee, 1882 Bar & Grill can... read more

Alder Creek Adventure Center

Tahoe Donner
15275 Alder Creek Road, Truckee, CA
(530) 587-9484

The Alder Creek Adventure Center in Tahoe Donner is brand new with its grand opening in November 2015. And while its centerpiece activity is cross-country skiing, the state-of-the-art lodge is set to be open throughout every season. As the hub for Nordic skiing, the center offers ski rentals, wax and tuning services and lockers. There is also a shop selling Nordic gear and accessories. Non-skiers... read more

Alder Creek Cafe

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

There is nothing like adventure to whet your appetite, so what could be more appropriate that 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, it is also healthy, with an organic (and adventurous!) theme. Can't decide what to order to go along with your drink from... 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

Jax at the Tracks

10144 West 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.... read more

Marty's Provisions

12030 Donner Pass Road, Truckee, CA
(530) 550-1800

You are probably already 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 atmosphere and meals into your own home with gourmet goods and products, foods and services. Enjoy smoked meat and seafood, gourmet imported foods,... 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
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 West River Street, Truckee, CA
(530) 582-5000

Ignore the old saying out of 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 one half of the ownership hailing from Maine, Morgan’s has a direct line to fresh New England... read more

Pizza on the Hill

Tahoe Donner
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

The Lodge Restaurant & Pub

Tahoe Donner
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 along with a fun pub atmosphere. Depending on the season and one’s mood, the evening could... read more