Whether you’re at the lake for a summer getaway or are just passing through, there are many foodie finds in the quaint and charming towns lining the shores of Lake Tahoe and beyond. Both locals and out-of-towners can enjoy this tasty tour of Tahoe from where to eat to where to stay.
South side of things
South Lake Tahoe, by far the largest town dotting the sandy beaches, offers dining options with views unlike any other. For breakfast, head to Bert’s Café for good ol’ fashioned homemade delights including biscuits and gravy, corned beef hash, chicken fried steak and sausage patties. Heidi’s Pancake House is a well-loved spot for flapjacks and other brunchy essentials. Red Hut Café has been serving Tahoe residents and guests since 1959, and Keys Café is the perfect spot for coffee, wine and desserts.
Grab a tasty lunch at Sprouts Café where their mission is to serve the cleanest, freshest, most wholesome food available. For Mediterranean cravings, visit Artemis Mediterranean Grill. They have a great selection of traditional favorites with spectacular views at their lakeside location.
For a picturesque Tahoe dinner, visit 19 Kitchen Bar inside Harveys Lake Tahoe. Grab a drink and watch the sunset in the bar before heading into the restaurant dinner. If you’re looking for something low key, try Himmel Haus. If you haven’t guessed it, this open eatery serves authentic German dishes and bier. Make sure to check their schedule for game nights and entertainment.
At Riva Grill on the Lake you’ll find an impressive selection of artisanal cocktails. For a great, original beer and happy hour specials belly up at The Brewery at Lake Tahoe. Take a tour of the club and bar scene with Tahoe Club Crawl where you’ll get the local’s scoop on the best party places.
Need a place to stay? Head to Basecamp South Lake Tahoe for a quaint hotel located a short walk from the water and nearby hot spots. Or, check in at the recently renovated Montbleu. If you’d like to stay slopeside, try Marriot’s Timber Lodge or Deerfield Lodge at Heavenly.
Getting to the Village
In Incline Village, Tunnel Creek Café has your breakfast burrito fix. In the mood for eggs? Head to The Wildflower Café. Their roundup of omelets and scrambles is the protein boost you need to start your day.
Austin's Restaurant, the self-proclaimed unfussy joint for American fare, rotates their menu offering seasonal salads with local ingredients grown in the Sierra. Tomaato’s Pizza Pasta and Salad makes their signature gourmet pies in a traditional Italian brick oven. The toppings are vast and inventive — prosciutto, Gouda, shiitake mushrooms, caramelized onions and much more.
To end the day of dining, Lone Eagle Grille is a picture of perfection. This experience is set against a private beach on the north shores of the lake. The chefs offer inspired cuisine with local flare, and the menu ranges from seafood and game meats to memorable vegetarian plates.
To knock out for the night, try the Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe Resort Spa Casino. This alpine property is nestled among the trees and is a stunning lakeside destination. They have outdoor firepits where you can make s’mores or enjoy a sunset with a cocktail in hand. If you’re yearning for something cozier, the Parkside Inn at Incline is the stay for you.
Trucking through Truckee
While in the charming town of Truckee, order a bowl of piping-hot oatmeal, Israeli couscous with coconut milk, dried mango or the housemade granola from Marty’s Café. Grab a cup of Joe about a block away at Coffeebar where you’ll find a selection of hot and cold drinks served alongside a smorgasbord of pastries, breakfast sandwiches and other goodies.
Order a sando at the Full Belly Deli. The SW chicken sando is generously filled with chicken, avocado, pepper jack cheese and southwest sauce on focaccia. For the juiciest of burgers, stop by Burger Me. This outfit started as a famed food truck in the area and opened up shop in Truckee serving an array of beef, bison, chicken, turkey, lamb, ahi tuna, cod and veggie burgers.
Moodys Bistro, Bar and Beats offers an entertaining dining and nightlife experience. You’ll groove to local, live musicians, enjoy delicious dishes and drink from an expansive bar menu. Try their fondue for two!
Book a night at the Donner Lake Inn Bed and Breakfast. With five rooms, delicious breakfast and amazing views of the infamous trek, this is a true adventure.
The area is filled with culinary treats that match the breathtaking views and way of life in Lake Tahoe.