As a real estate agent splitting my time between the San Francisco Bay Area and Reno, Nevada, Lake Tahoe is an exceptionally beautiful lake. If you have the pleasure of finding yourself doing a lap up there, fair warning—there are all kinds of hidden gems for meals out, but cell phone coverage can be spotty! So save yourself the hassle of trying to Google “restaurants near me” and read on for my insider’s guide to dining at Lake Tahoe.
South Lake Tahoe
- Sonney’s BBQ Shack Bar & Grill. Sonney’s doesn’t have particularly impressive views, but their barbecue is “OMG.” Run, don’t walk.
- Edgewood Restaurant. Fine dining, as you’d expect from this world-class golf course. And the food is almost as impressive as the view.
- Riva Grill. Stylish interior inspired by Riva boats, with classic American fare and rum cocktails. Don’t miss the Wet Woody!
- Scusa Italian Ristorante. It’s not on the water, but the food is amazing. Make a reservation for this one.
- Friday Station at Harrah’s. Steak and seafood served on the top floor of the hotel tower, which means panoramic views.
- The Beacon at Camp Richardson. Right on the beach and the hands-down best sunsets (and rum runners!).
North Lake Tahoe
- Old Range Steakhouse. Old school lodge doing steaks, prime rib, seafood and cocktails just right.
- Jason’s Beachside Grille. This place is right on the water, and I love their salad bar. Highly recommend if you’re near Kings Beach.
- Tahoe Gal Day Cruise to Emerald Bay. In a word—stunning. Three hours, gorgeous views the entire time, and they serve lunch!
- Lone Eagle Grill. Across from the Hyatt in Incline, this restaurant is gorgeous and the food is always amazing. A little higher priced, but definitely a great date night option. Great cocktails by the fireplace too.
- Gar Woods. A Tahoe classic with California-inspired food and fruity cocktails. You can get a Wet Woody here too!
- Jake’s on the Lake. Lakefront dining and the best short rib!
- Big Water Grille. Views, views, views, and a great wine list.
- Wolfdale’s. Asian-European-California fusion with a focus on seasonal fare. Lots of gluten-free options.
- Christy Hill. Modern, local, great views.
- Sunnyside Resort & Lodge. Great family spot on the west side.
- West Shore Cafe. Old Tahoe charm.
Honestly, it’s hard to go wrong! Enjoy your meal, and if you’re in the market for real estate on or just down the mountain in Reno, you know where to find me.