Best Tahoe, NV Restaurants

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    10. Gar Woods Grill and Pier Restaurant

    Gar Woods on Tahoe's West Shore is best known for it's wonderful pier and wooden boats, but it also has a great menu and a fun bar. The floor to ceiling windows, large deck and balconies provide breath taking views...

    Photo courtesy of Gar Woods
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    9. Pianeta Ristorante

    Right in the middle of downtown Truckee sits this charming northern Italian restaurant. Outfitted with a full bar on the lower level and a dining room on the mezzanine, Pianeta offers several dinner options. For a...

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    8. Cafe Fiore

    This is the perfect romantic spot for a special dinner. Decorated with white linens and glimmering candles, this cozy Italian restaurant is furnished with only seven tables for an intimate atmosphere. During the...

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    7. Fire Sign Café

    With rave reviews from locals and visitors and lines that often snake out the door on busy weekend mornings, Fire Sign Cafe is surely one of Tahoe's most popular breakfast spots. A quick glance at the menu shows why...

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    6. Cottonwood

    Eat indoors or on the restuarant's beautiful patio. They have all kinds of dishes to seduce your taste buds. Choose between crispy Baby Back Ribs grilled with jerk spice, and served with house made barbecue sauce or...

    Photo courtesy of Cottonwood
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    5. Christy Hill

    Located in the center of Tahoe City, this restaurant offers excellent food and one of the best views on the lake. It's a small restaurant and reservations may be required during the high seasons, but the staff is...

    Photo courtesy of Christy Hill
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    4. Burger Me

    Rated one of the best burger places in Lake Tahoe Area and featured on the Food Networks "Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives", Burger Me is located in the old town section of Truckee. Their burgers are made with all natural...

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    3. Stella

    Stella is located in the Cedar House Sport Hotel near Truckee and offers an award-winning menu by chef Jacob Burton. Stella's menu features many items from the Cedar House Hotel's gardens and incorporates simple...

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    2. Manzanita

    The Manzanita restaurant at the Ritz-Carlton at the Northstar ski resort not only embraces the natural surroundings with its name (a manzanita is an evergreen shrub that graces the Tahoe mountains), but it brings the...

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    1. Soule Domain

    Consistently topping local lists of the area's most romantic restaurants, this family-run Tahoe mainstay has become the go-to place for diners seeking to impress first dates and enjoy a great meal in the bargain....

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About Tahoe, NV Restaurants

The Lake Tahoe area has a huge range of restaurants from the typical casino buffet to intimate French bistros; from burger spots to pizza places that make their own microbrews. Also, don't forget breakfast and brunch too. It's absolutely necessary to fuel up before hitting the Tahoe slopes or the hiking trails. In addition, not all these restaurants are "dressy". Tahoe is a low key destination and most restaurants know keep their vibe casual.

Whether it's a place to pop the question or to celebrate a special occasion, you can find a great table with a fantastic view of the lake at Christy Hill in Tahoe City or the Chart House on Kingsbury Grade near Stateline. If you just want to keep your dinner low key, but cozy after a day out in the snow, visit Pianeta for their rustic Italian food or Moody's Bistro in Truckee for their award winning dishes. For breakfast (or a hangover cure) head to the Fire Sign Cafe in between Tahoe City and Homewood for their omelets and wonderful baked goods. If you are closer to the North Shore, go to the Old Post Office Coffee Shop in Carnelian Bay for a stack of pancakes that will give you the crab loading you need for Tahoe's winter sports.

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Christina has lived in the Reno/Lake Tahoe area since she was a baby. A first-generation Nevadan, her Danish parents instilled in her an intense love of travel and the wild, rugged outdoors of the Western U.S. She spends her time hiking, camping, biking and kayaking in the mountains around her home, and snorkeling and boating in Lake Tahoe. Christina...  Read more »

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