10 Best Value Restaurants in the Lake Tahoe Area

It can be a struggle sometimes to find a good value in a popular place like Tahoe, but we've gathered together the 10Best restaurants and cafés in Lake Tahoe that offer a lot for your dollar. These range from family places for breakfast like Squeeze In to late night craving spots like the Beacon right on the beach at Camp Richardson.

For breakfast, the Driftwood Cafe been serving pancakes, waffles and eggs for years to hungry visitors and locals. Another breakfast spot with great food and prices is Rude Brother's Bagels on the South Shore. Each of these restaurants are open early before you hit the trails or the slopes. For lunch, head over to T's Mesquite in Incline Village for a quick dish of delicious pork or chicken cooked in the latin style or to Burger Me in Truckee for their naturally raised beef burgers and sweet potato fries.

A steak dinner is affordable at the Old Range Steakhouse on the North Shore or at Best Pies & Pizzeria in Truckee. For something interesting for any time of day, check out the organic and affordable meals at the Blue Angel Cafe. Scuza Italian Ristorante on the South Shore has an unending basket of garlic bread as well as glasses of wine for only $7.


Scusa Italian Ristorante is one of the beloved local restaurants of the South Lake Tahoe area. Creative, traditional Italian and fresh seafood dishes are served in a lively atmosphere. They have an extensive wine list and also are happy to serve...  Read More

The spot for breakfast and lunch in Truckee, Squeeze In is renowned for its huge omelets � all 62 varieties. Featuring almost every ingredient conceivable (including shrimp, avocado, and pesto), as well as standbys like bacon, onions, and...  Read More

Driftwood Cafe
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The Driftwood Cafe near the Heavenly ski area has a huge menu full of breakfast and lunch items. This cute little diner serves items such as Huevos Rancheros, Eggs Benedict, Breakfast Burritos and Sandwiches and their Outrageous Omeletts with...  Read More

The Best Pies & Pizzeria restaurant is located right in downtown Truckee and features massive thin crust pizzas, Italian dishes and a lively atmosphere and affordable prices. Their speciality pies include the Garbage Pie with sausage,...  Read More

South Lake Tahoe

Located at Camp Richardson on the South Shore, this restaurant and bar is a summer party heaven. You can boat or kayak right up to the restaurant and enjoy a meal or drink with views of the water and Mount Tallac. The menu offers items like...  Read More

The Old Range Steakhouse in Tahoe Vista is one of the most popular steakhouses at the lake and they offer a wide range of aged steaks, chops, prime rib, King Crab legs, BBQ ribs and a full bar with several dozen wines to choose from. For dinner...  Read More

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 ingredients. No growth...  Read More

This simple, family-run restaurant has been in the area for over 20 years and is the go-to place for quick, but healthy and tasty rotisserie meats with a Latin flair. T's serves chicken, pork and beef tri-tip rotisserie plates served with...  Read More

South Lake Tahoe

The Blue Angel Caf� in South Lake Tahoe offers unique and interesting meat and vegetarian dishes as well as desserts, wine beer and a generous happy hour. This cozy, little restaurant has a view of the lake, a place for eating outside, a...  Read More


Meet Christina Nellemann

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...  More About Christina

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