Best Breakfast in Lake Tahoe: Grab a Morning Meal before Heading Outdoors

Start your day of hiking, skiing or kayaking in the Lake Tahoe area with one of these 10 Best breakfast locations. These restaurants are located all around the lake and usually feature large menus and a huge variety of food including bacon, sausage, pancakes and waffles, omelets and egg dishes, specialty dishes and great coffee and juice.

If you want to start out light, head to the Keys Café in South Lake Tahoe for their popular Acai Bowl with Acai berries, blueberries, banana, strawberry, and soy milk. For something more hearty, the Fire Sign Cafe near Tahoe City is a local favorite where the crepes and Eggs Benedict are highly recommended.

If you are in Truckee, get in line early for the Squeeze In. It was featured on the Food Network's Throwdown with Bobby Flay and is renowned for its huge omelets – all 62 varieties. They feature almost every ingredient conceivable (including shrimp, avocado, and pesto), as well as standbys like bacon, onions, and cheese, many of the omelets are named after regulars who invented them. This fun restaurant (with several locations around the Reno and Sparks area as well) also has a great pancake dish called the Quintana Roo or Foo with two pancakes (Roo) or two pieces of French Toast (Foo) with two eggs prepared any way you like with your choice of ham, bacon, sausage or turkey sausage.

There are actually two Red Huts in South Lake Tahoe. The newer building is right in the middle of town and has fun, vintage decor and a soda and ice cream shop, while the older Red Hut is just West of the newer building. Each restaurant has...  Read More

For over a quarter of a century, this cheery establishment has been serving three meals a day to crowds of tourists who leave full and happy. Rosie's breakfasts include items such as Eggs New Orleans, Bagels and Lox and Huevos Rancheros. You can...  Read More

Skiers and hikers love breakfast and brunch at the Log Cabin Cafe, claiming their generous portions of eggs, pancakes, and many other breakfast mainstays to be the ideal fuel for a day on the slopes. Cajun, Lobster or Crab Eggs Benedict,...  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

Heidi's Pancake House
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Heidi's is known in the South Lake Tahoe area for its delicious pancakes and Swiss-themed breakfast. Locals and skiers stop by this place to munch on some delicious sandwiches and burgers along with steaming hot coffee. For its regular guests,...  Read More

With rave reviews from locals and visitors and lines often 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 � a dill and artichoke omelet,...  Read More

The Old Post Office Coffee Shop in Carnelian Bay has a casual, laid back atmosphere with good home-style breakfasts. Try the build-your-own egg-and-cheese scrambles, fluffy pancakes that are made from scratch and breakfast burritos with local...  Read More

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 Keys Cafe is located on the South Shore, just off the main road. This small, yellow house serves up breakfast, lunch, beer wine and their famous smoothies. The atmosphere is fun and funky with local art on the walls and fresh, local eggs...  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