10 Best Homestyle Restaurants and Cafes in the Lake Tahoe Area

You are up at Lake Tahoe enjoying a day of skiing or hiking and you are craving Mom's cooking. What's a person with a growling stomach supposed to do? There are dozens of restaurants around the Tahoe area that serve up dishes that will remind you of Mom's (or Grandma's) cooking. Start out a day of playing in the snow with pancakes or waffles at the Old Post Office Coffee Shop on the North Shore or Eggs Benedict and homemade hash browns at Bert's Cafe on the South Shore. Wildflower is also a popular place for breakfast as well as lunch and is located in Incline Village. On the East Shore near Heavenly is the Driftwood Cafe which offers locally made coffee and on the West Shore is the popular Fire Sign Cafe.

For dinner, head to the local's favorite, The Pfeifer House, for some authentic and homemade German, Belgian and French food. Their "hunter style" chicken breast will make you think you have just come in from the German countryside. If you want to keep it close to home, head to Austin's on the North Shore for "comfort food for the soul."

There are actually two Red Huts in South Lake Tahoe. The newer building is right in the middle of town, while the older Red Hut is just West of the newer building. Each restaurant has great diner breakfasts and lunches, shakes, burgers and...  Read More

South Lake Tahoe

Primo's Italian Bistro in South Lake Tahoe has been getting great reviews for its authentic Italian food which includes pasta, pizza, soups, salads and classic dishes like Steak Pizzaiola, Saltimboca, Cioppino and Homemade Lasagna. Other items...  Read More

Fire Sign Café

With rave reviews from locals and visitors and publications like Ski Magazine, Travel & Leisure and Sunset 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...  Read More

Driftwood Cafe
Photo courtesy of Driftwood Cafe

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 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

Part of Tahoe's history, this long-lived European restaurant still pleases patrons with robust German, French, and Swiss dishes. Options like roastbraten, Swiss bratwurst with red cabbage, and "hunter style" chicken breast have a decidedly Old...  Read More

South Lake Tahoe

Burt's Cafe in South Lake Tahoe is a classic greasy spoon that is open for breakfast and lunch and features homemade from scratch items like Pancakes. Eggs Benedict, Biscuits and Gravey, Chicken Fried Steak and Crepes. Other items include Huevos...  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

If you work up a giant appetite on the slopes or while hiking, Austin's is the place to sate yourself. The small local chain is appreciated throughout Tahoe for its enormous (and delicious) portions of American classics: meatloaf, mashed...  Read More

The local, family owned Wildflower Cafe in Incline Village on the North Shore has been in this area for many years, and is known for their large portions and good breakfasts and brunch. Their dishes include items such as Cinnamon/Orange...  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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