No matter which one of these restaurants you choose, you will be able to have a great view if you sit outside. Whether it's in front of a mountain, right by a creek or river, overlooking a town or even right on the lake's shore these places will have something to gaze at while you dine al fresco.
If you want to be right on the water's edge, you have to visit Christy Hill in Tahoe City for lunch or dinner. They serve fresh, local and organic dishes that you can enjoy on their outdoor deck as the water laps beneath your feet. Other restaurants with decks right on the lake is Jake's on the Lake in Tahoe City and the Riva Grill in South Lake Tahoe.
If a babbling brook or roaring river is more your style, head to the Dam Café in Tahoe City where you can get some great breakfast burritos and coffee on their deck overlooking the Truckee River. Right nearby is the Bridgetender which is a popular locals spot on the weekends. For a great view of town, head to the Cottonwood in Truckee where the view from their deck is of the entire town, the mountains and the train as it chugs along its track.
For a great view of the mountains, visit the Plumpjack at Squaw Valley. Here you can enjoy their wine and appetizers outside on their deck right next to a firepit, which will make dining outside in the winter a bit more bearable.