10Best Romantic Restaurants in the Lake Tahoe and Truckee Area

These 10Best romantic restaurants in the Tahoe and Truckee area have one thing in common: you won't want to leave. Each of these places have cozy and warm atmospheres, amazing food (some of it locally sourced) and excellent wine and drinks lists. Just what you need for a romantic night out.

Café Fiore has been voted one of the most romantic places to dine on the lake and its made even more intimate because it only has seven tables. Other restaurants with a romantic atmosphere include Manzanita at the Ritz-Carlton, Pianeta in Truckee and La Ferme in the small town of Genoa at the base of the Tahoe range.

For some excellent dishes, visit Evan's American Gourmet Cafe for their seared day boat scallops, the Cottonwood in Truckee for braised free range rabbit cassoulet or the Soule Domain for French Country dishes that include pan-roasted chicken or rabbit. The West Shore Cafe & Inn offers fine dining and a romantic place to stay the night.

For amazing views, head to the Edgewood restaurant where you can eat right on the shore of Lake Tahoe, at Manzanita with views of the Northstar mountains, or at the Cottonwood where you can look out over the entire town of Truckee. At night, the town lights up and you can even watch the trains come into and leave the station.

Lone Eagle Grille
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This is one of Lake Tahoe's premium lakefront restaurants. Located at the Hyatt in Incline Village, this impressive alpine lodge restaurant has a large stone fireplace and a pitched roof and is located on its own private beach with access to a...  Read More

Pianeta Ristorante
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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 more casual meal, dine on...  Read More

Photo courtesy of 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 Jerk-spiced Fried Rock Prawns...  Read More

South Lake Tahoe

Nepheles serves American cuisine in a very creative way. Appetizers appearing often are seafood cheesecake, fresh swordfish egg rolls, and stuffed mushrooms Milano. Entrees frequently featured are baked fresh ahi in Asian peanut sauce or wild...  Read More

Nestled halfway up the mountain just minutes from the bustling casinos of downtown Stateline and the Heavenly ski resort, this cliffside restaurant offers a spectacular view of the entire Lake Tahoe basin. The Chart House has been in the...  Read More

Located in Homewood on the West Shore, the West Shore Cafe and Inn is defined by its long, beautiful pier and buoys that welcome both boaters and non-boaters to dine. The cafe serves lunch, dinner and cocktails as well as some excellent dessert....  Read More

The cuisine at Wolfdale's in Tahoe City is an interesting mixture of California and Japanese. The building in which this restaurant resides was built in 1889 and now houses this semi-casual and very popular restaurant. Chef/Owner Douglas Dale...  Read More

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 beauty of nature into its...  Read More

South Lake Tahoe

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 summer, you can enjoy your meal...  Read More

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. Fresh, organic ingredients...  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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