10 Best Casual and Relaxed Dining Restaurants in Reno

Unlike Las Vegas or other large cities, Reno is happy to be a casual town. Here there is no shortage of laid back but tasty dining and you can still dress up if you want to and no one will look twice.

If you are on the lookout for a hearty breakfast or brunch, try the healthful Laughing Planet  near Downtown. Another great breakfast and brunch spot with a full menu is Great Full Gardens. For lunch, try Bab for their Korean rice bowls, Midtown Eats for their unique spins on burgers and sandwiches or Süp for their...well...soup.

Dinner is fun and casual at Miguel's Mexican or Bangkok Cuisine which serves the best Thai food in town. The Depot brews their own beer and Miguel's Mexican is a Reno mainstay. For a slice of classic Reno, visit the Little Nugget Diner downtown for an Awful Awful Burger–the epitome of casual in Reno.



Miguel's has been a central part of downtown Reno for decades. The fresh, classic Mexican dishes are delicious with just a right amount of heat and spice and the decor is warm and inspired by central Mexico. The margaritas are great and they...  Read More



Bring a bib, 'cause this place will get you nice and sticky. Brothers Barbecue, in Midtown Reno near the Wells Avenue District, is a casual paper plate and plastic fork type of establishment that features traditional St. Louis and Texas style...  Read More



Great Full Gardens Cafe & Eatery in MidTown Reno offers a casual and healthful menu for breakfast, lunch and dinner and a full coffee, beer and wine menu. The restaurant features items from local farms, vendors and their own greenhouse. The...  Read More

Southwest Reno


Creating quality homemade wood fired pizzas is the goal of this beautiful restaurant in South Reno. The menu not only features classics like the Margherita ($14) but also signature pizzas and a few guest pizzas from other restaurants. While...  Read More



Laughing Planet Cafe is a small regional chain that brings healthful, organic and sustainable food to the Midtown area. Laughing Planet's menu is chock full of fresh vegetables in global dishes like their spicy Thai Bowl ($8), Cuban Bowl...  Read More



The Depot is Reno's first brewery and distillery that serves some excellent pub food with a local twist. The brewery portion serves up a selection of Nevada-inspired beers and the distillery creates spirits for purchase or for use in the bar's...  Read More



This small cafe in Reno's Midtown District is heaven for soup, salad and sandwich lovers. The ingredients are fresh and the tomato bisque is divine. Other menu items include the Cajun Egg Salad Sandwich ($7.99) with Cajun spiced egg salad, local...  Read More



An elegant and classic Thai decor will welcome you to this local favorite. This family run restaurant in Midtown serves authentic and delicious Thai food. They have the classics like Pad Thai and some excellent red, yell and green curry dishes....  Read More



This little place in Midtown, just south of downtown, serves up salads, soups, sandwiches, burgers and tacos during lunch and items such as Steak and Frite, Berkshire Pork Belly and Duck Confit during dinner. Their Sunday Brunch has Brioche...  Read More



Bab is a traditional dish that means "meal" or "rice" in Korean. This contemporary and popular lunch spot in the Downtown area serves a healthy version of the rice bowl. Choose from Bibim-bab, a bowl of rice or noodles topped with vegetables,...  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