10Best Group Friendly Restaurants & Cafes in Reno

Sometimes your group of four can expand up to 10. Where do you go in Reno for a great dinner or even a late breakfast? There are many options to choose from in Reno from Pho and sushi in downtown to omelets and buffets just a few blocks away from the Reno Arch. This 10Best group friendly list has a wide variety of food options so you and your large group can see what the Biggest Little City has to offer.

For large groups that want a huge breakfast or brunch, several options will do including Peg's Glorified Ham & Eggs in South Reno or even some of the Downtown buffets. The Stone House (with its beautiful garden) can also accommodate larger groups for the first meal of the day. For lunch, try Golden Flower downtown for their Pho or delicious spring rolls with fresh basil. For dinner try Sterlings at the Silver Legacy for both dinner as well as the best Sunday brunch in town or head to Midtown Reno for Toucan Charlie's many choices. For some entertainment for your group, Ichiban Japanese Steakhouse and sushi restaurant has fun decor and a dynamo Teppanyaki show and dinner with some talented chefs.


Rated as one of the best casino buffets in town, The Buffet at the Eldorado features hundreds of delicious items for breakfast, lunch and dinner including a huge salad bar, prepared salads, American, Italian, Mexican and Chinese cuisine and the popular pizza bar with homemade pizzas. The Eldorado has its own bakery, butcher shop, pasta shop and even a gelato factory. In fact, you might not want to save dessert for last. Their massive dessert section features cakes, pies, petit four, bread pudding with sauces and a large gelato area with real Italian gelato in flavors like blackberry and espresso.

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 offer both lunch and dinner specials. Try the delectable Flauta Encantada ($10.95) piled with guacamole or the rich Chile Verde ($10.75) in tomatillo sauce. Miguel's also has a great selection of fresh seafood and shellfish including the Siete Mares ($15.95) with shrimp, fish, clams, scallop and baby octopus. The friendly bar serves beer, wine, cocktails and Miguel's massive margaritas.

When you initially walk into this funky restaurant in downtown Reno, you would not initially guess that it serves some of the best Vietnamese and Pho in the city and happens to be a top locals choice for lunch and late night munchies. Start off with an appetizer of fresh, crispy Spring Rolls with a peanut dipping sauce, move onto a large combo bowl of Beef Pho with noodles, beef, tripe brisket, meat balls and a side of bean sprouts, chili oil, limes and fresh Thai basil leaves. Top it off with some green tea ice cream or some Thai iced tea.

Southwest Reno

What really makes Reno's The Stone House stand out is their beautiful outdoor dining space and historical stone building, but this place is still for casual dining. The family run restaurant features fresh ingredients and every soup and sauce is made from scratch. Breakfast, lunch and dinner is served every day as well as a fun happy hour with $5.50 small plates and cocktails. Menu items include the Stone House Crab Cakes with saffron lemon sauce ($14.99), the Spinach and Apple Salad ($10.25) or the odd, but delicious PB&J Bacon Burger ($13.75) with peanut butter, ligonberry jelly, smoked apple wood bacon, cheddar cheese, lettuce, tomato and red onions.

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. Their appetizers ilke Coconut Prawns, Shrimp Rangoons and Spring Rolls are excellent. Their Thai Salad with the peanut dressing is delicious with a hint of honey and spice. Their popular entrees include their soups like Mixed Vegetable Coconut Soup and Tom Kha soup. Their noodles include Spicy Basil and Wide Noodles with Chili Sauce. You can also get a variety of stir fry veggies and meat with your choice of sauce. Save some room for dessert and get the Sticky Rice and Mango or Green Tea Ice Cream.

This Italian restaurant in downtown Reno (near the movie theater) is an affordable eatery that serves wood-fired pizza, fresh pasta, light Italian breakfasts and grab-and-go lunches. The menu is changed daily and includes items like Shrimp and Polenta with eggs and Pancake French Toast for breakfast and brunch. Margherita Pizza, Pappardelle with Wild Boar Bolognese and Pecorino, and Muffaleta with House Salumi is served for lunch along with various salads and soups. Dinner features items like Braised Pork Shank with Cannelini Beans and Roasted Onions, Tombo Tuna with Green Beans and Balsamic Caramel and the Camp Burger with Tomato Chutney, Aioli, Rucola and Focaccia.

Louis' Basque Corner in downtown Reno has served its signature family style dinners to Reno locals and visitors since 1967. The new owners have kept the classic Basque meals and cocktails and have freshened up the building and the popular and friendly bar area. Louis' serves lunch and dinner in a family style atmosphere with shared plates of salad, French fries, beans and bread along with various entrees like burgers, steak and their delectable sweetbreads (go ahead, try them!). The bar serves the restaurant's Picon Punch with a curl of orange peel and even small appetizer plates can be ordered at the bar.

Ichiban Japanese Steakhouse & Sushi Bar at the Harrah's Hotel & Casino is still "The Best Tasting Show in Town". The Teppanyaki shows and food and their excellent all-you-can-eat sushi bar and tempura bar are located in a beautiful, Japanese inspired garden. The skilled chefs create sizzling steak, lobster, shrimp, scallops, chicken and vegetable dishes right at your table. Or you can sit at the sushi bar and enjoy more than 20 varieties of Nigiri Sushi and 40 Maki Sushi rolls, including several cooked and vegetarian options. The tempura, mussels and miso soup are also included in the price. Lunches run about $16 and dinners about $35 per person.

Toucan Charlie's, located in the Atlantis Casino Resort & Spa, is one of the freshest and most dynamic buffets in the city. Recently renovated, this contemporary restaurant serves an amazing array of dishes for every type. The buffet features eight different live stations including Southwest, Vietnamese Pho, teppanyaki, a carving station and even specialty salads. Speaking of salads, the huge salad bar is teeming with vegetables, toppings and dressings. You can also choose from a variety of hot foods including steak, seafood, chicken, rice and a charcuterie bar with olives, salami and cheese. For dessert the sweets range from gelato and cakes to bright pink and blue cotton candy.


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