10Best Cheap Eats in Lake Tahoe and Truckee

It can be a struggle sometimes to find a good value in a popular place like Tahoe, but we've gathered together the 10Best restaurants and cafés all over the lake that offer a lot for your dollar. These range from family places for breakfast like Driftwood Cafe to late night craving spots like the Beacon right on the beach at Camp Richardson.

For lunch, head over to T's Mesquite in Incline Village for a quick dish of delicious pork or chicken cooked in the latin style or to Burger Me in Truckee for their naturally raised beef burgers and sweet potato fries. Also in Truckee, the Full Belly Deli serves up both subs and pressed sandwiches.

A steak dinner is affordable at the Old Range Steakhouse on the North Shore or at Best Pies & Pizzeria in Truckee. For something interesting for any time of day, check out the organic and affordable meals at the Blue Angel Cafe or the in-house smoked meats at Chimayo Street Market in South Lake Tahoe.



The Full Belly Deli in the mountain town of Truckee not only serves up inexpensive sandwiches and subs for the tourist crowd, but locals are quick to run to the deli for their own breakfast and lunch. Full Belly breakfast includes items like...  Read More

South Lake Tahoe


Azul Latin Kitchen is located in the Heavenly Village beneath the Heavenly Mountain ski resort. The restaurant serves a fun and creative mix of organic Latin dishes with a California inspiration. They also serve some of the biggest and best...  Read More



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 Best Pies & Pizzeria restaurant is located right in downtown Truckee and features massive thin crust pizzas, Italian dishes and a lively atmosphere and affordable prices. Their speciality pies include the Garbage Pie with sausage,...  Read More

South Lake Tahoe


Located at Camp Richardson on the South Shore, this restaurant and bar is a summer party heaven. You can boat or kayak right up to the restaurant and enjoy a meal or drink with views of the water and Mount Tallac. The menu offers items like...  Read More



The Old Range Steakhouse in Tahoe Vista is one of the most popular steakhouses at the lake and offers a wide range of aged steaks, chops, prime rib, King Crab legs, BBQ ribs and a full bar with several dozen wines to choose from. For dinner try...  Read More



Rated one of the best burger places in Lake Tahoe Area and featured on the Food Networks "Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives", Burger Me is located in the old town section of Truckee. Their burgers are made with all natural ingredients. No growth...  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

South Lake Tahoe


The Blue Angel Caf� in South Lake Tahoe offers unique and interesting meat and vegetarian dishes as well as desserts, wine beer and a generous happy hour. This cozy, little restaurant has a view of the lake, a place for eating outside, a...  Read More

South Lake Tahoe


Chimayo Street Market on the South Shore of the lake is not your average Latin restaurant. Chimayo specializes in in-house smoked BBQ meats served in classic Mexican food dishes. Many of these dishes can be enjoyed for under $10 which is unusual...  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