10Best Cafes in the Lake Tahoe Area: Breakfast, Lunch or To-Go

At a café you can enjoy everything from breakfast and brunch to lunch and even late night desserts –without a long time commitment. The Lake Tahoe area has a wide range of cafés that serve a multitude of breakfast and lunch items during the day and coffee and sweets into the evening. Some of these Tahoe cafés also let you take your goodies on the road, on the trail and wintery slopes.

For a bit of grocery shopping and some delicious deli items, try Obexer's General Store near the Homewood ski resort on the West Shore. Also on this side of the lake is the West Shore Cafe (try their warm lobster dip) or the Fire Sign Café with their large portions and fresh squeezed juice. If you are on the South Shore, head to the Driftwood Café near Heavenly or the Keys Café near the Tahoe Keys Marina. For some vegetarian sandwiches and desserts, try the Blue Angel Café, which is also in South Lake Tahoe. For a special treat, Café Blue at the Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe fresh pressed juices, signature house-made paninis and Blue Bottle Coffee.

Dam Cafe
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This little coffee shop and cafe is right across from the Truckee River outlet and Fanny Bridge right on the "Y" of highway 89 and 28 near Tahoe City. The Dam Cafe serves sandwiches and burritos like the Dam Burly-rito and the Tasty Turkey,...  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



With rave reviews from locals and visitors and lines often out the door on busy weekend mornings, Fire Sign Cafe is surely one of Tahoe's most popular breakfast and brunch spots. A quick glance at the menu shows why � a dill and artichoke...  Read More



This small, yellow house on the South Shore serves up breakfast, lunch, beer wine and their famous smoothies. The atmosphere is fun and funky with local art on the walls and fresh, local eggs served in their omelettes, breakfast sandwiches and...  Read More

South Lake Tahoe


Burt's Cafe in South Lake Tahoe is a classic greasy spoon that is open for breakfast and lunch and features homemade from scratch items like Pancakes. Eggs Benedict, Biscuits and Gravey, Chicken Fried Steak and Crepes. Other items include Huevos...  Read More



This cozy, local coffee shop serves Alpen Sierra coffee, various teas and much more. Located in South Lake Tahoe on the way to Emerald Bay, Alpina is a comfy caf�, adored by locals. The Cafe has three computers with Internet access for...  Read More



The Obexer's General Store is near the local's ski area of Homewood and has been a mainstay of the area for years. The store is right next to the Obexer's Boat Company which rents buoys and sells boats for use on Lake Tahoe. Obexer's serves up...  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



Caf� Blue is The Ritz-Carlton's signature bakery and coffee shop. Located in the upper lobby near the outdoor pool with views of the mid-moutain ski runs of Northstar, Caf� Blue features fresh pressed juices and smoothies,...  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


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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