10 Best Family- and Kid-Friendly Restaurants in Lake Tahoe

These 10Best restaurants in the Lake Tahoe area have a few things in common: the food is hearty and plentiful and there is something for everyone on their menus. They include cafés, coffee shops, burger and pizza places. You can't go wrong there, no matter how picky your family is about their food.

Start off your day on the lake right with breakfast at either Heidi's Pancake House in South Lake Tahoe or the Log Cabin Café in Kings Beach. Each restaurant has massive menus that include not only pancakes but eggs and bacon, crepes, waffles and lots of hot coffee. Other breakfast places on the lake include the two Red Hut Coffee Shops in South Lake Tahoe and Bert's Cafe which serves breakfast all day long.

For a quick lunch, head for a pizza at the Front Street Station in Tahoe City or some very popular barbeque and rotisserie meats and sandwiches at T's Mesquite in Incline Village. Both will be a hit with the picky younger crowd. Of course, for either lunch or dinner, you can't go wrong with a great all-natural burger at the award-winning Burger Me in Truckee. Go for the sweet potato fries alone and you won't be disappointed.



Run by a couple from New Jersey, this small place next to the river serves 100 percent natural, hand-tossed New York style thin crust pizza as take-n'-bake, by the slice or by the pie. The Californian with artichokes and garlic and the Carnivore...  Read More



There are actually two Red Huts in South Lake Tahoe. The newer building with the soda shop is right in the middle of town in South Lake Tahoe, while the older Red Hut is just West of the newer building, also in South Lake Tahoe. Each restaurant...  Read More

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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 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



Scusa Italian Ristorante is one of the beloved local restaurants of the South Lake Tahoe area. Creative, traditional Italian and fresh seafood dishes are served in a lively atmosphere. They have an extensive wine list and also are happy to serve...  Read More



Skiers and boarders love breakfast and brunch at Log Cabin, claiming their generous portions of eggs, pancakes, and many other breakfast mainstays to be the ideal fuel for a day on the slopes. Cajun eggs Benedict, waffles topped with the fruit...  Read More

Heidi's Pancake House
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Heidi's is known in the South Lake Tahoe area for its delicious pancakes and Swiss-themed breakfast. Locals and skiers stop by this place to munch on some delicious sandwiches and burgers along with steaming hot coffee. For its regular guests,...  Read More

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With pie names like Hair of the Dog and Walk the Dog, you gotta love the pizza at Blue Dog Pizza in South Lake Tahoe. This small, local pizza joint offers free online ordering, a $3 Happy Hour and other specials. Their menu items also include...  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

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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


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