Sophisticated and stylish, Restaurant Trokay strives to create beautiful food from fresh, local ingredients. This hip downtown Truckee resturant serves dinners which includes unusual items like Baby Corn, Fresno Chili, Celery, Maryland Soft Shell Crab Tempura, Salt Cured Torchon of Humanely-Raised Foie Gras, House Brioche and California Peach Ice or the Lousiana Crawfish Salad with Nasturtium, Celeriac Mousse and Horseradish. Desserts can be ordered with international coffee and teas and include Coffee and Ice Cream Affogato, Buttermilk Panna Cotta, Coconut Pavlova, and Bourbon Maple Pecan Tartlet. The presentation of each dish is a work of art that needs to be photographed by each customer.
Recommended for Fine Dining because: Trokay serves unusual and special dishes, but is on the expensive side.
Christina's expert tip: This place is best for couples or singles. Families may find it crowded and there are not too many items for children.
Offering a distinctive, intimate atmosphere along with pan-Asian fare, Frederick's is a change of pace from the usual Californian cuisine found in Tahoe. Small plates, big plates, and sushi incorporate influences from across Asia, with occasional nods to France and California organic cuisine. Filo-wrapped butterfish in red miso beurre blanc and wild salmon with grainy mustard shiitake sauce are typical of the larger entrees while inventive maki and sashimi represent the sushi offerings. Be daring for dessert with a tempura Snickers bar sundae or try one of Frederick's signature cocktails like the Peach Saketini with white peach, sake and ginger beer.
Recommended for Fine Dining because: Frederick's Fusion is quaint and offers an interesting mix of Asian and California cuisine.
Christina's expert tip: Frederick's has special ladies nights with drink specials and small bar plates.
Located in the center of Tahoe City, this restaurant offers excellent food and one of the best views on the lake. It's a small restaurant and reservations may be required during the high seasons, but the staff is friendly and very accommodating. They serve up a nice selection of wines by the glass and the bottle and the menu is small but it revolves around the changing seasons and the availability of fresh ingredients. The entrees include pork, lamb, seafood and pasta using fresh, local ingredients. For a starter the Caesar Salad is huge and very delicious and the various Ravioli dishes are a great entree. For dessert, try the Affogato with cranberry biscotti.
Recommended for Fine Dining because: At Christy Hill you can sit by the lakeview windows or on the heated deck.
Christina's expert tip: Christy Hill has earned rave reviews by the Los Angeles Times, Wall Street Journal and Bon Appetit.
This marvelous restaurant is located in the clubhouse of the Edgewood Tahoe Golf Course. The views of the lake and golf course are outstanding from any table. First-class food and service make for an enjoyable dining experience. As with most restaurants at the lake, seafood is always a specialty. However, this eatery also serves exotic dishes such as Roast Loin of Elk and an excellent Ostrich Medallion appetizer. The wine list has a bountiful assortment with prices in the moderate range. The Edgewood is available for special events including weddings, rehearsal dinners and receptions. They also cater local events and parties.
Recommended for Fine Dining because: Edgewood was recently awarded a Diner's Choice award from Open Table.
Christina's expert tip: Edgewood is on a golf course and has one of the best views on the lake.
This is the perfect romantic spot for a special dinner. Decorated with white linens and glimmering candles, this cozy Italian restaurant is furnished with only seven tables for an intimate atmosphere. During the summer, you can enjoy your meal outside beneath the towering pines. For a hearty meal, try the Cappellini Bocconcini made with meatballs, fresh tomato and basil. Bistecca alla Veneziana is medallions of filet mignon a green peppercorn cream sauce. For dessert, try the homemade white chocolate ice cream. The Cafe Fiore has been featured in As featured in- The San Francisco Chronicle, The Sacramento Bee and Best Places To Kiss In Northern California book and has been awarded the "Wine Spectator Award of Excellence" since 1992.
Recommended for Fine Dining because: Cafe Fiore is one of the most romantic restaurants at the lake.
Christina's expert tip: This is a small restaurant with only 7 tables, so early reservations are important.
Jimmy's Restaurant is located at The Landing Resort & Spa in South Lake Tahoe. This contemporary and cozy restaurant serves distinctive, wood-fired Greek seafood and locally sourced California cuisine. They also have an impressive wine list. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are served and the fine dining dinner menu features items like Kataifi Wrapped Feta with raisin, oregano, honey ($10), Pulled Lamb Burger with beetroot tzatziki, feta, watercress, brioche ($20) and Berry Limonchello Sabayon for dessert. Jimmy's Restaurant features several private dining alcoves–each with its own fireplace. The restaurant's deck has five fire pits where guests can enjoy before or after dinner drinks while overlooking the lake.
Recommended for Fine Dining because: Jimmy's Restaurant serves a unique mix of Greek and California cuisine. The private fireplace alcoves are a nice touch.
Christina's expert tip: In both winter and summer, get to Jimmy's early to enjoy the patio fire pits.
Consistently topping local lists of the area's most romantic restaurants, this family-run Tahoe mainstay has become the go-to place for diners seeking to impress first dates and enjoy a great meal in the bargain. Fresh, organic ingredients heighten the flavors of French-influenced dishes like pan-roasted chicken with mushrooms or champagne-poached sea scallops. Desserts include the decadant Queen of Sheba flourless chocolate double torte cake with fresh whipped cream filling for only $7. An appealing collection of appetizers, salads, and desserts showcases the same dedication to fresh foods and classic preparations. Reservations are requested.
Recommended for Fine Dining because: The Soule Domain restaurant is Zagat rated and has won several awards for the chef's creations.
Christina's expert tip: The Soule Domain has been voted the "Best Place to Take a Date" by the North Tahoe Truckee Action Guide for thirteen years running.
The Manzanita restaurant at the Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe at the Northstar ski resort not only embraces the natural surroundings with its name (a manzanita is an evergreen shrub that graces the Tahoe mountains), but it brings the beauty of nature into its dishes. Start off a romantic dinner with a seasonal Jerusalem Artichoke Bisque with whiskey cornbread, sunchoke chips and pickled sea beanse ($12), choose from 12-Hour Bordeaux Braised Shortrib or Fulton Valley Farms Roasted Chicken with Sightglass Coffee rubbed nantes carrot, black radish, natural jus ($34) and finish up with a Pumpkin Souffle with spiced anglaise and butter pecan ice cream.
Recommended for Fine Dining because: Manzanita also serves breakfast and lunch and has an extensive wine, beer and cocktail menu.
Christina's expert tip: Manzanita regularly offers intimate Chef's Dinners with special ingredients and dishes.
Located at the Hyatt in Incline Village, this impressive alpine lodge restaurant has a large stone fireplace, incredible views of the North Shore and is located on its own private beach with access to a pier. Enjoy High Sierra cuisine, an impressive wine list and breathtaking views of the lake. The seasonal menus use only the finest in fresh local ingredients prepared in the open show kitchen. Lunch and dinner entrees include items such as Furikake Crusted Ahi with Wasabi Mashed Potatoes and Radish Salad, Veal Osso Buco with Root Vegetable Pur�e, Spaghetti Squash Gremolata Style, "Apple Hill" Cider Cream Sauce and Saut�ed Chicken, Mascarpone Polenta, Asparagus, Morel Cream Sauce. The Grille has Vegetarian options and dessert like Warm Mascarpone Strudel and Tahitian Vanilla Cr�me Br�l�e. They also serve after-dinner cognacs and ports.
Recommended for Fine Dining because: The view from the windows at the Lone Eagle is one of the best on the North Shore.
Christina's expert tip: Happy Hour at the Lone Eagle is Sunday through Wednesdays from 4 to 6 p.m. with half-price wine by the glass.
With stellar views of Squaw Valley outside its tall windows. Six Peaks Grille at the Resort at Squaw Creek is the ultimate in fine dining. The chefs at Six Peaks serve innovative dishes made with sustainable seafood, meat and produce from Northern California and Northern Nevada. Since it's seasonal the dinner menu can offer items like sweet pea soup ($8) and Coffee Crusted Duck with Oregon huckleberry, apple, cocoa nibs, pistachio and Dr. Pepper reduction ($14). Follow those with seasonal fish dishes or Filet Mignon ($39). Try something from the wood fired grill like Rack of Lamp with saffron cream ($38).
Recommended for Fine Dining because: Six Peaks not only serves sustainable, local cuisine, but the views of Squaw Valley are amazing.
Christina's expert tip: Six Peaks also has alfresco dining on their patio in the summer months.