10 Best Group-Friendly Restaurants and Cafes in Lake Tahoe

Whether you are just in the area with your friends, enjoying a family vacation or celebrating during a wedding reception or special event, there are many group friendly restaurants to choose from in Lake Tahoe. Many of these restaurants have special rooms to rent for groups or just some very large tables to accommodate the entire crew.

For a big breakfast with a big group, head to the Red Hut Cafe in South Lake Tahoe where you will be seated in a retro diner atmosphere. For lunch take the group to the Hacienda del Lago where you can sit on the deck and get some great views of the water. Another great spot for lunch or a happy hour spot is Best Pies Pizzeria in Truckee.

For dinner, try the pasta or a pizza at Scuza in South Lake Tahoe, they are friendly to groups and have outdoor seating in the summer. If you are on your way back from a day trip, stop at Red's Old 395 Grill in Carson City for a unique dining experience and some great BBQ.

For that special occasion, restaurants like Edgewood with its lake views. The Cottonwood in Truckee has a cozy and friendly vibe that will welcome large groups with open arms.



Adjoining the charming Christy Lodge, this rustic restaurant serves tasty seafood, beef, poultry, lamb, and pork dishes in simple, European-influenced preparations. Have a pre-dinner cocktail on the covered, glassed-in deck – perfect whatever...  Read More



Nestled halfway up the mountain just minutes from the bustling casinos of downtown Stateline and the Heavenly ski resort, this cliffside restaurant offers a spectacular view of the entire Lake Tahoe basin. The Chart House has been in this area...  Read More

Red's Old 395 Grill
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This restaurant in the center of Carson City (the capital of Nevada) is one of the best places to eat in Carson City. This popular and lively restaurant and bar serves excellent BBQ, pizza, salads and steaks. Try the Q for Two, a massive platter...  Read More



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...  Read More



There are actually two Red Huts in South Lake Tahoe. The newer building is right in the middle of town, while the older Red Hut is just West of the newer building. Each of the Red Huts has great and affordalbe diner breakfasts and lunches,...  Read More

South Lake Tahoe


Himmel Haus is a German restaurant and bierhaus featuring a wide variety of German and Belgian biers and wines with a simple menu of Bavarian-inspired food with a local California twist. The menu includes locally made and sustainably harvested...  Read More

South Lake Tahoe


Scusa Italian Ristorante has been serving authentic Italian to the Tahoe are for years. The restaurant has a large selection of appetizers (including the dynamite Lobster Ravioli), salads, fish and pasta dishes and classic regional and coastal...  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

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Eat indoors or on the restuarant's beautiful patio. They have all kinds of dishes to seduce your taste buds. Choose between crispy Baby Back Ribs grilled with jerk spice, and served with house made barbecue sauce or Jerk-spiced Fried Rock Prawns...  Read More



Hacienda del Lago is known for both its margaritas as well as it's great view of the Tahoe City marina and the lake beyond. Their menu is not too bad either. The Hacienda serves up traditional Mexican food like Chile Colorado with juicy cubed...  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