Sushi, Rotisserie & Excellent Burgers: 10Best Restaurants in Incline Village

Incline Village on the North Shore of Tahoe reflects the lake's laid back lifestyle in its restaurants, cafes, and bars. Take your pick from Japanese, fine dining, Korean, BBQ and even Mexican rotisserie.

To start out a day of hiking, swimming or just hanging around on the beach start with a filling and healthful breakfast at Mountain High Sandwich Co. Lunches are quick at T's Mesquite Rotisserie or leisurely at Inclined Burgers and Brews.

For a fine dining experience, try the upscale yet friendly Soule Domain in Crystal Bay. If you are in town with your family, Austin's is kid-friendly and features live music on their deck in the summer. For the Happy Hour folks, head to Bite for a cosmopolitan flair in the forest or to the Lone Eagle Grille at the Hyatt for the most dynamic views of the lake from their deck overlooking the beach and the blue water of Lake Tahoe.


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Chopsticks is a Chinese/Korean fusion restaurant located near the Hyatt Lake Tahoe and open for both lunch and dinner all year long. Don't expect your typical Chinese food menu here. Chopsticks not only serves favorites like lemon chicken and Mongolian beef but also Korean-style jjajangmyeon, Japanese U-don soup and hot stone pot bibimbop all for around $12. Chopsticks also serve global appetizers such as seaweed salad and egg drop and won ton soup as well as lettuce wraps and tempura. Each of their dishes is huge and can actually and could make a great lunch the next day. For dessert, check out their various flavors ice cream and mochi.

Recommended for Incline Village's Best Restaurants because: Chopsticks has excellent service and never seems to get very crowded.

Christina's expert tip: The entrees don't come with rice; order a bowl of white or brown rice separately.

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Austin's is a cozy restaurant located just up the street from the Hyatt Lake Tahoe in Incline Village. While it's a little small, it serves up some big meals and cool drinks. The American dishes are made from fresh ingredients and for lunch or dinner, you can choose from their famous chicken fried chicken, numerous salads, mountain rainbow trout, homemade meatloaf, burgers, sandwiches and pesto pasta primavera. The Chicken Fried Chicken ($14.95) is a favorite with hand tenderized boneless chicken breast flat grilled and served with country gravy. Other favorites include the Classic Meatloaf ($14.95) which is a secret recipe from Grandma Margaret.

Recommended for Incline Village's Best Restaurants because: The food at Austin's is hearty and filling after both winter and summer outdoor sports. Check out the outdoor deck in the summer months.

Christina's expert tip: To go with the Chicken Fried Chicken, try the Chicken Fried Bacon Bloody Mary with homemade bloody mary mix and the "whole darn garden."

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Mountain High Sandwich Co
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Located in the same shopping center as several other restaurants on this list, Mountain High Sandwich Co. features fresh, healthy and all-natural sandwiches, wraps, soup and salads made from organic produce. Mountain High Sandwich Co. is open for breakfast and lunch and features items such as Organic Superfood Oatmeal with flax, hemp, nuts, goji berries and cinnamon ($6.95) and the Harmony Wrap with smoked tofu wrap with organic quinoa, avocado, pea shoots, cabbage and homemade hearts of palm spread and lime cilantro tahini sauce ($9.45). The sandwich shop also makes their own spreads, dressings, pesto and aioli.

Recommended for Incline Village's Best Restaurants because: Mountain High's sandwiches feature organic and all natural ingredients. They also make their own spreads and dressings.

Christina's expert tip: Mountain High's disposable packaging and service ware are made from renewable plant-based materials that contain no plastic and are compostable and/or biodegradable.

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Located in Incline Village and just a few miles from the lake's shoreline, Koi Sushi is on the of the only all you can eat sushi restaurants in the Tahoe area. Koi is open for both lunch and dinner and the rocket fast chefs will make your order in record time. Choose from various nigiri, maki hand rolls and temaki with all the toppings. There is also a range of appetizers like green mussels, miso soup, edamame and tempura and desserts like green tea ice cream. Koi Sushi also serves various American and Japanese beers, sake, wine and soda.

Recommended for Incline Village's Best Restaurants because: Koi Sushi serves fresh authentic rolls in a laid back atmosphere. Try the Kaibashira nigiri with massive scallops.

Christina's expert tip: Koi Sushi is very popular on the weekends. Get to the restaurant around 4:00 pm for bar seating.

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T's Mesquite Rotisserie
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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 various salsas, sauces and tortillas. They also have the classic tacos and burritos as well as pulled pork with a mess of sauces to add to your sandwich. To wash it all down, the ice tea and lemonade is perfect. Be prepared to stand in line to order and eat either in the basic seating area or take your food outside or even on the road.

Recommended for Incline Village's Best Restaurants because: The family and staff of T's are friendly and helpful and will take custom orders.

Christina's expert tip: T's is a cash-only establishment and doesn't accept credit cards. There is a Wells Fargo ATM and a grocery store nearby if you need cash.

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This fun pizza restaurant is an affordable alternative to Tahoe's expensive tourist spots and ski resorts. This little place tucked away in the Christmas Village of Incline Village on the North Shore, has excellent New York style pizza, pasta, salads and beer. Their pizzas are hand-tossed and you can get them to go if you want. Their specialties include Spinach and Garlic Pizza with no red sauces, the Firenze with pesto, feta, salami, Kalamata olives, artichoke hearts, tomatoes and garlic and the Mighty Mo with Pepperoni, sausage, mushrooms, onions and olives. A mini pizza costs $6.50, the Small is $10.95, the Medium is $12.95 and the Large is $14.95. Mofo's also has a salad bar, garlic bread, fried zucchini, garlic chips, pasta and calzones.

Recommended for Incline Village's Best Restaurants because: Mofo's has been serving pizza and past to the Incline area since 1986.

Christina's expert tip: Each of Mofo's pizzas is handmade to order. Try the simple Traveler pizza with an olive oil base and bacon.

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This chic but homey place in the heart of Incline Village serves up tapas and small plates with an American flair. Their menu consists of items like Tiny Cheeseburger Sliders, Grilled Jamaican Jerk Prawns with Jicama Slaw and Lime Creme, Roasted Lamb Chop Bites with "French Toast," Dried Winter Fruit and Mint Maple Pan Sauce and Warm Apple Turnover Bites with Creme Anglaise. The bar serves up over 30 wines from around the world, unusual cocktails and craft beers. The atmosphere of the restaurant feels more like a larger city rather than a small town on the shores of Lake Tahoe.

Recommended for Incline Village's Best Restaurants because: Bite has chic and comfortable decor and some fun menu items to choose from. Try their from-scratch cocktails.

Christina's expert tip: Bites uses unique and interesting ingredients in their dishes such as Maine lobster in their BLT and Greek yogurt in their onion dip.

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Tahoe's Le Bistro offers some of the best dinner deals in the area. They have an a la carte and tasting menu option Tuesday through Saturday. Since the chef uses only fresh, organic ingredients that he finds in the local markets, the menu changes on an almost daily basis. Past dishes have included winter truffle soup en cro�te, grilled artichoke and asparagus in red bell pepper dressing, and braised venison osso buco with port wine and green peppercorns. Le Grand Dessert is an assortment of cheeses served with raisins and glazed walnuts. Servers are friendly, knowledgeable, and able to suggest appropriate wine pairings.

Recommended for Incline Village's Best Restaurants because: Le Bistro's exquisite pairings and presentation are a joy to look at...and eat.

Christina's expert tip: Try the $55 per person "prix-fix" menu with appetizer, soup, salad, choice of main course and dessert.

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Inclined Burger and Brews
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For a quick lunch or dinner stop in Incline Village that won't break your wallet, Inclined Burgers and Brews stands out. Not only does this place serve up some delicious burgers, fries, shakes and local beers, but they are super quick with your order. Inclined's menu is not huge, but there is no need for a large menu when each dish is simple and prepared to really feature the fresh meat, vegetables and potatoes. Add-ons such as fried eggs and avocado are also available. Inclined also serves up veggie baskets and salads for those looking for a vegan option. For drinks, try the rotating beers or tap, the weekend Bloody Mary's or even a beer float.

Recommended for Incline Village's Best Restaurants because: Tahoe tends to cost more when it comes to restaurants, but Inclined Burgers and Brews bucks that trend and the burgers are all under $10.

Christina's expert tip: Splurge a little ($5.95) and get Inclined's garlic fries. They are covered in fresh garlic and herbs.

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Located at the Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe, 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 desserts like Warm Mascarpone Strudel and Tahitian Vanilla Creme. The Lone Eagle also serves after-dinner cognacs and ports.

Recommended for Incline Village's Best Restaurants because: The food and service are excellent and the view is the best on the North Shore.

Christina's expert tip: Happy Hour at Lone Eagle Grille is Sunday through Wednesdays from 3 to 6 p.m. with half-price wine by the glass.

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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