10Best Restaurants, Cafés and Bars 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, Thai, BBQ and even Mexican rotisserie. To start out a day of hiking, swimming or just hanging around on the beach start with a filling breakfast at the Wildflower Cafe for their large servings of french toast or eggs and bacon. Lunches are quick at T's Rotisserie or leisurely at the AYCE menu at Koi Sushi. For a fine dining experience, try the seafood at the Big Water Grille, which is right on the water or beautiful dishes at Jack Rabbit Moon. 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.



The Tunnel Creek Cafe is located in the former Ponderosa Ranch area of Incline Village. The cafe caters to hikers and bikers who are accessing or coming down from the Flume Trail, a popular mountain biking area just above the lake. The cafe offers breakfast, lunch and early dinner as well as a farmer's market in the summer and fall. The cafe is open all year and also has a wood stove inside to keep you warm. The affordable menu includes breakfast items like Umpqua Oatmeal for only $3.25, breakfast burritos for $4.95 and coffee and tea for around $2.00 a cup. Lunch items include sandwiches and paninis and salads. There are also a few vegetarian items like Mozzarella Pesto with tandoori naan flatbread grilled with mozzarella, tomatoes and pesto.



Austin's is a cozy 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 prima vera. 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.



The Big Water Grille in Incline has spectacular panoramic views of the lake. Their menu features an elegant, but approachable mix of American fish and meat dishes and the lounge features a $6 Happy Hour menu every night all night long. The wine list features over 200 wines from around the world that can be enjoyed on the restaurant's deck. Menu items include Herbed Potato Gnocchi, Pan Seared Sea Scallops with Israeli couscous, Cast Iron Duck Breast with braised endive and for dessert, you have to get the White Chocolate~Banana Bread Pudding with coconut curd. The basement wine cellar of the Big Water is available for private dining for up to 18 people.



The local, family owned Wildflower Cafe in Incline Village on the North Shore has been in this area for many years, and is known for their large portions and good breakfasts and brunch. Their dishes include items such as Cinnamon/Orange French Toast, Hawaiian Omelet, Vegetarian Sausage, Biscuits and Gravy, and short stacks with fruit. Don't forget to get one of their decadent cinnamon rolls. At Wildflower, the staff is friendly and the portion will fill you up. The coffee and tea could be better, but the place is warm and cozy and great for a snowy day in the mountains.



Located in Incline Village and just a few miles from the water, Koi Sushi is not an all you can eat restaurant, However, after just a few of their authentic rolls, you won't need a AYCE menu. Open for both lunch and dinner, 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 are 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.



Jack Rabbit Moon is an intimate Incline Village restaurant that serves beautiful and delicious food made with quality ingredients. The prices range on the high side, but Jack Rabbit Moon is the place for that special dinner. They are only open for dinner Wednesday through Sunday at 5:30. Their menu includes items like Soup duo of Gazpacho and cucumber buttermillk garnished with baby heirloom tomato salad, Grilled NY strip steak over sweet corn, bacon and potato hash with chili butter and Cinnamon Sugar dusted Donuts w/ warm chocolate sauce. The wine and beer list is extensive and includes higher end bottles like the Bergstrom Cumberland Reserve Pinot Noir from Oregon or the more reasonably priced Gessami Gramona Penedes from Spain.



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.



This chic but homey place serves up tapas with an American flair. Their menu consists of items like Tiny Cheesburger 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.



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.



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 dessert like Warm Mascarpone Strudel and Tahitian Vanilla Creme. The Lone Eagle also serves after-dinner cognacs and ports.


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