10 Best Places for Lunch in Lake Tahoe

There are numerous places around Lake Tahoe to grab either a quick lunch or a leisure two-hour long lunch. If you are on the North Shore and Truckee visit the surprisingly fresh Morgan's Lobster Shack & Fish Market. For another quick bite, check out T's Mesquite Rotisserie for some slow-roasted meats and Tex-Mex inspired dishes. Moody's Bistro is a more upscale diner with seriously the best onion soup en croute outside of Paris. The Squeeze In breakfast and lunch spot in Truckee has a loyal following and some very large dishes. Burger Me! has been featured on "Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives" and still serves some of the best burgers on the lake.

In Tahoe City on the West Shore, get a great view of the lake while eating a late lunch at the Sunnyside Resort (and stay for Happy Hour) or at Jake's on the Lake. Even if the weather is cold and snowy, you can still get a great view of the lake from both of these restaurants.

On the South Shore, head to the Blue Angel Café for organic, locally made food as well as a cozy atmosphere with a fireplace and comfy chairs. If you prefer local, vegetarian and vegan food, try the Keys Café near the Tahoe Keys.



The spot for breakfast and lunch in Truckee, Squeeze In is renowned for its huge omelets � all 62 varieties. Featuring almost every ingredient conceivable (including shrimp, avocado, and pesto), as well as standbys like bacon, onions, and...  Read More



The Driftwood Cafe near the Heavenly ski area has a huge menu full of breakfast and lunch items. This cute little diner serves items such as Huevos Rancheros, Eggs Benedict, Breakfast Burritos and Sandwiches and their Outrageous Omeletts with...  Read More



Part of charming Sunnyside Lodge, this lakeside restaurant delivers wonderful views and straightforward, filling lunchtime eats. You'll find burgers, fish, and chicken sandwiches, as well as pasta dishes, salads, and soups. The lodge's dock...  Read More



Jake's on the Lake serves lunch only on the weekends, but the seafood-focused menu is worth an entire week's wait. Enjoy spectacular views of the marina on Lake Tahoe as you dig into grilled prawns with basil and prosciutto, a shrimp and crab...  Read More



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



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



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

South Lake Tahoe


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



The Keys Cafe is located on the South Shore, just off the main road. This small, yellow house serves up breakfast, lunch, beer wine and their famous smoothies. The atmosphere is fun and funky with local art on the walls and fresh, local eggs...  Read More



Morgan's Lobster Shack in Truckee, California serves fresh seafood and fish (including some very large lobsters) for both lunch and dinner. The small cafe only fits about 15 people, but there is a deck out back for summer dining. Menu items...  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