10Best Lake Tahoe Restaurants with Gluten-Free Menus

Staying healthy at one of the healthiest areas in the world has never been easier. Restaurants around Lake Tahoe have a wide selection of gluten-free as well as vegetarian and vegan available menu items: from pasta and pizza to beer and wine, you can pick and choose your favorite food from around the lake.

For breakfast, try the Keys Cafe with some of their home-baked gluten-free baked goods or pancakes. For lunch, check out the delicious and organic Freshies Restaurant or Sprouts Cafe. They both have fresh, organic salads, curries and smoothies. For a strictly vegan diet, try the food at Simple Bliss Cafe, the only vegan cafe in Tahoe.

For dinner, if you are craving Italian, try the Blue Dog Pizza place or Scusa Italian Ristorante, both in South Lake. They have pasta and pizza crust options for gluten-free diners as well as salads and appetizers. For a romantic dinner on the lake, try the River Grill. Not only do you get to sit by the river or on their lovely deck, but their gluten-free items are clearly marked on their menu.

For a special occasion, the Sugar Pine Cakery will whip up gluten-free, organic and vegan cakes, cupcakes and cookies for any birthday party, anniversary or wedding.

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

River Grill
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Winter or summer, locals flock to River Grill for its picturesque location along the Truckee River and its fresh, seasonal cuisine that makes the most of California's natural bounty. The dining room is outfitted in pine and provides pretty...  Read More

South Lake Tahoe


With pie names like Hair of the Dog and Walk the Dog, you gotta love the pizza at Blue Dog Pizza in South Lake Tahoe. This small, local pizza joint offers free online ordering, a $3 Happy Hour and other specials. Their menu items also include...  Read More

South Lake Tahoe


For nearly 25 years, Sprouts Cafe in South Lake Tahoe has been serving healthful, wholesome meals for affordable prices. Sprouts serves large salads like their house salad which is piled with sprouts (of course) avocado, tomatoes, red onions and...  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

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


Simple Bliss is South Lake Tahoe's only vegan restaurant and serves locally grown organic produce. They are located in the Swiss Chalet Village and are open daily from 6 a.m.to 4 p.m. The caf� is knowledgable about vegan diets and offers...  Read More



No only does Freshies have a great patio with a view of Lake Tahoe, but they have one of the freshest menus on the lake. Freshies uses organic items in their menu as much as possible including rice bran oil. Their items are vegan/vegetarian...  Read More

South Lake Tahoe


Many visitors to the Tahoe City area rave about the Sugar Pine Cakery and its sweet baked goods. The owner is an organic baker who specializes in vegan, gluten-free and organic baked goods. Items on the menu include not only cupcakes, cakes and...  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


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