10Best Steakhouses in Lake Tahoe and Truckee

The Lake Tahoe and Truckee area has a wide range of steakhouses that include the peanut-shells-on-the-floor restaurants to four- and five-star restaurants that have been written up in gourmet magazines. No matter what you are craving (even if it's a little seafood with your steak) you can find it at these 10Best Steakhouses at the lake. For a more casual night out, head to Gar Woods on the West Shore of Lake Tahoe. The food is great, the bar is lively and the views off the balcony and the pier of the lake and the mountains are wonderful. Another casual location is the Old Range Steakhouse in Tahoe Vista or the very fun Red's Old 395 Grill down the hill in Carson City. For something a little more dressy (but no requiring high heels or a tie) head to the Cottonwood in Truckee where you can also get a view of the railroad town from their large windows. Another great view can be had from Friday's Station at Harrah's. The restaurant is located on the 18th floor of the hotel and has amazing views of the lake. The Lone Eagle Grille at the Hyatt in Incline Village is another place to get a fantastic view of the lake.

Gar Woods Grill and Pier Restaurant
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Gar Woods on Tahoe's West Shore is best known for it's wonderful pier and wooden boats, but it also has a great menu and a fun bar. The floor to ceiling windows, large deck and balconies provide breath taking views of Lake Tahoe and the Sierra...  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 the...  Read More



Friday's Station at the Harrah's Hotel & Casino offers some stellar views of Lake Tahoe from its 18th floor location. This steak and seafood restaurant is dress casual and includes a 1,000-bottle display wine cellar, certified Angus and USDA...  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

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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



Evan's American Gourmet Cafe in South Lake Tahoe is an intimate, 35 seat restaurant that has made a name for itself in several magazines and newspapers including Bon Appetit. Evan's is also rated Three Stars in Mobil Travel Guide and Three...  Read More

Lone Eagle Grille
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This is one of Lake Tahoe's premium lakefront restaurants. Located at the Hyatt in Incline Village, this impressive alpine lodge restaurant has a large stone fireplace and a pitched roof and is located on its own private beach with access to a...  Read More



The Sage Room at Harvey's has been around for 50 years. The rustic, quiet atmosphere is a nice alternative to other casino restaurants. This Western-themed steakhouse is popular with both locals and visitors and gets rave reviews from...  Read More



The cuisine at Wolfdale's in Tahoe City is an interesting mixture of California and Japanese. The building in which this restaurant resides was built in 1889 and now houses this semi-casual and very popular restaurant. Chef/Owner Douglas Dale...  Read More



The Old Range Steakhouse in Tahoe Vista is one of the most popular steakhouses at the lake and they offer a wide range of aged and fresh steaks, chops, prime rib, King Crab legs and a full bar. For dinner try the Barbecue Ribs and Rotisserie...  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