Views of the lake: 10Best Tahoe City Restaurants and Cafés

Charming Tahoe City is popular for its easy access to the Lake Tahoe and its close proximity to Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows. It's also known for having some of the best restaurants in the Tahoe area. These range from elegant restaurants and bars with a great lake view (like Christy Hill) to cafés that serve some darn good breakfasts and coffee. For breakfast, start out at the Fire Sign Café for their large servings of Eggs Benedict or waffles, or keep it light with some yogurt, granola and coffee at Gear & Grind. For lunch visit Bridgetender or Jake's on the Lake, which are both good for people watching or being by the water. For an afternoon pick-me-up, get a tea or coffee from the Dam Café and stick around to watch the people on Fanny Bridge. For dinner, head over to the West Shore Cafe in nearby Homewood for their small plates or delicious cioppino or to Dockside 700 for an all night happy hour.

Moe's Original BBQ, originating in Alabama, has come to Tahoe City�and you can't beat the location. This BBQ joint, known for its daily smoked meats and multitude of sides, is located right on the Grove Street Pier in Tahoe City and...  Read More

The popular Jake's on the Lake serves lunch only on 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...  Read More

Uncorked Wine Bar
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Uncorked Wine Bar at Squaw Valley and Uncorked in Tahoe City features fine wines, cheeses and wine accessories. Join them for wines by the glass, cheese plates, wine tastings, live music, and "Meet the Winemaker" events each weekend. Here you...  Read More

Fat Cat Cafe
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This small cafe in Tahoe City is a mix of everything: sports bar meets lunch place meets gathering area meets live music venue. It is a beautiful, little place with comfy places to sit and plenty of parking. The decor is a mix of dark wood, nice...  Read More

With rave reviews from locals and visitors and lines often out the door on busy weekend mornings, the Fire Sign Cafe is surely one of Tahoe's most popular breakfast spots. A quick glance at the menu shows why a dill and artichoke omelet, veggie...  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

Hacienda del Lago is known for both its margaritas as well as it's great view of the Tahoe City marina and the lake beyond. Their menu is not too bad either. The Hacienda serves up traditional Mexican food like Chile Colorado with juicy cubed...  Read More

Christy Hill
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Located in the center of Tahoe City, this restaurant offers excellent food and one of the best views on the lake. It's a small restaurant and reservations may be required during the high seasons, but the staff is friendly and very accommodating....  Read More

Located in Homewood on the West Shore, the West Shore Cafe and Inn is defined by its long, beautiful pier and buoys that welcome both boaters and non-boaters to dine. The cafe serves lunch, dinner and cocktails as well as some excellent dessert....  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