10 Best Restaurants and Cafés in Truckee, California

Some of the best restaurants in the Lake Tahoe area are not in Tahoe, but in the small railroad town of Truckee on the lake's North Shore. Truckee is home to a large selection of restaurants that feature local cuisine, fine dining, breakfast, lunch and brunch spots and some fun coffee and sandwich shops.

To get a great taste of Truckee, head to one or several of these 10 Best restaurants in the area. For breakfast or brunch, the Squeeze In is a popular choice among visitors and residents. It was featured on the Food Network and they have an insane number of omelettes to choose served with their wonderful salsa and sauces. For lunch, try the fun Burger Me restaurant which serves the best burgers in the area made with natural ingredients.

For dinner, you have a choice of casual and cool in the Cottonwood, which has a wonderful view of the entire town or warm and elegant in the Pianeta Ristorante which serves fantastic country Italian dishes. Other choices for dinner include Trokay, with it's locally grown food and Stella with it's award-winning menu and chef.

If you are just in the mood for coffee and a snack, visit the Coffeebar just behind the main street. This Italianesque coffee shop serves great Cappuccinos, sandwiches and crepes and gelato in the summer.



This stylish little coffee bar in Truckee is just off the main road on Jibboom street in downtown Truckee. They serve up Italian-style cappuccinos, espressos and latt�s as well as some unusual drinks like Lemon Chiffon Latte and Caffe...  Read More



Sophisticated and stylish, Restaurant Trokay strives to create beautiful food from fresh, local ingredients. This hip downtown Truckee resturant serves dinners which includes unusual items like Baby Corn, Fresno Chili, Celery, Maryland Soft...  Read More



The Best Pies & Pizzeria restaurant is located right in downtown Truckee and features massive thin crust pizzas, Italian dishes and a lively atmosphere and affordable prices. Their speciality pies include the Garbage Pie with sausage,...  Read More



This local favorite is owned by Sam Okamoto, who has worked as a restauranteur, author, cooking teacher and nutrition for nearly 30 years. Drunken Monkey only uses the freshest ingredients for their rolls, sashimi and small plates that feature...  Read More



The spot for breakfast 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 cheese, many of...  Read More



Right in the middle of downtown Truckee sits this charming northern Italian restaurant that is located inside a historic building. The decor is warm and full of dark wood. Pianeta Ristorante is outfitted with a full bar on the lower level and a...  Read More

Photo courtesy of Cottonwood


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



Moody's has become one of the best places for lunch, dinner and drinks in downtown Truckee. Their menu has been Zagat rated and they also offer a great selection of live music in their classic lounge.They are known for their season, organic and...  Read More



Rated one of the best burger places in Lake Tahoe Area and featured on the Food Network's "Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives", Burger Me is located in the old town section of Truckee in a former auto repair shop. The space is perfect for families and...  Read More



Stella is located in the Cedar House Sport Hotel near Truckee and offers an award-winning menu by chef Jacob Burton. Stella's menu features many items from the Cedar House Hotel's gardens and incorporates simple ingredients that make for...  Read More


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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