10 Best Lake Tahoe Restaurants for Waterfront Dining

Lake Tahoe's views are unprecedented and being able to enjoy a gourmet (or just breakfast) right on the water is a special way to celebrate a trip to Lake Tahoe. These 10 Best restaurants in the Tahoe area will give you the view you're seeking.

For a special night out, head to Tahoe City where you can get an excellent lunch or dinner at Christy Hill. Their dishes change with the season and range from fresh ravioli to fish dishes. In South Lake Tahoe are the waterfront jewels of The Beacon and Riva Grill. Both have great views of not only the lake, but some fun boating action. The newest addition to the list is The Boathouse on the Pier at the Tahoe Beach Resort with its over-the-water summer dining.

One of the best restaurants with a view of the lake (and its own beach) is the Edgewood Restaurant near South Lake Tahoe. Also near South Lake is the Fresh Ketch at the Tahoe Keys. Try their fish dishes while sitting out on their wonderful deck. If you want a friendly staff along with the amazing water views, head to the Sunnyside Lodge and Restaurant where you can dock your boat and enjoy a meal right on their dock–along with a few cocktails.



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. Specialties include...  Read More

South Lake Tahoe


The Boathouse is located at the Tahoe Beach Retreat hotel in South Lake Tahoe and offers a unique dining experience over the waters of Lake Tahoe. The restaurant is only open during the summer, but you can enjoy lunch or dinner on a pier with no...  Read More

South Lake Tahoe


The Riva Grill has one of the lake's best waterfront decks in which to enjoy the view on a warm summer day. Make the day even better by ordering one of their famous Wet Woody cocktails. The Riva Grill is an upscale casual restaurant that...  Read More



The Fresh Ketch is located in a small marina at the foot of Tahoe Keys Boulevard and has long been regarded as South Lake's premier seafood restaurant. Try for a window table so you can watch the marina activities. Try the half a dozen oysters...  Read More



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



Jake's serves lunch only on weekends in the winter and daily in the summer. The seafood-focused menu fits the lake vistas perfectly. Enjoy spectacular views of the marina on Lake Tahoe as you dig into grilled prawns with basil and prosciutto, a...  Read More



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 at the Hyatt in Incline Village, this impressive alpine lodge restaurant has a large stone fireplace, incredible views of the North Shore and is located on its own private beach with access to a pier. Enjoy High Sierra cuisine, an...  Read More

South Lake Tahoe


Located at Camp Richardson on the South Shore, this restaurant and bar is a summer party heaven. You can boat or kayak right up to the restaurant and enjoy a meal or drink with views of the water and Mount Tallac. The menu offers items like...  Read More



This marvelous restaurant is located in the clubhouse of the Edgewood Tahoe Golf Course. The views of the lake and golf course are outstanding from any table. First-class food and service make for an enjoyable dining experience. As with most...  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