Best Breakfast in Tahoe

Peace, Love and Waffles!

Red Hut Cafe - Ski Run location serves dinner also.
Red Hut Cafe – Ski Run location serves dinner also.

The Red Hut Cafe is a Tahoe fixture and a ‘must go’ when you visit Lake Tahoe. The Red Hut is historically a breakfast café but you can also enjoy a great lunch. You will find three Red Hut locations in South Lake Tahoe. The original cafe is located in the middle of South Lake Tahoe on Highway 50 (Lake Tahoe Boulevard).

Original Red Hut Waffle Shop
Original Red Hut Waffle Shop

The Original Red Hut Waffle Shop

In 1959 Mac & Lorraine moved the old donut shop from the state line, 2.5 miles down Highway 50 to its current location. Lorraine and her daughters worked the dining room and Mac prepared the best breakfast in Tahoe. Lorraine and Mac sold the business in 1984 to the current owners, and long-time customers. The Gardner family still runs the business today, which looks and tastes very much as it did in 1959.

Red Hut Cafe - Kingsbury Grade location
Red Hut Cafe – Kingsbury Grade location

Additional Locations

The Gardner family has opened several additional locations since then. In 1990 the Kingsbury Grade location opened. This is my favorite Red Hut spot. It is a little roomier than the original location with peek-a-boo view of Lake Tahoe. The Ski Run Red Hut opened in 2009 and is the first Red Hut Cafe to offer dinner. (The Ski Run location also contains an old fashioned soda fountain.) Since then, Red Hut Cafés have opened in both Carson City and Reno, NV.

Best Breakfast in Tahoe - Kingsbury 4

Breakfast is King at Red Hut

Breakfast is the specialty of every Red Hut Café. Traditional breakfasts with waffles, pancakes, bacon & eggs, and omelets are served with excellence every day. These are breakfasts of huge proportions and ‘The Usual’ is a local favorite. If you are tanking up to hit the slopes for the day, the Red Hut has you covered. Daily specials often include fresh fruit and breakfast is served all day. Expect to pay about $10 for your meal and a couple bucks for your drink. My husband and I never pay more than $30 for the two of us: two meals, two coffees, one juice and a 20% tip all for just under $30! Life does not get much better than that.

Red Hut Cafe - Kingsbury Grade sign
Red Hut Cafe – Kingsbury Grade sign

Getting There

The Original Red Hut is located at 2723 Lake Tahoe Blvd, South Lake Tahoe, CA.

Red Hut Cafe Nevada is located at 229 Kingsbury Grade, Stateline, NV.

Red Hut Cafe Ski Run is located at 3660 Lake Tahoe Blvd, Corner Hwy 50 & Ski Run Blvd, South Lake Tahoe, CA.

Locations of 3 Red Hut Cafes in the Tahoe Basin.
Locations of 3 Red Hut Cafes in the Tahoe Basin.

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