Five Rules for finding a great dining experience when you visit Lake Tahoe.

1. Leave your room

Lake Tahoe is full of amazing restaurants and entertainment. You may feel overwhelmed and be tempted to stay at your resort. Don’t! Tahoe is a outdoor wonderland and half the experience is created by mother nature herself. You may be staying at Harvey’s, Harrah’s, Mont Bleu or the Marriott’s Timber Ridge where dining is truly excellent, but you will enjoy your Tahoe experience so much more if you get out and sample the variety of all corners of Tahoe.

2. Walk, look and listen

Put down your Smart Phone and take a walk through Heavenly Village or the shops at King’s Beach. Hike or ski one of our mountains and meet people along the way. You will meet visitors from all over the world when you visit Lake Tahoe. Ask about their experience in Lake Tahoe and share yours. Listen to what people are talking about and for live music available at many eateries.

3. Locals Rule!

Ask a shop keeper, cabbie or barista where they like to eat. One of the best things about living in Tahoe is the ability to feel like you are on vacation whenever you want. When I need a mini vacation, my husband and I visit one of the local restaurants with great food and live music like Base Camp Pizza or The Beacon Bar and Grill.

4. Enjoy the Crowds

See a crowd? Go check out what all the fuss is about. Visitors to the mountains are often looking for a piece of quiet serenity. No problem. There are many places for peaceful relaxation in Lake Tahoe, but a vacant eatery is probably not a sign of great food. If you prefer smaller crowds, return at a less popular meal time like 11 am or 3 pm. You get the same great food and service with a little less hustle and bustle.

5. Try the Local Moonshine

Like every great destination, Tahoe has local offerings that are unique to our town. Tahoe Moonshine is actually distilled here in Lake Tahoe with the best fresh alpine water on earth. You can visit their speakeasy and distillery on Fridays and Saturdays, but be sure to call ahead to check times.  Sushi Pier is a locally owned and operated Sushi bar with local dishes like the Mt. Rose Roll which is truly excellent. Revive Coffee & Wine Bar serves wine created by local vintners in Northern California.

Use the ‘Restaurants‘ drop down menu above to find recommendations made by a local -me!

3 thoughts on “Restaurants”

  1. Hi Wendy, awesome 5 rules! I found this post quite entertaining haha! I have never known that the fresh alpine water at Lake Tahoe is the best on earth. For the moonshine, I’m sure I must try it one day. Thanks for the guide for the local restaurants as well. Cheers~

  2. It has been too many years since I’ve been skiing. I live in Hawaii (I know, you don’t feel bad for me), and I don’t get the opportunity to go. I’ve always wanted to go to Tahoe. Thanks for reminding me; maybe this is the year! Your site really lays out all there is to do and where to stay in Tahoe.

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