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Dining Around Lake Tahoe

South Shore | North Shore
Tahoe City & Truckee

This is a very selective listing of recommended restaurants in the Tahoe area. The choices range from deluxe fine dining in lakeside restaurants and casino-hotel dining rooms to simpler places serving basic fare -- many of these are economical cafes and bistros serving great food.
We'll add to the list as we additional places are reviewed. Here are a few of the best places to eat:

South Shore Restaurants:

Fresh Ketch

Tahoe Keys Marina, South Lake Tahoe -- (530) 541-5683
At 2433 Venice Drive, just off Highway 50, this is a casual dining room, on the water, serving high quality seafood and other dishes with good service and atmosphere -- open for lunch and dinner. Dinner is served in the upstairs dining room, overlooking the marina.

Cantina Bar & Grill

711 Emerald Bay Rd., South Lake Tahoe -- (530) 544-1233
Served both traditional Mexican and up-to-date Tex/Mex dishes, plus beer, wine, and liquor. This is not a high-toned, sophisticated place, but is a family restaurant serving tasty (and huge) Mexican dishes.

Nepheles California Cuisine

1169 Ski Run Blvd., South Lake Tahoe -- (530) 544-8130
Fresh fish, duck, and game dishes are on the top of the menu of this interesting place, including a bar. Try out their hot tub rentals.

Carina's Cafe & Deli

3469 Lake Tahoe Blvd. -- South Lake Tahoe -- (530) 541-3354
Located in the Bijou Shopping Center, this is breakfast and lunch place owned and operated by Carina Evans. Originally from Sweden, Carina serves up what she calls American home cooking with Swedish touches." Breakfast and lunch with deli dishes.

Gi Fu Loh

At Harrah's Tahoe Casino Hotel -- Stateline, NV.
This restaurant opened after the hotel went through a $5.4 million renovation to accommodate the Cantonese dining place. The operation is headed by Hung Wong, former head chef at the Riverside Plaza Hotel in Hong Kong and the Lisbon Hotel and Casino in Macau.

Pacifica Seafood Buffet

At Harvey's Resort Hotel -- Stateline, NV.
Hours: Sundays-Thursdays 4-11 p.m.
Champagne Brunch on weekends from 8:30 a.,m. to 2 p.m.
This is the ultimate gourmand experience for seafood fans. From fish tacos to fried and barbecued shrimp, slipper lobster, oysters raw and cooked -- in fact you'll be long sated before running through the bounty of this buffet.

19 Kitchen Bar

At Harvey's Resort Hotel -- Stateline, NV.
Fine dining at the top of the hotel, on the 19th floor. A great view and good food, well-served. Open for dinner nightly, and Wed.-Sat. for lunch. This room was called Lewellyn's for a long time, and took on its new name in summer 2006.

Cabo Wabo Cantina

At Harvey's Resort Hotel -- Stateline, NV.
Before attending a summer concert at Harvey's outdoor amphitheater, we dined briefly in the Sammy Hagar inspired Wabo Cabo restaurant in the lower level at Harveys.. It's a loud and crowded place with wait lines often holding up would-be diners. What to expect? The food was beyond expectations. Harveys is one of the better places to eat in South Lake Tahoe/Stateline and Cabo Wabo came through. The cuisine is Mexican -- fish tacos, tostadas, burritos, etc, plus entrees featuring steak and other standards with a latin touch. The dishes we tried were inventive and beyond the ordinary Mexican/American dining experience.

Forest Buffet

At Harrah's Tahoe Hotel -- Stateline, NV
On the 18th floor, for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, including a special seafood buffet on Fridays evenings, and a Sunday Champagne brunch.

North Shore Restaurants:


120 Country Club Drive, Incline Village (775) 832-7778
Austin's specializes in down home American cooking, indoors or on the patio. Open for lunch and dinner.

Borderhouse Brewing Co.

24 Stateline Road, Crystal Bay (775) 832-2739
This is a microbrewery restaurant, with an oyster bar and other food to eat while you sample the pub's own beer.

Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe

111 Country Club Drive, Incline Village (775) 831-1234
The Hyatt has several restaurants, including the Lone Eagle Grill, with American cuisine and fine lake view, Ciao Mein -- focusing on Chinese, and the 24-hour Sierra Café.

Cal-Neva Resort

2 Stateline Road, Crystal Bay (775) 832-4000
Sir Charles' Lakeview restaurant/coffee shop has a fine view of Lake Tahoe, and the menu has a wide range of dishes.

Tahoe City and Truckee Restaurants

Alpine Riverside Cafe

Alpine Meadows Rd. & Hwy. 89
(530) 583-6896
This delicatessen-style cafe serves breakfast and lunch, next to the Truckee River, near the ski hill of the same name.

The River Ranch

Highway 89 and Alpine Meadows Road (530) 583-4264
Wild game, seafood, and steaks are the specialties here, at this comfortable restaurant overlooking the river.

Black Bear Tavern

2255 West Lake Blvd -- 2.5 miles south of Tahoe City
(530) 583-8626
Serving steaks and dishes with a New England flavor, plus nightly specials.

Colonel Clair's Tahoe Grill

6873 North Lake Blvd., Tahoe Vista
(530) 546-7358
Seafood and ribs are at the top of the Colonel's menu, and a wine list bears more than 100 vintages, including many served by the glass.

Jake's On The Lake

At Boatwork's Marina, Tahoe City (530) 583-0188
A restaurant with lounge specializing in fresh seafood dishes. Overlooks the lake. Opens at 4:30 for dinner. Open for lunch in July and August. Indoor and outdoor dining.

Plump Jack Cafe

1920 Squaw Valley Road, Squaw Valley
(530) 583-1576
The original Plump Jack is in San Francisco, and this version is just as good. This is "New American" cooking -- a perfect cuisine for this High Sierra location, close to the ski slopes and summer cable car ride. The restaurant is a destination in itself.

Sunnyside Resort Restaurant

1850 West Lake Blvd., Tahoe City (530) 583-7200
This is a charming place, on the lake, serving lunch and dinner, plus Sunday Brunch in summer.

Chamber's Landing Restaurant & Bar

6300 West Lake Blvd., Homewood (530) 581-2199
Lunch and dinner with a Mediterranean flair are served at this lakeside restaurant. Also featuring Sunday Brunch, in the old bar.

The Pfeifer House

760 River Road, Tahoe City (530) 583-3102
This European-style restaurant is one of the oldest in the region, having been built in 1939 (as the Lake Inn). It's just north of the "Y", with fine cuisine in an old world setting. Open for dinner.

Tahoe House Restaurant

625 West Lake Blvd., Tahoe City (530) 583-1377
Swiss cuisine is a specialty, but the Tahoe House also served California dishes, including pasts, veal, vegetarian fare, and European style breads, pastries, and bagels.

Blue Water Brewing Co.

850 North Lake Blvd., Tahoe City (530) 581-2583
This is the North Shore's one and only brewpub, with a selection of fresh brews, and pub-style food. Live music featured, pool tables, darts.

Hacienda Del Lago

760 North Lake Blvd., Tahoe City (530) 583-0358
This place is popular with local residents, featuring combination dinners, plus all the traditional Mexican dishes as entrees. Beer, microbrews, and Margaritas are available. Outdoor deck. Dinner from 4 p.m. year-round. Lunch in summer months.

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