The Area


Where to eat & drink

Jenna’s recommendations

Whether you want burgers for the whole family, elegant lakeside dining with a view, legit BBQ, or a hearty breakfast before heading out to the mountain, check out these amazing food options.

Truckee

Pianeta Ristorante

A cozy restaurant located in the heart of historic downtown Truckee, specializing in creating delicious Italian foods, homemade pastas, and stellar dining service since 1998. Pianeta’s features an extensive menu with nightly specials inspired by the delicious cuisine of Northern Italy.

www.pianetarestauranttruckee.com
Moody’s Bistro Bar & Beats

Moody’s Bistro Bar & Beats is the place in Truckee for great food and atmosphere. Set in the warmhearted ambiance of the historic Truckee Hotel, Moody’s complements its fine dining with critically-praised, nationally-touring Jazz, Americana, Soul and Rhythm and Blues bands with a splash of Hip Hop.

www.pianetarestauranttruckee.com
Restaurant Trokay

Stylish, modern restaurant offering upscale New American fare made with local, seasonal ingredients.

www.restauranttrokay.com
Cottonwood Restaurant & Bar

Tucked inside one of the oldest ski lodges in the country and serving dinner every evening, this multiple award-winning gem features a menu with mainstay entrées and specials, all brimming with sustainable seafood options, grass-fed beef, and organic produce whenever possible. Try the Tahoe Food Hub butternut squash enchilada with Ancho chile mole, cilantro, white cheddar, and toasted pumpkin seeds, or the grass-fed Durham Ranch cheeseburger with waffle fries. Cottonwood also displays incredible art and features live music Thursdays and Fridays.

www.cottonwoodrestaurant.com
Drunken Monkey Sushi

Drunken Monkey has created a place where you can enjoy Asian style noodles, sushi, sake, beer and wine in a unique lounge setting. Their staff has the food and beverage knowledge to guide you, and their friendly and punctual service will make your dining experience one to remember.

www.drunkenmonkeysushi.com
Manzanita at the Ritz Carlton

Artfully crafted cuisine, combining classical techniques and a modern culinary philosophy. Revolutionary in its simplicity, the culinarians in Manzanita begin their journey with a fundamental yet creative approach. They conceptualize the menu by sourcing the finest in season ingredients, then manipulate them to create diverse flavor profiles. The end result is an artistically presented, seemingly familiar dish, presented with a new twist.

www.manzanitalaketahoe.com/vision
Truckee Tavern & Grill

The Truckee Tavern and Grill’s specialty is wood fire cuisine featuring local grown produce and meats. Their approachable cocktail program utilizes fresh herbs, juices and house made concoctions. Their wine list specializes in a mix of hard to find producers as well as knownnames that complement our food.

www.truckeetavern.com
Marty’s Cafe

Marty’s Cafe has been serving Truckee diners since November 2012. Marty’s All-Day Breakfast and Lunch Menu features traditional favorites, Chef’s Daily Specials & Chef’s Seasonal Specialty Salads – made from the freshest ingredients. Executive Chef & Owner, Marty Carlton has been a pioneer in serving French-California cuisine at affordable prices. He says the secret of cooking at Marty’s Cafe is about “simplicity at its finest; using common ingredients that the everyday customer can recognize, while still trying to be innovative.”

www.martyscafetruckee.com
Margs

An afternoon at Marg's Taco Bistro will make you wish that all your afternoons were spent south of the border, barefoot, with margarita salt on your lips. Chef Bryan Brutsch reinterprets Latin cuisine, blending traditional Latino flavors with global ingredients and cooking techniques.

www.margstacobistro.com
Village Pizzeria

Since 1981 the Village Pizzeria has been family owned. It originally opened in Tahoe City and then relocated to its current location in Truckee, California. The Village Pizzeria has been a local favorite and is proud to be a part of the Truckee Tahoe community. Our menu includes gourmet pizzas, pastas, and Italian specialties made to order, craft beers, and an affordable wine list.

www.villagepizzeriatruckee.com
Old Town Tap

Old Town Tap features simple and thoughtful cooking, concentrating on the integrity of each ingredient. Marlena, Luke and Chef Chris work closely with farmers and ranchers in the region to source the freshest local, seasonable and sustainable ingredients. Current purveyors include Tahoe Food Hub, Foothill Roots Farm, Long Dream Eggs, Jollity Farm, Towani Organic Farm and many more.

www.oldtowntaptruckee.com

Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows

Plumpjack Cafe

PlumpJack Cafe is widely regarded as Lake Tahoe’s premier dining destination. Fine dining and exceptional wines are in our heritage, and we’d love to share our passion with you on your next visit. Under the guidance of Executive Chef Jack Connell, our menu changes each season so that we can take advantage of the bounty of fresh produce available to us locally. Our award-winning wine list provides the perfect complement to your meal, and renowned winemakers join us throughout the year for wine dinners and special events.

www.plumpjackcafe.com
Bistro 22

Ski, Eat, Drink, Sleep, Repeat. This gastronomic enterprise basks in the face of Squaw Valley’s world-renowned mountain, KT-22, and serves delectable “New American” cuisine. Smaller, “social plates” of food as well as substantial entrees, plus a broad-ranging wine list are served both in their intimate bar and dining area.

www.22bistro.com
Le Chamois “Chammy”

This classic Squaw Valley locale, has been a standing tradition for many of the local skiers and snowboarders to grab a drink and unwind after a full day on the slopes. Powder Magazine recognized this infamous spot as “a vortex that draws people in at the end of the day where they can brag about what they skied.” Le Chamois is the perfect place to share some beers with your friends with the ever popular Buddy Pass and share a few laughs with the entertaining group of Squaw Valley locals.

www.squawchamois.com
River Ranch Lodge & Restaurant

The River Ranch Lodge sits on the banks of the scenic Truckee River, a beautiful location for your Lake Tahoe vacation, Lake Tahoe dinner, Lake Tahoe wedding, Family Reunion or other special event. This historic lodge features 19 handsome rooms, a dining room and bar cantilevered over the river, a second dining room with warm stone fireplace, and a spacious riverside patio. Whether you are looking for a romantic getaway or throwing a party, the River Ranch is a wonderful place for your next Tahoe visit.

www.riverranchlodge.com
Cornice Cantina

Cornice Cantina is one of those restaurants with multiple personas. In the daytime Cantina (as it is known by locals) is a family affair, with views of the lower ski lifts, cheap lunch specials and quick access to the tubing center. In the evening the Cantina becomes the place for employees working at Squaw to let go of some of the stress of the day with the $1 Shifters offered by the bar. This begins the lively atmosphere that extends often into the late night hours (especially on weekends) that is accompanied by live DJs and a wooden dance floor. If visiting and hungry it is highly suggested to try the fish tacos — considered to be the best in the Tahoe Basin by many a local. Set up in the pyramid building in the middle of the Squaw Valley parking lot, the location is a little set apart from everything else. This gives it the benefit of being host to many tailgate parties in the spring. If you are feeling the vibe at Cantina, the establishment is available for rent for parties.

www.squawalpine.com/cornice-cantina

North Lake Tahoe

Wolfdale’s

At Wolfdale's we use 'Cuisine Unique' to describe our food and the personality of our restaurant. Since opening in 1978, we have developed a style of East-West cuisine and professional service that illustrates our reputation for and dedication to excellence. Our talented staff has an insatiable appetite for learning precisely what our guests enjoy. Creativity stemming from the basic skills of tradition is the challenge we love and readily embrace. Our high standards of a good restaurant has remained consistent throughout the years.

www.wolfdales.com
Christy Hill

he restaurant sits just 100 feet above the shoreline of Lake Tahoe offering diners a panoramic vista. Spectacular sunset colors of the Lake Tahoe Basin can be seen from every table. Using the freshest and finest seasonal ingredients, Christy Hill offers Modern American cuisine with refined Mediterranean influences. New guests will leave feeling nurtured as friends. A night out at Christy Hill will certainly be remembered as a highlight of your visit to Lake Tahoe.

www.christyhill.com
Sunnyside Restaurant & Lodge

Sunnyside Restaurant & Lodge has been a landmark on Lake Tahoe since the 1950s because we’re the ultimate lakefront place to eat or stay. With our location right on the shores of Lake Tahoe's west side, Sunnyside has become the place to be on the Lake for locals and visitors alike.

www.sunnysideresort.com
West Shore Cafe

Above all else, we enjoy hosting guests to our little slice of the Sierras located right on the shore of pristine Lake Tahoe. We’re lucky enough to share our setting with our guests through Weddings, Lakefront Dining, Lodging and other Special Events. Below you can get a glimpse of what we’ve done in the past, and where we’re headed tomorrow.

www.westshorecafe.com
Fire Sign Cafe

There's really no better way to start your day than with breakfast at the Fire Sign Cafe. However, you won't be the only person in town who thinks that so be prepared for a wait, especially on the weekends. Almost everything from the baked goods to the chorizo sausage to the dressings is made from scratch at this family-owned joint. Your biggest problem will be choosing what to order; you can't go wrong with any of the Benedicts, but be sure to check the specials board. And maybe order biscuits and gravy for the table because why not?

www.firesigncafe.com
Gar Woods Grill & Pier

Waterfront restaurant, featuring floor to ceiling windows, a large deck and private dining rooms, and breath-taking views of Lake Tahoe.

www.garwoods.com
Jake's on the Lake

Family owned and operated since 1978, Jake's On The Lake is the ultimate waterfront dining experience in Lake Tahoe! Soak in spectacular views of the lake and enjoy a flavorsome meal while we treat you to our warm "mountain aloha" hospitality. Featuring an abundant variety of fresh seafood, quality meats, and seasonal produce our menu is inspired by Californian and Hawaiian flavors. Wherever possible we choose local and sustainable ingredients.

www.jakestahoe.com
Log Cabin

Inspired by the everyday family cooking that we grew up with, you’ll feel at home while savoring a great meal in our casual and relaxed dining room. Experience our inventive cuisine, attentive service, and a friendly atmosphere; come see what makes us one of the most popular restaurants in town. Don't leave the lake without a visit to our cozy cabin.

www.logcabinbreakfast.com
River Grill

River Grill sits on the banks of the peaceful Truckee River, just downstream from the infamous “fanny bridge” and the Lake Tahoe Dam, the lake’s only outlet. River Grill offers year–round riverfront dining, featuring enticing California cuisine from seasonal menus of fresh seafood, steaks, and tasty appetizers.

www.rivergrilltahoe.com
Spindleshanks

Only the finest meats and freshest vegetables which come from the farmers market, find their way into our kitchen. Once there, they are cooked in pure vegetable oil to bring out the true flavors of authentic Tapas cooking. Our extensive menu offers a wide selection of dishes ranging from traditional to modern recipes, appealing to all tastes. Diners can request entrees made vegetarian-style or with any of our fresh meats.

www.spindleshankstahoe.com

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