Don’t just eat

Dine with a lake view

Lake Tahoe provides the backdrop for many delectable dining experiences in Tahoe South. When seeking sweeping panoramas along with mouthwatering cuisine, a multitude of lakeview restaurants serve up both.

Lake view dining at the Boat House at Tahoe Beach Retreat Friends enjoying drinks at the Beacon at Camp Richardson Lake view dining at Riva Grill

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Lake Tahoe is a natural masterpiece. A living theatre. And what makes theatre even better? 

Scrumptious food.

Let Lake Tahoe reveal the unforgettable dining experiences it’s celebrated for—delicious meals along with Mother Nature’s show. 

It’s early evening. You’ve settled into your chairs, menus at the ready. Wine in-hand, you prepare yourself for the spectacle beyond the glass.

And…action. Appetizers are served as a cacophony of colors begins to paint the sky above the glimmering water. As the radiant sun is swallowed by the horizon, the lake reflects the vibrant shades above it. It’s phenomenal, like nothing you’ve ever seen. Somehow, your food tastes even more delicious.

Desserts are on the way. Cue the twinkling stars on their velvet-black backdrop, like small diamonds above gently lapping waves. It’s all as visually delicious as the sweets serving to end your meal.

This is nearly every night dining in Lake Tahoe. The only exception? When the backdrop is playing another stunning scene, such as exquisite snowfall, gentle rain or moody clouds.

All four elements . . . in equal measure – the cuisine, the wine, the service, and the overall ambience. It taught me that dining could happen at a spiritual level.

Charlie Trotter

It’s a sunny spring day.
The temperature is 52°F.
Ready to enjoy the mountains?

Romantic Lake View Dining

When candlelight, delicious cuisine and romance-inspiring views call, Lake Tahoe’s lake view restaurants answer. Romance is definitely in the air at these picturesque dining hotspots.

Couple having cocktails at Edgewood Tahoe
Couple having cocktails at Edgewood Tahoe

Towering windows at Edgewood Restaurant frame picture-perfect vistas of Lake Tahoe and its stunning surroundings, while tables frame enticing cuisine. Their gourmet dishes extravagantly entice taste buds, with an impressive wine selection offering ideal pairings.

Impress your partner with a trip to Gordon Ramsey Hell’s Kitchen in Harvey’s Lake Tahoe. Indulge on menu items orchestrated by a multi-Michelin star celebrity chef along with sweeping views of Tahoe.

Family Friendly Fare with a View

Got a few hungry kids in tow?

Head for these family friendly and picturesque places to eat.

Amidst the pine trees and perched on the lake is the historic Zephyr Cove Restaurant. Rustic Tahoe vibes seep through the wood-laden interior and a central, blazing hearth. American comfort foods accommodate all ages, and one of their milkshakes, renowned around the region, is a must-have for dessert.

At Camp Richardson, the Beacon Bar and Grill spoils the whole family with stunning lakeside views, yummy foods, and a well-known cocktail known as the Rum Runner for those of imbibing age.

Forest Buffet Harrah's Lake Tahoe
Forest Buffet inside Harrah’s Lake Tahoe

Romantic lake views are elevated, literally, at the Chart House Lake View Restaurant. High on the hilltop, the Chart House’s panoramic vistas are accompanied by sumptuous steaks and seafood dishes plus a lavish wine list.

A rich, mahogany interior inspired by the classic wooden boats still frequently seen on Lake Tahoe embraces diners at the romantic Riva Grill on the Lake. Rustic Tahoe teems throughout this restaurant, also known for its crave-worthy rum cocktails, while views of a marina and the expansive azure lake captivate diners from beyond the windows.

Firelight always seems to spark other flames, so gaze at Tahoe’s panorama by the fire pits in the intimate private dining alcoves at Jimmy’s Restaurant at the Landing.  Their California and wood-fired cuisine is largely locally sourced and even more decadent with luscious lake views.

Jimmy's at the Landing Resort Lake Tahoe
Jimmy’s at the Landing Resort Lake Tahoe

When you’re hungry enough to go back for seconds…and maybe thirds…head to the Forest Buffet in Harrah’s Lake Tahoe. This award-winning restaurant serves up a steady supply of delicious foods to suit every taste.

Watch the sun dip behind Mt. Tallac while nibbling on dishes lakeside at The Boathouse on the Pier. Plus it’s fun for the whole family, including four-legged members.


Dine and Imbibe with a View

Some restaurants are renowned not just for their cuisine and views, but for their adult beverages. Check out Riva Grill’s world-renowned Wet Woody or Trader Vic’s Mai Tai and The Beacon’s Rum Runner. For striking glimpses of the lake in an intimate setting plus intricately crafted cocktails and small plates, try Taste at The Loft. Or get up-close views of Edgewood Golf Course and Lake Tahoe while imbibing on Brooks’ signature Bloody Mary or Manhattan at Brooks Bar and Deck.

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