What to Eat in Lake Tahoe

Whichever side of the state line you're on, you'll have a variety of dining options at your fingertips. Of course, if you're vacationing at a resort, it's easy to stay put and enjoy the hotel's restaurants without having to set foot off the property, but it's definitely worth getting out and exploring. Without a doubt, dining lakeside is quite popular, and happily, there are a range of options from high-end to casual, to suit all budgets.

Jason's Beachside Grille, which sits on Kings Beach in North Lake Tahoe, is a fun, casual spot on the water. Recent visitors raved about the large potions, reasonable prices and friendly staff. In the summer, there's outdoor seating and live music on the weekends. If it's fine dining you're after, head to Le Bistro in Incline Village. Offering a romantic setting with an ever-changing mutli-course prix fixe menu featuring classic French dishes like escargot and coq au vin. The chef sources local, seasonal and organic produce and meats. 

Before heading out for a day of skiing or other outdoor adventures, a hearty breakfast is essential. In South Lake Tahoe, a local favorite is the Getaway Cafe, which serves what it calls "alpine comfort cuisine." Almost everything is homemade and the restaurant is known for its large Mexican breakfast specialties, with dishes like chilaquiles, which are composed of fresh corn tortillas that are fried, topped with sour cream, avocado and red onion and served with refried beans and two eggs. The sweet n' sour French toast is another popular dish. Another mainstay to fuel up for the day is the Driftwood Café. Eggs benedict and potato pancakes are signature dishes.

The area also has its share of food, wine and beer festivals, including the Tahoe Brewfest in June, the Brews, Jazz & Funk Fest in August and the Lake Tahoe Food & Wine Festival in September. Craft beer lovers might also want to check out the North Tahoe Lake Ale Trail. The tourism board has a helpful online map, which features more than a dozen spots to quench your thirst and sample local beer and food. There's also a Tahoe South Beer Trail, with another handy map. Any of the recommended spots offer a great way to unwind after a day hitting the slopes.

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  • #1
    The Basil
    #1 of 178 Places to Eat in Carson City
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 312 reviewsTripadvisor (312)
    $ - $$ | Asian, Thai
    311 N Carson St, Carson City, NV 89701-4203
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  • #2
    Ole Ole Restaurant & Cantina
    #2 of 178 Places to Eat in Carson City
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 425 reviewsTripadvisor (425)
    $ - $$ | Mexican, Southwestern, Spanish
    2171 US Highway 50 East Gold Dust West, Carson City, NV 89701
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  • #3
    The Grille
    #3 of 178 Places to Eat in Carson City
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 321 reviewsTripadvisor (321)
    $ - $$ | American
    2171 E William St Carson City, NV 89701, Carson City, NV 89701-2723
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  • #4
    Cracker Box Restaurant
    #4 of 178 Places to Eat in Carson City
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 265 reviewsTripadvisor (265)
    $ - $$ | American, Diner
    402 E William St, Carson City, NV 89701-4030
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  • #5
    Squeeze In
    #5 of 178 Places to Eat in Carson City
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 94 reviewsTripadvisor (94)
    $ - $$ | American
    308 N Curry St Suite 102, Carson City, NV 89703-4134
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  • #6
    Paul Schat's Bakery
    #6 of 178 Places to Eat in Carson City
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 152 reviewsTripadvisor (152)
    $ - $$ | American, Cafe, Soups
    1212 S Stewart St, Carson City, NV 89701-5234
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  • #7
    Red's Old 395 Grill
    #7 of 178 Places to Eat in Carson City
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4 based on 711 reviewsTripadvisor (711)
    $ - $$ | American, Bar, Barbecue
    1055 S Carson St, Carson City, NV 89701-5209
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  • #8
    The Fox Brewpub
    #8 of 178 Places to Eat in Carson City
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4 based on 284 reviewsTripadvisor (284)
    $ - $$ | American, Bar, Pub
    310 S Carson St, Carson City, NV 89701-4754
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  • #9
    LA Bakery
    #9 of 178 Places to Eat in Carson City
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 100 reviewsTripadvisor (100)
    $ - $$ | Mediterranean, European, American, Cafe
    1280 N Curry St, Carson City, NV 89703-3849
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  • #10
    San Marcos Grill
    #10 of 178 Places to Eat in Carson City
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 154 reviewsTripadvisor (154)
    $ - $$ | Mexican, Latin
    260 E Winnie Ln, Carson City, NV 89706-2251
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  • #11
    Glen Eagles Restaurant
    #11 of 178 Places to Eat in Carson City
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4 based on 193 reviewsTripadvisor (193)
    $$ | American, Steakhouse
    3700 N Carson St, Carson City, NV 89706-1933
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  • #12
    Sassafras Eclectic Food Joint
    #12 of 178 Places to Eat in Carson City
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4 based on 123 reviewsTripadvisor (123)
    $ - $$ | American, Bar, International, Pub
    1500 Old Hot Springs Rd, Carson City, NV 89706-0602
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  • #13
    Duke's Steakhouse
    #13 of 178 Places to Eat in Carson City
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 91 reviewsTripadvisor (91)
    $$ | American, Steakhouse
    3800 S Carson St, Carson City, NV 89701-5554
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  • #14
    El Charro Avitia
    #14 of 178 Places to Eat in Carson City
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4 based on 124 reviewsTripadvisor (124)
    $ - $$ | Mexican
    4389 S Carson St, Carson City, NV 89701-6617
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  • #15
    Garibaldi's Ristorante Italiano
    #15 of 178 Places to Eat in Carson City
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4 based on 126 reviewsTripadvisor (126)
    $ - $$ | Italian
    307 N Carson St, Carson City, NV 89701-4203
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  • #16
    Villa Basque Cafe
    #16 of 178 Places to Eat in Carson City
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 71 reviewsTripadvisor (71)
    $ - $$ | Mexican, American, Spanish, Deli
    730 Basque Way, Carson City, NV 89706-7936
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  • #17
    Comma Coffee House
    #17 of 178 Places to Eat in Carson City
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 62 reviewsTripadvisor (62)
    $ - $$ | Cafe, American
    312 S Carson St, Carson City, NV 89701-4706
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  • #18
    Black Bear Diner
    #18 of 178 Places to Eat in Carson City
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4 based on 97 reviewsTripadvisor (97)
    $ - $$ | American, Diner
    900 S Carson St, Carson City, NV 89701-5206
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  • #19
    Z Bistro
    #19 of 178 Places to Eat in Carson City
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 56 reviewsTripadvisor (56)
    $ - $$ | French, European
    725 Basque Way, Carson City, NV 89706-7987
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  • #20
    Bodines Casino
    #20 of 178 Places to Eat in Carson City
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4 based on 116 reviewsTripadvisor (116)
    $ - $$ | American, Bar
    5650 S Carson St, Carson City, NV 89701-6703
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