As a destination for both tourists and locals, the South Lake Tahoe area offers a bevy of options for eating and drinking.
Stateline Brewery – Sitting right in the heart of Heavenly Village, Stateline Brewery has great microbrews and good pub fare.
Blue Dog Pizza – A good, East Coast-style pizza joint.
Sul Lago Ristorante – Good, reasonably-priced Italian food in a fun, family atmosphere that’s great for dinner.
Sushi Pier – Tahoe is far from the ocean, but nevertheless it’s decent sushi.
Pepper’s Grill and Cantina – Standard Mexican joint where you’ll get what you expect.
Driftwood Cafe – A great spot for breakfast or brunch, right in the heart of Heavenly Village.
Mc P’s Pub – Good for lunch and dinner, and better for drinks, Mc P’s is right across the street from downtown Heavenly Village.
Kalani’s – Great Pacific Rim cuisine with an equally great atmosphere.
Mirabelle – A unique French dining experience that’s both delectable and pricey.
Casinos – There are several high-end (re: expensive) options for eating and drinking in both Harrah’s Casino and Harvey’s Casino, which are across the street from each other and adjoined by an underground pathway. Our favorites are the Sage Room Steak House and Cabo Wabo Cantina in Harvey’s, and Gi Fu Loh in Harrah’s.
Zephyr Cove Restaurant – Affectionately dubbed ‘The Lodge’, this is a great little spot for any meal, though we love it especially for breakfast.
Sunset Bar & Grille – A beautiful beachside restaurant offers pub fare and great summer drinks.
Sam’s Place – A favorite among the Harley-riding, gun-toting locals, Sam’s is a great bar if all you’re looking for is a bottle of Bud.
Coyote Grill – A standard American-style Mexican restaurant that will satisfy your craving for tacos and margaritas.
South Lake Tahoe
The Fresh Ketch Restaurant – This fairly expensive (and worth it) restaurant is great for lunch and dinner. It sits right on the water in the Tahoe Keys with beautiful Lake views, and offers some of the best locally caught fish in Lake Tahoe.
Heidi’s – Our favorite South Lake Tahoe spot for breakfast, we stop here just about every time we drive home to San Francisco.
Red Hut Cafe – A good and simple breakfast joint.
Whiskey Dick’s – A popular bar after a day at the beach or on the slopes, Dick’s has good beer, an outdoor patio, and pool, shuffleboard and darts.
Evan’s American Restaurant – A gourmet American bistro that’s not cheap, but definitely worth the cost (likely requires reservations).
Cafe Fiore – Delicious and expensive Italian restaurant that’s also worth the cost (likely requires reservations).
Incline Village (north shore)
Lone Eagle Restaurant at the Hyatt – A highlight of Incline Village, Lone Eagle offers gourmet food for lunch and dinner, great drinks and a dock bar with some of the best views of the Lake.
Tahoe City/Sunnyside (west shore)
Jake’s on the Lake – Boat or drive in to this west shore lakeside bar and restaurant with classic food and live music.
Sunnyside Lodge Restaurant – This waterfront bar and grill sits inside a hotel on the west shore and offers boat-in dining.