Christy Hill
Christy Hill

Christy Hill

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.christyhill.com/
  • Phone: 5305838551
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Daily: 11:30am - 3:00pm; Dinner: 5:30pm - 9:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Californian, Mediterranean
  • Executive Chef: Andrew Shimer
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Beer, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), View, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar

Getting there

  • Public Transit: Bus stop available right across the street.
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Street parking or lot in front of the restaurant available.
A word from Christy Hill
A memorable dining experience awaits you as you enter the Christy Hill Restaurant in the center of Tahoe City. The restaurant sits just 100 feet above the shoreline of Lake Tahoe on an elevated embankment offering diners a panoramic vista. The intimate setting offers guests a view that is only upstaged by the cuisine. Spectacular sunsets that can be seen from every table is just one of the many reasons that Christy Hill was voted "Most Romantic Restaurant" by the San Francisco Chronicle.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
Christy Hill reviews from OpenTable diners
41 reviews since May 23, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.5
    Service4.6
  • Ambiance4.7
    Noise LevelModerate
95% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
scenic view (39)great for outdoor dining (36)fit for foodies (30)romantic (29)special occasion (27)notable wine list (21)neighborhood gem (11)hot spot (5)good for groups (2)great for brunch (2)vibrant bar scene (2)Show More
  • yumm
    yumm
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    We enjoyed the special service we received at Christy Hill it was my husbands birthday dinner--after his actual birthday--with a gift -- we were treated royally and the food was very good-- as was the view of the entire lake..
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Lovely Dinner
    GS4Diner
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    We enjoyed the great food and ambiance. Will visit again when we're next in Tahoe.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Beautiful setting, food lacking
    Tahoegirl
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Excellent employees, beautiful setting, very accommodating re: weather and heaters and customer comfort. Caesar salad bland, but pretty presentation. Lamb shanks were very tough- advertised as falling off the bone and tasty- and were very strong mutton flavor. Large serving but not tasty! Food presentation was excellent- wish the flavors matched the appearance. Very pricey and left hungry. Staff was very nice though and again the view was excellent!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Wonderful Evening
    CatherineVIP
    Dined on 7/8/2014
    A visit to Christy Hill is an excellent way to spend an evening. My wife and I visit the Tahoe area every year and stumbled upon Christy Hill three years ago. We visit the restaurant each trip to commemorate our anniversary or just to give thanks for the week we had in Tahoe. The food, the service, and the view is about as good as it gets. Have always found the wait staff to be extremely friendly, warm, and helpful.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding
    SGPit
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    Consistently great food and friendly, attentive service! It's a fav when we come to Tahoe
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very nice outdoor dining.
    Sandy
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    We really enjoyed our dinner. So many restaurants in the Tahoe City area are "touristy" and don't really have very good food, but I think Christy Hill is an exception. I had the lamb shank tagine, which was excellent. My husband had the chicken pasta, which was fine. Nice wine list, too. Our server was very friendly. Overall very relaxed, casual and pleasant experience and we would go back.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sully
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    Excellent, one of the best in north Tahoe. Reservations recommended.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Find
    diningfoolVIP
    Dined on 7/1/2014
    Have been coming to Tahoe for years and have never been impressed with the restaurant choices...until now. Great place. Killer views of the lake. Food was wonderful. The Terrine and the Hamachi were both great. Duet of Duck rocked...they really know how to render the fat. The Gnocchi was perfect. If I had one nit, it was the chocolate bread pudding...not enough integration of the chocolate. Overall wonderful.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • View Can't Make Up For Experience
    orioleboyVIP
    Dined on 6/29/2014
    The views are fantastic. It's too bad since the service and an average dining experience won't bring us back. Inattentive wait staff and a little too much sarcasm from the host made for an average night. The entrees were really good and the cheese plate fantastic. The desserts were nothing special and it's unfortunate because this place could be special.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Bobo
    Dined on 6/29/2014
    Food was fantastic...had the Moraccan lamb...flavors were wonderful. Brad--our waiter--extremely attentive and friendly. Service from everyone was great.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • very good
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 6/23/2014
    the food at christy hill seems to have gotten better, if anything, the last couple years. very good meal
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great View and Great Food
    inksVIP
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    My husband and I have been eating at Christy Hill almost every time we're in Tahoe. The view is amazing and especially engaging from the outdoor patio. The food is always delicious and the wait staff are very personable and fun, with the abilty to give great advice about almost aspect of the Tahoe area. We were there this past weekend with our daughter and her fiance to celebrate their engagement and our waitress gave us some helpful ideas about wedding venues in the Truckee area. Everyone should experience a meal there, especially with a love one!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A "must" for foodies in Tahoe City
    Netminder1VIP
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    Outstanding menu, preparation, service and a million view! Only drawback - no liquor license. Hazen and Eli did an outstanding job with their recommendations and service!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Gem in Tahoe City
    SassyCat
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    Impeccable service, beautifully executed food, great view. Bit of a splurge, but worth it. Highly recommended.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best bet on North Shore
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    This is our favorite place in North Lake Tahoe both for a great view and for great food!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great place in Lake Tahoe
    TravelingEgg
    Dined on 6/10/2014
    My wife and me found this place next to the lake and we were able to get outdoor seating. The view was wonderful and the service was great! At the sunset, youll see the sky turns into green, orange and pink. We got lamb and duck. Absolutely love the duck we had. The desserts were great also.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A treasured find!
    Granny
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    We ate for the first time at Christy Hill a month ago. It was so amazing that we decided to dine there again. We ate outside on the deck this time and the view was breath taking. We are planning on eating there again in August for our anniversary. Robin one of the owners remembered us and came by to say hi and welcome us again, eating here is like going into someone's home it is so inviting. Our waiter from last month saw us and also stopped by to say hi, how many restaurants make you feel that welcome?
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Unpretentious
    marnie
    Dined on 5/29/2014
    Great food, great service and great location. High quality food with great presentation. Very comfortable and relaxed dining experience
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fabulous!
    MaryVIP
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    Layers of flavor in every dish. Beat food in Tahoe!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 22 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 23, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.6
    • Food4.6
    • Ambiance4.7
    • Service4.6
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 170 reviews are from the Christy Hill reviews archive.
  • A go to when at Tahoe.
    Kerry
    Dined on 5/21/2014
    Consistently the finest food on the lake with the best views.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A sure thing!
    Duffy
    Dined on 5/18/2014
    Christy Hill is always our choice for a special night out. The view is incredible and the food is wonderful.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • SunlovrVIP
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    We visited here on the last night of our vacation hoping to make it a special evening, and it was! The restaurant is situated right on the north shore of Lake Tahoe with perfect views of the lake from most if not all tables. We had a very good table, though only the tables of 4 were seated right on the windows. There is also outside seating, but it was still too cold. Our server was very attentive as were the entire wait staff filling water and removing dishes. Our appetizer of the roasted gnocchi was exceptionally delicious. All 3 courses were outstanding. We will make a special point of returning to this restaurant when we are back in the area.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great View
    RealMVIP
    Dined on 4/27/2014
    Excellent Restaurant, fantastic view, the food is very good and excellent service. Please try the cocktails.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great find in Tahoe City
    TyroneCSVIP
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    Inventive treatment of top flight ingredients, excellent service. Elegant but unpretentious and comfortable.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, special occasion, Scenic View, Notable Wine List
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • We were very pleased with
    Lynn
    Dined on 4/6/2014
    We were very pleased with the service, ambiance and the excellent food at Christy Hill. The restaurant is attractive and has a gorgeous /view of Lake Tahoe. Our service was prompt and efficient.. The menu is a bit more Middle Eastern than I had remembered but we liked it. I would recommend this restaurant to friends and family
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • anniversary dinner at Christy Hill
    goldenglenn
    Dined on 4/6/2014
    Perfect in every way. Special thanks to our waiter for his complete explanations and advice.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Foodies delight
    ImnotyourmommaVIP
    Dined on 3/26/2014
    Eclectic fresh menu and a foodies delight. Friendly servers and great wines by the glass or list. Tahoe's best!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fabulous as always with a bonus!
    trkhobVIP
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    The food was excellent as usual! The lamb shank special was over the top! Service impeccable. We happened to be there when the full moon was rising over the lake right in front of our eyes! How special was that?
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, late-night find, special occasion
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  • A jewel on the lake
    SurferDude
    Dined on 3/12/2014
    Drove around Lake Tahoe to eat at Christy Hill. A beautiful drive culminating in a very pleasant dining experience. We sipped wine and started our meal: Spinach and Basil (with creme fraiche) Pan Roasted Diver scallop and Pan Roasted Gnocchi Braised Short Rib of Bison. We asked our waiter to pair the plates with selections from the wines-by-the-glass menu and he more than accomplished the task.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tired...
    BoomerVIP
    Dined on 3/5/2014
    TIRED....That is the only word we used to describe our experience. We all had salads that basically had no flavor.. I like "lightly" dressed, but this was taking it too far. The two pastas ordered at the table were OK at best and a very small portion for the money. The Bistro Steak was nice and was the best entree ordered. We did not stay for dessert. ** Will wait a while before we go back... At that price I want to be wowed!
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  • excellent evening
    CraigPVIP
    Dined on 3/1/2014
    Christy Hill had been recommended to us by friends that had their wedding rehearsal dinner here a couple of years ago. We found the food, service, stemware and wine list to be outstanding ! I look forward to dining here again!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent food
    Lifesawalkabout
    Dined on 2/22/2014
    We ate there on 2/22/14. The food was creative, well seasoned and everyone's meal was excellent. Highly recommended.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Setting wonder; Food disappointing
    BobHVIP
    Dined on 2/22/2014
    We have been going to Christy Hill for special family occasions for MANY years. Because our family has so many fond memories, we continue to do so, even though the quality of the food is well below the quality of the service, setting and ambiance. On our recent visit, to celebrate my wife's birthday, several of our main courses were very disappointing (the cassoulet was not properly cooked and was quite bland). After each of our most recent visits, we have had a family discussion about whether we should return. Unless there is a significant improvement in the quality of food, we will not.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Way to busy, poor to fair
    Punky
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Way to busy, poor to fair food quality, poor culinary presentation, mediocre menu offerings, fair wine list, long time between dishes
    Special Features:
    scenic view
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • We enjoyed a wonderful Chef's
    VDayDiner
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    We enjoyed a wonderful Chef's Choice dinner. Each course was a delicious delight and the view of the full moon reflected in Lake Tahoe was breathtaking.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, scenic view, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome Dining!
    HappyCustomer
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    We went for Valentine's Day and it was perfect, right down to the chocolates and rose petals artistically scattered on the table. The food was to die for and the service was great! The view was spectacular. I highly recommend the pork chop or the Morrocan lamb dishes. The scallop appetizer was also exceptional!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great date night spot
    MaryVIP
    Dined on 2/1/2014
    This is our go-to date night spot. Always have the best service! JD will recommend the best wines if you need assistance. The lamb loin is delicious and spot-on every time. Usually like the clams, but they seemed old this time. Bison short rib was very fatty. Not the norm for Christy Hill. Soup of the day was celery root/parsnip. It was divine! Week ll be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful food and great atmosphere
    steppinoutVIP
    Dined on 1/25/2014
    This is such a charming restaurant! The food is fantastic, we really enjoy their gnocchi, they have an unusual preparation. The caesar is great as well as the Morrocan spiced Lamb, the sea bass, the espresso cheesecake...In addition to amazing food, the view is a 10+ we tend to dine earlier than normal there to enjoy it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We love Christy Hill!
    Duffy
    Dined on 1/10/2014
    We go to Christy Hill for every special occasion. It never disappoints us!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Complete with Black & Whites!
    Penster
    Dined on 12/26/2013
    This lakeside gem is an experience you can count on, literally, all four seasons of the year! As we entered the foyer, I noted a platter of cookies, which was so welcoming. The menu is well crafted, varied and speaks to the diners that appreciate local freshness. Every course was delicious and well paced. We never felt rushed so we enjoyed the intimate, cozy ambiance even more. To top off the evening, our server was JB, another local gem, who also takes credit for the timeless black & white photographs. I have loved these winter scenes for years, as I can practically walk into the snow along those wooden fences! Thank you, JB, for another lovely evening!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.