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Diners' Choice: Best Ambiance restaurants in North Lake Tahoe

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Updated June 05, 2024

Looking for restaurants with the best ambiance in North Lake Tahoe? You’re in the right place. Each month, OpenTable analyzes nearly 2 million global diner reviews from the past four months. We sort the results by location and category to help you discover new favorite restaurants. It's a great partnership: you reserve, eat, and review. We listen...and deliver the results for all to benefit. Enjoy!

A photo of Christy Hill restaurant
4.9
4.9 (2022)
$50 and over
Californian
Tahoe City
About the restaurant
A memorable dining experience awaits you as you enter the Christy Hill Restaurant in the center of Tahoe City. The restaurant sits on 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, wine and service. Spectacular sunsets that can be seen from every table is just one of the many reasons that Christy Hill was voted "Most Romantic Restaurant" and "North Lake Tahoe's Iconic Restaurants with World-Class Views" by the San Francisco Chronicle.

Executive Chef, Luis Vallin, focuses on sustainability and innovation, supporting local merchants and farmers. The thoughtful and playful menu pays homage to the tradition of Christy Hill while continuing to uplift and propel the cuisine and restaurant into exciting new territory.
Top review
Love2eatfromNDvip
Dined 5 days ago
The view is great and the food was different and wonderful
A photo of Big Water Grille restaurant
4.8
4.8 (1211)
$31 to $50
Californian
Incline Village
About the restaurant
Nestled in the mountains of the North Shore of Lake Tahoe, the Big Water Grille has spectacular panoramic lake views that are among the best around. Chef David Dubnick is impressing diners with his fresh/seasonal menu. Join us for a martini in the lounge, a glass of wine on the deck or a fine dining experience in the dining room. Choose from our craft cocktails or extensive wine list from around the world.
Top review
JuneJ
Dined on May 31, 2024
Another fabulous meal at Big Water Grille with the best team and attention to detail. The food is always perfectly cooked, fresh and amazing! Thanks again Jordan for being an excellent server!
A photo of Duke's - Casino Fandango restaurant
4.8
4.8 (84)
$31 to $50
American
Carson City
About the restaurant
At Duke's, savor spectacular USDA Prime beef prepared to perfection while enjoying our extensive wine selection. The elegant ambience and extraordinary service is yet another reason Duke's is recognized as one of Northern Nevada's premier restaurants and was voted BEST Steakhouse in Carson City.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 3 days ago
Dining at Duke's steakhouse was a wonderful experience. The manager greeted us with a genuine smile, the server was knowledgeable and friendly, and the busser was prompt and courteous. A truly welcoming and enjoyable evening. Thank You. Will definitely be back
A photo of Caliente - Kings Beach restaurant
4.7
4.7 (542)
$30 and under
Southwest
Kings Beach
About the restaurant
Located in historic Kings Beach and just minutes from the waterfront, Caliente takes its name from its diverse family neighborhood surroundings. Caliente specializes in the flavor of the American Southwest and beyond. Think Santa Fe, or as we like to say, “Southwest, South”. Caliente, opened on August 3rd, 2007 after an extensive remodel, is one very important step in the revitalization of the Kings Beach neighborhood. Today, Caliente stands on North Lake Boulevard as the stunning example of the Kings Beach remodel in progress. We take great pride in our creation and our clean, casual and friendly atmosphere awaits your visit. Caliente offers an unequaled and unique variety of quality fun, food and beverage at affordable prices. Dining out is more than just a meal, it is an event based on value and a wonderful experience. Combine our meals with generous premium Margaritas and our famous signature drink, The ChupaCabra, and we have created a dining experience to remember.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on May 25, 2024
The manger was so nice and funny, he even gave us a shot glass after we took the shot ski. We had the chicken nachos and could not eat them fast enough, they were absolutely incredible. Staff was wonderful and knowledgeable, I would argue I prefer going here over Gar Woods!
A photo of Six Peaks Grille restaurant
4.6
4.6 (277)
$50 and over
Steakhouse
Olympic Valley / Squaw Valley
About the restaurant
Six Peaks Grille redefines Lake Tahoe fine dining, offering a feast for your eyes as well as your palate. Surrounded by spectacular views of the majestic six peaks of Olympic Valley and the meadows below, Six Peaks Grille presents an innovative menu of distinctive regional cuisine that features the freshest produce, seafood and steaks. Enjoy romantic indoor dining by our beautiful stone fireplace and panoramic views through our floor-to-ceiling picture windows. Six Peaks Grille also features signature cocktails and martinis, as well as an extensive wine list. Our relaxed mountain atmosphere provides a family-friendly setting for dinner. We recommend reservations. Please note that days and hours of operation may vary based on business levels and seasonality.
Top review
OpenTable Dinervip
Dined 6 days ago
We had a wonderful dinner, seated at the window to enjoy the views. Our waiter, William, was outstanding. He gave us great service, was knowledgeable about all of the menu items and specials along as wine pairings to go with them. He was funny and charming and really made our evening a happy and memorable experience.
A photo of Gar Woods Grill and Pier Restaurant restaurant
4.6
4.6 (4446)
$31 to $50
Californian
Carnelian Bay
About the restaurant
Currently seating on the beautiful lake view deck under Tahoe sunshine or ample cover of heat lamps and umbrellas. Please dress warm!
For 34 years Gar Woods Grill and Pier has been the premier waterfront dining destination in North Lake Tahoe. Floor-to-ceiling windows, large deck and balconies provide breath-taking views of Lake Tahoe and the Sierras. Gar Woods Grill and Pier is an upscale casual restaurant that accommodates groups of 160 just as easily as groups of two. Our Chef has created a menu highlighting California cuisine, hand cut steaks and fresh Pacific seafood, served in a fun-in-the-sun atmosphere. The wine list is a collection of best-known California vintners featuring more than a dozen wines by the glass. Enjoy the waterfront deck while sipping on Gar Woods world famous Wet Woody. With over three million sold, you will be in good company! Or thaw out with a Warm Woody or a Heavenly Bottom. Lake Tahoe sunsets are our specialty.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 1 day ago
Amazing food, view and service. Gar Woods is always a great place to visit as a local, of if you are spending time in the Tahoe area.
A photo of Smoke Door - Lake Tahoe Saryo restaurant
4.8
4.8 (83)
$50 and over
Japanese
Kings Beach
About the restaurant
Smoke Door Lake Tahoe Saryo is a Japanese-inspired restaurant using primitive wildfire cooking methods highlighting seasonal ingredients from Japan and the Tahoe region.    

Our Executive Chef, Tyler Burges, hails from notable restaurants such as Michael Mina, Angler, and the esteemed Saison and is driven by seasonality and innovation. 
Nestled in the breathtaking surroundings of Lake Tahoe, it offers an unforgettable dining experience with views of the open kitchen and wood-burning hearth. 

**Notice to all guests**

We will transition into offering only the 10 Course Harvest menu starting Saturday, March 16, 2024.

This experience is priced at $198 per person which includes our Japanese A4 Wagyu. This price is excluding any beverages, sales tax, or a 22% service fee.

Please note, we are unable to accommodate vegans or celiacs within our restaurant. If you have any specific dietary restrictions, allergies, or aversions please contact us via email at info.smokedoor@gmail.com.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on May 30, 2024
My wife and I went here for our anniversary and had an absolutely fantastic time. The food was so delicious and completely unique, the staff was extremely friendly and attentive, and the ambience was just lovely. Thank you again for a great evening and we will definitely be back!
A photo of Wolfdale's Cuisine Unique restaurant
4.8
4.8 (1316)
$31 to $50
Californian
Tahoe City
About the restaurant
North Lake Tahoe’s premiere restaurant and popular bar is celebrating 41 years of exceptional service. As a family-run business, Wolfdale’s provides lakeview dining with a warm ambiance, and uses 'Cuisine Unique' to describe the fresh and simple aesthetic of each dish. Since opening in 1978, Chef Douglas Dale has developed a fusion style of California and Asian influences that is present throughout the menu. Wolfdale's accommodates gluten-free and vegan guests.
Top review
Funfoodie7vip
Dined 4 days ago
We had a delightful experience. Our server was excellent, the food was delicious and beautifully presented. We loved the intimate atmosphere. We’ll definitely return.
A photo of The Sawyer at Schaffer's Mill Club restaurant
4.7
4.7 (669)
$31 to $50
American
Truckee
About the restaurant
Located in the heart of the Pinyon Pine-Juniper woodland area of the Sierra Nevada’s, elevated at 5,817 feet in the town of Truckee, resides The Sawyer at Schaffer’s Mill. With food true to the land and served by real Truckee people, The Sawyer is the perfect name for the final, most awaited addition to Schaffer’s Mill

The Sawyer is centered around an amazing indoor and outdoor bar with views of Lookout Mountain and the golf course. The restaurant features a locally crafted all-day menu with selections of shareable, freshly-prepared salads, generous sandwiches, and delicious entrees.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 5 days ago
I hate giving these five star reviews then everybody’s gonna wanna come and eat at this place and it’ll be hard to get into
A photo of PlumpJack Cafe Olympic Valley restaurant
4.6
4.6 (666)
$50 and over
American
Olympic Valley / Squaw Valley
About the restaurant

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. We offer a complete and unique menu that is sure to satisfy you after a long day in the mountains.
PlumpJack Cafe & Bar hours of operation are Thursday-Monday from 4-9pm. The Bar will be open at 4:00pm for drinks & cocktails, followed by our full dinner menu from 5-9pm. Please note that we may be closed on select dates for special events. Please call 530.583.1578 or check plumpjackcafe.com for the most up to date hours.
Top review
JBrazil
Dined on Mar 26, 2024
Wonderful meal, excellent service, fun wine list and our server made an excellent wine suggestion. The chocolate cherry bomb was amazing too.
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