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Diners' Choice: Hot spot restaurants in North Lake Tahoe

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Updated June 05, 2024

Looking for restaurants that are the best hot spots 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 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 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 Stella at Gravity Haus Truckee-Tahoe restaurant
4.7
4.7 (333)
$31 to $50
Global, International
Truckee
About the restaurant
Fresh. Vibrant. Innovative.
From the moment you walk in, you will sense the warmth and energy of our open kitchen and garden patios. With a conceptual nod to California farming and sustainability, our dishes are soulful, yet simple and locally sourced. We aim for our premium ingredients and creative fusions to leave you relaxed and refreshed.

Please call for large parties, events or buyouts.
Top review
TimFvip
Dined 3 days ago
Staff was great, Rooms Clean, Food was great and very happy to make changes in the food if needed.
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4.6
4.6 (1401)
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
Truckee
About the restaurant
The Lodge Restaurant & Pub is an award-winning neighborhood bistro with plenty of outdoor seating and spectacular views. They offer a hand-picked wine selection and craft cocktail menu as well as serve local and organic meat and produce. Order dinner, drinks and desserts the whole family is sure to enjoy.
Top review
Robaroo
Dined today
The Sea Bass special was excellent. The regular menu Short Ribs were tender. Mashed potatoes shined on both dishes. Servers were excellent. Outdoor seating overlooking golf course provided great atmosphere.
A photo of Gar Woods Grill and Pier Restaurant restaurant
4.6
4.6 (4448)
$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
Sharkey
Dined 2 days ago
Carla was our waitress and she was great. We were a table of 7 and got superb service.
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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 7 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.
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4.6
4.6 (146)
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
Incline Village
About the restaurant
Casual American Fusion restaurant with a cozy cabin feel, patio seating, and bar seats.
Offering breakfast, lunch and dinner with a diverse craft cocktail list.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 6 days ago
Funky decor, kid friendly, great menu, excellent service! Cassidy made our dining experience a pleasure!
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4.5
4.5 (990)
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
Tahoe City
About the restaurant
Located on the banks of the Truckee River between Truckee and Tahoe City, this rustic old Tahoe lodge has been a Tahoe dining favorite for many, many years. Choose between a cozy table in our Alpine Dining Room or along the river in our River View Dining Room. In the summer, dine on our patio that overlooks the river. Enjoy great food and drink that is creative and interesting while being delicious and familiar. The menu changes seasonally to ensure use of the most available sustainable, fresh ingredients.
Top review
Funfoodie7vip
Dined 6 days ago
We asked to be seated by the river and loved it! Camry did a great job serving us. The food quality was not as good as we had hoped. The elk chop was tough and the short ribs were not as tender as we’ve had before. Nice presentation. We would return.
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4.4
4.4 (822)
$30 and under
Contemporary American
Truckee
About the restaurant
This comfortable Bar and Restaurant in Historic Downtown Truckee welcomes diners with its warm interior and friendly efficient service. The All American menu has a wide range of classic and modern favorites, from sandwiches to steaks and seafood all distinctively paired with an award winning wine list satisfying a broad taste palate at reasonable prices.
Top review
TahoeBlue
Dined on May 29, 2024
We sat at an outside table, placed right by the entrance, so we found it a little too busy with everyone walking by us and talking. The waitress was very friendly and helpful, remembering not to put ice in one of our drinks and checking on us often enough, but not too intrusive. The food came out promptly and was very good, portions are generous. It’s not haute cuisine, but great for an afternoon stop while shopping. Parking in Truckee during tourist season is sometimes a challenge.
A photo of Sunnyside restaurant
4.2
4.2 (1550)
$30 and under
Contemporary American
Tahoe City
About the restaurant
We will be hosting a wedding on Sunday, January 14, 2024 and will be accepting walk-ins only at our Mountainside Bar. We apologize for any inconvenience and look forward to seeing you!

Welcome! We are open for lakeside dining. Visit our website for the latest Sunnyside Restaurant and Lodge updates!

This iconic lakeside lodge and restaurant is the ideal Tahoe getaway. With a charming lakeside hotel, fantastic food and a panoramic lake view, it is nothing short of a magical mountain experience. It’s everything you hoped Tahoe would be and more, from the mouthwatering cuisine to the largest seasonal lakeside deck in all of Tahoe. With community farmer’s markets, a lakeside bike path and some of the best ski resorts in California, life on the lake never gets boring. There’s always something fun and exciting for the entire family at Sunnyside.
Top review
JimF
Dined 2 days ago
This is not the same place from 20 years ago but it was still good.
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