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Diners' Choice: Great for outdoor dining restaurants in North Lake Tahoe

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Updated July 05, 2024

Looking for the best restaurants that are great for outdoor dining 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
4.8
4.8 (2079)
$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
Paulvip
Dined 6 days ago
Christy Hill remain a great restaurant. The food is superb. And the service is equally excellent. A great wine list. And what a view. Highly recommended.
A photo of Chambers Landing Bar & Grill restaurant
4.7
4.7 (71)
$31 to $50
American
Homewood
About the restaurant
Where modern elegance and rustic Tahoe charm, align. Enjoy an open air unparalleled lakefront dining experience! Choose from three different menus. Lunch and dinner are two separate services offered in the restaurant. Poke on the Pier is served dockside. Checkout the oldest bar on the lake and try the famous Chambers Crush- our signature fruity frozen rum cocktail!
Top review
CatherineS
Dined 3 days ago
Scott our server was the best! The salmon was delicious. One of the best views in Tahoe!
A photo of Gar Woods Grill and Pier Restaurant restaurant
4.6
4.6 (4526)
$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
Renee
Dined 4 days ago
Wonderful as always! Food delish and great views!
A photo of The Lodge Restaurant & Pub restaurant
4.5
4.5 (1414)
$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
OpenTable Diner
Dined 2 days ago
Excellent dining opportunity! Even non-Tahoe Donner residents would enjoy the experience.
A photo of The Sawyer at Schaffer's Mill Club restaurant
4.5
4.5 (678)
$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
Martinvip
Dined 7 days ago
Great setting, good service and the food is always good. Will go again soon.
A photo of Stella at Gravity Haus Truckee-Tahoe restaurant
4.5
4.5 (344)
$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
OpenTable Diner
Dined 6 days ago
Porter our waiter was dream, helped us with our dinner selection as well as our wine. We had a few appetizers but my favorite was the heirloom tomatoes. The dish had balsamic vinegar with a creamy cheese spread underneath- the hazelnuts blended well with the dish. My husband had the wagu burger and homemade chips which he enjoyed very much. The sea bass was also cooked very nicely. I would highly recommend this restaurant as it has both indoor and out door seating. We will be coming back.
A photo of Sunnyside restaurant
4.3
4.3 (1588)
$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
PatrickP
Dined 2 days ago
Beautiful spot. Food is good but obviously more expensive because of the location
A photo of Caliente - Kings Beach restaurant
4.2
4.2 (550)
$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
MicheleSvip
Dined on Jul 6, 2024
This is a fantastic place for Latin/Mexican food. Everything was amazing! Drinks were awesome too, a must try when you are in Kings Beach. I highly recommend!
A photo of River Ranch Lodge & Restaurant restaurant
4.2
4.2 (1004)
$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
OpenTable Diner
Dined 5 days ago
Staff is very friendly, we sat outside, watch rafters coming in. It was busy, and the guests were all in a good mood. Food was very good. We shared the salmon ratatouille, and the stroganoff. The stroganoff maybe needed a little more flavor. It was good, but you could taste just cream sauce, not discern the mushrooms, meat flavor. But still good! The staff was very friendly, and kind. It was a good time.
A photo of Austin's restaurant
4.0
4 (69)
$30 and under
American
Incline Village
About the restaurant
At Austin's, we are committed to using only high quality fresh ingredients to create our homestyle American cuisine. Our commitment is also to the health of our community and environment. We proudly feature seasonal, local and organic ingredients and produce from various sustainable farms. We support abundant oceans and serve only sustainable seafood. Our disposable service ware, from straws to takeout bags, is biodegradable and compostable. Our trans-fat free oil is used to make biofuel and all of our cardboard, paper, glass, plastic and tin is recycled.
Top review
OpenTable Dinervip
Dined 1 day ago
Food was average. We ordered the ahi tuna salad, beet tartare, chicken fried bacon burger. The salad was good - the dressing needs work though. The burger - would probably have done a double - a single patty was not sufficient beef however the bacon was plentiful. The tartare need a garnish or dressing the beets were served over dry spinach
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