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Diners' Choice: Romantic restaurants in North Lake Tahoe

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Updated June 05, 2024

Looking for restaurants that are the most romantic 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 (2032)
$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
OpenTable Diner
Dined 3 days ago
The food was very good and the service was outstanding!
A photo of Le Bistro Tahoe restaurant
4.9
4.9 (694)
$50 and over
French American
Incline Village
About the restaurant
Fine dining, craft cocktails,excellent wine list in a cozy back street location with patio dining. Incline Village Lake Tahoe. Perfect for date night or special occasions.
Soup of the day,Lobster Bisque, Oysters, Foie Gras, Gnocchi, Escargot, Ratatouille, Filet Mignon, Lamb , Duck , Chicken, Fresh Fish, Pork, Veal.
A la carte menu
Thank You
Top review
DebBvip
Dined 5 days ago
The food was excellent. The ambiance was fun, and the servers did a great job!
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4.8
4.8 (1213)
$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
Gourmande
Dined today
Celebrated Father’s Day with a great meal, attentive service from our server Max. A favorite place to dine when we are in the area.
A photo of Wolfdale's Cuisine Unique restaurant
4.8
4.8 (1319)
$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.
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AndreaDvip
Dined 1 day ago
We were so lucky. Got the best seat in the house. Actually out of the house. On the balcony looking over Tahoe. Everything was spectacular
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4.8
4.8 (85)
$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
JonnyLikesvip
Dined 2 days ago
Open and intimate atmosphere. Gracious, professional and fun staff. Oh and I almost forgot the food! Caviar, avocado toast like you’ve never had it before, sashimi and crispy pork belly to name a few. Tahoe is always wonderful and Smoke Door makes it worth another trip.
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4.7
4.7 (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.
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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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4.7
4.7 (4456)
$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 6 days 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 Six Peaks Grille restaurant
4.6
4.6 (279)
$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 Diner
Dined 1 day ago
Very nice experience. Ambiance was good. Staff was very welcoming and accommodating. Food was very delicious. Place is highly recommended, a good place to relax and unwind away from all the hustles and bustle Made the right choice of picking this place. We'll surely come back.
A photo of Crystal Bay Steak & Lobster restaurant
4.6
4.6 (71)
$50 and over
Steakhouse
Incline Village
About the restaurant
The Crystal Bay Casino and New Chef Travis Kroell cordially invite you and guests to dine with us at the famous Steak & Lobster House. Set in a cozy Victorian Style dining room, experience great food and accompanying a playlist of vintage music. Enjoy a variety of USDA Certified Angus Beef Steaks, Huge Maine Lobsters and a great selection of Sides, Sauces and Appetizers. Choose from a massive variety of wines from all over the world or enjoy our elegant full bar.
Top review
JessicaVvip
Dined on May 12, 2024
One of our favorite places to eat, especially for a special occasion. Chef Travis does a fantastic job. The food is not only delicious, it's consistent. This is the only place I will order a filet anymore. Perfection. Service is also on point (Crystal is our favorite!). Overall it's a magical combination of ambience, service, and decadence.
A photo of Sunnyside restaurant
4.2
4.2 (1551)
$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
MelindaHvip
Dined 1 day ago
Beautiful outdoor deck, nice service from the friendly staff, and a wonderful meal!
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