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Diners' Choice: Lively restaurants in North Lake Tahoe

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Updated May 05, 2024

Looking for restaurants that have the most vibrant bar scenes 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 (1207)
$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
PamelaKvip
Dined 2 days ago
The food is consistently great! Service is tops. The view of the lake is fantastic. We love 💗 this place!!!
A photo of Wolfdale's Cuisine Unique restaurant
4.8
4.8 (1313)
$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
Kikivip
Dined today
Had a wonderful time and the service and food was outstanding.
A photo of The Sawyer at Schaffer's Mill Club restaurant
4.8
4.8 (663)
$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 4 days ago
The food was good and the service was very nice. We both had the shortribs and they were cooked nicely, with a lot of flavor and the meat was really tender. The wine was wonderful. We chose a bottle that was listed as a recommneded pic from the wine list. The price point was very affordable and we were not disappointed! The waitstaff was very attentive, but we were thrown off by the staff wearing name tags? It seemed to cheapen the experience somewhat? It kind of felt a little like a cafateria and not a fine dinning resturaunt, so they could loose the tacky nametags. Seeing how that is my only complaint, we would definetly return.
A photo of Fumo restaurant
4.8
4.8 (140)
$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 2 days ago
We sat in one of their igloos for breakfast. Food, drinks and service were great.
A photo of Smoke Door - Lake Tahoe Saryo restaurant
4.8
4.8 (80)
$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
Kathyvip
Dined on May 12, 2024
The food and ambiance were exceptional. We especially appreciated that the tasting menu provided an opportunity to try something new and yet also gave options of delicious comfort food. Thank you for a special evening.
A photo of The Lodge Restaurant & Pub restaurant
4.7
4.7 (1397)
$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
erkivip
Dined today
Our family loves The Lodge. The food, as my teenage son describes, “never disappoints.” The menu is consistently good, and the service has always been great. Last night, we opted to dine in the pub, which is more casual and livelier than the dining room but better geared toward families or those that want to watch a game. For a quieter experience, the dining room is recommended. The patio is great, too, especially in the summer.
A photo of Gar Woods Grill and Pier Restaurant restaurant
4.6
4.6 (4419)
$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 2 days ago
It was Fun and my Crab Cakes were Fantastic the service was quick and very friendly
A photo of River Ranch Lodge & Restaurant restaurant
4.5
4.5 (988)
$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
DanielWvip
Dined 2 days ago
Rustic ambience with beautiful river view. Food was meticulously prepared and not fussy nor overdone. Service was attentive and friendly.
A photo of Bar of America restaurant
4.4
4.4 (819)
$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
JenaM
Dined 1 day ago
Always amazing. Never had a bad meal here. Staff is super!
A photo of Sam Choy’s Ohana Diner/Lane 17 Lounge restaurant
4.4
4.4 (51)
$30 and under
American
Incline Village
About the restaurant
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Sam Choy's Ohana Diner puts a Hawaiian twist on all your favorite diner classics! Sit down to eat in our diner or order food right to the lanes at Bowl Incline. Sam Choy, known as the "Godfather of Poke", has designed a menu appealing to pallets of all ages. From mouth-watering poke tacos and traditional teriyaki chicken plates to house-crafted pizza, there is something for everyone!

Top review
HeideSvip
Dined on May 9, 2024
Tam and her team are amazing! We had a blast for our team retreat with a delicious dinner before bowling. The food was so good! We couldn’t stop eating :). Drinks were delicious, great presentation! We loved the music that accompanied our dinner and bowling. We were laughing, singing, along and dancing! HIGHLY recommend this as a group destination or just a fun date night!
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