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Diners' Choice: Great for outdoor dining restaurants in Tahoe / Reno Area

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Updated July 05, 2024

Looking for the best restaurants that are great for outdoor dining in Tahoe / Reno Area? 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 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 Sparks Water Bar restaurant
4.6
4.6 (1008)
$31 to $50
American
Sparks
About the restaurant
Lunch hours:
Mon-Fri from 11:30am
Sat-Sun from 10:30am

Dinner hours:
Everyday from 5pm

Bar hours:
Sun-Thurs open until 12am
Fri-Sat open until 1am

Top review
CaryWvip
Dined 1 day ago
The service was fabulous and friendly. The food amazing!!
A photo of Von Bismarck restaurant
4.6
4.6 (12)
$31 to $50
German
Reno
About the restaurant
Von Bismarck is a modern family style restaurant inspired by the traditions off Eastern and Northern Europe with a focus on low intervention wine and traditional beer styles. Von Bismarck aims to focus the best of the old world through a modern lens and present it in an atmosphere of conviviality and generosity. We believe communal seating and family style presentation are conducive to this end. Sharing a meal, whether with those you love or complete strangers is essential to the human experience and all of us here at Von Bismarck hope to help you on that journey.
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OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jul 3, 2024
What a great find while visiting Reno! Upon our arrival we were greeted by the friendly staff, and the delightful aroma of the wood fire grill. We were soon seated and had delicious German bier headed our way. Our appetizer choice was the Pretzel with Obatzda cheese dip, which was really delicious. For our entree, we ordered the Smoked Fried Chicken, Rauchänhchen, potatoe salad, and grilled sauerkraut. OMG, the chicken was the best we’ve ever tasted! The sides were great too, but again the chicken was definitely our favorite part of the meal! If we ever come back to Reno, we’ll definitely eat here again. Thank you for the wonderful evening.
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 Smith and River restaurant
4.5
4.5 (401)
$30 and under
Bistro
Reno
About the restaurant
Smith and River- An Honest American Bistro

Join us for an exceptional riverfront dining experience, located in the heart of downtown Reno, at our newly remodeled location, Smith and River. Dine on the patio and enjoy the river views with a specialty cocktail, or inside in our open bar seating area, booth seating for a more private dining experience, or our large party dining options. Book our Chefs Table for a special dining experience. Our food is always fresh, always creative. Our service is attentive and caring. Chef Colin Smith of Roundabout Catering, and Executive Chef Kevin Towers do not disappoint.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 4 days ago
Food good. Bartender great. Ambience great. Waiter fair. Prices a little high.
A photo of Skyline Kitchen & Vine restaurant
4.4
4.4 (189)
$30 and under
Tapas / Small Plates
Reno
About the restaurant
We at SKYLINE KITCHEN & VINE are serious about our food, service and hand crafted liquor offerings. We’ve taken all the great things about our original restaurant, Sierra St Kitchen, to Skyline Blvd and infused that into a concept and vibe unique to SKYLINE KITCHEN & VINE! If you’re in the Lakeridge, Caughlin Ranch and surrounding neighborhoods, come in and see what SKYLINE KITCHEN & VINE is all about.
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OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jun 25, 2024
Very good, except our pasta came out lukewarm at best
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
DiscerningDiner
Dined 1 day ago
Excellent Sunnyside burger and fries! I think the burger could use a bit more seasoning or extra cheese.
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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