Best Dinner in Tahoe

There’s nothing like a good meal to close out a good day. Whether you’ve finished a day of chasing powder, boating on the lake or getting out on the trails, these classic restaurants are sure to satiate. From dinner with a view to a great happy hour and fine dining to kid-friendly places, we’ve done the work for you. Here’s where to find the best dinners in the Tahoe area — with top picks from each section of shore as well as Truckee.

Feature Photo: Kalani’s

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Photo: Courtesy of Gar Woods

Gar Woods

5500 North Lake Boulevard, Carnelian Bay (North Shore)
Located in Carnelian Bay along the breathtaking curve of the North Lake Tahoe shore, with its stunning views, Gar Woods reflects the nostalgic and classic atmosphere of the wooden boat racing era, popular in the 1930s and 1940s. Favorite appetizers include lobster deviled eggs, beer battered coconut prawns and ahi poke tacos. Deck favorites range from prime rib French dip and teriyaki salmon salad to Korean short rib street tacos. Open Sunday through Thursday 5pm to 9:30pm, and Friday and Saturday 5pm to 10pm.
Photo: Courtesy of Kalani's


1001 Heavenly Village Way, South Lake Tahoe (South Shore)


A premier dining destination in South Lake Tahoe, Kalani’s opened in 2004 to provide an island experience in the midst of the mountainous landscape. Its island decor is welcoming whether coming in from the winter cold or enhancing your summer vibe. A blend of Hawaiian regional fare with Asian and European techniques make for their scintillating fish, beef, chicken and pork entrees. If you’re in the mood for sushi, their raw bar is unparalleled in the Tahoe area featuring unique sushi combinations while their Puka Lounge’s happy hour is not to be missed with specialty appetizers and exotic cocktails. Open Monday through Thursday 5pm to 8:30pm, Friday 5pm to 9pm, Saturday 11am to 9pm, Sunday 11am to 8:30pm.

Photo: Courtesy of Moody's Bistro Bar & Beats

Moody’s Bistro Bar & Beats

The quintessential Truckee experience, Moody’s is a warm and inviting destination for fresh, seasonal farm-to-table eats and craft cocktails. Located within the historic Truckee Hotel, diners relish the ahi poke, braised lamb shanks and Neapolitan pizzas. Its fine dining is complemented with live jazz, Americana soul, and rhythm and blues bands reminiscent of the 1950s supper clubs. Open 11am to 9pm daily.

Photo: @sunnysidetahoe

Sunnyside Restaurant

1850 West Lake Boulevard, Tahoe City (West Shore)


Since 1906, the iconic Sunnyside Lodge, boasting the largest lakefront deck in Tahoe and sweeping panoramic views, has been home to Sunnyside Restaurant. Perched along the scenic West shore, diners continue to enjoy their famous fried zucchini appetizer, a Sunnyside tradition since 1965. The fresh fish tacos and sesame salmon rice bowl are off the hook” and their well-rounded kids menu makes this an ideal family destination. Open Sunday through Thursday 4pm to 8pm, Friday and Saturday 4pm to 8:30pm.

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