Best Lunch in Tahoe

Best Lunch in Tahoe

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Ah, the land of mountains and beaches. With plenty of outdoor activities to busy your days here in Tahoe, the mid-day meal sometimes gets postponed. And when you finally get around to it, you’re famished. So once you’ve skied, hiked, swam, or paddle-boarded your heart out, you’ll want a meal that satisfies your cravings. Wherever you are in Tahoe, we’ve narrowed down the best lunches to do just that. Refuel and get back out there!

Feature Photo: Jason’s Beachside Grille

North Shore

A close-up of the best lunch in Tahoe: a grilled chicken sandwich on a rustic wooden table. The sandwich features grilled chicken with visible char marks, fresh lettuce, and tomato slices, all inside a toasted bun. In the background, there is a wooden board with some fries.
Photo: Courtesy of Jason's Beachside Grille

Jason’s Beachside Grille

For spectacular lake views, this family-friendly spot is perched on a scenic lakefront deck adjacent to a grassy sandbar, ideal for the kids to run around on after lunch. Well known for their famous slow-roasted baby back ribs, gourmet burgers from their mushroom Swiss to their portabella are also fan favorites along with their fish & chips, grilled artichoke, clam chowder and French onion soup.

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Photo: Courtesy of Christina Proctor

T’s Mesquite Rotisserie

901 Tahoe Blvd., Incline Village

A local’s favorite no matter what side of the lake they live on, T’s Mesquite serves up huge tacos and burritos daily at a fair price. But don’t forget your cash because no cards accepted. The tri tip and chicken cooked rotisserie style are tender and delicious served with sides of homemade salsa. They also offer up orders of either soy lime or Yucatan style chicken cut up or whole to go.

A grilled sandwich on a white square plate is placed on a rustic wooden table. The background features a planter with various small green plants and blurred outdoor scenery, including a swimming pool and patio furniture. Enjoy the best lunch in Tahoe with this picturesque meal setting.

Watermans Cafe

5166 North Lake Boulevard, Carnelian Bay

The simple but tasty menu of hot paninis, like apple and cheddar, and wraps, including the Caesar, turkey, bacon, sheep milk romano cheese and Caesar dressing, at this casual cafe provide the perfect fuel for the day’s adventures. It’s a small price to pay for such beautiful views of Patton Beach, and there are plenty of vegan, gluten-free and paleo items to choose from, too. After you’re properly fortified, take one of Watermans’ kayaks, stand-up paddleboards, surfskis or outrigger canoes out for a spin on the lake, available to rent by the hour, half day, full day or even multiple days.


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Photo: Courtesy of Full Belly Deli

Full Belly Deli

10825 Pioneer Trail, Set 103, Truckee

Featured on Guy Fieri’s Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives, Full Belly Deli is known for their creative sandwiches and huge portions. In addition to their menu of cold and hot sandwiches, the deli offers salads, wraps, and a build your own option. Started in Truckee, the deli now has two more locations in Reno.

A close-up of a freshly made sandwich cut in half, displayed on a white plate. The sandwich contains layers of crispy bacon, fresh lettuce, tomato slices, and turkey breast, all inside a toasted baguette with a spread of mayo and mustard—truly the best lunch in Tahoe.
Photo: Courtesy of New Moon Natural Foods

New Moon Natural Foods

Here you will find a wide variety of freshly made-to-order lunch items to accommodate even the most discerning vegetarian, vegan, paleo, and dairy-, nut- or gluten-free sensitive customer. The organic juice and smoothie bar includes a carrot cake shake made with mango, pecans, carrots and coconut ice cream. For an extra dose of healthy, try one of their wheatgrass or ginger shots or feel good about devouring any one of their specialty sandwiches like the yellow submarine — a wild-caught, albacore tuna salad panini — their vegan Holla Back Girl made with marinated, grief tempeh, or their revival wrap made with housemade hummus.

A plate with two fish tacos topped with mango salsa, shredded vegetables, and greens on a tortilla. A side of mixed leafy greens accompanies the tacos, all served on a white plate with a red rim, resting on a wooden surface. It's the best lunch in Tahoe!

Red Truck

10356 Truckee Airport Road, Truckee

The Truckee Airport might seem like an unlikely location to find a standout lunch spot, but Red Truck’s globally inspired sandwiches, wraps and bowls are worth the trip. Pick your protein, like chicken tikka masala, coconut curry lamb or falafel, and savor it in a taco, burrito, quinoa bowl or naan sandwich. Don’t miss the house-made samosas with fillings that change every day.

West Shore

A lobster roll filled with chunks of lobster, diced vegetables, and lettuce sits on a white plate. The plate also holds a serving of golden French fries. The meal is set on a wooden table with a blurred outdoor background, making it the best lunch in Tahoe to enjoy this afternoon.
Photo: Courtesy of Chambers Landing Bar & Grill

Chambers Landing Bar & Grill

The oldest lakefront bar in Tahoe, the always popular, historic Chambers Grill serves the perfect summer beach fare from grilled street corn on the cob to burgers and hotdogs to ground turkey tacos and a variety of pizzas. Whether lounging on the outdoor porch or inside its picturesque bar, sipping on one of their Chambers Crushes made of light rum and tropical juices adds to the relaxed, beachfront vibe. Open Monday through Thursday from 11am to 5pm, Friday through Sunday from 11am to 7pm.

A sandwich with lettuce, tomato, and meat sits on a white plate with a blurred wooden background. A can of craft beer with a label featuring a mustache and the words "Ale" and "Mustache" is placed to the right of the sandwich, making it the best lunch in Tahoe.

West Shore Market & Deli

1780 W. Lake Blvd., Tahoe City

Who can resist the BLAT at Westshore Market & Deli, with crispy applewood smoked bacon, creamy avocado and fresh lettuce and tomato on toasted sourdough bread? Not us, that’s for sure. But let’s face it, you really can’t go wrong with any of the sandwiches on the menu, from the veggie slathered with basil-lime aioli to a classic Cubano leveled up with garlic-dijon aïoli. There are daily specials to tempt as well, in addition to warming soups in the winter. A seasonal menu of flatbread pizzas is also available select evenings. Wash it all down with a selection of craft beer and wine on site at one of the picnic tables with peekaboo lake views or take your sandos and market goods to go.

South Shore

A close-up of a wrapped gyro on a white plate. The gyro, which could easily be the best lunch in Tahoe, is filled with fresh ingredients including leafy greens, sliced cucumber, red onion, crumbled feta cheese, and a sauce—all enclosed in soft pita bread and wrapped in foil.

Artemis Mediterranean Grill

Wondering where to get Tzatziki in Tahoe? Artemis Mediterranean Grill’s menu features an assortment of traditional dishes from gyros, greek pasta, flash-fried calamari, and more. Take a break from cooking and enjoy a night out with family and friends with options for everyone. On the lighter side, try the refreshing Horiatiki salad. For a crowd-pleaser, the chicken pita, or to compliment a cozy evening, the warm spicy vegan lentil soup.

A wooden table set with plates of breakfast food, including pancakes with butter and syrup, hash browns, eggs Benedict, a colorful omelette with avocado, and a bowl of fresh fruit. Two orange mugs, a blue plastic cup, and a set of utensils on a napkin are also present to enjoy the best lunch in Tahoe.
Photo: Courtesy of Bert's Cafe

Bert’s Cafe

Located by the Yin South Lake Tahoe, Berts is long beloved for their iconic club sandwich and salads to suit whatever mood you happen to be in from their Santa Fe to Greek and Asian chicken salads, all of them also available in tortilla wraps. Meanwhile, a selection of internationally enhanced handmade burgers on custom buns and delicious deli sandwiches are sure to please all.

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Photo: Courtesy of The Grove at Camp Richardson Resort

The Grove At Camp Richardson Resort

1900 Jameson Beach Road, South Lake Tahoe

Located just steps from the lake, it’s hard to find a dining spot in Lake Tahoe with better views. The restaurant’s lively outdoor deck is a popular spot in the summer with both the land and boating crowd. Buoys are held at the Camp Richardson marina for people wishing to dine at the restaurant. Lunch choices include a bison BBQ burger or vegan tacos paired with the restaurant’s signature cocktails — a rum runner or pineapple jalapeno margarita. 

A hearty sandwich with multigrain bread, stuffed with sliced turkey, shredded carrots, purple cabbage, sprouts, avocado slices, and cheese, is served on a white plate. This contender for the Best lunch in Tahoe is held together with toothpicks and accompanied by tortilla chips.

Sprouts Cafe

3123 Harrison Ave., South Lake Tahoe

At this natural foods cafe, sandwiches, salads, burritos, bowls and soups are as delicious as they are healthy, loaded with good-for-you ingredients, many of which are organic to boot. The turkey sandwich is the restaurant’s most-requested item — preservative- and hormone-free turkey breast topped with melted Monterey jack cheese, avocado, cabbage, carrots, tomato, red onion, sprouts, green chilies and house-made honey mustard dressing on whole wheat bread — but we are also have a soft spot for the homey rice bowl, brown rice and beans topped with veggies, melted cheese, salsa and green onions.

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