A Lakefront Dining Tour Like No Other

Wet Woody Garwoods Lake Tahoe-3Memorial Day Weekend launches the beginning of summer in Lake Tahoe including the “opening day on the Lake” when residents and visitors begin to flock to its beaches and crystal clear waters on weekends and vacations.   One of the best rituals visitors and residents partake in the summertime that I especially love is spending the day visiting all of the wonderful lakefront dining options by boat.  If you are planning to visit Lake Tahoe this summer, here is an activity that you simply can’t miss!  It can be especially fun with a large group of friends celebrating a special event or enjoyed with family members reuniting.  To help you along your adventure, I have listed a few of my favorite stops to visit!

First, I recommend starting your day at the Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe Resort, Spa and Casino’s Pier where you can rent various models of speedboats by the reputable Action Water Sports.  Here you will quickly become equipped with a vessel to host your journey around the lake for the day.

Start your journey by traveling west along the North Shore of Lake Tahoe as you leave Nevada and sail into California.  The first stop is one of the most famous along the North Shore, Garwood’s Grill and Pier.  Infamous for its signature beverage, the “Wet Woody” rum punch cocktail this is a must try when visiting Lake Tahoe if you want to do as the locals do.  Garwood’s is also a great family, all season restaurant to enjoy lakefront dining for lunch and dinner.  Save the date – their deck opening party for the summer is June 19th!

Next, cruise further west along the North Shore past Tahoe City and enter the West Shore of Lake Tahoe, especially popular to visitors and part-time residents during the summer months.  From a distance you will see the large, brightly colored umbrellas of Sunnyside Restaurant and Lodge.  A popular family restaurant in the TS Restaurant group, Sunnyside is my favorite place to enjoy lunch al fresco on its large outdoor deck.   Personal favorites include: the zucchini sticks, fish tacos and of course the decadent hula pie dessert!

Another popular restaurant to enjoy lunch located nearby is the West Shore Cafe and Inn.  Also open for lunch and dinner, guests at the West Shore Cafe and Inn can enjoy the newly remodeled restaurant and California menu offerings including starters, salads, sandwiches and signature entrees.  Guests are invited to enjoy lakefront dining under ruby colored umbrellas with convenient pier access while watching boats jet by.

Last but definitely not least, if you still have the time and the gas, be sure to continue traveling down the West Shore until you reach Chambers Landing in Tahoma.  Chamber’s Landing is a favorite amongst locals and has been a hot spot on Lake Tahoe during the summertime for decades.  Be 0.DiningOnTheWaterTS11lgsure to visit the rustic but often rowdy pier bar to sample its signature Chamber’s Punch before ending your day on the Lake.

Upon return to the Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe Resort, Spa and Casino be sure to end your evening relaxing in one of the adirondack chairs lining the Pier overlooking the lake while sipping on one of their delicious cocktails, the Lone Eagle Margarita is my favorite.

Have you visited a lakefront restaurant at Lake Tahoe and if so what was your favorite place?  Please remember that when boating on Lake Tahoe to always follow safety measures, drink responsibility and have a sober driver operate the boat vessel.

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Dine Around Lake Tahoe

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The different cities and communities scattered around Lake Tahoe, each with its unique personality, offer fantastic restaurants to discover and enjoy.  Visitors can easily miss out on the best locations.  In this post I am going to share an overview of dining options by location and highlight a favorite offering in each!

The West Shore hosts culinary favorites that offer serene lakeside dining and picturesque alpine glow sunsets.  A popular location on the West Shore is Sunnyside Restaurant & Lodge offering year-round dining with boating access and superior al fresco dining in the summertime.  The newest addition and growing favorite amongst locals also located in Sunnyside is Spoon serving homemade “good & good for you comfort food” picture below.  Located in a quaint rustic cabin in the woods, the comfort expands even to its decor!

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Downtown Tahoe City is the epicenter of North Lake Tahoe whose streets are lined with shops and restaurants providing exquisite fine-dining options including – Wolfdale’s Cuisine Unique, Christy Hill and Jake’s on the Lake. Opened in 1978, Wolfdale’s Cuisine Unique has proven to be a leader in culinary fusion offering a unique menu with a mixture of Asian and European cuisine and a twist of California contemporary.

Traveling from Tahoe City to the East Shore, North Lake Tahoe is scattered with some of the most popular restaurants in Lake Tahoe including Garwoods Grill & Pier, Lanza’s, Soule Domaine, Lone Eagle Grill, Big Water Grille, Le Bistro and a local favorite, Bite American Tapas.  I fell in love my first week in Lake Tahoe with Bite – a must visit in Incline Village.  Entering Bite you feel as though you have stepped into a posh city restaurant and bar.  Serving up specialities in “bite” sized tapas plates perfect for sharing and trying them all! A few local favorites include the crispy risotto balls,  BLT (the L is for Lobster!) sliders, Moroccan spiced lamb meatballs accompanied by unique mixology cocktails.

Taking the drive to nearby Truckee you will find a reinvented culinary hub featuring favorites such as Moody’s Bistro Bar & Beats, Cottonwood Restaurant & Bar, Trokay Restaurant, Pineta Cucina Italiana, Bar of America, Burger Me, Stella and many more.  With so many to choose from, here I highlight the brightest new star Stella Restaurant at the Cedar House Sport Hotel created by Chef Jacob Burton.  To experience Stella the right way, you must try the monthly Chef’s Tasting Menu and take the culinary journey from start, next, continue to finish (names of each course!) all while sitting in the intimate dining room with a front and center open kitchen view!

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On the other side, South Lake famous for its lively nightlife and up all night offerings, celebrates a number of fine-dining options including Edgewood Restaurant, Ciera Steak + Chophouse and Evan’s American Gourmet Cafe.  Edgewood Restaurant located at the golf course is a favorite offering beautiful panoramic sunset views over Lake Tahoe and serving a traditional menu of fish and steak entree classics.

The best culinary Magazine in the area is by far Edible Tahoe Reno.  Their dining guide is an exceptional way to learn more about new restaurants and special offerings in Lake Tahoe. Do you have a favorite restaurant in Lake Tahoe? If so, share it below and let’s continue to discuss the best dining options in Lake Tahoe.  More Lake Tahoe restaurant reviews and insider dining tips are on the way!