Chow down on Tahoe flavors at farm-to-table restaurants

Chow down on Tahoe flavors at farm-to-table restaurants


Calling all food lovers! Sights like the crystal clear waters and alpine air in North Lake Tahoe are fresh and natural. Farm-to-table restaurants around the lake are no exception. Many restaurants use fresh and organic local produce in many, if not all of the expansive menu selections in an effort to capture the essence of northern California and Nevada flavors. Check out the list of restaurants below to plan breakfast, lunch, dinner and maybe even desert.

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Tahoe City

Jake’s on the Lake:
Address: 780 N Lake Blvd, Tahoe City, CA 96145
Phone: 530-583-0188
Inspired by Hawaiian and local Californian flavors, step inside to the warm inviting hospitality of “mountain aloha” atmosphere. Family owned and operated since 1978, Jake’s on the Lake is the ultimate waterfront dining experience. Soak up spectacular lake views while filling up on fresh seafood, quality meats and more. Whenever possible, fresh local and sustainable ingredients are used to give the special menu an extra kick of local flavor.

Address: 640 N Lake Blvd, Tahoe City, CA 96146
Phone: 530-583-5700
Since its first day open, Wolfdale’s kitchen uses “fresh food, simply prepared” as their motto. An ever-changing food and wine menu reflects fresh and in-season ingredients, making every experience and dish innovative and exciting. Dish preparation is inspired by Asian and European practices with a strong California spirit in the mix. The gorgeous lakefront views are a bonus of this spectacular dining experience.

Christy Hill Lakeside Bistro
Address: 115 Grove St, Tahoe City, CA 96145
Phone: 530-583-8551
This intimate venue is located a mere 100 feet away from the shoreline. Open Tuesday through Saturday for dinner, panoramic views of sunset over the lake can be seen from every table. The exquisite wine menu is carefully selected to reflect the freshly prepared food. Using local produce and seasonal ingredients, Christy Hill mixes modern American cuisine with a Mediterranean twist.

Sunnyside Lakeside Dining 
Address: 1850 W Lake Blvd, Tahoe City, CA 96145
Phone: 530-583-7200
Located lakeside on the West Shore, Sunnyside’s menu is sure to liven up bored . Specialty crafted seafood, steaks and entrees made with fresh, local ingredients gives the menu a transitional local California flavor. Daily entrées inspired by local ingredients are sure to be a delicious surprise for every visit. Purchasing local food isn’t the only way Sunnyside supports Tahoe. One dollar of every daily Market Special entrée goes toward Tahoe XC, a local non-profit promoting cross-country skiing by providing children and adults a on-of-a-kind opportunity to participate in this exploratory and healthy sport.

Kings Beach

Tahoe Central Market
Address: 8487 North Tahoe Blvd, Kings Beach, CA 96143
Phone: 530-546-8344
Family owned and operated, Tahoe Central Market is committed to providing fresh and local ingredients to the community. A gourmet deli, juice bar and exceptional selection of wine and beer line the shelves. Delivery trucks visit partnered local farmers throughout the week for ingredients as fresh as possible. A weekly box mixes a wide variety of local ingredients harvested fresh from the farm the day before delivery. Pick up the package in appreciation of Consumer Supported Agriculture.

The Soule Domaine
Address: 9983 Cove St, Kings Beach, CA 96143
Phone: 530-546-7529
Started by Charlie Soule with a lifelong passion for cooking, The Soule Domaine blends an eclectic mix of Mediterranean and Asian Pacific flavors for a local’s favorite dining experience. Never one to settle for just good enough, Charlie stays on top of food trends and especially nutritional trends. Fresh, local, organic produce is not just a feature on the menu, it is a necessity.

Olympic Valley

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Address: 1880 Village South Rd, Olympic Valley, CA 96146
Phone: 530-584-6080
In celebration of local athletes both past and present, [email protected]’s menu is bursting with flavors as big and bold as the personalities that inspired the restaurant. The menu is filled with local flavors, sustainable ingredients and fresh produce to touch a palette as unique as the mountains that surround us. Local and regional farms partner with [email protected] to create the best experience and menu as possible.

PlumpJack Café & Bar
Address:  1920 Squaw Valley Rd, Olympic Valley, CA 96146
Phone: 530-583-1578
It’s no wonder why PlumpJack Café & Bar is widely regarded as one of North Lake Tahoe’s premier dining locations. The menu changes every season to take advantage of the freshest local ingredients for a dining experience as fresh as the alpine air. The wine menu also changes to reflect the food menu for a perfectly paired affair. Renowned winemakers visit throughout the year for special events and wine dinners.

Graham’s at Squaw Valley
Address: 1650 Squaw Valley Rd, Olympic Valley, CA 96146
Phone: 530-581-0454
High-beamed ceilings, a rock fireplace and intimate interior tie the atmosphere together for a distinct mountain lodge feel. Panoramic windows offer scenic views of the gorgeous California alpine mountains. Locally inspired California cuisine and an extensive wine list featuring 800 carefully selected wines from around the world make for a perfect fine-dining experience.


Manzanita at The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe
Address: 13031 Ritz-Carlton Highlands Ct, Truckee, CA 96161
Phone: 530-562-3000
No two dishes are ever the same. Manzanita’s adventurous chefs find fresh, in-season ingredients, then turn them on their head to create flavor profiles never experienced before. The up-close Chef’s Table dining option allows for a personalized dining experience with the Chef himself. An open view into the main kitchen offers guests a sneak peek at their dishes’ preparation from start to finish.


West Shore Café
Address: 5160 West Lake Blvd, Homewood, CA 96141
Phone: 530-525-5200
Drawing on the freshest local produce available, West Shore Café uses only the best in its diverse lunch and dinner menus. A lunch menu perfect for recharging during high energy outdoor activities is filled with delicious seafood soups, crisp salads and warm sandwiches. Take a dinner date to West Shore Café and try the delectably romantic dinner menu. Signature seafood starters and entrees pair great with the hand-selected wine and cocktail menu.

Swiss Lakewood Lodge
Address: 5055 W. Lake Blvd, Homewood, CA 96141
Phone: 530-525-5211
Swiss Lakewood Lodge is the oldest continually operated restaurant at Lake Tahoe. Serving a classic hearty European cuisine crafted with pristine, fresh ingredients at a lakeside location makes for a great romantic dinner spot. Be sure to try the Duck à l’orange, a classic French-seared duck breast topped in a hand-crafted orange sauce.

Crystal Bay

Crystal Bay Steak & Lobster House
Address: 14 State Highway 28, Crystal Bay NV 89402
Phone: 775-833-6333
Classic tableside preparation and one of the most extensive wine lists in Lake Tahoe make the Crystal Bay Steak & Lobster House an instant classic for a romantic dinner. Locally sourced ingredients infuse local flavors into the fine-dining menu. Expect to see daily selected appetizers including calamari and a tiger prawn cocktail, followed by Maine lobster tail, California lamb chops and more signature entrées on the menu nightly.

Incline Village

Lone Eagle Grill at the Hyatt Lake Tahoe 
Address: 111 Country Club Dr, Incline Village, NV 89451
Phone: 775-886-6899
A lakeside location, rustic alpine décor and interior are reason enough to visit this picturesque grill and lounge — let alone the renowned menu selection. House made pastas, seared fillet and Mesquite grilled steaks with a rich and smoky flavor make this specialty crafted dinner menu one not to miss. The lunch menu with chicken and steak sandwiches, hand-crafted soups and light salads are sure to be a delight after an adventurous day of outdoor activities. Pro tip: Don’t miss the signature Baked Tahoe for dessert.

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