Upscale Restaurants in Lake Tahoe

In addition to incredible mountains and pines, Lake Tahoe hosts incredible fine dining.

Wander Travel Team
WanderTravel Team
Upscale Restaurants in Lake Tahoe

Lake Tahoe is located in the Sierra Mountains on the Nevada- California border. It is an ideal destination for skiing and snow sports in the winter. During the summer, you can visit to engage in water and beach activities.

While the area is a nature enthusiast’s dream, its resort vibe means there are plenty of terrific, upscale restaurants you’ll want to eat at during your trip. Here are a few you won’t want to miss.

Edgewood Restaurant

The Edgewood Restaurant is located in the Tahoe Resort. It offers the ultimate in fine dining. Gourmet food is served as diners enjoy a view of the lake and the sun setting above it.

The menu offers a variety of appetizers, soups, salads, entrees, and desserts. Mouthwatering choices include the lobster angelotti & shaved black truffle, the study of Mahoney and Irwin lamb and the dark chocolate souffle. Reservations are highly recommended.

Chart House

Chart House is perched atop a hill near Kingsbury Grade overlooking Lake Tahoe. Its modern dining room offers diners an excellent view of its surroundings. It has been included on the Open Table list of 100 Restaurants with the Most Scenic Views.

The fare is primarily steak and seafood. They also offer daily specials and private dining. It’s best to reserve a table in advance.

Ciera Steak & Chophouse

The Ciera Steak & Chophouse is located in Bally’s Tahoe. It offers a variety of steaks, chops, seafood, and vegetarian entrees as well as 300 wines and champagnes. It has been an AAA Four Diamond Award Winner 9 years in a row. It was also voted Tahoe’s Best Restaurant for Dinner and Tahoe’s Best Steakhouse.  

The menu offers a wide variety of options including appetizers, greens, soups, sides seafood, steaks and chops, entrees, and desserts. They also have special 50 Prix Fixe and 60 Prix Fixe menus which are available Thursday, Friday, and Sunday nights. These three-course dinner options offer Ciera favorites at a great price.

Riva Grill on the Lake

Riva Grill on the Lake is an indoor and outdoor restaurant serving lunch and dinner. It was voted as the Restaurant with the Best Cocktails by Best of Tahoe 2020. It was also recognized on the 2019 Open Table Diner’s Choice and voted as having the Best Outdoor Patio by Tahoe Quarterly.

Riva diners can choose from a variety of menus including the lunch and bar menu, the dinner menu, the wine list, the kids’ menu, the banquet menu, and a variety of cocktail menus. It offers a spacious upstairs dining room, comfortable main floor seating, and a large outdoor patio. You can enjoy views of the lake from any area of the establishment.

Wolfdale’s Cuisine Unique

Wolfdale’s is located on Lake Tahoe’s north shore in downtown Tahoe City. It has been open since 1978. It is a family-run business that prides itself in providing consistent, high-quality food and service.

Chef and owner Douglas Dale developed a ‘Cuisine Unique’ that is described as a fusion of Asian, European, and California styles. The menu changes frequently but always follows the theme of “Fresh Food, Prepared Simply”. Most menu items are gluten-free.

The restaurant offers lake-view dining with a warm ambiance. During the summer, their deck and courtyard are open for outdoor dining. The courtyard is also an ideal space for private events and comes complete with fire pit tables and a bocce court.

Le Bistro

Le Bistro is located in Incline Village, one of the more upscale Lake Tahoe towns. It is a small fine dining restaurant that specializes in contemporary French fusion. They pride themselves in using high-quality ingredients including seasonal, organic, and local produce. Gluten-free, vegan, and vegetarian options are available.

The restaurant has an excellent wine list, fresh-baked bread, and desserts. Menu items include foie gras, duck, filet mignon, lamb, and fresh fish. You can make reservations on the website or by calling in advance.

Lone Eagle Grille

Lone Eagle Grille offers upscale dining set against the backdrop of Lake Tahoe and their private beach. Their menu features high-Sierra cuisine and changes seasonally in accordance with the freshest ingredients available. Their dishes include game meats, seafood, and vegetarian favorites as well as a variety of cocktails.

The Lone Eagle Lounge provides views of the surroundings via large panoramic windows set against heavy wooden beams. Its two-story stone fireplace and custom-made wooden tables conjure images of a classic Tahoe Lounge. The main dining room offers outdoor dining during the summer and table space for parties. Guests can also enjoy cocktails around their lakefront fire pit.

Jake’s on the Lake

Jake’s on the Lake offers the ultimate lakefront dining experience. The family-owned restaurant has been in business for over 40 years. Their menu is influenced by the tastes of Hawaii and Southern California. They pride themselves in using responsibly sourced, high-quality ingredients and creating made from scratch recipes. 

The restaurant offers a variety of menus including a Happy Hour menu, a Lunch & Café menu, a Dinner menu, a Drinks and Cocktail menu, and a wine list. They also host banquet events. They pride themselves in offering top-notch customer service.

Christy Hill

Christy Hill is a modern American dining restaurant. It sits just 100 feet above the Lake Tahoe shoreline. Diners can enjoy a view of the Lake Tahoe basin from every table.

The establishment prides itself in using fresh, locally sourced ingredients. They offer a modern American cuisine with Mediterranean influences. They treat their customers like family.

The menu features small plates, large plates, shared plates, and desserts. They also have an extensive wine list. During the summer, you can make reservations to dine at the SandBar Christy Hill which offers a full menu and wine service Wednesday through Sunday.


Lake Tahoe is a great place to enjoy nature. After a day of being active, you can enjoy a gourmet meal at any of the restaurants listed above. Which will you be checking out during your vacation?

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