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Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Hotel
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“Sunnyside's spectacular location on the pristine West Shore makes it the place to be in Lake Tahoe. ... Our Mountain Grill offers a more casual atmosphere and is seated on a walk-in basis only. ”
  • 112 locals recommend
Breakfast Spot
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“Fire Sign Cafe is an iconic breakfast and lunch restaurant located on the West Shore of Lake Tahoe. Serving fresh, homemade food since 1978.”
  • 96 locals recommend
Bakery
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“Family owned and operated since 1977, the Tahoe House Bakery & Gourmet features: fresh baked breads, pastries, coffee drinks, cookies, European style tortes, a variety of bottled sauces and dressings, deli lunches fully prepared meals to go with gourmet cheeses, meats, wine, and more! Open 7 days a week, 6 am to 4 pm! ”
  • 69 locals recommend
Bar
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“The draw here is the outdoor seating on the river, the food is pretty much standard pub fare, big burgers, but the reason to go is to hang out on the river and enjoy the view. Great spot to walk or bike to, or end a hike/ride.”
  • 63 locals recommend
Bar
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“Longtime, lakefront place with a patio for New American fare with Californian & Hawaiian flavors.”
  • 41 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“High-end destination for sophisticated, seasonal Californian cuisine, plus Lake Tahoe views.”
  • 48 locals recommend
Cinema
“We love this local theatre! North Lake Tahoe's only theatre combining mainstream movies, independent films, live performances, gourmet popcorn, along with beer and wine.”
  • 30 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“Amazing views and great food. A must if you’re looking for an upscale dining experience. ”
  • 48 locals recommend
Bar
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“This small cafe in Tahoe City is a mix of everything: sports bar meets lunch place meets gathering area meets live music venue. It is a beautiful, little place with comfy places to sit and plenty of parking. The decor is a mix of dark wood, nice stained glass and local artwork as well as big screen TVs. The friendly, quick staff serves up tasty sandwiches, soups and salads and has a generous happy hour. The Fat Cat Cafe in Tahoe City is a cool and laid back restaurant, bar, artists space and performance area for local and regional bands. Come here during the day for great sandwiches and salads and stay into the night for appetizers, a fun bar and live entertainment. The Fat Cat has special events for the holidays and usually has a band playing on the weekends. Past performances have been by Horsemouth, Drop Theory and the On the Spot Trio. They have open mic night every Tuesday and karaoke every Thursday. Their bar features wine, beers on draught and a full selection of cocktails.”
  • 25 locals recommend
New American Restaurant
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“Waterside spot featuring a bi-level patio with live music & seasonal American surf 'n' turf dishes.”
  • 33 locals recommend
Deli / Bodega
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“If you are looking for local, organic, ingredients, then New Moon is your grocery store. Recently expanded and our local provider for organic food grown close to home.”
  • 20 locals recommend
Breakfast Spot
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“American diner fare & classic cocktails are served in an antique-filled setting with nature views.”
  • 38 locals recommend
Deli / Bodega
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“An upgraded convenience store featuring deli, gelato, beer & wine plus more!”
  • 38 locals recommend
Museum
“History of the Tahoe area and the Truckee river. Pictures of pre-historic looking Mackinac trout for the fish loving.”
  • 14 locals recommend
Bar
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“The famous Pete and Peters local bar. Pool tables, darts and shuffle board. ”
  • 15 locals recommend
BBQ Restaurant
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“Easygoing chain serving Alabama-style pulled pork & other meats smoked in-house.”
  • 28 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Hotel
“Sunnyside's spectacular location on the pristine West Shore makes it the place to be in Lake Tahoe. ... Our Mountain Grill offers a more casual atmosphere and is seated on a walk-in basis only. ”
  • 112 locals recommend
Breakfast Spot
“Fire Sign Cafe is an iconic breakfast and lunch restaurant located on the West Shore of Lake Tahoe. Serving fresh, homemade food since 1978.”
  • 96 locals recommend
Bar
“The draw here is the outdoor seating on the river, the food is pretty much standard pub fare, big burgers, but the reason to go is to hang out on the river and enjoy the view. Great spot to walk or bike to, or end a hike/ride.”
  • 63 locals recommend
Bar
“Longtime, lakefront place with a patio for New American fare with Californian & Hawaiian flavors.”
  • 41 locals recommend
Restaurant
“High-end destination for sophisticated, seasonal Californian cuisine, plus Lake Tahoe views.”
  • 48 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Amazing views and great food. A must if you’re looking for an upscale dining experience. ”
  • 48 locals recommend
Bar
“This small cafe in Tahoe City is a mix of everything: sports bar meets lunch place meets gathering area meets live music venue. It is a beautiful, little place with comfy places to sit and plenty of parking. The decor is a mix of dark wood, nice stained glass and local artwork as well as big screen TVs. The friendly, quick staff serves up tasty sandwiches, soups and salads and has a generous happy hour. The Fat Cat Cafe in Tahoe City is a cool and laid back restaurant, bar, artists space and performance area for local and regional bands. Come here during the day for great sandwiches and salads and stay into the night for appetizers, a fun bar and live entertainment. The Fat Cat has special events for the holidays and usually has a band playing on the weekends. Past performances have been by Horsemouth, Drop Theory and the On the Spot Trio. They have open mic night every Tuesday and karaoke every Thursday. Their bar features wine, beers on draught and a full selection of cocktails.”
  • 25 locals recommend
New American Restaurant
“Waterside spot featuring a bi-level patio with live music & seasonal American surf 'n' turf dishes.”
  • 33 locals recommend

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