Whether visiting Nevada’s Incline Village or vacationing on the southern shores in the California region, Lake Tahoe has ample opportunities to wine and dine on a romantic evening. Restaurants give dazzling views of the Sierra Nevada Mountains complimented by the blue waters of the Alpine lake. Couples can end a day of adventure, skiing the slopes or exploring the hiking trails, with a decadent meal for two. Lake Tahoe restaurants serve a range of cuisines, from new takes on American cooking and classic French flavors to international fare from around the world.
1.Bistro at Edgewood
© Bistro at Edgewood
This restaurant located on the grounds of the Edgewood Lodge and Golf resort gives guests a place to relax and share a bottle of wine while taking in astounding views of the surrounding terrain. The Reno Gazette-Journal listed the Bistro at Edgewood on its list of the “10 Places You Must Eat and Drink in South Lake Tahoe”. Menu items include contemporary American fare with seasonal ingredients. The Bistro opens Monday through Friday for breakfast at 7 AM, and couples can also share a romantic lunch or dinner at this elegant, yet casual eatery. Bistro also hosts a weekend brunch on Saturdays and Sundays.
100 Lake Parkway, Stateline, NV, Phone: 855-304-0004
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Situated right on the waterfront on the Ski Run Marina, The Riva Grill serves quality cuisine in a casual setting. Outdoor decks and balconies give guests a chance to soak up the sun while enjoying breathtaking mountain views. Floor-to-ceiling windows ensure diners eating indoors don’t miss the candy-colored sunsets over the lake. The daytime lunch menu features bar favorites like beer battered coconut prawns, ahi poke tacos, and quesadillas. The Wet Woody bar menu has all kinds of specialty rum drinks. When the weather warms up, Wet Woody Wednesdays celebrates hump day out on the deck. The dinner menu features elevated American classic dishes.
900 Ski Run Boulevard Suite 3, South Lake Tahoe, CA, Phone: 530-542-2600
3.Jimmy's at The Landing Resort & Spa
© Jimmy's at The Landing Resort & Spa
Couples on a romantic retreat to Lake Tahoe can relish local ingredients and flavors at Jimmy's at The Landing Resort & Spa. The American-style kitchen infuses influences from California cooking and Greek cuisine. Chic leather booths, an onyx and granite bar, and crackling fireplaces create a sophisticated, yet inviting, atmosphere. Wine-lovers can delight upon noticing Jimmy’s 1,500 bottle wine vault. Jimmy’s invites guests for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. After a day on the slopes, couples can warm up with a glass of red. Craft cocktails cater to all tastes including its handcrafted libations, sweet signatures, and soul warmers.
4104 Lakeshore Boulevard, South Lake Tahoe, CA, Phone: 530-600-3501
4.Izabella Ristorante Italiano
© Izabella Ristorante Italiano
Some consider Izabella Ristorante Italiano one of the best Italian eateries in Lake Tahoe. After working up an appetite skiing the slopes or exploring the lake, hungry diners can feast on generous portions of pasta, chicken parmigiana, risotto, and other classic Italian favorites. A romantic evening starts off with popular appetizers like fried calamari or bruschetta. The wine list highlights California and Italian winemakers. Meat-lovers can pair a robust red with the char-grilled New York steak. For those who don’t eat meat, Izabella has a vegetarian menu available. Guests can easily access Izabella within a short walking distance from most resorts.
3967 Lake Tahoe Boulevard, South Lake Tahoe, CA, Phone: 530-544-0400
5.Brooks' Bar & Deck at Edgewood Tahoe
© Brooks' Bar & Deck at Edgewood Tahoe
Situated in the Edgewood Tahoe resort, Brooks' Bar & Deck gives guests a place to relax after exploring the surrounding mountains, lake, and golf courses. Voted one of the “Best Golf Pubs” by Golf Digest, this casual, yet classy watering hole has dazzling views of the Sierra Nevada mountains and Lake Tahoe. The food menu captures local cuisine such as its oxtail chili tots, hardwood smoked chicken wings, and prime flat iron steak. Couples can unwind during happy hour every Monday, Thursday, and Friday from 4 PM to 6 PM with deals on appetizers, wines, and draft beer. The pub closes on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.
100 Lake Parkway, Stateline, NV, Phone: 855-304-0010
© Cafe Fiore
Since 1994, Cafe Fiore has serviced the South Lake Tahoe community with hearty portions of classic Italian cuisine. After a day of adventure exploring Lake Tahoe, couples can share a romantic dinner at Cafe Fiore, sipping on robust reds and enjoying the tastes of Italy. Seafood pasta, spaghetti with sausage, or filet mignon medallions go perfectly after a long day out on the slopes. Wine lovers can choose from a selection of over 300 wines. Its extensive wine list earned the cafe the Wine Spectator Award of Excellence. Cafe Fiore opens nightly from 5:30 PM to 10 PM.
1169 Ski Run Boulevard Suite #5, South Lake Tahoe, CA, Phone: 530-541-2908
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At Capisce, they insist, “It’s not sauce. It’s gravy!” The restaurant strives to serve authentic Italian cuisine and puts love into its special vegetarian gravy, made from scratch and slow cooked with porcini mushrooms and tomatoes. The kitchen creates handmade pizzas and pastas cooked to perfection with a blend of cheeses and “gravy”. At the bar, customers get discounts during the nightly happy hour from 5 PM to 6:30 PM indulging in draft beers and world-class wines. The menu also has gluten-free substitutes for its pastas. Couples can share a plate and split entrees for an additional $5.
178 US Highway 50, Zephyr Cove, NV, Phone: 775-580-7500
© Christy Hill
Christy Hill Lakeside Bistro overlooks Lake Tahoe from 100 feet over the shoreline. Diners can take in dazzling 360 views of the surrounding lake and Sierra Nevada mountain range while enjoying contemporary American cuisine with Mediterranean influences. At sunset, blends of yellows, oranges, and pinks light up the sky. Couples looking for a culinary experience can try out the Christy Hill tasting menu. Guests pay a flat fee for a five-course tasting with the option to add expert wine pairings to compliment each plate. Lovers can share a few drinks at a discount every night at the bar between 5 PM to 6 PM.
115 Grove Street, Tahoe City, CA, Phone: 530-583-8551
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9.Ciera Steak & Chophouse
© Ciera Steak & Chophouse
Mouth-watering steaks come served with world-class wines at Ciera Steak and Chophouse. The steakhouse forms part of the Mont Bleu Resort and represents the only Four Diamond restaurant in Lake Tahoe. Wine lovers can choose from an extensive list of over 300 international wines and champagnes. The menu includes steaks, of course, but also features fresh seafood and vegetarian plates. Couples can feast on a three-course Prix Fixe dinner with a fixed price every Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Sunday evening. Ciera also hosts a tapas happy hour at the bar every Sunday through Friday with 25% off drinks.
55 Highway 50, Stateline, NV, Phone: 800-648-3353
© Edgewood Restaurant
Couples can indulge in decadent dining along the shorelines of Lake Tahoe at the Edgewood Restaurant. The elegant establishment is part of the Edgewood Tahoe Resort and opens to guests for dinner 7 days a week from 5 PM to 9 PM. Floor-to-ceiling windows give breathtaking views of the lake and mountain range, which helped the restaurant rank on OpenTable’s "100 Most Scenic Restaurants in America for 2017". A team of chefs prepares seafood, Italian inspired dishes, soups, elk chop, steak, and other delicacies to perfection. Guests looking for a romantic meal should book a table for sunset to enjoy the dazzling colors while sharing a delicious dinner.
100 Lake Parkway, Stateline, NV, Phone: 855-348-2243
11.Evan's American Gourmet Cafe
© Evan's American Gourmet Café
Evan's American Gourmet Café hosts guests in a refined, elegant dining room perfect for enjoying a meal during a visit to Lake Tahoe. The kitchen specializes in American gourmet cuisine while also infusing elements of international cooking. Zagat ranked Evan’s as one of the top-rated restaurants in Lake Tahoe. The owners have resided in Lake Tahoe, California for the past 40 years and bring their appreciation for good food and wine to the menu. Dining options cater to a range of tastes serving up fresh seafood, seared beef, and grilled pork chop. Couples can end a romantic evening with one of the delectable desserts like butter pecan bananas foster.
536 Emerald Bay Road, South Lake Tahoe, CA, Phone: 530-542-1990
12.Fredrick's Fusion Bistro
Couples looking for a romantic meal in a refined, yet casual setting can book a table at Fredrick's Fusion Bistro. Situated in the center of Incline Village, Nevada, Fredrick's Fusion Bistro gives New American cuisine an Asian twist. Known as “Fred’s” by the locals, the restaurant serves up a range of menu options including sushi and sashimi. After a day out on the slopes, hearty entrees like braised short rib or seafood hot pot will fill empty bellies. The specialty drinks offer fusion cocktails like a Gingertini, World Famous Margarita, French Martini, or Peach Saketini. Fred’s opens every evening from 5 PM to 9:30 PM.
907 Tahoe Boulevard, Incline Village, NV, Phone: 775-832-3007
Sometimes a romantic evening of wining and dining is all it takes to rekindle the romance. Kalani’s has all the right ingredients for a lovely evening for two. The raw bar serves up oysters, a well-known aphrodisiac. As a winner of the Wine Spectator Award of Excellence in 2017, Kalani’s has an extensive list of reds, whites, and champagnes. The menu consists of recipes from the Pacific Rim, combining cooking techniques from Asia, Hawaii, and Europe. The dinner menu contains Hawaiian mahi-mahi, sushi, New Zealand-style rack of lamb, and other internationally-inspired entrees. The Puka Lounge has its own special food and drinks menu with deals during happy hour.
1001 Heavenly Village Way Suite 26, South Lake Tahoe, CA, Phone: 530-544-6100
© La Fondue
Cheeses and chocolate dips melt in the mouth at La Fondue. This cozy eatery in Incline Village invites couples to its warming ambiance. Appetizers include delicacies like escargots. A fondue experience for two gives couples a choice of soup or salad and an array of meats and vegetables for dipping in a mouthwatering blend of melted cheese. The full experience ends the meal with an additional chocolate fondue complimented by a glass of champagne for each. The Alpine Cheese Fondue consists of an irresistible blend of Imported Swiss Gruyere and Emmenthaler simmered with white wine and Kirschwasser. La Fondue opens for dinner nightly.
120 Country Club Drive, Incline Village, NV, Phone: 775-831-6104
15.Lakeside Beach House
© Lakeside Beach House
A romantic lunch or dinner at The Beach House means “food, drinks, and views”. Situated right on sands of the Lake Tahoe coastline, The Beach House elevates fast food in a casual, beach bar setting. Diners might fancy a plate of Mighty Tom’s Fish N Chips. Perhaps a Beach House Burger will fill an appetite after a full day of adventure exploring the lake and mountain. The bar serves more than just typical alcoholic beverages, with American classics like creamsicle, Dr. Pepper, and Coke ice cream floats. For something a bit stronger, guests can choose from a range of beers and wines.
4081 Lakeshore Boulevard, South Lake Tahoe, CA, Phone: 530-544-4050
© Le Bistro
Le Bistro gives classic French cuisine an Asian twist. The high-end restaurant in Incline Village, Nevada pairs fine wines with delicacies and delights. Regular visitors to Lake Tahoe consider this restaurant a local staple. Le Bistro invites guests to enjoy a romantic meal while tasting popular plates like foie gras, filet mignon, escargots, fresh seafood, lamb, and duck. Warm, baked breads and decadent desserts compliment any entree. Couples looking for a real treat should give this one a try when visiting Lake Tahoe as the highly-recommended restaurant has consistently raving reviews. Customers can make a dinner reservation by phone.
120 Country Club Drive Suite 29, Incline Village, NV, Phone: 775-831-0800
17.LewMarNel's Steaks & Spirits
LewMarNel's Steaks & Spirits satisfies with perfectly-cooked chops, savory seafood, and decadent fondues. The Tahoe Daily Tribune's Wine & Food Critic named it, "The Best Steak at the Lake". Located in the Best Western at Station House Inn, guests of the hotel enjoy a complimentary breakfast, voted one of the Top 100 Best Breakfasts Across America by Esquire Magazine. LewMarNel's Steaks & Spirits also opens for lunch and dinner. In the evenings, couples can indulge in escargot, cheese fondue, breaded veal, and more. The bar serves up reds, whites, and sparklings by the glass as well as expertly crafted martinis.
901 Park Avenue, South Lake Tahoe, CA, Phone: 530-542-1101
18.Lone Eagle Grille
© Lone Eagle Grille
Nestled in Incline Village along Lake Tahoe’s North Shore, the Lone Eagle Grille serves locally-sourced meals. During a charming afternoon lunch, couples can choose from salads, steaks, burgers, and sandwiches. Sunset at Lone Eagle gives stunning views of the colorful skies reflecting over the lake. Mains for dinner include cuts of beef, duck breast, chicken, and seafood with sides served a-la-carte. Lone Eagle Grille also boasts a vegetarian-friendly menu. The restaurant works with Nevada meat distributor, Niman Ranch, and donates $1 from each seasonal menu order to the Niman Ranch Next Generation Scholarship Fund, promoting awareness of traditional farming and ranching.
111 Country Club Drive, Incline Village, NV, Phone: 775-886-6899
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Park Prime is a part of the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Lake Tahoe, Nevada. Park Prime welcomes guests to its upscale dining room. The stylish steakhouse and seafood restaurant provides the ideal atmosphere for a romantic dinner or special occasion. Couples can snack on baked brie or share a shrimp cocktail with bourbon infused cocktail sauce. The surf and turf menu ensures a truly decadent date night. Spinach au gratin or lobster mac and cheese compliment any entree. Park Prime hosts promotions on its website including fixed-price tasting menus and holiday specials. The restaurant opens for dinner each evening at 5 PM.
50 Highway 50, Stateline, NV, Phone: 844-588-7625
20.Primo's Italian Bistro
© Primo's Italian Bistro
Couples can delight in authentic Italian cuisine while visiting the shores of Lake Tahoe at Primo’s Italian Bistro. Located in South Lake Tahoe, California, Primo’s flagship restaurant started in Boston in 1962. Today, the family continues to carry its tradition of cooking traditional Italian recipes made from scratch. The kitchen cooks a selection of 14-inch hand tossed brick oven pizzas. Entrees include favorites from Italy like homemade ravioli, chicken parmesan, lasagna, linguine carbonara, and a three-cheese calzone. Primo’s Italian Bistro opens for lunch Monday through Friday from 11 AM to 3 PM and serves dinner nightly including on the weekends.
2180 Lake Tahoe Boulevard, South Lake Tahoe, CA, Phone: 530-600-2220
21.Scusa Italian Ristorante
© Scusa Italian Ristorante
Scusa Italian Ristorante cooks generous portions of Tuscan coastal cuisine. Wines from around the world find their place on the menu at Scusa Italian Ristorante. The kitchen specializes in traditional dishes and fresh seafood from Italy. The smells of baked breads and simmering sauces drift from the kitchen. Scusa also cooks up vegetarian and gluten-free options. Named "100 of the Best Seats at the Lake”, Scusa opens for dinner every evening at 5 PM. During the summer months, couples can enjoy a romantic meal under the stars, taking in the mountain air, while dining in the garden.
2543 Lake Tahoe Boulevard, South Lake Tahoe, CA, Phone: 530-542-0100
© Soule Domain
A local favorite for over 30 years, The Soule Domain in North Lake Tahoe, California highlights local, seasonal produce. The dining room invites couples to enjoy a romantic meal in a refined, yet cozy, environment. Appetizers include delectable bites like Thai curry scallops, lobster wontons, and escargots. For a light bite, The Soule Domain has small plates like smoked venison sausage salad or noodle bowls. The main courses include irresistible items like fresh scallops served with Maine lobster tail, filet mignon, and duck breast all made from organic ingredients. The kitchen offers nightly specials like homemade ice cream or panko roasted fish.
9983 Cove Street, Kings Beach, CA, Phone: 530-546-7529
23.The Lake House
© The Lake House
Just the right amount of lighting and classy, comfortable decor make The Lake House the ideal setting for a date night. Landscape paintings showcase picturesque views of the Lake Tahoe and the Sierra Nevada mountain range. The dinner menu blends contemporary American cooking with international flavors. Appetizers include spicy hamachi ceviche, baba ganoush, or a charcuterie and cheese board to share. Couples can indulge in an entree like duck two ways, king crab legs, or pan-seared lamb chops. Located in South Lake Tahoe, California, The Lake House serves dinner nightly from 5 PM to 8:30 PM.
1181 Emerald Bay Road, South Lake Tahoe, CA, Phone: 530-541-3433
24.Wolfdale's Cuisine Unique
© Wolfdale's Cuisine Unique
At Wolfdale's Cuisine Unique, couples can sample the flavors of the world while sharing a meal in a comfortable, lake view dining room. Wolfdale's Cuisine Unique opened its kitchen on Lake Tahoe’s North Shore in 1978. The award-winning fine dining restaurant combines American flavors from both coasts with influences from international culinary traditions. Self-described as unique, diners get an eclectic menu selection. Chefs carefully prepare and plate each dish beautifully. One look at the menu reveals the creativity of the kitchen, with options like chicken gyoza dumplings, chile relleno, sashimi, French pheasant, Argentine marinated beef fillet, and Thai seafood stew.
640 North Lake Boulevard, Tahoe City, CA, Phone: 530-583-5700
24 Best Romantic Restaurants in Lake Tahoe
- Bistro at Edgewood, Photo: Bistro at Edgewood
- Riva Grill, Photo: Riva Grill
- Jimmy's at The Landing Resort & Spa, Photo: Jimmy's at The Landing Resort & Spa
- Izabella Ristorante Italiano, Photo: Izabella Ristorante Italiano
- Brooks' Bar & Deck at Edgewood Tahoe, Photo: Brooks' Bar & Deck at Edgewood Tahoe
- Cafe Fiore, Photo: Cafe Fiore
- Capisce, Photo: Capisce
- Christy Hill, Photo: Christy Hill
- Ciera Steak & Chophouse, Photo: Ciera Steak & Chophouse
- Edgewood Restaurant, Photo: Edgewood Restaurant
- Evan's American Gourmet Cafe, Photo: Evan's American Gourmet Café
- Fredrick's Fusion Bistro, Photo: Kalim/stock.adobe.com
- Kalani's, Photo: Kalani's
- La Fondue, Photo: La Fondue
- Lakeside Beach House, Photo: Lakeside Beach House
- Le Bistro, Photo: Le Bistro
- LewMarNel's Steaks & Spirits, Photo: nd3000/stock.adobe.com
- Lone Eagle Grille, Photo: Lone Eagle Grille
- Park Prime, Photo: Park Prime
- Primo's Italian Bistro, Photo: Primo's Italian Bistro
- Scusa Italian Ristorante, Photo: Scusa Italian Ristorante
- Soule Domain, Photo: Soule Domain
- The Lake House, Photo: The Lake House
- Wolfdale's Cuisine Unique, Photo: Wolfdale's Cuisine Unique
- Cover Photo: georgerudy/stock.adobe.com