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Best things to do in Lake Tahoe

Discover the city according to locals. Find the best things to do, places to eat, and get priceless advice from the people who live here.

American Restaurant
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“This award winning Zagat rated restaurant is always topping local lists of the area's most romantic restaurants, this family-run Tahoe mainstay has become the go-to place for diners seeking to impress first dates and enjoy a great meal in the bargain. Fresh, organic ingredients heighten the flavors of French-influenced dishes like pan-roasted chicken with mushrooms or champagne-poached sea scallops. Desserts include the decadant Queen of Sheba flourless chocolate double torte cake with fresh whipped cream filling for only $7. An appealing collection of appetizers, salads, and desserts showcases the same dedication to fresh foods and classic preparations. Reservations are highly recommended for this very small cottage restaurant ”
42 locals recommend
BBQ Restaurant
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“If you're headed up to Tahoe, then Mt. Rose highway is the way to go..and if you're going that way, then you should stop at T's for AMAZING burritos, tacos, and whole rotisserie chickens ”
39 locals recommend
Mountain
“A 2.4 mile ride up in the Heavenly Mountain Gondola will leave you breathless as you take in panoramic views of Lake Tahoe. On your way up, stop at the Observation Deck for photos, a latte at Cafe Blue or a unique Heavenly souvenir at The Gondola Sports shop. Once you get to the top, head up the Tamarack Express chairlift with your Scenic Gondola ticket for some of the best views of Lake Tahoe and access to a series of hiking trails, ranging from beginner to expert.”
32 locals recommend
Harbour / Marina
“Great place to set up towels on the beach and relax. Beacon Bar and Grill right on the beach with you for world famous Rum Runners! Rent bikes, go for a walk, great ice cream parlor all in the Camp Richardson area. Great place for kids!”
44 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“Sit at the bar and enjoy the appetizers and a drinks. They offer happy hour in the winter months. Sadly, there is no happy hour in the summer. ”
47 locals recommend
American Restaurant
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“Very friendly environment with a wide range of menu items. They take pride in their establishment ”
32 locals recommend
Park
“A great public beach with a pier, swimming, picnic tables, a playground, and paddle and kayak rentals close by.”
25 locals recommend
Sushi Restaurant
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“Our favorite sushi place in town. You need to try the BBQ albacore, you will not be sorry. ”
37 locals recommend
German Restaurant
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“Great place for German heritage food and drinks. Very cool restaurant vibe with games / fireplace / and funny awesome staff.”
31 locals recommend
Beach
“Ride your bike along the path to discover beaches, Camp Richardson's restaurant, ice cream shop and hiking trails.”
30 locals recommend
Health Food Store
“A small grocery store, serving up made to order sandwiches and snacks you can carry to the beach.”
32 locals recommend
Breakfast Spot
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“Our favorite dinner place on the strip! There's a nice big fireplace in the middle of the restaurant. Great artichokes, caprese salad, prime rib, and zucchini bread! Also awesome for breakfast!”
37 locals recommend
American Restaurant
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“We really enjoy this restaurant. The food is outstanding and service is excellent. The happy hour offers many culinary choices with a nice wine menu and local craft beers”
29 locals recommend
Pub
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“One of the best Scottish Pub's in America, much less Tahoe. Best fish and chips, and Rubens. If you like hot try the Scottish Thunder. It's not on the menu but is the best hot sauce ever! We snagged some key cards from a hotel, the Trailhead - (we know them) and if you show it there you get 15% off! Seriously, great food and awesome staff. You won't be disappointed with this place. ”
37 locals recommend
Deli / Bodega
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“An upgraded convenience store featuring deli, gelato, beer & wine plus more!”
38 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“Amazing food, suitable for small group or a romantic date night dinner. In the summer months, there is a pop-up bar outside that is much more casual and fun. If you are a big group, forget eating here, instead go to the outside bar and enjoy the view of the lake. ”
46 locals recommend