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Sunshine, Boating & Outdoor Dining

By Tiara Wasner

Artemis Lakefront Cafe - Outdoor Dining in Reno/Tahoe
Artemis Lakefront Cafe – Outdoor Dining in Reno/Tahoe

Summer is my favorite season. In Fact, I started dreaming of summer and outdoor dining in Reno/Tahoe around January! Earlier this year, during the dead of winter we had a week where temperatures hit 50 degrees and there was no snow in the long-range forecast.

The sun on my face had me reminiscing about last summer and sitting on the beach with my girlfriends enjoying fish tacos and painkillers at Round Hill Pines. If you know, you know.

Nibbles and Big Blue

Lake Tahoe is known for its views. Truth be told, Emerald Bay might be one of the most photographed places in the U.S. So, let’s grab a bite and enjoy some views when dining in Tahoe.

Whether you’re visiting for the first time or you’re a Lake Tahoe local, Edgewood Tahoe Resort should be at the top of your list.

The Bistro is mountain-chic yet casual, making it the ideal place to gather and share the adventures of the day while savoring the finest eats and breathtaking views.  

For an amazing meal on the lake, make sure to stop for lunch at Chambers Landing Bar & Grill. This historic waterfront restaurant is the oldest bar on the water on the California side. The Chamber’s Punch is a must!  

While we’re chatting about iconic Lake Tahoe restaurants, Sunnyside Restaurant & Lounge is the perfect spot for lunch when you’re adventuring on the West Shore or spending the day on the lake.

Sunnyside Restaurant and Lodge - Outdoor Dining in Reno/Tahoe
Sunnyside Restaurant and Lodge – Outdoor Dining in Reno/Tahoe

While indoor and outdoor dining is available, I highly suggest grabbing a table outside, soaking in the views, and people watching. My go-to’s include fresh fish tacos, fish & chips, and their Mountain Mule!  

Headed to South Shore? Artemis Lake Front Cafe is perfect for those looking for an affordable, quick outdoor dining experience with picturesque views.

The shrimp pita and lamb gyro are household favorites, but it’s all about their highly addictive house-seasoned fries with Artemis dipping sauce. Yes, the fries are that good.  

Artemis Lakefront Cafe, Jeramie Lu Photography
Outdoor Dining at Artemis Lakefront Cafe Jeramie Lu Photography
Tasty valley views

If you find yourself driving through Carson City and hungry, swing by Mangia Tutto. They offer a great lunch special, but even better thin crust pizza!

The great debate is which one to order. I’m a fan of the BBQ Chicken, Kiss Me and Veggie Lovers, but you really can’t go wrong. They even have a family-style menu or to-go!

I highly suggest exploring the Biggest Little City’s budding food scene! Ask any local and they’ll tell you Wild River Grille has delicious eating and the best outdoor seating area right next to the infamous Truckee River!

It’s perfect for families and date nights. Order the Tropical Tuna Tartare, braised short ribs, and flourless chocolate torte.   

If you’re looking for contemporary dining with an outdoor patio then The Twisted Fork is a must. They’re known for their uniquely flavorful “BIG-SMALL” plates.

Make sure to order the cauliflower ceviche, pastor pork tacos or tamal de champiñones. Which pair perfectly with the thyme after time sangria! 

Wild River Grille - Outdoor Dining in Reno/Tahoe
Wild River Grille – Outdoor Dining in Reno/Tahoe

“Gourmet All Day” is Stone House Cafe’s motto and they are living up to it from breakfast to dinner. While they serve all the traditional breakfast dishes I highly suggest opting for the Smoked Salmon Benedict or Mixed Berry Crepes.

If you’re up for sharing, order the Half Roasted Free-Range Chicken or opt for the  Blackened Thai Ahi. Either way, you can’t go wrong. 

Whether you’re spending the day at Lake Tahoe or adventuring in Reno, the region offers an array of delicious food options and outdoor dining in Reno/Tahoe.

Did you know?

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