Best Places to Eat Outside this Summer

By August 15, 2020September 18th, 2020No Comments

Summer is far from over in Tahoe, and we are relishing in the warm evenings while they last. We got sick of doing dishes a while ago, so if you are looking to treat yourself to a night out, here are our top picks for places to safely enjoy enjoy dining outside, and often with a pretty spectacular view. And of course, thanks for wearing a mask and practicing social distancing while supporting local businesses.

Christy Hill

Enjoy an elegant bistro atmosphere and lakefront patio seating at Christy Hill. Using fresh seasonal ingredients, Christy Hill offers Modern American cuisine with refined Mediterranean influences. Open Wednesday through Sunday nights for outside dining on the deck and in the Sandbar by reservation only. Call 530-583-8551 for reservations or visit opentable.com. Please wear your mask upon arrival and when not seated at your table.


Sunnyside Lodge is a Lake Tahoe staple – with a spacious deck perfect for catching the sunset, you might find yourself coming back time and time again. They offer simple and thoughtful cooking with an Aloha flair, using locally sourced ingredients and fresh seasonal flavors. Enjoy the ample variety of craft beers, creative cocktails, and fine wines on the waterfront deck. Check out their website for nightly specials like Burger night and Taco night. Open for lakeside dining on the deck Tuesday – Sunday from 12-9 pm.

Alibi Ale Works

With locations in both Truckee and Incline, Alibi Ale Works offers two locations where you can enjoy their long list of locally brewed beers, ciders, and delicious and creative food options. At the Truckee location, part of the parking lot has been converted into an outdoor Beer Garden – or check out the sprawling lawn at the Incline Village location. Either way, you’re almost sure to catch some live music and a delicious buzz.

The Bridgetender

A longtime local’s favorite, The Bridgetender Tavern has a spacious patio situated along the Truckee River. Famous for the “best burgers and Bloody Mary’s in Lake Tahoe,” you can enjoy daily specials and 15 beers on draft for lunch and dinner in their outdoor booths.

Jake’s on The Lake

Waterfront dining in the heart of Tahoe City, Jake’s is a family-owned restaurant featuring an abundance of fresh seafood, high-quality meats, and seasonal produce. Inspired by Californian & Hawaiian flavors, they strive to always source local & sustainable ingredients. New this summer is the Garden Bar, offering additional space to sip on refreshing cocktails, wine and beer – or you can order drinks to go, and enjoy them out on the water.