The 5 Finest South Lake Tahoe Restaurants

There are hundreds of South Lake Tahoe restaurants to choose from. South Lake Tahoe, a city that belongs to the El Dorado County in California, brings in a lot of tourists. BBOnline recommends that you try out the restaurants in the city while you are here.

Riva Grill on the Lake
900 Ski Run Blvd. Suite 3
South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150
(530) 542-2600
www.rivagrill.com

Riva Grill, one of the fine South Lake Tahoe restaurants on the lakefront, has been awarded 2009 Open Table Diner's Choice Winner. The restaurant has a heated deck that gives you a sweeping view of the lake while dining on grilled specialties. House favorites are wood-fired pizzas, pasta, salad and entrees like Filet Mignon, Australian Lamb Chops and Margarita Hawaiian Swordfish. This place has an extensive wine list and cool deck drinks. You can try this restaurant while staying at your South Lake Tahoe Bed and Breakfast.

The Fresh Ketch
2435 Venice Drive
South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150
(530) 541-5683
http://thefreshketch.com/dining/

You get both good food and a beautiful view at the Fresh Ketch which is located in the Tahoe Keys Marina right on the lake. The restaurant is well known for serving the freshest seafood. House specialty classics such as Shrimp Scampi, King Crab Legs go with Escargot appetizers or Oysters Rockefeller. Happy hour is 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. from Monday to Friday while daily specials are available for lunch and dinner to give you discounted food and drinks. There is live music on Friday and Saturday night at 7 p.m.

Rojo's
3091 Harrison Ave
South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150
(530) 541-4960
http://rojostahoe.com

Rojo's, one of the South Lake Tahoe restaurants that are well-known for its barbeque ribs, is located in the heart of South Lake Tahoe, very accessible from your South Lake Tahoe Bed and Breakfast. The restaurant opened in 1985 and is family-owned, housed in a 1920's rustic building. Outrageous sandwiches, salads and daily grill specials are served for lunch starting 11 a.m. while its specialty barbecue ribs, steaks, pasta, fresh seafood are served for dinner starting 5 p.m.

The Cantina Bar and Grill
Highway 89 and 10th Street
South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150
(530)544-1233
www.cantinatahoe.com

When you go out of your South Lake Tahoe Inn, head straight to one of the city's icon, The Cantina Bar and Grill. It was voted as "Tahoe's Best Mexican Restaurant" and its margaritas as "Tahoe's Best Margarita". They have an intensive menu with menu items like different kinds of burritos, enchiladas, quesadillas, nachos and special dishes for vegetarians. Happy hour is 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Monday to Friday where you get special prices for food and drinks.

Evans American Gourmet Café
536 Emerald Bay Road
South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150
(530) 542-1990
www.evanstahoe.com

Evans is known as Lake Tahoe's finest restaurant, receiving the fourth highest Zagat rating in the greater Bay Area. It is housed in a vintage Tahoe cabin and opened in 1989 with the same owners as the Cantina. Your meal can include unique and imaginative food including appetizers like scallop quenelles with sherry lobster cream, entrees like hazelnut crusted rack of lamb with black currant sauce with orzo and wild rice pilaf.