Any great vacation must include great food, too. And fortunately for travelers to North Lake Tahoe, dining options around Lake Tahoe abound. You have your pick, from fresh seafood to sushi to tacos to great burgers, and, of course, regional beer and wine.
However, when traveling with kids, meal times can be intimidating. But parents need not worry. Today I’m bringing you my favorite choices for where to eat in North Lake Tahoe with kids.
Rubicon Pizza Co.
If you’re like me, then pizzerias are a go-to when you travel with your family. And Lake Tahoe is no exception. That's where Rubicon Pizza Company comes in, conveniently located in the center of the Village at Northstar. But it’s not just the location that makes this a good stop for families. A cozy atmosphere, great pizza, and delicious pasta make this one of my go-to restaurants when I’m in North Lake Tahoe with my kids.
Fifty Fifty Brewing Co.
Fifty Fifty Brewing, an award-winning brewery, serves up some of the area's best beer with tasty dishes, such as mussels, burgers, house-made meatloaf, and Petaluma fried chicken. Little eaters have a kids' menu and pizza to choose from, while beer enthusiasts will appreciate the brewery's award-winning beers, such as Eclipse, a barrel-aged imperial stout that's brewed in small quantities just once per year.
Located on the main thoroughfare of downtown Truckee, Burger Me may be that convenient, kid-friendly food stop you've been looking for in North Lake Tahoe. Open seven day a week, Burger Me features an array of burger options, from the usual beef and turkey burger to more unique options like tofu and bison. Other highlights include shakes, fries, salads, and a full kids' menu. Burger Me has a little something for everyone in your family.
Located in Tahoe City, Rosie's Cafe serves breakfast until 2:30 p.m., while it's also a great stop for both lunch and dinner, making it the perfect family-friendly restaurant around Lake Tahoe after a day of outdoor fun. Parents with kids will appreciate the restaurant's welcoming atmosphere, which culminates with the upstairs game room, where kids can play while parents enjoy a slow meal or drinks at the bar. The cafe's uniqueness continues with its interior, characterized by an impressive antiques collection, including fun antique bikes. Bonus points: A view of Lake Tahoe, which guests can enjoy from the restaurant's windows.
Jax at the Tracks
If you love vintage diners, then you will love Jax at the Tracks. This cozy restaurant occupies a beautifully restored 1948 diner, and serves a fun menu of comfort food classics for breakfast (until 2 p.m.), lunch, and dinner. The All Day Addiction (Eggs, hash browns, Canadian bacon, avocado, and roasted tomatoes), Kobe meatloaf, and spicy mac 'n cheese are just some the diner's specialties. Plus, it's not every day that you can eat at a restaurant featured on the Food Network.
When you and your family visit Lake Tahoe, swing by King's Beach on the north shore of Lake Tahoe for a quick and easy meal at Char-Pit. This local fast-food restaurant has been serving burgers, sandwiches, ribs, and delicious shakes, malts, and Frosties since 1962, with a kids' menu available for those 10 and younger. On a nice day, enjoy your meal from their large patio, which beckons on warm days. Char-Pit's burgers are highly regarded, while I recommend their "world famous" teriyaki hula burger served with grilled pineapple.
If you're in the mood for a nice, relaxing meal, try Sunnyside Restaurant on the west shore of Lake Tahoe, where you can enjoy upscale dining with stunning views of Lake Tahoe and the surrounding mountains. On warm days, try to snag a table on the deck (the lakefront views below, courtesy of Sunnyside, should do the talking). Kids are welcome, with the restaurant offering a small kids' menu.
Bite American Tapas
Bite American Tapas, a casual, yet classy restaurant in Incline Village, serves an impressive dinner menu of creative small plates, which for parents, pairs well with their extensive list of well-curated wines. Cocktail lovers can rejoice with Bite American Tapas selection of craft cocktails, many of which use freshly-squeezed juices and fresh herbs (plus, they serve an absinthe sampler!). Among the food highlights are their usual selection of sliders, which include seared ahi sliders and BLT sliders with lobster. But save room for dessert!
Manzanita at The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe offers an exquisite interior with an open kitchen, fireplaces, and floor-to-ceiling windows with views of mid-mountain Northstar California. But don't let the atmosphere intimidate you, since Manzanita, one of Lake Tahoe's nicest restaurants, is also family-friendly. Families with young children can often be found settling in for a meal between ski runs and lessons, as the restaurant offers a kids' menu with a nice variety of choices. Don't miss the fresh French onion soup.
Village at Northstar
In between the outdoor activities of North Lake Tahoe, you and your family may need to refuel with some snacks or small bites. That's when the Village at Northstar makes for a great stop, with a number of convenient, quick options, including Starbucks, Tacos Jalisco, Copper Lane Café and Provisions, Euro Crepe, and Frites (fries and craft brews!). If you're there around 3:30 p.m. on winter afternoons, kids can indulge in the complimentary s'mores at the ice rink. While there, enjoy the free gondola up to The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe for après–ski around the fireplace in The Living Room.