Dining Al Fresco in Truckee and North Lake

Views and Open Air Dining & Drinking Still Going Strong in Truckee / Lake Tahoe

Technically speaking, summer in the Northern Hemisphere isn’t over until September 22 this year. Even though we in Tahoe love every season and look forward to winter snows, we squeeze every moment of warmth and sun, lake and sky out of our summers…and take every opportunity to get outside, play, dine and drink in the great outdoors.

There are still many great days left to get out into the fresh, green nature, even as the sun sets earlier giving us reasons to snuggle next to the warm fire pits enjoying outdoor dining and sparkling mountain land and sky scapes.

Delicious and spectacular outdoor dining:

PJ’s Grill at Gray’s Crossing


11406 Henness Rd, Truckee, CA 96161

Phone:(530) 550-5801

Great fare and a nice lawnscape view of the 18th hole at Gray’s Crossing. The evening views of the Carson Range are some of the best in Truckee. Try the Mai Tai’s or a fantastic margarita. The burger and the filet mignon are delicious.


photo courtesy of PJ’s and Tahoe Mountain Club, Gray’s Crossing


Cottonwood Restaurant and Bar

10142 Rue Hilltop, Truckee

Phone: (530) 587-5711

From one of the nation’s oldest ski lodges, you’ll enjoy delicious Zagat-rated dining. Try the Butternut Squash Enchiladas and the best Caesar salad in the world. Don’t miss the French Margarita!—all with a stunning view of the Truckee River Valley and the city lights and activity in Downtown Truckee…Live music on Thursday and Friday evenings!

Photo courtesy of Cottonwood Restaurant


The Lodge at Tahoe Donner

12850 Northwoods Blvd, Truckee

Phone: (530) 587-9455

A quick drive up Northwoods Boulevard to one of the area’s most beautiful golf courses, The Lodge offers delicious fare, stunning views, and refreshing drinks. Indoor or outdoor on the newly enlarged deck dining you’ll enjoy friendly service and refreshing mountain dining outdoors.

Photo courtesy of The Lodge at Tahoe Donner

Manzanita Grill

13031 Ritz Carlton Highlands Court, Truckee

Phone: (530) 562-3000

If quiet and elegant outdoor dining suits your fancy, the Manzanita Grill offers stunning patio dining into the rich evenings as well as unique outdoor dining opportunities if arranged in advance. Live music, starry nights and 5-Diamond Chef -prepared California fare will bookend your summer enjoyment. Be sure to try the refreshing and delicious Lake Breeze cocktail.

photo courtesy of Manzanita Grill, Ritz Carlton Lake Tahoe

Sunnyside Resort

1850 West Lake Blvd., Tahoe City

Phone: (530) 593-7200

Dating back to the day it was built as a summer home in 1906, Sunnyside is now one of Lake Tahoe’s best loved resorts with a dining deck that is the largest on the lake. Great food, entertainment, cocktails and a lively atmosphere are what a stay or even a day at Lake Tahoe is all about. Get there early, enjoy the day and the dining and even think about staying or planning your next event at this Tahoe iconic resort.

photo courtesy of Sunnyside Resort, Lake Tahoe, Tahoe City


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