As we savor the last weeks of ski season, we’re looking forward to après-ski dining at restaurants around the Reno-Tahoe area, home of the 1960 Winter Olympics. Whether noshing on the North Shore, South Shore, or West Shore, or in cities nearby in California or Nevada, there are plenty of terrific places to eat after a day working up an appetite on the slopes. Here’s where to dine like a local in Reno-Tahoe.
Wild River Grille
This warm and lively restaurant in the historic Riverside Hotel serves contemporary American food. The Berkshire all-natural Tomahawk pork chop is a massive 14 ounces and is served with roasted cherry demi-glace. The Fried Zeppolis are a must-order for dessert. Take turns dipping the freshly fried donuts in salty caramel, raspberry, and chocolate ganache sauces. Make a reservation at Wild River Grille.
True to its name, this French-inspired restaurant located in Reno has been a local favorite for more than 10 years. Beaujolais Bistro is the place to come for soul-soothing renditions of classic French dishes, such as Onion Soup à la Gratinée, Duck Confit, and Gnocchi à la Parisienne. Plus, Steak Frites? Mais oui! Make a reservation at Beaujolais Bistro.
Classy and elegant the level of service and quality of the dining experience are as stunning as the decor in this modern steakhouse in the Atlantis Casino in Reno. Their specialty is tableside service with dishes including Steak Diane, Bananas Foster, and Cherries Jubilee. Each time the cart rolls out, it brings not just drama but irresistible aromas. Make a reservation at Atlantis Steakhouse.
Rapscallion Seafood House & Bar
Rapscallion is a seafood house that opened 40 years ago in Reno. The cozy booths and waiters in white jackets lend the place a timeless aura. You can order seasonal dishes, poultry, and steak, but it’s the seafood that’s the star of the show. Some specialties include Diablos on Horseback, which are bacon-wrapped scallops, Linguine and Fresh Manilla Clams, and Wharf-Style Cioppino. Make a reservation at Rapscallion Seafood House & Bar.
Wolfdale’s Cuisine Unique
Wolfdale’s is a concept that blends the East and West, and the cuisine changes reflecting the seasons. Open since 1978 and now located on Lake Tahoe’s North Shore, the restaurant boasts a cookbook authored by the chef that tells the history and evolution Wolfdale’s. The menu is diverse, offering Japanese sashimi, Truffle Fries, Khao Soi (a Thai seafood stew), and a good old cheeseburger. Cocktails are also a specialty. Make a reservation at Wolfdale’s Cuisine Unique.
Lone Eagle Grille
Located in Incline Village, Lone Eagle and its interior with plush leather seating and a two-story stone fireplace with soaring ceilings featuring wooden beams are in perfect harmony with the lakefront setting. Lone Eagle Grille offers high Sierra-inspired cuisine with plenty of wild game as well as a very impressive and appealing list of vegetarian starters and entrees. The award-winning wine list is sure to please. Make a reservation at Lone Eagle Grille.
A West Shore favorite located in Tahoe City, Sunnyside has been pleasing locals and vacationers since 1987. The menu is composed of New American classics, such as Baby Kale and Beet Salad, hearty Beef Short Rib Bolognese and their famous Kimo’s Original Hula Pie with chocolate cookie crust, macadamia nut ice cream, hot fudge, toasted mac nuts, and whipped cream. Committed to preserving and celebrating back-country skiing and riding, a dollar from each Market Daily Special is donated to the Tahoe Backcountry Alliance. Make a reservation at Sunnyside.
Moody’s Bistro Bar & Beats
On the main drag in Truckee, you’ll find Moody’s. Located at the historic Truckee Hotel, the eatery boasts art deco touches in its sexy dining room – the first sign that you’re in for something special. The food here makes it a true dining destination, with indulgent dishes including Duck Liver Patè, Dungeness Crab Toast, housemade Neapolitan thin-crust pizzas, and homemade pastas. There’s also a popular lounge with live music several nights a week. Make a reservation at Moody’s Bistro Bar & Beats.
West Shore Cafe
Another favorite with locals located in Homewood, West Shore Café and its seasonal dishes complement the house specialties including Lobster Mac & Cheese, Pepper-Crusted Venison, and Buffalo Meatloaf. And after a day on the slopes, who wouldn’t want to dig into gooey melted traditional Raclette cheese with pickled onions, pickles, and potatoes? Whether you’re staying on property or not, this is a comfortable and picturesque spot. Apres ski specials include complimentary s’mores and drink specials. Make a reservation at West Shore Cafe.
Gar Woods Grill and Pier Restaurant
Gar Woods is named for Garfield Wood, a legend in pleasure boating known for his classy mahogany crafts. A lakefront classic, located at Carnelian Bay, this restaurant offers steak, prime rib, and fish and specialties like Crab Chili Relleno. Whatever you do, be sure to start with one of their famous “Wet Woody” cocktails and end with their unbeatable Mocha Crunch Ice Cream Cake made from Hoch’s Family Creamery chocolate and coffee ice cream in an Oreo crust with Skor bar sprinkles. Make a reservation at Gar Woods Grill and Pier Restaurant.
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Amy Sherman is a San Francisco-based writer, editor, blogger, and cookbook author. She is the publisher of the food blog Cooking with Amy. She currently contributes to numerous online publications including Food Network, Fodor’s and Refinery 29 and never says no to a warm donut. Follow her @cookingwithamy.