San Francisco to Lake Tahoe Road Trip Food Guide

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Last Update: 2/23/2015

Moodys Truckee big ass pork chop

Big Ass Pork Chop – Moody’s Truckee

Many of us travel from San Francisco Bay Area to Lake Tahoe for skiing in the Winter or fun and frolic in the summer.  The three hour plus drive is long and requires some breaks. We could not find a listing of possible places to dine at, so here are some standout places on the way that we have found. Please add comments with more. No chain restaurants and the places must be near Highway 50 or 80!


Japanese Izakaya – Ippuku


Korean – Sahn Maru, Pyung Chang Tofu House

Pizza – Pizzaiolo, Zacharys

American – Ice Cream Fountain – Fentons


Asian Pearl

Port Costa:

Bull Valley Restaurant – Unique out of the way destination near Carquinez Bridge


American Artery clogging food- Black Bear Diner

American – Ice Cream Fountain – Nut Tree Complex – Fentons


Upscale American in Old Sacramento – The Firehouse Restaurant in Old Sacramento

Another fancy spot – The Kitchen

Davis and Auburn:

Burgers, chicken bowls, Pies – Ikeda’s of Auburn (Busy place)

Tacos, Nachos, Quesadillas – El Portal Taqueria, Auburn – Across from McDonald’s


Westfield Galleria has several restaurants and a food court that includes sirloin specialist Buckhorn.

Mikuni Sushi


Classic Place with great food – Moodys

Brew pub with moderately priced food – Fifty Fifty

North Lake Tahoe:

Fancy Ritz Carlton restaurant – Manzanita

Tavern 6330 – Northstar Village – Not cheap, but Ahi Tuna, Caesar salad, brisket, Fish, Brined Chicken, Chowder are pretty good.

Squaw Valley Classic – Plumpjack Cafe

Moderate Squaw Valley Restaurant – Twenty – Two

South Lake Tahoe:

Buffet City – Forest Buffet in Harrahs Lake Tahoe


Lodge Buffet

Food Rating: (Good)
Service Rating: (Good)
Atmosphere Rating: (Good)
Value Rating: (Good)

Guide: 0 = poor, 1 = Below/Average, 2 = Good, 2.5 = Very Good, 3 = Excellent , 4 = Extraordinary

Alcohol:Beer, Wine
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Posted on June 21st, 2014
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