San Francisco to Lake Tahoe Road Trip Food Guide

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Last Update: 2/18/2016

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 snowboarding or 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!

Here is our foodies guide to a great trip.


Lots of great places here.

Japanese Izakaya – Ippuku


Lots of great places here too..

Korean – Sahn Maru, Pyung Chang Tofu House

Pizza – Pizzaiolo, Zacharys

American – Ice Cream Fountain – Fentons


Asian Pearl – Chinese Cantonese Dim Sum and Dinner done right.


In N Out – 1417 Fitzgerald Dr

Port Costa:

Bull Valley Restaurant – Unique out of the way destination near Carquinez Bridge. Great for a meal on the way back home. Great food and cocktails.


In N Out – 1364 Holiday Lane


American Artery clogging food- Black Bear Diner

American – Ice Cream Fountain – Nut Tree Complex – Fentons

In N Out – 170 Nut Tree Parkway


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. Massive Nachos and Quesadillas with real chicken.  Lots of cops come here

In N Out – 130 Grass Valley Highway


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

Mikuni Sushi

In N Out – 1803 Taylor

Tahoe City:

Uncommon Kitchen – Great natural foods store with a to-go counter in the back. Great roast beef and turkey sandwiches, Thai Coconut noodle bowl.  They run out of sushi in the afternoon, so you need to come before then or call ahead. Lots of vegan items.

River Ranch Lodge – Near Alpine meadows.  Really bad reviews on Yelp (3 stars), probably because it is so expensive.  At dinner the French Dip for $14 is reasonable.  Their Roasted Elk $33 was fabulous but tiny in portion size.


Classic Place with great food – Moodys

Typical 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

Kalani’s – Expensive Japanese Food.  Stick to the cheaper rolls

Base Camp Pizza Co – One of the cheaper bets in the Heavenly Stateline complex


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 October 21st, 2015
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