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Best Boat-Access Dining at Lake Tahoe
Best Boat-Access Dining at Lake Tahoe

boat access diningLake Tahoe is a boater’s paradise. Calm blue waters, secluded coves, and incredible scenery abound all around the lake. There are also plenty of opportunities for boat-access dining and bars on Lake Tahoe, great for picking up a lunch, or enjoying a romantic dinner. Here are a few of our favorites in North Lake Tahoe:

Gar Woods Grill & Pier

Carnelian Bay, CA

Enjoy boat valet when you pull up to Gar Woods’ pier, just one mile from The Franciscan Lakeside Lodge. Head inside or eat on their magnificent deck overlooking Lake Tahoe, and enjoy great food and great cocktails (if you’re not driving the boat!). Their specialty are Wet Woodies, a blended concoction that is just $7/drink on Wednesdays–aptly called Wet Woody Wednesday.

Gar Woods’ famous Wet Woody


Moe’s Barbecue

Tahoe City, CA

Moe’s makes barbecue and comfort food, and just opened up in a new location on the Tahoe City waterfront. Order a picnic basket ahead and enjoy smoked meats, barbecue, and hearty sides wherever on the lake suits your fancy.



Tahoe City, CA

Head down Tahoe’s magical west shore and you will happen upon Sunnyside, just about 3 miles south of Tahoe City. With an onsite marina and a quiet public beach adjacent to the restaurant, it’s the perfect spot to grab lunch and hang out for a bit. Their massive deck offers incredible views of Lake Tahoe, and the relaxed vibe of the restaurant will make it easy to while an afternoon away.


West Shore Cafe & Inn

Homewood, CA

Specialty cocktails, fresh locally-sourced cuisine when possible, and a grassy lawn make the West Shore Cafe & Inn a great place to stop for a bite to eat and rest after a day in the sun. The West Shore Cafe’s lighted pier is stunning and romantic, and the food is delicious.


A Chambers Punch in its natural habitat

Chamber’s Landing

Tahoma, CA

You can’t head down the west shore without stopping at Chamber’s Landing for one of their famous–and pretty potent–Chambers Punches (as long as you aren’t the captain–remember, no drinking and driving!). Their wraparound deck and adjoining beach is the perfect spot to relax. Chamber’s also offers great food, and a relaxed atmosphere that many people–locals and visitors alike–frequent for good food, good drinks, and good company.


Lone Eagle Grille

Incline Village, NV

Heading back east, the Lone Eagle Grille, located in Incline Village, NV, offers a pier, beach, and lakefront dining. The beach offers Adirondack chairs, allowing you to fully relax and take in the views from the shoreline. The cozy lodge interior is a great spot to warm up and chat.

And that’s a wrap! Do you want to experience one (or all!) of these boat-access dining and drinking options? We offer $25/day buoy rentals at The Franciscan Lakeside Lodge all summer long. Learn more here. 



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