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The 8 Best American Restaurants In South Lake Tahoe

Updated: June 21, 2022

Looking for South Lake Tahoe’s best buffalo wings or spiciest chili? These are the American spots doing it best. We analyzed millions of reviews from the top local sites to compile This list of top American restaurants. So if you have decided on some deep dish pizza or BBQ as your next meal try one of the South Lake Tahoe eateries below.

Find the perfect American restaurant

The Lake House

New American, $$$, South Lake TahoeNew American, $$$South Lake Tahoe
Google: 4.7
Yelp: 4.5

California Burger

American, $$, South Lake TahoeAmerican, $$South Lake Tahoe
Google: 4.5
Yelp: 4.5

Chicken In A Barrel BBQ- South Lake Tahoe

American, $$, South Lake TahoeAmerican, $$South Lake Tahoe
Google: 4.5
Yelp: 4.5

Chico's Burgers

American, $, South Lake TahoeAmerican, $South Lake Tahoe
Google: 4.5
Yelp: 4.5

Toulouse

Southern, $$, South Lake TahoeSouthern, $$South Lake Tahoe
Google: 4.5
Yelp: 4.5

Jimmy's Restaurant

American, $, South Lake TahoeAmerican, $South Lake Tahoe
Google: 4.3
Yelp: 4.0
  • USA Today

    Best Romantic Dining in Tahoe

    USA Today

Fire + Ice

American, $$, South Lake TahoeAmerican, $$South Lake Tahoe
Google: 4.3
Yelp: 3.5

Steamers Bar & Grill

American, $$, South Lake TahoeAmerican, $$South Lake Tahoe
Google: 4.2
Yelp: 3.5

How does it work?

Finding the best American restaurant for you shouldn’t feel like a second job. We pored over ratings for 6627 restaurants on Yelp and Google, 823905 restaurant reviews in South Lake Tahoe and 339 top lists and articles. We paid extra attention to what USA Today had to say, and applied our boam magic sauce. These spots have been featured in USA Today - Best Romantic Dining in Tahoe. Every option we show has been verified as open and offering key services when we recommend it, thanks to our real-time updates. Restaurants can’t pay to show up on this list, so enjoy the best food with no agenda. We don’t recommend restaurants lightly, these 10 are really something special.

FAQ

Evan's American Gourmet Cafe and Jimmy's Restaurant are the highest-rated upscale restaurants for American cuisine in South Lake Tahoe.

Bert's Cafe, Evan's American Gourmet Cafe, and California Burger are the highest-rated American restaurants for a quick lunch in South Lake Tahoe.

The highest-rated American restaurants for delivery in South Lake Tahoe are California Burger, Chicken In A Barrel BBQ- South Lake Tahoe, and Ernie's Coffee Shop.

Evan's American Gourmet Cafe and Jimmy's Restaurant are the highest-rated American restaurants for a date night in South Lake Tahoe.

Bert's Cafe, Evan's American Gourmet Cafe, and California Burger are the highest-rated American restaurants that serve breakfast in South Lake Tahoe.

Drink pairing tips

  • Go for Kentucky 75 with fried chicken

    For an elevated experience, pair your fried chicken with Kentucky 75. This combination works particularly well because this cocktail cuts the fat of the fried skin.


  • Take grilled burger to the next level

    When ordering grilled burger, experts suggest pairing it with a glass of Margarita, a popular cocktail.

  • Zinfandel and barbecue


    Zinfandel is rich and this makes it a great drink to have alongside your pairing_Dish_name. The pairing_drink_ingredients in the drink play nicely with the pairing_Dish_flavour_profile flavours in the food.

Factoids

  • The largest macaroni and cheese

    What happened in September of 2010 you ask? A giant macaroni and cheese was made which weighed 2,469 pounds!

  • The first ever deep dish pizza

    Our favorite treat, the deep dish pizza, has its roots in The United States. We can thank Ike Sewell for coming up with it too.

  • Celebrating a love for mac and cheese

    Have you ever really wanted to celebrate mac and cheese? People in The United Statesdo, every July 14, and they call it National Mac & Cheese Day.

Parking info

Parking has always been a challenge in South Lake Tahoe. To make the hunt for parking easier, we’ve partnered with a cutting-edge digital parking reservation system, Spothero, that enables you to book a spot in advance before you visit your chosen American spot.

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