18 Epic Tahoe Brunch Destinations

By Shanie Matthews | Wednesday, January 3, 2024
When it comes to finding the perfect brunch spot, Lake Tahoe has an array of delightful options that cater to every taste. Whether you're an early bird looking for a quick bite or a brunch enthusiast seeking a leisurely feast, Tahoe's diverse culinary scene has something for everyone. Let's embark on a brunch journey across some of the finest establishments that promise a delightful start to your day.
 
Photo: Ernie's Coffee Shop starts your day off right with a smile. Photo courtesy of Ernie's Coffee Shop


Emerald Bay Bar & Grill: Big Breakfasts with a View

South Lake Tahoe

A local favorite known for its generous portions, Emerald Bay Bar & Grill offers a diverse breakfast menu. From crab Benedict to country-fried steak, the choices can be enjoyed on outdoor patios. Patrons can watch the game on flatscreen TVs while dining. 

Emerald Bay Bar & Grill serves up food that satisfies. Photo courtesy of Emerald Bay Bar & Grill

Alpina Coffee Cafe: Quick and Cozy for Early Birds

South Lake Tahoe

For those who prefer a quick yet satisfying brunch experience, Alpina Coffee Cafe is the go-to spot. Celebrating 25 years in the heart of Tahoe, Alpina is cherished by locals for its comfortable atmosphere, quality coffee, homemade treats, refreshing smoothies and hearty sandwiches. It's the perfect haven for early risers in need of a tasty pick-me-up.

Artemis Lakefront Cafe: A Greek-Inspired Brunch by the Lake

South Lake Tahoe

Nestled on the shores of Lake Tahoe, Artemis Lakefront Cafe seamlessly blends Greek and Mediterranean flavors with classic American breakfast options. From French toast and pancakes to a Greek breakfast gyro, the menu offers a delightful variety. This cafe provides a picturesque setting for a leisurely brunch by the lake.

Bert's Cafe: Breakfast Extravaganza in an Old-School Atmosphere

South Lake Tahoe

If you're in the mood for an extensive breakfast menu served all day, look no further than Bert's Cafe. With a nostalgic atmosphere, this brunch haven offers everything from Eggs Benedict and omelettes to Mexican breakfasts and sweet treats. Open daily from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m., Bert's ensures that your brunch cravings are satisfied, no matter the time.

The Getaway Cafe

South Lake Tahoe

Known for its made-from-scratch fare, The Getaway Cafe has been a locals' favorite for breakfast and lunch since 2006. It's been voted Best Breakfast and Best Lunch for the past six years and 10th in Yelp's Top 100 Spots to Celebrate Mother's Day nationally. The Mexican breakfast specialties are a favorite, and the portions are large and flavorful. The dog-friendly patio is a big hit in summer.

Ernie's Coffee Shop: Classic and Inclusive Breakfast Options

South Lake Tahoe

In the heart of Tahoe, Ernie's Coffee Shop welcomes diners with classic breakfast and lunch options. Catering to various dietary preferences, including gluten-free and vegan choices, Ernie's is known for its diverse menu and locally roasted organic coffee.

Ernie's Acai Bowl is a favorite for all who desire a healthy breakfast that keeps you powered up! Photo courtesy of Ernie's

Jimmy's Restaurant at The Landing: Cozy Lakefront Brunch

South Lake Tahoe

For a more upscale brunch experience, Jimmy's Restaurant at The Landing offers a cozy, California-chic setting. Located by the lake, this establishment is open from Wednesday to Sunday, serving breakfast, lunch and dinner. While a bit on the pricier side, the stunning views and delectable menu make it worth the visit.

Kalani's: Hawaiian-Style Weekend Brunch at Heavenly Ski Resort

South Lake Tahoe

If you're in the mood for a tropical twist to your brunch, Kalani's at Heavenly Ski Resort offers Hawaiian-style weekend brunch. With bottomless mimosas, guava mimosas and mai tais, this upscale brunch spot operates on weekends only.

Keys Cafe: Cute and Quaint Local Spot for Breakfast

South Lake Tahoe

For a charming local cafe experience, Keys Cafe provides a cozy ambiance and simple breakfast options. Serving smoothies, chai drinks, breakfast sandwiches, burritos and bagel sandwiches, Keys Cafe caters to diverse tastes. 

Jax at the Tracks: Classic Comfort and Featured on TV

Truckee

As a featured spot on Diners, Drive-ins and Dives, Jax at the Tracks boasts classic comfort food that never disappoints. From fluffy buttermilk pancakes to savory chicken and waffles, this diner-style eatery offers a range of brunch options to satisfy any craving.

Wagon Train Coffee Shop: Family-Owned Comfort

Truckee

For a taste of family-owned comfort, Wagon Train Coffee Shop serves up classic brunch dishes in a welcoming atmosphere. Indulge in flaky biscuits, breakfast bagel sandwiches and hearty helpings of chicken fried steak and eggs. Don't forget to savor their homemade jam!

Cottonwood Restaurant and Bar: Brunch in a Historic Ski Lodge

Truckee

Situated in one of the oldest ski lodges in the nation, Cottonwood Restaurant and Bar offers a unique brunch experience. With outdoor dining, live music and a diverse drink menu, including to-go options, this spot provides a perfect setting for a lazy summer morning or a cozy brunch.

Donner Lake Kitchen: Locally Loved and Family-Owned

Truckee

A local favorite, Donner Lake Kitchen is a family-owned gem offering both breakfast and lunch options. From classic pancakes and French toast to a variety of omelets and breakfast sandwiches, this spot ensures a hearty and satisfying brunch experience.

Fire Sign Café: Classic Comfort with a Twist

Tahoe City

For a taste of classic comfort, Fire Sign Café is a local favorite known for hearty portions and a cozy atmosphere. Indulge in their famous Fire Sign Crepes, featuring scrambled eggs, veggies, and homemade hollandaise sauce, for a satisfying and flavorful brunch.

Fire Sign Cafe's butter pancakes may rank up there as the best in the world. Photo courtesy of Fire Sign Cafe

Squeeze In: An Omelette Haven

Truckee

Founded in 1974, the Squeeze In, a snug spot in downtown Truckee, began as a tiny kitchen serving omelettes to locals and tourists. With just 39 seats and a mere 10 feet, 3 inches in width, patrons literally have to 'squeeze in' to relish their breakfast.

The Dam Café: Fresh Flavors in a Quaint Setting

Tahoe City

Venture off the beaten path and discover The Dam Café, a hidden gem known for its fresh ingredients and creative menu. This charming spot offers a farm-to-table experience with an ever-changing selection of seasonal dishes, ensuring a brunch celebration of local flavors.

Spindleshank Brunch: Culinary Ecstasy and Artistic Presentation

Tahoe Vista

Prepare for a culinary journey at Spindleshank Brunch, where innovative flavors and artistic presentation take center stage. This hidden gem showcases the imaginative prowess of their chefs, offering creative twists on classics such as Waffles with Crispy Chicken Gravy or Crab Cake Eggs Benedict.

The Old Post Office Brunch: Historic Charm and Delightful Atmosphere

Tahoe Vista

Step back in time and savor a delightful brunch at The Old Post Office, a local favorite brimming with historic charm. Housed in a beautifully restored building, this unique spot offers a brunch experience unlike any other, featuring dishes like hangover helper with crispy chicken, biscuits and country gravy.

To find all of the restaurants in the Tahoe area, see our Restaurants sections. Finish off your brunch journey with one of the amazing events happening around the lake. Learn more at our Daytime and Nightlife pages.

About the Author Shanie Matthews
A longtime Lake Tahoe local, Shanie is a freelance writer, Vinyasa Flow yoga teacher and positivity warrior. A true lover of the the gorgeous Tahoe region, she connects with the serenity of the mountains via skiing, biking and backpacking. She also believes in the gift of yoga and its way of allowing one to become his or her true best self, a passion she shares with the world with her online yoga studio.
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