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Marriott hotel: Restaurants in South Lake Tahoe

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Marriott hotel: Restaurants in South Lake Tahoe

We tend to stay at Hyatt or Squaw in North Lake Tahoe but just booked a week at Marriott in South Lake Tahoe, and would love suggestions on restaurants nearby.

In the past, we had had a few disappointing meals in South Lake Tahoe (do not recall particular restaurants), and I would love to plan better this time.

Lunch restaurants: will have a toddler and an older child, and tend to eat grilled meats/seafood/chicken, and vegetables-- i.e. not sandwiches/burgers/pizza joints. We don't care if it is fine dining or an ethnic hole in the wall that serves great food (love Indian, Pakistani, Thai, Middle Eastern, and Vietnamese among others).

Dinner: same as above. I appreciate a great wine list. Any cuisine/price point- as long as it is actually good. Casual is fine for a few nights.

***Are there any decent buffets in casinos for nights when our toddler can't handle fine dining?

*** Is there an equivalent of prime rib dinner/buffet like they do in Hyatt on Saturdays? My kids love steak.

Bars/lounges: could someone recommend good lounges? I am assuming in casinos?

Best steakhouse? Which one is your favorite?

We will be located next to the grocery store and Starbucks, which will be convenient for traveling with two children. We will have a car as we are driving from the Bay Area.

Any other tips/suggestions to have a great week in South Lake Tahoe are appreciated.

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1. Re: Marriott hotel: Restaurants in South Lake Tahoe

One more thing: we do not need the lake views if that means mediocre food (recall those experiences in South Lake Tahoe).

Thank you in advance for your help!

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2. Re: Marriott hotel: Restaurants in South Lake Tahoe

I have been researching this board while awaiting for the experts to jump in with current suggestions, and here is what seems to work so far. Please tell me if you agree.


1. Evans

2. Friday's Station Steak

3. Sage Room

4. Cafe Fiore???? We should probably avoid small, quiet, romantic restaurants due to our toddler. We need louder/lively atmosphere just in case. Any such Italian places?

5. 19 Kitchen???? Again, is it appropriate for 2 children, including a toddler? Any equivalent as far as food, but less romantic, and more "fun"?

Lunch: still unsure. We had tried multiple restaurants with pretty views, but average food in the past.

*** Finally, are there any dinner places with live music and quality food within 25 minute drive from Marriott?

Breakfast: we tried and absolutely hated Heidi's once in Lake Tahoe. We like a place in Kings Beach- Log Cabin Cafe. Is there an equivalent in South Lake Tahoe?

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3. Re: Marriott hotel: Restaurants in South Lake Tahoe

I would never take a toddler to Evans,

Near the Marriott is Red Hut and Driftwood for breakfast, Teps is good Italian and good for families. Nepheles is good for all

San Francisco...
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4. Re: Marriott hotel: Restaurants in South Lake Tahoe

Thank you for your response.

Could you explain why Evans would not work? Any other restaurants for dinner?

We do not feed our kids "child-friendly" items on most kids' menus- - fries, pizza, burgers, chicken tenders, chicken nuggets but rather grilled/baked, non-breaded/not deep fried chicken, vegetables, meats, and soups.

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5. Re: Marriott hotel: Restaurants in South Lake Tahoe

Evans is located in a cottage along 89 near Camp Richardson. It is a small place where the tables are fairly close together without being crowded. I have never seen children of any age eating dinner there and as a parent I can't imagine enjoying my dinner there with my kids.

Here is a link:


I was never a chicken nuggets parent either but that doens't make Evans a god choice for kids.

You could go with the Charthouse for fine dining in a family friendlier place.

For mexican food you can go to Evans sister restuarant calle The Cantina.

Lone Eagle Grille at the Hyatt in Incline we've taken our kids or Fresh Ketch in the keys.

Orchids for Thai and also Pasarrettis for italian.

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6. Re: Marriott hotel: Restaurants in South Lake Tahoe

Thank you for your response.

I did not realize Evans was a smaller/intimate setting. That we should avoid as a courtesy to fellow patrons.

I will check out your suggestions.

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7. Re: Marriott hotel: Restaurants in South Lake Tahoe

Chart House looks perfect for our family!

Which restaurant would you recommend to celebrate a special occasion (with the kids as well), which will fall on Tuesday?

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8. Re: Marriott hotel: Restaurants in South Lake Tahoe

Either Chart house or Sage Room as you mentioned already.

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If you take a day trip over to Virginia City area - easy to do from South Lake Tahoe, Katies is very good (great prices and family friendly). Its connected to a casino but the restaurant caters well to families (good prices; food sizes).


You then just continue up highway 207 (Kingsbury Grade) back to South Lake Tahoe...

Other fun thing to do if in the Minden/Gardnerville area (its just a 20 - 25 minute drive from the Marriott) is basque food (wine;good dinner salads; meats; and more....) it is served family style (and enough food for all). You can get a wide range of meats by just ordering a different one for each member - you could easily get by with ordering just 3 instead of 4 dinners and still have some left overs for lunch (or be overly full)


For views of the lake and a buffet, (there is a wait so someone might want to go ahead and just call when ready to go into restaurant - walking distance from the Marriott)

Forest Buffet


Right by the Marriott, there is a restaurant called Fire and Ice (would work well when you just want to wander from the Marriott to dinner and back)

Fire and Ice


Its Mongolian style - which means you load up with the vegetables and meats etc. before you watch them cook it. Its not fancy food but it works well when you just want a relaxed meal close by.

For Ethnic food some good places in Reno but in this area - not much...

For lounges, check Montbleu

Opal Ultralounge


best lounges in the area however are in Reno area not SLT.

If you do a day drive to see Caples Lake and possibly do a family outdoor hot springs/swimming outing to Markleville, there is a small but good restaurant at Sorensons to stop by. Its about an hour drive to do both from the Marriott




There is seating inside but on a nice sunny day nice tables outside to sit at as wel.....

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10. Re: Marriott hotel: Restaurants in South Lake Tahoe

We've taken our 8 yr old granddaughter to just about every restaurant in Tahoe since she was a month old, and stay at the Hyatt in Incline.

We always drive down to SLT and one of our favorites is the Hard Rock Cafe inside Harvey's, usually for lunch, but dinners are good, too. They have a menu with fresh salads, grilled chicken, shrimp and steak. Our favorite special steak house is the Sage Room since 1944, off the casino at Harveys, but a million miles away in atmosphere, with their table side salads service, it's very, very good. Banana Foster for dessert is flaming and oh so good. The arcade at Harvey's is the best in Tahoe, located in the basement.

I've not seen anything like the Prime Rib on Saturday's at the Hyatt in SLT. The buffet at Harrah's Forest Buffet is ok, not as great as in the past, the view is the best thing about it, lots of food to choose from.

We like the lounge at 19 Kitchen, on the top floor of Harvey's. Yes, we enjoy the sunset dining there with a child, for a nice occasion.

We like the Red Hut Cafe for Breakfast.


Last year we went to La Fondue across from the Hyatt and had the best time with our family of 6, cooking our meat, chicken and shrimp, in the pot, while dining outside under the pine trees. This year we tried the Swiss Chalet in SLT since 1957, for fondue but indoors. They had white tablecloths, excellent service, and it was again, fun with the cheese fondue to start, and then the meat and veggies for our entree and everyone cooking their own. Every year we pick a restaurant that has been there since the 40's or 50's.


Lone Eagle Gill has Luke Stevenson live singer in the lounge, and they underwent a remodel this past year, always a favorite dining room. Love to sit around the fire pit at the lake after dinner or take a walk on the Pier. It's 25 min. drive from SLT.


I think for your anniversary dinner I'd go to the Edgewood Restaurant in SLT, one of the best for fine dining with a view. We've also attended a destination wedding there, and loved it.


As for activities, we bike ride, kayak, go horseback riding, and take a boat ride on the lake. Your family might like the MS Dixie 2, as there are three decks to walk around, on the way to Emerald Bay which is great to keep a toddler busy.