Where are Truckee's best restaurants? Where do locals like to grab a quick bite to eat? Which coffee shop has the best coffee and vibe? Find insights straight from locals on where to dine in Truckee right here!

Donner Lake Kitchen

Donner Lake Kitchen

Where customers become friends and employees family! We feel so lucky to be back to work, it just feels right. Thanks to all of the people who make the Kitchen what it is!!...

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"Easy to find, a short distance off the highway. Parking was easy, granting it was on a weekday morning before a storm. Inside was cozy and had that 'small town diner' feel. Was greeted inside by lovely ladies who were extremely friendly and welcoming. There was plenty of seating so I got to sit anywhere. Orange juice was super cold and refreshing. Omelet and hash browns were on point and filling. Service was friendly and fast. [The] price was decent as well. Overall great experience and will come back every time I come into town." - Eddy P.

"Donner Lake Kitchen is an adorable breakfast spot on, you guessed it, Donner Lake.  I ate brunch on a weekend and we didn't have to wait for a table.  The food quality is excellent, and the mimosas are delicious! " - First C.

"If you like a hearty breakfast in a lively atmosphere, this is the place. The best Huevos Rancheros this side of a Tijuana!" - Amex T.

"The food here is spectacular and the local feel of the workers and owners are always inviting and full of love. I highly recommend stopping in for any of their breakfast plates up at the bar top with a bloody Mary or fresh cup o Joe." - Ricardo

"This is a great place for a hearty, tasty breakfast before a day of skiing, hiking, biking, boating, etc., and perfect for people camping at the Donner State Park nearby. Food is plentiful and well done and service is friendly and efficient. We live in the Tahoe area and are repeat customers." - Annonymous


Moodys Bistro, Bar & Beats

Moody's Bistro, Bar & Beats

Located in historic downtown Truckee, California, Moody's Bistro Bar & Beats features a hip atmosphere that showcases a diverse group of live musical genres, regional mountain bistro cuisine, and well-crafted spirits...

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 "I think the beauty of this restaurant is the seasonally fresh menu items. I would definitely come back to try their other menus. Also, they have live jazz music which we didn't get to see, but it's usually on the weekends. Definitely, must try Moody's!" Tiffany

"Moody's is my favorite place for dinner in Truckee!  Great atmosphere, food, and drinks.  Try the Moody's Mule.  [The] staff is friendly and efficient.  Live music on the weekends is a great touch." - Quinn B

"Absolutely the best meal I've ever had! Was so full but couldn't stop eating! Highly recommend Moody's if you are in Truckee!" - Sheila C

"Great food and atmosphere! Love the small intimate feel you get with the bands." - Jeff R.

"My husband and I eat here all the time and it just doesn't get much better that this, folks. Some of the most delicious fresh farm ingredients, superb proteins and of course incredible service. Oh, and did I mention the music lineups? Thank you Moody's, keep up the fabulous work" - Stavey F.

"Bartenders were amazing and full of knowledge about Truckee history! Hostess' were super kind and got you to your table fast with also placing a beverage order. Lastly, the food was super flavorful with great texture and taste! I would highly recommend!" - Mat H.


Pianeta

Pianeta

A cozy restaurant located in the heart of historic downtown Truckee, specializing in creating delicious Italian foods, homemade pastas, and stellar dining service since 1998. An extensive menu with nightly specials inspired by the delicious cuisine of Northern Italy...

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"The happy hour is the best in town. I come here with friends to grab an excellent glass of wine and some appetizers and leave every time with a grin and not too much damage to the checking account!" - Samantha A.

"Everything is made in house and you can really taste the love in every dish!! To top it off, our server Debra did an amazing job!! This is definitely worth going back to again and again." -Thanh T.

"The atmosphere is great, the service is excellent, the food is delicious, and they have a great selection of wine. Don't skip dessert!" - John D.

"This is a true gem in Truckee. Can't believe we just discovered this after coming up here for over 30 years. You must call ahead for a reservation. Fabulous food and service!" - Peggy D.

"We love this place! The ambiance is pure romance. It reminds me of a restaurant in Italy with its brick walls and cozy nooks downstairs. If it's your first time definitely call in advance and reserve a booth seat downstairs. Also, come a little early and grab a drink at the bar to get you in the mood. The staff doesn't rush you and really wants you to sit back and relax they don't turn and burn the tables." - Heather S.

"Pianeta is a charming Italian restaurant in downtown Truckee, CA. This lovely restaurant serves very good food. The Carbonara is excellent and I'm a Carbonara aficionado! The staff is friendly and happy to have you as a guest. It has a small bar so if you get lucky to get a seat or two you can have a meal without a reservation." - Tray N.


Red Truck

Red Truck Tahoe Truckee

After 20 years of experience in professional kitchens chef Larry Abney is loose on the streets with a big Red Truck serving sustainable organic eats with bold flavors. Now with a new location at the Truckee Tahoe Airport in Martis Valley, you always know where to find the flavors of Red Truck...

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"The food: Soooooo Gooood!!!  The customer service: Just as good as the food!!!! The ambiance: It's in an awesome little private airport where you can sit and watch private jets take off and land while you eat, pretty unique if you ask me. You need to try this place if you're ever in Truckee!!!" 

"Excellent combination of fresh and fusion! The pork naanwich was phenomenal, no single-significantly overpowering element to it, which allows you to enjoy all of the additions. The cookies also match the deliciousness of the food. [The] staff were all great and you can't beat the location!" - Lauren H.

"Wowzers! The naanwich with coconut curry lamb is amazing! The ingredients taste so fresh and just bursting with flavor! Two thumbs up, my fave lunch spot for sure!! They also have gluten free options and this makes me very happy!!" - Carlyn S.

"The Breakfast Bowl will change your life!  Sophie will add sunshine to your day! Plus you can watch the whole aviation scene at Truckee airport." - Arne E.

"Quite literally, the ONLY place in Truckee I'll say has EXCELLENT food!!!! Never been disappointed!!! [The] only complaint I have is that they aren't open for dinner!!!" - Roberto S.


Full Belly Deli

Full Belly Deli

Full Belly Deli was born over a fresh-baked loaf of jalapeño-cheddar bread and two PBRs. Co-owners Eric Barton & Tom Marrin have a few things in common but the strongest bond is their love of a good deli sandwich...

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 "The burrito is made perfect.  The egg and other ingredients are evenly spread throughout the burrito. Every bite gets the right amount of everything making it one of the best in the state.  The tortilla is lightly grilled making it a little crispy on the outside.  I like soft burritos but this one was done right.  The sauce they use has a little kick not too much, just right." - Scott S.

"Incredibly good sandwiches. I usually just order the lunch special without even bothering to look at what it is, and I'm always pleasantly surprised at how good it is. It gets pretty busy during the peak season so call in your order ahead of time." - Fred S.

"Hands down the best sandwich shop I've ever been! If you're in Truckee and hungry this is the spot. Call ahead at lunch or be prepared to wait a while." - Frank J.

"Best deli sandwich in the Truckee area, creative breads, hearty portions and good quality ingredients, a must see!" - Jeff W.

"Always the best. Always. What more is there to say? Oh, the staff is always polite and efficient even when they're super slammed." - Jo C.

"Amazing sandwiches that are as good as anywhere on the planet including NYC, in little Italy, in the Bronx. The godfather sandwich rocks. All they have is yummy. Bring your appetite the sandwiches are huge and can be shared. They are a little bit off the beaten path but worth it." - Blandine T.


Morgan's Lobster Shack

Morgan's Lobster Shack

Morgan’s brings you the freshest seafood and produce available to the Lake Tahoe basin. With fresh fish arriving almost daily and using locally grown produce when in season; you’ll be sure to find something new and delicious...

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 " Every dish that I've tried has been superb. Love the ambiance of the place too, reminds me of my favorite joint in Morro Bay. Try their clam chowder, you won't regret it" - Kait M.

"The menu offers all sorts of tempting things from salmon burgers and oyster po boys to fish and chips and mac and cheese (with lobster if you wish)." - Alison J.

"Quite The Touch of New England in The Sierra Mountains of California....The LOBSTER ROLL and The New England Clam Chowder are Excellent....!!!!!" - Henery B.

"Morgan's Lobster Shack & Fish Market has brought in the freshest and most amazing top quality seafood that you may spend a little bit more for but believe me it is well worth it!!  We felt like we were in Monterey or San Francisco at any of the wonderful places along the Piers getting fresh crab, shrimp, and lobster with the same impeccable service.  The tiny quaint storefront and outdoor tables/seating area to enjoy your meal was delightfully clean and inviting - GO YOU WILL LOVE IT!!" - Lynda B.

"Lobster bisque + California style lobster roll is the way to go!!! Can't find anywhere else to beat it." - Michael T.


Zuri Coffee

Zuri Coffee

Are you looking for more than just a cup of coffee? Zuri Coffee Co is a must when visting the Tahoe Truckee area. The ambiance will make you not want to leave, the delicious coffee and food will keep you coming back...

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"Awesome latte and great service too many yummy treats to choose. Can't wait to see the mural that's coming in. My new favorite coffee place" - Danielle H. 

"What can I say......OUTSTANDING.  This place is new [and] located next to the DMV in Truckee on Donner Pass Road.  It's a subtle storefront until you walk in.  Very clean and high end.  They utilize a triple Astoria espresso machine. " - Dave H.

"Can't say enough great things about this place. The coffee is high end for a very budget-friendly price, baked goods are made in-house (and delicious!), and you get a cozy vibe. " - D R

"Great new coffee spot in town with very friendly staff! You'll most likely be greeted by Walter the owner who is very warm and kind. I highly recommend checking it out! Everyone that works there is super friendly and knowledgeable as well!" - Carissa S.

"Good espresso and really enjoyed my pastry.  Top of the line beautiful espresso machine.  Local should defiantly check it out.  They did a really nice job with the interior decorating.  Cool place to hang out!" - Adrienne C.

"This place is amazing! My husbands and I are the coffee snobs, therefore it is hard to find the coffee shop we love. Zuri Coffee also serves fantastic homemade pastries." - Yulia P.


Here are a few other favorite Truckee restaurants that come recommended by locals:

  • Marty's Cafe is another popular choice, and according to Samantha A., it offers “beautiful downtown ambiance.”

  • Dark Horse Coffee Roasters is "a true gem of the Truckee food & beverage repertoire" because the "cafe itself is halfway underground, with heavy cobble-stone type walls and an almost medieval feel to it", boasts Anon E.

  • Truckee Tavern and Grill is recommended by Monica S. for their “fantastic service and really great food.”

  • Burger Me is a great option for a “roadside stop [with it's] delicious burgers and good portions. ” according to Larry L.

  • Rubicon Pizza Co is known by Jaimie O. for the "excellent pizzas with top quality ingredients. "

  • Maki Ali has “great, fresh fish with a creative and innovative presentation and tastes.” says Katherina H 

  • Thai Delicacy is known for their authentic, modern Thai food, and they have “best lunch option in town”, Alli H. shared with us. 

  • Cottonwood Restaurant comes highly recommended, in large part for their “quality, flavor, presentation, & execution” according to Kristeen O.

  • Coffeebar is recommended by Scott S. for it's “funky modern vibe.”


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