Celebrating Valentine's Day in Lake Tahoe

By: Ryn Muat

Valentine’s Day in Lake Tahoe is the sweet spot.

Edgewood Tahoe Ice Rink

Whisk your Valentine away somewhere magical! The Jewel of the Sierra offers breathtaking views and a refreshing change of pace. With a whole host of activities to suit any couples’ passions – whether you’d like to cruise the lake, carve some powder or refresh at a resort – South Shore Tahoe has it all. Below we’ve included a list of the most romantic restaurants, so you can pair your daytime adventures with a dinner to remember. While reservations aren’t always necessary here, for Valentine’s Day in Lake Tahoe, we strongly recommend reserving your table in advance.

Romantic Restaurants on the South Shore of Lake Tahoe

Edgewood Restaurant Tahoe
The stunning lake view from Edgewood Restaurant.

For couples who want to get fancy, may we suggest:

The Chart House | Perched atop a hill near Kingsbury Grade and overlooking exquisite Lake Tahoe, Chart House is a legendary seafood restaurant known for being an excellent vacation destination.
Make your reservation now: (775) 588-6276

Edgewood Restaurant | With its stunning location, Edgewood Restaurant has long been the ideal spot for important events such as engagements (hint, hint), anniversaries, and private parties. With a menu that is always evolving, you can expect fine dining from your starter to dessert. Make your reservation now: (775) 588-2787

Evans American Gourmet Cafe | Known as South Lake Tahoe’s finest restaurant, Evan’s is the top Zagat-rated restaurant in the Sierras. Their menu features a blend of cuisine styles from around the world. Make your reservation now: (530) 542-1990

Gordon Ramsay’s Hell’s Kitchen | Harveys Casino | You can count on any restaurant from Gordon Ramsay to deliver! From the lobster risotto to Gordon’s famous Beef Wellington to his favorite dessert (Sticky Toffee Pudding), savor the flavors of this world-famous chef’s menu. Make your reservation now: (775) 588-2411

For couples seeking elevated cuisine in a casual atmosphere, we recommend:

The Bistro at Edgewood Tahoe Resort | The Bistro at Edgewood offers elevated cuisine in a beautiful environment. Arrive early and enjoy a cocktail in the lounge! Make your reservation now: (775) 588-2787

Jimmy’s at the Landing Resort & Spa | Jimmy’s looks forward to celebrating Valentine’s Day with a carefully curated three-course pre-fixe dinner featuring Baby Beet Trio Salad, New York Strip, Lobster Pappardelle, and Lava Cake with Huckleberry Ice Cream. Make your reservation now: (530) 600-3501

Kalani’s | Kalani’s restaurant, first opened in 2004 and featured in Bon Appetit, creates unique dishes by blending the fresh ingredients of Hawaiian regional cooking with Asian and European techniques and influences. Make your reservation now: (530) 544-6100

The Loft at the Heavenly Village | Taste At The Loft wants to make your Valentine’s Day date feel special and will be offering a 5-course dinner with wine pairings for $99. Make your reservation now: (530) 523-8024

Riva Bar & Grill | Riva Grill features beautiful, wooden boat-inspired decor, lake views and an amazing cocktail selection. Make your reservation now: (530) 542-2600

For couples seeking something only to be found in Tahoe…

Cafe Fiore | This New York Times review says it best, “Finding Cafe Fiore is half the fun, as the restaurant is a tiny alpine gingerbread cabin hidden in one of South Lake Tahoe’s snowy back lanes…The chef, Gilberto Ramos, has spent the last two decades building up a loyal following with refined yet post-ski-worthy dishes such as fresh lobster over fettuccine.” Make your reservation now: (530) 541-2908

Gastromaniac – Homemade Pasta & Pizza | At Gastromaniac, you can get a classic pie to go, or you can also pickup some handmade pasta to cook back at your rental cabin or suite. Make your reservation now: (530) 600-2110

MacDuff’s Pub | A local’s favorite, MacDuff’s Pub is a great choice if you’re seeking a casual, cozy, and unique atmosphere and a menu with no bad choices. Be warned, the truffle mac’n’cheese is habit-forming! Make your reservation now: (530) 542-8777 

Naked Fish Sushi | If sushi is your go-to for dates, check out Naked Fish. With specialty rolls like the Tahoe Crunch and Surf’n’Turf, and a chef’s sashimi plate that is hard to beat, Naked Fish stands out. They pick up their fish from 200 miles away to ensure that it is of the highest quality. Make a reservation now: 530-541-3474

For couples who love a good steak, check out:

Ciera Steak + Chophouse | Bally’s Lake Tahoe
Enjoy delicious food and impeccable service. Make your reservation now: (775) 588-3515

Friday’s Station Steak & Seafood Grill | Harrah’s Lake Tahoe
Lake views at every table and a 1,000-bottle display wine cellar make this restaurant special.
Make your reservation now: (775) 588-6611

Park Prime Steakhouse | Golden Nugget Hotel Casino
Make your reservation now: (775) 588-1010

Sage Room & Steak House | Harveys Lake Tahoe
Make your reservation now: (775) 588-2411

JWB Prime Steak and Seafood | Margaritaville Lake Tahoe Resort
Make your reservation now: (530) 544-5400

Many hotels are offering Valentine’s Day deals as well. Whatever your plans are for Valentine’s Day in Lake Tahoe, we hope you and your sweetheart make some fond memories to last a lifetime!

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