Lake Tahoe is one of the top wedding destinations in the U.S. In addition, a courtship may have begun over a romantic dinner at one of these restaurants up in the mountains surrounding the lake. However, not all of these recommended places are required to have white tablecloths and candles. Up at the lake you’ll be able to find a cozy and romantic spot for Valentine’s Day for every budget and desire.
When you really want to pull out all the stops for your romantic date, head up to the Chart House on Kingsbury Grade near South Lake Tahoe. Get up there just before sunset to enjoy the evening colors over a fantastic view of the lake. Start out with the Crab Bisque, share a Filet Mignon or a Lobster dish and seal the deal with the Chocolate Lava Cake.
Café Fiore in South Lake Tahoe will charm you right when you step inside the door. Probably because it’s small, has only seven tables, and was awarded one of the best places to kiss in Northern California, but it’s also not hard on the wallet. You can enjoy a salad for around $7.00 and a main dish for under $25. Their extensive wine list offers glasses for around $5-$7. Because of its charm and lack of space, reservations are highly recommended.
Do you want more bang for your buck, but without looking like a cheap date? How about getting all-you-can-eat sushi at Yoshimi Sushi in Incline Village? For around $30 you can have all the sushi, tempura, miso and salad you want. Sit at the bar and watch the chefs at work. Yoshimi is popular on Friday and Saturday nights, so get there early for your spot at the bar.
This is a restaurant you will want to come back to again on your next trip to Tahoe…or you will recommend it to your friends and family. Pianeta in Truckee is such a place. This small restaurant, right off the boardwalk in old downtown Truckee has dark, intimate dining down in their subterranean seating area or up on a small balcony over the kitchen. The menu contains Italian country items like an excellent Caesar Salad, quail, ravioli and fish dishes as well as an extensive wine list.
Have a Cheap Date
How about trying something a little different and on budget? I suggest picking up a pizza from Mofo’s Pizza & Pasta in Incline Village and either head up to Tahoe Meadows for some snowshoeing and a picnic, or take your food down to King’s Beach (if it’s a nice day) to enjoy the sand and the water with hardly anyone else around. Grab a couple of beers from the mini-mart across the street to round out your cheap (but fun) date.
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