Off Beat Restaurants in Reno

Do you want to get away from the popular restaurants and the buffets in the casinos? Do you want to stay away from the crowds. What about trying something a little different. Reno does have some restaurants that are off the beaten path and you are bound to find something you like (and will want to keep secret) at one of these places.

If you want to stay downtown, visit the 775 Gastropub for some quick bites and drinks, or the Old Granite Street Eatery for some interesting appetizers. For some authentic pupusas and sauce, visit El Salvador near the CalAve District.

Around downtown, try the lunch or dinner special at the Ethiopian restaurant, Zagol, on Fourth Street. It's okay here to eat with your fingers. For some great vegetarian or vegan food, head to the Pneumatic Diner near the Truckee River. The place is small, a little hard to find, but worth it for their baked goods and funky atmosphere. Another good vegetarian restaurant is the Dandelion Deli on Wells Avenue.

For something out of town, try the Red Dog Saloon's pizza in Virginia City or the Creole style food at the Crown Point Restaurant at the Gold Hill Hotel, just south of Virginia City. Down in Genoa, visit the excellent La Ferme and in Washoe Valley have dinner at Atabi or breakfast at the Postal Café.

Pneumatic Diner

501 W 1st St

A Reno institution (vegetarian too!)... read more


855 E. 4th St

Authentic Ethiopian Food... read more

El Salvador

517 Forest St

El Salvador serves up excellent Latin food in this small place near California Street. The most popular item being the various forms of pupusa. These little pockets of delight are served with excellent salsa and cole slaw and only cost around $2 each. Other items on the menu include seafood and mixed meat platters. El Salvador also serves up Latin beers and sodas. Outdoor dining is available during nice weather... read more

775 Gastropub

5162 Meadowood Mall Circle

Local food, local chefs... read more

Old Granite Street Eatery

243 S Sierra St

Old school meets hip... read more


19 Lightning W Ranch Rd

Fresh fish and great scenery... read more

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Postal Cafe

3115 Eastlake Blvd

A hidden gem in Washoe Valley... read more

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Batch Cupcakery

655 Booth St

Heaven in a paper cup... read more

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Dandelion Deli & Catering

1170 S Wells Ave # 2

Vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free items... read more
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