Tahoe Quarterly readers selected their favorite places to eat, drink, shop and play from South Lake Tahoe to Truckee. Here are the winners of TQ’s 2020 Best of Tahoe readers’ poll.



Best Burger, North Shore: Inclined Burgers and Brews, photo by Sylas Wright



Best Family-Friendly Restaurant

1. Zano’s Family Italian & Pizzeria

Best Fine Dining, North Shore: Soule Domain, photo by Tom Zikas, courtesy Soule Domain

2. Garwoods

3. Jax At The Tracks


Best Fine Dining

1. Soule Domain

2. Pianeta

3. Trokay


Best Outdoor Dining

1. Gar Woods Grill & Pier

2. Sunnyside

3. Cottonwood Restaurant


Best Pizza

1. Whitecaps Pizza

Best Breakfast, North Shore: Squeeze Inn, courtesy photo

2. Mofo’s Pizza

3. Village Pizzeria


Best Breakfast

1. Squeeze Inn

2. Fire Sign Cafe

3. The Old Post Office Cafe


Best Sushi

1. Drunken Monkey Sushi

2. Hiro Sushi

3. MakiAli


Best Burgers

1. Inclined Burgers and Brews

Best Sandwiches, North Shore: Mountain High Sandwich Company, courtesy photo

2. Bridgetender Tavern and Grill

3. Fat Cat Bar & Grill


Best Sandwiches

1. Mountain High Sandwich Company

2. Full Belly Deli

3. Eastside Deli


Best Coffeehouse

1. Zuri Coffee Co.

2. Pacific Crest Coffee Company

3. Coffeebar


Best Bar

1. Alibi Truckee Public House

Best Bar, North Shore: Alibi Truckee Public House, courtesy photo

2. Fat Cat Bar & Grill

3. Bar of America


Best Brewery

1. Alibi Ale Works

2. Truckee Brewing Company

3. The Good Wolf


Best Wine Tasting

1. Uncorked

2. The Pour House

3. Truckee River Winery



Best Family-Friendly Restaurant

1. Freshies Restaurant & Bar

Best Fine Dining, South Shore: Edgewood Bistro, Photo by Noah Webb Photography & HBA, courtesy Edgewood Bistro

2. Sprouts Cafe

3. Red Hut Cafe


Best Fine Dining

1. Edgewood Bistro

2. Evan’s American Gourmet

3. Ciera Steak + Chophouse


Best Outdoor Dining

1. The Beach House

2. MacDuff’s Public House

3. Artemis Lakefront Cafe


Best Breakfast

1. Driftwood Cafe

Best Pizza, South Shore: Blue Dog Gourmet Pizza, courtesy photo

2. Sprouts Cafe

3. Bert’s Cafe


Best Pizza

1. Blue Dog Gourmet Pizza

2. Lake Tahoe Pizza Company

3. Base Camp Pizza


Best Sushi

1. Harumi Sushi

2. Off The Hook Sushi

3. The Naked Fish


Best Burgers

1. Burger Lounge

Best Sandwiches, South Shore: Sprouts Cafe, courtesy photo

2. Pick 6 Sports Lounge

2. Lucky Beaver


Best Sandwiches

1. Sprouts Cafe

2. The Cork & More

3. The Divided Sky


Best Coffeehouse

1. Alpina Coffee Cafe

2. Revive Coffee & Wine

3. Clyde’s Coffee Roasting Co.


Best Bar

1. The Divided Sky

Best Bar, South Shore: The Divided Sky, courtesy photo

2. Steamers Bar & Grill

3. Pick 6 Sports Lounge


Best Brewery

1. Sidellis Lake Tahoe

2. Cold Water Brewery & Grill

3. South Lake Brewing Company


Best Wine Tasting

1. Revive Coffee & Wine

2. Toast Tahoe

3. The Cork and More


Best Chairlift, North Shore: Squaw Valley’s KT-22, photo courtesy Squaw Alpine



Best Music Venue

1. Crystal Bay Club

2. Truckee Amphitheatre

Best Golf Course, North Shore: Incline Village Championship Course, courtesy photo

3. Moe’s Original BBQ


Best Golf Course

1. Incline Village Championship Course

2. Schaffer’s Mill

2. Old Brockway


Best Bike Trail

1. Tahoe East Shore Trail

2. Flume Trail

3. Tahoe Rim Trail


Best Bike Trail: Tahoe East Shore Trail, photo by Michael Okimoto, courtesy Tahoe Fund

Best Day Hike

1. Judah Loop

2. Five Lakes

3. Shirley Canyon


Best Ski Resort

1. Squaw Alpine

2. Northstar

3. Homewood


Best Chairlift

1. KT-22 (Squaw Valley)

2. Disney Express (Sugar Bowl)

3. Crystal Express (Diamond Peak)


Best Ski Resort, South Shore: Kirkwood, photo courtesy Vail Resorts



Best Music Venue

1. Lake Tahoe Outdoor Arena at Harveys

2. Lakeview Commons

Best Golf Course, South Shore: Edgewood Tahoe, courtesy photo

3. South Shore Room at Harrah’s


Best Golf Course

1. Edgewood Tahoe

2. Tahoe Paradise Golf Course

3. Lake Tahoe Golf Course


Best Mountain Bike Trail

1. Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride

2. Corral Loop

3. Powerline Trail


Best Day Hike

1. Rubicon Trail

Best Chairlift, South Shore: Heavenly Gondola, photo courtesy Vail Resorts

2. Eagle Lake/Falls

3. Van Sickle Trail


Best Ski Resort

1. Kirkwood

2. Sierra-at-Tahoe

3. Heavenly


Best Chairlift

1. Heavenly Gondola

2. The Wall (Kirkwood)

3. Mott Canyon (Heavenly)



Best Outdoor Gear

1. Alpenglow Sports

2. Ace Mountain Hardware & Sports

Best Ski/Snowboard Rentals, North Shore: Tahoe Dave’s Skis & Boards, courtesy photo

3. Granite Chief Ski & Mountain Shop


Best Ski/Snowboard Rentals

1. Tahoe Dave’s Skis & Boards

2. Tahoe Mountain Sports

3. Village Ski Loft


Best Home Décor

1. Mountain Home Center

2. Ace Mountain Hardware & Sports

3. High Camp Home


Best Art Gallery

1. Gallery Keoki

2. The Eadington Gallery

Best Hardware Store, North Shore: Ace Mountain Hardware & Sports, courtesy photo

3. Carmel Gallery


Best Hardware Store

1. Ace Mountain Hardware & Sports

2. Village Ace Hardware

3. Swigards True Value Hardware


Best Mechanic

1. Ward & Sons

2. Quality Automotive

3. The Auto & Tire Doctor



Best Outdoor Gear

Best Outdoor Gear, South Shore: Tahoe Sports Ltd, courtesy photo

1. Tahoe Sports Ltd

2. Big 5 Sporting Goods

3. Patagonia


Best Ski/Snowboard Rentals

1. Powder House Ski and Snowboard

2. Rip N’ Willies

3. Shoreline of Tahoe


Best Art Gallery

1. Benko Art Gallery

2. Marcus Ashley Fine Art Gallery

3. The Eadington Gallery


Best Art Gallery, South Shore: Benko Art Gallery, courtesy photo

Best Hardware Store

1. Nels Tahoe Hardware

2. Scotty’s True Value Hardware

3. DIY Home Center


Best Mechanic

1. Kingsbury Automotive

2. Christensen Automotive

3. Norm’s Auto Repair

1 Comment
  • willy
    Posted at 20:59h, 04 May Reply

    You forgot Zanders Spirits 😃

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