South Lake Tahoe has an abundant selection of top fine dining restaurants. Whether you are looking for a juicy steak, or prefer a delicate fish dish, South Lake Tahoe will have what you are craving. Being that South Lake Tahoe is a small city, we have more fine dining restaurants than any other area on Lake Tahoe.
The ladies of Buckingham were asked about their favorite fine dining restaurant in Tahoe South. Here is our compilation for an evening of fine dining in Tahoe South.
Located midway up the mountain on Kingsbury Grade, this fine dining establishment has fabulous views of Lake Tahoe from above the trees. They are a self-proclaimed “legendary seafood restaurant,” and have an extensive menu of fish, steak and selection of wines to pair with your meal. Choose from appetizers such as the classic Shrimp Cocktail, Chilled Lobster & Shrimp Rolls, Kim Chee Calamari, and our favorite the Shrimp, Crab, Avocado & Mango Stack. For dinner, choose to continue the seafood journey with multiple different fish entrees to choose from, or switch over to a Prime Rib or Filet Mignon. Can’t choose between fish or meat? Have the New Wave Surf & Turf and get the best of both. Their signature dessert is a Hot Chocolate Lava Cake: “Rich, warm cake with molten center, made with Godiva® liqueur. Topped with chocolate sauce, Heath® bar crunch and vanilla ice cream.”
Staff Pick of: Leila and Katie
Located on the grounds where the Celebrity Golf Tournament is held annually, Edgewood Restaurant is at the top of the fine dining list for many. The building resembles an alpine chateau with floor to ceiling cathedral windows offering views of pristine Lake Tahoe. There is only a few feet between you, and the shore of Lake Tahoe. Appetizer selections include Foie Gras, Seared Scallops, Fresh Artichoke Hearts and the Braised Pork Belly Napoleon. You can also choose to share a Cheese Plate or a soup or salad. Entrees include options such as Lobster with Fresh Parpadelle, Vegetable Plate, Bison Hanger Steak, Seared Elk Chop and Rack of Spring Lamb. If you still have room after dinner, try the Crème Brulee or the Dark Chocolate Salted Caramel Tarte.
Staff Pick of: Marni
Located on Lake Tahoe, Riva Grill offers fine dining and a view, with floor-to-ceiling windows. Their fine dining menu highlights California cuisine, paired with delicious wines and of course a the famous Wet Woody cocktail. The Wet Woody is a delicious blended rum drink, and Riva Grill has a whole Wet Woody menu with different variations to try. Fine dining appetizers include Crab Chili Relleno, Ahi Poke Stack, Steamed Clams or Pomegranate Glazed Pork Ribs. For your entrée, decide between options such as Hawaiian Swordfish, Filet Mignon, Halibut, Filet and Scampi, Blackened Hawaiian Ahi, Rib Eye, Filet & Lobster and a few pasta dishes. Top that off with a Blueberry Lemon Cheesecake while you watch the sun set over the Ski Run Marina.
Staff Pick of: Monique
Enjoy fine dining Japanese style! The ambiance is great for both a date night or a bigger party. If you have a large group, you can reserve the private Tatami room for your event. Sooth your appetite and begin with some Japanese BBQ Ribs, Edamame, Green Mussels or the Volcano (“seared tuna surrounding a mound of spicy scallops”). You then have to make the hard decision what to eat next! You can take your pick from Nigiri, Maki Sushi, salads, entrée plates, noodles and of course the specialty roles. There are so many options that you will leave the restaurant wanting to come back and try more. Our favorite sushi rolls are the Tahoe Roll (tuna, yellowtail, salmon and shrimp tempura), Caterpillar Roll (eel, cucumber, topped with avocado) and the Dragon Fry Roll (salmon and shrimp, deep friend with garlic, onion and special Samurai sauce).
Staff Pick of: Lucine
For those wanting a nice dinner featuring Italian food, Scusa is the fine dining establishment for you. Centrally located in mid-town, is in one of the oldest freestanding buildings in South Lake Tahoe. Dining out here can be good for both an intimate date night or a group. The selection of starters includes classic Roasted Garlic Bread, Calamari Fritto, Eggplant Stack, Fresh Mozzarella and Tomatoes and Antipasto. For the main course, choose from specialties such as pasta, seafood, poultry or a steak entree. These include Shrimp, Clams and Mussels Scusa, Spinach Pasta Mediterranean, Pappardella, Shrimp Scampi, New York Steak to name a few! Don’t forget to leave room for some Tiramisu. This truly is Italian fine dining at its best!
Staff Pick of: Nikki