Eat (Drink) Local Guide
Your Guide to Reno-Tahoe’s Best Dining
Café at Adele’s When you step inside the beautiful, historic home in which Adele’s resides, you are enveloped in a charming space. Open since 1977, the restaurant features talented fourth-generation chef Charlie Abowd. You’ll find waffles, crêpes, and more for breakfast; meat from animals that were sustainably raised, humanely treated, and free-range on the lunch and dinner menus. Other choices include seafood, steak, pasta, duck, lamb, and more with a focus on organic, sustainable, and local ingredients. Breakfast 7:30 – 11:30 a.m. weekdays, 7:30 – 2:30 p.m. weekends. Lunch 11:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. daily. Dinner 5 – 9 p.m. Mon. – Sat. and 4 – 8 p.m. Sun. Lounge menu until 10 p.m. Fri. and Sat. 1112 N. Carson St.; 775-882-3353; http://www.Adelesrestaurantandlounge.com.
Plan: B Micro-Lounge This contemporary performance lounge is what a true listening venue should be. Focusing on local artists, original music, and acoustic quality, Plan: b has become well known as a musician-friendly venue where the area’s best musicians release their latest compositions and lyrical creations. All genres of music are represented. Performances Wed., Thurs., Fri., and Sat. Hours vary. Inside Sassafras: 318 N. Carson St.; 775-887-8879; http://www.Planbmicrolounge.com.
Sassafras This independent “Chalkboard-style” restaurant has the luxury of offering an ever-changing menu that reflects locally available products and a variety of different cuisines. Best described as eclectic, you will not be able to find its signature creations elsewhere. Sassafras commits wholeheartedly to freshness by using whole foods; local farms, breweries, wineries, bakeries, and coffee roasters; and organic products whenever possible. Open 11 a.m. – 9 p.m. Mon – Sat. and 4 – 9 p.m. Sun. 318 N. Carson St.; 775-887-8879; http://www.Sassafrascarsoncity.com.
1862 David Walley’s Resort Nestled in the Sierra Nevada foothills, 1862 David Walley’s offers an unparalleled dining experience. Taste the delicious cuisine of executive chef Richie LaCounte, Best Chefs America winner, who focuses on local, sustainable, wild, organic, and foraged items whenever possible. Under the direction of certified sommelier Troy Denkler, 1862 offers world-class wines and Wine Spectator currently is reviewing its 2012 restaurant wine list for a designation. Open 5 – 9 p.m. daily. Reservations recommended. 2001 Foothill Road, Genoa; 775-783-0788; http://www.1862davidwalleysresort.com.
Buona Sera Ristorante & Bar Under the direction of award-winning Milano-born chef Francesco, the dining experience and environment at Buona Sera are designed to bring harmony to the senses and spirit. The menu and cuisine emphasize the perfume and the flavor of nature without over-manipulation or over-presentation. The chef searches for the best natural and organic ingredients and, when possible, sources locally. You’ll find made-from-scratch ravioli, gnocchi, risottos, sauces, and dressings. The Black Angus beef is natural, has no hormones or antibiotics, and is sourced from farms that have been selected for their superior taste, purity, and humane treatment of animals. The restaurant specializes in fish (for one, the chef chooses sustainable sources for its salmon) and osso buco. Lunch 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Mon. – Fri. Dinner 5 – 9:30 nightly except Tues. Jazz 5 – 8 p.m. Mon. Harpist 6 – 9 p.m. Fri. 1799 Ironwood Drive, Ste. B, Minden; 775-783-3211; http://www.Buonaseraminden.com; Find the restaurant on Facebook.
JT Basque Bar & Dining Room In downtown Gardnerville in a restored, turn-of-the-century Victorian, there is a restaurant steeped in tradition where hearty Basque meals and an authentic experience await you. Come join the Lekumberry family and the friendly JT family of staff and you’ll know what it means when they say, “You are a stranger here but once!” Lunch 11:30 a.m. – 2 p.m. Mon. – Sat. Dinner 5 – 9 p.m. Mon. – Fri. and 4:30 – 9 p.m. Sat. 1426 Hwy 395, Gardnerville; 775-782-2074; Find the restaurant on Facebook.
CRYSTAL BAY/KINGS BEACH (NORTH LAKE TAHOE)
The Soule Domain Step inside a charming log cabin to enjoy a rustic, intimate, and romantic evening. Brothers Charlie Soule, chef/owner, and Steve Soule, dining room manager, have operated the restaurant since 1985. The menu is eclectic, diverse, and reasonably priced and includes sustainable, local, fresh cuisine with creative twists. Open at 6 every night. 9983 Cove St. (next to the casinos on Stateline Road); 775-833-0399; http://www.Souledomain.com.
Pizza Barn A Fallon institution since 1978, the Diedrichsen family-owned restaurant features four different styles of pizza, with the introduction of its new flatbread pizza, a delicious light alternative. Each pizza has its own original dough recipe made from scratch and five fresh cheeses blended daily. The salad bar carries several homemade dishes. Many of the ingredients are from local farms, including grass-fed ground beef from Albaugh Ranch. Pizza topping options range from pepperoni to pine nuts, artichoke hearts to zucchini, and are almost endless. It’s a popular place to bring the kids and party packages are offered. The restaurant is big enough to just hang out with friends in a sports bar atmosphere with nine TVs. Enjoy several microbrews on tap, plus wine. Credit cards and cash are as welcomed as you are. Open daily at 11 a.m. 1981 W. Williams Ave.; 775-423-7155; http://www.Pizzabarnnevada.com.
Longboards Bar & Grill The restaurant, located at Plumas Pines Golf Resort, serves fresh, local cuisine, Certified Angus® beef, fresh fish, and pasta, as well as house-made breads and scrumptious desserts. Longboards has been honored with the Wine Spectator Award of Excellence. The wonderful wine list is complemented by afull bar. Guests enjoy panoramic views and attentive service. Ask about its golf-and-dinner package, weddings, and catering. The bar/deck menu is served from noon to closing and the dinner menu starts at 6 p.m. daily. Longboards is open from May to October. 402 Poplar Valley Road; 530-836-1111; http://www.Longboardsbarandgrill.com.
Sorensen’s Country Café Tucked away on the eastern edge of the spectacular Hope Valley is this adorable resort and its full-service restaurant. Enjoy specialties such as Mary’s natural chicken with a gremolata topping, fresh and wild fish, New York steak, garden-fresh salads, and homemade desserts such as house-made bread pudding and a wonderful berry cobbler. Accompany your meal with a fine wine or beer. Breakfast 7:30 – 11 a.m. (until noon on weekends), lunch 11 a.m. – 4 p.m., and dinner 5 – 8:30 p.m. 14255 Hwy 88; 800-423-9949; 530-694-2203; http://www.Sorensensresort.com.
Cutthroat’s Saloon and Sports Bar This spot offers a tempting bar menu, HD TVs broadcasting daily sports action, and live entertainment. Open 5 p.m. – 6 a.m. Mon. – Fri., 11 – 6 a.m. Sat. and Sun. Happy hour 5 – 7 p.m. Tues. – Thurs. Inside Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe Resort, Spa and Casino, 111 Country Club Drive; 775-832-1234; http://www.Laketahoe.hyatt.com.
Lone Eagle Grille This newly remodeled restaurant offers award-winning cuisine with the finest in fresh and local ingredients, an extensive wine list, and unequaled views at its premier lakefront location. Lunch 11:30 a.m. – 3 p.m. Mon. – Sat.; Dinner 5:30 – 9 p.m. Sun. – Thurs. and 5:30 – 10:30 p.m. Fri. – Sat. Across from Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe Resort, Spa and Casino on the lakeshore, 111 Country Club Drive; 775-886-6899; http://www.Loneeaglegrille.com.
Sierra Café Diverse breakfast, lunch, and dinner menus offer flavorful cuisine, including sustainable, locally sourced items and exceptional dinner buffets on Fridays and Saturdays, complete with patio dining and dramatic mountain views. Breakfast 6:30 – 11:30 a.m. daily; Breakfast buffet and omelet station 7 a.m. – noon Sat. and Sun.; Lunch 11:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. daily; Dinner: 5 – 9 p.m. Sun. – Thurs.; 5 – 10 p.m. Fri. and Sat.; Dinner buffet 5 – 9 p.m. Fri. and Sat. Inside Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe Resort, Spa and Casino, 111 Country Club Drive; 775-832-1234; http://www.Laketahoe.hyatt.com.
Tahoe Provisions A modern version of the classic general store in an ambiance that’s both rustic and refined with gourmet, grab-and-go options such as breakfast bites, specialty sandwiches, and bakery treats. Drive-through service offered. Open 6 a.m. – 9 p.m. daily. Inside Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe Resort, Spa and Casino, 111 Country Club Drive; 775-832-1234; http://www.Laketahoe.hyatt.com.
Village Meats Pick up the highest quality meats, seafood, and more at this gourmet butcher shop, smokehouse, and deli. You’ll find natural and organic selections from Creekstone Farms, Niman Ranch, Eel River, and other fine meat purveyors. The shop also specializes in a large variety of sustainable seafood choices, buffalo, elk, venison, Provimi veal, free-range poultry, lamb, and pork. Grab a delicious sandwich for lunch in the new coffee shop. Menu choices include pulled pork, burgers, breakfast sandwiches, burritos, and all your favorite coffee choices. Open 8:30 a.m. – 7:30 p.m. Mon. – Sat. and 9:30 a.m. – 7 p.m. Sun. Coffee shop and deli open 7 a.m. – 4 p.m. all week. 770 Mays Blvd.; Meat department 775-831-6243; 775-832-6666; http://www.Villagemeats.com.
OLYMPIC VALLEY (SQUAW VALLEY)
Mamasake Pack into this popular, Cal-Asian restaurant to enjoy tasty, fresh sushi, sashimi, nigri, as well as cold and cooked tapas. Mamasake uses the finest ingredients prepared in a flavorful, creative, and healthy way. The restaurant uses an eco-friendly seafood provider and relies primarily on sustainable products. In addition, most of its menu items are organic, as well as gluten, antibiotic, transfat, and hormone free. Mamasake has many vegetarian and vegan options as well. Open 11:30 a.m. – 9 p.m. daily. Happy Hour 3 – 5 p.m. daily until the mountain closes. Closed for the first two weeks in June. The Village at Squaw, 1850 Village South Road, Ste. 52; 530-584-0110; http://www.Mamasake.com.
PlumpJack Café Eat well. Enjoy thoroughly. Return often. PlumpJack Café is widely regarded as Lake Tahoe’s premier dining destination. Fine dining and exceptional wines are in the restaurant’s heritage, and staff members love to share their passion with guests. Under the guidance of executive chef Wyatt Dufresne, PlumpJack’s menu changes each season so that the chef can take advantage of the bounty of fresh produce available locally. The award-winning wine list provides the perfect complement to your meal. Renowned winemakers join PlumpJack throughout the year for wine dinners and special events. Libation specials and food accompaniments offered daily. Check website for updated summer hours of operation. 1920 Squaw Valley Road, Olympic Valley (at Squaw); 530-583-1578; http://www.Plumpjackcafe.com.
775 Gastropub Delight in fresh dishes made with local ingredients at Gastropub. You’ll also be wowed by more than 200 beers from around the world, including obscure and extraordinary choices. Don’t miss the Sunday brunch build-your-own Bloody Mary bar. And nothing says Northern Nevada more than menu items such as chukar, quail, and lamb.Open 10 a.m. – close daily and 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Sun. brunch. 5162 Meadowood Mall Circle; 775-828-0775; http://www.775gastropub.com.
4th St. Bistro For dining at its finest, visit this charming restaurant that features seasonal, local, organic, and sustainably farmed, raised, and ranched ingredients. Diners will find Niman Ranch meats (beef, lamb, and pork), Sonoma County Poultry “Liberty” Duck in a delectable duck confit, wild and in-season seafood, vegetarian selections, and many gluten-free dishes. Acclaimed 4th St. Bistro chef Natalie Sellers — a member of the Chef’s Collaborative, Women Chefs and Restaurateurs, and Slow Food — sources organically whenever possible from small producers, and believes in humane animal husbandry. She serves fish from sustainable and wild populations that are not endangered. Prepare to settle into a comfortable space reminiscent of a French country house and be treated to impeccable service and a Wine Spectator award-winning wine list. Dinner 5 p.m. Tues. – Sat. 3065 W. Fourth St.; 775-323-3200; http://www.4thstbistro.com.
Atlantis Steakhouse Proudly serves Allen Brothers’ dry-aged USDA prime cuts chosen for their superb quality, marbling, and flavor. Unsurpassed service and ambience are second to none. Dinner served at 5 p.m. Wed. – Sun. Reservations recommended. Inside Atlantis Casino Resort Spa, 3800 S. Virginia St.; 775-824-4430; http://www.Atlantiscasino.com/dining.
Bangkok Cuisine Express Authentic and tasty Thai delicacies created with fresh produce, poultry, seafood, and fine cuts of meat. You’ll be delighted by its friendly and prompt service. Dine in or take out available. Mention you saw the ad in edible Reno-Tahoe and receive 10 percent off your meal. Open 11 a.m. – 9 p.m. Mon. – Sat. 6170 Mae Anne Ave., Reno; 775-747-9999.
Batch The world is changing and people are becoming more health conscious. Batch provides the perfect baked goods for your dietary needs. You’ll find organic, gluten-free, vegan, and paleo cupcakes; brownies; cookies; and scones. Open 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. Mon. – Sat. 555 S. Virginia St., Ste. 104; 775-336-1622. Also located in the Village at Squaw, Olympic Valley; 530-906-6812; http://www.Batchcupcakery.com.
Beaujolais Bistro Settle in for satisfying country French cuisine in a welcoming neighborhood bistro. You’ll enjoy a cozy environment, knowledgeable wait staff, and an excellent wine selection of American and French wines. Lunch 11:30 a.m. – 2 p.m. Tues. – Fri. Dinner from 5 p.m. Tues. – Sun. 130 West. St. until Aug. 31 and then Beaujolais Bistro is moving to 753 Riverside Drive; 775-323-2227; http://www.Beaujolaisbistro.com.
Bistro 7 Gourmet fare; amazing wines; specialty cocktails; a full bar with a vibrant happy hour; a sleek, modern setting; and delicious catering combine to make Bistro 7 the place to be in South Reno. Lunch from 11:30 a.m. Mon. – Fri. Dinner from 5 p.m. Mon. – Sat. Happy hour 3 – 6:30 p.m. 7111 S. Virginia St.; 775-851-9463; http://www.Bistro7reno.com.
Bistro Napa Experience innovative small plates and entrées, a raw seafood bar, and playful desserts complemented by a 4,000-bottle wine cellar. Social Hour 4 – 6 nightly. Dinner served from 5 p.m. nightly. Reservations welcome. Inside Atlantis Casino Resort Spa, 3800 S. Virginia St.; 775-335-4539; http://www.Atlantiscasino.com/dining.
Bowl Dining at Bowl is like finding a gem in the rough, or discovering that unexpected restaurant while traveling. The food is global, rustic, and made from scratch. Located within the West Street Market, Bowl has a casual/marketplace atmosphere and serves fresh, clean food in nothing but bowls. Open 5 – 9:30 p.m. Wed. – Sun. In the West Street Market, 148 West St.; 775-327-4443; http://www.Thatbowlrestaurant.com.
Bricks Restaurant & Wine Bar Exceptional cuisine by chef/owner Steve Budija and expert wine pairing make this restaurant a Reno highlight. One-of-a-kind in its incorporation of wild game dishes (featuring elk, buffalo, and venison), this restaurant is anything but ordinary. With two private dining rooms, Bricks is a perfect place for a party or an intimate meal. Dinner 5 – 9 p.m. Mon. – Sat. 1695 S. Virginia St.; 775-786-2277; http://www.Bricksrestaurant.com.
Briscola Enjoy the rich experience of this family-style Italian eatery, featuring a new menu, a comfortable setting, and affordable prices. Dinner 5:30 – 9 p.m. Tues. – Thurs., 5 – 10 p.m. Fri. – Sat. Inside Grand Sierra Resort and Casino, 2500 E. Second St.; 866-458-7224; http://www.Grandsierraresort.com/dining/fine-dining/briscola.
Buenos Grill This colorful, family friendly, Baja-themed restaurant is Reno’s best place for fish tacos, patio dining, quick service, and a salsa bar. Enjoy a fresh and unique take on classic Mexican dishes such as fish tacos with mango salsa, steak ranchero taquitos, and coconut-fried shrimp. Great margaritas; wine, beer, and tequila selection as well. Enjoy the patio this summer! Open 11 a.m. – 9 p.m. Mon. – Sat. and 11 a.m. – 8 p.m. Sun. 3892 Mayberry Drive, Ste. A (at South McCarran Boulevard); 775-787-8226; http://www.Buenosgrill.com.
Campo Selected as one of Esquire Magazine’s Top 20 New Restaurants of 2012, handmade pastas, authentic wood-fired Neapolitan pizzas, and in-house salami are featured in a neighborhood restaurant, just steps from the Truckee River. Pop open a bottle of wine, select from a menu that features organic, farm-fresh produce sourced from local purveyors, and enjoy Reno’s riverfront dining. Or sit back and take in the action of Campo’s lively, convivial kitchen. Now serving: lunch, brunch, dinner, and cocktails. Call or visit website for hours. On the bottom floor of The Palladio condominiums at 50 N. Sierra St. (downtown); 775-737-9555; http://www.Camporeno.com.
Charlie Palmer Steak Reno’s best steakhouse serves the finest cuts of artisan meats and trademark eclectic wines spotlighting West Coast vintages. Main entrées now include house salad and a choice of a side. Dinner 5:30 – 9:30 p.m. Sun. – Thurs. and 5:30 – 10:30 p.m. Fri. – Sat. Charlie Palmer Lounge 4 – 9:30 p.m. Sun. – Thurs. and 4 – 10:30 p.m. Fri. and Sat. Inside Grand Sierra Resort and Casino, 2500 E. Second St.; 775-789-2456; http://www.Grandsierraresort.com/dining/fine-dining/charlie-palmer-steak.
Daughters Café Truly a family restaurant, you’ll find mom Barb in the kitchen and daughters Skye and Bianca in the front of the house. If you like gourmet food and a feeling that you’re eating over at a friend’s house, you will love this café. Open 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. Tues. – Sun. 97 Bell St.; 775-324-3447; http://www.Daughterscafe.com.
Dorinda’s Chocolates With award-winning recipes and delectable artisan chocolates, Dorinda’s has just what you need for any memorable occasion. Located in downtown Reno, the extraordinary and exquisite shop offers hand-crafted, personalized chocolate confections, ranging from award-winning sea salt caramels to chocolate fondue to French drinking chocolate. All of which can be enjoyed overlooking the Truckee River from a cobblestone patio. Ask about wine and chocolate pairing, coffee and chocolate pairing, and tasting single-origin chocolate events. Visit http://www.Facebook.com/dorindaschocolates to follow their events. Open 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. Sun. – Thurs. and 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. Fri. and Sat. 727 Riverside Drive, Ste. E; 775-386-6200; http://www.Dorindaschocolates.com.
Franz’s Backstube The Austrian café offers cakes and pastries in addition to a lunch menu, gelato, and drinks. Eat a chicken salad sandwich or a specialty quiche for lunch followed by a croissant with raspberries and a latte. For breakfast enjoy fine espresso, coffee, and delicious teas. Or try a variety of its desserts ranging from strawberry tarts and walnut strudel to flavorful gelatos. Open 7 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. Tues. – Fri; 7 a.m. – 5 p.m. Sat; 7 a.m. – 3 p.m. Sun. and Mon. 3882 Mayberry Landing; 775-624-2921; http://www.Franzbackstube.com.
Fuego for Tapas Located next to the Pioneer Center for the Performing Arts, Fuego offers Spanish tapas with American and South-of-the-border influences, making it a one-of-a-kind restaurant in Reno. Eat light or go big. Enjoy the freshest ingredients and imported meats, cheeses, and traditional dishes from Spain. Fuego features a daily happy hour, a large tequila-tasting bar, a Spanish wine list with ports and sherry, and the best sangria in town. Open for lunch at 11:30 a.m. Mon. – Fri. and dinner until 10 p.m. Mon. – Thurs., until 11 p.m. Fri., and open 4 – 11 p.m. Sat. 170 S. Virginia St., No. 103; 775-322-1800; http://www.Fuegonv.com.
Great Basin Brewing Company Nevada’s oldest brewery offers handcrafted, award-winning, seasonal brews that pair perfectly with a menu of farm-fresh, local ingredients and brew-infused dishes, including the signature Shepherd’s Pie, ever-popular Beer Burgers, and specialty pizzas. Enjoy the Brewmaster’s Artisan “Icky” Bread – baked fresh daily with the “Icky” IPA, barley from the brewery, and local honey from the Great Basin — available for take-out. It offers Feast Among the Yeast private dinners with beer pairings around the barrels with the brewer. Lunch 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. daily. Dinner served daily at 4 p.m. 5525 S. Virginia St.; 775-284-7711; http://www.Greatbasinbrewingco.com. Visit the newest tasting room called Taps & Tanks (on East McCarran Boulevard, between Rock Boulevard and Mira Loma Drive, in Reno) in the afternoons and evenings. Tours are available by appointment. 775-856-1177.
Great Full Gardens Café & Eatery Enjoy menu items from mostly organic and local sources as well as all-natural meats at this new café. Indulge in the greatest-tasting vegan and gluten-free selections as well. Gino the Soup Man soups available on site. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner 7:30 a.m. – 9 p.m. Mon. – Fri., 10 a.m. – 9 p.m. Sat., and 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Sun. 555 S. Virginia St.; 775-324-2013; http://www.Greatfullgardens.com.
La Strada See why the Eldorado’s signature restaurant was named one of the best Italian restaurants in the nation. You’ll find delicious, authentic Northern Italian cuisine. Try pastas made fresh daily in the Eldorado pasta shop, outstanding entrées, and delectable desserts. Don’t miss the famous mushroom ravioli. Buon appetito! Open at 5 p.m. Fri. – Tues. Inside the Eldorado Hotel Casino, 345 N. Virginia St.; 775-786-5700; http://www.Eldoradoreno.com/reno-restaurants.
La Vecchia Ristorante A local’s favorite, La Vecchia offers traditional and innovative Italian fare, handcrafted pizzas, fresh housemade ravioli and pastas, and a great bar. For the last 23 years, its chefs have combined only the freshest (and, when available, locally sourced) ingredients in the cuisine, which is true to the spirit of Northern Italian cooking. Every Tuesday is BYOB for a no-corkage-fee evening. Settle into the modern and comfortable setting inside or dine outside (in the warmer months) to soak up one of the most amazing views of downtown Reno. A private A/V-ready room is available for special events and meetings. Open for lunch 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Mon. – Fri. and dinner served at 5 p.m. daily. 3005 Skyline Blvd., No. 160; 775-825-1113; http://www.Lavecchiareno.com.
Louis’ Basque Corner Enjoy a fun, engaging communal dining experience you won’t forget at this historic eatery (open since 1967). Authentic, large-portioned, well-prepared Basque dishes include top sirloin steak, roasted leg of lamb, salmon, sweetbreads, tongue, and oxtail stew. Louis’ also is home to the famously powerful Basque cocktail picon punch. This is a great spot for all your holiday parties, whether with the company, family, or friends. Lunch 11:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. Tues. – Sat. Dinner 5 – 9:30 p.m. Tues. – Sat. and 5 – 9 p.m. Sun. – Mon. Bar opens at 4 p.m. daily. 301 E. Fourth St.; 775-323-7203; http://www.Louisbasquecorner.com.
L’uva Bella Wine Gallery This premier retail wine shop and tasting bar also carries a wide variety of accessories and gifts for the wine enthusiast. Stop by for a tasting at 6 p.m. every Thursday, or drop by for a fun wine walk on the second Sunday of every month. Gourmet cheese and meat plates are available. The establishment also is happy to host private parties. Open 10 a.m. – 9 p.m. Mon. – Sat., 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. Sun. 13925 S. Virginia St., Ste. 248 (at The Summit next to Dillard’s); 775-851-1110; http://www.Luvabellawinegallery.com.
Manhattan Deli A great deli has a New York accent. Featuring authentic deli favorites, including a piled-high pastrami sandwich, bagels and lox, traditional matzo ball soup, Manhattan Cobb salad, famous New York cheesecake, and much more. Serving lunch and dinner from 11 a.m. daily. Inside Atlantis Casino Resort Spa, 3800 S. Virginia St., 775-335-3114; http://www.Atlantiscasino.com/dining.
Midtown Wine Bar This spot serves wine and craft beer for tasting, by the glass, and by the bottle. The space is available for fundraisers and special events. Food is available, sourced by area restaurants. Open 4:30 – 9:30 p.m. Mon. – Thurs., 4:30 – 11 p.m. Fri. – Sat. 1527 S. Virginia St.; 775-323-1377; http://www.Midtownwinebar.net.
Mix Cupcake Co. For a sweet treat, order cupcakes made from scratch with the finest ingredients onsite daily. Mix’s menu features 16 delicious flavors — including Peanut Butter Chocolate Blast, Classic Red Velvet, or Pretty Please with a Cherry on Top — and the staff always is experimenting with new varieties. Cupcakes are good for any occasion, whether for your co-workers, friends, neighbors, or classmates. By the dozen or the tier, Mix’s staff is happy to accommodate any special request. Open 10 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. Mon., 8:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. Tues. – Fri., 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. Sat. 655 Booth St.; 775-329-1748; http://www.Renocupcakes.com.
Nothing Bundt Cakes Step inside this sweet bakery and order from four different sizes and 10 different flavors of bundt cake. Perfect for every occasion, Nothing Bundt Cakes make great gifts or treats for anniversaries, birthdays, baby showers, office parties, and more. Ten flavors (including luscious chocolate-chocolate chip, red velvet, white chocolate raspberry, carrot, lemon, marble, and pecan praline) with 40 unique decorations perfect the experience. Open 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. Mon. – Sat. 5051 S. McCarran Blvd.; 775-827-5151; http://www.Nothingbundtcakes.com.
Nothing To It Culinary Center This outstanding facility features hands-on and demonstration classes taught by master chefs. You’ll also find a gourmet Napa Valley-inspired deli, as well as a fabulous kitchen store for all your cooking needs. Owners/operators Jay Bushman and Lara Ritchie have a passion for giving people the tools to be great chefs in their own homes. Deli is open 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Mon. – Fri., 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Sat. Catering is available. Check the website for class information. 225 Crummer Lane; 775-826-2628; http://www.Nothingtoit.com.
Old Granite Street Eatery Settle in for comforting food, quality ingredients, craft beers, a focused wine selection, and intriguing cocktails at this hip and fun gathering spot. Lunch and dinner 11 a.m. – 10 p.m. Mon. – Thurs., 11 a.m. – 11 p.m. Fri., 10 a.m. – 11 p.m. Sat., brunch 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Sat. and Sun. 243 S. Sierra St.; 775-622-3222; http://www.Oldgranitestreeteatery.com.
Pathways Café Located inside the Center for Molecular Medicine at the University of Nevada, Reno campus, this café features Gino the Soup Man soups and entrées. Sandwiches and salads feature the owners’ own heirloom tomatoes grown all year long. Vegan and gluten-free options are made in house and are available every day. Open 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. Mon. – Fri. UNR, 1654 S. Virginia St., Bldg. 160; 775-784-1380; http://www.Ginothesoupman.com.
PFPCo.’s Noble Pie Parlor (formerly Pie-Face Pizza Co.) Located in the historic downtown El Cortez Hotel, this friendly gourmet pizzeria offers great pie utilizing fresh local ingredients, craft beers, and a handpicked wine selection. Try The Resa Special (sun-dried tomato, roasted garlic, jalapeño, red onion, pine nuts, spinach, and goat cheese) or the Backyard Chicken (house-recipe-barbecue-sauce rotisserie chicken, pepperoni, red onion, scallions, and red peppers). Also enjoy award-winning hot wings, unique strombolis, as well as gluten-free, vegetarian, and vegan options. Delivery is available downtown and to nearby residential areas. Open 11 a.m. – midnight Mon. – Tues., 11 – 2 a.m. Wed., 11 – 3 a.m. Thurs., 11 – 5 a.m. Fri. – Sat., and 11 a.m. – 9 p.m. Sun. 239 W. Second St.; 775-622-9222; http://www.Noblepieparlor.com.
Pho The restaurant’s pho (Vietnamese rice noodle soup) is deep, rich fulfillment in a bowl. And it’s topped to the brim with fresh vegetables, meats, and seafood. But Pho is more than just delectable hot soup. Try warm rice and noodle dishes and refreshing salads and sandwiches. In addition, there is an extensive vegetarian menu. Open 11 a.m. – 8:30 p.m. Mon. – Sat., 11 a.m. – 7:30 p.m. Sun. 6775 Sierra Center Pkwy., Ste. 600; 775-852-6100; http://www.Phorestaurant.biz.
Pho Mein This casual dining spot is serving up authentic Asian noodles and stir-fry for sit down or take out on the go. The extensive menu features an array of Vietnamese and Chinese favorites, including more than 20 pho noodle bowl choices, a huge selection of appetizers, salads, stir-fry entrées, rice dishes, and favorites such as Kung Pao chicken and Mongolian beef. Open at 11 a.m. daily. Inside the Eldorado Hotel Casino, 345 N. Virginia St.; 775-786-5700; http://www.Eldoradoreno.com/reno-restaurants.
Rapscallion Seafood House and Bar This restaurant is like no other dining experience in Reno. For more than 35 years the local landmark has been raising the bar with its daily changing lunch menu, creative dinner entrées, and more than 20 varieties of fresh fish. Whether you are enjoying its superior happy hour or taking advantage of one of its three private dining rooms, Rapscallion is much more than just a meal. Live entertainment, a professional staff, and a wine room packed with nearly 300 offerings have made Rapscallion an institution. Dinner 5 p.m. – close Mon. – Sat. Lunch 11:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. Mon. – Fri. Brunch 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Sun. Happy Hour 4 – 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 – close Mon. – Sat. Live entertainment 6 – 8:30 p.m. Fri. 1555 S. Wells Ave.; 775-323-1211; http://www.Rapscallion.com.
Rawr A raw bar in which brontosaurus and T-rex can enjoy their food side by side. Chef/owner Larry Dunning creates an inspired menu of unprocessed, uncooked plants and animal products. The result: a unique and somewhat primal dining experience that will leave you feeling energized and light. Stop by for a quick snack or graze on a meal of multiple tastings. Open 5:30 – 9:30 p.m. Thurs. – Sun. In the West Street Market, 148 West St.; 775-327-4448; http://www.Therawrbar.com.
Rim This bistro features specialties from China, Japan, Korea, and Thailand. You’ll find dishes such as kumquat shrimp, Pacific-style mixed fruit sautéed with sliced chicken breast, and grilled Hokkaido scallops. Rim also features a sushi bar with an all-you-can-eat menu. Dinner 5 – 10 p.m. Wed. – Mon. Inside Grand Sierra Resort, 2500 E. Second St.; 775-789-2456; http://www.Grandsierraresort.com/dining/fine-dining/rim.
Roxy Restaurant The award-winning bistro has been voted as the best place to take a date by locals and is listed on the prestigious Distinguished Restaurants of North America awards list. The carefully selected menu changes seasonally and features steaks, chops, poultry, and whole-roasted fish entrées prepared in a specialty wood-fired oven. Roxy’s Bar & Lounge is famous for its 102 martinis and nightly entertainment. Open at 5 p.m. daily. Inside the Eldorado Hotel Casino, 345 N. Virginia St.; 775-786-5700; http://www.Eldoradoreno.com/reno-restaurants.
Süp Step inside this cozy deli and amble up to the counter to order your fresh-made soup, sandwich, or salad. You’ll enjoy healthy, homemade menu items for lunch, dinner, or your catered event. Try the steak salad, pesto turkey sandwich, or a wide range of soups, including chicken tortilla, shrimp bisque, pork enchilada, coconut curry, and carrot ginger. Open 11 a.m. – 9 p.m. Mon. – Sat. 669 S. Virginia St., 775-324-4787; http://www.Stockpotinc.com.
Sushi Sake Located on the Roxy patio near the Fountain of Fortune, Sushi Sake offers the finest sushi, exotic sakes, and the latest in dining technology. Enjoy all-you-can-eat sushi, a long list of appetizers, the finest and freshest nigiri choices, and creative sushi rolls. Open at 4 p.m. daily. Happy hour 4 – 5 p.m. daily and 8 – 9 p.m. Sun. – Thurs. and 9 – 10 p.m. Fri. – Sat. Inside the Eldorado Hotel Casino, 345 N. Virginia St.; 775-786-5700; http://www.Eldoradoreno.com/reno-restaurants.
The Brew Brothers The brewpub offers eight custom microbrews and a creative menu, including gourmet wood-fired pizzas, salads, burgers, ribs, sandwiches, homemade soups, and delicious dinners. Mid-week happy hour specials and live music nightly. Open 11:30 a.m. Mon. – Fri. and 11 a.m. Sat. and Sun. Inside the Eldorado Hotel Casino, 345 N. Virginia St.; 775-786-5700; http://www.Eldoradoreno.com/reno-restaurants.
The Buffet With a casual elegance and emphasis on fresh, flavorful food, The Buffet offers the ultimate buffet dining experience. Guests will find a wide variety of dishes, from traditional soups and salads to fresh-roasted prime rib at the carving station and authentic Asian, Mexican, and Italian dishes made from scratch daily plus a decadent dessert station. Open for breakfast, lunch, dinner and weekend brunches. Inside the Eldorado Hotel Casino, 345 N. Virginia St.; 775-786-5700; http://www.Eldoradoreno.com/reno-restaurants.
The Cheese Board Purveyors of artisanal and locally sourced yumminess since 1981. The relaxed dining room always is packed full of foodies enjoying fresh-with-a-twist soups, salads, and more. Desserts and wines by the bottle or by the glass also are available. Extraordinary catering services for all occasions, too. Open 10 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Mon. – Sat. Enjoy a delicious Saturday brunch where you can sit outside and watch the world go by with a Morning Glory Mimosa. 247 California Ave.; 775-323-3115; http://www.Cheeseboardcatering.com.
The Prime Rib Grill This restaurant is one of downtown Reno’s best kept secrets, serving up traditional chop-house fare such as mouth-watering USDA-choice prime rib and seafood entrées, all at affordable prices. Included with every meal is the never-ending soup and salad bar stocked with crisp greens and an array of delicious toppings, fresh fruits, nuts, and more. Open at 5 p.m. Wed. – Sun. Inside the Eldorado Hotel Casino, 345 N. Virginia St.; 775-786-5700; http://www.Eldoradoreno.com/reno-restaurants.
Tivoli Gardens At Tivoli Gardens, guests will find a wide selection of breakfast entrees from traditional favorites to specialty items. Soups, sandwiches and salads rule the lunch menu and dinner choices are plentiful and diverse with classic American dishes and authentic Mexican fare. Save room for the award-winning desserts. Open daily 24 hours a day. Inside the Eldorado Hotel Casino, 345 N. Virginia St.; 775-786-5700; http://www.Eldoradoreno.com/reno-restaurants.
Too Soul Tea Co. You’ll find a comfortable environment in this new Midtown teahouse, which is near California Avenue in the former Great Basin Community Food Co-op building. Choose from 100 fine teas and tea blends, as well as coffee, chai blends, hot chocolate, and bottled drinks. Morning baked goods are available and gourmet sandwiches and salads are offered for lunch. Enjoy locally sourced, seasonal food offerings (with veggie and gluten-free alternatives) and you can grab them to go or stay and relax (with seating indoors and out). Stop by for tea tastings. You can choose from black, green, herbal, hibiscus, rooibos, chai, white, and oolong teas. You’ll also discover extraordinary blends, such as Four Horsemen Black Tea, Blackberry Sage, and Pomegranate Mojito Green. Open daily. 542½ Plumas St.; 775-322-2001; http://www.Toosoulteaco.com.
Wedge – A Cheese Shop Reno’s first dedicated cheese shop is located in Reno's food-centric Midtown district. Featuring the finest artisanal cheeses, charcuterie, and accompaniments from classic Parmigiano-Reggiano to small-production farmstead creations. Wedge offers oils and vinegars, nuts, olives, preserves, specialty crackers, beer and wine. Unique sandwiches made every day with home-style meats, artisan cheeses and house-made spreads. Check the website for a calendar of tastings, events, and classes. 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. Tues. – Sat., 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Sun. 16 Saint Lawrence Ave.; 775-737-4078; http://www.Wedgecheeseshop.com.
Whispering Vine Wine Co. Pick up a bottle of fine wine and enjoy special tastings at Reno’s favorite neighborhood wine store that’s been open since 1998. The shop offers a selection of more than 2,400 different wines, with 1,500 bottles under $20 and more than 450 wines under $10 apiece. Northwest Reno location: Open 11 a.m. – 8 p.m. Mon. – Fri., 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. Sat., and 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Sun. 3886 Mayberry Drive; 775-787-9463. South Reno location: Open 11 a.m. – 8 p.m. Mon. – Thurs., 11 a.m. – 9 p.m. Fri. – Sat., and 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Sun. 85 Foothill Road, Ste. 1; 775-622-8080; http://www.Whisperingvinewine.com.
Whole Foods Market Get ready to pack your plate full of the highest quality natural and organic prepared foods to eat inside, on the trellised patio, or to take home. Visit the Taproom for a pint or a glass of wine featuring an exclusive Taproom menu with delicious bites, pizzas, and burgers. The market also is a cornucopia of ingredients to create any healthy meal imaginable. Open 8 a.m. – 10 p.m. daily. 6139 S. Virginia St.; 775-852-8023; http://www.Wholefoodsmarket.com/stores/reno.
Yosh’s Unique Deli This third-generation unique deli has catered to Reno since 1973. You’ll find fresh-baked rolls, house-smoked and roasted meats, soups and salads made from scratch, and catering for all occasions. Sit out on the patio (weather permitting) or book the private room for events and meetings. Open 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Mon. – Wed., 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. Thurs. – Fri., and 10 a.m. – 3ish p.m. Sat. 85 Foothill Road, No. 4; 775-853-YOSH (9674); http://www.Yoshsdeli.com.
SOUTH LAKE TAHOE
Edgewood Restaurant Built like an alpine chateau, the restaurant’s tables look directly out across the lake, with the unparalleled view framed by sweeping wooden archways and vaulted ceilings. When seated, diners have only a few dozen feet of white sand between them and the lake water. Dinner 5:30 – 9 p.m. Wed. – Sun. for first two weeks of June and 5:30 – 9 p.m. daily for remainder of summer. 100 Lake Parkway, Stateline (South Lake Tahoe); 775-588-2787; http://www.Edgewoodtahoe.com.
The Beacon Bar & Grill This restaurant offers truly spectacular dining year round on the water along the south shore of Lake Tahoe. To match the incredible views, The Beacon offers an eclectic menu of fresh seafood, chicken, steak, pasta, appetizers, an awesome beer selection, and, of course, the famous Rum Runner voted Tahoe’s best cocktail year after year. Lunch and dinner 11:30 a.m. – close Mon. – Fri., brunch and dinner 11 a.m. – close Sat. – Sun. The Beacon also offers live music, Wild Wednesdays with $5 Rum Runners all day, and the local’s favorite snowshoe cocktail races in the winter. 1900 Jameson Beach Road; 530-541-0630; http://www.Beacontahoe.com.
BJ’s Barbecue Family owned and operated since 1986, BJ’s has been dishing up its unique style of barbecue with true Nevada flare. Enjoy custom meats, slow smoked over a variety of hardwoods. Also experience rustic, country-inspired breakfast. Catering is available as well. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner 6 a.m. – 8:30 p.m. Mon. – Thurs. and 6 a.m. – 9 p.m. Fri. and Sat. Brunch 6 a.m. – 2 p.m. Sun. 80 E. Victorian Ave.; 775-355-1010; http://www.Bjsbbq.com.
Cantina Los Tres Hombres Enjoy great, authentic Mexican food and the best margaritas in town. The restaurant features live acoustic music, along with wonderful food and drink specials, every night of the week. Lunch and dinner begin at 11 a.m. daily. 926 Victorian Ave. (Victorian Square); 775-356-6262; http://www.Cantinasparks.com.
Great Basin Brewing Company The original location of Nevada’s oldest brewery offers handcrafted, award-winning, seasonal brews that pair perfectly with a menu of farm-fresh, local ingredients and brew-infused dishes, including the signature Shepherd’s Pie, ever-popular Beer Burgers, and the best Brewery Fish & Chips this side of the ocean. Enjoy the Brewmaster’s Artisan “Icky” Bread – baked fresh daily with the “Icky” IPA, barley from the brewery, and local honey from the Great Basin — available for take-out. Enjoy live music and outdoor seating on the patio. Lunch 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. daily. Dinner 5 – 9 p.m. Sun. – Thurs. and 5 – 10 p.m. Fri. – Sat. 846 Victorian Ave.; 775-355-7711; http://www.Greatbasinbrewingco.com. Visit the newest tasting room called Taps & Tanks (on East McCarran Boulevard, between Rock Boulevard and Mira Loma Drive, in Reno) in the afternoons and evenings. Tours are available by appointment. 775-856-1177.
Wolfdale’s Restaurant North Lake Tahoe’s premier restaurant and popular bar offers lake view dining with an excellent ambience and service. Wolfdale’s uses Cuisine Unique to describe the fresh food prepared simply and aesthetically. Since opening in 1978, chef Douglas Dale has developed the style of East-West cuisine. Dinner begins at 5:30 p.m. daily. Closed Tuesdays. 640 North Lake Blvd.; 530-583-5700; http://www.Wolfdales.com.
Drunken Monkey Enjoy Asian-style tapas, sushi, sake, beer, and wine in a unique lounge setting. Whether you choose to sit at the sushi bar, the sake bar, or in the main dining area, the restaurant provides a menu to peruse but also encourages you to order omakase (aka chef’s choice). Partake in a robust selection of sake, Japanese and microbrewed beer, and varietal wines to be paired with your meal, sampled by themselves, or taken home. Open 5 – 9 p.m. Mon., 11:30 a.m. – 9 p.m. Tues. – Thurs., 11:30 a.m. – 9:30 p.m. Fri. – Sat. 11253 Brockway Road, Ste. 105; 530-582-9755; http://www.Drunkenmonkeysushi.com.
FiftyFifty Great beer and food by people who love beer and food. FiftyFifty has won numerous international awards for its beers, which are all brewed on-site at the pub. It proudly serves these up alongside all-natural meats, organic produce, and fresh pub-style innovations. FiftyFifty serves both lunch and dinner and also features a full bar, seasonal outdoor seating on the patio, and live music and entertainment. Open 11 a.m. – 9 p.m. Sun. – Thurs., 11 a.m. – 9:30 p.m. Fri. – Sat. 11197 Brockway Road; 530-587-BEER; http://www.Fiftyfiftybrewing.com.
Manzanita at The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe The menu reflects rustic California cuisine with a mountain resort influence incorporating organic, locally grown produce whenever possible. Breakfast 7 – 11 a.m.; Lunch 11 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.; Dinner 5:30 – 9:30 p.m. Sun. – Thurs. and 5:30 – 10 p.m. Fri. – Sat; Light fare also is offered daily at the Manzanita Bar 11 a.m. – 10 p.m. Mid-mountain at Northstar, 13031 Ritz-Carlton Highlands Court; 530-562-3050; http://www.Manzanitalaketahoe.com.
Stella Restaurant at Cedar House Sport Hotel Stella offers sustainable avant-garde cuisine in an impeccable setting on Cedar House Sport Hotel’s beautiful wooded property. Dinner begins at 5:30 p.m. Wed. – Sun. (last dinner seating at 8:30 p.m.) and cooking classes. It’s also a great spot for special events and parties. 10918 Brockway Road; 866-582-5655; http://www.Cedarhousesporthotel.com/stella.
The Lodge Located in the heart of Tahoe Donner, diners are surrounded by spectacular views of the high Sierra. Whether enjoying a New York-style Reuben sandwich while watching a favorite game in the lively pub, soaking up the sun on the newly remodeled deck, or savoring a quiet dinner in the dining room, The Lodge has something for everyone. Dinner 5 – 9 p.m. daily. In Tahoe Donner, 12850 Northwoods Blvd.; 530-587-9455; http://www.Tahoedonner.com/the-lodge.
Thunder Canyon Enjoy fresh, top-quality fish and the best meats on the market served with stunning views of Slide Mountain and Washoe Valley. This is the perfect meeting place between Reno and Carson City. The artistic creations of chef Chad Cliffe will tantalize your eyes as well as your palate. Restaurant open to the public 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. Wed. – Sat. Happy Hour 3 – 6 p.m. Wed. – Sat. Brunch 9 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. Sat. and Sun. Thunder Canyon also is available for weddings, banquets, special occasions, and holiday events. 19 Lightning W Ranch Road; 775-882-0882; http://www.Thundercanyon.com.