Our Favorite Restaurants and Bars in Downtown Truckee

Get ready to explore and enjoy historic downtown Truckee, where culinary delights and vibrant spirits come together for an unforgettable experience. From cozy eateries with local flair to lively bars mixing up artisanal cocktails, this charming mountain town is a haven for food and drink enthusiasts. Join us as we explore the best spots that make downtown Truckee a culinary destination that’s well worth a visit during your next stay.

Drunken Monkey Sushi:

Best For: Sushi and Japanese Tapas

Drunken Monkey is a staple of Truckee dining and known for its creative rolls and high quality fish. While it’s a bit on the pricier side, this is a can’t miss choice for fans of sushi. Even if sushi is not your thing, this restaurant has plenty of delicious tapas, noodle bowls, and entrees sure to satisfy anyone. Reservations are highly encouraged and to-go orders must be made online in advance.

Set of sushi and maki with soy sauce with human hands over blue background. Top view with copy space

1882 Bar and Grill:

Best For: BBQ and Riverside Dining

Located in a historic Truckee bed and breakfast, this establishment gets its name from the year the building was first built. 1882 Bar and Grill is heralded for its rich and flavorful barbecue meats which are smoked daily on their Texas-style smoker. Be sure to try the beignets as well!

Old Town Tap:

Best For: Artisan Pizzas and Gourmet Mac N’ Cheeses

Established in 2016, Old Town Tap is a great choice for families and large groups. Their artisan pizzas are known throughout the region as well as their creative shared plates. This eatery also boasts a large selection of beers on tap alongside a thorough cocktail menu in a truly fun and relaxed setting. For fans of Mac N’ Cheese, Old Town Tap is a must-visit!

Alibi Ale Works:

Best For: Local Brews and an Exciting Atmosphere

Known as one of the best local breweries in the region, Alibi Ale Works opened their downtown Truckee location in 2017. The large and open layout often hosts numerous fun events, game nights, and live music for all to enjoy. They also serve a number of great pub-style food options alongside their award-winning beer selection. Enjoy a fun-filled evening in the heart of downtown Truckee and be sure to take a growler of your favorite beer home with you!

Moody’s Bistro Bar and Beats:

Best For: Craft Cocktails and Farm to Table Eats

Aimed at bringing the supper-club feel of the 1950’s to downtown Truckee, Moody’s is a great local hangout for those seeking a casual but upscale dining experience. Their menu is carefully prepared with local ingredients and features a number of delicious items like the beef tartare, a 48 hour Gochujang Short Rib Duo, and Moody’s famous tomato soup. Sit back and relax as you enjoy world-class eats coupled with live musical acts from renowned local musicians.

Friends having a summer party

Casa Baeza Mexican Restaurant:

Best For: Delicious Mexican Fare in the Heart of Downtown Truckee

Casa Baeza is known for its lively atmosphere and is a great stop for hungry appetites. Their rotating specials are not to be missed and their house margaritas will have you laughing out loud as you recount your successes (or near misses) after a day spent playing in the mountains.

Blue Coyote Bar and Grill:

Best For: Families and Live Sports:

For traditional yet impressively delicious sports bar style dining, the Blue Coyote Bar and Grill should be high on your list. This local’s favorite is a must on game day, boasting 24 flat screen TV’s so you won’t miss a second of the action. The menu is complete with all the classics (be sure to try the Truckee Style Wings) and is a great option for families traveling with young children.

The Lodge Restaurant and Pub:

Best For: Mountain-Style Fine Dining

Located in the Tahoe-Donner community, just a short drive from downtown Truckee, The Lodge Restaurant and Pub is one of the area’s best kept secrets for incredible dining. The seasonally rotating menu is centered around choice cuts of meat and impeccable entrees with ingredients all sourced from local providers. They even offer nightly discounts and specials like no-corkage Wednesdays and seasonal happy hours.

Great Gold:

Best For: Delicious House-made Pastas and Pizza

A somewhat recent addition to the Truckee dining scene, Great Gold has quickly become a local favorite for its classic Italian-American eats. Their pastas are made in-house every day and truly give meaning to the idea of comfort food. Their robust wine selection pairs perfectly with every dish, and the modern atmosphere truly lends itself to a worthwhile dining experience. Select few walk-in tables are available so reservations are highly encouraged.

Italian pasta spaghetti with tomato sauce basil and parmesan cheese in white plate.

Dine and Relax:

Downtown Truckee is just a quick drive from our resort and is an excellent way to spend your evening after a day filled with outdoor adventures. Our winter season is quickly approaching and right now is the absolute best time to get your ski-season stay on the books for 2024. Explore our availability today and we’ll see you in the mountains!

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