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Diners' Choice: Great for outdoor dining restaurants in Tahoe / Reno Area

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Updated May 05, 2024

Looking for the best restaurants that are great for outdoor dining in Tahoe / Reno Area? You’re in the right place. Each month, OpenTable analyzes nearly 2 million global diner reviews from the past four months. We sort the results by location and category to help you discover new favourite restaurants. It's a great partnership: you reserve, eat, and review. We listen...and deliver the results for all to benefit. Enjoy!


A photo of Caliente - Kings Beach restaurant
4.7
4.7 (542)
$30 and under
Regional American (Southwestern)
Kings Beach
About the restaurant
Located in historic Kings Beach and just minutes from the waterfront, Caliente takes its name from its diverse family neighborhood surroundings. Caliente specializes in the flavor of the American Southwest and beyond. Think Santa Fe, or as we like to say, “Southwest, South”. Caliente, opened on August 3rd, 2007 after an extensive remodel, is one very important step in the revitalization of the Kings Beach neighborhood. Today, Caliente stands on North Lake Boulevard as the stunning example of the Kings Beach remodel in progress. We take great pride in our creation and our clean, casual and friendly atmosphere awaits your visit. Caliente offers an unequaled and unique variety of quality fun, food and beverage at affordable prices. Dining out is more than just a meal, it is an event based on value and a wonderful experience. Combine our meals with generous premium Margaritas and our famous signature drink, The ChupaCabra, and we have created a dining experience to remember.
Top review
JaneEvip
Dined 3 days ago
we had an excellent meal and great service. apparently they got a new chef last year. We never really loved their food, but we did love their margaritas. now we will definitely be going back for both really outstanding. We had fajitas and fish tacos. just lovely.
A photo of The Sawyer at Schaffer's Mill Club restaurant
4.7
4.7 (664)
$31 to $50
American
Truckee
About the restaurant
Located in the heart of the Pinyon Pine-Juniper woodland area of the Sierra Nevada’s, elevated at 5,817 feet in the town of Truckee, resides The Sawyer at Schaffer’s Mill. With food true to the land and served by real Truckee people, The Sawyer is the perfect name for the final, most awaited addition to Schaffer’s Mill

The Sawyer is centered around an amazing indoor and outdoor bar with views of Lookout Mountain and the golf course. The restaurant features a locally crafted all-day menu with selections of shareable, freshly-prepared salads, generous sandwiches, and delicious entrees.

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OpenTable Diner
Dined 7 days ago
The food was good and the service was very nice. We both had the shortribs and they were cooked nicely, with a lot of flavor and the meat was really tender. The wine was wonderful. We chose a bottle that was listed as a recommneded pic from the wine list. The price point was very affordable and we were not disappointed! The waitstaff was very attentive, but we were thrown off by the staff wearing name tags? It seemed to cheapen the experience somewhat? It kind of felt a little like a cafateria and not a fine dinning resturaunt, so they could loose the tacky nametags. Seeing how that is my only complaint, we would definetly return.
A photo of Fumo restaurant
4.7
4.7 (143)
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
Incline Village
About the restaurant
Casual American Fusion restaurant with a cozy cabin feel, patio seating, and bar seats.
Offering breakfast, lunch and dinner with a diverse craft cocktail list.


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saas
Dined 3 days ago
amazing food, wonderful ambience, and good service. there were not as many waitstaff as they required on a busy morning, but it was fine.
A photo of Gar Woods Grill and Pier Restaurant restaurant
4.6
4.6 (4420)
$31 to $50
Californian
Carnelian Bay
About the restaurant
Currently seating on the beautiful lake view deck under Tahoe sunshine or ample cover of heat lamps and umbrellas. Please dress warm!
For 34 years Gar Woods Grill and Pier has been the premier waterfront dining destination in North Lake Tahoe. Floor-to-ceiling windows, large deck and balconies provide breath-taking views of Lake Tahoe and the Sierras. Gar Woods Grill and Pier is an upscale casual restaurant that accommodates groups of 160 just as easily as groups of two. Our Chef has created a menu highlighting California cuisine, hand cut steaks and fresh Pacific seafood, served in a fun-in-the-sun atmosphere. The wine list is a collection of best-known California vintners featuring more than a dozen wines by the glass. Enjoy the waterfront deck while sipping on Gar Woods world famous Wet Woody. With over three million sold, you will be in good company! Or thaw out with a Warm Woody or a Heavenly Bottom. Lake Tahoe sunsets are our specialty.

Top review
Janet
Dined on May 22, 2024
The ribeye was delicious as were the vegetables and mashed potatoes. We will be back! The moon shining on the lake was beautiful! Wonderful evening!
A photo of Wild River Grille restaurant
4.6
4.6 (2656)
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
Reno
About the restaurant
Perfectly positioned in the very heart of Reno on the Truckee River, Wild River Grille provides warm, attentive service in a sophisticated but relaxed setting. Inspired by the region’s natural beauty our lush, woodsy interior provides an amazing setting. Or, you can enjoy the fresh air while sitting on Reno's best patio right in the heart of Downtown.

Our skilled culinary team presents seasonal and locally sourced menus featuring Nouveau American cuisine complemented by innovative comfort foods.

WRG offers a varied selection of wines from around the globe, refreshing locally brewed beers, and handcrafted cocktails made from fresh squeezed juices and house liquor infusions.

Wild River Grille offers a group-friendly, spacious interior, full bar,and décor that pays tribute to the city’s heyday.

Lunch and Dinner are served seven days a week starting at 11 am with an amazing Happy Hour served Mon-Fri from 4-6pm

Top review
DeborahL
Dined 3 days ago
We ate outdoors. The weather was great. The service was really good. The food was really good. Service was fast. We had my sister’s dog with us and they brought her a bowl of water to drink while we were having our meal. No complaints. Definitely will return.
A photo of Sparks Water Bar restaurant
4.6
4.6 (977)
$31 to $50
American
Sparks
About the restaurant
Lunch hours:
Mon-Fri from 11:30am
Sat-Sun from 10:30am

Dinner hours:
Everyday from 5pm

Bar hours:
Sun-Thurs open until 12am
Fri-Sat open until 1am

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 3 days ago
Good sunny weather place; food is very good but very expensive..
A photo of David's Grill restaurant
4.5
4.5 (182)
$30 and under
Contemporary American
Sparks
About the restaurant
Play, Stay and Dine with David’s Grill at Red Hawk Golf and Resort. Our menu features a variety of amazing and delicious entrees for breakfast, lunch and dinner. After a day out on the golf course nothing is more satisfying than relaxing and enjoying a meal with good friends at one of the top golf courses and golf resorts in Reno NV.
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NYMick7vip
Dined 6 days ago
Caesar salad with ahi was good. dining outside with live music was peaceful. Service was good until the end, I think we were forgotten. Not the norm.
A photo of Skyline Kitchen & Vine restaurant
4.5
4.5 (185)
$30 and under
Tapas / Small Plates
Reno
About the restaurant
We at SKYLINE KITCHEN & VINE are serious about our food, service and hand crafted liquor offerings. We’ve taken all the great things about our original restaurant, Sierra St Kitchen, to Skyline Blvd and infused that into a concept and vibe unique to SKYLINE KITCHEN & VINE! If you’re in the Lakeridge, Caughlin Ranch and surrounding neighborhoods, come in and see what SKYLINE KITCHEN & VINE is all about.
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OpenTable Diner
Dined on May 13, 2024
The food is very good. Service, atmosphere, and value for the money are just okay. Went for Mother's Day dinner, they didn't have a record of the reservation but it was not very crowded, so not a problem getting a table. Service was slow and just so-so. One of our orders was wrong and when we brought it to the attention of the waitress she said she would correct the bill, but didn't.
A photo of Smith and River restaurant
4.5
4.5 (390)
$30 and under
Bistro
Reno
About the restaurant
Smith and River- An Honest American Bistro

Join us for an exceptional riverfront dining experience, located in the heart of downtown Reno, at our newly remodeled location, Smith and River. Dine on the patio and enjoy the river views with a specialty cocktail, or inside in our open bar seating area, booth seating for a more private dining experience, or our large party dining options. Book our Chefs Table for a special dining experience. Our food is always fresh, always creative. Our service is attentive and caring. Chef Colin Smith of Roundabout Catering, and Executive Chef Kevin Towers do not disappoint.

Top review
MichaelF
Dined 5 days ago
Smith and River never disappoints. The staff is attentive but not smothering. The setting soothing and not distracting. The food is one of the best you’ll experience.
A photo of The Shore Room restaurant
4.4
4.4 (841)
$30 and under
Contemporary American
Reno
About the restaurant
Offers seasonally fresh and approachable food with flavors and ingredients inspired by the larger Mediterranean area, including North Africa, Southern Europe and hints of Greek flair.
Top review
kathrynmvip
Dined 4 days ago
We sat out on the patio in the shade. WONDERFUL! Frankly inside is loud. The river running by splashing and tumbling, is all the noise I need. I had the Cesar Salad with shrimp. Yummy! The mimosa was yum too. Will definitely go back
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