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Mountain Dining Northstar, CA
Mountain Dining Northstar, CA
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"Sitting on the mountain top with a cocktail in hand, snacking locally sourced cuisine, while watching my kids cruise by with their instructor. This is my happy place."

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Mountain Dining Northstar, CA

Zephyr Lodge | Lunch
This is Northstar’s iconic alpine lodge with floor-to-ceiling views of the Sierra Nevada range, featuring original and contemporary signature dishes and cuisine.  Zephyr exemplifies exceptional service in a large, luxurious family-style room. Enjoy expansive views of the Sierra Nevada range while having an Asian bowl, the Zephyr specialty, or sipping an award-winning Beefy Mary. Zephyr Lodge is found at the top of the Tahoe Zephyr Express lift and welcomes both skiers and food passengers travelling on the gondola.

Summit Smokehouse | Lunch
Located at 8,610’ above sea level with views of Lake Tahoe, Summit Smokehouse is a true mountain top restaurant with a comforting, backyard vibe.  Summit is home to house-smoked signature BBQ, sides and sauces created by our chefs, and the widest selection of craft beers on the mountain.  Relax inside on storm days, or soak up the California sun out on the deck.  This is the perfect spot to relax before taking on the challenging Backside runs or cruising back down to The Village.

The Lodge at Big Springs | Breakfast, Lunch
Located at the top of Big Springs Gondola with immediate access to upper mountain lifts, The Lodge at Big Springs is at the heart of the mountain.  Find fresh breakfast and lunch options including breakfast burritos, the grilled-to-order Epic Mountain Burger, fresh entrée salads, hot chili with cornbread, and more.  Relax and dine on three levels of indoor seating, or lounge by the fire outside with an impressive view of the mountain above. Offers the only breakfast on the mountain.

Chilly Peppers Mexican Grille | Lunch
On the deck of the Lodge is Chilly Pepper’s featuring a beautiful outdoor atmosphere for lunch with some of the best Mexican cuisine in North Lake Tahoe.  Enjoy traditional burritos, tacos and more, paired with fresh handmade salsas. 

The Food Truck | Lunch
Swing by the food truck just off the gondola exit path to grab some quick seasonal cuisine and brews. 

Café Blue at The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe  | Breakfast, Lunch | 530.562.3000
Offers a casual, family-friendly counter-service option with indoor and outdoor seating. Breakfast offerings include a variety of freshly baked breakfast pastries, egg sandwiches and specialty coffees. For lunch, Café Blue features a selection of sandwiches and salads.

Backyard Bar & BBQ, Lake Tahoe  | Lunch, Dinner | 530.562.3000
With a ski-in/ski-out location off the Big Easy the Backyard Bar & BBQ offers casual, outdoor dining. Menu highlights include St. Louis-style smoked ribs, brisket and pulled pork platters cooked in an on-site smoker, wood-fired oven baked pizzas, and home-style side dishes and desserts.

Manzanita | Lunch, Dinner | 530.562.3000
Located in The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe, features rustic, California cuisine with a mountain resort influence prepared in an open kitchen, visible from all vantage points in the restaurant.

The Living Room | Lunch, Dinner | 530.562.3000
Relax and enjoy the warmth and ambiance of the Living Room in the heart of the The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe. Warm yourself near the fireplace or take in the sweeping views of the slopes while enjoying contemporary American light fare, entrees, cocktails and an extensive wine list.