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by Kate Freeman 7 Lakeside Restaurants In Northern California You Simply Must Visit This Time Of Year
Visit one (or all!) of these fabulous lakeside restaurants in Northern California. There’s something so peaceful about sitting by a lake in the winter. Northern California’s lakes are typically less crowded during the winter months, meaning there’s also a good chance of nabbing a table with a view.
1. Gar Woods Grill & Pier– Carnelian Bay
Dine on the deck or the pier. If it’s too chilly to be outside, there is a spacious dining room inside with views of Lake Tahoe. The menu is California cuisine with fruity vacation-inspired cocktails.
Gar Woods Grill & Pier, 5000 N Lake Blvd, Carnelian Bay, CA 96140, USA
2. Christy Hill– Tahoe City
This lakeside bistro serves French-inspired California cuisine. Perched 100 feet over the shoreline, this bistro has fantastic views of Lake Tahoe whether you’re sitting inside or outside. The outside tables have fire pits in the middle of the tables to keep you warm on cold evenings.
Christy Hill, 115 Grove St, Tahoe City, CA 96145, USA
3. Beacon Bar & Grill– South Lake Tahoe
Take in great views of Lake Tahoe from this restaurant on the south shore. Beacon Bar & Grill serves elevated bar favorites like calamari, salads, pasta and burgers. They’re known for their excellent cocktails, especially their signature Rum Runner.
Beacon Bar & Grill, 1900 Jameson Beach Rd, South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150, USA
4. Richmond Park Bar & Grill– Kelseyville
Not only does Richmond Park Bar & Grill offer great views of Clear Lake, but they also frequently have live music. Stop in for their famous hamburgers and choose a beer from their wide selection of brews.
Richmond Park Bar & Grill, 9435 Konocti Bay Rd, Kelseyville, CA 95451, USA
5. Boathouse Bar & Grill– Nice
Pull up in your car, on foot, or by boat to this happening restaurant right on the water. The Boathouse Bar & Grill has live music in the warmer months, and a more relaxed atmosphere during the colder months. Winter is a great time to visit this popular restaurant to enjoy a good meal and a lake view.
Boathouse Bar & Grill, 2685 Lakeshore Blvd, Nice, CA 95464, USA
6. Park Place Restaurant– Lakeport
This chic and cozy restaurant located next to Clear Lake has a menu that changes seasonally. Sit outside next to one of their heaters to stay cozy while admiring views of the lake. Check their Facebook Page to see upcoming specials and holiday menus!
Park Place Restaurant, 50 3rd St, Lakeport, CA 95453, USA
7. TnT On The Lake– Lakeport
Loved by locals, this casual Mexican restaurant is across the street from Clear Lake. With plenty of seating on their patio as well as inside, you’ll get full on the generous portions.
TNT on the Lake, 2599 Lakeshore Blvd, Lakeport, CA 95453, USA
Have you visited any of these lakefront restaurants?
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