Boasting the largest lakefront deck at Tahoe, Sunnyside features a summer-party atmosphere and somewhat predictable burgers-and-ribs menu that keeps diners of all ages happy. A meal here is more of a social event than a fine-dining experience, but that’s exactly what the crowd wants. Expect to see a lot of fried calamari plates coming out of the kitchen, as well as people sharing slices of hula pie (macadamia nut ice cream on a chocolate cookie crust, crowned with whipped cream and chocolate fudge). In winter, the action moves indoors to the cozy, lodge-style dining room, but the vibe is equally lively.
Sunnyside restaurant, on the west side of Lake Tahoe, is a popular after-ski place for drinks and food, and for good reason. The view from both the bar area and the restaurant is a wide expanse of lake to mountains, while the interior is warm and homey - very much a lodge feel. In the summer, there is a great outside deck with a dock where small boats can moor.