It’s safe to say that we love food here in El Dorado County. And we want to make sure you get a chance to enjoy our favorite places, so we’ve put together some of our favorites for you to try. Bon appetit!

Best Breakfast/Brunches

They say that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. What does that make brunch? We say it’s just as important, and once you’ve checked these restaurants off your list, you’ll agree.

Placerville

California Kitchen
This is a great option when you’re not sure what kind of food you want to eat. You’ll find a little bit of everything.

Sweetie Pies
Enjoy filling portions of creative and classic breakfast dishes in this quaint Victorian location. Don’t leave without picking up a muffin (or their amazing cinnamon rolls) to take with you.

Sweetie Pie's cinnamon roll

Coloma & The Divide

The Divide Restaurant
Come here for the best mimosas you’ll ever have (they are, after all, ‘Not Your Mothers Mosas’), and stay for creative and delicious breakfast mainstays.

Foothills

Diamond Springs Hotel
Don’t miss the Lumber Jack Breakfast, and whether you’re avoiding carbs or not, you *don’t* want to miss the biscuits and gravy.

Lake Tahoe

Ernie’s Coffee Shop
Personal coffee cups line the walls and shelves at this very local breakfast locale. The servings are enormous and scrumptious. Eating here is a Tahoe experience.

Alpina Coffee
This South Lake Tahoe institution is an authentic ‘coffee’ shop. It’s got a great atmosphere and delicious coffee. Also, baked goods.

Meyer’s Downtown Café
It’s filled with locals and laughs. The food is fantastic and reasonably priced, and breakfast lovers will appreciate that they serve breakfast all day long.

Foothills

Early Toast Mimosa House
So many wonderfully creative and innovative omelets, waffles, crepes from which to choose. It (understandably) gets busy the weekends, but the wait staff is stellar and efficient.

The Snooty Frog is a favorite for date night.

Date Night

Whether it’s your first date or your tenth anniversary, going out to celebrate is always special. We’ve put together our list of favorites for celebrating love (or ‘like’) at every stage of the relationship.

Placerville

Henry’s Steak House
You’ll find delicious food and excellent service in this classic steakhouse, along with an extensive beer and wine list.

Foothills

Aji Japanese Bistro Restaurant
Sushi, plus a whole lot more on the menu, plus very knowledgeable bartenders (who make their own cocktail mixes) equals the ideal location for you and your special someone who loves creative and esoteric cocktails and eating well.

Snooty Frog
If steak and seafood are your jam (or your date’s), then the Snooty Frog equals date night perfection. The signature “Sizzling Filet,” perfectly prepared seafood, and their killer martini (shaken, not stirred, naturally) makes this restaurant ideal for that special evening.

Bistro 33
Located in El Dorado Hills, this intimate bistro boasts fantastic food in a classy and romantic setting

Sienna Restaurant
This upscale, casual atmosphere features California cuisine with an Asian flare, along with a vibrant bar.

Restaurants with History

The Gold Rush began here in El Dorado County, so it’s no surprise you’ll find plenty of history and interesting back stories around these parts. Discover restaurants located in Gold Rush era buildings, maybe with a friendly spirit or two, along with delicious, creative, and locally sourced cuisine.

Placerville

Smith Flat House
Enjoy locally source cuisine with an Italian influence in this historic building that was formerly a hotel and toll house.

Cozmic Café
Grab a smoothie at this bohemian vegetarian restaurant located in the old Pearson Soda Works building. Be sure to head to the back to check out the old 50-foot mine shaft.

Coloma & The Divide

Sportsman’s Hall
Steak and prime rib the size of your head along with a fascinating history. Its owners also own the Diamond Springs Hotel.

Foothills

Poor Red’s
This classic roadhouse was originally a stagecoach stop from the 1950s, which Poor Red won in a game of dice in 1948. Stop by for a legendary Golden Cadillac Cocktail and learn more about the bar’s storied history

Diamond Springs Hotel
Steak and prime rib the size of your head (or the prime rib melt at lunch) coupled with storied history and the same owners as Sportsman’s Hall make this a must-visit.

Lake Tahoe

Rojo’s
This South Lake Tahoe mainstay and local treasure is in a building that dates to the 1920/30s. Rojo’s came to being in 1975. Think great BBQ (like the baby back ribs), tasty burgers, and amazing fries.

Ernie’s Coffee Shop
Personal coffee cups line the walls and shelves. The servings are filling and scrumptious. Eating here is a Tahoe experience.

Wine and Dine

Regional pride runs high in El Dorado County. With over 70 wineries here, it makes sense that many local restaurants feature these wines. Some even offer wine tastings on-site!

Placerville

Smith Flat House
A comfortable, elegant setting in a Gold Rush era historical building. You’ll find lots of local wines that complement a menu that features locally sourced products whenever possible.

Pizza Bene
Napoletana style pizza meets El Dorado County wines to make delicious pairings.

Independent Restaurant
This Placerville location features lots of local wines with its American fusion menu.

Dog-Friendly Dining

Everything about El Dorado County is dog-friendly. Including these restaurants. No need to keep your best friend at home when both of you can delight in local cuisine and ambiance at these fine establishments.

Foothills

Purple Place
This place even has a menu for the dogs and serves in dog bowls for the pooch outside.

Placerville

Sweetie Pies
This quaint Victorian restaurant in downtown Placerville offers dog-friendly outdoor seating on its front lawn.

Pizza Bene
Located on Placerville’s Main Street in front of Bell Tower, you can enjoy delicious Italian cuisine in their outdoor (and dog-friendly) area.

Main Street Melters
Indulge in their extensive menu of melty, meaty, and delicious sandwiches best enjoyed on their cool, dog-friendly, outdoor deck on Placerville’s Main Street.

Al Fresco Dining

It’s a proven fact that food tastes better when enjoyed outdoors. Get your daily dose of sunshine with your next meal at these favorite El Dorado County spots.

Placerville

Pizza Bene
Located on Placerville’s Main Street in front of Bell Tower, you can enjoy delicious Italian cuisine in their outdoor (and dog-friendly) area.

Main Street Melters
Indulge in their extensive menu of melty, meaty, and delicious sandwiches best enjoyed on their cool outdoor deck on Placerville’s Main Street.

Lake Tahoe

Beacon Bar and Grill
Enjoy delicious sandwiches with beautiful Lake Tahoe as your backdrop. The beach location is perfect for outdoor dining.

HeyDay Cafe in Placerville

Enjoy local wines and a creative menu at HeyDay Cafe in Placerville.

Local Favorites

Live like a local in El Dorado County when you visit these dear-to-our-hearts locations. You know you’re eating well when you’re in the company of longtime residents.

Placerville

The Independent Restaurant
Don’t miss this innovative twist on California cuisine that also features a full bar with super-creative (and smart!) mixologists

Cascada Restaurant
Excellent food and unmatched service. While considered a Mexican restaurant, it’s not your typical taqueria. Local favorites include Pollo Invierno and the shrimp burrito filled with tons of shrimp, along with a terrific hamburger (who would’ve guessed?).

Heyday Café
High quality, locally sourced ingredients along with masterful presentation and excellent service make this a favorite local’s choice. Be sure to try the Roasted Butternut Squash Salad, the Hey Day Salad, and the ever-popular lobster bisque. You’ll find a varied (and local) wine selection, too.

Bricks
Think creative comfort food for grown-ups in an upscale brewery ambiance. Bonus: you’ll find a full bar here.

Pizza Bene
Napoletana style pizza meets El Dorado County wines to make delicious pairings.

The Independent Restaurant
This Placerville location features lots of local wines with its American fusion menu. Be sure to try the gelato, a local favorite, which is made right at the bar (and is fun to watch!).

Foothills

Aji Japanese Bistro Restaurant
Sushi plus a whole lot more on the menu, plus very knowledgeable bartenders (who make their own cocktail mixes) equals the ideal location for you and your special someone who loves creative and esoteric cocktails and eating well.

Milestone Restaurant
If you only order one dish, make it their Brussel sprouts in truffle oil. While they are beer and wine only, they make some unique cocktails worth trying.

Heavenly Donuts
Hands down, the best donuts in the county.

Chantera
The best Thai food in El Dorado County, this family-friendly restaurant features a wide-ranging menu that will appeal to all tastes.

Beef ’N’ Brew
At this off the beaten path gem, you’ll find good old meat and potatoes, steaks, burgers, chicken, ribs, pasta, and other hearty dishes. There’s pretty much something for everyone, including a full bar.

Sky Sushi
Best modern sushi spot with a city vibe.

Papa Gianni’s Ristorante
Considered the best Italian on the west slope. Pro tip: don’t miss the Pasta Ala Vodka, their house dressing, and their bread.

36 Handles
Think beer, beer, and more beer. The selection is off the hook. Don’t miss their Mac & Cheese, which is regularly described as ‘oh so yummy.’

Zia’s
The best Gelato in town. It’s better than ice cream.

Poor Red’s
Don’t miss this longtime local’s favorite that reopened in 2016 after a renovation. A former stagecoach stop turned popular roadhouse, Poor Red’s is known for its ribs, steaks, chicken, burgers, and sandwiches, and its signature Golden Cadillac Cocktail.

Ruffhaus Hot Dogs
This ‘Man Cave’ restaurant epitomizes manliness with its messy food, bar, and cramped room with a bunch of those man cave type things on the walls. They are not messing around when it comes to their meats. Don’t miss their Bahn Mi Dog.

Lake Tahoe

Izzy’s Burger Spa
Affectionately referred to as Burger Heaven, this place boasts the best cheeseburgers in South Lake Tahoe.

Meyer’s Downtown Café
It’s filled with locals and laughs. The food is amazing and reasonably priced, and breakfast lovers will appreciate that they serve breakfast all day long. But don’t forget to try their lunch menu – you won’t be disappointed!

Nikki’s Chaat Café
You’ll find tasty and affordable Indian food at this spot in South Lake Tahoe. Their lunch buffet is worth checking out.

Sprouts Natural Food Café
This busy lunch spot in South Lake Tahoe is popular with the health-food set, but don’t let that stop you. It boasts organic and fresh food, fabulous sandwiches, and friendly servers. Insider tip: try the couscous burro.