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822 Emerald Bay Rd, South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150
06:00 - 17:00
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San Francisco, California
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18 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Great stop for breakfast while in South Lake Tahoe. The coffee is terrific, and the breakfast sandwiches are tasty. My only wish is that they toasted the bagels more... mine was warm and soggy, not hot and crispy.

Thank Tom S
Los Angeles, California
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8 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Been going for years, super friendly, coffee is very good (trust me I'm picky), great roasted beans but let me tell you, last time I was there, waffles were a-m-a-z-i-n-g! If driving by, worth the stop and say hi to Roscoe (ask the folks at counter).

Thank rko2013
Tucson, Arizona, United States
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47 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 January 2017 via mobile

We were driving around Lake Tahoe while at a convention in Reno, and stopped in to this little place. It's cute! Great coffee, delicious pastries, I loved the banana bread! Yum!! There is a cute dog that apparently loves to say hi to everyone, but wouldn't come near us. Bummer! It was cold and snowy the day we visited and... More 

Thank Shannon M
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29 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 November 2016

Went to this cafe three times on my visit to Lake Tahoe, the coffee and tea was great (I am a Brit and find it hard to come by places that serve good tea abroad but this place did!), and the home made pumpkin bread and ginger bread was delicious. Staff were friendly and service was fast. Great place to... More 

Thank elspethmcneil
Redwood City, California
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62 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 November 2016

good coffee nice food sandwiches pie cookie latte tea internet access smoothies restful place quiet desserts

Thank allan1818
Austin, Texas
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12 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 October 2016

We stumbled upon Cafe Alpina on our first morning in Lake Tahoe and we went back every morning until we left! My daughter loved the caramel latte. I just loved the coffee and the atmosphere. I have Celiac and they had a wonderful gluten free bar called the "Everything Bar". It was delicious. To be savored! (I want the recipe!!!)... More 

Thank Milaka F
Wilmington, Delaware
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77 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 October 2016 via mobile

This small coffee house is located at the edge of South Lake Tahoe, decoration is wooden like most of the area. Calm atmosphere and very good food. Right choice for a light lunch stop.

Thank RafaeloA
Las Vegas, Nevada
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13 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 August 2016

Ordered food and shakes for myself, my wife and daughter, the staff are friendly and the shakes were OK, however after 30minutes wait for 3 sandwiches which showed no sign of appearing I ventured to using the restroom which my wife had already said "it needs seeing to be believed", NO SOAP, NO HAND TOWELS, NO TOILET PAPER!! AND IT... More 

1 Thank Gerry D
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19 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 August 2016 via mobile

Excellent! As locals we come here often and love the changes the new owner has made. The garden is beautiful and a cozy place to sit and relax. Food is excellent! Love the sandwiches - my boys' favorite has to be the Mama Mia meatball and mine is the Turkey Brie. The drinks and sodas are awesome. Definitely a favorite... More 

1 Thank LiveLaffTravel
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63 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 August 2016 via mobile

Don't come to Cafe Alpina if you're in a hurry because you will not have a good experience. You'll be frustrated by all the things that I found really enjoyable about stopping by after renting bikes nearby for a few hours. The atmosphere is relaxed, the service is relaxed and the banana pecan waffle will relax you into a food... More 

Thank Robin B

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Cafe, American
Breakfast, Brunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating
Good for
Cheap Eats, Child-friendly
Open Hours
06:00 - 17:00
06:00 - 17:00
06:00 - 17:00
06:00 - 17:00
06:00 - 17:00
06:00 - 17:00
06:00 - 17:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 822 Emerald Bay Rd, South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Lake Tahoe (California)  >  South Lake Tahoe

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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?