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822 Emerald Bay Rd, South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150
06:00 - 17:00
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78 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We first visited to grab a cup of coffee before heading out to the lake. This little coffee shop became a daily stop while we were in Tahoe. The coffee is great, staff is friendly and my Mom loved the bread pudding cupcake. The breakfast food looked great but we ran out of time. Cozy place to hang out and... More 

Thank WestCoastSoloTravels
Turlock, California
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Such a fun place to go for coffee and sweets or a wonderfully good soup. Staff is so friendly. Great place to go and relax.

Thank dcmfreeindeed
Baltimore, Maryland
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355 reviews
176 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 189 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 March 2017

Where the locals come to get their coffee! Which was very good and had good breakfast food too! Good value. Cute inside and had free wifi if you wanted to or needed to sit and work.

Thank travelreimagined_jen
San Francisco, California
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18 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 February 2017

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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9 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 February 2017

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
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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38 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
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
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
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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82 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
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

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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, Lunch, 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
  • Phone Number: 530-541-7449

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