Pictures of Food From Traci Des Jardins's Manzanita Restaurant in Lake Tahoe

For Unprecedented Fine Dining in Lake Tahoe, Head to Manzanita

Pictures of Food From Traci Des Jardins's Manzanita Restaurant in Lake Tahoe

Although Lake Tahoe is a major destination for Bay Area denizens, I don't find myself there very often. Nonetheless, I'd been closely following the new Ritz-Carlton Highlands, a luxury hotel in North Lake Tahoe that opened late last year after five long years of planning and development.

I was invited to the lodge to check out the brand-new property, and while there, I had the chance to check out Manzanita, San Francisco chef Traci Des Jardins's first signature restaurant outside of San Francisco. The restaurant has been open for less than a year, but it's already set the standard for upscale dining in Lake Tahoe.

Although Manzanita's breathtaking view may be its biggest selling point, its rustic California cuisine is a close contender, too. See what's on the menu there when you keep reading.

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