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822 Emerald Bay Rd, South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150
06:00 - 17:00
Closed now
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Sun - Sat 06:00 - 17:00
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15 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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 4 weeks ago

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

Thank allan1818
Austin, Texas
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10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 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 19 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 7 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 

Thank Gerry D
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19 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 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 

Thank LiveLaffTravel
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61 reviews
50 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
Franklin, Massachusetts
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290 reviews
124 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 307 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 June 2016

Early Saturday morning and service was super slow and disorganized. About 10 customers in the whole place and all seemed to be waiting for food or coffee. Our two bagels came out one at a time and my husband’s was barely toasted. Only half & half set out at the coffee station. When I asked if it’s possible to get... More 

Thank NekoCat
Cookeville, Tennessee
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29 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 May 2016 via mobile

Cute little alpine coffee house . We got the dark roast coffee with two shots of espresso . So good! My husbands cinnamon roll was delicious but my scone was a little hard. I like me scones softer and fluffier.

Thank Sealcheri
South Lake Tahoe, California
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45 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 April 2016

Since the ownership change late last year, Alpina Cafe has made leaps and bounds in the quality of their food offerings. They put their hearts into making everything delicious and yummy. They serve chili in the morning!! Their sunrise sammies are great. They believe in sustainability - check their to-go packing. Crowded often. Worth waiting - call ahead for pick-up.... More 

Thank AlohafromOahu

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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
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?