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Cafe Alpina

822 Emerald Bay Rd, South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150
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  • Excellent63%
  • Very good26%
  • Average7%
  • Poor0%
  • Terrible4%
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822 Emerald Bay Rd, South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is a great place to relax. Big choice of different coffees. Tasty salad and friendly staff. I'll be back next year.

Thank alsogehtdoch
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Alpina came under new ownership last year, and has really improved all the way around. The new owner is a chef and has expanded the menu to include lunch, and they now stay open until 5pm. They just got a beer and wine license too....More

Thank Kim V
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We come here every time we are in South Lake Tahoe. I had the strawberry bread with lemon glaze, and it was declines! My husband had the breakfast burrito. He asked for extra salsa but was told "there is salsa inside." The coffee is very...More

Thank Anaundda E
Reviewed 9 July 2017

This is a very small, snuggly, warm, inviting cafe with inside and outside seating. Help yourself to the specialty coffee that is on the honor system. This cafe/bakery offers up some really tasty treats. The breakfast burrito was huge and good and I split it...More

Thank LindaSPage
Reviewed 8 July 2017 via mobile

Stopped on our way out of South Lake Tahoe for coffee and breakfast. Very cute and cozy. Clean and small but seating inside and out. We sat outside in the garden area at a little table. Nice views and comfortable. Very nice and food was...More

Thank sharoncatania2015
Reviewed 6 July 2017 via mobile

Found this gem while on vacation. Coffee is really good, great flavor and strong but not at all bitter. Tried the brownies for a sweet treat. We bought two to share with the 4 of us... then discovered we didn't really want to share!

Thank Kimberly D
Reviewed 26 April 2017

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...More

Thank Coast2CoastSolo
Reviewed 11 April 2017

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
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
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
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating
Good for
Open Hours
06:00 - 19:00
06:00 - 19:00
06:00 - 19:00
06:00 - 19:00
06:00 - 19:00
06:00 - 19:00
06:00 - 19:00
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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