Northstar's Culinary Delights: Restaurant Reviews and Recommendations

Northstar's Culinary Delights: Restaurant Reviews and Recommendations

Northstar, California, a Vail Resort, is a mountainside resort community in the Sierra Nevada. It's a slice of paradise for those who dream of owning a home where the air is crisp and the scenery is breathtaking. The variety of properties offers privacy and peace combined with the vibrant pulse of mountain living in The Village at Northstar.

With comprehensive HOA services ensuring every need is met, residents can focus on what truly matters: making memories in their luxury homes, many with ski-in, ski-out access. Even with most residents living here part-time, the community has a welcoming atmosphere that's hard to find elsewhere. Let's look at the restaurants that define Northstar, making it an irresistibly delicious place to call home.


The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe, 13031 Ritz Carlton Highlands Ct, Truckee

Manzanita marries rustic charm with elegant finesse, offering guests an intimate dining experience that captures the essence of mountain cuisine. Central to its allure is the chef's table, a coveted spot where diners can witness the magic of meal preparation in the open kitchen. The menu draws inspiration from the Pacific Northwest and incorporates subtle Mexican influences that surprise and delight.

At Manzanita, the focus on locally sourced ingredients provides freshness and quality evident in every dish. Manzanita also prides itself on its carefully curated selection of craft cocktails and award-winning wines, each chosen to complement the restaurant's distinctive fare.

Petra Restaurant & Wine Bar

Village at Northstar, across from Compass and next to Burton

Petra Restaurant & Wine Bar is a full-scale dining destination with a menu exploring the depths of progressive Mediterranean cuisine. Each dish is thoughtfully designed to align with the restaurant's wine program, ensuring a harmonious pairing that elevates the dining experience. The locally sourced tapas menu invites diners on a flavorful journey through small, shared plates.

Wine enthusiasts will be particularly drawn to the wine flights available, which offer a curated exploration of varietals and blends that showcase the breadth of the restaurant's cellar. Adding to its charm is an outdoor fire pit, which creates an inviting atmosphere where guests can unwind and savor their meals under the starlit mountain sky.

At the core of Petra Restaurant & Wine Bar is a palpable love and passion for food and wine, a driving force that resonates throughout the establishment. This dedication is further exemplified by the professional wine service offered by Chris Barkman, a Certified Sommelier by the Court of Master Sommeliers. Barkman's expertise is not only a boon for guests looking to curate their personal wine collections with professional guidance.

Rubicon Pizza

In the Village at Northstar across from Ice Rink

Rubicon Pizza offers a contemporary take on Italian cuisine, creating a relaxed dining atmosphere. This restaurant has quickly become a favorite, specializing in gourmet pizza and pasta. The pizza has a four-cheese blend, incorporating mozzarella, provolone, fontina, and parmesan, delivering a rich and nuanced flavor profile. For pasta options, the menu features standout dishes like the chef's signature spaghetti Bolognese and freshly made ravioli, each crafted with a focus on depth of flavor and quality of ingredients.

The venue boasts a large children's menu, ensuring that even the youngest diners have a variety of options to choose from. Complementing its food offerings, Rubicon Pizza also serves a selection of beer and wine, carefully selected to pair well with the bold Italian flavors featured on the menu. The commitment to excellence at Rubicon Pizza is evident in its insistence on using premium ingredients, including organic and locally sourced produce, to ensure that every dish not only tastes great but also supports the local community and environment.

Zephyr Lodge

On Mountain Dining for Skiers and Boarders

Perched at the pinnacle of Tahoe Zephyr Express, Zephyr Lodge offers a dining experience that is as thrilling as it is satisfying. Accessible via the chairlift or by navigating Lookout Road from the top of Mt. Pluto, this destination rewards its visitors with more than just a meal. The lodge's architecture, featuring floor-to-ceiling windows, invites the outside in, allowing guests to dine amidst the unparalleled beauty of the Sierra Nevada Crest. The outdoor seating option further enhances this immersive experience, providing diners with breathtaking views that stretch across the horizon.

Zephyr Lodge's menu is a testament to culinary innovation, offering Asian Fusion selections that promise a flavorful journey. The inspired bowls, in particular, have garnered acclaim. Each is carefully crafted to deliver a harmonious blend of tastes and textures that reflect the lodge's adventurous spirit.

Inclined Burgers and Brew

In the Village located at Ski Beach, near the Gondola

Inclined Burgers and Brew is a cornerstone in Truckee for those pursuing high-quality, casual dining. Emphasizing the use of only the finest ingredients, this establishment ensures that every bite of its breakfast and lunch offerings is a cut above the standard fare. The venue caters to all seasons and preferences, featuring cozy indoor dining and an outdoor dining experience on a full-sun patio, perfect for soaking up the vibrant atmosphere of Northstar.

Understanding the fast-paced nature of its clientele's lifestyles, Inclined Burgers and Brew has streamlined an expedited take-out program. This service is designed for efficiency, enabling guests to enjoy their favorite meals without delay, whether heading to the slopes or looking for a quick, delicious meal at home. Additionally, catering services are available, bringing the same quality and flavor in the restaurant to larger gatherings and events.

Bourbon Pub

In the Village Across from Big Springs Gondola

Bourbon Pub, from the culinary genius of Chef Michael Mina, brings a slice of San Francisco Bay Area sophistication to the Sierra landscape. This concept, successful and celebrated in its original location, has been thoughtfully transplanted to cater to the discerning tastes of those in the Village. Bourbon Pub is committed to showcasing the finest local ingredients, a principle that elevates the dining experience to new heights.

Guests can indulge in upscale pub fare that defies expectations, with standout dishes like steak frites and a tenderly braised lamb shank that melt in your mouth. Each dish is crafted with precision, ensuring that familiar flavors are presented with an innovative twist. The commitment to culinary excellence extends to the dessert menu, where decadence takes center stage. Cinnamon cocoa beignets and an apple cranberry cobbler are just a sample of the sweet finales that await, promising a perfect end to any meal.

Discover the taste of mountain luxury

Northstar resonates with the warmth of the community and the luxury of mountain living. Connect with Samantha Swigard and her local real estate team to make this dream a reality. Boasting 25 years of experience, with 80% of her clientele coming through repeat business or referrals, Samantha's deep-rooted connection to the area enhances her ability to find the perfect match for each client. Her family's longstanding presence in the region underscores her deep love for the community and her commitment to ensuring her clients find their ideal Northstar home or vacation property.

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