Roughly three decades ago, my parents Matt Adams and Debbie Macrorie set out to follow a vision. In lieu of fancy business degrees, they brought passion and a love for the area, and devoted long hours, sleepless nights, and a whatever-it-takes attitude to create the Christy Hill Restaurant. Opened in Squaw Valley in 1980, the restaurant has been around for five more days than I am old. I am honored to have the opportunity to express my gratitude for Christy Hill and all that it represents. To my parents, thank you for showing me the power which lies in the passion for life. To all of our employees, please know your friendship, dedication, and trust over the years are values which would serve our society well if everyone practiced them.

Flash forward 28 years and Christy Hill, like a nice bottle of wine, continues to get better with age. Now perched above the north shore of Lake Tahoe, the restaurant has one of the lake’s best views. Breathtaking sunsets, alpenglow, and moonlight serve as the backdrop and perfect ambience for the award-winning cuisine of executive chef Claudio Mejia.

The restaurant, which moved to Tahoe City in 1988, offers patrons a dynamic menu featuring French-influenced California cuisine with a dollop of Latin flare. House specialties – such as the Anaheim chili relleno appetizer stuffed with house smoked chicken and Sonoma pepper jack cheese, and the Painted Hills organic filet mignon entrée served with a cabernet demi glace – display the menu’s diversity and have helped to keep guests coming back year after year.

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Christy Hill has been featured in the L.A. Times, S.F. Chronicle, Boston Globe, Wall Street Journal, and Bon Appétit for its outstanding food and wine. Owner Debbie Macrorie says, ‘The big city and national recognitions have served as nice notches of accomplishment on our belt. When we moved to this location we saw an incredible opportunity to distinguish ourselves and make Christy Hill special by pairing extraordinary food with a world-class view. This has been a successful recipe for us over the years, and has kept people coming back.’

As summer approaches, Christy Hill is a must for both locals and tourists alike. The views from the restaurant’s newly remolded outdoor dining area are absolutely breathtaking. Hanging flower beds maintained by Wolf Property Maintenance & Landscape line the perimeter of the deck, adding both color and fragrance to the already stunning scenery. The lake view is framed by the towering peaks of Mount Tallac and the Heavenly Ski Resort, both visible from nearly every seat in the restaurant. Guests have access to a nearby pier where they can tie their boats up and make the short walk up to the restaurant perched on the hill above. Heat lamps radiate warmth throughout the outdoor dining area, and servers will even bring a soft fleece blanket to wrap up in for extra warmth. Macrorie says, ‘Our outdoor dining is the perfect spot for a memorable dinner or planned special event where guests can buy out the space on a full or partial basis. We do a lot of private parties for wedding rehearsals, birthdays, and other special events. The setting we have here adds the exclamation point to the occasion, and makes for an unforgettable memory.’

For the once-in-a-lifetime experience, make your reservation now for the Fourth of July. The Tahoe City fireworks show is conducted from a floating barge literally a stone’s throw from the deck of the restaurant, providing a truly unrivaled view of the fireworks. Long-time patrons have made this an annual event, and typically make their reservations for the next year before their dinners are even over.

As the days get longer and nights a little warmer, it appears that summer is definitely here. Christy Hill, like so many of the other wonderful restaurants located in Tahoe City, is offering some great promotions to help revitalize the local economy, such as . During slack, they are offering Happy Hour (1/2 price) between 5:30 and 9:00 p.m. on the café menu (different from the dinner menu) exclusive in the upstairs bar area. They also accept the Dining for Schools card. Between the stunning views and enticing deals, there has never been a better time to go to Christy Hill.

~ Christy Hill restaurant is located on the lake in Tahoe City at 115 Grove Street (Behind Dave’s Ski Shop) and serves dinner Tuesday through Sunday from 5:30 to 9 p.m. For reservations call 530-583-8551.

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