What to Eat at Des Jardins’ Manzanita, Opening Today in Tahoe

Photo: Courtesy Manzanita

Hungry Tahoe denizens and visitors can rejoice today: Traci Des Jardins’ long-awaited Manzanita is finally open in the new Ritz Carlton Highlands. Just in time for ski season, the new restaurant in the new hotel serves high-end American food that Des Jardins has described as “the kind of food you want to eat after a day of exertion.” Jardiniere chef de cuisine Reylon Agustin is heading the kitchen at Manzanita after her pork-belly sliders with pepper preserve and Meyer lemon aioli won best dish at the 24th annual Lake Tahoe Autumn Food & Wine Festival. Check out the dinner menu below, and the rest of the menus here. We’d suggest praying for snow, but that doesn’t seem to be in short supply this year.

Soup, Salads and Starters

Oysters on the Half Shell,
Champagne Mignonette and Fresh Horseradish AQ

Foie Gras Terrine,
Quince Chutney, Marcona Almonds and Sauterne Gelee

TDJ’s Warm Bread Salad,
Baby Artichokes and Crescenza Cheese

Smoked Salmon Carpaccio,
Lucques Olives, Meyer Lemon and Herb Salad

Little Gem Lettuces,
Roasted Chioggia Beets, Chevre and Winter Citrus

Soup of the Day

Pizza of the Day AQ

Maine Diver Scallops,
Potato Mousseline and Black Truffle Nage

Braised Pork Belly,
Butternut Squash, Celery Root Puree and Fried Sage

Housemade Gnocchi,
Wild Mushrooms, Pancetta and Parmigiano-Reggiano

Prince Edward Island Mussels,
Fennel, Saffron Aioli and Pommes Pailles

Sides: Mac-n-Cheese / Pommes Frites / Seasonal Vegetables


Steelhead Salmon,
Celery Root, Roasted Chioggia Beets and Mustard Greens

Red Wine Braised Shortribs,
Horseradish Potato Puree and Herb Salad

Alaskan Halibut,
Braised Salsify, Cippolini Onions and Swiss Chard, Truffle-Onion Jus

Moroccan Tagine,
Cous Cous, Chickpeas and Dried Apricots, Cumin-Scented Pinenuts

Pork Chops,
Brussel Sprouts, Crushed Potatoes and Whole Grain Mustard Jus

Five Dot Ranch Ribeye,
Potato Gratin, Braised Greens and Sauce Bordelaise

Rotisserie Bird AQ

Sides: Mac-n-Cheese / Pommes Frites / Seasonal Vegetables


Apple Tarte Tatin,
Crème Fraîche Ice Cream
(prepared for 2)

Warm Bread Pudding,
Kumquat Marmalade and Bourbon Crème Anglaise

Butternut Squash Souffle,
Marscarpone and Brown Sugar Ice Cream

Chocolate Lava Cake,
Champagne-Passion Fruit Sorbet

Manzanita, 13031 Ritz-Carlton Highlands Court, Truckee 530-562-3000

What to Eat at Des Jardins’ Manzanita, Opening Today in Tahoe