Minden Food Guide: 10 Must-Eat Restaurants & Street Food Stalls in Minden

April 14, 2018 Diedre Savory

Minden is an unincorporated town in Douglas County, Nevada, United States. The population was 3,001 at the 2010 census. It is the county seat of Douglas County and is adjacent to the town of Gardnerville. It was founded in 1906 by Heinrich Friedrich Dangberg Jr., who named it after the town of Minden, in the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia, which was near his father's birthplace. A large share of the first settlers were Germans. Minden was founded on company land of the Dangberg Home Ranch and Dangberg commissioned most of the town's early buildings. Minden has had a post office since 1906.
Things to do in Minden

1. Starbucks

1734 US Highway 395 N, Minden, NV 89423-4700 Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Takeout, Outdoor Seating Cafe, Fast Food Breakfast, Dinner +1 775-783-9348
Excellent
35%
Good
40%
Satisfactory
15%
Poor
10%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 20 reviews

Starbucks

Reviewed By Expattraveler100 - Atlanta USA

Great smell when you walk in the door but that's about it - tricky to get to as well - confusing which exit to take off main road.furniture is a bit icky and old. Other than that it's standard Starbucks stuff

2. JT Bar & Dining Room

1426 US Highway 395 N, Gardnerville, NV 89410-5209 Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Reservations Lunch, Dinner +1 775-782-2074
Excellent
64%
Good
29%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
1%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 210 reviews

JT Bar & Dining Room

Reviewed By FiveBigBlueLakes - Lexington, South Carolina

Read the "EXCELLENT" review, there is nothing more I can say. This is my 2nd trip and review here and my opinion is the same as it was on November 17, 2016. Just passing on this hint: They open at 5pm for dinner, be there at 5 on busy nights (Thursday, Friday and Saturday) if you don't want to wait too long, tables are first come, first serve, they only take reservations for large groups, however you can really enjoy the bar / waiting area while you wait. The second hint is that this place is located in an absolutely charming and fun little valley town. Make an afternoon/evening out of it and park and walk around Gardnerville, take in some shops, places of interested, get into the local culture and be a part of Nevada's rich and amazing history. Trust me on this....

3. Minden Meat and Deli

1595 US Highway 395 N, Minden, NV 89423-4101 Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol American, Delicatessen, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Drinks +1 775-783-9999
Excellent
54%
Good
36%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
2%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 102 reviews

Minden Meat and Deli

Reviewed By Stacy F - Virginia City, Nevada

Some friends and I ate here spur of the moment a few weeks ago and were pleasantly surprised.
My burger was huge, cooked just right and delicous. The other 3 ordered sandwiches and all said they were very good.
My only complaint was it took quite a long time (20-25 minutes) to get our food and it wasn't very busy when we arrived. By the time we left, it was packed, I can only imagine how long those customers had to wait!

4. Nevada Joe Coffee On Main

1572 US Highway 395 N, Minden, NV 89423-4145 Breakfast +1 775-782-8090
Excellent
70%
Good
20%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 10 reviews

Reviewed By FSCBosses - Idaho

The cute place caught our eye; easy to get off and on the main street of Minden. Excellent coffee and coffee drinks, and the goodies looked tasty!

5. Cowboys Cafe

1679 US Highway 395 N, Ste A, Minden, NV 89423-4317 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible American, Cafe Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch +1 775-782-8800
Excellent
62%
Good
30%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
1%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 109 reviews

Cowboys Cafe

Reviewed By juanita_v - Woodland, California

Ordered the corned beef hash and for the first time ever was asked if I would like it crispy! Yeah. It made my plate greasy compared to the other breakfasts on the table, so be advised. The home fries are a lot less greasy than the hash browns.

We loved the artwork and cowboy artifacts. This place specializes in comfort food and plenty of it. I saw the most wonderful chef salad at a neighboring table. Maybe next time?

6. 88 Cups Coffee & Tea

1663 Lucerne St, Ste B, Minden, NV 89423-4370 American, Cafe, Healthy SGD 5 - SGD 10 +1 775-783-0688
Excellent
84%
Good
0%
Satisfactory
16%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 6 reviews

88 Cups Coffee & Tea

Hidden Find locals coffee shop & brunch. Live music & entertainment on weekends, special events, community events, beer & wine. Worth the drive to enjoy a tasty drink with friendly ambience & free Wi-Fi! Great food at a good price, always fresh, & special requests are welcomed.

Reviewed By GingerSnap728 - Gardnerville, Nevada

NOT a Starbucks. Much better. Great food and friendly owner and staff. Very relaxed and comfortable. Feels like a local hangout insteadd of a cookie-cutter "trendy" place. Love the egg croissant sandwich (always served with fresh fruit) and the Chai.

7. CV Steak House

1627 US Highway 395 N, Minden, NV 89423-4301 Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar American, Steakhouse, Gluten Free Options Dinner +1 775-783-6650
Excellent
61%
Good
28%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
3%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 130 reviews

CV Steak House

Reviewed By Ray W - Scottsdale, Arizona

As usual we vacation at the Carson Valley Inn. This year, July-August we stayed for nine nights. We ate at the CV Steak Restaurant eight nights. Every meal was outstanding, except the chicken marsala which was not good, the manager took the meal off the bill. All other meals were outstanding. One night I had the special which was one lamb chop, small filet and pork tenderloin. Oh my what a great dinner. Of course all meals come with salad, great bread, potato and vegetables. Every other night I had the halibut. I always thought how could I get good halibut in Minden, oh was I wrong. There is a high end fish restaurant near where we live and their halibut could not compare with the CV halibut. The serving was much larger, better tasting and of course less expensive. The restaurant near us charges more just for a piece of halibut that comes with nothing except the plate. My wife had the lamb chops which were outstanding. She had the shrimp cocktail which again was better that the seafood restaurant near us. The dining area is very nice and quiet and you do not smell any smoke from the casino or hear any noise. In the same general area is a small bar which is great because it is non smoking. Of course the bar comes with video poker. The management should be very proud of their restaurant. For food and service it equals any restaurant in Scottsdale, Arizona. The manager Jeanine, not sure of spelling, was outstanding and always greeted us with a smile and welcomed us back. If you stay at the Carson Valley Inn this is a must place for dinner.

8. Julio's Restaurant

1328 US Highway 395 N, Suite 303, Gardnerville, NV 89410-7399 Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Takeout American, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options Lunch, Dinner +1 775-783-8232
Excellent
73%
Good
21%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 51 reviews

Julio's Restaurant

Reviewed By SuperRVer

First dining experience, a 93rd birthday dinner for my husband. From greetings at the entrance all the way through a delicious dinner, the service was attentive. Filet mignon medium rare melting in your mouth. Ribeye medium rare to die for. An excellent bottle of wine to accompany. Green salad and Ceasar's salad filled the entire plate. Nothing skimpy here. An unusual shrimp appetizer had my husband scooping up the sauce as well.

Most dinners just under $30 and well worth it. This fine restaurant, though relatively small in size, is very big on gracious, excellent dining. Julio is the chef and he is a "chef." Entrees cooked to perfection and beautifully presented.

Though reservations are a good idea, while we were there a party of 8 without a reservation was quickly accommodated as the staff took only a few minutes to rearrange tables and chairs like a finely tuned staff should do. Visitors enjoying fine dining at reasonable cost.

Located just off 395 and Waterloo in Gardnerville, NV on the west side behind the ARCO gas station in a small strip mall. Lots of parking. Easy to find. Try it.

9. Katie's Country Kitchen

1627 US Highway 395 N, Minden, NV 89423-4301 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol American, Vegetarian Friendly Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night +1 775-783-6663
Excellent
40%
Good
37%
Satisfactory
17%
Poor
5%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 216 reviews

Katie's Country Kitchen

Reviewed By wewannagoagain - Montana

The food served in Katie's is very good, but the service can be very slow, even when it is not busy. We waited over 20 minutes for our food when only 5 tables were occupied, and when it came it was cold. Subsequent visits had the same slow service, but the food was very good and hot.

10. Thai Jasmine

1328 US Highway 395 N Ste 204, Gardnerville, NV 89410-7367 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Reservations Asian, Thai Lunch, Dinner
Excellent
67%
Good
29%
Satisfactory
2%
Poor
0%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 68 reviews

Thai Jasmine

Reviewed By PHILLIP J - GARDNERVILLE

The food has been consistently good as well as the service being on point each time. Goff and his wife do an awesome job bringing Thai food to the Carson Valley.

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