Jake's on the Lake
Jake's on the Lake
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Jake's on the Lake

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.jakestahoe.com/
  • Phone: (530) 583-0188
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch Daily: 11:30-3:30 Dinner Nightly: 5:00-9:00 Special Events: Alpenglow Dinners: Daily 5:00-6:00 3 course dinner for $29 Late Night Happy Hour: Sun.-Thurs. 9:00pm-11:00pm **Happy Hour and Alpenglow Dinner offers are seasonal, holiday periods excluded.**
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Steak, Seafood, Californian
  • Executive Chef: Scott Yorkey
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Jake's on the Lake offers party platters to-go featuring appetizers from our menu. Off-site catering is also available for your private party needs. Please contact us for availability.
  • Private Party Facilities: Jake's on the Lake offers two dining rooms available for private parties. The lakeroom provides seating for up to 55 guests and a spectacular view of Lake Tahoe. The fireplace room provides an intimate atmosphere for your party of up to 35 guests.
  • Private Party Contact: Danielle McCord 5305830188
  • Entertainment: Jake's on the Lake offers live music every Friday night (and Saturdays during peak seasons).

Getting there

  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Located in the Boatworks Mall, Jake's on the Lake has plenty of parking.
A word from Jake's on the Lake
Since 1978, Jake's on the Lake has embodied a carefree Tahoe spirit in a "Classic Waterfront Grill" offering superb service, a friendly and casual atmosphere and the finest and freshest food. Located on the waterfront in the heart of Tahoe City, Jake's boasts sweeping views of Lake Tahoe's crystalline water and stunning mountain vistas. The restaurant's classic waterfront grill menu showcases Californian Cuisine with infused flavors, innovative ingredients and exciting presentations. The menu features an impressive selection of fresh fish and seafood including exotic Hawaiian fish, shellfish, and steaks. In addition, Jake's seafood bar is a popular favorite with locals and visitors alike. Overlooking the largest marina on the northwest shore of Lake Tahoe, Jake's is in the center of Tahoe's summer activities and just minutes away from winter skiing at Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows. Please feel free to contact us if you are having difficulty making an online reservation.
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Jake's on the Lake reviews from OpenTable diners
  • Fab 50 celebration!
    KSHR
    Dined on 10/12/2013
    From beginning to end, the experience at this restaurant was top notch. Our server bent over backwards to accommodate us, and the food was an absolute taste sensation! All of our guests raved about how great everything was. Our only disappointment was that we called well ahead of time and said that we wanted a table with a window view of the lake. our reservation was for 5:30 (pretty early!) but we got a very "partial view", set back into the restaurant. We got over it, and the food certainly is enough to draw people in, but this celebration was for my husband's 50th birthday, and I truly wished we could have had a table with a full lake view (as they did exist).
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Enjoyable lunch
    MinBit
    Dined on 9/21/2013
    Had not been there in almost 20 years. Service, food, ambience still delivers today.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, romantic, scenic view, hot spot, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • avoid the salads
    lilypetals
    Dined on 9/18/2013
    great starter of pork cheeks/polenta, terrific halibut special of the night; Brooke is a great waiter--both personable and professional. Quinoa kale salad soggily disappointing, as was the Cesaer--uninspired. Location, location and location is what Jake's is all about.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great dining experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 9/11/2013
    Food was very good and almost excellent and as I am very hard to please I would definitely recommend this restaurant! The service was impeccable!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome sport in beautiful setting!
    LBStLouisVIP
    Dined on 9/7/2013
    Amazing food, beautifully prepared and presented. Noting beat the service. Our wait staff was so exceptional. Our favorite restaurant of our entire honeymoon!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great views of Lake Tahoe
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 9/6/2013
    Great views of Lake Tahoe - summer is great for sitting outside on the deck, even closer to the water. Great happy hour bar menu with very reasonably priced quality items (Filet Bites are a favorite). Very good wine and beer selection. Pretty easy parking once you get down toward the building. The bar area is good for up to 4 people to sit together - more than that becomes a challenge. The traditional seating is great, and very quiet. Very enjoyable every time we go there.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • One of a dozen best-deck dining
    CLfromCC
    Dined on 8/31/2013
    One of a dozen best-deck dining options at Lake Tahoe. Menu changes seasonally; the beet-heirloom tomato tart was a work of art! Menu choices decided us on Jake's over several other options...food was great. Lighting on the deck could have been better after sundown; I know we're not young, but even the under-40-somethings were having to peer at the checks to see what to tip!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great views, excellent food
    TBADGER
    Dined on 8/27/2013
    Great views of LakeTahoe. Better than expected food for a "tourist " restuarant. Very fresh fish (trout and halibut), prepared well with subtle sauces. Hula Pie for desert is to die for, but one piece could satisfy 3-4 people. Prices pretty expensive but typical for Tahoe. Definitely worth trying for lunch or dinner.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, notable wine list, kid-friendly, scenic view, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 7 for lunch
    Jill
    Dined on 8/21/2013
    Had a nice lunch. We were at an outside table, but it started to rain prior to our getting our food, and they had a large table ready for us inside. Very good service.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great food, great value, excellent
    mag1113VIP
    Dined on 8/15/2013
    great food, great value, excellent service! Drop dead ambiance.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • It's all about the view - food too
    PVjen
    Dined on 8/13/2013
    Jake's is a Tahoe City staple. It's lakeside location provides constant diversion and the opportunity for al fresco dining. The food is consistently good and the presentation imaginative. The menu is extensive offering something for every palate. Staff are attentive and energetic and anxious to please.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion, kid-friendly
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Food, Great View
    AnPann
    Dined on 8/12/2013
    Jake's has great food and excellent atmosphere and view.The service is inconsistent from one visit to the next. This time it was great maybe because it was a Monday. I had the center cut filet. The sauce was excellent. My wife and daughter shared the torn eau (spelling??) steak which they liked. Also had the pork appetizer ( 2 pieces) .. would have liked to have more.. Dinner roll was nice and warm. Kids menu is limited and not good for my 11 year old daughter who is too old for a cheese burger but too young for a main dish.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Disappointed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 8/10/2013
    Service was slow, we didn't receive bread until we asked for it, and the chowder was lukewarm.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Awesome
    Tahoefun
    Dined on 8/8/2013
    Awesome view of the lake and mountains. Food and drinks were great and the prices reasonable.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dinner on the Deck
    renocyclist
    Dined on 8/7/2013
    Our reservation was for 6pm, so with a table on the deck, we had views of the sail boats leisurely traversing the lake, later joined with the sunset over the western ridge. It was unseasonably cool, but the outdoor heaters took the edge off the evening chill. We started with clam chowder soup. The soup was tasty with potatoes and of course clams. The soup was good but frankly a bit unremarkable. Three in our party had the Trout. Now that was an amazing dish. The fish was well prepared with a crispy snap, and moist delicious meat. Combined with the shrimp & crab, crab cakes, what a great accompaniment. My wife had the short ribs. How can you go wrong with short ribs, they were nothing short of amazing.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, great for lunch, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The service staff seem too
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 8/5/2013
    The service staff seem too young to handle the etiquette of good service. With a reservation, it took 3 different people countermanding each other to get seated on the deck and this was lunch. I can't imagine how much confusion there is at dinner. The food was marginal and my husband's salad was the size of a side salad for $16.We won't be going back to Jake's.
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  • Very disappointing
    like2eat
    Dined on 8/4/2013
    For $30+ per entrée, the dinner was very disappointing. The trout was overcooked and the summer squash veggies were limp and lukewarm. The steak was OK - but the garlic mashed potatoes were also lukewarm and flavorless. Everything was bland - salt was a necessity on every item, just to get some flavor. If just one of the 4 meals had been blah, we would have just said "bad menu choice" and move on. But all 4 dinners were equally lackluster. The outdoor marina was nice. Very average/sub par dinner - coupled with the high prices made it poor.
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  • Wonderful Place
    SpartanVIP
    Dined on 8/4/2013
    Very good food and excellent service. Awesome setting and view. Would definitely return.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, scenic view, great for lunch, special occasion, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Poor Outing at a Usual Gem
    Robaroo
    Dined on 8/3/2013
    The closing dinner of our annual golf buddies trip to the Lake Tahoe area has always been to Jake's on the Lake and this past Saturday was no exception. The exception, however, was the poor experience we had this time. Things started well with wonderful seating on the deck overlooking the lake and the starters (highly recommend the clam chowder and the apple walnut salad) came promptly and were enjoyed by all. Then came an almost hour wait for our entrees, two of which were cold by the time they arrived. From that point on our dinner went into the tank quicker than a triple bogey dooms a golf round. After some haggling management made things right with a dinner bill adjustment. We will try again next year.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lake Tahoe is inspirationally
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/1/2013
    Lake Tahoe is inspirationally beautiful, and Jake's places you right there to see and breathe it in. I highly recommend this experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, notable wine list, kid-friendly, romantic, scenic view, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Overall good
    LiamD
    Dined on 8/1/2013
    Relatively creative menu, wine list decent, wait staff great, however they weren't well supported. Fantastic view of the lake. Would certainly go again.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Jake's is at the top of my
    NewJerseyCarol
    Dined on 8/1/2013
    Jake's is at the top of my must do list when I visit California. The calamari so good, we order it before we even look at the menu. Jake's is so accommodating that we could substitute a spicier fresh fish to top my already yummie caesar salad. The chicken sandwich has an incredible sauce on it -- so good! The shrimp and crab melt is something I have order many times and every time it is outstanding. Love you Jake's!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, kid-friendly, romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Jake's...A gem on the lake
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 7/30/2013
    Jake's is always my favorite spot for dinner in Tahoe City. Outdoor dining right by the shores of Lake Tahoe.about as good an outdoor setting as you could ever get. Staff is friendly and service is good. Food comes out fast, and most dishes are quite nice.....fresh and tasty. Always a great way to end the day at the Lake!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Beautiful lake views
    CCGO
    Dined on 7/29/2013
    Very beautiful location I had scallops and they were delicious! We were a party of 8 and server was not very attentive. All water glasses empty for example. Besides the attentiveness of our server we all enjoyed our meals.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Enjoyable dinner
    Rich
    Dined on 7/25/2013
    Fantastic view and enjoyable food. We felt the pricing was a bit high
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, romantic, scenic view, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Memorable evening.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 7/24/2013
    It was delightful from beginning to end. All aspects were great.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
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  • Dinner at Jakes
    Table12
    Dined on 7/18/2013
    Sat on the deck for dinner ... Outstanding views and ambiance. Food was very good. Jakes handled a party of 10 well even on the deck. Highly recommend it!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lori (Laurie?) our server
    GINAVIP
    Dined on 7/6/2013
    Lori (Laurie?) our server was great! She knew the menu, knew how to moderate for a vegetarian, and was attentive even though the holiday weekend rush had arrived. Bravo Lor!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great View, Overpriced Food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 7/5/2013
    I thought the food was good, but definitely over-priced for the serving sizes. I ordered the scallops and I received 3 tiny scallops on skewers and the cost was about $30. $10 per scallop when they were not much bigger around than the size of a 50 cent piece was not what I had in mind. My wife ordered the Ahi and it also was much smaller than the one she just had at Edgewood a couple days earlier. Definitely paying for the location as it is right on the water and overlooks the marina. However, we were seated at an inside table despite the fact I made a special request to be seated at a nicer table since we were celebrating our anniversary. It was the day after the 4th of July though so I wasn't surprised.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We have been going to Jake's
    Lambshark
    Dined on 6/23/2013
    We have been going to Jake's for years. We always feel welcome and the food is always great. Service was outstanding.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene, kid-friendly, romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Jake's on the Lake rocks!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 6/22/2013
    Awesome restaurant. Seafood and short ribs were excellent. Lovely presentation, service, view. Lots of deck and window seating (2 levels) for gazing at Lake Tahoe.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best Item Not on the Menu
    KTinSJVIP
    Dined on 6/19/2013
    Go to Jake's for the freshly baked-to-perfection warm, delicious, light and fluffy rolls. I could have had an entire meal of just rolls they were THAT good!
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Everybody goes to Jakes....but WHY?
    raingirl
    Dined on 6/17/2013
    Jakes was perfectly fine. Nothing wrong, pleasant service, excellent view -- but the food wasn't memorable and had a decidedly Sysco vibe. Clam chowder was gloopy and salty without other flavor, fried apps were greasy (tasty as we scarfed them down, not so much ten minutes later). The clientele and decor was dated. I kept waiting for Magnum PI to come around the dark wood paneled corner. Hostess was hip and pretty and a little too cool for the place (and us, apparently). It's one of those institutions that was probably a blast in its day. We had a nice evening, our server was nice, and the view of Lake Tahoe was spectacular -- food and decor just felt tired.
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    scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Attentive server and excellent food
    Alexis
    Dined on 6/9/2013
    Server was very attentive, the food presentation and taste was excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, great for lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Gorgeous Lakeview!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004
    Dined on 6/8/2013
    There's nothing like Jake's on the Lake. Food is good, one great meal, one so-so. But outdoor dining can't be beat.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding View
    BayViewVIP
    Dined on 6/1/2013
    We love watching sunset from the deck. Tou have to try the Braised Beef Short Ribs and end with a Hula Pie.
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    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
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  • This is right on the west
    SuperbVIP
    Dined on 5/24/2013
    This is right on the west shore of Lake Tahoe - beautiful setting & we watched the full moon rise! Venison appetizer was excellent. Idaho Lake Trout and Macademia Nut encrusted Halibut were both excellent entrees. And the bottle of wine was an excellent accompaniment.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent dining
    Becs
    Dined on 5/19/2013
    Our Server was so friendly and personable. He was so helpful with everything.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, scenic view, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • What a Gem!
    DaveVIP
    Dined on 5/12/2013
    Wth the view of Lake Tahoe, and good food and service, it is a great place for any occasion.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, kid-friendly, romantic, scenic view, great for lunch
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  • Good meal. A little pricy
    portlandvisitVIP
    Dined on 3/31/2013
    Good meal. A little pricy for the value. Disappointed with the table given what seemed like several tables with a view.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic