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PlumpJack Cafe Squaw Valley
PlumpJack Cafe Squaw Valley

PlumpJack Cafe Squaw Valley Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.plumpjackcafe.com
  • Email: svi@plumpjack.com
  • Phone: (530) 583-1578
  • Hours of Operation: Breakfast: Daily 7:30am -10:30am

    Lunch (Bar Menu): Daily: 11:30am -10:00pm

    Dinner: Sunday-Thursday: 6:00-9:00pm
    Friday-Saturday: 6:00-9:30pm
    Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday: closed for dinner
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: American
  • Executive Chef: Ben "Wyatt" Dufresne
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Private Party Facilities: Celebrate with style at the PlumpJack Squaw Valley Inn! Whether you are planning an anniversary, birthday party, shower or family reunion, PlumpJack offers attentive service and personalized planning to create memories that will last a lifetime!
  • Private Party Contact: Rob McCormick (530) 583-1576
  • Entertainment: Join us at PlumpJack Cafe Squaw Valley on select Thursdays this season to mingle with Winemakers in the bar or dining room. Enjoy sips by the glass, flight or paired with cuisine. Check our website for more details.
  • Special Events & Promotions: Attentive service, extensive wine selections, and high standards of excellence combine to create a world-class dining experience and impressive on-site catering services for your special event. We look forward to making all of your dreams for your event a

Getting there

  • Cross Street: off of Hwy. 89 South
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Attentive service, extensive wine selections, and high standards of excellence combine to create a world-class dining experience and impressive on-site catering services for your special event. We look forward to making all of your dreams for your event a reality. For private parties between 10 and 200 people please contact the Sales and Events Office.
A word from PlumpJack Cafe Squaw Valley
PlumpJack Cafe Squaw Valley offers a menu based on regional influences, indigenous flavors and locally-farmed ingredients. PlumpJack Squaw Valley's menu changes seasonally and features amazing wine pairings hand selected in concert between the chef and sommelier. PlumpJack Cafe, located at PlumpJack Squaw Valley Inn, is widely regarded as Lake Tahoe's premier dining destination.



"3 stars - PlumpJack Cafe Squaw Valley" – Michael Bauer, San Francisco Chronicle

"Best of Award of Excellence" - Wine Spectator 2006 through 2013
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Diner Reviews
  • "The quality of the food and quantity of the food have clearly changed over time. There was too much hype about how great the food is, but it actually fell short of our expectations. Worse, is that you pay so much for not a great meal. For $200, we could have eaten in a nice restaurant in downtown SF. The service was slow and the restaurant was not even busy. We ordered coffee, for which the waiter clearly forgot. We got tired of waiting and decided to just ask for the bill. I will never come back to this restaurant again."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "Squaw Valley is pretty deserted this week, probably due to the lack of snow this year, but Plumb Jack was really hopping and now we know why. Dinner was wonderful, especially the asparagus soup poured at the table around an amazing dungeness crab cake, which was pure crab meat with a delicious sauce on the top. Not only did it look beautiful with the soup poured around it, the whole thing was special. The staff was extremely attentive and pleasant and seemed to really enjoy being there. A special chef's prefix wine accompanied dinner was being offered that night as well, but it did not interfere with the atmosphere and ambiance for the other diners like us, as a similar event at the Awhwahnee Hotel in Yosemite always does."
    Dined on 3/26/2014
  • "We have dined here before and are familiar with the excellent service and experience we can expect from Plumpjack properties. This dinner was so uncharacteristically disappointing. Perhaps because we are nearing the end of a slow ski season, the kitchen was a disaster. > an hr after finishing the appetizer course before the main course came out, then most of the food was cold or overly seasoned. On the plates themselves the food was uneven. Short ribs were good but the accompanying vegetables were cold. The prawns on the risotto were dried out as if they were under the heating lamp for too long, yet the risotto (too salty) was cold. The chicken was bone dry (and cold) The server was apologetic & comp'd some of the food. An OFF night!"
    Dined on 3/17/2014
  • "Seems this has slipped since my last visit. I had a scallop dish with a sauce that totally overpowered the seafood and was almost inedible. Wanted to order a kids steak dinner as what my children were served looked and tasted a lot more appetizing that my expensive dinner. Will give it second thoughts before going back."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "My wife and I were staying at the Squaw Creek Resort 2/22/14 and made reservations earlier in the week. We had one of the best meals and the service was fantastic. It was the end of a perfect day. Thanks to all the staff"
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "We really appreciate how well our 8 year old is treated."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Suggest Plumpjack Squaw Valley rethink allowing children 3 and under in the restaurant (cafe/bar area okay!). We reserved a table in the back corner for my Valentine Birthday dinner. We hardly ever go out to eat, and so the trip up to Tahoe from the Bay Area was really special. For the price Plumpjack charges, I should not have to worry about little ones with whom one cannot reason.....just a thought. I mean, I could have stayed home and gone to any number of nice places: Bay Wolf, Farrallon, 5th Floor, and NEVER have to worry... I understand Squaw is a resort, however, the restaurant might consider expanding the cafe/bar area to better accommodate families."
    Dined on 2/13/2014
  • "Would recommend with caution. Food great: wine service not brilliant.. rather than ensure wine was shared equally amongst party of 6, some was poured and then the rest just dumped in one glass - thereby insinuating we needed to order another bottle. We object to such behaviour. On receipt of bill we determined what size tip we wished to give - commensurate with service - and asked for a specific amount to be charged to card. The tip included was 15% not the 20% the waiter expected. He had the audacity to say no, that was not the right amount and tell us the standard tip was 20% and that was what he would charge! This put a sour end to our experience"
    Dined on 2/13/2014
  • "Restaurant was very accommodating to my gluten free needs. I ordered the Beef Short Rib with mushrooms, butternut squash and brussel sprouts. It was heavenly. all my friends tasted it and were impressed. Would love to come to this restaurant again. We received an excellent recommendation and pairing for wine. Overall, wonderful experience."
    Dined on 2/9/2014
  • "Food is always very good here and the wine list is well crafted and surprisingly well priced. Menu changes frequently and staff are friendly and knowledgeable. We think it's probably the best (and least pretentious) fine dining in the area (including Truckee)."
    Dined on 1/24/2014
  • "My daughter ordered sorlion which was fatty-rubbery. I'm guessing this was the end of a steak cut and the chef still served it although no real meat was there. My wife had the $45 fillet which was just average. No particular flavor nor super tenderness which one would expect for the top priced meal on the menu. My scallops were delicious, but unfortunately only 2 in my plate. Service and hospitality was super but given the above, I wouldn't rush back. Maybe I was just unlucky given the great reviews I read about this place."
    Dined on 1/1/2014
  • "Excellent service. Very classy and comfortable ambience, not like the usual après ski bar scene places. We enjoyed the food, and the desserts were probably just a little better than the entrees. The eggnog creme brûlée was particularly amazing. Get two! Have the kids order off the regular morning however, the options were pretty juvenile and not well done."
    Dined on 12/27/2013
  • "Excellent service by the waitress and her assistants. Very friendly but not overbearing. Very attentive."
    Dined on 12/14/2013
  • "This is one of our favorite spots in the Tahoe area. The menu is simple, but very creative, and always delicious. The service is always topnotch. Try to seek out their wine dinners. Great cocktails too!"
    Dined on 9/29/2013