Spindleshanks
Spindleshanks
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Spindleshanks

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://spindleshankstahoe.com/
  • Phone: 5305462191
  • Hours of Operation:
    Open 7 days a week, closed Christmas Day.
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies)
  • Catering: On-site catering available.
  • Private Party Facilities: We can accommodate your private party and banquet needs for up to 50 people. Please contact us for more information!
  • Private Party Contact: Steve Marks 5305462191
  • Entertainment: We offer live music almost every week. Please visit our website for a full schedule.

Getting there

  • Parking: Private Lot
A word from Spindleshanks
Spindleshanks American Bistro and Wine Bar represents the best of both old and new Lake Tahoe. Opened in 2000 by partners Steve Marks and Harman Schuchmann, the restaurant has become a Tahoe Vista institution in a short amount of time. By offering regional American cuisine and a variety of wines in a casual atmosphere, the pair created a dining experience that caters to both large families and couples seeking a romantic evening.
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Spindleshanks reviews from OpenTable diners
  • RUSTIC & COZY
    Konagal
    Dined on 3/9/2014
    One of our local favorites. In the winter, fireplace is on creating an inviting & warm atmosphere. The door stopper salad is consistently fresh and light, half bottles of wine available, the best bread and trout entree is wonderful. The bar is small and festive. Ben was our waiter providing great service and delightful conversation.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Locals hangout
    NotTooShabby
    Dined on 3/8/2014
    We went on a friend's recommendation, who is a local, so I was expecting great food and good service. I was disappointed that they ran out of mussels early on a Saturday night. I ordered the grouper instead and it was overcooked. I don't think I'll order seafood, if I go back. Service was spotty.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • WAY too loud!
    craftyoneVIP
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    Been here before and loved it. But this time we were seated in a back room with a low ceiling. There were 2 large groups already seated and then came another and several other smaller tables. The noise was worse than a rowdy barroom. My husband considered leaving after our salads but we stayed through the entree which we quickly ate (some of) and left. No dessert or coffee for us! This was disappointing as we wanted to have a last hurrah at this location knowing that it is moving from it's historic building which is being razed. So...maybe this is a moot point unless planning to visit within the next month.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Valentine's Delight
    JohnnyEatsalot
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    A delightful evening of delicious food and wine, topnotch service, and romantic ambience from a locals' favorite hotspot. Thanks Spindleshanks!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very pleased with the experience
    melovefood
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    For a very busy night, everything ran very smoothly and we were attended to as if the only ones in the restaurant. Great food and great wine, cannot complain.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Valintine's Day fun
    WaltP
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    The resturant will be moving from this location soon. It was really an enjoyable and somewhat nostalgic evening. As always, food,service and wine were great. Best of all they have a new location identified. So North Tahoe won't be loosing this great place.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Finally tried
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    I've been driving by for years, found a table and decided to try. Very Tahoe ambiance a bit squeezed. Waiter in old Hawaii shirt
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Just OK
    MarkVIP
    Dined on 12/20/2013
    The food was just OK. My tombo tuna was dry and rather tough. My wife's clam chowder (her entire) was also OK but not exciting. On the other hand, my spinach salad with goat cheese and candied pecans was very well prepared. It was a unique presentation of a traditional dish and I totally enjoyed it. Service was excellent. I brought a bottle if wine from my cellar which turned out to be "corked". Even though they provided the service for the wine, they didn't charge corkage. I thought thus was very considerate. There was live music in the bar (on a Friday evening),but we were too far away to be bothered or enjoy it.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Neat location
    rebellion69
    Dined on 11/15/2013
    The ambience was pretty cool. We had a late dinner and had no problem being seated right away. The staff was friendly and really made us feel welcome. The sangria was delicious as well as some other wines we tried. The food was the disappointing part of the evening. Prominent over the restaurants web site are pictures of filet mignon & lobster. We arrived looking forward to that but its not offered all the time. In lieu of steak & lobster we settled for oysters on the half shell, flank steak, and a fish dish. The oysters were tasty but rather small for the price. The fish was awesome and the flank steak had a great flavor but the meat was quite tough. All in all, we would go back again and try different entres.
    Special Features:
    romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Too bad it is closing.
    PhilVIP
    Dined on 9/27/2013
    It was a great restaurant, but the landlord is turning the property into yet more condos and the restaurant is looking for a new home after about October 15, 2013.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • August 2013
    HappyDiner
    Dined on 8/25/2013
    Good variety on menu at modest prices. Rustic setting with nice view of Lake Tahoe. Excellent and friendly service from Mark.
    Special Features:
    scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Funny name - Great food!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/23/2013
    From the exterior to the interior this restaurant fits right into the pines on the north shore of Lake Tahoe. Casual, comfortable, one does not expect the gourmet food prepared. The wine list is extensive and they also offer wine tasting flights. While the menu is small it does provide of variety of meats and fish. Everything was delicious: the mixed green salad was lightly dressed, my husbands southwest corn chowder was perfect; my rainbow trout was out of this world and my husband loved the yellow tail seafood with fresh vegetables that were lightly cooked. We both had desserts and they were accomadating to my husband who wanted only vanilla ice cream on his banana split. Look forward to going back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • waiter trying to cover a lot
    WINE10SNE1VIP
    Dined on 8/19/2013
    waiter trying to cover a lot of space on a slow night otherwise service level would probably be higher.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointed
    lxvetteVIP
    Dined on 8/13/2013
    Been to Spindleshanks many times, a favorite; but the food and service was very disappointed; will take it off our list now.
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  • Best Brick Chicken
    NorthshoredaveVIP
    Dined on 8/3/2013
    I was visiting Lake Tahoe from Chicago so I know food. Everyone at the table felt it was the best chicken we ever had. I wantd to order fish but the waiter said the brick chicken is the way to go. He was absolutely correct. It was fantastic. We also had children with us who had a greatr meal off the kids menu. The service was fantastic and we ate on their beautiful patio. Overall it was probably the best meal we had on our 7 day trip!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Having driven by this restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 7/31/2013
    Having driven by this restaurant a number of times while on the North Shore of Tahoe, we finally managed to go and eat there. It was definitely worth the wait, the food was great and the service was very good!!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, kid-friendly
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food was excellent, waiter
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 7/14/2013
    Food was excellent, waiter friendly, but service was slower than I would have liked.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • great flavors
    joelm
    Dined on 7/9/2013
    Had a wonderful meal of bold flavors. One had the flank steak which was seasoned with southwest flavors and accompanied by a Chile relleno that was to die for. The side really made the meal. I had a NY strip cooked in a unique manner where it was split length wise several times and seared on the flat top. It also had a wonderful bold sauce that complimented the beef very well. Very good wine list. Prices as expected in a resort area.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food as always, although
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 7/6/2013
    Good food as always, although I remember in the past there being a bit more variety on the menu.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ed was great!
    Betsy
    Dined on 7/6/2013
    We had 5 in our party. All adults. We all had the special which was Chilean sea bass. It was tender and wonderful over mashed potatoes and green beans in the side. Not a lot of food on the plate but I ended up full. I had a glass of the house Cab and it was yummy. Our waiter Ed was very attentive and did a very good job meeting all of our needs. It was crowded that night and a little noisy but all in all we had a very good time and would definitely return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, scenic view, late-night find, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 4th of July Weekend
    RoccaVIP
    Dined on 7/5/2013
    It was unfortunate that the great Schnitzel we ordered was over shadowed by the fact that it took far too long to be severed. We arrived at 7:30 and were promptly seated outside as requested. We did not get our entrees till 9:30. We actually waited a full hour from the completion of our salads till the time the entrees was served. Not a good night for Spindleshanks.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Service & raviolis marginal!
    PkanterVIP
    Dined on 6/15/2013
    Service - D- (no enthusiasm from this guy) Raviolis - D (overcooked) Free salad - C (nothing special here) Mussels A - (done just right)
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  • Axton Band and dining - great Fun
    EZtoplease
    Dined on 6/8/2013
    Hoyt Axton's son Matthew has that same great vocal range to super deep tones - Donna Axton played and sang with Hoyt. They are backed up with a great folk singer and a fabulous harmonica that levitates the music to a top level. Food and service were excellent. We started with fried calamari - Chrisp, light, fresh with a tartar that was so perfect we asked for more. Concannon Sauvignon Blanc was perfect compliment and I love their Ceasar salad. Butternut squash ravioli was done just right. A foodie would be happy here, especially if they love good music and know who Hoyt Axton was. We had a rocking great time! Loved our waiter, he was always there when we needed anything. Happy and want to know anytime this band plays here, we will show up!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Much better than expected
    JoelVIP
    Dined on 6/7/2013
    We were expecting pub food, but it was a lot better than that.
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  • Terrible service. Overpriced
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 4/20/2013
    Terrible service. Overpriced pedestrian food. Waited 5+minutes before a menu appeared.Should have walked out then.
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  • Great place to take the family,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 3/31/2013
    Great place to take the family, especially if you are on a ski trip on the North side of Lake Tahoe. The prices are excellent and the food is excellent!!!!! The family ate there 2 nights ina row during our stay in Kings Beach....
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, scenic view
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  • Excellent meal as usual. Great
    Konagal
    Dined on 3/5/2013
    Excellent meal as usual. Great service. Have our favorite wine Rombour chardenney splits that we rarely find in restaurants.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not bad, but kind of noisy
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 2/24/2013
    Not bad, but kind of noisy inside. Background sound system turned up too high. Also, I felt the food was somewhat overpriced. For example, a 10-12oz ribeye for $32 plus extra for the salad or sides. Food quality was good as was the service. The view was OK. The highway is between the restaurant and the lake. We'll go there again, but won't do so on a regular basis.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Spindleshanks has easy parking
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 2/22/2013
    Spindleshanks has easy parking which might be filled up fast though, on busy nights its perhaps the easiest to car pool. Waiting area is small so make sure to have a reservation. Peculiar was that on a walk in basis I was unable to get a seat until an hour later whereas OpenTable was able to get me seated within 30 minutes. The design in the restaurant is very wooden, appealing to the area the hotel is situated in. Rest rooms were clean. Waiters were familiar with the menu and recited the specials without list. I also saw no sign of any child menu and as such ended up with ordering your basic $12 burger for a child. Beer on tap was limited to some main beer brands. The portions were small. The food was very basic in presentation.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Spindleshanks is great!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 2/22/2013
    I had made the reservation on-line for only 15 minutes after the time I was doing it, since the drive there was only a few minutes from where we were staying. It was quite crowded, lots of folks waiting, but I squeezed my way up to the maitre d, who acknowledged our reservation and seated us promptly. So, kudos to you, Open Table! Great menu! Our dinners were excellently prepared. Great flavors throughout. The warm baked sourdough bread from the Truckee Bakery was outstanding too. The portions were very generous with interesting vegetable sides. We definitely recommend Spindleshanks! The fresh grilled artichoke appetizer w/ tomatoes was outstanding too. Nice real candles in good-sized stained glass votives on every table.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Hit me over the head with
    foodiesaredorksVIP
    Dined on 2/19/2013
    Hit me over the head with the brick chicken. Dee-licious.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Thank You "Open Table"
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 2/17/2013
    Great experience to look up "open Table" and locate a restaurant that was available at the time needed. Arrived went in gave our name and were seated immediately. service was attentive and pleasant, food selection and choice were very good. the restraunt was warm and freindly. A full bar and experience help with a selection of wine. Price moderate to high depending what was ordered. We will go back again and recommend to our family and friends......
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Diverse menu
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 2/1/2013
    .We were on a mission to take some friends out to a place they had not been before. Spindleshanks does not dissappoint! I love the wine flights, and the cocktails are great too. I love how diverse the menu is. We all split the spinach and iceberg salad, the oysters bienzo, and beef carpaccio. All of us had different proteins for dinner and every dish was fabulous!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic
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  • I dined at Spindleshanks about
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 1/23/2013
    I dined at Spindleshanks about 6 years ago and was not impressed at all. Service was horrible and food was just ok. I have now been back twice and in the last 2 months do to a friend's recommendation and my view has changed. The food was very good and this visit the service was great. We did go on a Wed. night late so that helped with service. The time before this I had the fresh dungeness crab cakes, they were to die for! This time I had the brick chicken (I rarely order chicken at restaurant), very plentiful and the Asian slaw and potstickers made such a nice rounded dinner. Keep up the good work, thank you for such a nice meal!
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  • Consistently great
    dinerVIP
    Dined on 1/19/2013
    Food, service and ambiance are consistently great. We love this restaurant and highly recommend it.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
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  • Took a long time for a waiter
    OpenTable Diner Since 2002VIP
    Dined on 1/4/2013
    Took a long time for a waiter to help us. Food was not very flavorful and somewhat cold when served. Took very long for food to be delivered. Won't be going back.
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  • AlwAys great dining
    dinerVIP
    Dined on 12/31/2012
    This restaurant has a cozy wood cabin atmosphere with several fireplaces and a lively bar, where they have happy hour. Food is American with a yummy twist. Restaurant is also kid friendly but all our youngsters (and adults) love the mac and cheese. Our favorite dishes are the Caesar salad, butternut squash ravioli with toasted pecans, trout, steak with stuffed chili relleno, brick chicken with potstickers and asian slaw, and bbq brisket. There are always specials, as well.  All entrees are accompanied with some sort of vegetable and starch (like mashed potato, etc. ). Prices are reasonable, portions are huge, food is delicious, wine list is extensive and faairlypriced, ambiance is intimate, and service is super. It is  great Tahoe restauran
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
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  • The food was amazing, I didn't
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 12/29/2012
    The food was amazing, I didn't have a bad bite of food during the entire meal. The staff was attentive and friendly. If you are in North Lake, this is a must try!
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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  • Gourmet meal in Tahoe Vista
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 10/9/2012
    Excellent food, romantic evening, couldn't have asked for more. Our compliments to the chef. Midweek October is low tourist time, but this was our experience. Casual & elegant.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • My husband's scampi was very
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 9/6/2012
    My husband's scampi was very good. But, my halibut was overcooked and the clams that came with it were miscrosopic and extremely chewy. My Caprese salad was tasty.My husbands watercress/watermelon salad smelled of mildew. Hopefully, it was just an "off night". We've been in the past and were very pleased.
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    vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate