The Lodge Restaurant & Pub
The Lodge Restaurant & Pub

The Lodge Restaurant & Pub

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.tahoedonner.com/the-lodge/
  • Phone: (530) 587-9455
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: 7 days a week 5 p.m. - 9 p.m. (year round)
    Lunch:11:30 a.m. - 4 p.m., daily featuring a lighter, fall seasonal lunch menu.

    Check website for seasonal lunch hours.

    Memorial Day - Sept. 2: Lunch is served 11:30 a.m. - 4 p.m., daily
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Californian, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Lewis Orlady
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, View
  • Private Party Facilities: Please call for details.
  • Private Party Contact: Jeanne Kirshner 5305829643
  • Entertainment: Monthly promotions and great deals. Please call for information or see the events page on our website. tahoedonner.com
  • Special Events: Please call Jeanne at 530-582-9643 for details.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Donner Pass Rd.
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: The Lodge parking lot is located off the street in the front of the building.
A word from The Lodge Restaurant & Pub
The Lodge Restaurant & Pub is an intimate venue with two cozy dining rooms and a festive pub. In our main dining room, you'll find a roaring fire during the winter with wooden rafters and beautiful pine accents, floor to ceiling windows, overlooking endless pines with a spectacular ridgeline back drop. During the summer, you can dine and relax on our deck with stunning views of the golf course and the lush Sierra environment. Year round there is always excitement and camaraderie in our lively pub. We have a spectacular wine list as well as a manager's wine list with incredible deals. There are both weekly and monthy promotions and unique events taking place in the restaurant so check out our events page at www.tahoedonner.com. Our award-winning chef will create a meal you won't soon forget (specials change daily). Last but not least, our friendly and welcoming staff will make you feel like an old friend and show you the true spirit of the people and the area that is Tahoe.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
The Lodge Restaurant & Pub reviews from OpenTable diners
52 reviews since July 27, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.3
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
100% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (33)great for outdoor dining (28)scenic view (25)good for groups (15)special occasion (14)kid-friendly (12)great for lunch (11)fit for foodies (11)romantic (9)notable wine list (8)vibrant bar scene (7)great for brunch (3)late-night find (2)hot spot (1)Show More
  • Great meal and service always
    dymdineur
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    If you live in Tahoe Donner or are visiting, the Lodge is a great place for dinner year around.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The lodge needs help
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    This has been our favorite over the past four years. This year quality has dropped. The food and service is lacking. I'm confident that management can turn this around and bring it back to its supreme reputation.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Much better than I anticipated.
    TDFoodie
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    I've been wanting to have dinner at the Lodge since I moved to Tahoe Donner over three years ago. Until now I had only been there for lunch. The food was fantastic and the preparation of the short rib was unique enough to impress a foodie and gourmet hobbiest like myself. The wine suggested by our server was spot on and the wait staff was attentive but not overbearing. Really surprised at just how good everything was through the experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great place in Tahoe Donner!!
    SusanVIP
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    Everything was perfect! The entire staff is great.....manager, waitresses, bus staff....they are all so friendly and helpful. It is so nice to have this restaurant in Tahoe Donner. You can have a casual meal or a meal for a special occasion....it is all wonderful there. We will be back soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Always fabulous!
    Kats
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    We have never had a bad meal here! Everything is absolutely delicious! And the atmosphere is warm & inviting.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Amazing!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    My server peter was amazing, he was very noledgeable and. Kind hearted!! Can't wait to dine here again!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dining out
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    We love the Lodge. It's close and the food and service is always good. Did not want to comment on noise level because the noise depends on time of day and the day you are dining at the Lodge.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Delicious short ribs
    judybcal
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    The food choices are good. The short ribs and halibut dishes were wonderful. The waiter seemed to be in a hurry every time he came to our table. We didn't get asked if we needed more bread or more wine. It was a Thursday night and the tables were not all full, so I don't know what caused him to be inattentive. The hostess who greeted us when we arrived was extremely nice.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hawkeye
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    Need to vary menu. Seafood entree way over priced. Too bad tent ruins view
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Dinner in the Forest
    dinerman
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Great venue, overlooking the golf course at Tahoe Donner! The beef short ribs were as good as I have ever had. The touch of the grill added special flavor to the "fork tender" short ribs. Grilled asparagus added a perfect compliment. Outstanding wine list!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Poor Service
    foodie
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    We waited 15 minutes for a waiter to come to our table. (We were given water and menus immediately but the waitstaff were busy elsewhere). Tables around us were getting help, so we asked a waitstaff who should be helping us. Maître d' / manager seemed bothered when I went back to his table and asked him if we could get someone to help us. We were told that our waiter was very busy. Fortunately another waitperson "took over" our table and she was excellent. Not impressed with nonchalance and and indifference of manager to what's going on in restaurant, and he was not friendly. (BTW: eat here fairly often as it is very close to our home. Service can be a bit iffy here but food quite good.)
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice night
    Mumbles
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    We were a party of four, one of whom gets cold easily. For our 7:00 dinner time, we were seated at on outdoor table with a lovely view. The evening chill was beginning and it seemed we'd have to move inside since our friend was shivering. BUT the heaters were lighted and we were even provided with blankets! This unexpected care (blankets) allowed us to leisurely enjoy our delicious dinners, each of us ordering something different and everyone delighted with their food. Great spot.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Enjoyable Dining
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    The staff that greets you at the lodge is always very charming and accommodating. Our server was attentive, but he did get extremely busy at the end of the meal and there was some delay with desert menu and general end-of-meal follow-up. Food was very good as all my experiences have been at the Lodge.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Lovely outdoor dining spot
    KatBajot
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    We come here every time we are in the Tahoe area. It is lovely and the food is excellent. The service is generally quite good and they let you take time during your meal so you never feel rushed but they are also attentive and food arrives with promptness
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Missed the mark this time
    LibuVIP
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    This is our go to spot when we want a nice meal while vacationing in Tahoe Donner. This last time was a disappointment. We had teen aged kids with us and were immediately shuttled to the back room in the corner. Got water and bread right away, but didn't see the waiter for nearly 15 minutes after we sent the kids to investigate! Manager was apologetic but that was the extent of the courtesies. Waiter did not meet the Lodge standard. Food was good, but since we eat there often, we are tireing of the menu. Even the daily specials are recycled. Just a little imagination is all we ask.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • ALWAYS A GOOD CHOICE
    angel
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    THE LODGE HAS ALWAYS BEEN A CONSISTENTLY GOOD RESTAURANT....FROM THE STAFF, FOOD, AMBIENCE....YOU CAN ALWAYS COUNT ON A DELICIOUSLY, LOVELY EVENING.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dinner at The Lodge
    iceman
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    The menu has some interesting choices and the prices are reasonable. The wine list is adequate with some nice selections of wine by the glass. The food was well prepared and tasty but both bar and food service were VERY slow. It's nice to have an unhurried dinner but if you are hungry, bring some snacks.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Consistently excellent
    Coloradocarrie
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    Fresh, well-prepared meals. Friendly servers. Kids meals are super too. Highly recommend it!
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Consistently Good.
    BradVIP
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    Once again, great service and food. All of the staff make you feel like family--very personable, very attentive, you can tell they like their jobs. I had the Lodge burger, my wife has the rib eye, couldn't have been better. Always a great place for a good meal and great service in a great atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 33 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 27, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.3
    • Food4.2
    • Ambiance4.2
    • Service4.3
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 408 reviews are from the The Lodge Restaurant & Pub reviews archive.
  • Very Enjoyable
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    A great local spot, near Truckee in Tahoe Donner---The meatloaf is famous==The Pasta of the day was very flavorful, and cooked perfectly. Our server Liz, was delightful and very helpful…Too bad they insist on blocking the GREAT mountain/golfcourse view with a big ugly white tent!!! J.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The best...
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    We had a wonderful dinner and the service was excellent.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • good for special occasions
    David
    Dined on 7/4/2014
    Beautiful setting, good service. Not someplace I could go regularly because of the standard price/portion ratio you get (e.g. single course dinner for family with one child cost me over $100 and that's just one glass of wine).
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Loved our meal!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 7/4/2014
    We enjoyed a delicious meal! My husband and I shared the Dynamite Shrimp Salad for our first course. We agreed it was one of the best salads we'd ever eaten! Delicious burgers! Hubby had the short rib and said it was absolutely delicious, not fatty, but extremely flavorful. Great dinner, we will go there again when we head to Truckee.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great but dining ruined by weddings
    Kelp
    Dined on 6/29/2014
    This a wonderful restaurant. The food is good and the setting is lovely. However, the summer dining experience is ruined by a wedding tent set up right under the dining room. We had planned on eating on the deck but asked to be moved inside due to the noise and commotion from the wedding below. However, the dining room was not much better- the view was obscured by the tent and we could still hear the tacky wedding dance music. We had hoped that by dining at the lodge on a Sunday we could avoid this but apparently all summer evenings are vulnerable to loud wee dings at the lodge. Definitely dine at the lodge but wait until winter when the atmosphere will once again be elegant and serene.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • One of the best and kid friendly 2
    ISOunrivaledfoodVIP
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    Great food expertly prepared and a kids prix fixe menu too. Service was very good and the staff extremely attentive. I would highly recommend to anyone that loves food in a great atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding !
    Janie
    Dined on 6/25/2014
    Great restaurant. - we really enjoy having dinner and lunch here . There was no view because of the tent outside of the main dining room. Would love to see the tent relocated.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Perfectly okay.
    DanTVIP
    Dined on 6/24/2014
    We enjoyed our Mac and cheese app, but our entrees weren't remarkable. Pretty bland in general, and the menus were full of typos and need proof-reading. The view of the golf course is nice and our server was very friendly.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • TD Lodge
    JoJo
    Dined on 6/22/2014
    We go to The Lodge (and Pub) whenever in Tahoe Donner. It is a great place, food, ambience etc. The location is terrific too, especially for those people who live in Tahoe Donner.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Rich
    Rich
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    The food is phenomenal and the service is excellent. We were cheerfully greeted and seated in a timely fashion. We had the Short Ribs which were perfectly cooked and the sauce is divine. Its a great value. We have been here many times and have never been disappointed.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding with a killer view
    davery
    Dined on 6/11/2014
    While in Truckee, I dined twice at The Lodge. Once with my family and kids and another time with a group of adults. Each time was excellent including the food and service. The outdoor seating area is a great place to have a relaxing meal while taking in the golf course and mountains. Additionally, the waitstaff was top notch and very personable. As far as the food, I sampled many different small plates including the calamari (perfectly executed), the seared ahi tuna sashimi (delicious) and fish tacos (my wife's favorite). Also had a burger which was not bad, but my not as highly recommended compared to the other dishes I tried (not everything could be a home run). Highly recommend The Lodge as a "must visit" while in Truckee.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very convenient and very good
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    Without having to leave the complex, The Lodge Restaurant delivered outstanding food at a reasonable, but not low price. The fish was great and who expects to go to the mountains and still get a well prepared, tasty and fresh halibut dish? Everybody at our table of 4 enjoyed their meal. Right down to the coffee, it was all simply good food. My only complaint was that we couldn't be seated in the main dining room because the diners there were simply "not leaving!" (that according to the hostess) They were just having too good a time to go, I guess.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Still the best secret in town!
    Hetchflier
    Dined on 5/22/2014
    For someone looking for really good food, served in a lovely alpine setting, then The Lodge Restaurant is the perfect place. The staff is friendly and accommodating, Entrees are reasonably priced and are beautifully prepared. The wine list is pretty good and we like the wine specials on the list. Our first choice in the Truckee area!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing and sloppy
    ResidentofTDVIP
    Dined on 5/22/2014
    Clam Fetticine overcooked. Looks like clams from can. Server tried to serve us main dishes immediately after we got salad. We were dining at 6:15 and not in a hurry. Asked for them to return the meals until we ate our salad and I think the pasta went under the heat lamp. Over the past two+ years we noticed the same dining manager who used to dress nicely when on duty began sporting a baseball cap, golf shirt and some running shoes. Seems to be his regular uniform. How about a dress shirt, slacks and dress shoes while working? He looks like he just came off the golf course.
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  • slope2sup
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Impressed the lady I luv by the tasty and artful presentations as well as outstanding service from all the staff. I really appreciated that we didn't feel rushed even though we were nearly the last to leave. Limited but high quality menu with a range of options from salmon and steak to fish tacos and salads. The ambiance is not easily duplicated with both mountain and golf course views.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best tasting dish ever
    Maddog45
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    Best tasting ever? Well not exactly. I recall a fantastic bouillabaisse in Nice, in 1969, that rated higher. But the pasta special two weekends ago was excellent; mussels and white beans over a house-made fettuccine, in a delicious sauce. I urged the addition of this dish to the regular menu. I hope Chef Orlady complies. There is an iceberg lettuce wedge salad that is wonderful, as is their Caesar salad. The short-ribs on truffled mashed potatoes is another favorite. Portions are generous, and the price is right.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food in a surprising spot
    Cari
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    We are homeowners in Tahoe Donner and this is our "special occasion" spot. It's awesome when the quality of the food matches or surpasses the ambience and the expected price points of the restaurant. Indeed, that's the case at The Lodge. It's a nice setting, and the menu and quality of the food definitely match the restaurant. They do an impressive job turning over tables without interrupting nearby guests - there was a steady stream all evening around us, and I never noticed any clanging dishes or shuffling of plates in the process. Favorite dishes for our visit: shrimp salad with lemon-tarragon dressing and fried calamari.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • stepdadbob
    Dined on 4/27/2014
    The short ribs that I had were outstanding. The other 3 members of the group enjoyed their entrees also.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always great!
    JanetVIP
    Dined on 4/18/2014
    The halibut is great, as always, plus the lamb was outstanding!
    Special Features:
    Kid-Friendly, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, special occasion, Great for Lunch, Scenic View, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Absolutely Supurb!!
    Barreez
    Dined on 4/18/2014
    We met friends from Grass Valley and were quite impressed again with The wait staff(Kyle?) and manager, Chris. Very professional and interactive; everything was setup and ready when we arrived.
    Special Features:
    Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene, Notable Wine List
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Tuesday night treat
    aztecVIP
    Dined on 4/15/2014
    Great location on the Golf course at Tahoe Donner, with a smart, experienced wait staff of pros. Great service and a the kitchen was at its best, with perfectly cooked halibut and a med/rare burger, Caesar could have had a bit fresher lettuce but the dressing was delicious.
    Special Features:
    Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, special occasion, Scenic View
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate