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West Shore Cafe
West Shore Cafe

West Shore Cafe Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.westshorecafe.com
  • Phone: (530) 525-5200
  • Hours of Operation: Please see http://www.westshorecafe.com/hours for current hours of operation.
  • Payment Options: AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Californian, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Mike Davis
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: With flexible indoor and outdoor event spaces that make the most of the picturesque views of Lake Tahoe and the surrounding mountain peaks, striking interior design, and impeccable catering services, the West Shore Café and Homewood Mountain Resort are a perfect location to celebrate in Tahoe.
  • Private Party Contact: Katie Brauer (530) 525-5200 x5204
  • Entertainment: The West Shore Cafe occasionally hosts live music, featuring local talent. Additionally, the West Shore Cafe hosts special menu items for happy hour, holidays, and festive occasions.
  • Special Events & Promotions: Always popular, Local Mondays at West Shore Cafe are a great way to affordably taste the freshest produce, seafood and meats that California has to offer. Whether you dine solo while staying in a West Shore vacation property, or invite a group of ten friends that live at the lake, West Shore Café’s menu has options that will satisfy any appetite and will pair perfectly with the Café’s wine list and cocktail menu.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Homewood Mountain Resort
  • Public Transit: Tahoe Area Regional Transit hosts a shuttle drop-off and pick-up location outside the West Shore Cafe.
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: West Shore Cafe offer complimentary parking, valet parking during summer months, and additional parking at sister property, Homewood Mountain Resort (steps from the restaurant).
A word from West Shore Cafe
A picturesque lakefront restaurant and inn located at Lake Tahoe's west shore, the West Shore Cafe offers guests delicious cuisine and superb service amidst some of the world's most beautiful surroundings. West Shore Cafe offers a festive and romantic Lakeview setting with elegant, yet approachable cuisine at affordable prices.

As a year-round destination, the West Shore Cafe beckons skiers during the winter months and is mere steps from sister property, Homewood Mountain Resort.

During summer months, the West Shore Cafe's location is ideal for those cruising the bike path, as well as boaters touring Lake Tahoe. West Shore Cafe hosts several buoys, and welcomes boaters and kayakers ashore.Continued

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Diner Reviews
  • "The view here is amazing. Unfortunately the staff is incredibly under trained for the price of the meal - they had no idea what they were doing. They told us to wait when the restaurant only had 1/5 of its tables seated; they told us to carry our own drinks from the bar when there were at least 10 waiters just staring around looking at us and they could not describe the meals. The duck was cold and undercooked served with these horrible little rocks they called gnocchis and the waiter joked that they were saved from the night before! The hamburger was overcooked and dry. The only thing this place has going for it is the incredible spot and the view."
    Dined on 7/21/2014
  • "From the initial greeting with an umbrella on a very rainy evening by the parking valet through very tasty and beautifully presented appetizers, everything was absolutely as we were hoping West Shore Cafe was going to be. Then, for reasons unknown, everything fell apart: our entree orders were "lost", we patiently waited 45 minutes for them to arrive, and the pasta was cold, shrimp were overcooked and room temperature, and sauces were very bland. Staff graciously tried to recover and we applauded the effort. Although we declined the offer for free desserts, we did accept the comp for the entres we did not finish. We wish things would have worked out better, and we'll probably try them for a lunch next season - if they are still around."
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "A bit pricey for what is served. Service is actually very good considering how busy the restaurant us."
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "Dining on the pier always a great experience during our trips to Tahoe. Food has consistently been very good or excellent - added bonus this time was watching a thunderstorm moving across the lake towards us and finishing dinner just before the first drops hit the West Shore"
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "Our table was on the peer over the water with Lake Tahoe and Sierra Nevadas as the backdrop. Can't beat the view. Service was friendly, attentive, and knowledgeable, but did not rush us at all. We were left alone enough to enjoy each other's company without feeling neglected. The food was not the usual tired old offerings you find at most touristy restaurants. Food was excellent, fresh, and organic. I had chicken. It was moist and flavorful. Hubby had halibut. It was very flaky and tasty. I would strongly recommend reservations. Popular dining in the area."
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "We've eaten at West Shore many times and have raved about our dining experience. What was good - the hostesses outside were excellent. They accommodated our pier table request. The fried asparagus/squash blossom appetizer was excellent. BUT the service was just so so. Bartenders ignored us but were extremely busy talking to each other-or the younger crowd. Gal Bartender came in and noticed us right away so kudos to her. Service was slow and cold. Took a long time for entries. Pasta and halibut were under seasoned - halibut was cool, prob from coming so far out to the pier. Asked for salt and pepper and waiter never brought it. --So we finished our cool, bland entries. Maybe it's time to let the crowds die down before we try again."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "Once again, we dined at West Shore Cafe. This is the best restaurant setting on Lake Tahoe. The weather looked like showers might be coming so we sat inside. They opened up the large glass doors/windows and we felt like we were almost outside. Our cocktails and wine were very good. The appetizers were excellent! My daughter and husband ordered appetizers, soup & salads and were very happy. The Caesar salad was very good though not outstanding. The pasta claimed to be fettuccine but was not. It was OK but could have been seasoned better. Even though the main course was not excellent, I will return and order appetizers next time."
    Dined on 7/8/2014
  • "We found this restaurant by word of mouth! The views are spectacular!!! Check it out!!!"
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "We enjoyed the picturesque Lake Tahoe setting while dining on pasta with scallops, fried squash blossoms and deliciously flavored salmon! Bread was so fresh I could have eaten the whole basket!"
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "Expensive and not a great selection. My halibut was so-so, husband's $15 burger was good, shrimp was good, salad was okay. Service a bit slow. It was the 4th of July, but not super busy. Beautiful views."
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • " This was our first time to Tahoe, Wow. To start our time off with such a fantastic dinning experience will forever leave a great memory for us. Thank you to staff and Chief's for the pleasure. Monica was superb and David from Spain rounded out the evening. Thankyou."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "We were there for 2 1/2 hours and never got our dinners. the service was terrible and the manager comped our few appetizers because he was so embarrased. We've had good and bad experiences at West Shore Cafe before....this was the worst!"
    Dined on 6/30/2014
  • "We felt the menu was too over the top with some of the ingredients. We ended up ordering soup, salad and the prawns off of the appetizer section. I know you won't but I wish some of the old menu items would be brought back. I live in the neighborhood and was there 2-3 a week last summer. My view is spectacular. I'll probably be staying home."
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "The ambience could not be better! I would give it a ten stars based on that alone. I would almost be happy if they served me cardboard. However at $75 for one appetizer, two main dishes, one beer and one wine, I was disappointed. My halibut was cooked perfectly, but WAY over salted. The veggies were fine; but not over the top. My husbands dish included scalloped potatoes, which they were out of (along with many other items), so the sub was mashed potatoes; not too exciting. His broccoli rabbie was overcooked almost to the point of soup. His chicken was good, but nothing special. All in all the meal was less than average. The service was friendly, however, everything was supper delayed, which is fine being in such an amazing place."
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "While this restaurant offers fantastic views, the food and service need work. My wife had to return her steak twice before they finally got it right. My salmon was a bit over cooked. The Caesar Salad was very small with ver little dressing and carries an exorbitant price of $14.00. That is most we have ever paid for a Caesar Salad. We probably will not return here for dinner."
    Dined on 4/7/2014
  • "We booked a table through open table - requested a view - and got one. Really great food and wine. Recommend the spicy margarita. Kids got stuff to do - good kid's menu as well. Can only recommend. Price wise its a $$$$."
    Dined on 3/23/2014
  • "This place was an odd mixture of open yet not. I may make a Yelp review describing why later."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "West Shore Cafe used to have a reputation as an expensive, stuffy place to eat. But it's totally remade its image, its prices are more reasonable and the view is incredible. We had dinner there this week and really enjoyed ourselves. The food was outstanding and the service couldn't have been better. We can't wait to enjoy the outdoor dining this summer! Lynne and the entire staff are incredible, we really enjoyed ourselves."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "All of our dinners were wonderfully prepared. Interesting selections such as Braised Rabbit. Kudos to the chef."
    Dined on 3/9/2014
  • "Everything was perfect- food, service, & drinks. This was a surprise given that it was Valentine's day. I had the special prefix dinner: excellent seafood cannelloni , perfect filet and yummy white chocolate bread pudding. The portions were large and the price very reasonable. My husband had the very good beet salad and the tasty scallops. We had dinner this summer and it was excellent also but I had never eaten inside. And I usually avoid going out to dinner on Valentines day. We may return next year!"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "We love this restaurant. In the summer, the deck is delightful and the view second to none. In the winter, the dining room is quite classy and the view is available from every area."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "We drove up to Tahoe specifically to have dinner at West Shore Cafe and it was worth it. Great dinner - entrees of scallops and chicken. Loved the brussel sprouts with the chicken. Their version of the Moscow Mule with bruleed fig was excellent. Highly recomment. We love this spot in the winter and more specifically in the summer! Great outdoor dining with a great, friendly vibe."
    Dined on 2/1/2014
  • "West Shore Cafe seems to be improving every time we dine there. The quality of their food has especially taken a turn for the better this last year, and the presentation has really impressed us. For the holidays they decorated the place setting with a fresh cedar leaf and put their menu on a natural wood board, which I thought was elegant. They offered a huge 2 person dry aged Durham Ranch prime rib steak which they brought out before you ordered on a beautifully presented platter, and they offered a fabulous tasting steak tartar that was made table side by your waiter....delicious! Their service has noticeably taken a step up and really makes the dining experience feel personal. Best Lakeside dining in Tahoe by far."
    Dined on 12/29/2013
  • "The new management team (front and back) have crafted a really smart menu and it shows. The food on our most recent visit was excellent with a fun southern flare. Looking forward to coming back. Excellent Bloody Marys"
    Dined on 12/28/2013
  • "We have always loved West Shore Cafe and last night's dinner showed us that they are continually getting better and more consistent. A few restaurant improvements have made room for more bar seating and the menus are way cooler. Saw several tables order the Tomahawk Steak for Two and it looked awesome."
    Dined on 12/27/2013
  • "We ordered Breads & Spreads (tasty spreads and fresh breads, The Pickle Jar (a real hit), Pasta Bolognese (not over sauced, pasta done perfectly) and Chicken Gumbo (andouille sausage, chicken, shrimp - fine comfort food). Everyone thoroughly enjoyed the meal, setting and services. Put Westshore Café on your dining list!"
    Dined on 12/21/2013
  • "First class food, ambiance, view and service by a delightful and attentive staff. Can't wait till we return."
    Dined on 9/24/2013
  • "30 minute wait for the appetizer course. Indifferent service. Manager was on site but you wouldn't know it. Complete disappointment."
    Dined on 9/23/2013
  • "We really love coming here for the location and view. We were excited to learn a new chef was starting this summer. We have dined here three times since the chef arrived. We are bummed because we want to come here often, but the food is only fair. It has been either under seasoned, or just boring. We have tried fish, beef, lamb and vegetarian, but we never leave thinking that anything was great. Still hoping the chef can get settled in and rev it up a bit. The service and is always very good."
    Dined on 9/22/2013
  • "The West Shore Cafe in Homewood is one of the best dining spots on the West Shore of Lake Tahoe in terms of food, lake-view and ambiance, particularly in Summer months when one can dine dock-side."
    Dined on 9/20/2013
  • "We had a great time. Music and full moon! Beautiful."
    Dined on 9/19/2013
  • "This restaurant has it all: Great view, great atmosphere, delicious, artistic and innovative dishes, attentive service with an unpretentious approach. Not to be missed on your visit to Tahoe!"
    Dined on 9/19/2013
  • "Our second dining experience at West Shore and it did not disappoint. Good wait staff knows their menu and is not afraid to recommend dishes. I had the scallops and they were lovely. The vegi salad was very good and don't forget to order the Meek Mule!!"
    Dined on 9/16/2013
  • "We love this place! Great food, unbelievable view & excellent service. Love the lamb with rosemary…YUM, can't wait to go back!!!!"
    Dined on 9/11/2013
  • "If only the champagne were a little colder.......... No. seriously; everything was flawless. We were warmly greeted. As we were being seated the gentleman seating us saw that we were about to take photos of each other and offered to take our picture. The waiter was friendly, informative, and very attentive. The food was delicious and so beautifully presented, we took a photograph of it as well. It was a lovely dining experience, and we look forward to returning."
    Dined on 9/1/2013
  • "ONe of the prettiest sights on lake Tahoe. The food is always excellent and the setting could not be better."
    Dined on 8/30/2013
  • "Very beautiful indoor and outdoor dining. Menu was outstanding, but food only very good. Service was somewhat compromised by s Large wedding party that night. Noise level minimal."
    Dined on 8/26/2013
  • "Generally good, but unrealized potential for greatness. Came for our anniversary celebration, which we noted on our web reservation and also mentioned upon our arrival, but no special recognition by any staff or management. Beautiful two story dining room with glass walls on three sides looking out over Lake Tahoe had a remarkable number of burned out light bulbs. Why weren't the candles on all the tables lit for dinner? Outstanding appetizers, but chicken entrée was overcooked and filet was no different than what one might have been served in 1950. Beignets had a great chocolate dipping sauce, but were very heavy. We had a very nice time, but felt it could have been much better with just a little more attention to operational details."
    Dined on 8/25/2013
  • "Six of us enjoyed a late afternoon dinner seated at an outdoor table with a spectacular view of the lake. Our plan was to sit and enjoy our perfect evening as long as possible so we all started out with house specialty cocktails, including a rye old fashion for me. Our starters were – ahi tuna, tomato ‘caprese’ & fried asparagus with squash blossoms. Entrees were – Cod, salmon, rack of lamb, chicken & risotto. All of the dishes were perfectly prepared and shared by all. The service was exceptional. West Shore Café & Inn is ideal for relaxing at one of the most visually stunning lakes in the world. Definitely a big thumbs-up and a must return visit. See you soon."
    Dined on 8/24/2013
  • "We were visiting Lake Tahoe for the first time but spending only one night over, so we picked the West Shore Cafe & Inn because it's on the quieter west side of the lake. We decided to have dinner there too, and we were not disappointed. The indoor dining room is lovely and we were able to reserve a table next to one of the big open window/doors. The service was superior and the food excellent, both in presentation and taste. The outdoor area is also very appealing for drinks and dining, an unobstructed view of the lake with umbrellas, and heaters. Fabulous place!"
    Dined on 8/20/2013