Graham's at Squaw Valley

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316 reviews
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In business for 21 years, Graham's is located in the historical Poulsen family home. Built in 1946, Sandy and Wayne raised 8 children here. Their home now is our restaurant and also the Christy Lodge which has 6 hotel rooms. Just minutes away from all of the activities in Squaw Valley, Graham's has been a favorite Apres Ski and Dinner House to locals and tourists alike. Summertime means bocce ball with Hor's D'oeuvres and cocktails before dinner on our heated patio with spectacular views of the mountain peaks. Winter time is the time to enjoy the warmth and cozy ambiance of a true mountain lodge, open wood burning fireplaces, vaulted ceilings create a unique Tahoe experience. Graham's also has an active bar scene with full menu dining at the bar. Award winning wine list with 450 selections. Menu changes weekly with a good selection of fresh seafood, great steaks and house specials such as seafood chowder, cheese fondue, duck cassoulet, osso bocco and tarte tatin for dessert.
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PV
Phoenix
13 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Great food. Everything the six of us ordered was excellent. Reasonable wine list, and pleasant service.

W
San Francisco
30 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We returned to Graham's after about 10 years. We found the experience just wonderful. 6 of us ordered just about everything. I had the Quail which was good but didn't knock my socks off. Small bird small appetizer. The Elk chop on the other had was fanominal. Perfectly cooked and tender with the lingonberry sauce. Delightful. The other members of our group all enjoyed the crab legs, Halibut, New York steak, and seafood pasta. I could go on and on, but all 6 of us were very happy with our dinners. Our server had a wonderful dry sence of humor and was an enjoyable addition to our fine dining experience. We will be back and we wondered why we had not been there in so long. Very good wine list as well.

JH
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was great and the service was outstanding.
Our friend anniversary was acknowledge.
We had a wonderful time celebrating it.
Will be visiting them next time.

OT
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was truly wonderful, as usual! We can’t wait until next time!

e
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful dinner to celebrate my birthday with friends at Graham’s. Everyone (including Graham himself!) was warm and attentive. The food was delicious. My halibut was a very generous serving. Cocktails (cosmopolitans) were great and we loved the warm bread served with both butter and artichoke spread. A perfect birthday dinner!

SF
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I try to get to Graham's just about every time I visit Squaw Valley. It's definitely my favorite local restaurant (and I've tried them all!). Friendly vibe, intimate dining room (with a roaring wood fire in the winter), and stunning food.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful place with amazing food!

MF
San Francisco
321 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The artichoke dip and warm bread say welcome every time we come. The duck breast and salmon were cooked to perfection

OT
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Waitstaff was very attentive and the food was amazing.

CT
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 4ambience 2

Tomato salad and buffalo ribeye were the highlights. The oysters were awful. Food was average at best. Place needs a renovation.

TR
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was a perfect evening to a Father's Day Weekend. Very quiet and peaceful time for our adult children and us, with a lovely meal in a quaint old-home restaurant. Felt like I was sitting in grandma's dinning room. Also enjoyed a nice chat with the owner on our way out , and he made us feel even more at home. We will be back.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Definetly will go back. The food and service was amazing. The fish soup was one of the best ever. Great wine list.

OT
Charleston
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always lovely. We came to celebrate two birthdays.

f
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great food and ambiance. Very friendly people, we had such a good time!

OT
Sacramento
4 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Old school restaurant with just a limited items on the menu, but very good food! Thank you and we definitely will come back soon.

OT
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Our server was very busy..another server and the busser fud their bezt to pick up the slack

BB
Portland
4 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A great dining experience and everything was delicious!!
Good to be back!!

JM
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Loved the Buffalo Bison. It was done to perfection! The chowder was terrific as well!

m
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was wonderful, wish we didn't live so far away.

C
San Francisco
28 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

I love the warm ambiance of the fireplace and the booths and that the tables are nicely separated. The service was excellent from the welcome by the owner to the very nice wait staff. I ordered the special paella and the special stuffed smoked salmon. Bothe were the most expensive things on the menu which was not noted when presented to the table. Both were tasty, but the paella was more like a soupy seafood rice dish, none of the crisp bottom or saffron taste that is usually seen with that dish. It was easy to separate the clam and mussel meat from the shells in the dish without wearing it, but leaving the hard tails covered on the shrimp made for a nice mess trying to get them off. Finally had to jump in with fingers to separate the two parts. Don't know what they are left on. I'd recommend that you switch to risotto rice and call it that instead of imitation paella.

AL
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

Upon entering the restaurant there was a musty smell. We ordered the special paella and it was bland at best. Very soupy and although well stocked with seafood lacked any flavor. The service was fine but would not recommend the restaurant especially considering cost.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Odor from the bathroom emanated throughout the restaurant.

EJ
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Wonderful ambience and view over Truckee. Very fun evening and skilled servers. Loved it.

NC
San Francisco
22 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Overall a great local, Olympic Valley high-end dinner spot relative to the food experience. Great (but limited) choices of mostly red meat dishes (my wife's seabass was excellent). My lamb shank (the special for the night) was small but very good. A pretty good wine selection too. Our waiter was bland in personality with low-grade service (e.g. Did not continue to fill our wine glass during our main course...we 'self served'. I will go back...but hope to get a different waiter.

SD
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I always have to go have dinner at Graham’s every time we are in the area. We love it!

BB
San Francisco
27 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Where’s the magnificent Caesar salad? Wasn’t on the menu this time. However the special, seafood paella, was scrumptious

s
Las Vegas
6 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 4

There were 6 of us for dinner. We got there at 7:15, which was the time of our reservation.

We didn't see our waitress for 20 minutes although she walked by us, waiting on other tables. A manager finally acknowledges our unhappiness and got us water and menus.

They had also placed us by a large fireplace which that for some, made it very warm and uncomfortable.

The food was just ok, not at the same level as the other 2 restaurants we visited on this ski trip. I had the baked oysters for an appetizer that just had little flavor. My ahi tuna main meal was good but not great.

Their wine list was probably the highlight. There were lots of choices at all price levels.

Also, she automatically added a 20% tip that we all thought was inappropriate.

We had eaten at both Christy Hill and Plumpjack's Cafe the 2 prior nights and unfortunately, Grahams just didn't compare...

LS
San Francisco
53 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 4

Ugh, Graham's is such a beloved restaurant especially for those who stay in Olympic Valley. This was my first time to Graham's and I had heard many great things about the restaurant so we were really looking forward to our visit.

When we first walked in there was a subtle, but a bit off-putting, scent in the air; probably just a winter-issue where they couldn't open the windows too often, I thought.

I loved the decor - it reminded me of quaint Austrian or Swiss restaurants in the Alps.

Our appetizer, a fabulous smoked salmon dish with really interesting flavors, got me more excited about what was to come. Plus, the bread was very warm and wonderfully tasty.

Next, however, came the calamari. The pieces of calamari were greasy and there was a pool of oil at the bottom of the dish. We ate it 'happily' reflecting on such a great first course.

Then came the special of the night which my companion and I consider ourselves great connoisseurs of - paella. They didn't mention the price, but I accept responsibility for not asking. To their credit they split the entree for us.

So, as you probably know (not to be confused with the Graham's kitchen - ouch, petty), paella usually comes in a cast iron 'paella' pan where much of the rice (Bomba) sticks to the pan because of the fabulous flavorful curing process during cooking. What we got, however, were two bowls of non-savory rice with various seafood and fish on top. It was not tasty, it did not seem fresh (our fault for ordering seafood in the mountains) and it was definitely overpriced. $40 for the entree.

Admittedly, we may be outliers. When we left the restaurant was packed. So obviously lots of people know and love Graham's. We discussed it the next day and are willing to give it another chance. But it wasn't what I hoped for. I hope this review is not too negative; I just want others, as well as the restaurant, to know it's not up to par.

d
Washington DC
68 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

We were a party of 7 that night- most everyone enjoyed the food. However, there was a strong smell in the restaurant that colored our experience - something like a barn. We asked the staff, and they shrugged it off, I guess having gotten used to the smell, saying it had something to do with the heavy snowfall on the roof. We joked about hoping nothing had died in the snowfall, but I think the restaurant staff should understand that smelling like manure in a barn is not appealing to diners, especially in what should be a fine dining experience. Anyway it was a shame as the food overall was good. I would not recommend the cassoulet as it was not well presented, seasoned, or tasty - just three types of meats stewed in some brown beans - the sausage was heavy, chewy, and not edible. I should have gotten the elk. The wine was good but pricey.

GW
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding meal. Interesting selections of wild game in addition to usual fare. All flawlessly prepared.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had the most wonderful dinner experience here a few nights ago

KG
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

The evening was very nice and the food was ok, we felt the menu was a little bit out of date, and trying
To be something it wasn’t, not quite fine dining, but fine dining prices.
Service was very good and everyone was very friendly, I think our expectations from other diners reviews was probably a bit too high.

OT
Charleston
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was incredible! The ambiance impeccable and Graham was superb himself!

S
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Graham's is not cheap, but the quality is very high indeed. Do try the snow crab legs. Excellent wine list, including some real bargains (for the quality) in the $100 range. Not noisy, absolutely not comparable to the assorted eateries in the village. Nice fireplace. Just the right place to have a decent Dinner after a day on the slopes.

GG
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, had Elk, Lamb, and Filet.
Great service. Great host.

M
New York Area
37 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best restaurants in Tahoe area. We have eaten here for years and the food, service,ambiance and intangibles are very special. It is s but pricey but worth every penny as the entire operation is exceptional.

h
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This traditional classic restaurant is elegant and still feels like Tahoe. The warm welcome, delicious food, and great service never disappoints. Generous portions, and top notch ingredients. We wouldn't visit Squaw Valley without visiting Graham's.

CM
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Warm, friendly atmosphere. Was there on Valentine's and they did not make us feel rushed in order to seat another party. Food was fabulous. The seafood chowder was so good. The owner and staff treat you like you are old friends. Wonderful and memorable meal. Thank you.

IR
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Went to Graham's for VD. We requested a table next to the fireplace and we got the table for two at the upper fireplace. It was 20 degrees outside, so it was perfect! Ordered the cassole and NY steak with gorgonzola. Both were terrific. We also had the salad and baked oysters for appetizers. Both yummy. It always fun chatting with Graham. The bar was lively.

LM
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had dinner at Graham's on Valentine's day. We made reservations about 10 days prior. It was snowing heavily and the wind was gusting. We took the short trip to Graham's from Olympic Village Inn using the Mountaineer service. We had a wonderful meal and were attended with professionalism. As the evening rolled on, the room got louder and louder. Lots of people knew each other. Our meals were served at the ideal temperature and dessert was scrumptious. Overall, it was a wonderful Valentine's Day experience. We would do it again.

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