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Jake's on the Lake, Tahoe City, CA

Jake's on the Lake

4.5
4.5
518 Reviews
$31 to $50
Californian
Jake’s On The Lake is the ultimate waterfront dining experience in Lake Tahoe! Soak in spectacular views of the lake and enjoy a flavorsome meal while we treat you to our warm “Mountain Aloha” hospitality. Family owned and operated since 1978 our menu is inspired by Californian and Hawaiian flavors and features the freshest possible, locally-sourced seafood, grass-fed meats, and seasonal produce. We look forward to welcoming you soon!

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 2 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Californian, Seafood, Hawaiian
  • Hours of operation
    Lunch Sat, Sun 11:30 am–3:30 pm Dinner Daily 5:00 pm–9:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (530) 583-0188
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Executive chef
    Russell Coffman
  • Catering
    Jake's On The Lake can cater any event no matter how big or small. Call us to discuss your needs and let us take care of the rest!
  • Private party facilities
    Jake's On The Lake offers a number of private dining experiences, from special occasions to major events. Please contact our knowledgeable and friendly team to discuss the details of your event.
  • Private party contact
    Danielle McCord: (530) 583-0188
  • Neighborhood
    Tahoe City
  • Cross street
    Jackpine Street
  • Parking details
    Ample parking available in the Boatwork's Mall where Jake's is located.
  • Public transit
    Tahoe Area Regional Transport (TART) services the Boatwork's Mall where Jake's is located. <br><br /><br />Please visit: http://www.placer.ca.gov/Departments/Works/transit/TART.aspx for timetables and route information.
  • Entertainment
    Please visit our website www.jakestahoe.com for information about upcoming events.
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Beer Garden, BYO Wine, Cafe, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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What 518 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.3Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4Value

NoiseModerate

518 Reviews
  1. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 30, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our server Chrissy was great! Food was good and the prices decent. Loved it.

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  2. PWDs

    San Francisco

    34 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    34 reviews

    Dined on November 19, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Beautiful views of the lake. Menu had nice selection of options. The food may not be fine dining but is very nice. Staff very helpful and we had a great evening and dining experience

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  3. CN65

    San Francisco

    9 reviews

    3.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 2
    I know this is an institution that's been in Tahoe City of 45 years and is beloved by many locals; however, for the price, this place just falls flat. The drinks were ungodly expensive, the wine list was weak and the food was tasty but uninteresting. The service was very nice and the seats by the window are nice, but the decor and overall ambiance was pretty sad.

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  4. jleetahoe

    San Francisco

    60 reviews

    3.0

    60 reviews

    Dined on November 3, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our table server was lovely and the view to the lake was outstanding. I had never heard of the red wines except for Darioush, at about $150 for a half bottle. I ordered the $17 cab and it was nearly undrinkable. I thought about getting a different glass, but the others were around $11. Considering the markup, those would have been awful, too. Bread plates were on the table, but no bread was offered. My Caesar with Mahi Mahi was great, the fish cooked perfectly. The Brussel Sprouts had great flavor, along with the spicy BBQ sauce. Could have been roasted a little more. Side Caesar salad was good but it would have been nice to get the anchovies we asked for. My husband's cioppino cried for more broth, but the half lobster tail was a nice addition! Otherwise, mostly shrimp. $62 is the most we've ever paid for cioppino, and he orders it all the time. We had a nice time because the table server was so warm and friendly.

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  5. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 28, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We loved Annette! The food was great, and our service made this meal so memorable.

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  6. TonyM

    Sacramento

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on October 21, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    From being greeted when we arrived, to all the service we received during our meal, I give Jakes a superior 5+ Stars. My wife and I had a wonderful time as always and we will return.

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  7. Meri

    Sacramento

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 19, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Friendly wait staff. Delicious food. Great view of Lake Tahoe.

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  8. SarahB

    Atlanta Metro

    24 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on October 15, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food has been better in the past. My fish was dry and overcooked. This is one of our favorite restaurants.

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  9. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    78 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    78 reviews

    Dined on September 25, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Wonderful meal - calamari was superb! Short ribs had great flavor, but a little fatty. Service was perfect! Excellent view of the lake from upstairs dining room.

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  10. JeanE

    Raleigh

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 24, 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    Entire experience was disappointing and embarrassing when bringing out of town guests. Server did not understand menu, did not serve water, delayed cocktail drinks, over explained rational and justifications for why from server and manager on food delivered. They did offer more food or drink service, but it was just too late in meal to enjoy. Won’t be coming back as there are just other places in Tahoe to enjoy.

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  11. Islandgirl

    Seattle

    8 reviews

    3.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on September 20, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Anniversary

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  12. MikeK

    San Francisco

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 17, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We went to Jake's for a birthday dinner. I had the macadamia nut crusted halibut and was cooked perfectly, I asked for more of the sauce that complimented the fish. My wife ordered the palm salad and added mahi but the mahi was a little overcooked. We sat out on the balcony which is a little tired and needs sanding and staining. The service was very good, the music was at a nice level. Overall a nice evening.

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  13. scrabblechamp1

    Central Coast

    33 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    33 reviews

    Dined on September 8, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Service was great! We have eaten here 2 times and very happy with everything!! We have had the pork chop, scallops, calamari, crab cakes (best crab cakes ever with lots of crab meat and very little filler!) Halibut dinner and the special last night was a 12 oz Boneless ribeye and I added grilled asparagus and sauted mushrooms for my sides, excellent!! Presentation is always beautiful! Well worth the prices!! Dessert was the Hula Pie..delicious!

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  14. OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    3 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 2, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Service is always fantastic but the food was just okay. I understand food costs are higher, due to challenges with transporting fresh food up to Tahoe, every dish we ate (or saw) did not leave me feeling like it was worth the price. Hopefully the restaurant turns it around as this was always a family favorite every time we visit Tahoe (since the 80s).

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  15. Local

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on August 19, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 2
    This is the second time we have been seated upstairs in the "kiddie zone." For these high prices, I don't expect to experience kids screaming and running around. Waitress was great! Food was fair, and slightly over priced.

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  16. OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 17, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful dinner spot. Halibut was a little over cooked this time but it’s always a favorite. Sat in a little nook overlooking the water so service was a little slow due to not seeing us but that gave us more time to enjoy the view. Overall would come back!

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  17. PatrickJ

    Tahoe

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 15, 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 1
    My first impression of Jake’s was that the restaurant is well-kept, and the appealing décor along with the view of the marina and lake made it inviting. The overall experience was very disappointing. Arrived 20 minutes early on Monday for a 5:00 PM reservation made three days earlier. Had drinks at the bar where the service was fine, however, conversation wasn’t friendly but rather rude. The dining area was empty when my wife and I were seated at a tiny 2-person table in a small, stuffy, restrictive corner, while much nicer table options were available. That still doesn’t make any sense as those tables, with a window view were filled within the next 10 minutes with parties of two with plenty of other tables still available. Expected more from the Macadamia Nut Halibut, that night’s special. It was quite bland. My wife had a Caesar salad with dry chicken and barely any dressing. Both meals were completely overpriced and disappointing. Atmosphere was one of pretentious snobs. Recommend reading thru the customer reviews before deciding to go!

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  18. LeenaS

    San Francisco

    17 reviews

    4.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on August 3, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We all had fish but was way overdone. When paying these prices I guess there is an expectation the food is cooked properly not under or over done.

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  19. Nooch

    Baja California Sur

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Perfect for two on the deck. Food was delicious. Fish special and the short rib.

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  20. Elrey

    Sacramento

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 30, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Service was friendly, helpful, and attentive. However, the food was poorly seasoned, overcooked (on both our steaks and sides), and the courses came at odd times (just a lobster tail came out 10ish minutes before the rest of the main course). The drinks were delicious and well made, but they did take a long time to come out as the bar was behind most of the night. We did have a truly delicious dessert at the end of the meal and it was definitely the highlight. Overall, we would say that it was ‘nice’ which is not what we were looking for during a celebratory meal.

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  21. mickeyCali

    San Francisco

    84 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    84 reviews

    Dined on July 29, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    We sat on deck and the service was great! Food was good, but not outstanding...some of the menu items seemed somewhat wintery...but we were satisfied with salads, crab cakes, and clams

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  22. DavidO

    Tahoe

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 21, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Too long to get service at the table, once available service was okay

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  23. DanC

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 19, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our water, drinks, and appetizer were all there within 30 minutes. Our server was awesome and we had a beautiful view of the lake at sunset. A perfect night. Sunnyside restaurant could learn a few things from Jake's.

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  24. shaileyK

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on July 19, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Food not as good as it use to be and way too pricey. Service was great as is the ambiance.

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  25. KelL

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 17, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 2
    Our server was great, but our salad and entree came out within 30 seconds of each other. The place is so big the food is run separately, so nothing the server could have done, but means we ate cold entrees. Food was ok; clearly paying for the view.

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  26. SuzyF

    Los Angeles

    9 reviews

    1.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on July 16, 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    We will not go back to this restaurant. We arrived and got seated upstairs (the first warning sign). While the view was amazing, we then waited about 15 minutes to get our order taken. Our appetizers arrived 30 minutes later which was a salad that had a funky taste to it. Then an hour later our food arrived even though we asked for it multiple times. We kept getting told "you're the next ticket up". Meanwhile, we saw multiple plates going by for about 15 minutes. Finally the manager brought the food to the table. There were no apologies. He said "your food took awhile because we had 3 big parties and they all put their order in at the same time". Then they should have told us that when we sat down and not 1 1/2 hours later. The steak was inedible. we will never go back.

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  27. KevinM

    Denver

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on July 13, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Jakes is a very fun place that serves excellent food! The staff is friendly, polite and attentive! The views are fabulous and the cocktails very pleasing!

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  28. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    vip
    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 13, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 1
    Jake’s used to have reasonable quality product at a slightly higher price point for the food. This year, the quality has decreased significantly yet the prices have increased. The environment was poor as well: long wait time with a reservation, chairs were dirty, deck was sticky. $65 for 3 overcooked scallops atop hours old gummy ‘risotto’ was disappointing at best.

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  29. OpenTable Diner

    Salt Lake City

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 9, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The halibut dish was just amazing. Perfect service and drinks,too.

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  30. AOB303

    Denver

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 6, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Jake's is certainly one of the best experiences in all of Lake Tahoe.

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  31. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 1, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Food was overpriced but decent. Hula cake was delicious.

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  32. BrianH

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 17, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful dinner and view, great service! Thank you!

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  33. JessicaN

    Hawaii

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 23, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Everything was fantastic as always, however there was a 3-top behind us with a girl that was overly loud and would not stop talking. She was making comments about strippers and other things that maybe not everyone wanted to hear. It’s not the restaurant’s fault but that kind of ruined the atmosphere of a nice quiet dinner.

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  34. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 23, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Great spot good food - recommended for sure. Drinks and ambiance

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  35. JohnO

    Tahoe

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 18, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    View was georgeous, service and food excellent

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  36. JoeDine

    San Francisco

    141 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    141 reviews

    Dined on May 12, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    We arrived right at 5:00 p.m. for dinner requested a window table. We were seated at a very small table for two. We asked for the table for four right next to it and we’re told that those tables for parties of three or four. About 15 minutes after we were seated a party of two was seated at that table. I immediately went to the hostess station to complain and was told that a party of four cancelled and they seated the next party of two who requested a window table. I told them that we were not happy and would have liked that table. For dinner we split the bison filet and paid the split charge. My wife’s half of the filet, but mine was chewy and grissly. If we are going to be charged $62 for a filet it should be a very good piece of meat. This was not. Also we both requested a side of cauliflower and got asparagus instead. We mentioned that to our wait person and she talked to chef who told her that he decided to make the change, but didn’t make it on the menu. On the plus side, our wait person was great and even talked the hostess desk about our table issue. When we left the both hostesses apologized to us.

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  37. CindyS

    Minneapolis

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on April 30, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing view of the lake from Jakes on the Lake. We had a wonderful dinner and fabulous service. We will definitely be back.

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  38. moragamunchers

    San Francisco

    144 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    144 reviews

    Dined on April 21, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great view of Tahoe, innovative menu, Nina our server was wonderful. Our go-to at Tahoe. Great bar, friendly staff.

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  39. SFLove

    San Francisco

    18 reviews

    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on April 15, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Since this was a birthday celebration, I had requested a table with a view of the lake— wow, did they deliver! We had the perfect table with a wonderful server, who perfectly timed our meal and even brought us a complimentary birthday cake to finish off our celebration. All this combined with live music made Jake’s perfect.

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  40. Sheldon

    Tahoe

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 13, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    This was a great place to have an anniversary dinner. Service was excellent and the view is great. Food was on the pricey side but worth the expense. Only complaint is that for where we sat, it was a bit on the noisy side for a restaurant. Overall great experience!

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Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff temperature check required
    • Contact tracing information collected

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Jake's on the Lake using the Order Online button. Jake's on the Lake also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (530) 583-0188.

Jake's on the Lake is rated 4.5 stars by 518 OpenTable diners.

Jake's on the Lake does offer gift cards which you can purchase here.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 2 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Jake's on the Lake

780 North Lake Boulevard, Tahoe City, CA 96145

Additional information

  • Cross street
    Jackpine Street
  • Neighborhood
    Tahoe City
  • Hours of operation
    Lunch Sat, Sun 11:30 am–3:30 pm Dinner Daily 5:00 pm–9:00 pm
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Californian, Seafood, Hawaiian
  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking details
    Ample parking available in the Boatwork's Mall where Jake's is located.
  • Public transit
    Tahoe Area Regional Transport (TART) services the Boatwork's Mall where Jake's is located. Please visit: http://www.placer.ca.gov/Departments/Works/transit/TART.aspx for timetables and route information.
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive chef
    Russell Coffman
  • Entertainment
    Please visit our website www.jakestahoe.com for information about upcoming events.
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Beer Garden, BYO Wine, Cafe, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (530) 583-0188
  • Catering
    Jake's On The Lake can cater any event no matter how big or small. Call us to discuss your needs and let us take care of the rest!
  • Private party facilities
    Jake's On The Lake offers a number of private dining experiences, from special occasions to major events. Please contact our knowledgeable and friendly team to discuss the details of your event.
  • Private party contact
    Danielle McCord: (530) 583-0188
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