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About Jake's on the Lake

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!

780 North Lake Boulevard
Tahoe City, CA 96145
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Californian, Seafood, Hawaiian

Hours of Operation:
Fall Hours
Daily from 4:30pm
Weekends from 11:30am

Cross Street:
Jackpine St

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(530) 583-0188

Website:
http://www.jakestahoe.com/

Entertainment:
Please visit our website www.jakestahoe.com for information about upcoming events.

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!

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.

Executive Chef:
Scott Yorkey

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

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Jake's on the Lake Ratings and Reviews

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4.2

Overall Rating

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food

4.0

service

4.1

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4.4

value

3.9

Noise

Moderate

94% would recommend it to a friend

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Casual (5)
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Seasonal (2)
Sunday Lunch (2)
Good for Anniversaries (2)
Worth the Drive (1)
Good for Birthdays (1)
Comfort Food (1)
Cozy (1)
Creative Cuisine (1)
Fun (1)
Great Beer (1)
Happy Hour (1)
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Great for Lunch (1)
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·Dined on September 24, 2017

Jake's is a fabulous restaurant with the best views arguably on all of Tahoe. The food has always been excellent and healthy. We are athletes and notice that we don't gain weight, despite consistently sumptuous food. We eat out weekly in the Truckee-North Tahoe area, and this is our favorite!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Paleo Friendly, Sunday Lunch, Quiet Conversation, Happy Hour, Casual, Fit for Foodies, Healthy
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 17, 2017

Enjoyed Jake's after a sail boat ride. Perfect ending to a great afternoon celebrating Birthdays! Love the view!!!

Tags: Romantic, Good for Groups, Comfort Food, Great Beer, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on September 9, 2017

My wife ordered filet mignon and it was prepared as requested and tasted good. I ordered crab stuffed lobster and it was unedible. The chef added so much salt that you could not taste the lobster or the crab, just lots and lots of salt; it was the only thing you could taste. I ate the meal to avoid disrupting a birthday celebration dinner, but will not do that again; I'll send it back immediately. Usually Jake's food is fine, but not this time. It spoiled an otherwise nice birthday outing.

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 (Central Coast)·Dined on August 24, 2017

Great place. We lived it!would recommend it to friends and family.

Tags: Romantic, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Scenic View, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 22, 2017

There were 4 of us for dinner recently and I had been looking forward to my visit. (I have been there many times over the years.) Unfortunately our server was not up to par. It was a long wait until she came to the table to acknowledge us. Table was set for 6 and she only cleared away 1 place setting instead of 2. Her language was inappropriate at times and they brought dessert before our dinner plates had been removed. One friend who used to have her own food business, said she would have fired her.
The food was delicious... No problem there...

Tags: Casual, Scenic View, Great for Outdoor Dining, Waterfront, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 18, 2017

Food was fantastic. I had the Panko crusted ahi and my husband had the short ribs. Both were excellent! We also had the clam chowder and it was terrific too. We sat out on the deck overlooking the lake. Awesome view!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Scenic View, Waterfront, Seasonal, Good for a Date
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 15, 2017

Better than expected! There were six of us at an outside table with lovely view of the lake, heat lamps for when the temperature dropped. Our waitperson was Great, but the bussers were too anxious, and removed plates while I was still eating. Everyone enjoyed their main course. The scallops looked to be the more inspired plate if the bunch. Corkage of our bottle was waived with the purchase of another .

Tags: Scenic View
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·Dined on August 12, 2017

Worst service ever experienced. Food wasn't good. Expensive for what it is.

Tags: Seasonal
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 (Houston)·Dined on August 7, 2017

6 girlfriends came from Houston so they appreciated the deck, temp, great food and service. Wines were terrific too.

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for a Date, Local Ingredients, Special Occasion
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 (Kansas City)·Dined on August 4, 2017

We've eaten at Jake's before with OK results - never spectacular. Unfortunately this restaurant seems to be more focused on its operating efficiencies than satisfying the customer. A merchant in the neighboring mall had recommended a particular entree. But our server indicated that it was only available in the bar. Seriously? This restaurant apparently hasn't gotten the memo that the customer should be accommodated bar menu or not. The pork chops were very small and dry. The server wasn't particularly interested in keeping iced tea glasses filled. Overall the quality of the cuisine was just so-so.

There are many good restaurants in the Lake Tahoe area. Skip Jake's on the Lake.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 18, 2017

The food was fine and the waterfront dining was excellent, but the service offered by our indifferent, distracted server was poor. Most of all be forewarned that the cold, inhospitable greeter at the entrance will immediately disavow your Open Table reservation with hostility.

It seems they have 2 reservation systems and rather than check both before rudely rejecting your reservation on Open Table, the hostess announces to one and all that you don't have a table.

Sad. We enjoy Kimo's and Hula Grill in Maui where the food and service are excellent. Too bad that charm hasn't migrated to this chain's California restaurant.

Tags: Waterfront
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 7, 2017

Outdoor seating with a view of the lake is beautiful.

Service very poor - mistake was made with one of the entrees (wrong meal delivered). Instead of ensuring that this entree was resubmitted as top priority, it was put back in queue behind many others (very busy night), resulting in the right entree being delivered 25 minutes after the first one. This on top of very slow service to begin with. Waiter was apologetic for mistake, and offered to pack the 2nd one in a "to go container". Manager did comp the one meal and dessert, but this was very poorly handled and a disappointment.

Tags: Special Occasion, Vibrant Bar Scene, Romantic, Waterfront, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 2, 2017

An old favorite, we go for the view, but the food was surprisingly good. The interior needs some serious updating, but who cares when you're looking at the lake and the snow-capped mountains beyond? The burrata appetizer was delicious and the swordfish special with a thai-inspired coconut curry sauce was a treat. The kids didn't find a ton on the menu, but their kids menu for youngers has several options. It's a bit overpriced, but we'll be back.

Tags: Special Occasion, Waterfront, Scenic View
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on July 2, 2017

Once we were seated our waitress served us very quickly and took our order. Our food came out fairly quick and was so delicious. Our table was outside on their back deck area and we had an amazing view of the lake.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Scenic View
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 30, 2017

Jake is well run, has great wait help and wonderful food. Lake Tahoe is in your face.

Tags: Hot Spot, Creative Cuisine, Scenic View, Waterfront
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 (Tahoe)·Dined on June 23, 2017

Reservations were simple and easy. Food was excellent, service was great. Plus, what a location.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Scenic View, Waterfront
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 (Tahoe)·Dined on June 18, 2017

Love Jake's! Have been there a few times now and have never been disappointed. It was Father's Day and this was THE place my husband wanted to go to. We started with the lamb ribs and poke roll and both were really delicious. Our three main courses were tournedos, short ribs and the sea bass special. We LOVED them. Really, really good food and our server was totally on top of everything. Great evening, great Father's Day dinner. Totally recommend.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Waterfront, Scenic View, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for a Date
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 (Tahoe)·Dined on June 17, 2017

Just all around great experience! Food and service was fantastic!

Tags: Romantic, Good for a Date, Scenic View, People Watching, Cozy, Waterfront
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 17, 2017

Food was wonderful , service was good. View was beautiful.

Tags: Special Occasion, Waterfront, Scenic View
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 (Sacramento)·Dined on June 16, 2017

Advertised as dog friendly on outdoor patio, but it's not. No dogs allowed during dinner, which if fine, just don't take reservation under false pretenses.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 3, 2017

We were a party of 8 and I'm sure we were the loud ones. Alyson, our server was awesome. The views from the deck are excellent. The weather was perfect to have a sunset dinner on the deck. Drinks were perfect. Food was excellent. We all had a wonderful time and will make this a regular spot. Thank you again.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 30, 2016

We've had family dinners at Jakes each time we go to Tahoe for years and normally have a great time, great food with interesting specials, and great service. We also go to their sister restaurant Dukes in Waikiki. This year was a major disappointment. We had reservations far in advance for Dec 30 holiday dinner. When we arrived they seated our party of 5 upstairs at a small booth in an empty room. The hostess rudely declined when we asked for a bigger table or to be seated downstairs where the ambience is much better. After speaking with a manager we were moved to a larger table, but in a corner next to a huge birthday party and with a view of the emergency exit. Our server was friendly but had way too many tables and as a result forgot multiple items and was not very attentive. Food was ok. $40 steaks were not cooked precisely to temp. Kids food took forever. Drinks weren't refilled and empty plates were not cleared. Overall, not the experience I expect for a $300+ dinner. Hopefully better next time or maybe time to try a new place.

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 (Denver)·Dined on December 29, 2016

Front staff was a little gruff with us even though we were on time. The staff the rest of the night was great and the food was excellent.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 27, 2016

Been there twice. I would rate dinner a 5 star. Lunch a 2 star.

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 (Tahoe)·Dined on December 26, 2016

Beautiful setting right by the lake. Wonderful decor and ambiance and very good tasting food. Definitely a great choice for a special occasion when spending a few days in Tahoe. Have been there several times and it is just as worth going every time.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Good for a Date, Live Music, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Waterfront, Romantic, Seasonal
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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 25, 2016

We celebrated Christmas dinner at Jake's. Our table a stuffed in a corner with REALLY bright lights glaring at us. Our waiter Rusell was excellent and made up for our first impression. Food was good.

Tags: Good for Groups, Notable Wine List
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 24, 2016

Our 2 families reserved dinner for Christmas Eve here. Both families have had dinner and lunch here on multiple occasions prior to this visit. The food was fine - the short ribs, mac crusted mahi, seafood stew, tornadoes filet, and the crab special - all decent quality and quantity. We had reservations for 8 PM, the dining area had cleared out there were a couple of smaller tables, but it took over a hour for our main course to come out. Our water glasses were not refilled and no one checked on us or let us know that the meal was delayed. This was unusual, we have had better service at other times/days. Just a bit disappointed in the service .

Tags: Kid-friendly
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 24, 2016

Everything on the menu looked good, it was hard to decide. We all liked our meals!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Comfort Food, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Kid-friendly, People Watching
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 16, 2016

Husband had beef ribs huge portion very tender. I had Asian inspired fish stew with rice cake that was deep fried. Also delicious but not very filling if you are hungry Delicious though. Wonderful deck overlooking lake if weather is good. Large bar We go often when we are up at the lake

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 25, 2016

We had a wonderful meal, celebrating a birthday. I enjoyed the food, service, the fireplace and the background music. I would recommend this restaurant to all.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Casual, Good for Birthdays, Bar Seating, Notable Wine List, Waterfront, Scenic View
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 (Tahoe)·Dined on November 25, 2016

I made our reservation online thinking that our table would be in the dining room. When we arrived, we were seated in the bar which we found to be noisy and crowded.

Tags: Waterfront
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 (Sacramento)·Dined on November 23, 2016

We've. Been there before and ate in the bar, it was incredibly good from the staff to the food. Couldn't wait to go back for our anniversary, it SUCKED. So dark had to use phone to read menu, thought it was us looked around and three other tables were doing the same thing.food was just ok nothing to come back for. Service was awful when we went to find our server to get our check he apologized and said he was really busy, paid and left to an empty restaurant so not sure what he was busy doing but it wasn't service.

Tags: Bar Seating
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 (Boise)·Dined on October 22, 2016

Great food and service with a pretty view of the lake. Would be better if you had an elevator in your restaurant so disabled people could get up the second floor more easily. We love that you have hormone free chicken and lamb. More organic items on the menu would be nice. We wish you would turn down the music and play more peaceful, relaxing music.

Tags: Healthy, Waterfront
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 (Boise)·Dined on October 19, 2016

Great place to go if you want a scenic view of Lake Tahoe. We chose this place because they have hormone free chicken and lamb. What would make it even better is more organic and hormone free items, GMO-free and wild-caught fish (not farmed). We appreciate that they turned down the loud music when we asked, but it would be even better if they didn't play it so loud to begin with or if they played more relaxing music, which would add to the ambiance. The food was great and the service was very attentive.

Tags: Romantic, Waterfront, Scenic View
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 (Tahoe)·Dined on August 23, 2016

We went for lunch and upon the hostess recommendation we chose to eat inside as the yellow jackets were horrible this time. We were seated right by the window and enjoyed the view without being bothered by the yellow jackets. My husband ordered the rueben sandwich and it came with wedge cut fries. He enjoyed it and would order it again. I ordered the Turkey/cranberry sandwich with brie and green apples. It was good and I like the whole grain toasted bread it was on. I would not order it again as it was just ok for me. There was nothing wrong with it, I just was not thrilled. Our waitress was pretty good except my husband had to ask three times to have his water refilled. I almost got up and went to find her to refill it when she appeared with the water pitcher and they were not very busy at that time (2pm). I would go back as it is a good restaurant with a great view of Lake Tahoe and eating outside is very enjoyable except when there is a huge yellow jacket problem.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Bar Seating, Scenic View, Waterfront, Casual, Great for Lunch
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 31, 2015

Long wait even with reservations

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 30, 2015

After a long day of skiing - and too many meals in-cabin, it was just perfect. Beautiful place - drinks are good, warm food. Great service. Loved it!

Ps - get the pork chop!!!!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Scenic View
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 (Tahoe)·Dined on December 27, 2015

We had a lovely dinner at Jakes. Beautiful setting, perfect corner table with an amazing view of the lake and good food - my husband was delighted with the ribs which he said were off the charts! Go for a buzzy evening, good food and a great location.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Scenic View
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vip
 (Sacramento)·Dined on December 24, 2015

Kind of shocked by some of the negative reviews. The food and service were great I could not have been more pleased with it. I will definitely be back!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, Scenic View, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 15, 2015

We always come to Jakes's when in Tahoe. Never disappointed. The macadamia crusted mahi mahi was splendid

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