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Jake's on the Lake

410 reviews
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$30 and under
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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!
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Californian, Seafood, Hawaiian
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Hours of operation
Fall Hours
Daily from 4:30pm
Weekends from 11:30am
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Phone number
(530) 583-0188
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Scott Yorkey
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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.
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Private party contact
Danielle McCord: (530) 583-0188
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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!
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Cross street
Jackpine St
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Parking details
Ample parking available in the Boatwork's Mall where Jake's is located.
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Public transit
Tahoe Area Regional Transport (TART) services the Boatwork's Mall where Jake's is located.

Please visit: for timetables and route information.
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Please visit our website for information about upcoming events.
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
What 410 People Are Saying
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75% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
2.0  Dined 5 days ago

Great food and view. Been there a few times and the hostess always seems unfriendly and snobby. I’ve seen people walk up and wait uncomfortably for the hostess to greet them, as the hostess is busy on the phone or talking with other staff. You can easily take a moment to just say ‘Hi, I’ll be right with you’. Just acknowledge that the customer is standing in front of you. As this is the first point of contact with customers, they should hire more friendly and customer oriented hostesses. Always leaves a bad taste as you start your dining experience. Advice, greet people nicely as if you care about their day and their dining experience.

None (San Francisco)
2.0  Dined on February 1, 2018

Disappointed. Food and menu choices limited on Winter menu. Food not near the quality it has been in the past.

OpenTable Diner (Sacramento)
4.0  Dined on January 20, 2018

Love the place, but they don't have my favorite wine.

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on January 6, 2018

Nice atmosphere, a bit noisy, but not exceptionally so. We didn't try the bar, but it was enticing. The menu is all ala carte, but the plates include nice complements so extra sides are only for the very hungry. The sea scallops were wonderful, but sparse (only three); the sea bass portion was just about right, but still on the small side. The presentations and taste were superb for both dishes. Wonderful service. Prices were on the moderately high side ($32 for sea scallops, $34 for sea bass) and the wine by the glass selection was limited but adequate.
We'd go back.

OpenTable Diner (Hawaii)
5.0  Dined on December 19, 2017

Always a must when we head to Tahoe. The brie is killer. Right on the water - beautiful views.

ShiraS (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined on November 22, 2017

Both fish dishes way overcooked

OpenTable Diner (Hawaii)
5.0  Dined on September 23, 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!

OpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
4.0  Dined on September 16, 2017

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

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
2.0  Dined on September 8, 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.

OpenTable Diner (Central Coast)
5.0  Dined on August 23, 2017

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

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined on August 21, 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...

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on August 17, 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!

RedSnapper (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined on August 14, 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 .

OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
1.0  Dined on August 11, 2017

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

vipKarenT (Houston)
5.0  Dined on August 6, 2017

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

vipRLHKC (Kansas City)
2.0  Dined on August 3, 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.

OpenTable Diner (Portland)
1.0  Dined on July 17, 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.

vipOpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
2.0  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.

vipLisaB (San Francisco)
4.0  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.

Nickair (Central Coast)
5.0  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.