PlumpJack Cafe Squaw Valley

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544 reviews
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PlumpJack Cafe is widely regarded as Lake Tahoe's premier dining destination. Fine dining and exceptional wines are in our heritage, and we'd love to share our passion with you on your next visit. For those seeking a refined experience, dine with us in the elegant PlumpJack Cafe. Offering dinner nightly from 5:30-9:30 PM starting December 14, 2018 . The menu features distinctive seasonal entrees along with PlumpJack Signature dishes. Looking for a relaxed dining experience? Join us at PlumpJack Bar, open daily for lunch & dinner from 11:30-10:00 PM. We offer a complete and unique menu that is sure to satisfy you after a long day in the mountains. PlumpJack Bar is first come first serve and during peak busy times or holidays we experience a wait for bar tables.

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Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Good food and excellent service in a cozy atmosphere made for a fantastic family dinner. We’ll be back!

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RJ
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

The dining experience was pleasant. Once we broke the ice with the staff after being seated and getting our cocktail, the evening became more enjoyable. It was a little "stiff" in the beginning without a connection being made. The server, although friendly, lacked the knowledge to identify and share the selections on the Charcuterie and Cheese board; after it was served, we had to ask. The Elk was phenomenal and cooked perfectly. The server opened our wine to allow it to breathe at our request, but neglected to pour it throughout our dinner. The seating arrangements were a bit too cozy and close together for an intimate setting/dinner.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was gourmet. They had Elk. Also, boar stew. The waiter was excellent, really caring about our food being served to perfection. His name was Joe. That type of caring adds a lot to the dining experience.

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Salt Lake City
2 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Such a great experience not crowded and went for anniversary

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JN
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The steak was outstanding! The service was very kind and responsive. I’ll be hitting this place up again next time I’m in town.

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San Diego
32 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We very much enjoyed our experience at Plumsjack. The tomato red pepper soup was amazing, the half chicken was tender and flavorful and the Elk rack was delicious. We had excellent service by Jeremy, and enjoyed meeting the wine director, Jason. We will definitely return.

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OT
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had an amazing dinner, excellent service in a great environment. I would not change anything.

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C
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fairly small dining room, but very cozy and romantic. Great for a special occasion. interesting items on the menu like boar, elk, blue nose fish... Food is great, vibrant bar scene before you enter the dining area. Great service!

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M
San Francisco
311 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Portions were perfect. Splitting a Caesar salad started us off well. Our fish could have been cooked a minute less but oh so tasty

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C
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 1

It was super noisy and not a nice atmosphere. The place was packed though. We wanted to order some appetizers from the bar menu in the main restaurant and they wouldn't let us so I just had a soup and salad which were ok but not great, especially given the high prices. The main menu is pretty sparse and we couldn't find anything we liked. I don't think I would come here again, too hoity-toity and trying too hard to be exclusive for Squaw Valley.

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HU
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Not many options in the area and they know it! Extremely overpriced for what it is. Thankfully their kids menu is moderately priced.

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L
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The dinner was excellent, service attentive and a great way to celebrate a birthday!

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JR
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely food and great service in a cozy setting

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p
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place is always amazing! Every dish is tasty and the menu has something for everyone. The wine list is perfection and the cocktail list makes me thirsty every time I see it! Wines from all over the world and fresh ingredients make drinking here a wonderful experience! The best food in Tahoe!

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San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

The elk was delicious.
Service was good but a bit slow.

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San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

Overpriced fare. Good service with attentive staff

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NG
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

We’ve been coming here for years (special occasion meals) and we feel the flavors of the dishes seem to have gone a bit downhill.
Still quite pricey, but the portions are smaller and not as good.

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San Diego
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Holiday dinner. Amazing food and service. This is a special restaurant and away from the crowds. Squaw Valley gem.

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

Christmas dinner with our family of five. Food was just meh. Leg of lamb was 75% fat, which was odd. Kids burger was great, apparently. Salads were good. Cocktails were good, although I wish our waiter would’ve been around to ask if I wanted to order another one or a glass of wine with my main course (I would have). Nice ambiance but overall service was pretty poor. Not unfriendly, just not very inviting or available. If we do return we would probably skip the main dining room and do the lounge/bar area instead.

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CB
Tahoe
2 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our Christmas Dinner was great. The Sevice was outstanding.

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KS
Cincinnati
29 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 3

We went here for Christmas dinner & were grossly disappointed. The service stunk! The prime rib was not prepared properly & while the manager did comp one of them & offered us free dessert / coffee, the waiter messed up the corrections in the billing. The decaf coffee & salad, soup were the only good parts of the email. Yams were solid. Prices were nuts for this kind of an experience.

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CF
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

They were out of almost everything when we had a dinner at 8:00. Go early.

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L
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 2

Unfortunately we were very disappointed with the restaurant. They ran out of items on the menu. We had a 7:30 reservation and the hostess didn't seat us until 8:05 when I went back to check on the table she had no idea who I was. The bar was loud and full of people who had been drinking for a while. The server was great and apologize for the lack of items on the menu. This is not our first time to Plump Jacks as we have been going to Squaw for over 25 years. Have had our anniversary at least 3 times before at the restaurant. I think it will be awhile before we give it a try again.

I do understand the holiday crowds but I feel as if it was just lets get the customers in and out quickly.

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San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

we always do dinner at Plumpjack when we are in Squaw, so probably 3x in the winter season. Food is always good, service is good and ambiance is amazing.

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Salt Lake City
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 3food 1service 4ambience 3

Don’t eat the Lamb. It is horrible. I returned it after three bites.

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JB
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Every aspect of our dinner from cocktails to appetizers to entrees to wine to desert was absolutely top notch. Our waiter was a true pro, part of a dying breed. Pricey, but well worth it.

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S
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

Very small restaurant. Our server was cheerful and great! The food took forever, he even commented about how long it was taking. I figured they were busy, but when others around us sat after us were served, it was frustrating. I had scallops, really, we waited almost a full hour to get food. The bar out front was PACKED and busy. I am not sure if they share the same kitchen but assumed they were getting orders out there first. Shouldn't be since I paid about $46 for my 3 scallops. Have no desire to return based on food.

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Tahoe
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 4food 2service 5ambience 5

My bison steak was inedible: gristly, overcooked and tasteless.
This entree should be removed from the menu if the butcher cannot supply better cuts.

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OG
Tahoe
13 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Once again we had an excellent meal. It's our "go to" place for special occasions along N Shore Tahoe.

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Tahoe
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

Not a place to go to in the off season (I am hopeful it is better during the prime season). Food was mediocre for the price (any price for that matter). Had the gnocchi - it was tough. How is gnocchi tough?! Very limited menu. And the house made tonic in my gin and tonic was average. I mean really, was it Jack Rudy Quinine - and they called it home made?? Had been there before during what would be their prime season and loved it - but this time it was way off. Very disappointing.

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NV
Tahoe
48 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 3

The menu is quite limited and we all had the hanger steak which was flavorful but tough. My beet guspacho was the best and most interesting thing we ordered. The decor could use updating.

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PG
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 4

I wouldn't go again. It was very loud for the type of restaurant that it is. I got the steak. I've had better. Also the service was some of the slowest I've ever experienced. My gf dinner was delicious at least.

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f
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The cocktails to start our evening were some of the best we've ever had. Dinner was outstanding, as well as the recommended dessert we shared. Our waiter was exceptional--the service from start to finish was wonderful. We will definitely be back, for dinner and/or cocktails/appetizers in the bar.

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TK
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food prepared perfectly. Waiter was very knowledgeable about the wine and service was excellent.

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SS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

Food was overall very good (bread excellent, Bison top notch, Pork chop good, Gnocchi ok) and server was nice / professional / v good but it took forever to get the food (both courses) and while waiter acknowledged it was taking forever, it turned a good dining experience into a frustrating one. We were all in the mood for a dessert but couldn’t justify or risk taking time. The only other aspect that I’d note, we had not been to PJ in 10 years, and the dining room hadn’t changed one bit.

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KK
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

PlumpJacks not only has incredible food, but also the BEST service you will find in all of Tahoe.

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DB
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My only complaint— no chocolate on the dessert menu. It was cozy and serene and the nice older ladies next to us offered up their barely sampled bottle of prosecco as they left. Amazing. Food was on point. Wine list was ample. Next time I’m in Tahoe, I’ll definitely go back.

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MM
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Back again. Food was pretty good, service incredible. We felt the single pasta dish had too many ingredients giving the palate a confusion. There's a reason artichokes are not lovely with tomatoes. If it were a great combo do you think the Italians would not have invented a classic dish. Otherwise pasta was great, salads delicious and cheese plate yummy.

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EN
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 5

We had the bison and halibut for dinner. The bison was delicious, however the compliments had zero flavor. Some kind of ograten potatoes, which were flavorless and thin slices of tomato’s. Both seemed an odd pairing.

The halibut was a completely different story. After we ordered we overheard another patron comment to another table “don’t get the halibut”. OMG were they right. Halibut was over cooked and dry. Way way way over seasoned with pepper. And then we figured out why. The halibut smelled. This fish should NEVER have been served. At a restaurant of this level the chef should have tossed this fish days ago. In fact, that’s why we summized it was over seasoned. To cover up just how bad this fish was. Gross.

We loved the atmosphere and the wait staff was good.

I would not recommend this for dinner anytime soon.

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b
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 1

The ambience was terrible. In the cafe section, which is supposed to be the 'fine dining' part of the restaurant, it was so noisy, I could barely hear my partner. Again and again I had to ask her to repeat herself. There were multiple tables of 8 people one one side of the room at which people were raucous and speaking very loudly to be heard. The food was largely mediocre. The Farmer salad was quite good, unlike the Caesar salad. The $26 pasta dish was mediocre: dry, contained one piece of artichoke, the pasta shape chosen was papardelle instead of farfalle, and the portion size was small (big dish with a small-diameter depression in the middle). The sparkling rose wine my partner ordered was flat (the waitress kindly brought a fresh glass of it which was much better). The red wine I ordered was sour, but the Cruze-Hermitage red the waitress recommended was quite good. The bill came to about $115 plus tip. For anyone wishing a fine dining experience at PlumpJack's, at least in the middle of summer: caveat emptor.

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