PlumpJack Cafe Squaw Valley
Good food and excellent service in a cozy atmosphere made for a fantastic family dinner. We’ll be back!
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.
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.
Such a great experience not crowded and went for anniversary
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.
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.
We had an amazing dinner, excellent service in a great environment. I would not change anything.
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!
Portions were perfect. Splitting a Caesar salad started us off well. Our fish could have been cooked a minute less but oh so tasty
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.
Not many options in the area and they know it! Extremely overpriced for what it is. Thankfully their kids menu is moderately priced.
The dinner was excellent, service attentive and a great way to celebrate a birthday!
Lovely food and great service in a cozy setting
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!
The elk was delicious.
Service was good but a bit slow.
Overpriced fare. Good service with attentive staff
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.
Holiday dinner. Amazing food and service. This is a special restaurant and away from the crowds. Squaw Valley gem.
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.
Our Christmas Dinner was great. The Sevice was outstanding.
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.
They were out of almost everything when we had a dinner at 8:00. Go early.
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.
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.
Don’t eat the Lamb. It is horrible. I returned it after three bites.
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.
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.
My bison steak was inedible: gristly, overcooked and tasteless.
This entree should be removed from the menu if the butcher cannot supply better cuts.
Once again we had an excellent meal. It's our "go to" place for special occasions along N Shore Tahoe.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Delicious food prepared perfectly. Waiter was very knowledgeable about the wine and service was excellent.
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.
PlumpJacks not only has incredible food, but also the BEST service you will find in all of Tahoe.
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.
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.
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.
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.