PlumpJack Cafe Squaw Valley

4.3
517 reviews
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$31 to $50
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American
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.

Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
American, Californian
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Hours of operation
Breakfast: Daily 7:30am -10:30am

PlumpJack Bar Serving Lunch & Dinner Daily: 11:30am -10:00pm

PlumpJack Cafe Thursday-Sunday 6:00-9:30pm


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Phone number
(530) 583-1578
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Jack Connell
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Private party facilities
Celebrate with style at the PlumpJack Squaw Valley Inn! Whether you are planning an anniversary, birthday party, shower or family reunion, PlumpJack offers attentive service and personalized planning to create memories that will last a lifetime!
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Private party contact
Rob McCormick : (530) 583-1576 ext. 401
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Cross street
off of Hwy. 89 South
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Parking details
Parking available in Squaw Valley Resort parking lot adjacent to PlumpJack Cafe & Bar.
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Public transit
TART (Tahoe Area Rapid Transit)
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Attentive service, extensive wine selections, and high standards of excellence combine to create a world-class dining experience and impressive on-site catering services for your special event. We look forward to making all of your dreams for your event a success.
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 517 People Are Saying
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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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Tahoe
46 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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San Francisco
13 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
1 review
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
3 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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B
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 8, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 5

We drove from South Lake Tahoe for dinner on our last night of vacation. Thought this might be a little more special than many of the places in South Lake. Nice ambiance, good vibe (especially given it is low season in Squaw Valley), but the food was very disappointing. Home baked bread was great! Mussels were in a corn fennel broth that was just uninspiring. Salad was fairly good (loved the Manchego cheese). Burger was delicious, but my wife's halibut was way too salty and my fries were so heavily seasoned that I couldn't eat them. The value just wasn't there for us.

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Cocktails are excellent. And wine is reasonably priced when compared to Bay Area.

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San Francisco
92 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Have dined here many times. Enjoy the dining room and the attentive staff. This time it was the wife and I. We started with a bottle of wine. A pet peeve of mine. Adjust your wine list to only show what is available. The first 2 I ordered were no longer available. The 3 was a charm and well priced. We also brought a wine to enjoy with dinner. Corkage service was very welcoming and precise. We started with two salads..the market and the Cesar. Both were excellent. My wife did the veggie pasta...which was a hit. I did the double cut pork chop. Mixed reviews. Pork flavor was great. Cook was great. Sides were great. Would re-think the balsamic sauce. Just overpowered the meat. Still...very happy.

Will be back. If you are in Squaw, would highly recommend.

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OT
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on June 25, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 4

The menu descriptions are not accurate. The service was incredibly slow. At the end the server dropped off the desert menus and it took 20 minutes before a different server came to take our dessert order and we were one of three tables in the place. 4 adults and 2 children with terrible service and it gets auto gratuity at 20% post tax. We were very disappointed.

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K
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best steaks I have ever had! Highly recommend it.

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Nashville
2 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service. Very pleased and would definitely eat there again.

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SM
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Delicious appetizers and entrees. Food options for everyone. My vegetarian daughter loved the beet purée pierogis.

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TS
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Have been disappointed by so many restaurants in the Tahoe area. There's only a few consistently great places and Plumpjack is one of them. Haven't been here in awhile and we wanted someplace different for a birthday celebration. It was a wonderful choice!!!

Great menu--we all ordered something different and we were each very pleased. Great service -- we were not rushed in any way, we were allowed to enjoy the company of our friends without constant interruptions, the pace of the dinner was perfect (thank you Heather).

Predicting this is my new favorite restaurant and that we will be back next week :-)

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F
San Francisco
50 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

The service here is very polished and the food is sophisticated. Actually, the service was about the best I have had on the west coast.
However, the restaurant is very loud, and it seems to be understaffed. It took over an hour for to get our entrees.

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P
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went to PlumpJack for my cousin's 7th birthday. They did everything to make her feel so special on that day. Even thought they have a limited selection of menu but every is tasty. The dinning room and bar are seperate so you will actually get a more private experience.

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our group of four all ordered different entrees and each of us were very pleased. Best food we had at Squaw!

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Tahoe
11 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We have been dining here for years when we stay at the inn, but this year the chef is really killing it. From the homemade bread and poke cones appetizer to the beggar's purse and the enormous pork chops, everything was stellar. No regrets for ordering the amazing smores desert either. Nicely paced service and great wines by the glass.
Lot's of families with young children, some not so well behaved, but that is not the fault of Plumpjack. My advise to book a table later in the evening to avoid the kid crush.

Food at the more casual bar is much more approachable in terms of price and by far the best in the village.

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MH
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 25, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Glad they postponed tearing down the restaurant till 2019 or later

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M
San Francisco
297 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always an event evening Good always changes but is always good. Go back every time we’re here

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SL
1 review
Dined on February 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service was outstanding with beautiful ambiance and food that is 5 star quality with impeccable plating. Worth every penny and then some.

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SE
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Consistently very good. Excellent wine list, we had a Dead Arm Shiraz. Paired well with the lamb shank. The server was a great guy- I’ve had him before.

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DS
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

friendly attentive service with great recommendations made this a fabulous meal. Food was done perfectly. We had a wonderful evening

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OT
Orange County
27 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing dinner celebrating my husband and son Birthday! Bison Tomahawk was delicious

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AR
Indiana
6 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Many unique options, explained nicely by our waiter; cozy atmosphere and fun to try new things

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LW
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We were there for our 28th wedding anniversary and the wait staff made us feel pampered and special by bringing some champagne and chocolates as a surprise to the table. The desserts were beautiful.

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OG
Tahoe
14 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Another nice dinner at PJs. Always a special experience.

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San Francisco
31 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 2

Super expensive, portions are small, food sounds much better while reading the menu but tastes just average once you start eating it. Place is super loud and cramped. You will most likely leave hungry with a headache all after spending bunch of money. I recommend getting a reservation at Graham’s down the road - same prices but food is outstanding and portion sizes are like three times bigger than at this place.

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SF
San Francisco
76 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

The fine dinning here is just okay. The prices are high even for Tahoe standards. The USDA Choice 16oz Ribeye cost $65. The quality of the meat is poor and was not prepared well. They make a good sauce that mask the quality of the steak. It’s the same sauce they use for the lamb. It’s a great place to avoid the crowds in the bar area and with great service but the limited menu and high cost is simply not upholding the PlumpJack Brand.

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F
San Francisco
23 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

The Turkey was dry and cardboard like. Disappointing meal.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2017
Overall 3food 1service 3ambience 5

Prime rib was incredibly fatty and gross and overpriced.

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Anchorage
2 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2017
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

Nice but not terribly friendly. The food was good but nothing interesting or unique.

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Tahoe
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place is must when visiting North Lake Tahoe. Not only is the food exquisite but the portions are very generous. If you dine in the bar, or the dining room, it can get loud on busy peak weekends but I don't mind it. I think it adds to the jovial ambiance.

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