PlumpJack Cafe Squaw Valley
This was our first time enjoying a meal at Plump Jack, despite knowing its knowing of its reputation in the Valley for years.
The menu is rather small but has enough variety that there’s “something for everyone”
Our starter salads were beautifully prepared and were interesting variations on a “Wedge” and “Farmers Market” salads.
I enjoyed the Sonoma Red Chicken, which was delectably prepared with a perfect sauce and sitting atop grilled vegetables and a red potato/artichoke mixture. My husband was very pleased with the Seared Diver Scallops.
Caesar salad was dreadful. Roast chicken was delicious. Service was fair
Attentive service, inventive cocktails and great food.
Wonderful night out for six people. Three of us had a wonderful meal (corn/jalapeño soup, wedge salad, bison, scallops) but three, who ordered the fish (Ono), not such a great meal. The main courses arrived with the other meals 55 minutes after we finished our appetizers. The main chef was “on the line” but, unfortunately, the fish was incredibly dry so we all sent it back.
We have historically enjoyed wonderful meals here but not this time; however, I want to applaud Heather who waited on our group. She was attentive, sympathetic, and an advocate for us. She understood the challenges and was gracious when we sent the fish back. While waiting for the main courses she poured an additional glass of wine and did her best to keep us sated with wine and bread. Also, a significant adjustment was made to the bill.
So, we will try it one more time in the hopes that this was an off night. But only one more shot because there are simply too many other wonderful options in the Lake Tahoe area.
Simply amazing! A very special place for our family. Wonderful food and professional service.
Our food was not evenly warm which is surprising as we were the first seating of the evening. Would have been good if warmed through. We had the highly recommended Sonoma Chicken.
The ambiance was very nice but the quality of the food was poor. We ordered the fish of the day- it was dry and flavorless.
Always a favorite spot for our special occasions. Great evening.
Hello OGRay, Thank you for visiting us for special occasions. We look forward to seeing you again! Cheers, Stephanie
The food was awful. This was definitely the B-team in the kitchen. I had the corn soup. The presentation was nice. The liquid part was poured around a pile of corn. something. The liquid part was warm, not hot and the pile of corn was cold. The liquid part tasted good but the corn part was bland. I also had the fried green tomatoes. That too was cold and the tomatoes were under cooked and soggy. Come on! Fried food must be served hot! The soup needed salt. The bread needed salt. The butter and salad needed salt. What's up with that? My partner ordered the fish of the day, it was bland, chewy and dried out. I was hoping to have the chicken wings but the restaurant provides fewer choices than the bar menu. Stay in the bar for food, which also is not great but less expensive. This is the second and last time we'll eat in the restaurant. Bland food at a very high price for white table cloth.
Seafood extravaganza. Poke as appetizer. Opah and scallop stew. Outstanding
Thank you for the review MF22! We look forward to seeing you again. Thanks, Stephanie
Excellent attentive friendly waitstaff.
Ambiance rather ordinary, dated. But excellent food.
Disappointed. We’ve eaten there several times over the past few years, when we are in the area for vacation; we were so disappointed. Service was mediocre. The food was uninspired, and sparing. The portions and quality did not support the price.
I would not recommend a buffet like the one we went to. The food on the main menu is so much better I was very disappointed with the food .
We ate at plump jack cafe for Easter brunch. Food was delicious, service was great, ambiance was clean with beautiful Mountain Views. My only suggestion is to have a clear kids menu and perhaps one or two items that are less adventurous for adults.
Excellent Brussels pizza and short rib. Great vibe. Something special about Plumpjack...
Plumpjack is a fun place with high energy. Its not a quiet romantic dinner location following a day of skiing
Menu was a bit limited but food and service and ambiance was great. Very convenient as well.
We love PlumpJack's for breakfast and for dinner. The variety at breakfast is perfect, and each item whether it's scrambled eggs, bacon, fruit breads, incredible homemade granola, fresh fruits and yogurt is beautifully prepared and fresh. Dinners are gourmet quality -- so much better than one would expect at a ski resort. Everything we've ordered - appetizers, entrees, and desserts - have been exquisite, and the service is attentive and friendly. We highly recommend this place.
We loved the elk and the scallops....not typical to get 6 good size scallops for a main!
Our fav were the cones.....keep’em coming ;)
Service was great
Cost was reasonable to people that live in San Francisco.
Hello, Thank you for your review and we look forward to your next visit! Cheers, Stephanie
On my second visit in two months and the food was consistent and outstanding. Portions were a little small or this was five stars for sure. It’s likely that this is the best restaurant in the Squaw Valley area. I’m certain the best restaurant within walking distance from the mountain.
Hello bobbytriumph, Thank you for visiting us again and we value your review! We are happy to hear your found yourself a good place to eat! We look forward to your next visit, Stephanie
Always happy to return to PJC for a nice dinner. Was not disappointed again. The elk was tremendous and my wife enjoyed the catch of the day. Great evening with attentive service.
Hello OGRay, We appreciate your continued patronage and look forward to seeing you again! Thank you for the positive feedback! Cheers, Stephanie
It was just excellent food!
We tried a couple cocktails and loved those too!
Never disappointed, food was amazing and our service excellent.
He DLee, Thank you so much for taking the time to review PlumpJack. Please come see us again! Thanks, Stephanie
Food was superb!! Server was fabulous!! This is a magnificent restaurant! Loved it so much, we went to their bar the next evening for dinner!!! Highly recommend!!!
Hello Pepper, Thank you so much for you enthusiastic review and your continued patronage! We appreciate you! Looking forward to seeing you again! Thanks! Stephanie
Great elk racks in the restaurant. Roasted Brussels sprouts were delicious, berry sauce with green peppercorns was terrific with the elk.
The house salad lettuce was sandy, and we were surprised to be told that they have had this problem before. Turns out they put their lettuce into a basket and run water over it. We always soak our salad lettuce in plenty of water, swish it around, then spin it dry and never have had a problem.
Dear Dancing Duo, Thank you for dining with us and I apologize about the sandy lettuce. I have addressed this issue with the kitchen and we will have improved quality control of our product. Thank you, Stephanie
Our waiter was excellent and even offered some special extras on the house to celebrate our 25th wedding anniversary! Food was delicious too.
Dear AliceC, Thank you for dining with us and happy anniversary! We look forward to seeing you again for your next special occasion! Thanks, Stephanie
Some co-workers and I drove up to Squaw before our meeting in order to have a ski day. They had never been to Squaw, so dining at Plumpjack was a great start. We had a wonderful ski day on Monday, and productive meetings after that. Our best dining was at Plumpjack.
Hello Patrick, Sounds like you had a wonderful time in Olympic Valley, please visit us next time you are here. Cheers, Stephanie
Reservations were made through open table. We wanted a table for 4 but there was supposedly nothing available so we dropped it down to 3 (my son was the lucky one ordering takeout). As we walked in there were unruly toddlers in pajamas jumping around and screaming in the lobby. No problem, assumed things would improve. We were seated at the worst table (with 4 seats!!) in an empty overflow room. Waitress was rude, like we were troubling her for her presence. Dinner was rushed, over salted and really nothing special. Very over priced for what we experienced. I waited tables for many years and I always over tip, I under tipped here and still feel ripped off. The best part of the night was the pizza that we picked up for my son on the way home. This was the last night of our trip and we wanted something special. Instead, a very bitter taste left after the PlumpJack experience. Don't do it.
Our only complaint was the availability of more Plump jack wines.
Im not sure if they have a new Chef this year but our dinner was the best we’ve had here. Always good but this time outstanding. Love the friendly staff and knowledgeable Sommalier. I had the “melt in your mouth” scallops perfectly prepared. My husband had the Ribeye, ever so tender. It’s our go to “nice” dinner place when in Squaw Valley.
Dear Spcp, Thank you for your kind and honest review, we will pass along the good words to our teams. Thank you, Stephanie
I was told that this is the best restaurant in Squaw Valley. It is definitely the most expensive. The food was average. This did not meet my expectations. Live and learn.
Dear Newface, We apologize about your dining experience, thank you for the review. Cheers, Stephanie
While I generally like the service, past couple of times food either coming too early or way too late (charcuterie coming out with entrees)
Thank you for joining us for dinner and taking the time to review PlumpJack Cafe. We apprecaite your feedback and hope to see you next time. Thank you, Stephanie
Every year we dine at Plumpjack and we noticed the food wasn’t quite as good as it’s been in the past. There was nothing that made us think “wow, want to go back to Plumpjack’s”. The salad starter was basic, the charcuterie decent and the soup was very good. No longer does the restaurant make its own ice cream, usually a high light for us. It’s still a solid 4/5 but it used to be better.
Hello happytochow, We appreciate your continued patronage at PlumpJack , our loyal guests mean a lot to us. We apologize that your last visit wasn't as memorable as past ones. We hope to see you again, please let us know when you decide to return. Thank you, Stephanie
Good food and excellent service in a cozy atmosphere made for a fantastic family dinner. We’ll be back!
Thank you for joining us and we hope to see you again!
Plump Jack Cafe Squaw Valley was a treat in February on Valentine's Day, where we dine yearly. This year did not disappoint. Lucky for us heavy snow kept the crowds away making the restaurant a more intimate dining experience. Except for the howling winds and swirling snow outside the windows, the food was sublime and service was friendly and unrushed.
A special treat was the house infused Acquavite (a Nordic liquor) which we tried neat and in a Copenhagen Sling.
For appetizers we tried the salt cod cakes and the little gem salad. Both were excellent. For the main course we both picked the striped sea bass prepared Asian style with spiced crispy skin a-top pureed peas in miso broth and sunchokes. The server recommended a wine which nicely complimented the meal.
Dear Karen, Thank you for taking the time to write about your Valentine's Day dining experience. We appreciate you spending special occasions with us and look forward to seeing you again! Cheers, Stephanie
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.
Dear RandJ, Thank you for sharing your dining experience with us and offering your feedback! We hope you choose to dine with us again. Cheers, Stephanie
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.
Hello, what a delight to hear! Thank you for taking the time to review us, your kind words mean a lot! We hope to see you again, thank you for sharing!
Such a great experience not crowded and went for anniversary
Happy Anniversary! Thank you for joining us!
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.
Thank you for your review we look forward to the next time you are 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.
Yum! I am getting hungry just reading this review! Thank you for joining us and we look forward to your return! More great food and wine is always on the menu!