PlumpJack Cafe Squaw Valley

4.8
615 Reviews
$31 to $50
American
*** Please note that the PlumpJack Cafe is open for limited indoor dining & take out ***
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. We offer a complete and unique menu that is sure to satisfy you after a long day in the mountains.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
What 615 people are saying
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MarcusB
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I were looking for a place to enjoy a nice dinner to celebrate our last night together on our honeymoon. PlumpJack Cafe has really out done themselves. We made reservations, which I recommend doing to ensure you will be seated without waiting! We were greeted with a celebratory glass of champagne! The hostess and servers were very attentive and offered excellent recommendations. I ordered the Toasted Farro Bowl and my husband ordered the Poke Bowl. We both highly recommend our dishes. We drank the argyle brut which was delicious as well!

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Had a wonderful time🍷👍

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vipMarcB
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience, wonderful meal as always despite Covid challenges.

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DarrellF
Sacramento
5 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service and food were excellent as usual. We dined on the patio because the main dining room was closed due to Covid-19. We dined at the cafe twice this trip because of the service and food. The menu was limited but well thought out. The staff was very attentive and friendly. The manager of the resort, Steve Lamb went through the patio conversing with the guest, serving food, and providing excellent wine service. In fact, we did not know Steve was the GM until our conversation with him during our last lunch. The Plumpjack staff provided excellent food and service during difficult times for restaurants. During our conversation with the staff, many of them have been with this resort for a long time...most likely because of Steve Lamb.

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vipzingeoff
San Francisco
65 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

always special....a special treat during COVID, when they have tables outdoors on a lovely patio, with plenty of distance...
food is wonderful as always, relying on the cafe menu...
service is excellent

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ParkerW
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a treat. Great food, wonderful setting, gracious staff.

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LeslieB
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was the third time I've eaten a Plumb Jack. The Burrito Bowl is my favorite and totally crave-able. I will definitely eat there again.

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AnetteH
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Great food! The burger is one of the best we have had.

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KristyDP
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food, cocktails and service were fabulous! We were given assistance in choosing a wine, and were very pleased with the choice. All in all, a wonderful evening. We look forward to returning!

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vipElliot
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent!

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vipDiner71
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Wonderful dining experience. Very covid-conscious and we felt very safe. Beautiful outdoor space, great service, very good food. Only about 10 or 15 tables, so very intimate and away from all the crowds -- exactly what we were looking for. Due to covid they are serving a limited (bar) menu, but it is lovely. If you are concerned about covid and crowds, but looking for a nice evening out, this is it. Highly recommend!

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vipMF22
San Francisco
336 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Monkfish and lamb shank were outstandi

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
21 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was excellent and service was quite good, although a bit slow considering that half the restaurant was empty likely due to the coronavirus outbreak worldwide. Also very conveniently located in the village.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food, attentive service made for a lovely date night.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thank you!

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vipJonasL
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

PlumpJack Cafe is really nice restaurant! We try to go here every time we go to Squaw Valley.

This time out favorites were the Corinsh Hen and the Braised Lamb Shank.

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vipdoll
Orange County
48 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Went to Lake Tahoe in February 2020 before the Covid-19 lockdown. Very busy restaurant. Lots of people waiting. The service was organized, attentive, almost mechanical because it was so effective in handling a full house. Beautiful restaurant.
The food was a hit and miss. Maybe the locals know what to order best, or we were too picky. But overall, it was a fine dining experience. Great spot if you stay at the hotel, or after a ski exercise and walking around the stores. A bit on the pricier side.

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CristianeB
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience3

Food was not exceptional. My husband had the sirloin steak and it was overdone. My son has the chicken and the veggies were bitter. My daughter had the monk fish and it was undercooked. I had the Cioppino soup and it was ok. Seafood cones, Cesar Salad and the creme brulee were delicious to be fair! Not sure if the Chef was sick on the day we were at PlumpJack, but the food was very average for the price they charged.

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OpenTable Diner
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on January 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our third year staying at Plump Jack. We thoroughly enjoy everything about our stay. See you in a year!

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great. Service was great

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MarcP
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Food was amazing but noise level was very tough close to bar and would have been better if farther away.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Nice experience, impeccable service, delish food. Loud though.

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DerekM
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious meal in elegant room. Best apres ski dinner in Tahoe.

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vipJenniferJ
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

The restaurant was mostly empty. The people next to us were inappropriate. They were here long before us as they were on the dinner portion when we arrived but they were still there when we left. The man got up twice to sit next to the woman and they were kissing at the table next to us. No fault of the plumpjack but it left a sour taste for us.

Also the waiter mentioned something about a salad, but we didn’t get one so that was strange.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall2food2service5ambience4

Salad leaves were brown. We requested the ($55) steak be medium. Not sure how they managed it, but 3/4 was well done and 1/4 was medium rare. Very disappointing. Won’t be back.

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vipNYCDMC
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delish and service was great.

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vipEllie
San Francisco
43 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience4

Main entrees on the menu didn’t have one single vegetarian option, which is kind of crazy. Whole page of meat, duck, turkey, lamb, one fish (didn’t taste that good), zero vegetarian options. So if you are a vegetarian and want to eat here, you might need to order bunch of same salad (salads are tiny size) or bunch of soups.
Service was great and attentive.
Hostess at front was highlight of this experience - very friendly and fun.
Desserts were not good, do not eat dessert here - you will be disappointed.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Portland
3 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall3food1service5ambience4

Sadly, the very pricey food is not worth waiting an hour for for it to be very overcooked. However, the service was very attentive and apologetic for the kitchens mishap. We were not the only table to experience bad and slow food.

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vipHadrien
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Starters were great and entrées decent. Service was however so slow that we ended up loosing our appetite.

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Lizzie
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent service by Jason

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vipSusieschwartz
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of our favorite restaurants in the Lake Tahoe area. We look forward to dining there and the wine list is amazing.

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DeniseP
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and wine! Great service! Definitely recommend.

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MarkN
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and even better food. Outstanding!

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vipMF22
San Francisco
337 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The ops and scallops were cooked to perfection. Order the fish. This chef knows what to do with it

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vipGoodeats
Atlanta
12 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food and good service

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lydiaw
Sacramento
2 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience3

Arrived for early 6:30 pm seating and placed in very poor table against the wall despite many empty tables closer to window with more ambience. Asked to be moved but still placed at one of worst tables near the door. When we left around 8 pm, still PLENTY of empty tables with much better location. Indicated when made reservation a couple of weeks in advance that this was a birthday dinner. There was no way this dining room was fully booked for that evening so why not place guests who show up at better location? Food was good but expensive so not a place going to drop in for casual dining.

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BarbBB
Sacramento
2 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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vipRiverQ
San Francisco
30 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall3food3service1ambience4

Caesar salad was dreadful. Roast chicken was delicious. Service was fair

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CorinneR
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Attentive service, inventive cocktails and great food.

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vipRoyMBoca
Miami
22 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall3food2service5ambience4

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.

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You can order delivery directly from PlumpJack Cafe Squaw Valley using the Order Online button. PlumpJack Cafe Squaw Valley also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (530) 583-1578.

PlumpJack Cafe Squaw Valley is rated 4.8 stars by 615 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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