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About PlumpJack Cafe Squaw Valley
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 daily from 5:30-9:30 PM . 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.
Olympic Valley, CA 96146
Hours of Operation:
Breakfast: Daily 7:30am -10:30am
PlumpJack Bar Serving Lunch & Dinner Daily: 11:30am -10:00pm
PlumpJack Cafe : Winter Hours are daily from 5:30-9:30 pm
off of Hwy. 89 South
$31 to $50
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Parking available in Squaw Valley Resort parking lot adjacent to PlumpJack Cafe & Bar.
TART (Tahoe Area Rapid Transit)
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!
Private Party Contact:
Rob McCormick : (530) 583-1576 ext. 401
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
Special Events & Promotions:
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.
PlumpJack Cafe Squaw Valley Ratings and Reviews
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.
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.
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.
We love dining at Plumpjack when we are in Squaw for the holidays but last Christmas Eve food fell short. I feel like the octopus was dry and a touch of EVOO would have been a difference. Also, we asked that the Prime Rib not be split (although my husband and son will share it) for good presentation but it came split in 2 plates.
We thought will have dinner before the whole remodel takes place early next year.
The servers were all attentive. Ours was wonderful about changing the entrée to provide me with a gf option. Someone in the kitchen was also most helpful splitting items we wanted to share. The salmon was delectable and the grilled peach with something lemony was absolutely scrumptious!!
Disappointing. PlumpJack has franchised out it's brand. Our table was not ready at the agreed upon time, our meal was late and overcooked, and the noise level was unpleasant.
I do not recommend this cafe. Skip it and had over to Fat Cat Bar & Grill for a better experience.
Went for your anniversary. We hadn't been to Plumpjack in years. It is still wonderful. Portions are reasonable. Selection is good. Had the seafood cones to start and salmon as my main course. Husband has the market salad and carne asada steak. We both loved our meals. Wine was delicious and creme brulee for dessert. Fun wedding party outside provided enjoyable people watching as well.
We arrived for our dinner to find a table of 9 already seated and could tell it was going to get loud. Since the dining area is small there was no escaping this group. The noise level continued to escalate as us other patrons had to raise our voices to be heard. So bad that I asked to speak to manager on our exit to complain that this restaurant is not designed for groups that size.
Service was great and spot on.
On the food - my dining partner got the lamb shank which I thought was weirdly sweet and my halibut special was topped with hot peppers that overtook the plate. Not my favorite visit but may try again after confirming no large groups to be seated. Hopefully management will reconsider allowing groups this large - I would say 6 people is reasonable or sit them outside.
We were excited about revisiting Plumpjack's as it had been almost 10 years since our last visit. Unfortunately, it was beyond disappointing. We arrived at 6:40 for a 7:00 reservation. The hostess informed us that the tables would not be ready before 7, so she steered us to the bar. We waiting 15 minutes for our drink orders to arrive; "only one bartender mixing tonight" we were informed. The waitress was going to transfer our bar bill to our dinner bill. When we checked back the the hostess, she told me no, I had to settle the bar bill first. But the waitress walked up right at that time and informed her absolutely we could move the bill to the dining room. She then steered us to a table that was open when we first showed up.
The cold carrot soup appetizer arrived and the waitress couldn't get it out of the pitcher and into the bowl. She spanked the bottom of the container like getting ketchup out of a bottle. when it sprayed around the bowl and on the table and my cutlery, she seemed ok with that and started to leave. I lifted up the bowl and handed it to her, suggesting the kitchen start over. After the appetizers, the entry didn't arrive for 45 minutes. The hostess even brought us the dessert menu before the entree arrived! My wife's pasta was cold and rigid pre-al dente, so it went back with a cancellation order. To his credit the manage recognized how bad it all was without our complaining to him. He deducted $106 from the bill for the five of us. We then went to Dairy Queen to salvage our night out with a vanilla cone dipped in chocolate, served on time and appropriately cold.
We were stunned by how poorly executed the how experience was, falling short on so many levels, by so many (or likely few) people.
Went Saturday night for a date after an afternoon event in Tahoe. The food here was simply outstanding. Every item we ordered was fantastic. The only niggle was that it took about 25 minutes to get a round of drinks, which would have come from the bar. We waited to continue our appetizer for the drinks, and food was cold by they time they came. Portions are quite large. Surprisingly no view from the restaurant being at the base of Squaw Valley ski area. Would recommend and will certainly go back for the food. No higher end cut of meet for the steak option (flat iron, no filet or NY steak). No chocolate for dessert. Overall great experience, and really some of the best food we have had in recent memory. We dine out quite a bit all over, including Napa and San Francisco, so this is really a high compliment.
We absolutely love Plumpjack! After all these years, we still miss the San Francisco location. It was another option to dine with this exceptional restaurant. The food and beverages are delicious and so creatively prepared. The staff is lovely and couldn't be more attentive. The ambiance and decor is wonderful to be immersed in. The seating is anywhere in the Dinning Room is perfect from any view point.
Always a superb evening! Thank you for offering your guests such a memorable experience!
Michael and Stephanie
Wonderfully creative gourmet cuisine with interesting, savory flavors that paired very well with the Chardonnay selected by the knowledgeable waiter. The wine list is extensive and the wines mostly expensive, but ours was fairly priced relative to retail.
This is sophisticated dining at its best!
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