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Boathouse on the Pier

92 reviews
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$30 and under
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Top Tags:
  • Scenic View
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Romantic

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The Boathouse operates as a part of Beach Retreat & Lodge in South Lake Tahoe, California and sits directly on the pier overlooking the beach and ocean for guests to enjoy. Open during spring and summer seasons, The Boathouse offers a menu of freshly caught seafood fare and timeless comfort dishes for lunch and dinner. Try some of the homemade items that include steamed clams, New England clam chowder, garlic crusted Alaskan salmon, shrimp scampi, Chilean seabass, lobster tails, filet mignon and rib eye steak.

Enjoy a relaxing day at the beach and stop by The Boathouse for a signature cocktail and shared appetizers that can be enjoyed with family and friends. Guests can split the shrimp cocktail, crab cakes, poke martini or fried zucchini for a refreshing plate.

Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Hours of operation

Lunch: Daily 11:00am-3:00pm
Dinner: Daily 5:00pm-9:00pm
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Phone number
(530) 600-1846
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Mike Quintal
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Parking details
Complimentary parking is available in front of the Pier, behind the Beach Retreat & Lodge.
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Entertainment changes seasonally. Currently, the Boathouse features Wine Not Wednesdays, with live music and wines by the glass at half price, and Sunday Songs with Bloodies and Bubbles.
Bar Dining, Beer, Cafe, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Outdoor dining, Takeout, View, Wine
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3.7  based on all time ratings
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84% of people would recommend it to a friend
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sandj (Sacramento)
5.0  Dined on March 31, 2015

We went for happy hour and came back for dinner. The service is very friendly and the food is amazing. We had the shrimp appetizer in a goat cheese sauce that was delicious. Then we ordered the Salmon and it was a wonderful large piece that was really good. I would go back next time we are in SLT. The view is amazing. Thank you for a very memorable evening.

vipAlly (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on March 21, 2015

Good food but limited menu. One menu item was not availablel

vipLinda (San Francisco)
1.0  Dined on March 20, 2015

This restaurant is on the pier over Lake Tahoe....beautiful views from every window or outdoor table. There are many plastic tables surrounding the outside of the restaurant and they would be a fun place for a casual drink to watch the sunset. The service was excellent and everyone was warm and welcoming.

The food, however, was poorly prepared. There was no or very limited taste to either of the entrees that we ordered. The clam chowder and the tortillas for the tacos were really barely edible...and both left an aftertaste in your mouth.

Additionally, the restaurant needs a good cleaning to remove the dust from all of the light fixtures, a good wipe down of all of the tables (both inside and outside) along with the window sills. Finally, all of the condiments need to be cleaned...left over and dried on hot sauce and catsup was the final straw for us with this restaurant.

Overall...a new cook, a good cleaning and more rigorous management of the restaurant would allow this great location to become a great restaurant.

ibsurf (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on February 14, 2015

great for views and good portions of great food. menu limited, yet, super find. must walk through hotel suites to get to, surprisingly great. Ahi entree plenty as a meal, margaritas too sweet, didn't try the wine. quality food, pricey. great find.

jjazzy (San Francisco)
2.0  Dined on February 14, 2015

We had a reservation for dinner at an early hour on Valentine's Day and were promptly greeted and taken into the towards the fully empty dining room. We had to wait and walk around a couple of waiters who seemed to be more interested in their own conversation while standing in our path than being aware of their surroundings. The hostess plowed along leaving us in her wake and left us to face the obstacle of waiters jawing away on our own. We were eventually walked to the most remote, most non-view and by- the-exit-door table; again we're talking an empty dining room here. We had seen a couple of tables with reserved signs on them but not on the window tables. We asked for another table, preferably by the window whereupon the hostess said those were "saved'. We said that we would prefer one of the window tables. She said she would look into it to see if we could be seated there, then returned to her podium. We were left standing there in the dining room by an empty table for 5 minutes. It wasn't until a busser came by and gave us a seat at that table. I'm not sure what happened to the hostess.
Valentine dinner included a glass of champagne which came to our table warm.
While enjoying my appetizer, the waiter brought our salads out and without asking promptly pulled my appetizer away in mid-bite to place my salad down in front of me. Luckily, he hadn't removed it from the table so I was able to swap the plates back so I could finish the appetizer.
Otherwise, the food was very good as always as we have been here quite a few times. The service however seemed to be lacking tonight, possibly from an inexperienced staff and this detraction was what we remembered most from this evening.

NatalieandMarkPerez (Tahoe)
5.0  Dined on November 17, 2014

The Boathouse is the best restaurant around! It has beautiful views of the lake. The atmosphere is romantic and elegant, but it would also be good for family dining. The decor is beautiful and very upscale. The food is beyond excellent! Every time we have eaten at The Boathouse we have been blown away by the food. It's so delicious. The servers are friendly, and always eager to please and accommodate you. All together The Boathouse is the best restaurant we have been to. We look forward to many more meals there!

TheDucks (Tahoe)
4.0  Dined on November 2, 2014

Quiet night in the off season. Excellent food, attentive staff. Located right on the lake behind a hotel; you have to look for it. Worth it for the view alone.

Luv2dine (Tahoe)
5.0  Dined on October 18, 2014

Everything from the service, ambience, view to the food was absolutely perfect! My boyfriend and I both had the clam chowder for appetizer then we each had the New York steak with mashed potatoes and veggies. Steak was cooked exactly how we asked for.
And it wasn't over priced. Can't wait to go back! Thank you again Boathouse for such an excellent dining experience !!

vipLuvedit (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on October 8, 2014

We love the Boathouse, we have been for lunch many times and decided to try dinner. We were very pleased with the menu and what's not to like about that great lake view. Our server, Casey was fantastic! Definitely going back for both lunch and dinner!

Becs (Tahoe)
5.0  Dined on October 8, 2014

Enrique was are server and Taylor was are bartender. Both excellent!