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Maggie's - Desolation Hotel, South Lake Tahoe, CA

Maggie's - Desolation Hotel

4.7
4.7
328 Reviews
$31 to $50
American
Arouse your senses with Maggie's fresh seasonal menu, and drink in the beauty of South Lake Tahoe from a uniquely elevated vantage point. A place where fresh, seasonal ingredients combine with heartfelt hospitality and effortless charm, Maggie's Restaurant is a favorite dining destination for locals and visitors alike. The restaurant is located on the third floor of Desolation Hotel.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 9 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    American, Dining Bar, Breakfast
  • Hours of operation
    Thu 9:00 am–3:00 pm Brunch Mon–Wed, Fri–Sun 8:00 am–3:00 pm Dinner Daily 4:00 pm–10:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (530) 725-0118
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Executive chef
    Skyler Chauss
  • Neighborhood
    Stateline
  • Parking details
    Street Parking
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Vegan, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 328 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Tahoe / Reno Area

    Best Food

  • Tahoe / Reno Area

    Great for brunch

  • Tahoe / Reno Area

    Innovative

  • Tahoe / Reno Area

    American

  • South Lake Tahoe

    Best Overall

  • South Lake Tahoe

    Best Food

  • South Lake Tahoe

    Best Service

  • South Lake Tahoe

    Best Ambiance

  • South Lake Tahoe

    Best Value

  • South Lake Tahoe

    Neighborhood gem

  • South Lake Tahoe

    Great for scenic views

  • South Lake Tahoe

    Lively

328 Reviews
  1. WilliamL

    Chicago

    69 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    69 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    We chose Maggie’s based upon prior recommendations, and were not disappointed. Each of the 6 of us had something different, and each of us was very pleased. While it’s not inexpensive, the quality meets the price. For a quality night out, try it!

    1 person found this helpful

  2. TahoeSKO

    Sacramento

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 23, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food, service, vibe…all incredible!!! The chef here knocks it out of the park every time. Ingredients are fresh, quality…you know every dish is made with precision. The smaller dining room makes the experience personal and so enjoyable. If you go for brunch…..short rib beni to die for! And ask for a spicy Bloody Mary…fresh jalapeños…can’t go wrong!!!

    1 person found this helpful

  3. AnnW

    San Francisco

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on February 21, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    What a great place! Great food and service. Kind to our dog!

    1 person found this helpful

  4. Foodiexperimental415

    San Francisco

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on February 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent food and service during dinner and lunch experience. Highly recommend for both adults and families.

    1 person found this helpful

  5. OpenTable Diner

    Cincinnati

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 19, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Maggie’s was absolutely delicious!! We got a last minute reservation and were not expecting anything fancy, but the food was elevated and we all cleaned our plates - from the kid’s Alfredo to pork chop to steak to venison. Really wonderful gem tucked away from the busy area. Definitely recommend!

    1 person found this helpful

  6. OpenTable Diner

    Tahoe

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    Staff was rude. Everything was unavailable to eat! Prices were outrageous!

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  7. RyFa

    Tahoe

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Food was great, the server was ok, but she was overly personal, intruding, and loud.

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  8. Alwx

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The vibes in this place were extremely good ! The food & drinks were a too pricey but they were without a doubt amazing! And the food again was extremely good !

    1 person found this helpful

  9. BrettP

    Los Angeles

    8 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    For the most part, the food was absolutely amazing. Really, really good. Caesar, scallop appetizer, and the pork chop was to die for. Service was really, really good as well. Although the waiter could have used some bussing support. Noise level in main dining hall was a bit too loud. Ambiance was so so. BUT, the back or side dining room was very intimate, very nice and normal noise levels. Sit here if you can! This would be five big stars if not for the special that night: Wagyu beef and cheese tortellini's (4 of them) and a wonderful piece of Chilean sea bass. First, both the pasta tortellini's and the fish...were cold! Hard to believe but true. And unfortunately, the Wagyu portion inside the pasta was SO small...we could not even taste it. Not sure if it was in there! Quite unfair in general, yet especially given the $80 price point. This was a $50 dollar dish tops. To make matters worse, rather than bring a new dish they reheated the old one! I have never seen a restaurant try to do this for such a high caliber dish. Ever. Very disappointing and unprofessional for lack of a better word. They tried to make it up by bringing a new dish...it was hot this time, but the piece of fish was stringy and needed a knife to cut. Chilean sea bass cuts w a fork like butter. They must have tried to save their budget, etc, and brought us a pretty bad piece of fish. It still tasted good, but texture and stringyness were not good. Still tipped the waiter ~20-25% for his excellent service. Then tried to talk to a manager about the bad customer service. But there was no manager to have a conversation with! Really? It was 8:45pm and no one to field our complaint and concern. I would consider going back as the food and service were that good. But our experience was not pleasant with the $80 special:(

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  10. ElaineC

    Austin

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Lovely, quaint, excellent food! I will dine there again when I am in South Lake Tahoe. The house salad is delicious!

    1 person found this helpful

  11. OpenTable Diner

    Nashville

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Had an incredible brunch at Maggie’s! Amazing views, wonderful food, dog friendly (we met Thierry & Harriett personally & wish we could give more than 5 stars for that experience in itself)! Will definitely be back next trip to Tahoe!

    1 person found this helpful

  12. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 8, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Found this little gem a couple of blocks from our casino-hotel. Small intimate location; fantastic food and great service. Highly recommend!

    1 person found this helpful

  13. Jenny

    Tahoe

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 7, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Reserved a table for 2 on a Tuesday night to celebrate a birthday. The small space felt intimate and special. My lemon and elderberry cocktail was top notch, and we loved the shoestring french fry appetizer. My partner was delighted with his perfectly cooked filet. My Pasta con Broccolo was a delicious and comforting dish on a cold evening. We shared the blueberry buckle cake for dessert (perfect size to split after a filling meal), and received a birthday dish of vanilla ice cream with a candle on the house. Our server, Yedi, was an impressive front of the house one man show. Our first time eating here and we would absolutely do it again!

    1 person found this helpful

  14. ChrisW

    Caribbean

    7 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on February 5, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    I try and eat at Maggie's every time I'm in Tahoe. Was a little disappointed to be out in the anti-room. My guess it was because of my party's size. Food was excellent and service was good, but I think being in the other room impacted it a tad.

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  15. OpenTable Diner

    St. Louis

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This is the second time we’ve been there. Service and food were spot on!

    1 person found this helpful

  16. SheriL

    Western NC

    15 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on January 30, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We enjoyed our dinner at Maggie's. The service was excellent. We sat at the bar and enjoyed conversing with the wait staff. We found the food to be good- the presentation nice, but think for the price, it was a bit lacking. We will definitely try it again though. Of Tahoe restaurants we think it will be at the top of our go-to list. Thank you.

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  17. SusanA

    Des Moines

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on January 30, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Lovely intimate setting. Very cozy. Food and drinks were very good. Scallop starter, short rib, and chicken roulade were delicious. We were delighted to see a pear tart on the dessert menu, and it was flavorful and not too sweet. We were handed breakfast menu instead of dinner. Otherwise, service was attentive and helpful.

    1 person found this helpful

  18. WendiH

    Tahoe

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on January 29, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Very talented chef and creative menu selections - food was amazing! Great service, family friendly, and modern rustic mountain vibe. We loved the short ribs, prosciutto wrapped scallops over squid ink risotto, rack of venison, and truffle fries. A bit small, but they do have a back enclosed patio for added seating. Got noisy once the crowd showed up, but it was Super Bowl playoffs so totally understandable. Pricey, but worth it. One of my new Tahoe favs and highly recommend.

    1 person found this helpful

  19. TerrylW

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 28, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    Our waiter vanished for like 20 minutes. Oh and the Bloody Mary was terrible. I think it’s because they use Tahoe Blue Vodka.

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  20. DreamTahoe

    Tahoe

    12 reviews

    4.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on January 28, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    The hotel and Maggie’s Restaurant location is a little difficult to find with limited road parking. I am sure in the summer months you would be greeted on arrival, so confusing as we did not know whether to wait or enter the restaurant. Small and quaint, friendly staff. We both had the Short Rib Benedict with potatoes. Delicious in more ways than one. The food arrived hot off the stove. Flavorful and the potatoes crisp with hot centre, something rare. The coffee was good. Overall a lovely morning brunch. We will definitely return to experience the rest of the menu. Summer will be beautiful out on the deck.

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  21. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Delicious food in a great hotel. Wish there were smaller starters or sides as an option to sample more of the menu.

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  22. DanielleA

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 27, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    We dined on Monday night and the food was fantastic. Beautifully cooked and presented. We dined again last night (Friday) due to how good it was on Monday. We were placed in the extra dining room, which was fine except cold as the staff left the door open while they were in the room. Our food was super overcooked last night, to the point of crispy bok choy and burnt mushrooms. My daughter’s beef patty and my salmon were both blackened, and not in a good grill way. The same meals on Monday were cooked perfectly. Mid week may be better than a busy Friday, even though we dined early at 5:15pm.

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  23. JenC

    New York City

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Lourdes is the best server we’ve ever had! She remembered our order from a month ago when she was our server, and she is over the top friendly and accommodating.

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  24. DeeDeeJ

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on January 22, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Three of us dined here on a Sunday evening. It is a very small restaurant so we were glad we made reservations in advance. There is a very small bar where we had drinks to begin. For such a small restaurant, the bar is very well stocked. The dinner menu was very nice as well as the wine selection. I had the salmon dish which was excellent. We stayed at the Marriott near the gondola station at Heavenly and this was a short 10 minute walk away. Service was also excellent. I would not hesitate to eat here again and would highly recommend a visit.

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  25. RickC

    Naples

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 22, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Just made a last minute choice to go here and it was a great decision. Very small, quaint place that serves great food and drinks. Very surprised, pleasantly, by the menu and quality of the meal. Our server, Lourdes, was outstanding. Would highly recommend.

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  26. OpenTable Diner

    New Orleans

    32 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    32 reviews

    Dined on January 21, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great experience, we enjoyed the food and the good service, the very kind people.

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  27. OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 21, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Brunch was EXCELLENT, enjoyed the food and atmosphere

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  28. JosephS

    Central Coast

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent food, drinks, service, and presentation.

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  29. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    What an absolute gem. Food was u believably fresh and interesting f. So delicious!!

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  30. JBSC

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 19, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had the scallop appetizer and the short rib entree. Both were absolutely delicious.

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  31. MelanieW

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Maggie's is probably really the best restaurant in South Lake Tahoe. Small rooms, wonderful and heartwarming cocktail menu, salmon was wonderful. Great conversation with engaging server. Off the beaten path, a little quirky in very good ways.

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  32. OpenTable Diner

    Nashville

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 15, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    everything was good except that my new york steak was a poor cut of meat. lots of gristle

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  33. OpenTable Diner

    Tahoe

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Love this place. Fourth time we have been here and always extremely happy. Great food, great service, very friendly, and great atmosphere.

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  34. BrianH

    Phoenix

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing food and very cozy spot. Pricey but worth it! Very accommodating to food allergies

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  35. NicholasBird

    New York City

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Pleasantly surprised, excellent! will be back for lunch!

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  36. OpenTable Diner

    Dallas

    3 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 3, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 2
    The food was excellent and we'd go back here again because of that however, it's like when they designed the hotel they forgot to include a restaurant and built Maggie's as an afterthought. The main dining room and bar is incredibly small and difficult to move around and then they have a separate back room with additional tables that is not connected at all to the main dining room - you have to exit the dining room and walk by past guests rooms to go to a different area. The back room seems to have originally been built as a patio that they then enclosed. It's cold and drafty and they have portable heaters everywhere to combat this. Lastly, I assume they have a walk-in cooler for food storage, but when leaving the back room they have food being stored outside on the walkway by the guest rooms. It was very disappointing to see such a poorly designed restaurant like this for a brand new hotel.

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  37. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing food & staff! Would definitely come back next time 💯

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  38. MVRIBOK

    Tahoe

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Maggie’s delivers some of the best food in Tahoe with personal attention and a genuine smile, both the cuisine and the service are better in our experience than either of the 2 Edgewood restaurants.

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  39. LindaC

    Tahoe

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always love having dinner at Maggies. The food is excellent and the wait staff excellent!

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  40. BillH

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Excellent food and drinks. Service fabulous. Noisy, but tolerable.

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Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

Maggie's - Desolation Hotel offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (530) 725-0118.

Maggie's - Desolation Hotel is rated 4.7 stars by 328 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 9 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Maggie's - Desolation Hotel

933 Poplar St, South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Neighborhood
    Stateline
  • Hours of operation
    Thu 9:00 am–3:00 pm Brunch Mon–Wed, Fri–Sun 8:00 am–3:00 pm Dinner Daily 4:00 pm–10:00 pm
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    American, Dining Bar, Breakfast
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking details
    Street Parking
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive chef
    Skyler Chauss
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Vegan, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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