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Sorensen's Resort Cafe, Hope Valley, CA

Sorensen's Resort Cafe

4.7
4.7
207 Reviews
$31 to $50
American
For generations, people have been coming to Sorensen’s Café for delicious, home-cooked meals and mountain hospitality. Stop by for a nourishing meal before hitting the trails, or a relaxing dinner at the end of the day.
Hours- 12 pm to 7 pm, daily.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 1 time today

Order delivery or takeout

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    American, Cocktail Bar, Wine Bar
  • Hours of operation
    Dinner Daily 12:00 pm–7:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (530) 725-1233
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Executive chef
    Sam Label
  • Catering
    We cater to groups large & small, please inquire!
  • Private party facilities
    We have multiple venues for weddings, birthdays & special occasions.
  • Neighborhood
    South Shore
  • Parking details
    Private Lot
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Vegan, View, Wine

What 207 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
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.9Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Tahoe / Reno Area

    Best Service

  • Tahoe / Reno Area

    Healthy

  • Tahoe / Reno Area

    American

  • South Lake Tahoe

    Best Overall

  • South Lake Tahoe

    Best Service

  • South Lake Tahoe

    Best Ambiance

  • South Lake Tahoe

    Best Value

  • South Lake Tahoe

    Healthy

  • South Lake Tahoe

    Neighborhood gem

  • South Lake Tahoe

    Romantic

  • South Lake Tahoe

    Great for scenic views

207 Reviews
  1. DarcieS

    Sacramento

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Well a little getaway that was on my to do list for 30 years. The newly revamped spaces and accommodations were pretty top notch! We loved the snow scenery. Our dog was treated very well! The dining experience was wonderful. Left feeling very fed and celebrated for my birthday. We live close enough that we’ll be back in the fall for the Aspens !! Our waitress was the best!

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  2. DonaldT

    Sacramento

    15 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Wonderful resort, food and wine choices were surprisingly good, highly recommend to the adventurous outdoor crowd. Staff very accommodating.

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  3. LauraM

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 24, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    For some inconceivable reason, despite the renovation of the entire property, the quality of the food here has taken a major nose-dive since the days of the old Sorensons. Mushy beef stew, lousy artichoke dip. The pretzel and salad were fine but the rest of our meal was surprisingly crummy. How come??

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  4. CourtneyM

    Tahoe

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This was the perfect dining experience. The staff was very friendly. The environment was cozy and welcoming. And the food was absolutely delicious. Will be back!

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  5. NicoleR

    Tahoe

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Each year we spend 3-4 days over New Year's at Sorensen's, eating at least one meal each day at the café. We love the food, the equal parts tradition and innovation, and with multiple days, we get to sample the whole menu and we've never been disappointed! The burgundy stew, the burger (OMGGGG!), the soups, the sides, the desserts, we love them all. Thanks Team Sorensens!

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  6. ErikaW

    Gold Coast

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 27, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had the best experience at Sorensen’s Cafe. Our waiter Nick was so helpful and friendly, and his mulled wine and toddy’s were incredible. The food was delightful and exactly what we needed after an afternoon in the snow. We will definitely be back!

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  7. KathyT

    Tahoe

    16 reviews

    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on December 20, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It was such a treat to stop for 1 magical night, enjoy the first snow and dine at this quaint place. The service was amazing, food was delicious and restaurant was adorable. 🥰

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  8. NasserM

    Central Coast

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 16, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A must stop for any traveling this way. The chowdah is delicious!

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  9. MarkP

    Tahoe

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 14, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had their specialty stew that was excellent. The bread that was served with it was a nice compliment. The burgundy wine delightful. Our server friendly and efficient.

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  10. MARILYNR

    Central Coast

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 13, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It was my mom's 92 Birthday. We had a wonderful time and our server AMY was amazing. She helped make "BOO" 's birthday wonderful and memorable. The food was delicious I love this cafe!!! Thank you for making a Christmas memory for me and my mom.

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  11. ABKPortaB

    Minneapolis

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 8, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent food and Service!! Really really appreciated Nick. He was very responsive to our requests!!

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  12. GregT

    Tahoe

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 1, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We, a party of four, arrived on time and were the only diners. The server was terrific. Three of us have dietary issues and all of us were accommodated. The black bean burgers appeared to be homemade. The spaghetti squash with the broccoli pesto was the star! Delicious! $30 for lunch veggies seemed a little expensive, but it was very good!

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  13. LTYNay

    Tahoe

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 26, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 2
    Had the fire been on and the servings more significant, this spot would have filled me up. Unfortunately, on a very chilly November day, the fire was not lit, the room was empty but for one table and, while the service was great, the food was not worth the price we paid. Our plates included the pretzel appetizer, beef stew and a chicken sandwich. The stew lacked in substance. The bun for the chicken sandwich was delicious. Sadly the plate was very empty sans the sandwich and a few roasted potatoes (requested in place of the cold sides offered). I enjoyed a tasty cocktail. It was dissapointing that the menu did not include more hot and Autumn/Winter dishes. We also felt that what we did receive was not worth the price being charged accounting for ambiance and service.

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  14. Nancy

    Tahoe

    24 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on November 25, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Love this restaurant at the small rustic resort at Sorensens. It offers a wonderful opportunity to enjoy the High Sierras and dine well.

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  15. ReneeF

    Tahoe

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on November 18, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great Food and Excellent Service by Andrea. The potato soup was great as well as the Salmon and Burger.

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  16. RobB

    Tahoe

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 12, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Rustic... great server (Brianna). Accommodating. Food was good, not incredible. The prices are pretty steep, $26 burger... Very remote, beautiful setting.

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  17. LionelW

    Tahoe

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 12, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Everyone was helpful and very friendly. Service was great!

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  18. MrHuang

    Tahoe

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 28, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Visited near the end of October and made a reservation for dinner. Staffs were friendly and service were great. Food are as good as they come in the area. Overall a satisfying experience.

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  19. SFmama11

    San Francisco

    52 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    52 reviews

    Dined on October 24, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We have been to Sorensens several times over the past decade or so. There is a dearth of dining in that area, so it is THE place to go in Hope Valley. The food is hearty and rustic although the menu is extremely limited. We had the beef stew, side salad with basil dressing, and berry cobbler. It was a very quiet night in the off season so we had excellent service and a chance to visit with our server. My favorite was the super fresh salad with house made basil dressing. I’ve been dreaming about that dressing for the past ten years and was happy they still make it!

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  20. JamesR

    San Francisco

    25 reviews

    3.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on October 19, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Keeping in mind it's location we still felt the selection was limited and not a lot of food for the price though the food was good. The server was very friendly and prompt with the service. The restaurant only has one small restroom though we were told there is a portable outhouse available.

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  21. SteveM

    Sacramento

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 19, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The prices are expensive for lunch. I love this restaurant we have been there several times. It is under new management from a small ownership to corporate ownership. Sad but a beautiful restaurant.

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  22. Kath

    San Diego

    18 reviews

    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on October 16, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food is very good and heathy and homey. I will definitely go there again.

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  23. SheldonS

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 12, 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    What a terrible experience. The food is massively overpriced ($25.00 for a small hamburger w/o sides). At 12:00pm, 12 couples arrived. There was one waitress and very limited staffing. Food delivery was estimated at 30 minutes to 1 hour so we eventually left. Since a new boutique hotel chain took over, the rooms that cost $150are now $530-$730/night. When I asked an employee at the lobby and restaurant entry to be seated outside, she said "I'll get the person that works with the restaurant to talk with you". It seems employees don't feel part of a unified team and shift responsibilities to others. What a disappointing loss that Sorensons is now this new facility that is overpriced with poor, overpriced food and service. Avoid!

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  24. ReneeF

    Tahoe

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on October 12, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great service! Cozy dining spot with good food. We had the pretzels, salmon, and beef burgundy stew. All were great.

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  25. snowbunny

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on October 11, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    Haven't eaten here in a couple of years (since ownership change), and I thought the food was very good. The classic dish that's been on the menu forever-the beef bourguignon-was delicious and exactly the same as it's always been. Talk about consistency, WOW! The house salad was fabulous and perfectly dressed. My friend is a vegetarian and the vegetable soup with farro, the entree of spaghetti squash with pesto, and the berry cobbler were all spectacular. The bulky thick tables are not my favorite, I kept bumping my knee...and I realize they are historic. However, it would be nice to display them someplace else and put rectangular tables in that small space. It would increase the amount of customers able to dine and also give the servers the ability to move around the room more efficiently. Our server was nice, but seemed very ill with a red runny nose and sniffling the whole time. I hope she feels better soon.

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  26. CharlieH

    Tahoe

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 7, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We dined inside. The burgundy stew was terrific. Atmosphere was rustic.

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  27. Jang

    San Francisco

    9 reviews

    3.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on October 3, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Way overpriced… $25 for a cheeseburger. Charged for the fall color, I guess. Plus a charge if you split the burger. It was good, but had to ask for plate for split burger. Has to ask for ketchup, mustard and salt and pepper. Staff pleasant but seemed a little clueless.

    1 person found this helpful

  28. Drumrollz

    San Francisco

    28 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on September 30, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    great food and wonderful intimate dining experience

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  29. BobM

    Sacramento

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 28, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Excellent food, we had the burgundy stew, summer salad and tomato basil soup as well as the berry cobbler for dessert. Everything was delicious. Coffee served with dessert was lukewarm and water had no ice in it, so 4 stars.

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  30. jonm

    Orange County

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 24, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Super awesome staff, excellent fresh dishes, will see you again

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  31. Georgej

    New York City

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on September 23, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Highly recommend, beautiful setting, delicious food

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  32. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 2, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Always a neighborhood favorite for us— this time bringing the whole family visiting from the flatlands, including my 4&8yo niece/nephew that loved running around the premise and finding the swings and hiking trails— while adults enjoyed great cocktails and great food. The brioche buns always do it for me and the attention to detail, like house made bacon jelly jam, herbed pesto vinaigrette, seasonal cocktails. It’s the best on this side of the Sierra ! Props to the chef! It’s always Spritz o’clock at Sorensons

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  33. GretaH

    Charleston

    6 reviews

    2.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on August 28, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    Sorensen's Resort Cafe is in a beautiful spot. Over the years, I have enjoyed many delicious lunches and dinners here. New ownership, new menu, new prices all contributed to making a recent lunch with friends very disappointing. I will visit again because it really is a special spot to enjoy fresh mountain air.

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  34. RichardB

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 20, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Such a great setting, everything tastes and is better! Salad add salmon!!! Great!!! Chicken Sandwich!!! Great, best I’ve had in quite a while! Coming back soon!

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  35. JanetH

    San Diego

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 14, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had our choice of inside dining or outside- it was a beautiful night so we chose outside on the patio. Our waiter was wonderful-friendly and attentive. We started wtih an appetizer of warm artichoke dip with veggies and crostini- delicious! We chose beef stew which was wonderful and finished with a berry cobbler with vanilla ice cream. Perfect! We enjoyed our dining experience very much!

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  36. MarieS

    Tahoe

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 10, 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    We sure wanted to like this place but sadly when we were ignored by the manager ( we had a reservation) and then saw the menu was significantly smaller than the menu posted on line, we began to have our doubts. And our food was truly subpar. My husband had the salmon which was overcooked and had a very small side of mixed quinoa and veg. My salad could have been from Applebees it was just ho-hum. The folks at the table next to us had the stew which they advised us not to order. lastly they had only one dessert, a berry cobbler with an unusual presentation - a bowl of stewed berries with oddly little flavor and a unsweetened biscuit on top. Our server was good but it must be hard to hear so many complaints about the food. Skip this place and go to Stonefly in Markleeville.

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  37. OpenTable Diner

    Sacramento

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 6, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Great experience at Sorensen’s Cafe once again! We’re repeat customers and always exceeds expectations. The staff are always very friendly and helpful and the drinks from the bar are great. Will be back on during our next stay at the cabins.

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  38. Buzz

    Sacramento

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 2, 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    The place is understaffed and under managed. Food is good, but overpriced and the menu is skimpy, not the one shown online. We had dinner, and we were staying at Desolation Hotel, but no one could tell us if the cafe would be open for breakfast. Desolation Hotel, by the way, is also way overpriced.

    2 people found this helpful

  39. BicycleAP

    St. Louis

    24 reviews

    4.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on July 12, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    They’re doing their best under the new management with the Desolation Hotel Hope Valley. Several nice menu choices. Prices reflect the recent rises in the economy. Attentive service from our server and even the chef checked on our satisfaction with both our salads and main courses. Still have the Beef Burgundy Stew on the menu which is a Sorensen’s classic. We’ll dine here again while we’re staying at the resort.

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  40. OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on June 21, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    On a chilly night, the charming cabin feeling of this restaurant was such a delight. The service was wonderful. The waiter went above and beyond, and it was all was generous and delicious! The drive out there from South Lake was stunning too. Wish it had been warm so we could enjoy the charming outdoor bar as well.

    1 person found this helpful

FAQs

Sorensen's Resort Cafe offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (530) 725-1233.

Sorensen's Resort Cafe is rated 4.7 stars by 207 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 1 time today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Sorensen's Resort Cafe

14255 CA-88, Hope Valley, CA 96120

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Neighborhood
    South Shore
  • Hours of operation
    Dinner Daily 12:00 pm–7:00 pm
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    American, Cocktail Bar, Wine Bar
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking details
    Private Lot
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive chef
    Sam Label
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Vegan, View, Wine
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