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Sorensen's Resort Cafe - Wylder Hotel, Hope Valley, CA

Sorensen's Resort Cafe - Wylder Hotel

4.3
4.3
153 Reviews
$50 and over
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.
Winter hours- 12 pm to 8:30 pm, daily.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 3 times today
Experiences are available.

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    American, Cocktail Bar, Wine Bar

  • Hours of operation

    Breakfast Sat, Sun 8:00 am–11:00 am Dinner Daily 12:00 pm–8:30 pm

  • Phone number

    (530) 694-2203

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Tashawna Grube

  • 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, View, Wine

Experiences

  • Valentine's Dinner

    $65.00 per person

    Feb 14, 2023 only
    Prix Fixe Menu With Optional Wine Pairing

Popular dishes

What 153 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.3
4.3 based on recent ratings
  • 4.3Food
  • 4.3Service
  • 4.3Ambience
  • 3.9Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Tahoe / Reno Area

    Kid-friendly

  • South Lake Tahoe

    Great for scenic views

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  1. AR

    AlyxR

    Sacramento

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall1food1service3ambience2
    The food here has changed for the worse! It's horrendous! I highly recommend bringing your food to your cabin if you have a kitchen. If not, just travel out for something else.
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Sacramento

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food is always delicious and the service great. It was cold outside, but cozy near the wood stove.
  3. SP

    ScottP

    San Francisco

    18 reviews

    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on January 28, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The best restaurant available when skiing Kirkwood.
  4. w

    walkupsidedown

    San Francisco

    25 reviews

    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on January 22, 2023

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Cozy ambience, and a couple of creative things on a mostly crowd-pleasing menu. We would have preferred more distilled/stronger flavors in the pasta but overall dishes were good. It’s the best place to eat around. For some reason they were out of most of the red wines by the glass but our friendly server offered an alternative. Will definitely eat there again next time I’m on the Carson pass.
  5. DN

    DNPS

    Chicago

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 10, 2023

    overall4food3service5ambience4
    Some dishes, like the gnocchi with mushrooms, were quite good while others - the ahi melt and pot pie - were mediocre. Prices were quite high - for example $37. for the gnocchi. There’s not much else around so they have a captive market!
  6. LH

    LisaH

    Los Angeles

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on January 3, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The menu selection was exactly what we wanted and the food was perfect! Especially after a calorie burning day!
  7. NR

    NicoleR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We stayed at Wylder's through a snowstorm, and ate all our meals at the cafe - a total 1 breakfast and 3 dinners. We picked different things each time, and it was ALL delicious, served with genuine warmth and care. Thanks!
  8. JA

    JoannA

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    We been coming here for years and the place has preserved its original feel. While I appreciate the historical atmosphere and value the tables have I think that the tables can use an upgrade to make them safer. My son found himself hooked to the table hardware and it’s placement obstructed the comfort of the person sitting by it. On our last visit our meal was just OK in comparison to our summer outing when our meal as extraordinary. We will return, but will for sure skip the indoor dinning area until the tables are made safer
  9. CM

    CharlieM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Having to re-enter a full review because the app went back sucks. About the Wylder - Amazing from start to finish, the people, ambience, and the quality and flavors of food and drink made our trip do great. We will be seeing the awesome team at Wylder again soon, thank you. Appreciate you all, The Mann Family
  10. SB

    SkiBum

    Tahoe

    24 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on December 26, 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience4
    The food at Sorenson's has always been wonderful, but the past few times we ate there it was a disappointment. The salmon was overcooked, the stew (that they are so well known for) was not up to par...the "broth" was so thick it was almost inedible, the ahi tuna melt was so overcooked you could barely eat the tuna. Sorenson's has a great reputation and has been a loved staple of Hope Valley and I hope they can work on these issues and get back to their glory.
  11. JD

    JillD

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 25, 2022

    overall1food3service1ambience3
    the food was good and the ambience nice, but we had terrible service. We couldn't get the waiter's attention and finally left without ordering dessert because the wait was.endless. We will never go there again and we used to go there often as we live locally.
  12. MP

    MonicaP

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 23, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    We loved discovering this teeny restaurant and its cabins. A delightful place. Had a great family dinner with excellent service. Loved the pretzel appetizer!
  13. LT

    LTR94556

    San Francisco

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on December 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had an excellent dinner. Appetizers, mains and deserts were fantastic. Service was attentive and very friendly. Would certainly return if I am in the area.
  14. J

    Julie

    San Francisco

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on December 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious dinner in old cabin,
  15. VS

    VeronicaS

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Lovely dinner in a quiet dining area. Wonderful service and delicious food.
  16. JF

    JohnF

    San Francisco

    48 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    48 reviews

    Dined on November 25, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    The Thanksgiving pre fixe was great. Restaurant and bar staff were pros. Next night the food was mediocre at best. Trout extremely overcooked. Kale side dish had zero flavor. The band was just ridiculously too loud for that small outdoor tent.
  17. D

    Dawn

    New York Area

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 27, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    The meals were very good. Prepared fresh for us with good ingredients. The price point was high.
  18. J

    Just4fun

    Sacramento

    8 reviews

    3.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on October 23, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience3
    Nice place to hang out (though cold because seated in drafty tent rather than indoors and snowing lightly). Service was very good.. I had hoped with the increase in cost the food might have improved in kind, but the menu is pretty much the same as always, which is inconsistent within menu options (some very good, some just ok). So it felt overpriced for meal. I do recognize the difficulty of procuring food in that location, and respect that. Also must say that is appreciated that there is a restaurant open in that area and it is a lovely place.
  19. J

    Jennifer

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 22, 2022

    overall1food2service1ambience1
    My parents enjoyed coming to Sorensen's each year up until several years ago when health issues & Covid prevented them from traveling. They have fond memories of the staff, food, and ambiance. This year my parents wanted to go back but are unable to drive themselves, so my husband, son, and I offered to accompany them. We made reservations several weeks in advance to coincide with the fall colors. When we arrived, the greeter was discourteous and informed me that the only seating available was outdoors in the tent and the only restrooms were porta-potties at the far end of the gravel parking lot. Although this was disappointing as our reservations were for inside the cafe, we had driven 2 1/2 hours to get there so we didn't want to leave without eating. The wait staff was inattentive; never refilled waters, coffee, or even checked on us. My mom received a side dish that was not what she ordered and although the server apologized for the mix-up, she didn't bring the correct item. The stew, homemade potato chips, and desserts were tasty, but the rest of the food was just mediocre. The cost of the food was high for what we received (even taking into account the extra cost involved in getting items to the remote location, the current economy, and additional staffing costs incurred due to worker shortages). We drove down to the porta potties before leaving since there was no way for my parents with limited mobility to get to them by walking. One of the two had no toilet paper and the vault contents were within 8" of the toilet rim. The disabled access one was set at a tipped back angle and was difficult for someone with limited mobility to navigate. Although we all enjoyed spending time together, my parents were incredibly disappointed in the entire experience and I doubt that they will want to return given the lackluster food, disinterested/rude staff, and the unappealing tent/bathroom situation. Heartbreaking that fond memories will be tarnished by this experience.
  20. AB

    AnastasiaB

    Sacramento

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on October 22, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    We got off to a bit of a slow start for our outdoor brunch reservation. The outdoor temp. had dropped & it was raining & they didn't have their outdoor tent warmed & ready to use. Once they had that figured out & we were seated, it was cozy & had lovely atmosphere. Our brunch was delicious & our server was adorable & friendly. Would definitely go back!
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    8 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on October 22, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience1
    Upon arrival we nobody greeted us and we could not find anyone to assist us. After we spoke to a lady, from the hotel, she said the hostess stand is outside. She told us to go outside and wait... someone will assist you soon. We waited in the cold weather, after a minute or two a lady arrived. We told her that we had reservation... she replied with "OK", never asking our name. [Only later on, I told the waitress about our reservation. She told me she would mark our arrival.] As Lake Tahoe locals and returning customers, we really had much higher expectations for Wylder. We had a service animal, so once again a very uneducated person (the hostess) insisted on sitting us outside. It was cold and the outdoor heaters were not working. The waitress was the one who moved us to a better table (still outside), but there was a space heater and blankets. The food was just OK, not really very good. We ate around half of the meal and we left extremely disappointed with this overall mess. If this is how they treat Lake Tahoe locals, I can only imagine what a horrible experience a tourist must have here. We WILL NOT be returning.
  22. M

    Mary

    Sacramento

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 21, 2022

    overall3food5service2ambience3
    We've always enjoyed eating here, sitting either outside or inside. Unfortunately sitting outside was not an option due to no propane for their heaters, and it was cold. Also, even with reservations, we had to wait 30+ min. to be seated. And the only place to wait and sit was outside in the cold. Very small dining room which we were aware of, but had a coughing child in the table next to us. But, food was very tasty!
  23. j

    jazz

    Chicago

    98 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    98 reviews

    Dined on October 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    What a wonderful gem! The ambiance amongst the changing aspens was incredible, the food terrific and great service. We had to share our meal with all the bees outside, but otherwise it was great. Only thing that could be improved was the bathroom - only one bathroom for the restaurant and it was not clean.
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Tahoe

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 16, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    We had a delicious breakfast at Sorensen’s Cafe before our hike.
  25. B

    Brian

    San Francisco

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on October 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of our favorite places in the Tahoe area! They have a wonderful large patio for seating -- it can get cold in mid-October, but they have heat lamps and blankets. We had great service and the food was divine!
  26. s

    susan

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 15, 2022

    overall2food2service1ambience2
    I was not thrilled at all, I know it was busy but the food the price and employees didnt impress me at all. Expensive ! I felt like it was a waste of my time and money. Sorry ...
  27. KS

    KristinaS

    San Diego

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on October 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great day at Sorensens. The staff was so upbeat and friendly. We had burgers which were exactly right. The views were just beyond belief.
  28. GM

    GinnieM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Sorenson's is a very cute rustic peaceful place to have lunch. It's a really cute resort and campground and it would be a fun place to stay. Eating outside, the weather was perfect and the leaves were in fall color, however, the meat bees are a pain. Bring dryer sheets if you decide to eat outside.
  29. JB

    JaneB

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 13, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    The food was excellent. Ambiance was spot on. They seemed to be understaffed, however, it allowed for good conversation between courses.
  30. RN

    RobertN

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 11, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Sorensen's Cafe is a great place for a quiet lunch. Food is always excellent. Most of the seating is outdoors and the bees/wasps can be quite annoying. Service is great.
  31. K

    Karin

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Beautiful grounds, great friendly service, delicious food, loved it!
  32. KW

    KimW

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on October 9, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    All good. Favorite spot to dine. Prices have gone up!
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Tahoe

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 9, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    Way over priced for what you get, but the setting is good!
  34. WB

    WendyB

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 8, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    A wonderful place to stop for lunch. I recommend reservations. Parking can be a challenge but there is a lot of people coming and going. Outdoor dining was perfect and the trees were not quite at peak with a gold color. Ahi Tuna salad was very nice, a little on the dry side but great flavor. My husband got the stew, that was fabulous. Good choice of wine pairings as well.
  35. J

    Jang

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    3.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on October 7, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    What a setting, especially this time of year with the fall color. We enjoyed our cheeseburger, when it finally arrived, forty minutes after we placed our order. Our waitress was very nice, and was very apologetic, including for the $3 charge to divide our cheeseburger.. Ridiculous.. Wish we'd known. Could have easily divided the cheeseburger ourselves. Noticed that other customers were having to wait longer than normal for meals... Beautiful spot, but this needs to be improved. Jan and Ken George
  36. W

    William

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 1, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    I chose this location so my family could experience being up and away from the scene in South Lake Tahoe. The setting is superb. The food is quite good. The prices are a little high, but considering the relative remoteness should not be surprising. I will definitely come again when staying in South Lake Tahoe.
  37. AB

    AllenB

    San Francisco

    9 reviews

    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on September 28, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    We stayed in a yurt and it was amazing. Very stylish and so much fun. Dinner was very good. Sadly, the chef did not show up the next morning. We ate at the Hope Valley store and it was fine.
  38. S

    Sputnick10

    Tahoe

    10 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on September 25, 2022

    overall2food4service1ambience3
    While the food was really good, it was hard to ignore the incredibly bad service. I give restaurants and their staff a lot of leeway due to current staffing problems, but this went beyond that to actual rude and obnoxious staff. We waited 20 minutes after being sat to even be acknowledged by the waitress, and that was only after arguing with her hostess about our table. For the prices they charge, you would expect a better experience. We are locals, and this was our first experience at this place, and will likely be our last. Very disappointing.
  39. UC

    UCLAmom

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had the Beef Burgundy Stew and the gnocchi. They were both excellent! Great drinks, great service. Beautiful evening in the Aspens.
  40. XG

    XmasGirl54

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 23, 2022

    overall2food1service2ambience2
    After a long day of driving, we arrived pulling our 1970 Vintage fiberglass camper. We had booked a campsite for three days. The site was on a hair-pin curve, no firewood and we had called ahead to make sure some was available, and the electric socket was for for a 240 volt dryer!! We could not use it! Dinner was average at best. The menu offered a "roasted chicken" that turned out to be a small chicken breast with a drumstick sticking out of it. It was so dry I could barely chew it!! The side of broccolini was undercooked and I could not cut it!!I told our waitress my disappointment and thankfully she took my selection off our bill. The chicken was misrepresented!! The stew, which my partner ordered was okay, but tasted as though it cam out of a can... For the prices you charge you should have a real chef in the kitchen, change your menu to reflect the offerings, and/or lower your prices!

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Physical distancing

    • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

Sorensen's Resort Cafe - Wylder Hotel offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (530) 694-2203.

Sorensen's Resort Cafe - Wylder Hotel is rated 4.3 stars by 153 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 3 times today
Experiences are available.
Google Map for Sorensen's Resort Cafe - Wylder Hotel

14255 CA-88, Hope Valley, CA 96120

Additional information

  • Neighborhood

    South Shore

  • Hours of operation

    Breakfast Sat, Sun 8:00 am–11:00 am Dinner Daily 12:00 pm–8:30 pm

  • Cuisines

    American, Cocktail Bar, Wine Bar

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Private Lot

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Tashawna Grube

  • 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, View, Wine

  • Phone number

    (530) 694-2203

  • Catering

    We cater to groups large & small, please inquire!

  • Private party facilities

    We have multiple venues for weddings, birthdays & special occasions.

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