West Shore Cafe

4.6
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694 Reviews
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$31 to $50
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Californian
We’re excited to announce we will be opening for takeout and limited in-house dining seating for Memorial Day weekend. Our soft opening includes takeout Friday, May 22 through Monday, May 25 from 12pm to 8pm, and in-house dining Saturday, May 23 through Monday, May 25 from 12pm to 8pm.

All guests who wish to dine-in must make a reservation via Open Table, ** there will be no walk-ins allowed**. Reservations for all weekend dates and times will open on Thursday at 10am.


Old Tahoe Charm. Fresh California Cuisine.
A picturesque lakefront restaurant and inn located at Lake Tahoe's West Shore, the West Shore Cafe offers guests delicious cuisine and superb service amidst some of the world's most beautiful surroundings. West Shore Cafe offers a festive and romantic lake view setting with elegant, yet approachable cuisine with a seasonal focus.
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vipLynnN
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome service and food. We felt safe dining in a clean setting where social distancing was extremely followed. Well done!

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Chooser
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

West Shore has an unparalleled setting. The service is excellent. The food is generally very good, but can be hit and miss at times. It is a bit pricey.

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John
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great good, great cocktails and great service - a perfect night!

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JeffM
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was wonderful to finally get to eat out. West shore cafe delivered an easy transition into the dining out experience again. Always a beautiful spot with awesome views of Lake Tahoe. Our waiter (Ryan) was great. Food was delicious. And the shuttle boat driver very helpful. We will enjoy this spot all summer

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SeniorAdultSkiBum
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was excellent, food excellent and drinks excellent. Clearly would eat their again.

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vipAnnS
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was fantastic! Great waiter, highly professional, and food was delicious. Gorgeous setting!

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

New cdc requirements actually made for a very intimate and enjoyable evening

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vipPhyllis
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was the first time we dined in since the shelter in place. West Shore Cafe did an outstanding job on performing all the social distancing and sanitation precautions. I throughly enjoyed celebrating my 65th birthday there with my loved ones. It was perfect - the food, ambience, and excellent service!

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Sharon
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2020
Overall5food3service5ambience5

The halibut tacos are so dry!! Maybe some little chipotle crema on the cabbage? Something! My husband’s burger was excellent!
I’ve loved West Shore Cafe since way before the beautiful building. Open only in the summer. Thanks for opening up!!

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SandyK
1 review
Dined on May 24, 2020
Overall3food5service5ambience5

You really need to list the price of wine by the glass. It was shocking to see you charged $18.00 per glass. I would have selected something else.
I’m glad we went but the price will stop us from returning.
Sandy Kelly

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AnniH
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food and cocktails. The staff was awesome. We love West Shore

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was incredible and the service was great as well.

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined on May 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrated our 1 Year anniversary on Saturday and had one of the best meals of our lives. Not only was the food exceptional but so was the service. They took every measure to ensure social distancing including contactless menus and payment. Between the service, food, drinks, and views I could not recommend this place enough!

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Karen
Sacramento
4 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

What a fabulous dining experience we had on your inaugural opening night! The precautions were extraordinary yet we had a fine dining experience! The service was impeccable and the food was delicious! And the ambiance! What a beautiful setting - sailboats and geese on the lake and sparkling lights on the dock...
We can’t wait to go back! Thank you, Ryan!

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vipCV123
San Francisco
30 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great to have them back open. They are doing a great job of getting the food out safely and have a digital menu to order off your phone instead of touching and having to clean menus. Keep up the great work!!!

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RobertS
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

we have been going to the Westshore for many years.

We especially love the new chef they have had for the last 3-4 years, he is amazing.

there is always something new on the menu and the servers are very attentive and good humored

Gary

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vipDineOften
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience4

The Elk is excellent. The West Shore Burger is delicious. Good fries.

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HenryG
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Friday night dinner while visiting Tahoe. Our waitress was able to offer substitutions when we wanted to limit or omit dairy parts of the entrees. Great view seating. Definitely worth the visit.

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vipCaroline
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We ate at the restaurant four nights in a row (!) while on vacation and loved every meal. Highly recommend.

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Spazycat
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I little pricy but worth it. The food was terrific. Atmosphere was great. Would love to go back often but will have to reserve this place for special occasions because of the price.

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vipfloulou
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We had a party of 7 with 3 kids. The service was prompt and considerate of the kids, but also provided wine service. We had the pear gorgonzola salad, gnocchi, and the bone in filet. The salad was good (slightly overdressed), the gnocchi was great, and the filet was the best I have had in a very, very long time. We had kids chicken fingers too, which I sampled, and was impressed that they were fresh and not frozen. We also had a bottle of Public Radio grenache - outstanding! Plus, the view is great!

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OpenTable Diner
Tahoe
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience3

Our server Ryan was amazing!!!
He made our lunch :)

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The dinner was over the top amazing. We ordered the crab cakes and mussels and never enjoyed them more. The elk was also amazing but the Caesar salad was not that great. We loved our waiter too. Enjoy!

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vipRussN
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Valentines

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OpenTable Diner
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Valentines day

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MelissaG
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

As locals we get asked where to go. We like this place, when its open, because of the beautifully lux comfort dinning room, especially with the lights dimmed which really add to the experience. The thing my husband also enjoys is the (usually) stock of scotch options, Lagavulin, Macallen 18. The elk was enjoyed by our friends on our last visit but the salmon was sad, not notable in any flavor, cooked and left to wait under the heat lamp for the Elk. Hint..I don't know anyone that wants a whole serving of unseasoned baby turnips. Vegetarians and vegans will find it difficult. It is pricey, easily $65per, but the room is nice. I can recommend it for a nice ambient sophisticated unhurried cocktail. We did not try appetizers but the salad was enough for two.

West Shore Cafe
Responded on February 17, 2020

Hi Melissa, thank you for taking the time to review us as well as visit our restaurant. We are glad to hear that you husband enjoys our scotch options. We apologize that the salmon wasn’t cooked to perfection. We will be sure to share your comments with our service team and if you would like to discuss your experience further please reach out to our Restaurant Manager Daniel Morris at dmorris@westshorecafe. We hope you come visit us again in the future.

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Bmartin
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Better than i could've ever imagined. The food was amazing, the drinks were delicious and the service was top notch! Would highly recommend to anyone.

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vipHtcush
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Appetizer was luke warm when served. Main courses were perfectly heated. Server was excellent.

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OpenTable Diner
Tahoe
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went for a quiet evening to celebrate work. There was a local musician playing. Set by the window and watched the beautiful snow and the lights on the pier. Service and food were outstanding. Always love Westshore Cafe anytime of year.

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vipDineOften
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall2food4service3ambience2

Seems my credit card was skimmed at West Shore Café!

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vipJeanneU
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Favorite dinner on the lake! Our go to restaurant for all season. Fabulous views ambiance, food and service!

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RMurphy
Sacramento
8 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place. Beautiful view of the lake. Great food and great service.

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vipJulianneC
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The best thing on their menu is the burger! Love it.

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OpenTable Diner
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall3food2service5ambience4

The bill was $75 before tip for an alcohol-free mediocre lunch for two. We are frequent (local) customers and always look forward to it. It was extremely disappointing.

West Shore Cafe
Responded on February 17, 2020

Hello, Thank you for taking the time to review us as well as visit our restaurant. We do apologize that your recent visit didn’t match your expectations. We will be sure to share your comments with our service team and if you would like to discuss your experience further please reach out to our Restaurant Manager Daniel Morris. Our local guest are very important to us and we hope to provide you a fantastic experience in the near future.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Family vacation dinner.

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KevinM
Central Coast
7 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall3food5service5ambience3

We have eaten a number of times here, but this is the first time we ate inside while it was crowded. It was way too noisy; we couldn’t have a conversation across the table. It was so loud it kind of took the shine off this place for us. The service was wonderful as was the food. We will be back, but we wait until summer when we can sit outside.

West Shore Cafe
Responded on February 17, 2020

Hi Kevin, we do apologize that you weren't able to share conversation during your recent visit due to the loud acoustics in the restaurant. We will be sure to share your comments with our service team and if you would like to discuss your experience further please reach out to our Restaurant Manager Daniel Morris at dmorris@westshorecafe . We appreciate your candid feedback and hope to provide you a fantastic experience in the near future.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Tahoe
8 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Recently got Married here in May and went back to enjoy Lunch with my parents. Had a lovely time and the food, ambiance, service, and view were exceptional as always.

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vipMB01
San Diego
21 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Always disappointing to have to wait for a table that has been booked - had to wait about 15 minutes while they decided where to sit us and bus the table. Once seated the service was prompt. The food is good but $400 for 5 of us seemed a bit expensive for what we had.

West Shore Cafe
Responded on December 27, 2019

Thank you for your review. During the holidays we have noticed that are guests are staying at their tables longer than usual. We are sorry that your friends/family had to wait the 15 minutes while we were making accommodations. We hope to correct this in the future so you and our guests can have a more enjoyable experience. Thanks for the feedback.

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AllisonK
Tahoe
2 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our dinner was absolutely fantastic! Our server, Courtney, was so friendly & made great suggestions. The view is absolutely stunning.

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vipNina
Tahoe
11 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ryan our waiter was excellent! Delicious food

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