West Shore Cafe

4.5
557 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Californian
9/28/2018: Please note that the West Shore is now closed for the summer season. We will be reopening for winter service in December. Please continue to check back for the most up to date information.

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 lakeview setting with elegant, yet approachable cuisine with a seasonal focus. As a year-round destination, the West Shore Cafe beckons skiers during the winter months and is mere steps from sister property, Homewood Mountain Resort. During summer months, the West Shore Cafe's location is ideal for those cruising the bike path, as well as boaters touring Lake Tahoe. West Shore Cafe hosts several buoys, and welcomes boaters and kayakers ashore.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Californian, Contemporary American
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Hours of operation
Dinner
Mon 4:00 pm–9:00 pm
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Phone number
(530) 525-5200
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Robb Wyss
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Private party facilities
Including various indoor and outdoor private dining space, our venue offers intimate views of Lake Tahoe complimented further by surrounding mountain peaks, striking interior design and an impeccable culinary team. Plan an unforgettable gathering or celebration with us today.
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Private party contact
Lisa Small: (844) 275-2061
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Homewood Mountain Resort
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Parking details
West Shore Cafe offer complimentary car parking, valet parking during summer months, and additional parking at sister property, Homewood Mountain Resort (steps from the restaurant). Those visiting by boat can also enjoy complimentary parking and valet service from our pier.
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Public transit
Tahoe Area Regional Transit hosts a shuttle drop-off and pick-up location outside the West Shore Cafe.
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Entertainment
The West Shore Cafe occasionally hosts live music, featuring local talent. Additionally, the West Shore Cafe hosts special menu items for happy hour, holidays, and festive occasions.
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Special events & promotions
Always popular, Local Mondays at West Shore Cafe are a great way to affordably taste the freshest produce, seafood and meats that California has to offer. Whether you dine solo while staying in a West Shore vacation property, or invite a group of ten friends that live at the lake, West Shore Café’s menu has options that will satisfy any appetite and will pair perfectly with the Café’s wine list and cocktail menu.
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Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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Cincinnati
7 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

After reading other reviews about the best place to see a sunset in Tahoe I decided to take a chance for our last night of vacation and celebrating my husbands birthday. It did not disappoint. As it turned out we were there on their last night of summer service. Our waiter was wonderful from beginning to end. The food was declared the best we'd eaten during our week in Tahoe and that's high praise from my family.
The sunset was spectacular!!!! If you're watching your budget I'd save this as a celebration meal as it is
on the pricey side. That said as a celebration dinner it was beyond memorable.

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b
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Best dining experience on lake. Take advantage. You will like it

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DK
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a great dinner! Sat outside on the patio with heaters. Beautiful sunset over the lake. Food and service was great. Highly recommend.

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a
Phoenix
4 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

LOVE West Shore Cafe! The food is always fabulous, can't beat the view, even if indoors, and the wait staff is superb! Dinners are magical on the pier, but it's also a great spot for lunch too!

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d
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

My wife and I spent our 40th anniversary dinner there and had a wonderful time.
The table next to us were celebrating their 12th anniversary.
The views are awesome and the people are friendly.

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San Diego
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

A surprise find on a visit to Lake Tahoe. Arrived on a Fall evening and sat under warm heaters by the lake. Beautiful setting and delicious food considering it's not always easy to find great food in the Mountains.
We'd go again. Tip: It's mostly used for weddings Fri-Sunday during summer, so we were lucky to catch them on a Thursday evening with a last minute reservation. A little pricey for a mountain escape to hike, but totally worth it to us as a way to start our trip upon arrive. in Lake Tahoe.

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PJ
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Lovely setting, lakeside. Summer and Fall there is outdoor and indoor seating. My husband’s salmon and carrots w sticky rice was delish. I wasn’t overly hungry so enjoyed a Caesar salad w crab cake. Also terrific. Prices consisted w lakeside dining and ambiance.

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C
San Francisco
28 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Delicious food, good service and a great view. Shared a Caesar salad and had the steak and also the scallops. All delicious. Prices kind of high this year compared to other close by restaurants. Used to be more reasonable.

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JC
Sacramento
3 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love everything about West Shore Café. The view is unbelievable, the food is out of this world! It is worth driving 2 hours for dinner.

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W
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food, the wine the view! West Shore Cafe never disappoints for a casual lunch or a date night or special family dinner.

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F
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A wonderful top off to our two week vacation! The food was delicious and the servers were very attentive and happy.

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J
Sacramento
18 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2018
Overall 4food 1service 4ambience 5

This is a magical setting on the water's edge and a few weeks ago we had a flawless dining experience. The poke appetizer with salmon & scallop entrées were perfectly prepared. We just returned for our anniversary dinner and both ordered salmon at medium temp. We were served overcooked and dry fish that was not appetizing to say the least. Not sure how a chef worth his/her salt would allow that entrée to leave their kitchen! Leaves us wondering about future returns.

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RC
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It doesn’t get any better than dining on the deck that extends over Lake Tahoe, simply amazing! Wonderful restaurant, wonderful staff, the ultimate experience!

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SF
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Couldn’t have been happier with our lunch out n the pier. Fabulous food, fabulous service, fabulous view, fabulous Bloody Mary!!

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J
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

Caesar salad was delicious as was my husbands pork chop. We had attended a wedding of about 140 a few weeks ago and had a filet mignon that melted in my mouth. My filet this visit was actually quite chewy and not nearly as juicy and flavorful.

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Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

The visual is perfect. Right on Lake Tahoe's west side in Homewood. Perfect for outdoor seating. Food was so-so. A glass of just "ok" wine was $14. Chicken sandwich which was on the dry side was either $19 or $21. So it's on the expensive side for just ok food. Picture perfect setting however!

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OT
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Great outdoor dining.

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JM
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great food and excellent service. I had the halibut tacos. Perfect. You can’t beat the scenery when you’re on the shore of Lake Tahoe!

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M
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service, great food, fabulous wine list, wonderful evening. Can’t say enough good things.

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o
Chicago
95 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Beautiful outdoor dining on the lake (and out on the pier) with majestic views accompanied by gourmet cuisine exquisitely presented. Friendly and knowledgeable servers. Good wines. Great for kids and couples --- a rare find where everyone is happy!

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f
Orange County
18 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

a wonderful experience. We especially enjoy sitting out on the pier. Friendly staff.

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F
Tahoe
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Waitress was fantastic friendly efficient... The best service ever! Food Was Delicious as always... Our friends want to come & stay with us when we do an overnight stay... Marlette Peak Suite & The Watson.
Westshore Cafe & Inn has been our special place for 10 years & now our friends want to make it their special place too. Thank-You Westshore for always making our visit memorable.

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Tahoe
2 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Lunch was fabulous as always. The ONLY problem with the West Shore Cafe used that they close for private events too frequently .

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f
San Francisco
24 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food, service, ambiance were excellent. We have been coming here for three years, and each time we have been impressed. We would highly recommend this restaurant. It’s overlooking the lake and you get a great view!

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J
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Repeatedly spectacular all summer long... Ambiance, food, service & fun. Arriving by boat, a perfect addition.

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KZ
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

best ambience on the lake. Great food too! One of our favorite spots to come to each summer.

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LH
Las Vegas
5 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Just great as always. Great boat valet service. Great service and consistently good food. Views are unreal. My favorite lake side dining.

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Sacramento
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 5

Very expensive but expected. Served me a hot short rib over cold bean salad in a bowl. Had to move rib to my bread plate to keep it warm or eatable

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EL
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The West Shore Cafe is back! Thanks to a new menu and great service, going to the West Shore Cafe is a must. It doesn't get any better than sitting at a table facing Lake Tahoe or on the pier over the waters of Lake Tahoe enjoying the outstanding view and the excellent food. Upon entering the restaurant via the gently slopping walk way, ones breath is taken away at the outstanding view of the lake. Upon seating, be prepared for excellent service and great food. The Ahi Poke and the crab cakes are some of the best I've ever had. But, before you go, and you need to go, check out their menu on line and see how this newly crafted menu has something for everyone including a great kid's menu. The West Shore Cafe is also accessible by boat or kayak. So no more excuses. If you want great food and the best view Lake Tahoe has to offer, reserve a table via Open Table and go to the West Shore Cafe.

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OT
Central Coast
55 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A spectacular setting on beautiful Lake Tahoe. Food matches the view, highly recommended.

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SP
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

We were there twice in two days. We enjoyed both lunch and dinner. My husband received a totally different drink with his cocktail reorder, and our waitress’s reaction wasn’t very kind. He has never sent a drink back in 40 years, but he definitely received the wrong cocktail. Everything was great, except for our waitress’s response and handling of this. Service was good, once she got past her reaction to my husband questioning the cocktail.

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DT
Columbus
21 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Very good food in outside patio. Price of food pretty dear. $21 hamburger.
Excellent waitstaff very helpful and accomodating

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FL
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

North Shore Tahoe has been home-away-from-home for my family since 1933, and for me, the last 60 years. West Shore Cafe is by far the best place to dine (especially dinner on the pier) that I have ever experienced and enjoyed. Keep up the excellent service and quality!

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CW
San Diego
1 review
Dined on July 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server was amazing and very entertaining! I can't remember his name though!

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KP
Sacramento
16 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We had perfect weather for dining on the dock Friday evening. The ambiance of water and gentle lake breezes added to the experience.
The food was fantastically perfect-( Ahi Poke & Hokkaido Scallops)
We were told there is a new Chef. We were impressed.
Service staff were friendly and timely.

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k
Sacramento
25 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 2

Nice setting. Thursday in July. You’d think they’d have staff in the kitchen to service the crowd. NOT! For 3 salads we waited an hour. For a bottle of wine we waited 20 minutes. Hey. I get it that it’s touristvtime so who cares-they’re not regulars but still the management of the kitchen and floor is Abismal

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OT
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Anniversary

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DC
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

What a let down. We’re up in Tahoe celebrating our 33rd anniversary. I made reservations for tonight, Monday, based on my sister’s recommendation, several weeks ago on Open Table. We have been coming up here for years, starting with our honeymoon. We arrived at 7:25 for our 7:30 reservations. One couple in front of us, but no hostess. “She’ll be right back,” said Brian. Five minutes or so, she appears. Escorts the first couple to their table, comes back and brings us into a dated, half full dining room. Oversized, white table clothes on some of the tables, should have been my first clue. I declined our first option, a four top in the middle of the room. I asked if there were any tables near the windows. She said not at this time, and when asked, said it would be fifteen minutes. I said fine. While we were at a nearly empty bar, waiting again for service, I glanced around the dining area. There were several six tops near the window that could have been broken down into two tops. There was no one waiting behind us. The bartender was very nice when she finally arrived. We were seated close to 8:00 at a 24” table in front of a door leading outside. My husband picked up the table and moved it. We waited another ten minutes for water. We left at 8:15, just as the waiter arrived. First, if you are going to charge $30 plus for entrees, hire a staff that supports that price. Most of the staff we encountered were under 25, maybe even 20. Second, update your dining room. It resembles an upscale school cafeteria. Finally, get your s*#t together. I would be embarrassed to say I owned this mess. Aside from the patrons, I didn’t see anyone over 30,. And, sadly, the employees seem to be having way to much fun. I am a nurse, and managed a cardiology office. I would have fired everyone there, except for the cooks. I didn’t have the privilege of tasting there seemingly overpriced food.

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OT
Phoenix
14 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We loved our experience at West Shore Cafe. The server was tremendous as was our table with an unparalleled view of our favorite lake. We were able to take our time while enjoying our entire meal. No one was rushing us to order, or leave! This is a restaurant we will look forward to returning to.

Thank you!

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M
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Have been here several times, and the food and ambience is always fantastic. The Sunnyside Cafe (close by, and also good) always has a long wait, but I think everything at this place is a notch better. I do recommend reservations.

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