West Shore Cafe

4.5
536 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Californian
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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.
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Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Californian, Contemporary American
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Hours of operation
Lunch
Daily 11:30 am–5:00 pm
Dinner
Daily 5:00 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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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

Private Dining

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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What 536 People Are Saying
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5.0Dined 5 days ago

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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5.0Dined 6 days ago

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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5.0Dined on August 14, 2018

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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5.0Dined on August 13, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on August 9, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on August 3, 2018

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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3.0Dined on August 3, 2018

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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5.0Dined on August 2, 2018

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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5.0Dined on August 2, 2018

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

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4.0Dined on August 2, 2018

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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5.0Dined on July 31, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on July 31, 2018

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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5.0Dined on July 29, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on July 28, 2018

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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2.0Dined on July 26, 2018

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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5.0Dined on July 25, 2018

Anniversary

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1.0Dined on July 24, 2018

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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5.0Dined on July 19, 2018

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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5.0Dined on July 15, 2018

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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5.0Dined on July 13, 2018

Our favorite restaurant on the lake! Boating over makes it extra special. Beautiful event location, and the food is delicious!

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5.0Dined on July 12, 2018

Excellent food, service & location right on Lake Tahoe. Fish was prepared expertly to exact temperature ordered and nicely presented. There are a small handful of fine dining restaurants n North Tahoe and West Shore Cafe is our new favorite!

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5.0Dined on July 10, 2018

Cherie and Connor were fantastic! Pier seating was very special! Can’t wait to return!

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3.0Dined on July 10, 2018

The corn/curry soup was wonderful. The calamari was light & lovely. Sitting on the pier was outstanding. The cesar salad was fair. The halibat was fair: over salt/peppered & WAY overpriced.
But the view/sunset made it all worth it.

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2.0Dined on July 9, 2018

Terrible service. Out of half the items on the menu. Including especially kids menu. Out of all desserts but one, then waiter offered to comp 3 x crème brulee's. Which he did not. then he not only added them to the bill, but he added a 20% tip for our party of 4 adults a 4 very small children. It totally sucked. In fact, I was embarrassed to bring the guests I brought. The pork chop was shoe leather. very hear of brine? duh. Pork is so easy.

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5.0Dined on July 8, 2018

Our party of six sat on the deck at sunset for a spectacular view of Lake Tahoe from afar and the pier, boats and ducks up close. This has to be one of the best restaurant venues in the world. The menu has changed considerably from last year. It’s more expensive but the food is outstanding and well worth the cost. We brought a special bottle of wine for the occasion and I thought the $25 corkage fee was reasonable. The service was quite good. Everyone enjoyed their entrees and we shared two desserts that were outstanding, especially the chocolate mousse on sponge cake.

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5.0Dined on July 7, 2018

Group of friends to celebrate the good life!

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1.0Dined on July 6, 2018

The service was horrible we waited 2 hrs for the appetizer - we requested blankets because it was so chilly - they ran out of blankets even though we were the only ones left at the restaurant / they did comp our meal but the experience was not pleasurable would not go back - views are beautiful

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4.0Dined on July 6, 2018

Our bartender was rude. When I asked him if they had wheat beer on tap he responded “do you want a bar menu?”and and tossed a menu on the bar instead of simply answering my question (he apparently couldn’t be bothered).

Otherwise, the food was very good and our seating on the pier gave as an unsurpassed view of the lake. The service was slow, but the server was pleasant.

Overall, I recommend.

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4.0Dined on July 6, 2018

Overall we enjoyed our dinner at West Shore; the food was definitely tasty. We had to wait a bit for our table and the bar was backed up and we waited to get drinks about 20 minutes (my husband enjoyed his Manhattan, I was happy I tried the Coco Loco but wouldn't order it again-was expecting it to taste more like pineapple but it was all coconut and allspice, not even a hint of pineapple), there were only two bartenders and it was a busy night. The food was a bit of a wait too. I would like to try it again on a non-Holiday week and see if the service was just over whelmed. Our server was excellent though; he had a great personality and wonderful suggestions.

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5.0Dined on July 5, 2018

What a great restaurant!!! We ate in the pier that was beautifully lit up! The view of the lake was spectacular, and the food was delicious!!!

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3.0Dined on July 4, 2018

Food is missing a lot this summer. Chopped salad is made with iceberg lettuce which is mostly yellow and white lettuce. Quite flavorless. West Shore used to have great salads! Menu is otherwise highly limited for non-red meat eaters. Apparently the hamburger is good but I wouldn’t know! Can’t beat the view though!!

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1.0Dined on July 3, 2018

When we arrived for our reservation, we were told that they were making adjustments to try to get us a table. We sat in the bar area at a table with dirty plates. No one cleared the plates. After 30 minutes we cleared the plates ourselves and asked to order. One the the appetizers did not come until dinner. One of the dinners never came. No one ever came to get us for our table we had reserved. This was possibly the worst service experience we have ever had anywhere ever. The food wasn’t bad, but given the fact that they didn’t actually save a table for our reservation or clear the tables in the car area, we would never return, and we would advise our friends never to go there.

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3.0Dined on July 3, 2018

Passable food kind of expensive. Service was really bad especially for a place with white table clothes and $40+ entree prices.

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5.0Dined on July 3, 2018

Another return to WSC for our anniversary dinner. Was fortunate to be seated on the boat dock (we asked in advance). Can’t beat that experience anywhere around the lake (in my opinion). Food great and attentive server personnel. Will certainly visit there again.

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5.0Dined on July 3, 2018

My husband and I got married at West Shore Café and Inn in 2017 and made a reservation for dinner as soon as we knew we would be back in Tahoe. It did not disappoint! The food was incredible as were the cocktails, the service is impeccable and the staff is so kind and welcoming. We recommend West Shore Café and Inn to everyone we know! It's our favorite spot!

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4.0Dined on July 3, 2018

Beautiful spot on Lake Tahoe. Food was good and it was kid friendly.

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2.0Dined on July 2, 2018

The drinks and the Poke appetizer were good, but the halibut tacos and the chicken sandwich reminded me of the high school cafeteria 30 years ago. C'mon Chef, what are you thinking? You need to take some time and rethink the quality of the menu items.

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2.0Dined on July 2, 2018

4th of July holiday

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4.0Dined on July 2, 2018

Went for our 40th anniversary. I had requested a table on the pier but was given a table on the patio. When I asked about being moved they were very accommodating but then the service felt very rushed. Our appetizer arrived before our cocktails and salads arrived before appetizers were finished.

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4.0Dined on July 2, 2018

Expensive. $40 hamburger.

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