West Shore Cafe

4.6
581 reviews
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Celebrate NYE With Us: Ring in the New Year with the West Shore family as we host a special night of fun highlighted with a NYE Menu crafted by our culinary team. To best celebrate the occasion, we’ll be enjoying live music from Jeff Jones, party favors and champagne toasts. Call to book.

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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Tahoe
5 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Always an excellent meal, well prepared and presented. Ample portions. The waiter, Ryan, was excellent, with dining suggestions. I had Elk Tenderloin and my wife Sea Bass and Muscles. Both excellent. The building is quite lovely, the outside deck and pier have a superb view (Great for dining in the summer). The meals are expensive, or we would dine here more often. Seems like they have raised their prices quite a bit since our last visit. The bar is located in the middle of the dining room, which adds some to the noise level. We will return, but because of the pricing, only for special occassions.

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Calamari was AMAAAZING!

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S
Sacramento
2 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great food, great setting! Beautiful views! Always visit when we are up at the lake.

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Tahoe
12 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

No where near the level of pricing. I had 1/2 price entree email, but was still not impressed.

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Chicago
99 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Superb setting on the lake. Excellent servers -most are longstanding West Shore cafe staff. Excellent risotto but sea bass was underdone and had no sweet potatoes as menu described

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W
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

West Shore Cafe never disappoints! The food is creative and delicious. The environment is casual Old Tahoe with a spectacular view, no matter what time of year. Whether we are in Tahoe for a day or a week, a meal at West Shore Cafe is always required!

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S
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

The food was good. The decor and view are nice. The hostess was terrrible. We checked in 20 minutes prior to our reservation. The hostess told us to go sit at the bar and she would get us when our reservation time came up. When the time came, I had to ask twice to be seated. At this time there were only 2 tables in the entire restaurant occupied. 15 minutes after our reserved time, and the 2nd time I asked if our table was ready, she acted annoyed that I pulled her away from her personal conversation with the male host. She then sat us in the worst table near the entryway, while all the nicer tables sat unoccupied the rest of the night! I see why the other yuppies we’re so snotty with the staff that night!
Our waitress was very nice though, and redeemed the experince a little.

West Shore Cafe
Responded on February 22, 2019

Hi Shawn, thank you for visiting us for a winter dining experience. We set a high bar for guest services and we're sorry to hear that we didn't quite exceed this standard during your visit. We're pleased to hear that you enjoyed much of our restaurant's offering; location, interior design & setup, our dining room server, and of course the food. We hope this doesn't deter you from visiting us again and we hope to have the opportunity to host you again soon.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutley delightful!

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DD
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Great place for valentines. I made a reservation a month in advance and booked a room. Requested a booth but got a table in the middle of the room. Chilly but delicious.

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L
Los Angeles
51 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Service was friendly and professional. The soup and salad were delicious and well prepared. Half chicken was nice but at $38 on the pricey side. Sunday 1/2 off promotion is appreciated. Recommended especially for the view. Ryan was great.

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JL
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Okay. Nice views. Need to ask so they apply coupon when they send you coupon and talk about coupon to other dinners. Annoying but you have to do it.

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PF
1 review
Dined on January 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

West Shore Cafe never disappoints! Always great food and impeccable service. Love how the menu is updated seasonally. If you can, order the Chilean Sea Bass in curry stew! YUM!!! And, it came surrounded by a whole bowl full of mussels! Probably the best meal I've ever eaten there (and I've eaten a lot of meals there)! Kudos to this place for drawing out locals on a Monday night with coupons!

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M
Sacramento
6 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had an excellent meal at West Shore Cafe (again). The food was spectacular! Our waiter, Ryan, was very good as well. All in all, another great experience.

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OT
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great experience and meal at West Shore!

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J
Sydney / NSW
2 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 5

Beautiful setting! Amazing lakeside location!
Great spot for aprés. Calamari was the dish of the night!

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RM
1 review
Dined on January 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We got there a little late but they were very accommodating and provided us a table looking out over the lake. The Elk tenderloin was fantastic and cooked to order. The short ribs were very tasty in a stew with root vegetables. The best part was the Pear Gallette and Crème Brulee for desert. The wines were good and the service was top notch.

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LT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a great meal and amazing view

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Chef Rob is the best!

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Phoenix
3 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food is very good. Amazing views. Nice ambiance. A bit pricey but go when they have specials.

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J
1 review
Dined on January 7, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 5

The steak was terrible; close to inedible! The seafood dish was quite good!
Very mediocre wine list; NOT a Zinfandel at all!

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C
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

West Shore lived up to its rep. The food was delicious, and the employees all had a festive demeanor, from the hostess to the bartenders and our server as well. Delightful in the summer, even more so in winter. Don’t miss this treat

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RR
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Great lakeside dining. Very pleasant atmosphere.

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E
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent all around!

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OT
Sacramento
2 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We loved the food, it really was expertly prepared and the service was phenomenal. It was worth the wait to find a reservation, this location is often closed for private events so you definitely need a reservation. It really is a lovely place though, and we hope to come back soon. Well done!

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S
Cincinnati
7 reviews
Dined on September 27, 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 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

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

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D
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on September 25, 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 25, 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 24, 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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l
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on September 20, 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
6 reviews
Dined on September 20, 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
31 reviews
Dined on September 20, 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
4 reviews
Dined on September 20, 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
15 reviews
Dined on September 12, 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
11 reviews
Dined on September 11, 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 4, 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
9 reviews
Dined on September 4, 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
17 reviews
Dined on August 28, 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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d
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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