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West Shore Cafe

4.1
484 reviews
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$30 and under
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Californian
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  • Waterfront
  • Scenic View
  • Bar Seating
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 at affordable prices.

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
Please see https://www.westshorecafe.com/events/ for current hours of operation.
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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
Ben Deinken
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Private party facilities
With flexible indoor and outdoor event spaces that make the most of the picturesque views of Lake Tahoe and the surrounding mountain peaks, striking interior design, and impeccable catering services, the West Shore Café and Homewood Mountain Resort are a perfect location to celebrate in Tahoe.
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Private party contact
Michelle Saxston: (530) 525-5200 ext. 4
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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 free 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 Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 484 People Are Saying
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4.1  based on recent ratings
3.7
food
4.0
service
4.4
ambience
3.4
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86% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Iavo (Tahoe)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

Outstanding- new chef is very good and wait staff very good and very attentive

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

Great Valentines dinner!

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S3Evans (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on January 28, 2018

It's tough to have a better place to dine than watching the sunset on Lake Tahoe. Great view, great service and excellent food with a very fine wine list.

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OpenTable Diner (Tahoe)
3.0  Dined on January 14, 2018

The service was on the slow side, we had to wait about 15 mins before anyone even approached our table and the food was only “ok”. I say that because the items I had, lobster bisque and scallops, were on the salty side. The menu is pricey so I was expecting better service and for the food to be better than it was.

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vipLambshark (Los Angeles)
4.0  Dined on January 14, 2018

Our waiter , Ryan was friendly and knowledgeable about the menu. The food however was disappointing. The Lobster Bisque was thin and without any lobster meat. Taste was off. The Beet Salad was delicious. I had the Buffalo Meatloaf, the presentation was a mess. The portion was huge but lacked flavor. It did taste better the following day. My wife had the short rib and she took one bite and pushed it away. The menu showed bone in but bones had been removed...odd.
We eat here about twice a year, we’ve had great meals here and some not so good. Beautiful dining room. $25 corkage and one does pay a premium for the magnificent view.

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on January 7, 2018

Amazing dinner experience, food was awesome as was the wait staff!

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined on December 29, 2017

Overall good food and a pretty decent wine list for being in a remote location. However, the vegetarian selection was truly lacking in creativity, flavor and substance... either lower the price point or raise the bar please. They should discontinue using the fake instant cappuccino machine... you're not fooling anyone...here in the Bay Area we all know what good coffee is. And that is not it.

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
1.0  Dined on December 28, 2017

Poor service, cold food

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Bernie (San Francisco)
1.0  Dined on December 27, 2017

We drove up last night from SF and headed to West Shore for dinner. We've been here many times, more often for drinks on the deck in the summer but dinners as well, and I've never had a bad thing to say about my experience. Last night was awful. The waiter let us know two items were unavailable (calamari and short ribs). Fine. We ordered a bottle of wine (great). We were given water but had to ask for it to be refilled each time. The tables around us were brought bread. We finally had to ask for it. Our appetizer was not good, super greasy. We were getting the feeling this dinner experience was going downhill. For dinner, I ordered the vegetable tart, they were out. My son ordered the chicken pot pie, they were out. My husband got the special seafood pasta which was scallops and prawns in a creamy sauce. The prawns were not peeled. He didn't eat them because it is very difficult to peel prawns in a creamy pasta dish. Disappointing. My husband ordered coffee. He said it was truly awful. I would not suggest anyone go to West Shore for dinner in the winter. I'm hoping this is just a winter / staffing / food issue but who knows.

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vipOpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined on December 27, 2017

Ran out of multiple enterees

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OpenTable Diner (Tahoe)
5.0  Dined on December 17, 2017

The salmon dinner was very good. The chicken pot pie was delicious light on the chicken but split was perfect for 2! Our waiter was very attentive and professional. The bar is fabulous and the overall decor is elegant.

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Susan (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on September 28, 2017

Beautiful setting and gracious staff makes this a lovely evening. The fried calamari is an excellent appetizer - great spicy dipping sauce and light breading on the calamari. The buffalo meatloaf was very good but the chicken was over cooked by a lot. It was literally bone dry. I’m writing it off as dining late in the evening and hopefully it isn’t a regular occurrence.

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vipNina (Tahoe)
5.0  Dined on September 28, 2017

We wanted a romantic dinner for date nite!! West Shore Cafe is the perfect place!!!

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vipMariaRDH (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on September 13, 2017

West Shore Cafe has stunning views, great food, and very good service. We went there for dinner with my cousins from New Jersey, and it turned out to be in the midst of a thunderstorm and a tornado warning (in Tahoe City and north)! We were a bit late arriving at the restaurant but were graciously received and seated (we did call). The view was amazing due to the storm clouds and light, and there was even a rainbow! We had rack of lamb, a delicious Caesar Salad with Salmon, a Seafood Medley over Wild Rice, and a few other dishes. All were excellent. A good find in the Lake Tahoe area.

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Winelovers (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on September 12, 2017

Special place with great food and incredible view!

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vipLeoM (Sacramento)
5.0  Dined on September 3, 2017

Just another wonderful dining experience. The staff were very attentive.

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vipOpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined on September 3, 2017

We went to West Shore Cafe on Sunday, after having lunch at Sunnyside the day before. West Shore was much less busy and it's likely because the food isn't really very good anymore. While the view is great, and the staff is fine, the food has gone way downhill. The Tahoe Salad was nice and fresh and good. The fries were cold and terrible. The fish taco had no flavor at all. Just bland fish, plain cabbage and tortillas. Really weak. The lobster corn dog, while a clever idea was also terrible. Deep fried lobster tail (over fried) with a sad puddle of corn salsa. Yuck.

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined on September 1, 2017

Great view of the lake, but slow service (cocktails were iced when they arrived). Appetizers were good, but food was tasteless and bland.

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Jeanne (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on August 29, 2017

When we made our original reservation, we were not told that the dining room was closed and that we could only eat outside on the patio.

One member of our party did not want to eat outside and was prepared to leave. However, the manager on duty asked us to wait just a few moments while he set up a table in the dining room. Bottom line was that we had a lovely dinner, great service, great food and one-on-one attention in the dining room.

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Fitz (Tahoe)
5.0  Dined on August 24, 2017

Lovely evening out with friends! Great service, Food, Cocktails, Views are absolutely spectacular of the lake. Thank-You Westshore Cafe.

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on August 24, 2017

I've been to The Cafe twice this summer and both times the service was VERY slow. The food came out quickly but the drinks and order taking are to slow.

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on August 20, 2017

We came by boat and the dock valets were fantastic. We sat outside as the clouds gathered above expecting to have dinner inside. It looked like the rain would hold off so the staff served us outside -- the only table out there. It was fantastic and we thank the staff for allowing us to stay dockside. The food was excellent and we and our long-time friends from the city had a great dinner and time together catching up on life. Dean M

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vipKarenT (Houston)
3.0  Dined on August 20, 2017

Unfortunately this is second time we had a unremarkable dinner in this upscale place. The chicken dinner sounded great but was dry, over cooked and difficult to eat with all the bones piled high. This isn't hard to get right. Chicken is sacred to great chefs; usually a house specialty! The lobster was also over cooked. Is new chef needed?

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OpenTable Diner (Sacramento)
1.0  Dined on August 20, 2017

So many problems. Slow service. Dirty water glasses returned long to reappear. Flat beer in chipped glasses. Soggy sandwiches - unable to pick up and eat with hands. Skimpy ahi appy served on a plank without plates to eat off of. Fake wasabi and doctored hoisin sauce on the bahn mi lamb sandwich (meat was tough fatty and overcooked). Bus boys didn't understand or speak any English so unable to get the water glasses replaced or get extra napkins. Server never came back to ask about our $80 lunch. The cook (I'm not calling him a chef) needs additional training. The only thing I can say about the food was that the fries were good.

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OpenTable Diner (Palm Springs)
5.0  Dined on August 20, 2017

You have done a great Job, it's so much better than in the past few years, keep up the good work.....we'll be back

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vipJayne (Sacramento)
3.0  Dined on August 18, 2017

The chicken at $42 was not very good😜
Should have had the burger at $18
Lovely table
Great view
Nice server
$200 dinner?????

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vipMCRC (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on August 18, 2017

Truly my favorite place on Lake Tahoe. Beautiful setting, wonderful food and service is always outstanding. There isn't a better view on the lake from a restaurant. If you can get a table on the pier it is perfect.

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purple (San Francisco)
2.0  Dined on August 18, 2017

Steak was tough, chicken wasn't cooked all the way and they didn't have dessert because of a wedding rehearsal dinner. Was also told it was 50% off for Homewood employees. There was seven of us and bill was $298.00, with a $42.00 discount. Very disappointed.

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JohnLorrie (Tahoe)
5.0  Dined on August 18, 2017

Always a favorite. We usually go by boat, and request a pier table. Never had a meal disappoint, and friends talk about the experience as a highlight of their trip.

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OpenTable Diner (New Orleans)
5.0  Dined on August 17, 2017

We loved this place! Lucky enough to get a table on the pier and it was spectacular. We even witnessed a proposal! Food and service was top notch!

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