Wolfdale's Cuisine Unique

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North Lake Tahoe’s premiere restaurant and popular bar is celebrating 41 years of exceptional service. As a family-run business, Wolfdale’s provides lakeview dining with a warm ambiance, and uses 'Cuisine Unique' to describe the fresh and simple aesthetic of each dish. Since opening in 1978, Chef Douglas Dale has developed a fusion style of California and Asian influences that is present throughout the menu. Wolfdale's accommodates gluten-free and vegan guests.
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KS
San Diego
10 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service was A M A zing. From the smoked trout to the special cherry cobbler, everything was delightful. It was a birthday and we got a great seat outside and it was a beautiful night and beautiful setting. The server was so gracious and kind. He was very professional and made us feel special even though he was very busy.

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m
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great lamb shank!!

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DH
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

No other restaurant in Tahoe has been soooo good for sooooo long. The lovely owners Douglas and Kathleen, are always seen filtering through the crowd. They are a great part of the Tahoe City community. Makes us want to move.

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LE
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

Seeking a farm to table culinary experience like Sf or Sonoma. Poor fish quality, extremely expensive. So much could be done better. Service was great but food quality and pricing a disappointment.

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M
Salt Lake City
6 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

best restaurant on the lake. glad to see an updated menu and some old favorites still around.

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H
San Francisco
52 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything at Wolfdales is terrific. The entries are all uniquely prepared, fresh, and presented artistically. The Halibut is great and the Paella is terrific. Even their plates are all hand made and beautiful.

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L
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Once again, Douglas Dale succeeded in creating a memorable dinner. This is clearly the best restaurant in the area.

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DG
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sat outside on deck on a warm Summer night with a vow of Lake Tahoe. What more is there to say?

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H
San Francisco
52 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great cocktails , great service. Well done!

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M
Sacramento
3 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love the place

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JF
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

I would ask to be seated in dining room when I make my reservation again. The bar seating tables are very noisy.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Great outdoor view, pretty good meal, just don’t know why you would out bbq sauce on filet mignon and crab.

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CL
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Birthday! Always excellent, year after year. The best in Tahoe.

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TV
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful location, great sunset with a full moon rise - lovely! We sat on the patio and it was very comfortable. The tempura soft shell crab appetizer was light, crisp and fresh, delicious! The gyoza dumplings were perfect, not soggy, and full of flavor. We had 4 different entrees: ossobucco, duck breast, halibut and paella - beautiful presentation and downright delicious to the last bite. The constable specialty drink was a perfect Father's Day cocktail, bourbon and grand marnier, bitters and cinnamon, a new favorite! Great wine and beer selection as well.Staff was extremely attentive yet not intrusive, very professional and friendly. They seem to genuinely enjoy their jobs.
Our experience was just perfect. It had been a couple of years since we had eaten at Wolfdale's, we won't wait that long again!

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KH
Baton Rouge
19 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We loved everything about dining at Wolfdales! Chef Douglas has something truly special here. We did his “Chef’s table” experience for my husbands 30th birthday and received 7 courses of delicious and unique creations - an experience we will forever cherish! The views were outstanding from the main dining room and service was top notch.

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SE
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

One of the best places on the lake. We've been coming up to lake Tahoe for 30 years, and are now living up there full time. Wolfdales had been consistently excellent. Not only is the food fresh, it's cooked perfectly! No dry overcooked fish here. The menu is small but inventive, with an Asian flare. The oysters are fantastic as well. Kudos to Douglas Dale for keeping Wolfdales a place you can always go to for great food for doooo many years!

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CL
Las Vegas
7 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loud talkers next to us, and people yelling back and forth from table to table.

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CB
Tahoe
3 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was fabulous! Will be back!

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OT
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Hands down the best food and dining experience in Tahoe...and I’ve lived here for 29 years. Always my first choice

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OT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great night with friends I enjoyed the paella but really missing the Thai seafood stew.

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r
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Simply outstanding. Food and service is unique and great.

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P
1 review
Dined on June 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best spot for fine dining in Tahoe City. Douglas and his crew do great culinary work, provide excellent service, and have great lake views to complement it all. Thank you!

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J
Tahoe
17 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

My “go to” restaurant for a first date. Always reliable for service, food & ambiance. Also owners are great folk. Can’t miss.

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LB
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely love having dinner at Wolfdale's. The menu is unique. The food is outstanding. The service is personable & professional. My first choice when dining out in Tahoe City!

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M
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A terrific lakeside restaurant with a decor and wait staff that made the occasion even better.
The paella was great........others had halibut and gnocchi and they raved. Excellent desserts.
No surprise to us that is a restaurant that's has been in business for so many years. A very satisfying dining experience on our 'trip around Tahoe' day. And clearly a locals favorite.

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MS
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

a very comfortable meal (a good scotch to start). enjoyed the paella much. Was knocked out by the asparagus soup. promised wife we would go for last 2 years, made a special drive to do it (from Sac, not that far). look forward to going again.

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DL
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

SO tasty and the staff was great. I will definitely go again.

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BS
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It is difficult in a 50 word commentary to capture the quality and special experience at Wolfdale's. With the north Lake Tahoe setting, special Japanese inspired ceramic table settings, and the high quality of the creative food - it is truly "Cuisine Unique". We enjoy every visit and look forward the returning. PS. Picking up a copy of Chef Douglas' impressive Cookbook is work the trip!

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RA
1 review
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely fantastic experience, view, all of which were exceeded by the food. Has become the new favorite in the area.

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RS
1 review
Dined on May 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wolfdale's has a beautiful location right on Lake Tahoe. The cuisine is outstanding, along with some wonderful wine choices.

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BM
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

While your restaurant, service and employees where the best, I was disappointed with the wine choice. There was only one chardonnay on the menu and it was an outrageous price. I had one at the bar and wanted another with my meal. If I weren't using a gift card, I would not have bought another wine. Please make your wine list more reasonable and expanded.
thank you

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JL
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

AS usual, the food was delicious and Bob Ash's service was outstanding, as always.

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D
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Food was outstanding, but plan on paying for the quality. Wide variety of gluten free. Waiter was very conscientious about food allergies. Sat inside. Room small, table seating tight. Service fantastic. Deck was closed, mid April weather still chilly. Parking limited, street parking available.

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T
Tahoe
10 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

we had never been to Wolfdale's before and didn't know quite what to expect but it was very special.
The food was exceptional as was the service. I think the seating arrangements were a little awkward. One side of the table gets a view of the lake and the other has a view of the wall and if the tables were turned sideways both sides would see the lake which would make more sense. We had the special of the night for an appetizer , which was flash fried lobster tail which was spot on and my husband had the fish of the night which was ling cod that he enjoyed very much and I had the pheasant stuffed with spinach in a mushroom broth which my husband enjoyed as much as I did. We had bananas foster for dessert.
It was expensive but worth it. We would come back for a special occasion

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KH
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Unique menu with an asian twist. The food is top notch. We ordered appetizer, salad and main dish with 1 side. The side was more to try it, we honestly didn't need it. Fantastic service. Any time something was finished, one of many people working would scoop it up and whisk it away. The real treat besides the food, as the dishware. It's all handmade pottery, which you can purchase. No dish will match or be the same...and it works. Not an inexpensive dinner, but the pricing was on par with the service and quality. Definitely a place to go for a nice dinner.

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KY
1 review
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Superb cuisine, service and atmosphere! We love Doug Dale!

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V
San Francisco
21 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

a classic you can aways depend on
a Tahoe Tradition
chef Douglas Dale is the best!

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JV
Tahoe
7 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We've come to Wolfdale's several times and it always is special. The cuisine is indeed unique: fresh and innovative with an Asian influence and options for most any diet. Good wine list and interesting cocktails. Views of the lake from the dining room. Outstanding service, which really stands out in a tourist-dependent town like Tahoe City. Seems like the place for locals who are also foodies.

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a
San Francisco
37 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 4

Wolfdales has lost a step. This is based on the fact that I have been going to Wolfdales for years. Wolfdales is an important pillar of the North Shore and Tahoe City. It saddens me that the quality has dropped. Clearly part of the problem is lack of residential density in Tahoe City environs to support such a formerly fine restaurant. One in our party was struck with food poising. The wine list features a 4 to 5 time markup. For example, a bottle of Sancerre is $98, for which the wholesale price is less than $20. We instead ordered an inferior and undrinkable California Sauvignon Blanc that cost $39. We had to throw it out, but we paid for it. When we complained to the waiter, he got snotty, and said we should expect high prices for wine in the mountains. I can tell you this is not the case in Courchevel. Others in our group enjoyed our starter and entree.

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H
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

We’ve been going to Wolfdale’s for many years and always had a lovely time. This time the restaurant was really crowded and loud and service was slow. My fish entree had too much mustard sauce and the dessert was pretty mediocre. Not sure I’ll go back.

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