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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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
8 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
5 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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H
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A very special restaurant. The food is always excellent and the service outstanding. A must do for special occasions or just everyday.

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OT
Salt Lake City
3 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a lovely experience at Wolfdales. We had a sea bass in a delicious red thai curry simmer sauce, as well as a perfectly cooked fillet, and some lobster tempura which was delicious as an appetizer. I recommend all three dishes.

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AG
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Incredible food! Wonderful attentive service and a warm cozy atmosphere. A special place in Tahoe.

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o
Chicago
99 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best restaurant in the Lake Tahoe area with delicious and well prepared inventive cuisine with an emphasis on fresh seafood creatively presented. Excellent service. Booking essential. Outdoor seating in summer with lake view.

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RS
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Always a great time when we eat there. Great food and service, just a little pricey.

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J
Tahoe
16 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Why they don't have a Michelin star is beyond me. I've eaten at several Michelin stared restaurants and eaten less quality food.....

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e
Sacramento
11 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a great experience At Wolfdale’s, outstanding food and service.

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JD
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food, great ambulance and friendly service. Having desert at bar with BP always a great time!

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DD
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always outstanding and unique. Have been dining here for many years. Douglas continues to surprise us with new and unique dining experiences. Bob was perfect, as usual.

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TL
Central Coast
72 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wolfdale's continues to be one of our favorites after many decades. The preparation and presentation is peerless, and the service is flawless. We braved a flat-out blizzard on Saturday evening to enjoy yet another remarkable dinner!

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E
Atlanta
14 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Simply the best meal at the Lake. We have been around for years and somehow had never visited this place. It was excellent in every way. Also pricey but justified.

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PM
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 3

I had heard our waiter, Casey, offer to a couple he would let them order off the bar menu.(I was standing behind the him) When I asked for a hamburger from the bar menu he said" can't be done in the dining room. Not correct for him to offer it to one couple and then not another.

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OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 3food 1service 5ambience 5

Bragged about this place for a better part of a year. Food has always been amazing... until tonight..Seafood should not be limp/soggy..

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EK
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We have had dinner at Wolfdale's several times over the years and it never disappoints in terms of food and service. During our most recent visit, my husband and I both had the dinner special, salmon, and it was excellent.

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S
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food. Great service.

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T
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Hands down best restaurant in Lake Tahoe

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B
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Great; love it; need better Rye and vermouth-overall food is top notch

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J
Tahoe
16 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

My go to place for a first date. Good food. Good discreet service and an eclectic menu that anyone can find something they will enjoy, from adventurous foodies to the "safe" eater.

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CH
Tahoe
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Teaser, appetizers and salad excellent.
Entrees - beef bourguignon excellent and surf and turf- also excellent
Bought his book- very impressing and beautiful done. Will see you on our birthday in February

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CJ
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My favorite restaurant in Tahoe. Been going for over 30 years! Dinner was excellent as always. The tempura lobster appetizer was heavenly !!

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JH
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a treat to dine with the exceptional and caring staff at Wolfdales. BP makes bar dining a true experience. Always ask for a Jaeger shot...

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OT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A wonderful experience all around. Best we've had in the area.

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LF
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Amazing food once again! We come to Tahoe annually, sometimes more often, and always try to stop by for an elegant dinner. The food is outstanding with beautiful presentation, from a unique menu each time. We got a great table as requested in our reservation. Thanks again Wolfdale’s!

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KY
Salt Lake City
9 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

New Years with family. Great location & food!

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BL
Las Vegas
4 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service!

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CD
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

We had wanted to try this restaurant for several years and finally had the opportunity this past New Year’s eve, not the ideal time to visit any restaurant but we thought that we would give it a shot. I was a professional chef for25+ years, I do tend to have high expectations, when menu prices are as high as they were for their prefix menu, I tend to be a little less forgiving. To keep this simple I will just say that everything was good, in a 1990s sort of way, nothing unique or appealing about their offerings, which was ironic to me considering that they called their type of cuisine “cuisine unique”. Our server was friendly, but obviously overwhelmed with the volume of diners to attend to, the busboy was attentive, it may have been his first day on the job. All in all, for the prices that they charge we expected a lot more.

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H
San Francisco
49 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

New Years Eve dinner - Great drinks at the Bar with BP. Dinner was a prix Fixe menu but with multiple very good choices.

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t
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great food and presentation. We enjoyed our excellent dinner very much. Creative and delicious cuisine. Would love to go back.

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OT
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best restaurant in North Tahoe so far!

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c
Denver
59 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Food was excellent, service mediocre at best. They made us wait in the beginning in a small cramped entryway with our two elderly mothers when our table appeared to be set from the moment we arrived. The waitress disappeared after dinner was served. The dessert was drawn out for 45minutes with no sign of server. We had to eventually ask hostess for our check. The experience was underwhelming, I am sorry to say. When my Mom lived in Tahoe, Wolfdale’s was one of her favorite places. She owns dishes from this restaurant. It was one place she wanted to share with family. We felt under unattended by everyone but our bus boy Everette who was wonderful.

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