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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b
Orange County
5 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food4service3ambience3

This is the most expensive restaurant in Tahoe City, and it absolutely doesn’t warrant the prices. The noise level was like eating in bar prohibiting conservation. The service was acceptable but not outstanding. The food was very good. The men’s restroom was disgusting- the restooms at highway rest stops are cleaner. We wont ever go back. Overall very disappointed.

KM
Tahoe
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wolfdale's never disappoints. There were 6 of us for dinner. Upon arrival we were acknowledged right away and the hostess offered to hang our coats for us. We had several appetizers, smoked trout, asian beets and edamame. All were very good. The only entree we didn't have was the Surf and Turf. Each entree was cooked perfectly, presented beautifully and flavor was phenomenal. The service is impeccable. Hostess to busboys were entertaining and attentive. The signature drinks were clever and unique our favorite was the Elevation. We will make Wolfdale's a must whenever we are in Tahoe.

TL
Central Coast
79 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wolfdale’s has been one of our very favorite establishments since it opened 42 years ago. Our meal tonight with friends was truly exceptional.

b
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding cuisine with an outstanding variety of flavors. Excellent presentation and service. A wonderful evening.

OT
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service that is hard to find nowadays. Interesting cuisine. Delicious meals. Delightful ambiance. Will be a staple for every return trip to Tahoe.

DB
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience5

Ordered Miso Black Cod special. It had two small bites of fish on top of a bed of rice. Tasty, but absurd.

SM
San Francisco
20 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The J Blue specialty cocktail was amazing, the poke cone bites and gyoza were delicious, well crafted Caesar salad and the scallop dinner and Thai fish stew had very fresh seafood and yummy sauces. We were there there with another couple for our 32nd anniversary and everything was perfect. We will be back!

JS
New Mexico
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent Pacific Rim fusion, as always.

S
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Night out with older kids and mom and dad. Very elegant and good was amazing as always. Extremely prompt and courteous service.

A
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Have been going to Wolfdales since 1983 when they were in Homewood. They never disappoint. Creative, excellent “ cuisine unique.” All of Doug’s preparations are outstanding. Don’t miss the smoked trout appetizer. Best anywhere.

OT
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We loved it. Warm and charming service, superb menu. First rate. Convenient location, too.
Relaxed, but not entirely casual. Beautiful presentations. Wine prices very reasonable.

DM
Tahoe
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have enjoyed Wolfdale’s for years but last night was simply outstanding. All elements of the evening were terrific. The appetizer, the salad the desert but the main entree’s were just fantastic. Sea Bass and Lamb Shank. It just does not get any better - anywhere, period. Thanks to Wolfdale’s marvelous chef for an evening that will not be forgotten.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

New Year’s Eve

DG
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Christmas Eve at Wolfdale’s has become a must for us.

KS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great and festive during the holidays!

S
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall3food4service5ambience3

Wolfdale's remains a terrific upscale dining experience at Tahoe. That said, we had a couple of small issues this time: we were seated too near the service area which was a bit of a visual distraction from the very nice dining room. We ordered a salad which was tasty, but gritty; lettuce needed a better rinse. Otherwise all good, esp. the service.

G
Tahoe
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was excellent with specials available. Entries we tried included lamb shank, Maine scollops, and fillet of sole -- all of which were excellent! Excellent wine selection and service. Definitely would recommend to anyone wanting to enjoy something special.

SF
Jackson Hole
5 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food & fabulous service as always!!

MO
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It's a lovely restaurant with a lovely staff that serves exquisite food. Several in our group had to ask for a moment of silence to process the deliciousness they were experiencing. LOL! I have had the pleasure of experiencing much of the fine dining available here in the Tahoe area and Wolfdale's is at the top of the list!!

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We always love Wolfdales!!

JD
San Francisco
98 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Wolfdale’s is one of favorite restaurants in North Lake Tahoe. We eat here every time we visit, two to three times a year. And it never disappoints. The food, especially the seafood, is terrific.

LF
San Francisco
26 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience once again at Wolfdale’s in Tahoe City! I absolutely love this place. The ambiance is classy, service is amicable and the food is superb. We enjoyed some cool appetizers in little ceramic spoons that were a slider of sunshine in your mouth with every gulp! Then onto the beet and goat cheese salad. Once again, great taste with a colorful appeal. On to the final tasting sensation: The Paella. So. Utterly. Tasty. With a medley of seafood all bite sized and even a little side of crab, what a great medley of flavors. It was pretty tasty. Of course, we closed with the Chocolate Molten Cake. Once again beautiful set up with great taste in every bite. With such a great set up of staff, chef (the owner of Wolfdale’s), to even the personable hostess (the Chef’s wonderful wife) the experience at Wolfdale’s is one of the best. I would recommend it to anyone in need of a great evening!

TL
Central Coast
79 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

"Shoulder Season" is a great time to visit Lake Tahoe... and Wolfdale's! We started at the bar with cocktails and nibbles from the "Happy Hour" menu and finished with spectacular main courses in the dining room. The entire experience... as always... MOST ENJOYABLE!

JB
Salt Lake City
6 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

2 for 1 entree special & happy hour made it an affordable evening

BC
Palm Springs
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely the best restaurant ever! Food, service, location, the engaging disposition of the owners and the fact that my name is mentioned in the "wolfdale's book"

RT
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful! We come here every time we are in the area. Enjoy !

OT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Quiet evening at Wolfdale’s... beautiful October sunset, great wine, service, ambience. And, as always, the cuisine is indeed unique ... and SUBLIME! We always look forward to our next visit! Thank you.

EB
Austin
4 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was fabulous. Food, service, ambiance for a nice dinner. We enjoyed all of our dining experiences in the Tahoe City/Truckee Area, but this was our favorite. It was a birthday celebration and it seemed everyone on staff that interacted with our table said happy birthday. They really pay attention to the details. Will return on our next trip for sure!

OT
Las Vegas
4 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Overall, a wonderful dinner. A unique and creative menu with Asian flair. The only disappointment was the use of pre-made commercial guacamole. The dollop of guacamole tucked under the Hamachi in the Hamachi Spoons appetizer was not made with fresh avocados. The same applies to the swordfish special I ordered, which also had guacamole as a compliment to the fish. If it had been fresh, it would have been wonderful! Unfortunately, all I could taste was the sourness of the additives used to keep prepackaged guacamole from turning brown. The fish itself was excellent, although it was not hot when it hit the table. The smoked trout appetizer was delicious, the Red and Green salad was perfectly dressed with an excellent tasting bleu cheese. My disappointment in those two items will not keep me from returning, but I may ask about the freshness of ingredients when ordering next time. Overall, Wolfdale’s makes for a lovely dining experience.

CP
Sacramento
2 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

WOW' what great service, and a wonderful meal. We will return very soon

OT
Tahoe
2 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

36 yr anniversary

LM
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and staff.
Very accommodating, we were able to move tables to a quiet corner.
The cod, scallops and filet were amazing!
The chef is a genius! The house Cabernet is fantastic and a great value.
A happy birthday dinner! Thank you Wolfdale’s!!!

JS
San Diego
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was superb, atmosphere was very nice and a very friendly environment.
Upscale without the attitude.

i
Sacramento
3 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

One in our party ordered lamb shank but before ordering asked the waiter if it was sweet. The waiter assured him that it was not and he ordered it. It turned out to be very sweet and he could not eat it and said he will take it home and doctor it. He refused to complain or return it because he considered it impolite. We all gave him a bit from our plates so he doesnt go hungry

Otherwise i would have rated yor restaurant higher. Indru kriplani

P
San Francisco
111 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Continues to be Tahoe’s best restaurant.

L
Orange County
38 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We had a very good experience. The food is good, imaginative, and nicely presented. Server was not super attentive, but it was ok.

TL
Central Coast
79 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I write at least five reviews each year for "Wolfdale's". Suffice it to say that it's our "go to" spot for a consistently outstanding dining experience!

C
Chicago
43 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Food is expensive and portions are small. Otherwise 5 star would be given.

BP
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Anniversary

j
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

can't go wrong at Wolfdales, especially when the owner comes out to see how every thing was.