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Driftwood Cafe

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1001 Heavenly Village Way, Ste 1A, South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150
(530) 544-6545
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7:00 am - 3:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 7:00 am - 3:00 pm
Good for:
Families with children
Dining on a budget

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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Excellent

Driftwood Cafe- AWESOME atmosphere, GREAT customer service,EXCELLENT food.. LUV'D it- will be back soon

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 11, 2015
AlbilloBabies
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Lake Tahoe (California), California
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Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Dining on a budget
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
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redding, ca
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29 reviews 29 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015 NEW

There is often a very long wait for this restaurant during peak breakfast hours which I always take as good sign. We waited quite a long time for table (about 30 min). The service was good however it did seem a bit disorganized. The food was honestly just average, same as any other small diner serving typical breakfast fare. Nothing... More 

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Lake Tahoe (California), California
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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015 via mobile

Driftwood Cafe- AWESOME atmosphere, GREAT customer service,EXCELLENT food.. LUV'D it- will be back soon

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Cincinnati, Ohio
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39 reviews 39 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015

This quaint little cafe (with limited outdoor seating depending on weather) is simply adorable! Generous sandwich portions-very tasty and quick...I went for lunch. It is so reasonably priced! A great rec from my hotel concierge for a quick bite before I went on a hike.

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Bristol
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54 reviews 54 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015

Fabulous service and lovely breakfast at the DC, must be the best breakfast spot in South Lake Tahoe but go early to get a table. I had eggs benedict and my partner french toast, both were great.

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Lafayette, CA
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58 reviews 58 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2015

It's a popular place, so be prepared for a wait. Ours was 15 minutes to get a table. Took a while to get the food, too, but the server was nice and kept checking in with us. The food is worth the wait if you enjoy breakfast. My son ordered two buttermilk pancakes -- they were enormous, so naturally we... More 

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San Francisco, California
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16 reviews 16 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2015

The Driftwood is one of our favorite places to go when in South Lake Tahoe. Breakfast menu is fresh and incredibly super tasty. We got the full stack of blueberry pancakes and Ron's Scram. Coffee was good too. Staff was super friendly and accommodating. I deducted a star because of the wait. It took over 1 hour to get seated.... More 

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Lindenhurst, New York
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14 reviews 14 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2015

We went to the Driftwood Cafe after hiking in Van Sickle Park. Food was good, the drinks were good. Very Hawaiian feel to the place, and nicely decorated. For a quick bite for lunch or breakfast, it is a great choice. More moderately priced than surrounding restaurants.

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California
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35 reviews 35 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

Wanted to try the local breakfast in Tahoe.. so this is the place we choose!! I so looooooved the hot chocolate :). And I was looking for something in Vegetarian..The Ugly fries was the best deal I got... for non-vegetarians it would surely be much better with a wide variety of option. Want to visit this place soon again!! :)... More 

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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2015

I ate here upon my last visit to lake tahoe. I was pleasantly surprised, the omelets were good and the bran muffin was a great surprise. Can't go wrong here; 4 stars for an above average breakfast!

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Kununurra, Australia
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9 reviews 9 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2015

Good atmosphere & great breakfasts at this cafe. Service was good & always with a smile! The oats was to die for!

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1001 Heavenly Village Way, Ste 1A, South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Lake Tahoe (California)  >  South Lake Tahoe
  • Phone Number: (530) 544-6545

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: American

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children, Dining on a budget
Open Hours
Sunday
7:00 am - 3:00 pm
Monday
7:00 am - 3:00 pm
Tuesday
7:00 am - 3:00 pm
Wednesday
7:00 am - 3:00 pm
Thursday
7:00 am - 3:00 pm
Friday
7:00 am - 3:00 pm
Saturday
7:00 am - 3:00 pm

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?