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Jake's On The Lake

780 N Lake Blvd, Boatworks Mall, Tahoe City, CA 96145
(530) 583-0188
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Ranked #11 of 53 restaurants in Tahoe City
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Price range: $25 - $25
Cuisines: American, Seafood, Steakhouse, Hawaiian
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Good for: Romance, Bar scene, Large groups, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Scenic view, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Description: Since 1978, Jake's on the Lake has embodied a carefree Tahoe spirit in a "Classic Waterfront Grill" offering superb service, a friendly and casual atmosphere and the finest and freshest food. Located on the waterfront in the heart of Tahoe City, Jake's boasts sweeping views of Lake Tahoe's crystalline water and stunning mountain vistas. The restaurant's classic waterfront grill menu showcases Californian Cuisine with infused flavors, innovative ingredients and exciting presentations. The menu features an impressive selection of fresh fish and seafood including exotic Hawaiian fish, shellfish, and steaks. In addition, Jake's seafood bar is a popular favorite with locals and visitors alike. Overlooking the largest marina on the northwest shore of Lake Tahoe, Jake's is in the center of Tahoe's summer activities and just minutes away from winter skiing at Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows. Please feel free to contact us if you are having difficulty making an online reservation.
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69% Recommend
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Richmond, California
12 reviews 12 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2014

My wife and I split the BBQ pork sliders. Wow, just when I thought I was sick of the same old BBQ pork, Jake's puts a nice spin on it, with the addition of some fresh basil and cilantro. Jake's also has some good cocktails... and let's not forget the view. Opt for an outside table, if the weather permits.

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Central Point, Oregon
4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2014

The food here was absolutely to die for, the clam chowder was the creamiest and tastiest I've ever had. The wagyu you burger is the best burger I've ever had in my life. The service was great as well.

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98 reviews 98 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014

Boy was this place packed! Beware portions are big! We ordered so much food and it was all good! And the wine list! I love it! Rombauer Chardonnay by the glass! Although they were out of it at the time, I was able to console myself with a selection of red. Salad bar with plentiful fixings and a relaxed atmosphere,... More

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11 reviews 11 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2014

Jakes is one of those "happenin places" at Lake Tahoe in the summer. Fun to watch boats coming and going at the marina (Tahoe City). Good food, not real fancy but reliable. Have been many times in summer, but this review is prompted by our experience this winter, around the Christmas holidays. The place was festive, not very crowded (... More

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Huntsville, Texas
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81 reviews 81 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2014

My family spent the Christmas holiday in South Lake Tahoe and we decided to take advantage of the nice weather and took the scenic drive around the lake. Getting hungry during the drive, we began browsing on our phones for a nice place to have lunch, thus finding Jake's on the Lake in Tahoe City. We stopped around 2:00 in... More

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Del Mar, California
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48 reviews 48 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2014 via mobile

We are Jakes fans and this was our first try at Tahoe. Just a quick appetizer and beer to watch football. Disaster! We sat in bar area and the service just was terrible. The manager was so bad I will not malign him more but AVOID this place. 1/4/14 but never again...

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Irvine, California
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26 reviews 26 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2014

Very good food, generous portions, and excellent drinks -- at a fair price in a delightful setting. Friendly wait staff,beautiful view. We came here twice on a 5-day visit to Lake Tahoe.

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San Francisco, California
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175 reviews 175 reviews
124 restaurant reviews
89 helpful votes 89 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2013

With views of beautiful Lake Tahoe, Jakes offers outside seating in the summer and cozy fireplace warmth in the winter. Guests may eat in the bar or the dining room. The bar has a special bar menu as well as the main menu. Clam chowder soup and the quionoa salad were excellent. The hearts of palm salad sounded terrific in... More

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666 reviews 666 reviews
394 restaurant reviews
185 helpful votes 185 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2013

Whether dining at happy hour or enjoying a delicious dinner, Jakes' food, service, and ambiance (fabulous lake view) is consistently great. At happy hour, we enjoyed the udon noodle soup ( a meal in itself) and steak bites (with garlic mashed potatoes and avocado), along with a savory merlot and malbec. No meal would be complete without their famous hula... More

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Rainier, Oregon
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328 reviews 328 reviews
176 restaurant reviews
82 helpful votes 82 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2013

Jake's used to be a part of the TS Restaurants group out of Hawai'i, which has some really great places (Duke's in Waikiki was one of my favorites). But when we were dining at Jake's at Del Mar recently, the manager said that Jake's at the Lake was no longer part of the organization. Since we had had some good... More

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