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Jake's On The Lake

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780 N Lake Blvd, Boatworks Mall, Tahoe City, CA 96145
(530) 583-0188
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11:30 am - 9:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Breakfast, Dinner, Late Night, Drinks, Reservations
Description: Since 1978, Jake's on the Lake has embodied a carefree Tahoe spirit in a...
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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  • 21
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Eat on the patio if possible!

Food was great, but the view of the lake was the real pull for me. Eat out on the patio on the second floor to get the best view. Some for the more critical reviews of this place say they had bad service from the waitstaff, but our server was great.

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 21, 2015
Kendall H
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Denver, Colorado
Good for:
  • Large groups
  • Local cuisine
  • Scenic view
  • Bar scene
  • Romantic
  • Doing business
  • Special occasions
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Los Angeles, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015 NEW

So the title should tell you something, this place has a great view, and if you don't mind mediocre food, questionable service from very friendly staff, then this is your place to see the lake while having a mediocre dinner good wine and service from very nice people.

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Denver, Colorado
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

Food was great, but the view of the lake was the real pull for me. Eat out on the patio on the second floor to get the best view. Some for the more critical reviews of this place say they had bad service from the waitstaff, but our server was great.

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

My husband and I went here for dinner and had the best time. It's a local place with a nice, cozy feel. All of the food was absolutely delicious and the prices were not bad! We actually were disappointed we didn't go back for another dinner at this restaurant.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

The food was above average ...... but the attitude of some of the staff was terrible!!! We got there at 11;:00 (they open at 11:30)...at 11:29 I asked if they were ready and the rude bartender snapped.... not for 1 more minute! My wife asked a red headed guy (acted like the manager) if we could eat on the upper... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

nice food and nice place but the worst service provided by Erik our server ... however the rest of the staff was nice

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

I've been going here off and on since 1999. I love this place. The food is very fresh and just plain good. The views of the lake are breathtaking. The Hula Pie is a must. Jake's is a great place for a celebration and groups large or small. The service is really good. My last trip was last fall while... More 

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Coppell, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2015

We took the advice of a friend to go to Jake's on the Lake. Decided to make it our last meal to a wonderful vacation. We were not disappointed. I reserved on Open Table and requested a table on the deck and we were accommodated as it was waiting for us as we arrived! The wine list was very good... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2015

Maybe because I was alone and staff wasn't intersted in a small bill, but I left without eating because nobody seemed to want to serve me

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Palm Beach Gardens, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2015

First time to Tahoe.. We loved the view of the Lake. We say at the bar and Sam was awesome. She was friendly and on point with her food recommendations. We only had a few hours to spend in Tahoe City and glad we picked a great local place. We will return ... Thanks Sam!!!

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Norfolk, Virginia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015

Bottom Line, Food is great and view of the lake is gorgeous. Service was not on par with the price and expectation of the restaurant. Average entree price was the high $20's, with most appetizers and cocktails being over $10. Came here yesterday with a large group. We called and made reservations for a party of 12 for 845 pm.... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 780 N Lake Blvd, Boatworks Mall, Tahoe City, CA 96145
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Lake Tahoe (California)  >  Tahoe City
  • Phone Number: (530) 583-0188

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 25 - 25
  • Cuisine: American, Steakhouse, Seafood, Hawaiian

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Good for: Large groups, Local cuisine, Scenic view, Bar scene, Romantic, Doing business, Special occasions

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.
Open Hours
Sunday
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Monday
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Friday
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Saturday
11:30 am - 9:00 pm

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