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400 Brassie Ave. Ste B, Tahoe Vista, CA 96143
+1 530-546-2191
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8:00 am - 9:30 pm
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Sun - Sat 8:00 am - 9:30 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff

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  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Good food but a little pricey.

Had eaten there a few years ago when it was named Blue Onion. Tried lunch this year and enjoyed the fish tacos. There were three tiny fish tacos for $14 -- delicious but expensive.

4 of 5 starsReviewed January 3, 2016
Huntington Beach, California
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Niceville, Florida
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100 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 112 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

After being in the snow all day we were very hungry and struggled a bit to find a good place to eat in this area that wasn't already packed. We found Spindleshanks on TA and with no real expectations were delightfully surprised to receive immediate seating, great service and excellent food. I suppose all things are relative, but in my... More 

Thank Smith61
Level Contributor
103 reviews
75 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

It was promising when we walked in for dinner. A couple of guys playing the guitar and singing songs in the entryway between the dining room and the bar. Quite ambience in the dining room since it was an early weeknight. The bread was good. A friend and I shared a burger and fries which was ok, and the pasta... More 

Thank Golangnggo
Huntington Beach, California
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41 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2016

Had eaten there a few years ago when it was named Blue Onion. Tried lunch this year and enjoyed the fish tacos. There were three tiny fish tacos for $14 -- delicious but expensive.

Thank DianaL936
Carlsbad, California
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10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2015

We went during Happy Hour - prices were good but food was nothing special. Garlic chili calamari was fine but the hummus was dry (not creamy) and the pita was crisp (felt more stale than like a pita chip). Service was average. The restaurant could be a hot spot with it's prime location for people driving in to Incline Village... More 

Thank Susan S
Glen Ellen
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2015

Enjoyed the meal very much. Friendly staff who is there when needed but not over bearing. Atmosphere was very good. Great menu. A little pricey but not over the top.

Thank colb52
Lake Tahoe (California), California
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8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2015 via mobile

Most reviews mention the old location. Yes, it was special. I have beautiful memories there! It doesn't make the new location less special: the service is great(understandably slower when busy or less staff on the floor), everybody is always attentive and nice and the food...omg! There was ONE time when I thought my dish was over cooked. Could have been... More 

Thank corinab473
Livermore, California
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2015

We ate here immediately following a race and everyone was starving. Although we were between meal times -- the bartender seated us in the bar area and immediately took our orders (since folks were fading) and brought us our food very quickly. The burgers were great and the service was outstanding. Very friendly local establishment.

Thank Mel S
Fort Collins, Colorado
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29 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2015

This is a nice, neighborhood bar/restaurant with great service. We thought the food was very good and they were able to accommodate my gluten/dairy free needs. The waiter was very helpful with tips on the menu and also about the area. This is the only waiter that talked about the extended drought in the area. Technically you will not be... More 

Thank Katbalouml
Denver, Colorado
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105 reviews
84 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2015

We came on on the later side on a weeknight and the restaurant was not busy. We ordered a few appetizers and it took FOREVER for them to come out...and they were not difficult ones to prepare. The food was fine when it finally came out, nothing impressive. The waiter took my boyfriend's drink before he was finished...a big pet... More 

Thank zoe6282
Alamo, California
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8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2015

Breakfast is fantastic. Sit outside if the weather allows. They have plenty of shaded areas and you can watch the golfers tee off.

Thank Steve M

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 400 Brassie Ave. Ste B, Tahoe Vista, CA 96143
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Lake Tahoe (California)  >  Tahoe Vista
  • Phone Number: +1 530-546-2191

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 10 - 30
  • Cuisine: American

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Good for: Special occasions, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Families with children, Bar scene, Romantic
Open Hours
8:00 am - 9:30 pm
8:00 am - 9:30 pm
8:00 am - 9:30 pm
8:00 am - 9:30 pm
8:00 am - 9:30 pm
8:00 am - 9:30 pm
8:00 am - 9:30 pm

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?