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“Excellent burgers”
Review of Getaway Cafe

3140 HIghway 50, South Lake Tahoe, CA 96155
530.577.5132
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Certificate of Excellence 2013
Cuisines: American
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner
Description: The Getaway Cafe serves alpine comfort cuisine just a short distance from your favorite outdoor activities in South Lake Tahoe.
Restaurant details
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner
Description: The Getaway Cafe serves alpine comfort cuisine just a short distance from your favorite outdoor activities in South Lake Tahoe.
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Ivins, Utah
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26 reviews 26 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
“Excellent burgers”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2013

Dined outdoors at this spot along Highway 50 in South Lake Tahoe. My husband and I split the half pound black and bleu burger...quite ample for us. The burger was juicy, spices just right, cooked to perfection. Fries were well above average. I enjoyed the baked bean soup, made on site. Delicious, full of large chunks of ham and potatoes, as well as beans. Could have made a meal of the soup. Dessert sounded tempting so we split a piece of marionberry pie ala mode. Warm and delicious with a flaky crust and well sweetened berries. Overall, a dining experience that met our needs perfectly, with a reasonable price tag. Service was prompt and attentive.

  • Visited August 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Diane G, Owner at Getaway Cafe, responded to this review, August 28, 2013
KayentaGail, I'm glad you and your husband were able to join us for a meal and save room for dessert, too! We're proud to offer fresh, homemade dishes at a great price, and it sounds like you made some great menu choices. The Black and Bleu Burger is one of my personal favorites. I hope that you two will keep us in mind next time you're in our neck of the woods. We'd love to serve you up another slice of pie!

Best,
Diane, Owner
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Laguna Beach
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82 reviews 82 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
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30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
“Still the best”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2013

This is a great restaurant in a location you would not expect a great restaurant. The place is located on Highway 50 on the right just after (if you are leaving Tahoe) the state inspection station. The restaurant is in what clearly was, at one time, a residence that has been skillfully remodeled into a working restaurant.

So what makes it great--worth 5 rating points? Two things critical to the success of any restaurant and a bunch of small things.

FOOD: We eat breakfast here every time we are in Tahoe. The omelettes are superb; the home fried potatoes are even better; and the other breakfast items are excellent and offer a huge amount of food at a bargain price. At lunch, they make specials that seem to vary daily; hamburgers are very good; and they have a good French dip sandwich. We have not had dinner here, although it is offered and looks very good.

SERVICE: Fast and friendly and flawless. Those are the big "3F's" in service, it seems to me. You never feel rushed, always feel pampered, and your wishes are anticipated. What else could you ask for?

DECOR: In an earlier review, I suggested that this restaurant was mid-50's diner. Yes, Diana, you have done a lovely job in remodelling--there is a real ambiance about the place now. Nice art on the walls; comfortable seats; and lots of attention paid to detail. [Diana responded to my earlier comment about mid-50's diner asking if I had been in to see their remodel. They were in the middle of it when I was in. The results are nice.]

OUTDOOR SEATING: Although we have not used it, there are a lot of outdoor tables that would be perfect on a warm summer day.

PARKING: Is adequate, though a bit free form. Watch out for the sign in the middle of the parking lot--I cannot imagine that someone has not backed into it in the last few days, whenever you read this review. It would be a lot better in almost any other location in the parking lot.

This really is one of the best restaurants in Lake Tahoe, and is a place that locals know about and non-locals stumble in to and wonder why they didn't find it sooner.

  • Visited August 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Diane G, Owner at Getaway Cafe, responded to this review, August 28, 2013
Good to hear from you again! I'm glad that you could check out our remodel. We are really loving the new look of the place! I appreciate you stopping in for breakfast whenever you're in Tahoe, and I can't wait to see you again soon.

Best,
Diane, Owner
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Sacramento, California
2 reviews
“Best Service on the planet”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2013

Food was awesome and service was amazing. We actually went for lunch on Saturday, then breakfast on Sunday!

Visited July 2013
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Diane G, Owner at Getaway Cafe, responded to this review, August 28, 2013
Wow! "Best service on the planet" is such a huge compliment — thank you! I'm thrilled that we made such a big impression that you stopped in for a second visit. Keep us in mind next time you're in Tahoe!

All my best,
Diane, Owner
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New Haven, CT
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56 reviews 56 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
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42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
“OMG. Best breakfast ever!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2013

We stopped here for breakfast on our way out for a hike and boy did it give us plenty of fuel for our day! Great coffee, amazing breakfast choices with reasonable prices. I had huevos rancheros which were to die for and my husband had a really great, fresh omelette. Good home fries. Very generous portions. Cute, homey, comfortable vibe and nice waitresses. Hope to come back someday!

  • Visited June 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Diane G, Owner at Getaway Cafe, responded to this review, June 28, 2013
Thanks for stopping in for a pre-hike breakfast. I'm glad that the huevos rancheros and home fries fueled you right up. I hope that you and your husband will have the chance to visit us again in the future!

Until then,
Diane, Owner
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Los Angeles
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
“Tasty Find Near South Lake Tahoe”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2013

We had dinner here on a weekday night. Lovely, small restaurant, a bit off the beaten path (if you're visiting South Lake Tahoe) but worth the trip. Service was excellent and well paced. Good selection of wines by the glass. Excellent calamari appetizer. Good fired chicken with wonderfully crispy skin and ribs that fell of the bone. My only concern was that the entrees tasted somewhat over salted. I'd go back.

  • Visited June 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Diane G, Owner at Getaway Cafe, responded to this review, June 24, 2013
Thanks for taking the trip off the beaten patch to give us a try! I'm glad that you enjoyed everything from our food to our service and entrees. I appreciate your note on the entrees — that's not typical for us, and I'll touch base with the kitchen right away. I hope that we'll have the chance to welcome you back soon.

Best,
Diane, Owner
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